Le Central

4.5
72 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
French Bistro focused on local products from Sakonnet Lobsters, Four Town Farm, Walkers Farm, Scott the Bassman, Long Island Ducks, Little Rhody Eggs. We offer French classics with a modern, local interpretation.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French, Farm-to-table, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–1:45 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–1:45 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–8:45 pm
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Phone number
(401) 396-9965
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jesse James
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Cross street
State street
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Parking details
Ample street parking and public lots within half block of restaurant
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 72 People Are Saying
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New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting salad featuring shrimp and avocado, tasty enough to order again. Swordfish special was as moist and tasty as could be, served with perfect green beans. Pavlova with lemon curd and fruit made a nice dessert. Pleasant and attentive service.

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KH
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent Le Central for week night "close the kitchen" Holidays. You cannot beat Jamie's cooking, he turns out classic, savory and satisfying French Bistro meals at a wonderful price. Save room for dessert!

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r
New England
37 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Charming, high-quality offering of French cuisine in Bristol. If we lived in the area we would be regulars.

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EP
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second visit in 3 weeks, the food is outstanding, service is great prices are reasonable. So lucky to have this restaurant so close

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T
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gone by on many occasions but never noticed. Used a coupon this time, but expect to return with or without one often from now on.

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M
New England
42 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks and great service. Everything at Le Central is outstanding. Startviff with a Smash, followed by the cold shellfish platter, then the Steak Frits, salmon, or the beef bougnigen.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

Service was mediocre. Ordered Beef Bourginon, Julia Childs would have been disappointed!!!

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DG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

First visit 4 people 2 had fair meals; 2 of us ordered boeuf bourguinon, which was nothing more than some medium cooked beef pieces thrown on top of vegetables and potatoes, not the classic, long-cooked dish French food lovers enjoy (menu described a72 he cooked short rib which it was not). Knowing French food and other places to get it, we will not return.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience at Le Central. We won coupons at a School One fundraiser. I made a reservation from my cell on the road--worked very well. We were the first ones to arrive at 5pm and informed our server that we had 45 minutes before catching the ferry to Prudence Island. She was diligent in asking the chef if our choice from the menu would be ready in time. We had an excellently prepared dinner of Moroccan Chicken-presentation was lovely! The French music playing softly in the background created an ambiance that transported me back to a restaurant in Paris many years ago. Can't wait to return to try lunch/brunch and dessert-we didn't have time for dessert! Have already told two friends about our experience.

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LR
New England
29 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was good, Ambiance for a Sat. pm was slow and not very festive. Better places to go in area with more lively ambiance. Poor Savignone Blanc choices. Staff was friendly.

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GH
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb meals enjoyed by all three people with different food selections. Well trained waitress was great compliment to the atmosphere. Thanks.

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A
New York Area
296 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great little spot, always a great meal, probably the best food in town and one of the best French spots in RI. Looking forward to my next meal!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Love this bistro. Food and service was high quality. Ambiance was average... very quiet and think Parisian music with some lanterns as hip factor would liven the place up. Don't think Bristol has a hip factor though with no disrespect. Maybe post labor day is mello...will return!

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f
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just as we expected, had been there a long time ago and this food was absolutely delicious, quiet to have an enjoyable conversation with our friends. Desert was awesome too! Will definitely go back worth the drive and every penny!...

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M
New England
42 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding! Start off with Mojito and the Smash. For appetizers it was a first time Sakonnet lobster bisque and the Tuna Ceviche is always fresh and plentiful. For main entrees it was the special Swordfish (great) and the Steak Friets is always fresh and excellent. To wrap it up is bread pudding and the 3 ice creams served together. Be there. Jack the server was outstanding! Thank you!

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EB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Central never disappoints. Menu has something for all. The atmosphere is casual and quiet, and the service is top notch. Love the olives and bread which arrives to enjoy before the meal. Always a wonderful experience!

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M
New England
42 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Started off with drinks, get their Mojito and the Smash. Get 2! Next was the Plateu Grande (raw bar) that was great. The entrees of Duck confit and Lamb were equally perfected. Finished with turtles, ice cream and bread pudding. Can’t wait to go back!

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R
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh hot quality food
Friendly helpful staff
Nice atmosphere spent 2 1/2 hours in quiet conversations

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A
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had eaten at Le Central for lunch several times, always enjoying the mussels served in a cast iron crock. Mussels were not on the menu the first time we came for dinner, so we started, after very pleasant drinks, with onion soup, a nice rich broth with the onions and the perfect amount of cheese - gooey enough without being messy. The green salad which we split was just enough, knowing what was coming: the grilled lobster with green beans, fingerling potatoes, and beet chunks. The lobster was halved for easy removal of the tail, and the claw meat had been removed and placed atop the tail meat. The lobster was moist, and perhaps the tastiest we had ever experienced. The highlight dessert was cherry marscapone tart reminiscent of cheesecake. One scoop of salted chocolate ice cream (we could have opted for two) was a fine finish for a delightfully memorable meal
Service throughout our meal was pleasant and perfectly timed. We look forward to a return visit soon.

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New York Area
296 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

For a slightly small French bistro menu, it's the best place to go in RI. It's not a high end place, it's just a very casual spot that offers great options with great service.

Our entire party was very impressed, we'll all go back, and can't imagine there's a weak link anywhere in their menu.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Susan was superb and professional, exceptionally well-mannered and also fun. We'll definitely be back!

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful meal and service but a/c issues..it was extremely humid and, even though the a/c was on, doors left open..even though we asked them to close them..our friend, with asthma was having a difficult time..

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KH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was good. No air conditioning! Small but good selection of entrees and wines. Great French bread.

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LC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch with a couple of girlfriends. The Eggs Benedict and the Dutch Pancake were both delicious.

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FG
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good evening restaurant in Bristol RI. We had a nice family dinner on the Bastille Day.

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CW
New England
24 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a delicious meal at Le Central for my husband's birthday. We both had a delicious fresh salad with just the right ratio of dressing to greens. I had the grilled lobster and my husband had the cog au vin. He probably made the better choice, but I enjoyed mine too. We had the apple tart for dessert which I thought was great with 2 lovely handmade chocolates. The server was fantastic. The ambiance was nothing special, but the the delicious meal and service was perfection.

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MP
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was wonderful!

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DT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Serve, food and venue well awesome.

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LG
New England
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for lunch. Excellent food! Great atmosphere. Friendly staff. Definitely would go again.

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HD
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Father’s Day brunch. What we had was delicious- although we were late arrivals and several options weeknight longer available. We’ll return and try them another time.

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D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family visiting from Europe

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l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good meal and experience at LeCentral. Thanks!

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BB
New England
27 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had a Saturday date night @ the lovely restaurant in Bristol, RI called Le Central. Oh my! what an experience. The food, the music, and the service gave us the feeling of being in a far away place, with the taste, so unique, that it was like a symphony playing to our taste buds. My wife had fish and I had the duck leg with kimchi, sweet potato, and sausage. MMM, so good! Our waitress Nickie, the staff, and Steve the owner really outdid themshelf to serve us a great meal. Thank you all. Needless to say, we will be back!
Bob and Susan B

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think it's a great area and for food. I just hope in the future they can come out with a larger list menu. Great food overall

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TG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch with colleagues.

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F
New England
26 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day was extra special because we all enjoyed an amazing meal!

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P
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent oysters! A great meal overall. We highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Wonderful people and wonderful food.

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AR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful brunch experience

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C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely meal with friends. As always, the food was fantastic. The service is friendly and attentive without hovering. This is one of our "go-to" spots!

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