Opened in 1974, Le Central has been serving traditional French cuisine for over four decades, boasting the honor of being San Francisco’s most historic French bistro. Conveniently located on the cusp of the bustling financial district and downtown Union Square, Le Central stands out in a rare one-story historic brick building, crowned by a vintage Tabac sign. Offering classic French faire such as Filet Mignon au Poivre, slow-cooked Cassoulet and Roast Chicken Pommes Frites, Le central’s cuisine is comforting yet sumptuous. The exposed brick walls, stained glass features, and imported brass bar invite you to retreat and unwind in its charming, brasserie atmosphere. Le Central is the downtown stop for locals and visitors looking for a classic meal, delicious glass of wine, and a taste of la belle vie.
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Valid For: 1 - 20 people
Starts: July 23, 2019
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Great French food! Amazing service. Will be back!
Classic sf/french. Always perfectly executed
Met a friend at Le Central, we both were in town for business but this was a social meal. The martini was perfect. Bone marrow appetizer scrumptious. I had the special, Boudin noir, very tasty, my friend the shrimp, buttery and finger licking good. Great service, not noisy, a real find.
A lovely place to dine. Great ambience and food. The maître d was amazing!
Great food, good service, nice quiet atmosphere. I had the steak tartar appetizer which was great! We’ll be back!
Many surprises on the menu...nice vibe for San Francisco...
Very nice salad with sliced nectarine, robust broth in the onion soup, and tasty cassoulet. Very enjoyable.
The beignets were unbelievably fluffy and tasted out of this world!!
L’escargot bourguignon was beautifully flavoured in garlic butter and had us finishing off the butter with the bread that was brought to our table (accompanied by room temperature butter).
The pan-roasted halibut was very delicately flaky and the vegetables were all grilled to the right texture, without being mushy.
The crevettes geantes, jumbo prawns, were very tastefully marinated and grilled, the accompanying fregola (couscous-like pasta), corn, asparagus, snap peas simmered in wine and butter complemented the prawns very well.
we were warmly greeted & promptly seated. service was good and drinks brought quickly. suggestions were appreciated regarding wind & daily specials.
food was good, cold salmon on cucumber was particularly well prepared.
Mt friend ‘s birthday and we enjoyed every minute at Le Central. Been here many times as we are locals. Also they never miss on the delicate tastes of the food.
This is an authentic french restaurant. Very friendly staff and delicious food. They gave us recommendations on food and drinks.
It was a very warm evening but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and our respective choices of entrees. Our wait person was quite attentive but then let us enjoy our conversation and lingering after our meal was finished. We were not rushed in any way. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed dining at Le Central. It was great for catching up with old friends because the other diners around us were quiet and respectful. Compared to so many new chi chi places, it was refreshing to have such a nice evening out.
Been going here for forty years. Food consistently fine. Very sorry to see the decline in popularity. Le Central used to be a happening at noon. The Millennials have missed out on these Sf traditions. The older regulars are dying off I guess. Friday lunch at le central was the place to be in the City. Stories and gossip abound. Food great. Wine great. Drinks perfect. Women beautiful. What else is there in a restaurant?
Everything here is so professional. The food is excellent. Service is great.
What a great find: A Paris experience. The menu is short and to the point with the cod brandade an immediate winner. You cannot go wrong with the classic Salade Nicoise nor the pommes frites. A true bistro with a great staff.
We had the best meal of our trip here. I got the soup (French Onion) to start with and the Filet for my main course. Everything was perfect! The waiter helped me choose a perfect wine to pair that just made the meal even better. We got the creme brulee and it was a great way to end the meal. My husband and I made it a rule that every time we're in SF we MUST eat here. It's too good to pass up.
The food was great, the service exceptionally good. We had a great time.
Second time coming here, and again I was not disappointed. Very good quality food and a classic French atmosphere.
The restaurant needs to offer more small plate/ appetizer selection-
Every Thursday I have lunch at Le Central! This week I had the halibut and the saffron fumet was stellar!
Charming old school traditional San Francisco restaurant. The food does not disappoint. For an entree I had a truly excellent halibut with mushrooms and vegetables.
Great for pre theatre dinner. Happy hour offerings seemed nice but we did not try them.
Lunch was superb. I can't remember ever having more delicious sautéed jumbo prawns, with snapped peas and corn. My only regret was not ordering a wine to compliment the main course. My two guest were equally pleased with their main dishes. The service is always unhurried. Le Central is just the place to go after attending a recital at Noontime Concerts, San Francisco's musical lunch break.
Our service was excellent. Three of us ordered the linguini and clam special which was edible, but extremely salty. My husband ordered the chicken which was tough. The heirloom tomato salad was excellent. We have come here for many years, and the food is usually good, this time it was way off.
My friends and I love coming for dinner to enjoy an evening. Service is great, food exceptional and an iconic S F establishment. Easy to get to off of Union Square. Have been able to dine at Herb Caen’s table several times!
Overly salted halibut, or was it the vegetables? Interesting how there can be amazing lunch experiences at ale Central, and then some misses.
The food is fine, excellent. The French Rose is also good. The desert The Bailey's cheesecake is divine. However, the restaurant is a bit expensive, but it is worth the visit.
Unfortunately the roasted chicken was overcooked and dry. We were placed in the bar area by your host and noticed the dining room had space during our entire meal, it was a bit noisy due to a party going on in the back of the bar. The only saving grace was our waiter who did a great job.
The food was very tasty. We were disappointed that it was so noisy - hard to hear each other converse across a table, or even to hear the accordion music that was a special for Bastille Day. I am assuming the BD crowd also was to blame for fairly slow service. I would try it again on a less busy evening!
Bastille Day celebration at Le Central was great. Food & service, and live music. A wonderful evening.
For more than 20 years we've dined here and it's always wonderful. A real gem.
Special-- Short Ribs of Beef were exceptional. Likewise the Triple Chocolate Cake.
Great food. Great ambiance. Very french setting and super service. Menu is well planned and do not miss the Casoulet. Hidden gem of San Francisco.
A personal favorite Financial District spot for a timeless San Francisco business lunch experience. Classic French bistro menu - can’t go wrong!
Le Central was excellent as always, food and service was beyond reproach.
Classic French restaurant. First visit, so had to try their Cassolette. Very good; happy I ordered it. (A previous review mentioned it was too salty; if so, I think they corrected the issue).
I eat here every time I visit San Francisco. I always have the cassoulet. The recipe has been changed slightly from its earlier version but it was still great. In general, a new chef has updated the menu in the last year or two.
The food was very good indeed, and the choice of dishes on the menu was also adequate. Furthermore, we enjoyed the wine and the sine server. Altogether, I felt I would like to return again, as I had not eaten there forever 15 years.
The food was great. The only problem is that it took a long time to get your food, especially during lunchtime. If the food could come out faster it would be perfect.
Our waiter was rude and we didn’t get any attentions from him. I noticed that we clearly didn’t have the same service than the people next to us, I guess we were speaking other languages? I don’t appreciate discrimination....