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L'ardoise Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
The Castro
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151 Noe St, San Francisco, CA 94114-1245 (Henry)
+1 415-437-2600
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Portmarnock, Dublin, Ireland
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A GREAT bistro with fantastic staff. The food is exceptionally delicious & prices are very acceptable. If you are looking for traditional French food around the Silicon valley, you cannot go wrong with the Coq au Vin or even the famous escargots (snails). Where else in SF can you find a Angus Steak with French fries for only $22?

Thank Christophe B
Redwood City, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love L'ardoise! This tiny bistro is so perfectly charming, located on a tree-lined street just a few minutes off of Castro, but easier to approach from Market to avoid the steep walk. Enter the narrow glass fronted bistro through the corner door, and as you pass through the dark privacy curtains, you are greeted by an enthusiastic staff member... More 

Thank David B
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77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

It's off the beaten path. Located in the Castro district of San Francisco, is a little space of heaven that transport you to Paris. From the time you walk through the heavy draped doorway to the first piece of baguette delivered to your table you know you have arrived in Parisian paradise. The food is quintessentially French. Each course was... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

A great bistro and fantastic staff The food is amazing and the service is implacable Everything you wish for French food and more Very romantic spot for couples and love birds

Thank Elias B
Danville, California
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2017

Had dinner with my wife and 2 teenagers. We are French born so very often disappointed by French Restaurants in the Bay Area as either they are not real French food or they are too formal, expensive. We loved L'Artoise right away because of the Bistro feel, the atmosphere, the selection of the lights for the ambiance. Then the menu... More 

Thank ecolard
London, United Kingdom
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168 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

We chose this place based on OpenTable recommendations. We loved everything about it: kind service and helpful staff, lovely atmosphere, excellent wine list (French/Local) and recommendations from the staff. It's pricey if you want to drink good wine but well worth it for a romantic dinner. Definitely a good choice for a couple! Food is very good, your typical French... More 

Thank Gabriele G
Delft, The Netherlands
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158 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

L'Ardoise is always a sure choice in the neighborhood. The atmosphere is cosy, the staff are professional, attentive and friendly, and the food is great. Once again we were not disappointed! We had the Brussel sprout salad, the foie gras, the rack of lamb, the flat iron steak and the tarte tatin. Everything was excellent. We chose for a bottle... More 

Thank Herve L
San Antonio, Texas
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

The food and service were excellent. Truffle oil a bit too rich on the filet mignon. If ordered ask for either none or a very light dribble on the steak only.

Thank George C
san francisco
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54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Thought I'd give a review of something I love closer to home. This little gem is but a few blocks from Market Street in the Castro, and one of my favorite go-to's when I want to eat out. You usually need a reservation but they have a small bar you can sidle up to for a bite, if you'd like... More 

Thank marybanilow
Stamford, Connecticut
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61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

This is a great French bistro in the lovely Duboce Park/ Castro neighborhood. A real gem. The duck confit was superb. The beef bourgenon ravioli appetizer was delicious. The wine list interesting with a nice price range. A nice respite after walking around all day.

Thank TJDavis59

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $60
French, European
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 151 Noe St, San Francisco, CA 94114-1245
  • 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
French bistro fare & a varied wine list star in a cozy, colorful space.

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Staying in The Castro

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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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