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Established in 1974, Le Central is the first French restaurant in San Francisco. It is a casual dining restaurant that specializes in French cuisine. The restaurant s menu includes filet mignon au poirve, slow-cooked cassoulet and roast chicken with pomme frites. Le Central offers catering services for social events and private parties. The restaurant provides online table reservation options for up to 20 people. Its salad dressings include lettuce, green beans, potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes, anchovies and tuna. Le Central serves a range of desserts, such as cheesecake, pastries, puddings and creme brulee. In addition, the restaurant serves filet of smoked trout with horseradish sauce and potato salad.
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Phone: (415) 391-3615

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Neighborhoods:
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, French Quarter - Belden Place, Downtown San Francisco, Northeast San Francisco
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French Restaurants, Continental Restaurants, Restaurants

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03/24/2009
it's a bit overpriced

Parking can be a (rhymes with ""WITCH""), but don't let that deter you from this downtown mainstay. The food what this place is all about!\r \r We had a party of 8, got a nice table (if memory serves), and in rolled some of the best French food this side of Market Street.\r \r I suppose they really cater towards the downtown exec on power lunch, the company pays the tab bit; so I think it's a bit overpriced for t... view more

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02/14/2008
Even the soups can't save the meal

We were expecting wonderful food based on past reviews but were disappointed. Not sure what Willie Brown likes about this place except iperhaps t was/is a popular place for old politicos. The Lobster Bisque and French Onion soups were the only good part of the entire meal excepting the glass of Gloria Ferrer champagne. The roast chicken was bland and so dry that I needed gulps of champagne or water to wash it down... view more

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02/12/2008
Wholly Unsatisfying Experience

Our recent visit was truly a bad dining experience. I think that the quality has plummetted, I believe it is under 'new ownership,' its not the original team. We were a group of 4 sitting in the back room. On the banquette at a table next to us was a man and woman 'couple' who were amorous in an appallingly inappropriate plublic manner. Our group is in our 40's and no prudes, but it was an uncomfortable experien... view more

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12/01/2006
worth it

a fantastic french bistro. i had steak tartare for the first time, and it was great. my husband had the lamb, which was also wonderful. and, i met willie brown! it is always greatto have a high budge meal where the waiters are not snobby.

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04/23/2005
Roast Chicken and Frites! Oh My!

I frequent this restaurant at least once a month. Their Roast Chicken and Frites is the most decadent dinner one can have. The chicken skin is crispy, the meat flavorful and juicy and the fries ... oh the fries ... they are the best in the city. Light in flavor and texture; crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside. You must try one of their salads -- the Celery Root Remoulade, the Belgian Endive with blue chee... view more

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08/22/2004
Classic French

This restaurant reminded me so much of being in Paris. The steak tartare is excellent! Service is nice and relaxed, and they have great wines by the glass and half bottles too.

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08/21/2004
Absolutely fantastic!

The steak tartare was second to none, and the sea bass was flawless -- flaky and delicious. Even the dessert we chose -- raspberries in English cream -- was excellent. I hvae paid twice as much at more ""ritzy"" French restaurants and have not received as good food. Highly recommended and many different things to try on the menu even for those nota ccustomed to traditional French food.

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07/14/2003
True French Bistro...

I am a French native and enjoy this bistro which stays true to its gallic counterparts. The atmosphere is relaxed and warm and the food is good. I especially recommend the cassoulet (best I've had in SF) and the moules-frites.

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