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Central Kitchen

American Restaurant$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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  • Ana Clare S.
    Ana Clare Smith2 weeks ago
    The grilled asparagus are delicious and perfectly seasoned.
  • David R.
    David R2 weeks ago
    Romantic brunch and dinner spot with great natural lighting. For dinner, get the beet salad, pork agnolotti pasta, and short ribs...but skip the wine.
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SpearsFebruary 13
    What's good here, Ashley? How about everything. Go full out and get a dish from every section of this menu. You will not be disappointed.
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserFebruary 12
    Order the olive oil ice cream and let it linger in your mouth. You will taste the cream, than the oil, then the pepper.
  • Heidy H.
    Loved the pasta with celery, apples, walnuts and brown butter. The chocolate custard dessert with coffee ice cream was pure perfection!
  • Graeme B.
    Graeme BoyJanuary 29
    Chocolate custard was amazing. Also the Celery Caramel Pasta!
    Upvoted Jan 29
  • Nick L.
    Nick LashinskyJuly 14, 2016
    Best cooked salmon I've ever had
  • J M.
    J MaJune 18, 2016
    Solidly mediocre.
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorFebruary 12, 2016
    I like their brunch more than dinner.
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterNovember 14, 2015
    Try the fried chicken Benedict.
  • Vivian W.
    Vivian WangAugust 13, 2015
    Chocolate budino!111
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelJuly 30, 2015
    Smallish portions, beautiful presentation, nice ambiance, easy parking. Flavored were nice, well balanced, just nothing extraordinary or special.
  • Toland H.
    Toland HonJuly 20, 2015
    The duck confit is amazing here!
  • Dirk G.
    Dirk GadsdenJune 24, 2015
    Excellent, accommodating service and interior; the food itself was quite good but not especially exceptional.
  • Moving Brands
    Moving BrandsJune 2, 2015
    Everyone who has been to Central Kitchen has LOVED it.
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn ClarkMay 31, 2015
    Yummy, romantic spot
  • naveen
    naveenMay 6, 2015
    the pastas. the liver mousse. the asparagus poached egg.
  • Renato V.
    Renato Valdes OlmosApril 9, 2015
    These people do great work.
  • Saverio F.
    Saverio FalconeMarch 18, 2015
    Never expected such a sophisticated kitchen in the US
  • Marlon M.
    Marlon MolinareMarch 11, 2015
    Never knew pot roast could be so great. Everything I ate was a delicious and well plated. Definitely try the beef tartare and whatever pasta looks good. They don't disappoint.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DanielFebruary 26, 2015
    Great service. Finish off your meal with some lavender ice cream.
  • SFGate
    SFGateJanuary 6, 2015
    Brunch here ranges from yoga-chic (vanilla yogurt with grapes and olive-oil granola) to meticulously composed mains (scrambled eggs, charred corn relish and a smear of smoked tomato salsa). Read more
  • Marc N.
    Marc NijdamJanuary 4, 2015
    Mission Huevos had a nice kick to them.
  • R N.
    R NDecember 30, 2014
    SUNDAY BRUNCH 10:30am to 2:30pm Upstairs Bar open until 3:00pm
  • Stephany
    StephanyDecember 13, 2014
    Get the tasting menu. Mind blown.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KingNovember 14, 2014
    The vegetable dishes here would have been so much better if the chefs weren't so heavy-handed with the salt.
  • Xiulung
    XiulungNovember 11, 2014
    The dill spaghetti with uni butter sounded promising but was way too salty. The rabbit paté was very good though.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableOctober 3, 2014
    The beautiful space shines in daylight and the thoughtful brunch menu has an answer for a wide range of cravings (delicate hamachi crudo, a heart-stopping fried chicken Benedict). Read more
  • Christophe L.
    Christophe LampertiSeptember 13, 2014
    The prix fixe menu is usually a good choice.
  • Priyanka K.
    Priyanka KanseAugust 17, 2014
    Sloppy service - we had a table booked for 12 and didn't get seated for 40 mins - then had to wait another 20 for drinks. Food is good but not great.
  • Karla
    KarlaAugust 17, 2014
    Beautiful and delicious meals
  • Matt S.
    Matt SilvermanAugust 8, 2014
    Everything was incredible. Just try as much as possible. Wait staff was great too!
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Tasting menu changes daily; roasted carrots with duck confit, smoked dates, almond and coffee. Read more
  • Jacob G.
    Jacob GyllenstiernaJuly 20, 2014
    Get the tasting menu so you get to try most of the things on the menu. The seaweed maltagliati was the best!
  • Amelia H.
    Amelia HurlbutJune 3, 2014
    The menu changes all the time but everything we had was amazing.
  • David S.
    David StubbsMay 30, 2014
    Everything was great. The food and the service were top notch.The Hibachi was the highlight for me.
  • Paul
    PaulMay 4, 2014
    I'd rather be upbeat but I must tell you that value < price. I mean nice platings, interesting flavors and menu combos, beautiful atmosphere, but the food is good-not-great and the staff is below par.
  • Lily L.
    Lily LiangFebruary 17, 2014
    Decided to go with a la carte. Crab &lobster Brussels sprout salad, roasted beets, and fried kale are my favorites! Sea bass had that strong ocean taste, pork entree and liver mousse app was ok
  • Cristina C.
    Cristina CordovaFebruary 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    the menu changes each brunch, but the fried eggs are always delicious.
  • Stu H.
    Stu HoodFebruary 2, 2014
    Manages to make an elegant, high ceiling ... cozy!
  • Agatha Y.
    Agatha YuJanuary 26, 2014
    Theirs Sunday brunch is delicious, no long at 10:30 either!
  • Jim C.
    Jim ColganJanuary 19, 2014
    They use Salumeria's space for brunch at the weekend. Nice and bright and airy.
  • tiffany
    tiffanyDecember 30, 2013
    Best dish were the burrata and the chocolate jar dessert. Everything else was just okay.
  • Maybs M.
    Maybs MDecember 23, 2013
    Brunch: Sundays, 10 am-2 pm.
  • @irabrianmiller
    @irabrianmillerDecember 14, 2013
    Tasting Menu is the way to go.
  • Shari F.
    Shari FoldesNovember 23, 2013
    Rolling Stones = great ambiance
  • Gustavo P.
    Gustavo PerezNovember 22, 2013
    Try the tasting menu. Excellent!!
  • Willo O.
    Willo OBrienOctober 25, 2013
    Get a glass of the 'orange' - We had a delish Donkey & Goat, White Rhone Blend, Sluice Box, El Dorado, CA - yum!
  • Etienne
    EtienneSeptember 30, 2013
    Nice restaurant ! To food is amazing, the place is cosy and the service great.
  • Ewell C.
    Ewell CollinsSeptember 9, 2013
    This place combines the right ambiance and decor with amazing dishes that quenches the palette of the most hardcore food connoisseurs.
  • Tobias K.
    Tobias KemperAugust 29, 2013
    The chocolate custard for desert is plain insanity! Best thing I have tasted since the Pannacotta at Rich Table.
  • Javier C.
    Javier Cambon SanjurjoAugust 11, 2013
    The venue and service are awesome. Came from brunch. The egg sandwich was too acidic, which made the scrambled eggs bland. The French toast was yummy.
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BeckAugust 5, 2013
    Delicious but way too expensive for the amount of food you get
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MaggioJuly 29, 2013
    Good food, small portions for the price. Our server, Stuart, was noticeably rude at first, but improved a bit by the end of dinner.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MeltonJuly 15, 2013
    Amazing! Try the hen
  • michael t.
    michael tJune 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Come for brunch!
  • San F.
    The outdoor space has a trickling water feature designed by Paxton Gate—for a great beginning to a Saturday night out, or a post-work wind-down. Read more
  • Tom E.
    Tom EvansApril 7, 2013
    An - You made everything perfect! Amazing staff, service, food, and wine! Lives up to the buzz! We will be back!
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DahlstedtMarch 29, 2013
    Fantastic! Steak Tartare was exquisite, with the most amazing, smoky cheese curds added in. Great, patient service and a long, leisurely dining experience. The tasting menu was the way to go.
  • Laura K.
    Laura KDecember 19, 2012
    Ask for the day's playlist!
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    Chef Thomas McNaughton was nominated as a “Rising Star Chef” in 2011 and 2012 by the James Beard Foundation. He was also a rising star student at the CIA!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureNovember 30, 2012
    Confidently unfussy California cuisine in a canopied, elegantly industrial space from Thomas McNaughton of Flour & Water.
  • Megan M.
    Megan MastersOctober 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Twice a charm? Yes for central kitchen! 5 of us (@Laurengoldman) basically ordered the whole menu. Service started slow but caught up in end. Duck confit = wow!!!
    Upvoted Feb 22
  • Andie S.
    Andie SimonOctober 3, 2012
    The lamb is fantastic... The pork cracklings completely missable. Everything else really good
  • Tianna J.
    Tianna JohnsonSeptember 12, 2012
    Very expensive for the portion size. The service is impecable... The staff are so knowledgeable and friendly. The food was delicious (the portions were small), but it was overall a great experience.
  • Rony C.
    Rony ChammasAugust 30, 2012
    Get the seared squid. My goodness.
  • Madeleine S.
    Madeleine SinclairAugust 23, 2012
    Do the tasting menu and ask for the music set list from the evening.
  • Ro B.
    Ro BorjaAugust 20, 2012
    You can do a walk in rese during early Sunday dinner service!
  • Betsy W.
    Betsy W.July 9, 2012
    Sit at the bar for the best people watching and stellar service, go with the tasting menu - definitely worth it. But skip the wine pairings and order wine on tap!
  • Kayvon T.
    Kayvon TehranianJune 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There's wine on tap. Order it!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJune 15, 2012
    Try their take on a cubano: a pressed sandwich filled with pork, pale-green pickles and melted Wagon Wheel cheese: Read more
  • Ray K.
    Ray KangMay 16, 2012
    Avoid the veggie foam gel amuse bouche, but the duck cooked 2 ways is amazing!
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GonzalezSeptember 27, 2015
    Nos dejamos llevar por las sugerencias de chef. Fue la mejor decisión porque pudimos probar de todo. Reserven con antelación. La mejor ensalada de higos que he probado en mi vida.
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