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L'Ardoise

French Restaurant$$$$
Duboce Triangle, San Francisco
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    V C.
    "Duck confit was wonderful, crispy skin, succulent inside, tasty."(9 Tips)
    Thierry C.
    "Pan Seared Boneless Raimbow Trout With Pommes Landaises"(4 Tips)
    Brian
    "7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the steak frites are delicious."(7 Tips)
    Gary B.
    "loved the escargot"(5 Tips)
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  • Federico P.
    High quality and very tasty food. Great French chef. Nice portions. Warm ambience. Tip: Try not to seat so close to the door because when people open the door it gets cold. Overall, highly recommended
    Upvoted Dec 3, 2023
  • Ahmad Q.
    Ahmad QousiOctober 13, 2012
    The staff is amazing, the place is so French, the atmosphere is so romantic and the food is absolutely the best. Try the dock leg Confit, it is cooked slowly for 7 hours with special sauces; so royal.
  • Elizabeth B.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth BarelliJuly 31, 2014
    most authentic French restaurant I've been to so far, and I am French :). generous food portion, impeccable service. escargot is a great appetizer and floating island the most delicious dessert.
  • Meaghan H.
    Meaghan HApril 18, 2017
    Love this restaurant. Intimate, quiet restaurant tucked away from the city. Amazing dessert selection (rasberry tart was to die for), and loved the wine menu!
  • Craig D.heart icon on user image
    Craig DMarch 11, 2021
    Only having takeout recently-delicious & plates up well at home: looks like what you get dine-in. Steak, rack of lamb, risotto-all amazing. Staff are great-super friendly & efficient for the pickup!
  • V C.heart icon on user image
    V CDecember 6, 2015
    Very, very good French bistro. Duck confit was wonderful, crispy skin, succulent inside, tasty. Quite filling too. Don't really need a side. Got a side of Brussels sprouts, also very good.
  • Bikash M.heart icon on user image
    Bikash MishraApril 13, 2017
    Feels like you're in France somewhere. Everything is great... the steak frites, duck confit and shrimp ravioli are outstanding!! So good.
  • Xavier D.heart icon on user image
    Xavier DECLERCQNovember 18, 2012
    The "coq au vin" (super tender chicken stewed in red wine) is absolutely kick ass! This is one of my favorite dishes, and this one would put to shame quite a few of them in France!
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzFebruary 16, 2020
    Food was delicious, lovely and attentive service, overall great experience!
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementMay 4, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Sushi Grade Shi Tuna Niçoise Salad With Celery Cucumber Olive Tomatoes Fennel Arugula, Sweet Anchovies, Etc. Lemon/Olive Oil - Perfect dish for this warm week end !!!
  • Rami I.heart icon on user image
    Rami IsmailJuly 20, 2018
    Genuinely French atmosphere, service, and food. The duck confit was incredibly soft and crispy.
  • J J.
    J JohnSeptember 7, 2023
    Superb French cuisine and impressive service. Cannot go wrong with anything on their menu or their wise list. The crème brûlée is beyond…
  • AskMen
    AskMenOctober 1, 2010
    A traditional French bistro situated where Duboce Triangle meets the Castro, the anything-but-dainty food (steak & fries, coq au vin) is delicious, the interior is dark & cozy, & the service is warm. Read more
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedMay 30, 2018
    The service was again impeccable, with wonderfully romantic decor and very kind servers. Read more
  • Dan F.
    Dan Fingal-SurmaJuly 31, 2013
    Went with a big group. Excellent food and a great neighborhood vibe! Prawn ravioli, filet mignon, and creme brûlée were the winners.
  • Xavier D.heart icon on user image
    Xavier DECLERCQNovember 18, 2012
    Try the "pommes landaises"... Thick chips fried to perfection with duck fat and tossed with garlic! Crispy on the outside yet still fluffy inside... Yummy!
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Pan Roasted Turbot On The Bone, Steamed Potatoes And Its Three Sauces. - Turbot is a noble product. Minimum manipulation is needed, but it is well accompanied. Classy.
  • Christian L.heart icon on user image
    Christian LoredoAugust 29, 2013
    Steak frites, duck confit, escargot - all absolutely magic!! Especially with this Margaux wine. 😊
  • Nancy T.heart icon on user image
    Nancy TranJuly 6, 2015
    Steak frites is delicious here. Some good wine with great company makes this spot one of my favorite restaurants for date night.
  • Tim H.heart icon on user image
    Tim HainesMarch 22, 2017
    Exquisite French food with spectacular ambiance; a true gem.
  • Holger L.heart icon on user image
    Holger LüdorfJune 11, 2011
    Best French bistro food I know of in SF!
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementApril 22, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Oxtail And Leek Terrine In Madeira Jelly, Honey And Whole Grain Mustard Vinaigrette - Perfect refreshing appetizer in this hot weather.
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementOctober 11, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Pan Seared Half Moon Bay Black Cod, Sautéed Quince And Arugula, In Honey And Grain Mustard Vinaigrette And Beurre Blanc
  • Marc M.
    Marc McCabeDecember 9, 2011
    The special cabbage and poached egg salad is incredible but the duck confit is truly special. One of the best French meals I've had outside France
  • Tuhin K.heart icon on user image
    Tuhin KumarAugust 27, 2015
    The lamb was delicious. And creme brûlée. So yum.
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementMay 11, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Slow Poached Ca Wild King Salmon In Xtra Virgin O. O. With Baby Arugula, Fennel And Asparagus Shavings, Lemon Olive Oil Vinaigrette
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementApril 27, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Aumonière Of Braised Short Ribs In A Cabbage Leaf, Spring Veges And Tomato/Red Wine Sauce
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementJune 22, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Pan Seared Wild King Salmon On Puff Pastry And Soft Goat Cheese, Baby Frisée Salad And Basil Pesto
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementJune 14, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Mille-Feuille Of Pan Seared Foie Gras And Roasted Strawberries In Balsamic Jus And Baby Frisée Salad
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Honeyglazed Roasted Quail, Stuffed With A Madeira Chicke Iiver Mousse, Steamed Vege And Honey Sauce
  • Blake S.heart icon on user image
    Blake SamicJuly 26, 2014
    Take a seat at the bar. Great view of the kitchen.
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementJuly 15, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the California Wild King Salmon Tartar In A Caper Berrie Mayonnaise, Fennel Shaving And Mache Salad
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Pan Seared Swordfish Roasted Kabocha Squash And Arugula Salad And Mussel Velouté
  • Katia S.heart icon on user image
    Katia SavMarch 22, 2015
    This place is amazing. Authentic with great service.
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementApril 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Pan Seared Wild Kimg Salmon, Mushroom Rissoto, Fish Velouté And Pea Shoot And Fava Bean Salad
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementOctober 13, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Celery Root And Tomato Concassée Napoleon, Spicy Shrimps, Basil Pesto And Piquillo Pepper Coulis
  • Matt C.heart icon on user image
    Matt ClineDecember 14, 2014
    Impeccable food. Ask for a wine recommendation. Order steak frites and think of Paris.
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementJune 1, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Pan Roasted Quail, Stuffed With Rissoto, Served With Collard Greens, Honey/Orange Glaze
  • Betsy W.
    Betsy W.February 10, 2013
    Brussels sprouts salad is one of my favorite dining experiences ever. Order it immediately.
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementJanuary 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Napoléon Of Dungenese Crab, Celery Rémoulade And Tomato - Et que la fête commence !!!
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementMarch 8, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Braised Monkfish Tail With Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Mashed Pot And Spinash, Laurel Cream Sauce.
  • Katelyn O.
    Katelyn O'BrienOctober 17, 2013
    Amazing filet mignon! For dessert, the chocolate fondant is a must!
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementJuly 21, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Beef Bourguignon Ravioli, Baby Arugula Salad, Walnut Vinaigrette And White Truffle Oil
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementOctober 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Mussel, Shrimp And Zuchini Terrine, Mussel Mayonnaise And Tomato Concassée
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementJuly 18, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops, Lobster Bisque Reduction And Fennel And Vege Salad, Lemon/Olive Oil Dressing.
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Lamb Tongue Salad, Served Warm With Lentils And Potatoes, Mixed Greens And Mustard Vinaigrette
  • Eric S.heart icon on user image
    Eric SantiagoAugust 6, 2014
    Excellent food and service. Romantic, though can be a but loud.
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementApril 28, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Hazelnut Mousse With Sponge Cake, Warm Chocolate Sauce
  • Ruwaida A.heart icon on user image
    Ruwaida AlawiAugust 17, 2013
    Best French restaurant in town very Cousy and very good food
  • Thierry C.
    Thierry ClementJune 23, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Evoo Poached Loch Duart Salmon, Green Chard, Fava Beans And Squach In A Basil Pesto Sauce
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