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L'ardoise Bistro

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The Castro
French, Bistro
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151 Noe St, San Francisco, CA 94114-1245 (Henry)
Church Street Castro Duboce Park/Duboce and Noe Duboce and Church
415-437-2600
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations

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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Parisian Experience in San Francisco

This tiny bistro on Noe St. just north of Market is reminiscent of the multitude of corner bistros found all over Paris -- even the waitstaff are French. We had the Coq au Vin which came with the signature rich, dark sauce, and which did not disappoint. I found the staff attentive, caring and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
cjuneau
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Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This tiny bistro on Noe St. just north of Market is reminiscent of the multitude of corner bistros found all over Paris -- even the waitstaff are French. We had the Coq au Vin which came with the signature rich, dark sauce, and which did not disappoint. I found the staff attentive, caring and polite; the menu somewhat limited, but... More 

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San Francisco, California
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114 reviews 114 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This was our second visit to L'Ardoise and it was just as good as the first. The staff is very friendly and efficient. The first visit we had some time constraints and they made sure we got out on time. This second visit was more leisurely and we tried the coq au vin, which was delicious and the steak and... More 

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san rocco
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177 reviews 177 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The food is really very very good, everything on the menu, I have been there many times, tried meat, fish and the wonderful salads, letting alone the pommel frites, good selection of wine at a reasonable price for San Francisco, great service, wonderful relaxed cozy atmosphere like only the French could create

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Very Romantic place in a quiet neighbourhood. Nice french waiters who take good care of you. Huge portions of typical french dishes, perfectly executed.

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San Francisco, California
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181 reviews 181 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Happiness is finding a good French restaurant close to home. We had a lovely dinner in this cozy and inviting bistro. The food was excellent and the service very good. We shared the shrimp raviolis and they were terrific. Then we had the mushroom risotto and the seafood cassoulet. Both delicious. The floating island was quite good but was no... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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256 reviews 256 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Perhaps it was the seating, but my 2nd time wasn't quite as special as the first. We sat at the back this time & up front the first time. I don't know if that was it, but it felt different. The food is fantastic - service is great. I will go back, but maybe sit closer to the front. I... More 

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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A gem of a restaurant in one of San Francisco's most vibrant neighborhoods. It's on a quiet and beautiful street that is only a few minutes walk from several train and bus lines. It reminded me of bistros I've visited in Paris. The food is superb and the staff are attentive and extremely helpful. This is an excellent restaurant for... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Close your eyes and imagine you are in Paris. This small Castro-neighborhood bistro is a must for those traveling to San Francisco who want to experience something special that is predominantly frequented by the locals. The restaurant maintains a wonderful wine list and delicious French cooking. The heavily accented Parisian staff is extremely friendly, and never intimidating. The atmosphere is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We visited San Francisco for our 5th Anniversary and only had one night for dinning. After reviewing TripAdvisor we decided to go a little out of the way on where we were staying which was in Fisherman's Wharf. L'ardoise was worth the trip. There were many locals dining there which gave it a much better feel than a tourist location... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

A small, out of the way place in San Francisco. It's well worth the visit. We started the meal with their charcuterie platter followed by duck confit and salmon over polenta. Yum. We're going to go back for more.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 151 Noe St, San Francisco, CA 94114-1245
    (Henry)
  • Public Transportation: Church Street Castro Duboce Park/Duboce and Noe Duboce and Church
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighborhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: 415-437-2600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: French, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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