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About Central Kitchen

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.

3000 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian, Organic

Hours of Operation:


Dinner:
Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:30pm-9:00pm

Salumeria Brunch (walk-ins only)
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm

Salumeria Lunch (walk-ins only)
Monday- Friday 11:00am- 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am- 6:00pm

Cross Street:
Florida Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 826-7004

Website:
http://www.centralkitchensf.com/

Catering:
Please contact our Event & Marketing Manager, Erin Riordan at events@netimeas.com or via phone at 415.826.7005 for pricing and further information.

Public Transit:
BART:
16th or 24th Street station

MUNI:
12 Folsom - 20th and Folsom
27 Bryant - 20th and Bryant

Executive Chef:
Thomas Mcnaughton

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Central Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (22)
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Special Occasion (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Organic (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Seasonal (8)
Casual (7)
Healthy (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Cozy (6)
Fun (6)
Romantic (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Authentic (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Bar Seating (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was unexpectedly great (the restaurant appears more casual than the food ends up being). Really enjoyed it. The only issue was the service, which was VERY slow. We had to ask the sommelier to take our order and there was way too much time between courses. Ended up taking 2.5 hours which is just too long for this kind of dinner. But I'd go back, assuming this was a Sunday night fluke.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

This was our first visit to Central Kitchen but our friends had been there a couple of times before which proved very helpful. Given that it is “shared plates” you need to figure out how many from each category. The server stated typically 2 dishes per person however some of the dishes are so teeny that there is not much to share. Overall, every dish was delicious and my only complaint was portion size. We spent close to $100 per person and cannot say we walked away full. However, again, each dish was delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Very attractive space & friendly staff. The food was good but not exceptional & the portions were small & pricey. Unfortunately there was a dead mouse in the front of the door.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Really excellent meal. Pasta was outstanding. All in all very satisfying.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined 7 days ago

Very laid back vibe and a really helpful staff

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I loved this place when it opened and still love the space/ambiance. But the food has gone downhill. The fish/cod was far too salty and just underwhelming. The pork loin was under cooked and terribly fatty. The beet salad was fine but nothing exciting. Disappointing. I hope the food picks back up because I used to love this place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Good ambiance but are bit noisy. Small portions on the food. Otherwise it was just ok food experience

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Too noisy this time. Every table was yelling to be heard with what sounded like 80"s punk at full volume. Really over the top. Ruined the meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

With our Open Table reservation, we still had to wait 28 mins for our table. Once we ordered, the food came out at odd intervals some 20 mins later, others a few mins with no actual reasonable order. The carrots came out last and were bland. The beef tartare wasn’t tasty. After the meal, my date and I were both sick thoroughout the night. I’m unclear why Central Kitchen has good reviews. Avoid this restaurant!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Was in the neighborhood having coffee and noticed this place. Nice.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic! Got the "let the kitchen decide" fixed price plus wine pairing. Every course superb. Excellent service. Sophisticated food in a relaxed atmosphere at good value. What else is there to say?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was great, clever and very tasty combinations. The interior is cool ( I did like the industrial style fountain). Overall - loved it. It was a little noisy though (probably not the best place for first date), and for me a wee bit cold (but that is jsut me - girl at the next table was fine with wearing a tank top. I will certainly come back...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Everything was really excellent except for the carrots, which were unusual but not so great. A very enjoyable dining experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

SF Restaurant Week - $65 pre fix dinner

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Flew in fromHNL to SFO for SFRW. Central Kitchen did not disappoint! Great food, service and value.
Mahalo!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our experience was fairly mixed. While there were some dishes that were amazing (the beet pasta and the chocolate dessert in particular), many elements of the night were a bit off. The main course was dry (which I assume happened because it was Restaurant Week and they had pre-cooked what they expected to sell), we received one dish on a pottery plate which had a huge chip (silver dollar sized) missing out of it, and the whole meal felt rushed as they kept pouring the wine for the next course when we were barely halfway through the current course.

Overall an ok experience, but overall not a “wowing” meal.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

First visit as part of SF Restaurant week. We try a new restaurant or 2 each year. The FIVE course tasting menu was a great introduction. Especially pleasing were the small plates. While everything was particularly good, the stand out for us was the torchino with braised pork & baby kale (a pasta I'd not had before). Wines by the glass were limited but well curated and we had exactly what we wanted. Not a dessert person but ate it all.

The dining room is really a warehouse and we went on a cold night. There were heaters above each table, and we did warm up. The music was a bit loud and the radio captain for the evening was clearly a rocker - not sure it provided for the best ambiance, so be prepared.

Still, I will return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Went for SF restaurant week and was pleasantly surprised at the volume of food (as the RW tasting menus can sometimes be small-ish) — we left very full and extremely satisfied as everything was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Perfect all around

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 22, 2018

It was a night of excellent food. I went for restaurant week and had the tasting menu. Each dish was delicious and we'll presented. And the server was attentive and knowledgeable

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Everything was good.

The only thing was the background music they played - selection was okay but it was quite loud in the inner dining room where we sat in the middle. I noticed overhead speakers on all 4 sides centering our table so it was a little difficult to hear our table conversation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The wait staff was fabulous. Creative dishes with quality ingredients. Cozy feel to it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

A very affable ambiance but was not bowled over by the food. Perhaps a need for a bit more spice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Every dish in the menú felt like an adventure. Beautifully presented, great taste, meticulous combinations, yet light and delicious. The food was outstanding! The ambience was casual but a bit sophisticated, very Californian.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Restaurant telephone person was superb!!!!!!!!!Service was great. Pasta was not hot
I came from Piedmont for the dinner which is a compliment due to traffic. I visit Flour and Water as well. Happy New Year.....

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The food was pretty tasty and nicely plated. We had the steak tartar, squash, the pasta with duck (I forgot what the actual dish was called), and short ribs. Staff was friendly and attentive. Would come back if we're in the area!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

service was disjointed. seems that the waitperson on call changed midway thru our reservation without coordination of the team. chefs selections were hurriedly delivered to table without much detail of the items or how they were prepared.

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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very Good Food, the tartar was devine! Will come back!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Beautiful environment, wonderful interior decorating, good ambiance and sound travel, I liked the vibe and the location; the service was fine. The food wasn't great. A cold mushroom dish, basic fermented foods, a decent salad and an ever better cold trout dish. Ferments in tiny masonry jars, mushrooms in a wooden bowl, tiny trout on an Ikea plate. There's an old saying, let's not try to reinvent the wheel. Love the place but let's stick to basic plates so all energy and focus can be placed on improving the menu.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Love this little gem!! Definitely my go to restaurant for date night and weekend dinners.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent food all around but the pastas are particularly good. Good size portions are great to share. Terrific and interesting wines to pir with good food

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We made a Xmas Eve reservation through Yelp at a different place and the restaurant was closed, so we lucked out with this last minute reservation. Our server Corrine was great, with recommendations for her favorite dishes, and just really friendly. We shared a delicious chicory salad and then two pasta dishes, both so fresh and tasty. Mine was the dungeness crab and really tasted like fresh crab. We selected the cheapest wine on the menu ($45/bottle), which was actually very good, but the wine prices generally were a bit steep for us.

We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We did Christmas Eve dinner here and it was quite good. We indulged in the testing menu with the wine pairing. The staff was very accommodating about food allergies/aversions. Pasta was excellent. Short ribs were delicious. Good service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent food. Fry bread with garlic is a must eat as well as the short ribs

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I had been to CK a few years back and it was a memorable meal. The most recent visit was disappointing across the board. The service was ok, but our designated server was cold at best. The appetizers sounded interesting but in actuality we’re underwhelming in terms of flavor. The mains were, two pastas and th Duck were odd in flavor. I am a foodie and love to try new things, but the flavors did not meld and my pasta was overly sour. This was a special occasion so I had high hopes, but CK didn’t deliver.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food and service was excellent! Our meals spanned a wide gambit from short ribs to seafood to salad.

Definitely a place I would recommend and visit again.

The portions were a little smaller than I expected for the price, but in retrospect the quality made up for the portion size.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Took my son for his 23rd birthday and it was excellent. Did the tasting menu with the wine pairings and everything they brought was amazing. It was a lot of food. Fresh bread with burrata cheese, pate, and antipasti to start, grilled broccoli salad with soft boiled egg, two pasta dishes (beet ravioli and pork short rib pasta), a main course with beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, and carrots), followed by an amazing dessert with brownie, caramel, and coffee ice cream layered in a jar! Overall a foodie's smile for all the surprises. Some items were on the menu, others not.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Table was 50 minutes late, staff was nice about it, but obviously standing around for 50 minutes waiting for our table was not great.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I love this restaurant. Every time I have come here, the menu has varied slightly, but without fail everything I have ever ordered is delicious. The menu is based on what items are locally in season, and each dish is incredibly well thought out, with each component playing a critical role to the symphony of flavors. One of my favorite restaurants in the city.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Superb meal

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