Central Market

4.6
1946 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Organic
Starting January 7th 2019, Central Market will be closed for service on Mondays and Tuesdays.

We offer Farm to Table Cuisine in a casual atmosphere with a seasonal menu featuring local produce, sustainable seafood & all natural meats.

Reservations are recommended, especially on the weekends.

We are unable to reserve seats at the counter, but please feel free to call ahead to inquire if there are counter seats available.

We support Slow Food.
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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a good dining experience. Service was in point and food was delicious. Had the Pork Pate with a toasted bread (little burned) a pork chop super yummy and great duck confit entree. Will go back.

KD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

For locals this place has become underwhelming- everything on their menu over the past two years has been underwhelming and not worth the value. The service- in particular one waitress, Lisa- is the only reason we pop in on occasion. I think the bank on tourists who come in for a one off experience.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great foods as always.

Good value for happy hour drinks.

Seasonal dinner menu is delicious with a variety of selections. Vegetable dishes/courses are my favorite.

M
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was good and the scallops were great but their recommendation for the thin pork chops were tough and dry. Desserts were ok not great.

JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our second visit to Central Market. The flavors are superb. This time shared small plates and the entree. Although we live in Sonoma CM is well worth drive.

SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant and excellent service. My only comment would be the noise level. This was my second visit to Central Market and this time I requested a quieter area. The booth for 4 was lovely, but we still had to raise our voices to hear each other in conversation. I wish there was something that could be done to dampen the acoustics! But, I will return! The food is just amazing and the service was fantastic!

DJ
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best restaurants we have visited during this past year. The food and service were all superb. We will be back.

B
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this place. Welcoming, great service and delicious food - fresh, innovative, perfectly executed.

j
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

quality has gone way done over the years....too much meat now in everything

NH
San Francisco
156 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely wonderful meal at Central Market tonight.

The highlight of our meal was our server, Alexis, who had mad people skills, deep knowlege of each item on the menu, an ability to blend menu items to create a virtual prix fix menu for 3 with incredible choicies and without a food overload. And a great sense of humor.

Started with half a dozen oysters and the grilled calamari atop a romescso sauce. OMG!
The salad course was sharing one portion of the little gem lettuce with chunks bacon, and hidden bits of blue cheese. One of my ongoing favorites here.
We had three different mains - short ribs, duck, and pork Milanese from the owners farm-raised heirloom pigs (another favorite that I’ve been jonesin’ for forever.)
And two desser a plum gallette with a bit of whipped cream and an off-the-menu dessert of two kinds of sorbet - Chocolate and Banana(?) with a raspberry sauce and a piece of banana.

Ahhhhhhha

S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic. There was a mix up between the restaurant and Open Table however. I had added two people to the reservation on line but somehow the restaurant didn’t get the update. They were very accommodating and served us all anyway.

ST
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is clearly one of the finest restaurants in Petaluma. Every changing menu to reflect what's new, fresh and local. Very interesting presentation and combination of ingredients - not odd, just well done.
Fine wine list and attentive waiters.
(They have NOT been known for their service in the past, so we were pleased to have good service - maybe because we requested a high-top toward the back.)
Recommended

s
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places! Great appetizers and mains. Simple to more elaborate dishes. Loved the duck confit!

k
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, service, and ambiance. Well worth the drive.

DP
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Alexis was our server and gave wonderful recommendations. We shared the oysters, the unusual fabulous corn, the sautéed calamari that had a bit of a char and less greasy than most, the scallops that were cooked perfectly as well as the spinach and mashed potatoes and the butterscotch pot of cream that came with a macaroon making it a perfect dessert. It was a spectacular meal!!!!

DT
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had my birthday dinner at Central Market and it was excellent as usual. Chef Tony put out a steady stream of great tasting, hand-crafted food from appetizers (surprisingly tasty zucchini strings and excellent grilled calamari) to dessert (plum galette!)

h
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I celebrated my birthday and Tony was so kind and generous. Our meal began with a starter of zucchini strings, totally addictive,we ordered a second one.
We had a fun sampling of starters, steak and halibut. All were fabulous with distinctive flavors. Don’t forget the incredible macaroons.
My friends who road the train from Santa Rosa to Petaluma we’re planning another visit by the end of our meal. Thank you Central Market for a very memorable experience

DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food choices well prepared and presented. We will return.

JL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Since we are locals, we have been to Central Market many times. This last time was a bit disappointing. Service was very slow and not that attentive. Yes, it was a Sunday night at peak time, (reservations at 6 PM) and the place was full. But, restaurants need to adjust to peak hours and the reservations made so they can accommodate a full house easily. My step-daughter ordered the lamb cabbage rolls and they were tasteless. Would have been better to add pork and seasonings to the stuffing.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food. We had the special and it was the Best steak we have had.

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

I asked the server about the scallops (being I always have bad luck with them at other restaurants) and he said, they were one of his favorite dishes. I decided to go for it and let me tell you I was NOT disappointed. For me probably the best I have eaten in a very, very long time. Will order them again!!! Central Market scallop fan for sure.

f
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Central Market is casual yet upscale at the same time. Both the service and the food are excellent, with a diverse menu making it easy to find something certain to please everyone in your party. Our go to place for visitors for out of town and also for special occasions.

IB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We ordered oysters and the waiter forgot to put in the order

MS
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate there for our anniversary and as always, the food was pretty amazing. We had shoestring squash for a starter - very tasty. I would have that dish over regular french fries any day. Our main dishes were wood fired sirloin steak and lamb stew. Both were quite delicious. I would have liked it if the pieces of lamb were bigger, they were pretty small about the size of a kidney bean. But the sauce itself was very good.
The service was really good and our waitperson was very attentive and really nice too.
Our dessert was a sumptuous plum galette - I could have eaten three or four servings yum!!
This is our second time at this restaurant and I highly recommend it to anyone.
I would disregard anything negative that you may have read on Yelp.

L
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service. The Halibut dish and Sea Scallop dish with garlic mash and spinach were so delicious I can’t wait to return!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

M
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming staff! Excellent service ! Really delicious food!!!! The pork is amazing!!!

KV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

celebrated our daughter's 19th birthday dinner at Central Market...it's always a go to for outstanding food and service...worth every $$$...never ever disappoints...

EK
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional, one of the best meals I've had in a long time. Service was great too!

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the fact that the chef visited the dining room several times during the evening, making personal contact with patrons. It felt good!

NA
San Diego
78 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Had eaten here previously and sat at bar given we had no reservations . Had a very good meal time and as such really looked forward to this visit
Was somewhat disappointed
We were one of the first reservations and arrived on time
Service was of course fine at first but became frustratingly spotty later. First course- a gnudi app was spectacular! The halibut was dry, too crusty and small the vegetables were way over spiced and the shared butterscotch dessert tasted bland?
My wife’s spare ribs looked good she seemed fairly satisfied except for the aforementioned lackluster service
Again, space is wonderful
Food can be very good
Wine service was lacking - we waited and waited to order wine by glass for mains
May be back

A
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for the very first time for our anniversary. The food was absolutely delicious. The noise level however was pretty high. But, we will be back!

S
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal from start to finish. We shared their little gems salad and I had short ribs with horseradish and gratin potatoes. My wife had scallops. Had a nice wine from very good list. Service was excellent. Great meal and experience. We will be back

T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Been there many times...this was first time in about a year. As usual food was very good. Service was slow. Had to ask for bread and water. Acoustics poor in the building and tables are too close together for comfortable conversation.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My meal and experience at Central Market was exceptional.
Great service, funky ambience and excellent and creative food. I had the spicy lamb cabbage rolls to start followed by the pork Milanese. I could have licked the plates.
Highly recommend and I will return often

RB
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Consistently great food, top notch service - everything truly fresh and delicious.

TT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Central Market. It was a birthday celebration and we didnt want to rush and our waiter was very good about accommodating that. We had the lamb cabbage rolls as an appetizer - very tasty, and two of us had the scallops - delicious!!, one had the sausage dish and loved it and one had a fresh pasta dish with fava beans that was very fresh and simple. The wine list is quite interesting, but a bit on the pricey side so we brought our own bottle and paid the $25 corkage fee (again - a bit high). This restaurant is pretty loud, but the atmosphere is fun and somewhat casual which was just what we were looking for. Would definitely go again!

JC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Love this place! The food is amazing and dessert was over the top - Valrohna chocolate tartlet with a crisp buttery shortbread crust was to die for! Our server seemed to be stretched a bit thin. Very nice but we found ourselves looking for him often for various things (red wine glasses, coffee we ordered, etc.). He was scrambling over a fairly large area and seemed like he knows what he was doing but was just too busy and didn’t seem to have much help. Would definitely go back!

SR
New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and our waitress was very accommodating and attentive. It was my son's birthday so they put us in a booth and when they brought out the desert, they added a simple candle. He enjoyed not having such a fuss about it birthday and having it acknowledged. Will definitely go back!

K
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Manhattan chowder and halibut entree were outstanding. The watermelon soda was very refreshing on a hot night

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