Walnut Creek Branch - La Sen Bistro

4.5
632 Reviews
$31 to $50
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 632 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always amazing food, wonderful service and welcoming atmosphere. Never disappoints.

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vipElinaScotch
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Great location. Not our first time. Not our last.

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marias
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We sat outside on the street and it was really noisy with the cars passing. My salad was good but the french onion soup was not very tasty and the cheese was burnt at the top. Our entrees were Ok. The beef bourguignon was overcooked and the sauce was on the sweet side, a bit sugary. And the food took a long time. The waiter was very nice and brought our wine right away but I have had better french cuisine elsewhere.

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RosemaryO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Sen Bistro is a gem of a restaurant.

We had excellent service and a delicious meal, followed by to die for profiteroles!

I highly recommend this sweet little restaurant! Friendly ambience, wonderful service, excellent food!!

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Darkmountain44
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Be serious...if I gave a bad rating THEN I might produce 50 words FIVE STARS MEANS WONDERFUL!,

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ElizabethC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Tried to get into Reve in Lafayette as we were craving French food but they were sold out. La Sen in WC got very good reviews. We had a delightful experience. Alexis, our server, set the fun and comfortable tone. She was welcoming and warm and made menu suggestions that were helpful and not overwhelming. She had a great presence and checked in with us throughout our meal. We appreciated her experience and accommodation very much. Ambiance was a bit bland, but we ate indoors with social distance and figured it was all Covid dynamic. Food was very good. The rack of lamb was excellent. My husband loved the duck. We would definitely go back. Looking forward to a more finished and cozy indoor dining experience with a more intimate feel next time. We appreciated the effort by the chef/kitchen in preparing a high quality dinner. It was a treat to enjoy fine dining close to home on a Friday night.

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vipSparkie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service, glad this place made it through covid

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BenjaminT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The food was delicious. Sadly, it took almost 2 hours for three courses to be served. I experienced this in a previous visit. Excellent food. Bizarrely paced service. The restaurant needs a refresh as well. It seems to have not had an update since it was either a Mexican or Spanish restaurant. Not sure about going back due to the glacial pace of the service I experienced on a relatively quiet night.

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SarahW
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely our favorite place to go for dinner. The waitress is so personable and lovely. The food is to die for and the daily soup special is always a must!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service- thank you!

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vipBudncam
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What a treat to still have a good all-around French restaurant available! An expansive menu touches all the right bases and everything we've had was exquisitely prepared. Reasonable pricing even if the wines seemed pricey.

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FeinbergFamily
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, good service. Great social distancing between tables, comfortable enough to sit indoors

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vipRebeccaB
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was very good. This was out first time to the Walnut Creek location. Service seemed uneven and apathetic so not sure what was going on there.

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fatunclediningout
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been to Le Sen many times. This time is no different. We enjoyed the food etc very much. We look forward going there again.

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DKWLTN1815
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very good value. All aspects of our dining experience exceeded expectations. We look forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food impeccably prepared. Scallops were superb. Lamb was expertly cooked. Crème Brûle was outstanding.
Everything was perfect. I don’t have enough superlatives to share!

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ReneeG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Their service and their food is always spot on. One of my favorite restaurants.

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TammyV
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was great but the customer service was lousy. The people there are not very friendly

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vipAngieLafayette
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This restaurant is so amazing, and should get 5 stars, but being greeted by grumpy young man, who made it clear he was annoyed by my request to simply move table away from very windy open door, was not ok...
Our server was amazing, our good delicious, he should not be the host-zero people skills.
It’s too bad, but it would definitely deter us from returning...

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vipBarb
San Francisco
114 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal
And great service. Food was delicious!

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LindaR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Sitting outside was a little noisy because of rude drivers.

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vipODIE
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We came for Mother's day and this was our first visit to the Walnut Creek branch restaurant. Our meals, as shown in the pictures, was good, just not great. Could be due to emergence from Covid and spinning the waitresses/waiters back up, but service did not seem to be in the best mood. The best part of the meal was dessert. Also, the street noise (not the restaurant's fault) was very off-putting. We could have visited on an off night, but overall, we thought the meal and service was not enough to want to visit again until dining indoors is an option.

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vipaltoby
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Had reservation for 6:30 and seated promptly outdoors. Unknown to us when we made the reservation was there was a band next door playing outside. Between the band and the traffic it made for a noisy evening. Apparently they no longer have a liquor license as they only serve the wine list. The meal came at 7:30 and was good but not up to the past very good meals we have had there and at their prior location in Concord. My meat was overcooked and the vegetables were cold. We both said we would not be coming back in the near future.

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vipJrst
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

La Sen Bistro has excellent French food, very traditional. Seemed the kitchen was a little backed up, they have inside limited and outside as well. But everyone was cheerful and nice. Great duck...good dining experience, will be better when they have more kitchen staff...

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Marc
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Sen is an excellent family run restaurant with great food and warm service.

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CMarie
London
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great. I will for sure be visiting again

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food.. a little bit of France in walnut creek. Great service and relaxing atmosphere

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OlgaK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will come back to try another items from menu. Loved the food.

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fatunclediningout
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Sen is one of our favorite restaurants for years. We are glad that it has survived the pandemic. Hopefully it will be fully open for lunch as well in the near future.

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Neggy
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food. Dined outdoors during pandemic.

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vipHman
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Great food, but service was super super super slow. Brutally slow. Took us over 2 hours for dinner and we didn’t even order desert bc we had to go back bc if baby sitter. The food was fantastic tho.

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tinaw
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Came for mom's bday, per her request.

Years ago we were in France together and she wanted to reconnect with the cuisine...

She didn't know that the lamb shank sauce would be sweet in profile [likely our mistake to not realize] and it was perfectly cooked but she doesn't prefer sweet w. meat dishes.

They did not hesitate to switch out her dish and she was happy with the ratatouille w the yummiest polenta...

Service was excellent, and my halibut was PERFECTLY cooked, seasoned and delicious!

She loved her birthday flourless chocolate cake with gelato --

Thank you for helping to make her 74th bday meal special!

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vipSteveL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A French restaurant well worth a visit

We had our first ever meal at Le Sen Bistro a few days ago and WOW!
The flavors of each distinct course were amazing. The steak tartare was delicious, the Salade de Confit de Canard had plenty of duck, the Boeuf Bourguignon was delectable and the Apple & Bluberry pastry with french vanilla ice cream superb.

The restaurant is in the heart of Walnut Creek yet a hidden gem.
Well worth a visit and you too will find your new favorite French restaurant.

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Carol
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to La Sen 3 times in 2 weeks and the crab cakes, calamari appetizer, scallops,and the salmon are all wonderful. The merlot wine was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Real gem.

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foodie2013
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and quality of food!

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Jonathan
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The visit was very nice. The food and service were great.

TC
True2Concord
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!!! Food , service, and ambiance even though limited dining due to COVID...Experience is always the best!

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Carol
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I know that when La Sen is able to move back inside it will be a better experience. The food and service are great. The vehicle sound is not their fault-circumstances beyond their control. Some friends and I are going on Apr. 10th to be sure to keep them in business because of good food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t avoid the noice when you have to sit outside on the street due to pandemic

FAQs

Walnut Creek Branch - La Sen Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (925) 448-8187.

Walnut Creek Branch - La Sen Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 632 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.