Central Kitchen

4.7
1244 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
6 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
6 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
2 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.

LP
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and nice staff!

SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service excellent. We were told to order family style and for a party of five we found one dish not enough to share with all.

FD
Berlin
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was nice, food lovely, a bit cold and the music to loud to have a nice conversation

S
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wild mushroom tortellini was amazing and I will have dreams about it!

DF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for my daughter’s birthday. There was six of us with some picky eaters and a vegetarian. There was plenty to chose from and everything was delicious and devoured. Service was excellent.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the chef's selection prix fixe menu. Presentation was great, and the flavors were well-balanced and rich.
It was just about the right amount of food. If you opt for the prix fixe, get the wine pairing that they offer along with it - we regret not having done that.
There's a bar that's separate but shares common space with Central Kitchen - the bar gets pretty lively and makes talking more challenging as the night goes on.

j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic. Can’t wait to go again. This is a true farm-to-table experience without the pretense that can be found in so many others. Also prices felt less than many others in the same category! Brava🤗🤗🤗

h
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Central Kitchen is always fantastic! A great place for a special occasion.

AB
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience at Central Kitchen. The staff was incredible, and as we basically ordered the entire menu:
The Steak Tartare was excellent. Perfect mince, and the smoked egg yolk was a nice touch
Fry Bread with Green Onion Powder and Buratta was incredible.
We shared the whole roast chicken w/Calabrian chili, roasted lemon, and garlic - cooked to the platonic ideal
The pastas were, of course, excellent - we shared the strozzapreti w/braised duck and the pork angnolotti

But the star of the show, and I know this isn't what you are expecting, was the cauliflower. I have NO IDEA what they put in that sauce, but the bright lemon flavor against the sort of spicy sauce and the char on the cauliflower were just...magic.

Thanks for a great evening and a wonderful meal!

OD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of their sauces are amazing.

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been here in a couple of years and were very pleased to see the expanded menu take on some of the inspiration from the Mothership, Flour + Water. The staff were pleasant and informative and the food was top notch. It's on our regular rotation now.

JZ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was fabulous! Loved the shared plates! Definitely an enjoyable evening. A little hard to get servers attention - I think they were super busy but would avoid your eyes.Central Kitchen should taste their wine selections. We didn’t send it back but it was bad. We never knew there was bad wine in Sonoma. We would definitely go back.

u
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The front of the house is a mess.

We arrived before our reservation, and were seated after our reservation. The main dishes came out 1 hour after we were seated. They forgot our drink order, and didn't offer water, which meant that food was sitting on the table for a bit so that we didn't have to eat with nothing to drink.

Now, to be positive, this is a gorgeous space and the food is incredible. Be prepared to share, as it's very rich. (Besides, it's family style). The chefs all know what they're doing.

The dress code is very casual -- a few hipsters but really just casual elegant with roughly a 25-35 average aged customer while we were there.

I'd say that if they could fix their service, it'll be a great restaurant, and I look forward to coming back after I hear that that's happened.

Again on the plus side, the staff took the late drink off of the check without mentioning it, which was the classy thing to do.

Really unfortunate about the service delays, though.

OT
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining here and it was excellent. Everything from the small plates like the bread and buratta to the pate plus the veggies were delicious. The duck and chicken were both incredibly flavorful and cooked perfectly. Loved the apertif cocktails. The service was excellent. We will definitely be back!

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My go to place for a great meal at what is not (for San Francisco) exorbitant prices. Staff is great, food is very good.

KD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a table of four who ordered the shared Chef’s Choice dishes with wine pairing. As sauv blanc and cabernet lovers, the wine choices (rose, lighter reds) were not our favourites so next time, I’d order my own wine, but the food was outstanding and we loved every minute of our experience. Will definitely recommend to others and would go back next time in SF for sure.

j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most importantly, the service was exceptional! She was very thoughtful and professional that made my experience was the fullest! Which ended up to the perfection! Well thought out dishes and flavors were very well brought together

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