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Date
Fri, 5/25
Time
9:00 PM
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L'Ardoise

4.8
2106 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
French Bistro serving traditional and authentic fare in a cozy atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, European
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 437-2600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Thierry Clement
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Private party facilities
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Catering
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Henry
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Parking details
On Noe Street off Market street
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Public transit
Church Street Castro Duboce Park/Duboce and Noe Duboce and Church
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Takeout, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

For cozy, classic French, it doesn't get much better than L'Ardoise in the Castro.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 2106 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Fabulous little restaurant. Easy to find and in a cute neighborhood. Food was exceptional and the wine list was very good. Wait staff was attentive without being pushy or stuffy. Elegantly casual!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Consistently charming and delicious. My go to French Bistro.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food. Great place. Very warm and attentive team.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our favorite for a Saturday night date. We feel transported to Paris each time we come here!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

loved the food and service.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

I'd been to Lardoise many times, being a few blocks down the street. My friend, whom I treated for his birthday, had never been. This is a guy who grew up in SF and had been part of the city night life for many years. He was mmmmm-ing and ahhhh-ing throughout dinner. The butter lettuce salad was generous, fresh, and dressed just so. We each ordered the filet mignon: tender, flavorful and cooked like someone knew what they were doing. The desserts, of course, followed. Perfect ending with coffee. My 85-year-old man-bout-town friend said it was the tenderest filet mignon he'd ever had.

A couple of times a year the last ten years or so ( or whenever it was that they opened) I've never had a bad meal or inattentive service.
6 stars!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Family dinner for 4 and our 2nd time here.
Duck Confit - crispy exterior but fatty/juicy inside, a classic
Filet Mignon - hint of truffle oil, delicious
Hangar Steak - flavorful and good value
Halibut - very good

Overall food quality and preparation is excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent dinner with great service!!! Definitely a restaurant we will recommend to others

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Went here for a birthday dinner. Restaurant was very clean and had a good atmosphere. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, they even text to confirm my booking and brought out a cake with a candle. The food was delicious, good portions and not overly priced. Good variety of drinks and a good menu with different options, as well as the specials of the day which the waiters tell you about. 5*

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Fabulous find!! We love this place!! - A great meal in a nice neighborhood location. Cozy, friendly atmosphere - amazing food with generous portions. We loved the filet mignon, the hangar steak and salmon - everything was beautiful and cooked perfectly! The tiger prawn ravioles were amazing. The apple tarte tatin was a comfort dessert large enough to share. We left happy and are looking forward to coming back!!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Fantastic food & service. I would highly recommend to anyone for an intimate dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The food was fantastic and the ambiance romantic and so so french! From the moment you walk in, you might as well be in Paris!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Could not have been happier with our meal. All the usual suspects at this lovely French bistro with an original twist on appetizers and desserts. Good wine list. Friendly employees.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Excellent service; excellent food; wonderful experience as always.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Excellent French cuisine and fairly priced.
Great service.
Love the decor and the ambiance.
Near home, nice walk!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

As usual, excellent all around meal, service, and ambiance. On se reverra a bientot!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We were told this is an amazing restaurant and we were not disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Slightly under the radar, which is perfect for me!

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2.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Quite disappointed in the meal. I made a mistake with “medium rare” steak. Should’ve ordered medium. It was purple-red. The duck confit my husband had was not very good, he said. Charcuterie plate was just ok.

It was very cold, as the door kept getting stuck open. Brrr...

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

excellent food, great service, great wine recommendation

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city - and better than many I have been to in Paris! The food is authentic and delicious, and the people who run the restaurant are friendly.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Si vous souhaitez rompre avec la cuisine américaine, l’ardoise saura vous contenter avec un délicieux confit de canard, une belle tarte Tatin sans oublier les ravioles aux crevettes.
L’accueil est très sympathique et chaleureux.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Good for couple and unusual SF vibe

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I had a lovely experience dining at L'ardoise. It was a rainy night and the restaurant was very cozy and warm. We had a reservation, but the previous table hadn't left yet; however, the staff made sure we were attended to while we were waiting and sat us as soon as the previous table left. The food was classic French comfort food. Entrées were rich and filling, and the sauces were spot on (short rib special and the duck confit). The creme brûlée was the perfect consistency---not too thick, but perfectly set. Great date night spot or for intimate dinners.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Fantastic food in a cozy pleasant environment

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great dining experience. Best foie gras we've ever had.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

It was great as always.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

L'Ardoise is a terrific dining experience. Excellent food, outstanding and friendly service. I took some friends for a boys night out and they all raved about the experience. Highly recommend for foodies and for an intimate and romantic, if a bit noisy, dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The best restaurant experience I’ve had in ten years. I can’t say enough about how great everything was. I had the Filet and potatoes. Each was perfect. Absolutely perfect. The potatoes are cooked in duck fat as God intended. The flavor and the crispy crunch took me back to my Grandmothers cooking. It actually brought a tear to my eye as I never thought I would experience that again. The steak was cooked perfectly and with great flavor. My dates chicken was the best she ever had. She normally doesn’t like the skin and gives it to me. But not one bite of the crispy skin found its way to my plate.
We finished with two fantastic desserts. A perfect crem brûlée and an amazing Meringue.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Stepping through the velvet curtains transports one to such boite in France, the furnishings simple, the look & feel tres French. Wonderful menu, so many delicious choices, and such great wines to pair. The welcome is warm, the staff warm & helpful, and the kitchen is superb. Always a delightful time!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

As usual, this prize in our district is our favorite for "steping out" and celebrating an occasion or just a very nice time in our busy lives. It reminds us of several small bistro' that we always visit when in the City of Light, Paris. This last visit to L'Ardoise we did start to plan a European jaunt.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Have always wanted to go to this restaurant and it did not disappoint

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

When you walk into the restaurant you feel like you have stepped into a Bistro in the heart of Paris. Wonderful food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Simply the best! Excellent food, service, and ambience!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Fantastic food, expert waiter assistance, great value. Would definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Everything except the service was wonderful. Last time we ate there, the service was perfect and intuitive (never a conversation interrupted, always there when needed). This time, the person taking our order seemed impatient and was not helpful with, for example, wine choices. I felt like I had to hurry and make my ordering decisions and that didn't feel good at all.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

This small, lovely restaurant is a neighborhood gem with many loyal customers. We made early reservations and were seated immediately. We chose a table nestled near the window. My husband and I shared the butter lettuce salad with smoked olive oil vinaigrette and marinated white anchovies. For entrees, he chose the Black Cod with Risotto and I, the Day Boat Scallops. Both were delicious. We shared Creme Brulee for desert. All dishes were wonderfully prepared and very fresh. Our waiter was attentive, yet afforded us private time to converse. What a great find very close to where we were staying on a visit to San Francisco.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We have been coming here since it opened. The welcome is always genuine, food spectacular and service friendly without being fawning. There are also interesting dinner guests so one does not mind the intimacy of the tables. It actually works!!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The best French Restaurant in San Francisco. Hands down!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food was excellent. Service was great and the restaurant is a cozy place on the corner of a clean and cute neighborhood. I am definitely coming back to eat here. It was a great experience.

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