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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
+1 415-437-2600
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: French bistro fare & a varied wine list star in a cozy, colorful space.

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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
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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
Like being in France without having to travel

This is one of those rare finds when you are a tourist. Our Uber driver recommended this place and it surely exceeded even the wonderful expectation we were prepared for. Made the reservation thorough OpenTable and glad we did because the place is limited in seating and was packed. The Foie Gras... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This is one of those rare finds when you are a tourist. Our Uber driver recommended this place and it surely exceeded even the wonderful expectation we were prepared for. Made the reservation thorough OpenTable and glad we did because the place is limited in seating and was packed. The Foie Gras was amazing as was the Fresh Butter Lettuce... More 

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San Francisco
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

High quality french food in a quiet neighborhood (if only the restaurant were also quiet, like restaurants in France). French speaking staff (at least some), great service, and delicious food.

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New York
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Totally recommend to people visiting the city. A very comfortable place -- the staff are very approachable and make you feel welcome. The food is top quality and priced fairly. Nice wine list and good choices in the $30-$35 range. Make sure to reserve in advance. There are no more than 40 seats in the place.

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San Francisco
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51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Standard French bistro food --- quite good. Probably not worth a special trip, but if you're in the Castro neighborhood this is a good choice.

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Colorado
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98 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This was a business/social event. From start to finish, everything was outstanding. Service, with French accents adding to the ambiance, was perfect. Menu has plenty of choices. The coq au vin was terrific. Wine list is exceptional. This is a first class place in the Castro area. Highly recommended.

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Portland, Oregon
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71 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We were planning on going to Paris for our 20th Anniversary, but couldn't make it happen, so I found this adorable place on an Eater list of hidden gems in SF, so I made a res to start our holiday off with a taste of France. Perfect choice - the neighborhood could be around the. Eiffell tower, and so could... More 

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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Perfect service and excellent, developed traditional country French flavors make this a spectacular under-the-radar antidote to restaurant hype in SF. A corner bistro that slays all others. Complete with a real French accent in many cases, the service is affable but not intrusive.

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Los Angeles, California
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Started with fresh butter salad that on menu sounds ordinary, but is extraordinary by virtue of its dressing. Then steak and pommes frites with a sauce that was exciting because of its relationship to the meat. Savory, I don't get excited by sauce typically, but this was delicious beyond description. Great wine, Russian River sirah. Finally, dessert: floating island, every... More 

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Portland
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We found this restaurant via TripAdvisor search, as I was craving Coq au Vin (nothing beats wonderful French cuisine) and it looked to be very quaint. We took a taxi from the Fairmont and since there was a game, the driver took us through some 'colorful' neighborhoods in circumventing Market St. and to be honest, we were thinking "what have... More 

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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

I was treated to the most amazing dinner here. Everything was fabulous; food, drinks, service, dessert - amazing! I will definitely come back here again and again. I think it's my new favorite!

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Additional Information about L'ardoise Bistro

Address: 151 Noe St, San Francisco, CA 94114-1245
Phone Number: +1 415-437-2600
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 60
Cuisine: French, Bistro

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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: +1 415-437-2600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 60
  • Cuisine: French, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

French bistro fare & a varied wine list star in a cozy, colorful space.
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighborhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighborhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theaters and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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