Central Kitchen

Modern American

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From the Ne Timeas restaurant group (behind Flour + Water, Cafe Du Nord, Aaxte), Central Kitchen serves seasonal Californian fare made with local ingredients & modern techniques. Chef Thomas McNaughton creates a daily-changing menu with dishes like sunchoke and pine nut hummus, halibut crudo in a yuzu kosho vinaigrette and grilled Wagyu bavette steak in sake jus. Wines focus on organic producers from France, Italy, California, Spain and Oregon.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“With a dining room that is half indoors, half outdoors, the restaurant is quintessentially Northern Californian: simple, fresh cuisine.” – Vogue

“Chef/co-owner Tom McNaughton and his staff have turned the kitchen into a playground for culinary wizardry.” – San Francisco Chronicle

From the Chef

"Everything at Central Kitchen is done with refinement, but with a sense of naturalism. That's Northern California: refined food and a casual setting." – Chef Thomas McNaughton

Small Luxuries

The heated concrete floors of the patio will keep you toasty, even on cool nights.


“A 700-square-foot courtyard with a retractable roof, heated concrete floors, and foliage and green paint throughout evokes the feeling of summer even when the weather is 60 degrees.” – 7x7 Magazine


  • Two stars from the San Francisco Chronicle 2016
  • The Best Restaurants In The Mission 2015 - The Infatuation
  • Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants 2013-2014 - San Francisco Chronicle
  • The 12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013 - GQ Magazine
  • The Best New Restaurants of 2013 - Conde Nast Traveler

Menu for Central Kitchen

3000 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Casual, Eclectic, Modern
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Foodies, Groups, Singles
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Wine/Beer Only
    Phone: (415) 826-7004
  • Private Dining Room: Yes