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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Please join us for a special evening featuring an elevated tasting menu priced at $125 per person with optional beverage pairings.

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Central Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for a Date (17)
Special Occasion (16)
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Local Ingredients (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Seasonal (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Business Meals (8)
Organic (8)
Romantic (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Authentic (5)
Casual (5)
Cozy (5)
Fun (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Tapas (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·Dined 6 days ago

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.....

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 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 3, 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 31, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 30, 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.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 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 29, 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 25, 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 25, 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 24, 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 21, 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 18, 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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·Dined on December 16, 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 8, 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 5, 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 26, 2017

Superb meal

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

I work only 5 blocks from here, but I hadn't made it in until my mom was in town for a visit. I think Central Kitchen does a spectacular job at balancing a beautiful modern industrial kitchen with a homey greenhouse feel. It may be hard to picture, but that is because this restaurant is delightfully unique in decor, and really stands out to me as the exact type of atmosphere I'd love to find in any restaurant I walk into. Excellent service! Our server kept a subtle eye on our table throughout the evening, and I never once had to even think about flagging him down for attention, but I also didn't feel interrupted. Highly recommend this unique dining experience!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Fun, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Awesome winelist

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Early seating for party of six. Everything was on point. Three hours at the table, well done, we'll be back.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I Had the pleasure of eating at central kitchen for the 1st time in April. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to take my husband on a 6.5 hour drive up from So Cal and bring him as an early Birthday dinner surprise. It didn't disappoint!!! The Fry bread was even better then before. Heaven in my mouth! I look forward to returning again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were anxious to try Central Kitchen based on favorable reviews. First the good: (1) with the exception of the waiter who described the pate as smooth when it was, in fact, country style (chunky), the service was friendly and efficient (2) chocolate dessert was a stand-out. Not so good: (1) charging for sourdough bread whose crust was soft and not being warned that it was made at least in part with whole wheat flour (2) charging for smoked butter (no un-smoked butter available) (3) no Chardonnay - and very few domestic wines - available (4) small portions not commensurate with pricing (5) my trout was not cooked all the way through; my dining companion's was. Sorry, won't be back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Loved the food and the wine. Only disappointment was that even though this reservation was made for a special occasion - noted to the restaurant ahead of time - we were given a table that was essentially in front of the entrance. We felt a cool breeze most of the night - I kept going to close the door - which definitely put a damper on our experience. Also, the restaurant did not "check" me in for the reservation - which I really appreciate when using OpenTable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Love the farm-to-table approach and rustic atmosphere. The food is high quality, delicious, and beautifully plated. Approachable service.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 19, 2017

If you want to have a beyond amazing meal in a low key, unpretentious environment Central Kitchen is the spot.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The chocolate custard was one of the best desserts I've ever had in my life (and that is not an exaggeration). The pasta dish was also delicious. I was really really disappointed in the yellowtail crudo appetizer and my boyfriends salmon. The quality of the fish was disgusting and tasted soo fishy- fresh fish does not leave a fishy aftertaste and the yellowtail (my favorite fish) was so fishy I couldn't even finish it. Aside from the fish dishes the rest was great. Only other thing was that the beef tartare was pretty oily- but it still tasted great. The vibe of the place was awesome, as was the decor. Also to note- they don't have a full liquor license so they only make cocktails with Sherry, but they do have wine and beer

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This is my second visit and food was even better than my first visit. Service very good and although, we needed to be out of the restaurant at a certain time, we did not feel rushed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Very disappointing. Slow service. Food took a while and server forgot a side dish we ordered. We wanted to leave but entire staff was missing from the floor so we had to sit and wait even more.
Will not return or recommend.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Amazing vibes, atmosphere, service, and food!! The food was absolutely delicious and not too pricey. I can’t wait for my next visit.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The squid pasta with nduja is simple, soulful and glorious. I keep coming for the chocolate custard, the sourdough they bake and the fantastic service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Being a sister restaurant of Flour and Water, Central Kitchen projects certain (high) standard but unfortunately was a letdown. We had 4 people and ordered a few appertizers and 5 pasta dishes, and they were all oversalted and overgreased. My squid ink fusilli was literally swimming in olive oil (there was a puddle of oil at the bottom of the bowl when finished). Other pasta dishes were lackluster with too much cream and salt. These might be a successful imitation of cheap Italian food (even found in Italy), but definitely does not make it to the delicate California cuisine. The only bright spot is their salad, which is superb. Unfortunately, everything else, was flat and salty. Too bad we will not return.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Delicious as always. Had another wonderful super tasty meal at Central Kitchen. Always a crowd pleaser! Thanks again!!!

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Brought my girlfriend here for her birthday. Incredible food, and considering the quality it feels like a good value. My favorite dishes were from the small plates from 'larder' and 'vegetables' sections. Everything tasted extremely fresh and the flavor combinations were very unique. Ambiance is very nice - dark, romantic and the music is well-curated (they even hand out a list of what's playing that evening). All around, a great date spot.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Seriously relaxed and unpretentiously tasty: They have the skills for fine dining, but use them instead to create completely anxiety-free sophistication.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Food was delicious and everyone there was great. Will definitely go back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Every aspect of this restaurant is beautiful. The food is so visually beautiful it qualifies as art. The space is absolutely gorgeous. Ingredients are so wonderfully fresh and the pasta should not be missed! I love to bring out of town guests here to get a shining SF dining experience.

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 (México)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Fantástico! Una enorme sorpresa, gran servicio, innovador, comida deliciosa

Tags: Organic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Cozy, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We left ourselves in the more than capable hands of the chef's choice. Each course was delicious, and the overall value was tremendous. Did not take the pairings but went for
a lovely Fieldworks instead. Wish CK had existed when I lived across the street 17 years
ago!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

In additional comments prior to coming, I put in that I was gluten free. The server knew going in which made me feel so welcomed. Music playlist was a good range and picked up as the energy picked up. It is expensive, but you pay for well thought out farm to table cuisine and feel good eating the food knowing they are forward-thinking with minimizing waste of the animals. Fermented vegetables are amazing and the creativity is insane! My sister just became a server there and loves the standard that is held in great service and being apart of a loving staff family. One of best restaurants in SF and I hope to come on a date someday. Also there are high ceilings, fresh air and greenery everywhere. Ambiance is contemporary yet alive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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