Walnut Creek Branch - La Sen Bistro

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$31 to $50
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French
After its successful launched in Concord, La Sen Bistro is opening its second location in Walnut Creek serving the parallel French-California classic samples of duck confit, salmon in saffron sauce, lamb racks, beef bourguignon and filet mignon in Rossini sauce - just to name a few. These great samples were recognized by the Diablo Magazine, San Francisco Chronicles, Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News. In addition, these samples were also recognized by the Michelin Guide in 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Come join La Sen Bistro for a glass of wine and a taste of French-California cuisine. Cheers to good food and great companies. Bon Appetit!
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l
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely quiet lunch in Walnut Creek. The service was great. The good was tasty & reasonably priced. I had a salad with duck confit to start & my husband had the cream of asparagus soup. Then I had the crab cakes for my entree & my husband had a lovely puff pastry filled with prawns & mushrooms
Everything was delicious!

K
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was excellent. Enjoyed our dinner

f
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent with food and service. We frequent the restaurant for lunch 1-2 times per month. Can't comment on dinner since we never had dinner there before.

O
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Love the salad with superb crab cake

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was stellar! Can’t wait to go back and try something else

NK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Fifth visit to La Sen. Always perfect.

Nick

OT
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was a nice dinner. The food was pretty good and the service was good. The service lacked a little something that prevents this place from being a special occasion place, but I would definitely go back.

M
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Even though it’s located on a Main Street in Walnut Creek, it feels quieter than most restaurants. It’s rather cozy and not stuffy. The food is nice. However, even though La Sen is a bistro, the service was efficient, however unprofessional. One guy was host and server and bus person. His service was more fitting for a coffee shop, perfunctory, a bit too rushed with repeatedly trying to take our orders and clearing plates too soon. So all was good except service was just acceptable.

K
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ordered the rib eye steak and the scallops, both of which were delicious. The food at this restaurant never disappoints.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner! Everything we ordered was prepared perfectly and was absolutely delicious!

N
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food wete excellent as usual

OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great. Service was average. Would go back again.

IB
Italy
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best!

b
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent French-style cuisine. We sat at one of the front tables, looks out on the street, right next to the kitchen/bar area. Highly recommend! Service excellent, food likewise recommend duck l'orange, steak frites, mussels, scallops and labmb chops. We'll be back. It's walking distance to the Lesher Arts Center, a big plus.

t
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience1

First, let me say that I love this restaurant and none of the shortcomings I list would prevent me from going again. But. I have to say that with a little attention to detail and better service, it would be the best restaurant in Walnut Creek. The decor is awful and the floors are obviously in need of a deep clean. But the last two visits, service has been super slow - and the last time it was unapologetically slow. It was 20 mins until our wine came and an hour before we had our appetizers. The servers are nice, but seem to be oblivious about how behind everything is. I really wish this place would pick it up because their food is tremendous- every single time.

LM
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous, as always! Our out of town guests both ordered the lamb and were truly impressed...it was actually their favorite meal of all the places we took them in the East Bay.

GM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Definitely worth a visit. Pleasant bistro ambiance. Good choice of entree items. Appetizer selection limited. Food attractively plated. Wine selection somewhat limited but reasonably priced. Service on our latest visit was clumsy and mediocre.

WB
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Sen is definitely my favorite restaurant in this area. Outstanding in every category

J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious and we will definitely return. The waiter seemed very rushed and I think they may have been understaffed as it took an extraordinarily long time just to get our soup, which was excellent. Beef bourgignon was amazing.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

One of the best coq-au-vin I've had anywhere. The steak frites was excellent too

JT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

"Bistro" is a modest label to apply to a restaurant with this comprehensive a menu. This place is popular -- without an OpenTable reservation we would never have found a table for two on a Saturday night. La Sen Walnut Creek is not large -- it's narrow with a bar taking up much of the left side of the room. But it had all the right vibes of a good restaurant. The mood was lively and positive -- a full house and people were enjoying their food.

Our waiter was 100 percent professional. He recommended a few things but made no attempt to "sell" us. We brought our own wine. Throughout the meal he was there when needed and not when not. How often can a person say that about restaurant service these days?

Appetizers: My friend's onion soup was appropriately top-heavy and rich, and was well received. I ordered the duck pate, even though a Yelp reviewer thought theirs was stale. Mine was perfection. Perfection!

Entrees: Our appetizers were so rich and flavorful, we feared the main course would be an anticlimax. We were happily wrong. My friend's Boeuf Bourguignon was dark-sauced and hearty, as a winter stew should be. As for my duck a l'orange, it was perfectly cooked -- medium rare, pink in the middle. And its flavor was subtle -- despite the seasonings that unique fatty duck sensation came through. We had chosen well -- though I suspect it may not be possible to choose badly in this place.

Our dessert -- flourless chocolate cake, rounded out the evening nicely. They have no liquor license so cognac was not forthcoming. But we left sated and satisfied nevertheless. French cuisine (and while the Vietnamese influence was noted, this restaurant's food is definitely French) has a quality that, when well executed, transcends mere eating and takes the diner on what can only be called a sensual adventure. When flavors are new and complex your palate expands to fill the space and the feeling is sublime. And that is what we experienced at La Sen, Walnut Creek. We'll be back.

JW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food was like being in Paris. The French Chef is 5 STAR at La Sen. He knows French cooking even if he is NOT from Paris. We both loved the food. The duck, and mussels were Outstanding. The pear salad was just so.......FRESH and crispy. They made" mixed greens" taste GREAT.....lovely dressing. Janet W.

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moms birthday, great service.

J
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good. We were very impressed. When they knew we were celebrating our anniversary, they gave us complimentary dessert. If you love French Cuisine, you must check out La Sen Bistro. We will be coming back. Superb food.

B
San Francisco
109 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Quiet bistro with good food and service. $20 corkage fee.

TS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants. We look forward to our next visit.

P
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and great service

P
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy yummy food. The beef Bourguignon was delish. The bread so good. What a great restaurant 😋😋😋

J
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Walnut Creek residents and our first visit celebrating our anniversary. We will definitely go back.

JS
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food,service,and ambience all were excellent. I had the duck two ways and it was the best duck I’ve ever eaten. The duck was crispy on the outside, tender, delicious on the inside and served piping hot. My boyfriend had the scallops and they too were cooked to perfection. I will definitely come back again.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Service was quite slow sadly, first appetizer brought out more than 50 minutes after ordering (soup), entrees served nearly an hour and a half after placing our order.

The onion soup was really good, braised beef was okay, shrimp was perfect, duck breast was great and tender.

Tad bit pricier since it was New Years Eve, but their normal everyday pricing seems pretty fair.

Overall the very slow service really brought it down, especially when most of the meal was pretty good.

TC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday meal
With old friends never a miss on all points

DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfection. The scallops were firm, not soggy, with slight browning at the top. The stuffed delicata squash was creative and tasty. The wine list was excellant. The restaurant is small, intimate and very much the essence of a French bistro. And - wonder of wonders - one could speak to one's dinner companions without shouting. The best noise level in any restaurant I've experienced in some time.

WG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Christmas dinner here. Our food was cooked to perfection. We began our meal with a flavorful salad of lettuce, goats cheese, pomegranate seeds and fuyu persimmon. The dressing did not overpower the dish but complimented it. We then had the seared scallops with a little crab, just a few roasted fingerling potatoes, a few florets of cauliflower, all united with a swirl of sweet potato purée. Simply perfect. Desert was the most delicious chocolate pot de creme. Our server recommended a perfect French Chardonnay. The service was attentive but not bothersome. The restaurant was fully booked yet quiet enough for us to have an intimate conversation. We highly recommend this restaurant.

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our intimate table for two had a view of Main St. and the holiday sidewalk scene on Christmas day. Plenty of room between tables to provide a private experience. Service was excellent and the chef accommodated a special request. A change to our wine selection was also handled with the ease and class of a five-star establishment. Food was delicious - we had the halibut and the lamb, both were exceptional. The sauce on the halibut was the highlight of the night. A perfectly lovely overall dining experience. Highly recommended.

A
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Greeting was crude and off putting. Poor first impression as we were told to sit wherever by some care-less guy behind the bar. Service was fair but not attentive given the prices. Wine list was limited and unimpressive. Food was above average, a tad over cooked but nicely prepared. This place needs to upscale the dining room management and service to match what the kitchen delivers.

BL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend this place to anyone!! Fantastic dining experience!!

L
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I like that it is a small restaurant and this feels more intimate. A great place to catch up with friends. Only drawback is no cocktails but the wine is good

M
San Francisco
157 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was ungracious and cold. Very uncharming waiter. Seated in the front by the window. We felt like an afterthought. Excellent onion soup. Steak tartan good, but tiny portion. Duck confit good. It’s the attention to details that is lacking. It’s unfortunate, because it could be so much more if the restaurant was run properly with finess. Too bad; that was our first and last visit. A mediocre birthday celebration. And we were warned by friends who had a similar experience.

SK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience1

The food was good, but the ambiance could definitely use an upgrade - lighting, decor, music. I would have loved it if it had a more intimate vibe, but it felt a bit too sedate and old world. Also not a great place for kids - I had to buy a $32 steak for a little kid and would have appreciate kid portions and options. For a place rather empty, it would help to be more family friendly.