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Le Central, Bristol, RI

Le Central

4.9
4.9
463 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French
Le Central is a French bistro, focusing on modern interpretations of classic dishes featuring local products from Sakonnet Lobsters, Four Town Farm (Seekonk, MA), Walker's Farm (Barrington, RI), Scott the Bassman, and Little Rhody Eggs (Foster, RI). Low lighting, checkerboard floor tiling, glass tabletops, and French nu-Jazz provide an intimate yet warm and familiar atmosphere. Chef-owner Jesse James spent his early career in Boston, working with chefs Moncef Meddeb at L'Espalier and Jasper White at Jasper's, with further experience at other landmark restaurants in New York, France, and Italy. Le Central is the third restaurant he has designed, built, and operated, after Aperto (Est 1992) and Boca Rotis (Est 1997), both in San Francisco. The large painting by Inez Storer on the south wall of the restaurant (which also serves as our logo) is of Jesse's son, Sam (the current General Manager & Beverage Director), and his childhood dog, Skye. Inez wouldn't say who the guy in the chair is.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, Farm-to-table, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (401) 396-9965
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jesse James
  • Private party facilities
    Semi-private room and full restaurant available for private events/parties of 10-80 guests. Please email Sam at sam@lecentralbristol.net for booking inquiries.
  • Neighborhood
    Bristol
  • Cross street
    State Street, Bristol, RI 02809
  • Parking details
    Ample street parking and public lots within a half block of the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    RIPTA 60 Providence/Newport - Hope and State (Bristol)
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 463 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

463 Reviews
  1. Dreamer

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We arrived for our 5:30pm reservation to an empty restaurant, which caused us to have some doubts. The service was wonderful, our server was friendly and helpful. The French Onion Soup is out of this world, the best either of us have ever had! I ordered the coq au vin, which was very good, and she ordered the short rib and frites special. We were both a bit surprised when she was asked if she wanted it medium rare; we were expecting it to be braised. Her ribs were served medium, as she had ordered, and were very good. The drinks were expensive. I paid $18 for a scotch on the rocks, but the "standards" were not on the menu. There was no Johnny Walker, Glenlivet, or Glenfiddich but it seemed to be all higher end scotches that I had never heard of. I forget which one I ordered, but it was good. While it was our first time going, and we didn't know much about the Bistro, we later found that the Le Central has been around for quite some time. All we knew was that the reviews I saw were all good. We both enjoyed the experience and felt the prices for the meals were reasonable. We would definitely recommend Le Central to friends.
    Le CentralResponded today
    We're glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us! Our busy periods tend to be more unpredictable than most restaurants, which can understandably lead to trepidation when guests arrive during what are typically peak business hours and find a quieter dining room. Regarding our beverage program, we've tried to create a balance of options that best complement our menu while offering a breadth of expressions within each category. While this definitely results in a fair amount of them being unfamiliar to our guests, they're all selections that we believe are some of the best within their niche/price point, and our staff is always happy to help you navigate it to find something you'll enjoy. We appreciate the kind words, and hope to see you again soon! Best, Sam (GM)

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  2. Donncha

    Greater Boston

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I recommend this place highly. They pulled out all the stops for Mother’s Day and made it very special. The service was very attentive without being intrusive, and the food was very good. The cream of cauliflower soup, a first for me, was delicious.
    Le CentralResponded today
    Thank you so much for the kind words! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed Mother's Day with us; it's one of our busiest days of the year, and it's great to know our small staff's hard work is recognized and appreciated. We hope to see you again before the next holiday! Best, Sam (GM)

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First time eating here and was pleasantly surprised. Everything was delicious!

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  4. LoriC

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always and A+ service! Our favorite place in Bristol.

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  5. ShawenW

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Eat here regularly - great food and service, perfectly quiet for conversation.

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  6. LouV

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A rarity around here, someone in the kitchen loves tradition and respects and loves cooking for neighbors. Elegantly simple, just so pleasing to dine there.

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  7. JMKiefer

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an absolute gem for brunch and we will be back! My only critique would be to not serve a side salad if it is not fresh. Some of the lettuce was quite wilted. Maybe serve a different side dish if fresh vegetables aren't available. But otherwise, we really enjoyed our meal and the staff.

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  8. alwaysdelicious

    Greater Boston

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Unpretentious French bistro, friendly service and a good, but not great meal

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  9. Jane

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service -- nice selection of food -- fresh and tasty -- reasonable pricing -- good location in Bristol -- all in all, a very pleasant experience.

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  10. donalds

    Naples

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good restaurant. We will return. I would award 4.5 stars.

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FAQs

Le Central offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 396-9965.

Le Central is rated 4.9 stars by 463 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Le Central

483 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809-1807

Additional information

  • Cross street
    State Street, Bristol, RI 02809
  • Neighborhood
    Bristol
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, Farm-to-table, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Ample street parking and public lots within a half block of the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    RIPTA 60 Providence/Newport - Hope and State (Bristol)
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jesse James
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (401) 396-9965
  • Private party facilities
    Semi-private room and full restaurant available for private events/parties of 10-80 guests. Please email Sam at sam@lecentralbristol.net for booking inquiries.
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