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    April 22, 2014
  • Last Review
    July 20, 2014
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Le Central is a neighborhood bistro located in San Francisco's bustling Financial District. A favorite of locals and visitors since it opened over three decades ago in 1974, Le Central's iconic red tabac sign has become a familiar fixture of Bush Street. Housed in a brick building, the restaurant's warm interior offers guests an authentic brasserie atmosphere. Handwritten chalk Plat du Jour menus, cozy booth seating and fresh flowers greet customers on every visit. Le Central serves traditional French cuisine such as Steak Frites, Onion Soup Gratinée, Rack of Lamb Persillé and our cassoulet which has been cooking for over 12,000 days. Le Central is owned by brothers Johnny and Paul Tanphanich who bring over four decades of French cooking to the restaurant.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great French Bistro
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/18/2014
 2006
Dined on 7/18/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Eating at Le Central is like eating in Paris. The restaurant is charming and cozy and the food is very good. We tried the crab cake and the mozzarella and tomato salad for appetizers and the steak with pomme frites, roast chicken and the special lamb shank for entrees. We enjoyed them all, especially the steak with perfectly sautéed onions. For dessert do not miss the fresh berries with real whipped cream. It is fabulous."
Dined on 7/18/2014
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem
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Foreign Cinema is a 'one of a kind', nationally acclaimed restaurant combining foreign and independent films with Cal-Med cooking. Enjoy an industrial chic setting, complete with outdoor courtyard, mezzanine and full bar.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great Dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/15/2014
 2006
Dined on 7/15/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We had a great dinner at Foreign Cinema. For appetizers we tried the roasted tomato soup and the Hawaiian tuna poke and both were excellent. For entrees we both tried the steak with grilled onions and corn on the cob. Loved the whole meal. Can't wait to go back."
Dined on 7/15/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar is one of the longest-running and most convivial dining institutions in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. Located within walking distance of Civic Center and the performing arts centers, the establishment features French and Northern Italian-influenced brasserie fare for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Absinthe’s lively bar offers classic and creative cocktails and late-night dining. <br />
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great Date Night Restaurant
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/08/2014
 2006
Dined on 7/08/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Absinthe is a great restaurant for a romantic night out. For appetizers we love the warm pretzels and the spicy pork meatballs in tomato sauce. For entrees we LOVE the swordfish on corn, bacon, mushrooms and spinach. It is fabulous. For dessert we tried the mint chocolate chip ice cream and it was great."
Dined on 7/08/2014
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Catal Restaurant is located in Downtown Disney, Anaheim. Catal, from the town of Catalonia in Spain, offers a complete menu of flavors inspired from the Mediterranean Rim. The menu features seafood, meats, pastas and salads with influence from France, Spain, Greece and Italy.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Nice Restaurant in Downtown Disney
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2006
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We had dinner at Catal and were generally pleased. The menu has some really great things, but the appetizer list is pretty exotic which can make it hard for less adventurous eaters to find an appetizer. We tried the manchego salad and the corn soup. The soup was a daily special and was quite good. The manchego salad was fine. For entrees we tried the baby back ribs and the prime rib. The baby back ribs were excellent. They were basted with a tasty peanut sauce. The prime rib was tasty but VERY fatty. More than one-third of the prime rib was fat -- both on the outside as you would expect, but also in the middle of the piece of meat. Other than that, the meal was good. The view of Downtown Disney from the restaurant is very nice."
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, kid-friendly
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Located in the Kintetsu Building of the San Francisco Japan Center, Benihana San Francisco is the talk of the town. At Benihana, we serve great American favorites like sirloin, chicken and fresh seafood. All according to a 1000 year-old Japanese recipe.<br><br>You surround our hibachi table with smiles and excitement and we surround your visit with a dazzling, fast-paced performance. Our chefs create an oriental masterpiece just for you. Their razor sharp knifes slice and dice through courses of mouth-watering cuisine. It's a mesmerizing event at any age.<br><br>So, join us for lunch or dinner and experience what has become the longest running dinner show in the world.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Always a fun time at Benihana
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/06/2014
 2006
Dined on 7/06/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"There is nothing like dinner at Benihana. The food is good and the "entertainment" -- watching the chef cook your meal in front of you -- is fabulous. It is a great place for birthday parties. Now that Benihana is on Open Table we go more often since it is so easy to make reservations."
Dined on 7/06/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
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Hayes Street Grill is a neo-traditional fish house in San Francisco's Civic Center district, across the street from the Performing Arts Center, opposite Davies Symphony Hall and a block from both the Opera House and City Hall. We use an international mix of recipes, unified with a theme of fish and seafood. Above every other consideration, we want the freshness and pristine quality of the fish, produce, and naturally-raised meats to speak for themselves.<br><br>The Hayes Street Grill's walls are covered with autographed photos of the artists who consider the restaurant their club. Though we've remodeled since our opening 33 years ago, the original brass coat hooks along the walls remain, as does our founding philosophy of cooking only the food we would serve at home to our families, albeit dressed up a little, with a religious dedication to wholesomeness.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great Summer Restaurant
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/30/2014
 2006
Dined on 6/30/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The food at the Hayes Street Grill is good year round, but we especially like some of their summer dishes -- salads with tomatoes, corn and cucumbers. The tomato salad is not on the menu yet, but the shrimp louis salad was on a bed of lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes. The grilled calamari salad was good as always, although I missed the aioli dressing. For entrees, the fish cannot be any fresher. We tried that halibut and the salmon with the buerre blanc on the side. Everything was great."
Dined on 6/30/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Foreign Cinema is a 'one of a kind', nationally acclaimed restaurant combining foreign and independent films with Cal-Med cooking. Enjoy an industrial chic setting, complete with outdoor courtyard, mezzanine and full bar.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great Dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/28/2014
 2006
Dined on 6/28/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Run don't walk to Foreign Cinema while corn is in season. The salmon with corn and chanterelles was amazing. Summer at its best. For appetizers we tried the oysters (super fresh) and the burrata with sliced summer squash and both were great. In addition to the salmon, we tried the pork chop which was also very good. Can't wait to go back."
Dined on 6/28/2014
 2006
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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A hip, open-air restaurant with a retro South Pacific design and experience, Tiki's Grill & Bar features a menu highlighting the flavors of the islands as Hawaii Regional Cuisine. The restaurant appeals to residents and visitors alike and draws the late-night crowd with live contemporary Hawaii entertainment every evening. Tiki's Grill & Bar provides a casual American and Pacific-Rim menu with flavors of the islands, using fresh local produce. Tiki’s offers lanai seating with beautiful sunsets over Waikiki and Kuhio Beach. Established in October of 2002 as a family restaurant and bar, Tiki's is located on the second floor in the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Lined with 13-foot tiki torches and topped with a 30-foot, red-glowing volcano, capping the outside bar area. Free Valet Parking.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/18/2014
 2006
Dined on 6/18/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This was our first time dining at Tiki Grill and we really enjoyed it. View was great, food was very good."
Dined on 6/18/2014
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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BLT brings its signature culinary style and impeccable French technique to Honolulu’s famed Waikiki Beach. BLT Steak elevates the classic American steakhouse with signature style, French influence and all-around finesse. The menu offers prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood, a wide variety of tempting side dishes and classic American desserts. Regional blackboard specials feature local fish, local produce and a number of raw bar selections.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Not Your Average Steakhouse
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/19/2014
 2006
Dined on 6/19/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"BLT has great steaks but it is much more. The tuna poke appetizer is amazing. We also tried the tomato salad with bacon vinaigrette, which was also excellent. For entrees we tried the ribeye and the parmesan crusted veal chop, plus onion rings, BBQ corn and asparagus as sides. We loved our dinner and the tiny brownies the restaurant gives you for desert were a perfect ending. BLT is on the expensive side but worth it in our view. Our only complaint was that the cost of the double espresso at the end of the meal -- $9.50 -- was too high. So skip the espresso and have one of BLT's side dishes instead."
Dined on 6/19/2014
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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TusCA is a casual Tuscan style restaurant with a California influence. TusCA specializes in cheeses, salads, pasta, pizza and oven-baked home style dishes prepared fresh daily in our spectacular show kitchen. Our chef uses only the freshest local ingredients available served in a modern and comfortable setting. TusCA's wine room and cellar features Italian and California wines with a beautiful glass wine display and a hearty selection of world class cheeses. The dining room at TusCA offers delightful views of the spectacular Del Monte golf course, as well as the immaculate show kitchen. The adjoining Fireplace Lounge features Live Jazz on the weekends and comfortable fireside seating. A glass of wine and selection of cheeses in the afternoon or a hot drink and biscotti in the evening, the Fireplace lounge is the perfect place to relax anytime. TusCA also offers a private dining room to accommodate up to twelve guests. Located in the heart of Monterey at the beautiful Hyatt Regency
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Fabulous Breakfast
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/16/2014
 2006
Dined on 4/16/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The breakfast at TusCa is so good that sometimes we stay at the Hyatt just to have breakfast there. The buffet is good as is what's on the menu. We tried the wild mushroom omelet in addition to the buffet. The buffet has lots of different kinds of food -- fresh pastries, eggs, fruit, meats, etc."
Dined on 4/16/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, kid-friendly
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