Central Kitchen

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$31 to $50
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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.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ML
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was great! A little on the hardy side, but overall very good. Music was very loud making it very difficult to communicate at a 6-person table. We even asked to turn the music down, which happened, only to be turned back up again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine options, amazing ambience

RN
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for dinner! Great service combined with incredible food made the date perfection!

OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a loving experience. It was a bit pricey but we were drinking wine, as well. Ambiance was adorable and noise was quiet to moderate allowing us to carry on w intimate conversations. I would return.

SS
Berlin
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the dishes were great but the lemon verbena ice cream was just top notch.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food is good but pricey. The service seems inexperienced and better suited for more casual dining with lower price points. It's a bummer with Trick Dog being a part of this restaurant group that they only serve beer and wine.

GK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, incredible food and awesome ambiance. 10/10 would go again!!

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is exceptional every time

E
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The flavors were very good. However, our waitress acted annoyed that we might ask her about the various menu items. Initially, her responses were that everything is good there. We had to work too hard to get her to describe preparations. She never checked in with us during dinner, however many other workers there waited on us in her absence. A very uncomfortable experience, even though the food was good.

H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend! We went with the kitchens choice and pairing. Do it. You won’t be sorry.

FW
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The food is above average, but the service is just soso and need improvment, the host is good.

MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Disappointed with size of pork loin entree for $35. Everything else was great! Recommend the gnocchi pasta dish. Veggie starters too were fantastic.

AH
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space, kind staff, amazing food + wine, & accommodating to dietary requests. Would return!

FM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the "let the kitchen decide" with the wine package. All the selections were outstanding, but we particularly liked the roasted chicken, whipped potatoes with smoked butter and chicken crackling and charred summer squash with walnut romesco. The chocolate custard with coffee ice cream paired with the desert vermouth was the best desert we ever had.

s
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Host avoided eye contact, which started us off on a bad vibe. Server was kind, but food was awful and I remember it being really good a few years ago. I was disappointed and would not return.

MF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere was awesome! We were there with friends and it was a great time!

S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We came here for a family celebration. There's a great choice of food that accommodates meat-eaters, vegetarians and picky people. We especially appreciated the choice of salads and first courses. The food is fresh and well-prepared, although I don't know why my salmon entree was served in a small bowl rather than a plate: it felt claustrophobic. Wine choices are also extensive and the atmosphere feels "special" but not affected.

I took a point off because we there was cartilage in our pork rilette. The server apologized and offered a replacement, but we declined. We were not pleased to find ourselves charged for the dish.

ST
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It's urban chic. A great selection of wines. I just wish their menu had more choices.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was great. Our serve was useless. Was one of the last groups to get a resv, but couldn’t remember to bring simple things like a napkin, specific drink orders or come by to check on us. Worst service I have had here in 3 visits.

N
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. We had 7-8 dishes and they were all delicious. The ambience is so nice. It’s a small restaurant but the layout and open ceilings make it feel intimate and yet lively. As a table of six we were all able to talk without yelling. It was nice and chill.

SP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The “let us choose” menu is outstanding! Amazing selection of everything the menu has to offer. Excellent wine pairings with each course, too, for an extra $45. The service is friendly, prompt and knowledgeable. Casual setting with upscale food. Amazing!

f
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. We go for special occasions, when people are visiting us, or just for a Friday date night. Highly recommended.

a
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We liked it!
We loved the atmosphere, service and food was good!
We liked the appetizers a lot, while there was not much choice for the main course.
Also the list of Wine by the glass was quite limited, with few options from California.
But overall I think it really deserve a visit

S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently great service and delicious, creative dishes. I've been here a few times over the past year -- a couple business dinners and one weekend outing with family. Each visit was fulfilling and enjoyable. The ambiance is great, service is great (very attentive staff), menu choices were great, flavors and freshness were great! We recently enjoyed the beet and citrus salad, summer squash with walnut romesco, halibut crudo, mushroom tortelloni, farro 'risotto', and chocolate pudding. We paired the main meal with a lovely Albariño. We were impressed with the subtle, but nice flavor combos in each dish. Central Kitchen is now on my go-to list for a predictably delish meal.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for taking care of the dessert and your quick response to our concern. In the end, i did not ingest any of it as my friend and I were fine the next morning.
Looking forward to our next visit. Kindly!

KS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Pasta is delicious and same as flour and water. Highly recommend!

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice meal, great people/service. I’m a sucker for a hearth...

AS
New England
23 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun night out with delicious food, yummy wine and a great server!

e
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The food was not only beautiful but very delicious! Definitely can’t go wrong coming here!

d
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is the typical upscale industrial restaurant. The ambiance is nice and unusual. The food is OK. It is rather complicated and rich, but not terrible. Service is very professional. The price is however really high. If this place was 1/2 the price it would be a great restaurant, but with these prices I really can't justify coming back.

h
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dreamy ambiance, amazing food, and great service. One of my favorites in SF!

KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn’t been back to Central Kitchen in awhile, since it first opened. I was wowed - everything was incredible and you can’t beat the ambiance - kind of feels like you got out of the city to Sonoma for an evening!

r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. 5 Star in all categories. Highly recommend it.

HS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing meal!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Huge fan! Recommending to all my friends!

d
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck blew us away!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good friend was in town so we treated him - was fabulous food & overall experience. Got the Chef’s Choice menu for the table. Highly recommend!

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fun and casual. Salmon was a served a little cool. We liked the smoked eggplant conserva.

HS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Italian restaurant in SF! We love Chef Thomas.

LF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

While the food was terrific, the portions were on the small size and our drinks were way too small for $12. The place was drafty and our food got cold quickly. I like the setting but it only works in warm weather. I wouldn't go back.

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