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Le Central

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Union Square
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453 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108-3704
+1 415-391-2233
11:30 - 15:30
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 15:30
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San Diego
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95 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been here on several trips. It has been 5 star each time and still is. It is a fun, lively restaurant with professional service from the front, to the waitstaff, to the kitchen. We had the veal on pasta, sort of a stewed veal... a bit like osso bucco without the bone (I know... contradiction in terms). And... More 

Thank dafsmith57
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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116 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This venerable institution serves good food, but as bistro fare goes, it wasn't particularly inspired. The decor is tired and even the waiter seemed a bit tired. My soup was so blah that a week later I can't even remember what kind it was. Some kind of cream vegetable soup that I recall tasting bland and underflavored. The goat cheese... More 

Thank Lori K
Seattle, Washington
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant hasnt changed a bit. Menu is pretty much the same, and the food is just as good. Great staff, and good ambiance. Lighting in the dining room is a bit bright. But good atmosphere and good food.

Thank ashley w
San Francisco, California
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

A stones throw from the Chinatown gates this is a central (get it?) spot that should be reasonably classifies as good-not-great cuisine and pretty authentic Parisian bistro ambience. Friendly & efficient staff. Very good bartenders. Decent reasonably priced wine list. It's Union Square meets Financial District meets Chinatown so slightly schizophrenic but it all works. Not quite fine dining but... More 

Thank DavidSFUK
Milan, Italy
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88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Unpretentious old fashioned french restaurant that gives You the feeling of really being in France.. It has a terrific full bar, good food, a good wine list and very friendly service.

Thank simon m
Rew, Pennsylvania
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180 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

I don't understand how Le Central isn't busier. Except maybe that it was a Wednesday night. I ordered a glass of Reisling but they don't carry it by the glass, which I'm finding is standard in northern California. But my server Scott walked me through my options until we settled on a white burgundy which turned out to be perfect.... More 

Thank Rebekah B
San Francisco, California
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Living in San Francisco, I have my choice of all kinds of restaurants. But after a couple of decades of eating around town---upscale, mid-range, dives---Le Central draws me back. Why? Service consistently very good & it looks the same---no stupid catering to the latest decorating trends, just attractive, well-kept, and cosy. The food? Well, like the best restaurants in France,... More 

Thank weirdflamingo
Benicia, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 October 2016

I stopped in to Le Central late Tuesday night, famished after seeing a play at ACT. they were just down from my hotel, so I stopped in to see if i could get something to go. The kitchen was actually just closed. The bartender and server took pity on me and said to the cook, "can we maybe do a... More 

Thank sreina2016
San Francisco, California
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

We enjoyed a window table, and started with a chardonnay and wonderfully fresh butter lettuce salad. The duck dish was good, and the leek and goat cheese tart was excellent. We shared a dessert. All satisfying.

Thank intofindingout
walnut creek, ca
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84 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

This long-time SF favorite near Union Square is perfect for French bistro fare. A bit worn around the edges, yet it retains all of the charm of a local favorite with good service and classic bistro favorites from oysters to steak frites.

Thank amp94596

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 453 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108-3704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Union Square
  • Neighbourhood: Union Square
  • Phone Number: +1 415-391-2233

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army in the Civil War, this grand square has become the city's premier shopping and entertainment district containing the largest number of upscale department stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theatres in the city. It's a large open area where tourists and locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by, enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and sightseeing, If feeling the pulsating energy of the city is on your agenda, Union Square is the place to soak it in.
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