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7:00 PM
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Le Central

1386 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Lunch: 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Dinner: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Bar: 11:30AM - 10:00 PM
Happy Hour (Bar only): 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Phone number
(415) 391-2233
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Johnny Tanphanich
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Private party facilities
We welcome you to our little bistro with a big heart. Dining alone, on a date, with visiting family, for a special occasion, or a familiar face, bienvenue chez nous. Gathering colleagues or close friends for a larger group event? We can do that, too. We can even provide a whole side of the restaurant for a more private dining experience. Let us know your needs and we will do what we can to accommodate them. We are here to take care of you.
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Private party contact
Melanie Tanphanich: (415) 391-2233
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Cross street
Grant and Kearny
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Parking details
Sutter-Stockton Garage
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Special events & promotions
Join us for Happy Mondays.... 50% off all wines by the bottle limit 2 per party Mondays from 5:30pm-10pm
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine


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Terms and Conditions: Includes Tax, excludes service, limit 2 per party.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 11, 2017

Ends: March 31, 2018

Availability: Mon 5:30PM-10:00PM

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What 1386 People Are Saying
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vipNeverDisappoints (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

I had the scallops and they were AMAZING. My husband got the chicken, which he liked, and I tasted his brussels sprouts. Smoked! Really, really good. Great service, too. Loved it!!

vipdeborahe (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Le Central is a SF institution for a reason! The ambience can't be beat and the food and service are exceptional. We loved their famous cassoulet and the Caesar salad was perfect.

OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

5%SFMC charge?
On top of the nowhere comes 5% charge...I gave 20% tips round up to $230 as grand total why charge me $238?

KingstonC (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

I have been eating at Le Central for 40 plus years...It is an old, dependable and excellent restaurant .... Still a major watering hole for politicos, power brokers, etc., in the City...No pretense, unless you need it.

Kevin (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We generally have Valentines here - Special to us. Food was very good and the Pre Fix is a nice way to have a complete meal. We will be back next year.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The waiter Tommy was very good. He made us feel special and welcome.

OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Waiter was quite nice. Not outstanding, but he did a good job. Food was ... alright. Not worth the money though. Waaay overpriced. The atmosphere was nice, so it’s fun for a night out, not for a special occasion.

vipJudd (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Birthday lunch- food was classic French and delicious and service- waiter was professional and experienced- recommend the Fois Gras and moules & pomme frites & classic French onion soup!

vipcurious (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

A great evening. We ordered 3 courses each for the two of us. No choices were the same. Everything was marvelous. A very pleasant and attentive waiter. We spend quite a bit of time dining out, and live in the Napa Valley. We are still talking about how wonderful dinner was and how we can't wait to go back again!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Disappointed by the food. Signature onion soup was great. Everything else just a little bland, especially the cassoulet.