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central kitchen is a restaurant in San Francisco’s mission district that creates thoughtfully cooked food, using locally sourced ingredients from Northern California. central kitchen's seasonally driven menu is  presented by Executive Chef Thomas McNaughton of flour+water and Salumeria.  





Thomas McNaughton, Chef/Founding Partner

ThomasMcNaughtonThomas McNaughton, executive chef & partner, ne timeas restaurant group: Chef Thomas McNaughton started working in kitchens at a very young age in Southern New Jersey. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, Thomas moved to the Bay Area and started working at La Folie. He then went on to become sous chef at two of San Francisco’s most respected restaurants: Gary Danko and Quince.

In addition to his time in San Francisco, McNaughton traveled throughout Europe to work and stage at Michell Rostang in France, Tantrise in Germany, and Sassege in Italy.

The James Beard Foundation nominated Thomas for Rising Star Chef in 2011, 2012 and again in 2013. flour + water was also nominated as Best New Restaurant in 2010. In addition to flour + water, Thomas currently oversees the growth and development of Central Kitchen and Salumeria.  In fall of 2014, Chef Thomas McNaughton published his first cookbook, flour + water pasta.

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Wolfe Ranch

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For all press inquiries please contact
Erin Riordan | Director of Sales & Marketing

Life & Thyme



The 15 Best Places in San Francisco
Best Tasting Menu - 2016
Best Prix Fixe Menu - 2016


First Bite: Central Kitchen


10 Must Try Fall Dishes in The Bay Area

San Francisco Chronicle

The Bay Area's Top 100 Restaurants


The Perfect Night Out: The 12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013

Condé Nast Traveler

Best New Restaurants of 2013

San Francisco Chronicle

Butter Takes Center Stage in Bay Area Restaurants - Sept 2014

Phaidon: Where Chefs Eat

central kitchen was included among 3,200 restaurants from 70 countries selected by 600 leading chefs. The ultimate guide to where to eat by the real insiders.


Travel + Leisure

A New Crop of San Francisco Restaurants


Where to shop in San Francisco: Trendsetter picks

SF Weekly

Stumbling on the New Brunch Eggs-travaganza at Central Kitchen - Sept 2012



Where to Dine Outside This Summer - 2012

Alicia Puleo

General Manager

Andreas Bernard

Executive Sous Chef

Sam Bogue

Wine Director of Ne Timeas Restaurant Group



Mac Malone

Events Manager for Ne Timeas Restaurant Group


Erin Vogel Riordan

Director of Events & Marketing for Ne Timeas Restaurant Group



central kitchen accepts reservations up to 60 days in advance for parties up to six guests. Reservations may be made via our opentable reservation link below, or by calling the restaurant at 415.826.7004.



central kitchen welcomes walk-in guests and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests may add their name to the wait list with the host upon arrival.


central kitchen accepts parties up to six guests in our dining room. Should you wish to dine with a larger group, we can accommodate guests in one of our two private dining rooms, The Butcher Block and The Upstairs. Please reach out to our events team at or via phone at 415-826-7005.

Private Dining

Private Dining Brochure

The Upstairs

Butcher Block


For all private dining and restaurant buy-out inquiries, please contact our events team, via e-mail at, or by phone at 415-826-7005.
Or inquiry below:

From intimate dinners to elaborate celebrations, we've got you covered! Check out all of our private dining options.


Ne Timeas Restaurant Group opened The Upstairs, their first free-standing event space in December 2013. It is an industrial chic space for culinary adventures, knowledge exchange, private dining experiences as well as cocktail-style events.

seated – 32 guests
standing – 45 guests

menu options
five– course family style menu ($130 per person)
The $130 per person five-course chef's choice menu begins with heavy snacks from our larder before moving into an appetizer course of two starters, a pasta course, protein entree with an accompanying side, and a dessert course. Optional wine pairing available for $65 per person.

food & beverage minimums:

sunday – tuesday: $3,000
wednesday– saturday: $3,500

every day in December: $3,500

Sample Menu  Information  Gallery

By day, Salumeria (mission location) is a neighborhood deli and larder specializing in handcrafted, artisan sandwiches, freshly made pasta and house cured charcuterie. By night, it turns into an intimate and rustic dining space. The menu utilizes seasonal ingredients, Northern California inspirations and, of course, your preferences.

seated – 16 guests
standing – 25 guests

menu options
four– course family style tasting menu ($115 per person)
The $115 per person four-course chef's choice menu includes selections from our larder to start, an appetizer course, pasta course, protein entree with a side, and an individual dessert course. Optional wine pairing available for $55 per person.

food & beverage minimums:

monday to tuesday: $1,000 
wednesday to saturday : $1,250

every day in December: $1,250

Sample Menu  Information  Gallery

For those looking to host a larger event, both flour+water and central kitchen are available for full buyouts, seven days a week.  From weddings to corporate parties, we offer a wide range of experiences!


For all private dining and restaurant buy-out inquiries, please contact our events team, via e-mail at, or by phone at 415-826-7005.
Or inquiry below:

Pasta Classes

Seasonally, flour+water offers a series of classes concentrating on different pasta-making styles and techniques. These classes will take place in our premier event space, The Upstairs, at central kitchen.  

2019 Winter Dates:

Jan 14, 2019 6:30 PM - SOLD OUT

Jan 29, 2019 6:30 PM - SOLD OUT

Feb 12, 2019 6:30 PM - SOLD OUT

Feb 26, 2019 6:30 PM - SOLD OUT

Mar 5th, 2019 6:30PM - SOLD OUT

Mar 19th, 2019 6:30PM - SOLD OUT


Stay tuned for the next season's dates to be released!


  • Prosecco & charcuterie upon arrival
  • Instruction and demonstration by one of our chefs
  • Hands-on exercises rolling out dough and shaping pasta
  • Three-course family style dinner with wine
  • Fresh pasta from class to take home

For more information please reach out to

Valentine's Day at central kitchen

Join us on February 14th in our candlelit dining room for a special dinner! Chef Thomas McNaughton will be offering a celebratory five-course menu for $125 per person with an optional wine pairing for $75 per person.

Please note that our a la carte menu will not be available that evening.


snacks from our larder
oyster on the half shell with fennel relish
scallop crudo with winter citrus
marinated mussels with sauternes and truffle
fry bread, duck egg, artichoke barigoule
saffron orecchiette, uni, braised squid, preserved lemon
chestnut agnolotti, wild mushroom, black truffle
smoked duck breast, pear, mustard, huckleberry
chocolate mousse - passion fruit
semifreddo - cherry, pistachio