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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

LE CENTRAL BISTRO
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

My first experience at this place was a reluctant one back in early 1980.  We had just moved to the city and my radio station, KFRC, was located at 415 Bush Street in the heart of the financial district.  Le Central was conveniently located just a couple of doors down at 453 Bush and some guys at the radio station conned my wife and I into having an early dinner there.  And I'm glad we tried the place!

I had always thought of French restaurants as being snobby featuring well prepared but micro amounts of food and therefore was not inclined to frequent such establishments.  This turned out not to be the case at Le Central.

Le Central is a comfortable little place offering what I might call country French cuisine.  It's anything but stuffy and the food, I must admit, is first class all the way.  Whether you pop in for a glass of wine and salad or go for a steak, you'll get a nice meal here.  And they have a full service bar.

Prices are fairly reasonable for San Francisco but the place is by no means cheap.  I also like Le Central because it has stood the test of time.  I don't know how long it has been there but it was there when we first moved to the city in 1979.  And after my first experience there, I was hooked.

Over the years we've been back several times and the quality has remained top notch.

Le Central, as mentioned, is located at 453 Bush Street.  They do take reservations and their phone number is (415) 391-2233.


Gates to Chinatown

Suggestion.  If you're fairly new to the Bay Area what you could do is explore San Francisco's robust Chinatown and then have an early dinner at Le Central.  The gates to Chinatown are just a stone's throw (literally!) from the restaurant.  The gates lead from Bush onto one of the main drags of Chinatown -- Grant Street.