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L'ardoise Bistro

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Neighborhood:
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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Sunday
Closed
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 57
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 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
Most recent review
Excellent experience at L'ardoise Bistro

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 14, 2015
SFGAL8
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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85 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
179 reviews 179 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 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
Top Contributor
200 reviews 200 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
201 helpful votes 201 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
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Alamo, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Seattle
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98 reviews 98 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We dropped by for a drink on Thursday night and immediately made reservations for the next evening. Service was so friendly and the atmosphere is wonderful. Very romantic too. Everything is so fresh and tasty. Desserts are wonderful also. I just wished we did not have the noisy family next to us. This is NOT the place to bring your... More 

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Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Every time I visit SF the first thing I do is make reservations at L'Ardoise. The atmosphere is cozy and warm, the wine list is excellent, and the food is outstanding. The dishes are always fresh, cooked to perfection and reminds me of small bistros in Paris. The best way to describe this restaurant is rustic elegance. Go dressed up... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a charming little bistro adjacent to one of San Francisco's livelier neighborhoods. I was excited to be going. Upon arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff and well looked after. Our drinks were brought, orders taken by a charming French server and we were ready for an enjoyable evening. The food was good. No need to worry. You'll... More 

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

L'Ardoise Bistro is one of those places that you want to visit for an intimate and special occasion. This is not a walk-in kind of place, and it's so cosy bringing four others would be a stretch. That said, it's perfect for a Tête à Tête, anniversary or birthday celebration. It's provincial style YUMMY French food set in a lovely... 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?