Central Kitchen

4.6
1157 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American
central kitchen is a restaurant in San Francisco’s mission district that creates thoughtfully cooked, locally sourced ingredients from northern california.

Salumeria is a deli and larder that showcases a selection of Italian inspired house-made salumi and prosciutto with a Northern California sensibility.
What 1157 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service wasn’t great. Server very unfriendly.

Report
Helpful
M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in the city! Amazing flavors in every dish & wonderful service.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome New Year’s Eve! And Karine was a spectacular server!!!

Report
Helpful
P
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food with a big plus for any pasta dish.

Report
Helpful
PN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

It was my third time being there. The food used to be better. This time it was salty and expensive. I was not able to have it.

Report
Helpful
JB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food, great service but except for the date on the receipt you wouldn’t have known it was Christmas Eve. Just a minimal vagueness of the holiday season in decor and none in music. Don’t need to have 7 foot tree, flashing lights, and jingle bells blaring but a slight effort and some holiday atmosphere would have been appreciated.

Report
Helpful
MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant!!! The food and service were outstanding. Overall we had a very good experience.

Definitely we will be back.

Report
Helpful
FO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I've been to Central Kitchen twice now. The initial time I liked it but nothing really stood out though their pastas are genuinely refined and what I liked the most. This recently outing, I was indeed disappointed. Flavors were okay. My pasta which was a farfella with mushrooms and short ribs(I cant recall though it was 3 days ago) had a so so texture. Portion was unbelievably small for $24. A good appetizer size but not dinner portion. That's my main gripe. Plus, I like things warmer during the winter, not super hot but not room temperature. On a cold night. Room temperature gets cold too fast.

My husband had pork loin. He is a lean, 5 ft 10 inch guy. He is slim and doesn't over eat but it was barely enough to fill him. We had a beet salad to share. It was so small. Not meant for sharing. We thought 1 app to share and each a main would be enough. But we were hungry.

Though tasty was the pork and the beet salad...unfortunately the petite size could be addressed.

I think for such a casual restaurant, you need to order a salad or bread, a pasta and an entree EACH to be full.

My husband and I left the restaurant not full and we actually had to go get crepes for dessert because we were a tad but "hungry". I mean I got a strawberry crepe with chocolate and a scoop of ice cream and whip cream. Then I was happy and full. He had to get a banana, ice cream and whipped cream crepe.

For $80 for two. It's not that much...but for the weird texture in the pasta. And the small small pork entree. And NO wine. It was so much more than we imagined for a simple casual Monday night dinner. So many other options in the city. I would go to Flour and Water instead.

Report
Helpful
MM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience from start to finish. Excellent service and beautifully prepared delicious vegetables. The duck breast was fantastic too.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent except one farfalle pasta dish. Will definitely go back.

Report
Helpful
s
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here with friends to enjoy a holiday dinner and it was absolutely phenomenal. The food was delicious and their wines even better. Everyone was very friendly and the ambience is very nice.

Report
Helpful
S
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall food was good not excellent. Per portion size is on the smaller side but ok for one person with an appetizer. Our waitress recommended the pasta dishes since they are a sister to Flower&Water. I thought the pasta dishes were good but not excellent. Good ambience.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food and drinks!

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! We cannot say enough about this place. YOU HAVE TO COME. We are from the south of Italy, so we use to eat well, healthy and tasty. But this place is to try. The best experience along all our California Trip. We took a testing choice from the chef, accompanied by the suggested wine for each course. It was excellent from beginning to the end. Also our waiter was professional, discreet and friendly. don’f Miss Central Kitchen if in SF!!!

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We got the pleasant ridge cheese selection from the larder- very good! Would have loved to know which cheese was which 🤔. The basil campanelle was excellent, the favorite dish by far. The king salmon was cooked to perfection but we were not crazy about the sunchoke/mushroom conservative sauce. I enjoyed a Indian Springs aperitif cocktail. The service was great and the ambiance was lovely

Report
Helpful
ML
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! Decided to go with the chefs choice for dinner and we were so happy we did. Service and food were amazing. Can’t wait to go back!

Report
Helpful
r
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My husband and I are trying a new SF restaurant every month, and Central Kitchen was our November pick. The environment is casual and very basic, which is fine. The food—the most important element of the evening-was merely good. No one in our party of 5 had a rave review for their entree, and the several appetizers we tried were unexceptional. All 5 of us agreed on a “B” grade for CK.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Servers were pretty unaccomodating. Food was good but nothing really special. Server was not very polite.

Report
Helpful
CF
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every thing we ordered. Ambiance was great and our server gave us great recommendations, we were not disappointed.

Report
Helpful
CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

food is still great but the background music was much too loud

Report
Helpful
H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is what really stood out. Very attentive staff checking on a regular basis. The food was outstanding. We partook in the tasting menu. The highlights were the fry bread with burrata and the dual pasta course. Pasta with 'marinara', meatballs, with crispy breadcrumb and chili flake topping was on point. Only downside was the lamb course was well done and a little tough. I should have just stated our preference on meat temperature ahead of time.

Report
Helpful
M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved this place - will be going back again!

Report
Helpful
RO
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, friendly service. Amazing food in a comfortable environment.

Report
Helpful
SI
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Still dreaming about the Seared King Trumpet mushrooms!

Report
Helpful
F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch food, service, and ambiance - the meal was unbelievable! You will not be disappointed!

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nailed it!!! The staff, food and ambiance!!

Thank you!

Report
Helpful
M
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding. Our server was a bit deprived of personality but the brilliant and lively person who brought our food was AMAZINGLY gracious and efficient.
One thing: the music track playing was way too loud. Loud conversation, loud acoustics and loud music. It would have been just perfect with lower volume music.
We love going back there again and finding that the food gets better and better!! great experience!

Report
Helpful
RG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

The food was unremarkable and only memorable for its unsurpassed banality. The worse tatare ever, limp blistered peppers, a pork porterhouse that was without flavor, and there is better roasted chicken at Andoniway. The chocolate custard was the only balanced menu item tasted.

Our dinner conversation included the frustration of eating out, paying hundreds of dollars for a "I could have had a burger" meal, and my apology to my friend with a promise to make good on her birthday dinner.

Go elsewhere (McDonald's) or stay home and eat something frozen.

Report
Helpful
SP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu! Great service. Food was exceptional. Very knowledgeable about coeliac friendly options!!

Report
Helpful
ES
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites for Californian cuisine. Love the ambience and fun vibe, and service is friendly and prompt. We went for the “let the kitchen decide” menu and our group enjoyed it very much.

Report
Helpful
BN
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food and good ambiance. Nice converted warehouse. Good vibes.

Report
Helpful
A
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. Didn’t love the sweet brown butter sauce with the trout but fish was cooked to perfection and yummy. Great trumpet mushrooms and Brussel sprouts dish. Service was excellent.

Report
Helpful
BR
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Pretty looking food, though some was lacking in flavor and texture. Falls just on the side of too precious rather than plentiful. Best: lamb raviolini. Worst: a rubbery, flavorless pork terrine.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing with great vibes. I came for my anniversary and was happy with my experience

Report
Helpful
V
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Though decent food, it was disappointing compared to our first visit a few months ago. The music in the restaurant was unnecessarily loud - so loud you had to yell to speak across the table. Dishes presentation was just ok and most disappointing was the pork loin entree. It was so tough and dry we had to tell the server twice before she returned the dish to kitchen. The pastas remain good.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Wasn’t especially busy but waited an hour for our entrees.

Report
Helpful
EP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at Central Kitchen while celebrating a special day with my girlfriend. The food and drinks are always great there, and the staff even went out of their way to help us celebrate a special occasion when they found out the reason for our date.

Report
Helpful
PB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful evening.
Highly recommend the 'let the kitchen decide' menu, plenty of variety of food without leaving one feeling stuffed.
Loved how the waiting staff worked as a team, rather than your table having just one waiter, everyone got involved and was on the ball.

Report
Helpful
LF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

The restaurant was so noisy and the music so loud that it ruined dinner. We will not return.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Staff really stood out.. they work as a team which I really appreciate.
Food was awesome.. chicken approaching Zuni status and pork loin served at the perfect medium.
We'll be back with out a doubt

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
29

Tweets by Central Kitchen