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L'ardoise Bistro

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Wed, 10/16
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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner
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APPETIZERS‎
6
soup du jour
8
fresh butter lettuce salad
with‎ smoked olive oil vinaigrette & marinated white anchovies
11
tiger prawn ravioles
with‎ sauce vierge & fresh mixed herbs
14
charcuterie plate
with housemade patés
11
haricot vert salad
with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, almonds, balsamic reduction
11
escargots en gueusaille
(in fried potato cups) w/ garlic & parsley cream sauce
12
warm sonoma goat cheese
on baked apple crouton, mixed lettuces & walnut vinaigrette
ENTREES‎
34
pan seared black angus filet mignon
with‎ pommes landaises & white truffle oil
22
pan seared black angus hanger steak
with pommes frites & st emilion sauce
19
bistro coq au vin
in‎ red wine sauce, potato purée, bacon & pearl onions
21
traditional duck leg confit
cooked 7 hours in its own fat, served w/ pommes landaises & garlic sauce
39
pan roasted rack of lamb
with pommes frites or pommes landaises, garlic & parsley butter
24
pan seared california
wild white sea bass w/ arugula & green beans salad, olives, lemon olive oil, basil pesto
32
pan seared wild alaskan halibut
with risotto, spinach, confit tomatoes, fish veloute & mixed herbs
17
three grain mixed mushroom risotto
parmigiano reggiano, white truffle oil
18
crispy skin rocky
jr chicken breast, potato purée, spinach & roasted garlic jus
DESSERTS‎
8
vanilla crème brulee
8
valrhona chocolate fondant
8
apple tarte tatin
8
valrhona banana & chocolate pudding
8
floating island
with caramel sauce & fresh strawberries
SIDES‎
5
pommes frites
5
buttered spinach
5
pommes landaises
10
cheese selection of the day
About
French bistro fare & a varied wine list star in a cozy, colorful space.
PRICE RANGE
$20 - $60
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
French, European
FEATURES
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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All reviews duck confit coq au vin tarte tatin brussels sprout salad sliced potatoes snails steak and fries charcuterie plate soup bread great french food pleasant neighborhood dessert selections french cooking the small dining room tables are close together reasonable wine list
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I highly recommend this restaurant for dinner. There were found of us and we all ordered something different along with three appetizers and dessert. There were no complaints about anything. It was all delicious. Looking forward to returning the next time we’re in San Francisco.

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank epps97
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We dined here do for the first time with visiting friends from SCAL. The favorite dishes were the duck confit, the salmon tartare and the crime brûlée. The butternut squash soup was tasty and the Brussels sprouts salad was good as well. The chicken dishes...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank TanyaK415
Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought the combination of food and service was fantastic. Not fine dinning but perfect bistro cooking. Only down was not a full bar. It was packed on a Friday night so I'd recommend reservations. We had an appetizer and entree so we didn't have...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank JOHOSeattle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The extremely welcoming and efficient staff is very French. Excellent but limited menu will meet most diners expectations and then some. Shrimp ravioli and duck confit are perennial best sellers for good reason. Over five years street parking has always been available within two blocks....More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Davidicus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Service was friendly, genuine, attentive, and always present without being intrusive. The food was varied, but each dish in its own way magnificent. Simple Coq au vin attained a level of perfection that I haven't tasted before. Scallops were tender and complemented by a delicate...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank originaldrastic
Reviewed August 27, 2019

You want French food in a neighborhood place - this is it. Made reservation (kind of necessary) and were seated promptly. Glass of Champagne and then went thru the specials with the very attentive staff. Started with a brussel sprout salad - loved it. We...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Charles F
Reviewed July 27, 2019 via mobile

We came here with close friends based on all the great reviews. It is really that good! Charming, small neighborhood gem. We shared the charcuterie plate, butter lettuce salad, and the evening special, quail/arugula salad. All were outstanding. Two of us had the Mary’s chicken...More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 17, 2019 via mobile

During our trip to USA this was our best experience. It started with a very welcoming meeting at the entrance even if we had not made any reservation. The day's recommendation was a starter made on lobster and it was amazing. As main course we...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank tomasp652
Reviewed July 4, 2019

This place is a hidden gem in the neighborhood. For just a few bucks more than other restaurants you get an authentic French dining experience. The food is fantastic, as is the atmosphere. The restaurant itself is nestled in a quiet neighborhood on Noe street...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank MattyDoesWorld
Reviewed June 24, 2019

L'Ardoise (chalkboard in French) is on a quiet street, a few blocks away from the heart of the castro. The food is classic French food- cooked classically without any gimmicks or twists. Coq au Vin, Cassoulet, Onion soup -all are cooked perfectly. The service was...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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June 4, 2018|
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Response from Sam R | Reviewed this property |
It's possible that should cover the tab as others have mentioned without Alcohol, sometimes there are fixed meal dinners that might exceed that, but again its well worth it. Located in a great area!
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