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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with us at Le Central!  We will be open for dinner on Sunday, December 31st from 5:30pm-10pm offering a special prix fixe menu.  Some reservations still available.   Click here to reserve.

Opened in 1974, Le Central has been serving traditional French cuisine for over four decades, boasting the honor of being San Francisco’s most historic French bistro. Conveniently located on the cusp of the bustling financial district and downtown Union Square, Le Central stands out in a rare one-story historic brick building, crowned by a vintage Tabac sign. Offering classic French faire such as Filet Mignon au Poivre, slow-cooked Cassoulet and Roast Chicken Pommes Frites, Le central’s cuisine is comforting yet sumptuous. The exposed brick walls, stained glass features, and imported brass bar invite you to retreat and unwind in its charming, brasserie atmosphere. Le Central is the downtown stop for locals and visitors looking for a classic meal, delicious glass of wine, and a taste of la belle vie.

Our cassoulet has been cooking for…
15,470 days

Our MeNU

Offering French home-style dishes that represent the freshest in locally sourced seasonal ingredients, Le Central nourishes the body and the soul. The signature dish has a cult following and has been on the menu since 1974: Cassoulet — a simmering stew of savory soft white beans, hearty chunks of pork shoulder, lamb, duck confit, Toulouse sausage and regional French herbs.

From the mouth-watering 28-day aged Filet Mignon au Poivre, to the decadent garlic butter-drenched escargot, to the clean and delicate herbaceous flavors of the sautéed Petrale Sole, Le Central’s menu delivers high-quality cuisine that is as refined as it is comforting.

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