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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We welcome you to join us for New Year's Eve at Central Kitchen with a five-course tasting menu created by Chef Thomas McNaughton for $125 per person with an optional $75 wine pairing. Please note, we will not be offering our regular, a la carte menu this evening

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1276 People Are Saying
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner and great service! I would definitely go back.

BT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Fabulous food! Small menu, but delicious options. The music was around 90-95 decibels, enough for hearing damage after 1 hour exposure. It’s really hot under the space heaters, so the option to reduce the heat would be perfect.

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dinner...son’s college roommate just moved to SF as an MD, so with their partners six of us enjoyed the myriad offerings, all so creative and delicious. The duck was especially outstanding. Loved the ásperol cocktails. Wish I could remember our server’s name as he was outstanding (dinner 12/2 at a table near the wine bar). This is our ‘go to’ place when my husband and I visit from Chicago. Great food and staff!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was great. Initial server was fabulous but then she was pulled off (to don”side work” whatever that is). Replacement server was silent and our mains came quite a bit apart from each other. Overall would have been excellent had our original server been able to stay

k
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I didn't know chicken could taste this amazing. I wish I lived in the neighborhood so this could be my go to spot. Sooooo good!

EZ
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Crazy loud. I know I’m a Boomer, but so were at least half of the people there. I love the openness of the space and I love the food, but my guest was uncomfortable and will not go back. I will think twice. It’s just too loud.

CM
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

this was the most delicious meal I have had in recent memory! OUTSTANDING food! best brussel sprouts I have ever had, and I almost always order them at a restaurant so I have much to compare
EAT HERE for sure!
a little crowded and a little loud- not a good place for a large party- BUT THE FOOD-WOW!

PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely menu the space is gorgeous.

PK
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always terrific! Every detail on the plate is clearly considered, resulting in clean plates for our whole group. We also had a wonderful Italian wine that was reasonably priced.

e
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

When I read the ratings for this restaurant I was very excited to try it. After going there, I have to admit I'm a little surprised! The staff were lovely and while it was mostly tasty, the best thing there was the fry bread. The dishes for the price or not extraordinary or particularly fabulous. I would say the tasters menu is the way to go cuz you get to try a little of everything. It was very loud and the music was very modern/hip hoppy and not to my taste. Cool vibe and The Rustic industrial look is very much my cup of tea.

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good local/sustainable food with few exceptions, set in an indoor/semi-outdoor space that is made to acoustically deafen. Don't go here if you want to speak privately or protect your eardrums. With hard concrete and wood everywhere, the space is an industrial chic dream that is visually beautiful... but with even a few people becomes a cacophonous mess. It was impossible to hear someone 2-3 feet away.

The ambiance is still upscale, though. And you're going to find some exceptional food here. A cheese appetizer was uninspired among our offerings, but the salmon was divine, for instance. Impossible not to enjoy the majority of the food. Service was prompt but nothing to write home about, probably because we also couldn't hear most of it anyway. Again, expect to shout unless you bring your own soundproof booth.

Awesome. Will I return? Probably at a quieter time. The food is very very sustainable!

KS
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

They try too hard to be special by maximizing the number of exotic or unusual ingredients in every dish to the point that nothing sounds (or based on our limited experience, is) very good. As the Austrian duke said to Mozart in Amadeus, too many notes. If all you are looking for is something different that might work, go here. If you want some assurance that the combination does work, you may want to try something less adventurous.

JM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Overall good. We had a reservation, then were seated late which we were cool with. We then felt rushed to finish.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeff our waiter was fantastic! The food was wonderful. Hope to brings friends here for a real treat.

U
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food quality outstanding, but selection somewhat limited. Know that going in; the restaurant doesn't hide its menu. Lively, but hard to hear due to openness of facility...mostly, but not entirely, a younger crowd. Service was attentive, with a sparkling pinot presented for our anniversary.

ML
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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 on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine options, amazing ambience

RN
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

2
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is exceptional every time

E
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall2food1service1ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service3ambience3

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
22 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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