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Le Central

€€ - €€€French
453 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108-3704
+1 415-391-2233
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“cassoulet” (52 reviews)
“leek tart” (4 reviews)
“steak frites” (4 reviews)
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453 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108-3704
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I used to come here years ago when we were in town on business so we decided to come back while on vacation. We enjoyed our first dinner so much that we came back two more times. This is a typical French...More

Thank christinegT9387FB
Reviewed 9 February 2018

This place has decent food...the service was good...vibe is good although the space is tight...price is ok as well.

Thank Mani M
Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

It was a rainy Thursday night. The concierge made us a reservation at a French Bistro three blocks away from our hotel, but as we approached we remembered an old favorite - Le Central. Dinner was perfect. A table for two in the window, excellent...More

Thank Foodie41653
Melanie T, Owner at Le Central, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write this thoughtful review. We are so glad you were pleased with everything!

Reviewed 26 December 2017

My father ate here 40 years ago and my hubby and I eat here every time we are in the City. I really love the atmosphere, it really reminds of the bistros in Paris of yore. Service is always spot on, Good wines by the...More

Thank bitler
Melanie T, Owner at Le Central, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so happy you enjoyed everything. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Reviewed 11 December 2017

Meh... last time here was 20 years ago when I worked FIDI and I've told my wife for years they have the best Cassoulet in the world, better than we've had in Lyon, France... yeah, not so much anymore... The Steak au Poivre literally did...More

Thank KenF150
Melanie T, Owner at Le Central, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

I am so sorry you were disappointed in your meal. Lack of peppercorn on your steak was certainly a mistake on our part! I have taken your feedback to our kitchen staff...we will definitely use this information to improve. Thank you for taking the time...More

Reviewed 8 December 2017

My wife and I fell in love with the Cassoulet at Le Central 33 years ago when we were living in San Francisco. At the time it had been cooking for over 3,000 days but I hadn't been back since. The Cassoulet has now been...More

Thank Doug R
Melanie T, Owner at Le Central, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2017

Thank you so much for the kind words. We are so happy that you enjoyed the cassoulet just as much 33 years later! Looking forward to your next visit to San Francisco.

Reviewed 28 November 2017

I was treated to a birthday dinner at Le Central, and it was just wonderful from the moment we walked in the door. Great ambiance of days gone by: beautifully decorated, white table cloths, etc. I ordered beef bourguignon which was so tender, I didn't...More

Thank Pamwiltravel
Melanie T, Owner at Le Central, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

We are so happy you chose to celebrate your birthday with us at Le Central! Thank you so much for the kind words.

Reviewed 10 November 2017

Just finished a great meal at Le Central, the oldest French restaurant in San Francisco. You know it must be great to have survived so long....great food. great service at an acceptable price.

Thank Bill92392
Melanie T, Owner at Le Central, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We are so happy you enjoyed everything! Hope to see you again next time you're in town!

Reviewed 22 October 2017

Great French restaurant where one would envision authors or artists to gather for lunch, chat, drink some wine over solid French cuisine.

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 1 October 2017

This little place holds its own in the busy restaurant area near Union Square. Busy at all meals, and busy midweek when I stopped in. I was alone but given a lovely window table and all the attention that a larger check might deserve. It...More

Thank AnitaNewportBch
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,
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
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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