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Le Central

453 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Chinatown)
(415) 391-2233
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Ranked #542 of 4,950 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $31 - $40
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Bistro
Neighborhood: Chinatown
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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English first
Brooksville, FL
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This charming French bistro has wonderful food and excellent service. I love steak tartar and have had it all over Europe and the United States. This is some of the best ever! Lots of flavor, very fresh. My wife loved the onion soup - not too salty and great flavor. She also had the grilled wild salmon - scrumptious and... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Le Central….. Tres European! When I first learned that we are going to meet friends from out of town at this French restaurant I was a little skeptical….and it got worse when I saw the entrance to the restaurant. However, once we enter the restaurant, everything changed! Is the typical French bistro! Loved it! The food is delicious – except... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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86 reviews 86 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

If you are staying in the area, try this very typical French bistro. The service is great (thank you, Cindy and colleagues for being appropriately attentive but not rushing me) and their signature dish, a meaty, creamy, thick, flavourful cassoulet, a filling stand-out. I've been to SanFrancisco twice in the last several years, and sought out Le Central both times... More

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Meyreuil, France
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209 reviews 209 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

There are several restaurants and bars on Bush St San Francisco that make you think you might have stumbled into the French Quarter. One of them, and possibly the oldest, is Le Central, a proper French Bistro in the Downtown District. The menu is very French, very Provençale. There were three of us for dinner and after cocktails we all... More

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Los Angeles
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Yes, proper French would be "Maison" but this had more of a ring to it. There are newer, more cutting edge places that I love in SF but this long-time little gem of a restaurant has been a San Francisco treat for me for over 30 years, especially (but not exclusively) for its wonderful, earthy cassoulet. There is a chalkboard... More

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Collingwood, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a relatively small French Restaurant in San Francisco. It appears to be quite popular. The food and service are excellent as is the ambiance. It is very much a restaurant you might visit in France. The menu and wine choices were very good. Prices were reasonable for that type of restaurant. Unfortunately, we were seated next to the... More

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Davis, California
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177 reviews 177 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We come to San Francisco every year for an investment conference, and this is our favorite place to dine in the downtown area, just a short walk from Union Square. The food is consistently good and the service is impeccable. There is a very intimate atmosphere and it is never noisy. You definitely feel like you are in a French... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I had the filet mignon. It was absolutely cooked to perfection for me. In the middle of a busy week, I was pretty tired and just wanted a great meal with a nice glass of wine. I also went for something close to my hotel. I enjoyed the ambiance as well. As a solo business traveler, it hit the spot!!

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

After a day of noshing and drinking at other French Bistros & Wine Bars for Bastille Day...it was time for a meal with "substance." So I willing sat at the bar, since tables were full for the French holiday. Le Central is a smart, elegant place where all the staff had on their berets! Such welcoming bartenders who kept my... More

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Monterey, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Food is consistently high quality, creative, great portions,& super wait staff (ALL have been there for a long time which tells you something about the place) I always have the Cassoulet, often imitated never equalled! You can't lose with that dish

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Additional Information about Le Central

Address: 453 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number: (415) 391-2233
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: French, Seafood, Bistro

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