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Bistro Boudin
Bistro Boudin
  • Address:
    160 Jefferson St, Upper Level
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    Neighborhood:
    Fisherman's Wharf
  • Cuisine:
    American
    Price: $30 and under

Bistro Boudin Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistroboudin.com
  • Phone: (415) 928-1849 x2
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday 11:30am to 9:30pm

    Friday - Saturday 11:30am to 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Misael Reyes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bistro Boudin is available for off-site catering in the SF Bay Area (including Marin and East Bay). Please contact our Sales Manager for further details and to schedule a tasting. (415) 928-8882 or bistroevents@boudinbakery.com
  • Special Events & Promotions: We offer both private and semi-private dining with several diverse and versatile space options, each with stunning bay views and crowd pleasing imagery. Our private dining room also offers a 52″ HD Monitor with satellite capability and direct VGA laptop connectivity.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Taylor St.
  • Public Transit: The MUNI "F" Line drops passengers off directly in front of Boudin at the Wharf on Jefferson Street (between Mason and Taylor Streets).
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking available at the Fisherman's Wharf lot located directly behind our building. Entrance on Taylor St. (past Jefferson). 3 hours validation with dining receipt from Bistro Boudin. Be sure to have your ticket validated before leaving the restaurant.
A word from Bistro Boudin
Located on the upper level of Boudin at the Wharf, Bistro Boudin offers an ideal place to enjoy a leisurely meal. Warm and inviting with beautiful dark wood accents, Bistro Boudin features a full service bar ,Oyster /Tapas/ Raw bar and spectacular views of the waterfront. The menu is influenced by the abundance of seasonally fresh foods available in the San Francisco Bay Area and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We made a last-minute (half hour in advance) reservation on a mega-busy afternoon and the honored it. The food was delicious as well! Got a great table and enjoyed this SFO Institution. Open Table works SO WELL!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Crowded but a lot of fun on a Saturday afternoon. Excellent service and great vibe."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "It was definitely refreshing to enjoy after the boat tour I took that afternoon. I love that I was able to book through OpenTable and was immediately taken to my table at our reservation time."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were seated right on time with our reservations and were given a great table out on the deck! What a wonderful view! The crab and corn bisque in the breadbowl was amazing! We got the petite but should have gotten the regular size! The crab cake sandwich was wonderful too! Lots of crab, not much "filler". Perfect! Prices were a little high, but not any different than other restaurants in the area. Overall wonderful experience and would definitely go back! Make reservations, as you are given water view table priority!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Many choices suitable for children and tweens. The service was good and the wine list exceeded our expectations."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great food choices. My meal could have been warmer. Service a little slow. It was the waiter's first day on the job. Excellent view of the bay. Good ambience and nicely decorated."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I decided to give Bistro Boudin a try on my recent trip to SF based upon the recommendation of two of our hotel's concierges. Having walked by it a few times on the Pier, I wasn't expecting much, but I soon realized that the upstairs restaurant (different from the cafe below) was very nice with a fantastic menu and a great view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. The menu is so good that I had trouble deciding. Ultimately, I had the Dungeness Crab appetizer, Salmon, and my mother had Cioppino. The food was fresh and fantastic! We enjoyed the experience so much that we went back again the next night. Also - a special kudos to our waiter Stephen (with a ph). He was incredibly personable and friendly, and he made a good dinner fantastic."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Although I thought this might just be a tourist destination, I was mistaken. It's a really nice restaurant with a great view. The staff were so very accommodating to me even though some of the people in my party were late, which is not the norm for SF restaurants. Overall, a very good experience."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "As with the Boudin chain, it's overpriced. Food and service were not what I expect for what ended being $80+ for two people."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Couldn't be happier. My nephew waved at the hostess saying hello and two minutes later she walks over with a turtle bread bowl for him to play with and eat. He was so happy for the rest of dinner, it made my whole family smile while watching him. Would highly reccomended this restaurant for families. Food was great and the atmosphere around the wharf is great."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I had a high ranking official visit us in SF. We selected this restaurant for its location to his Hotel. The service was rushed. The clam chowder was served "luke warm and watered down". Sad as it used to be SF's better clam chowders. I had to ask for bread. The meals were flavorless, mildly warm and over cooked. We were asked once for a reorder of cocktails, while our cocktail glasses remained 3/4 full. We had to ask for water refills 3 times. Dessert was also a miss, recommended by our ill-trained server, we should have known better...All in all, a bowl of street food chowder and fish 'n chips would have been a vast improvement over the $150.00 we spent in faire at Boudins. VERY disappointed. I must call management and ask for a refund!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "It was good and nice place. service was good and very enough food for two people. But onething is just little expensive for sunday lunch."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The service was good but the food not so much. I got a petit bread bowl, chowder was cold bread not fresh."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Always love Boudin!!! Amazing food and equally amazing service!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My recommendation would come with a caveat... Boudin was a good experience. There is the Boudin/San Francisco Mini Museum while you are waiting and you can watch them make their famous sourdough. The view of the Bay is phenomenal. However, you are paying for the history and the view. The food, while good is definitely over priced. I find that the best way to get the most for you money is to talk to your waiter and ask for personal recommendations. That way you wont end up paying $30+ for two scallops on a bead of beans, greens and pork fat."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time there on our anniversary, we asked for a table with a good view, and they gave it to us! The food and service were excellent! We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had a window seat, which is the best, and our server, Alvin, was so thoughtful, informative, pleasant and professional. Stellar company aside, the evening and dinner were just great. With one exception, I usually avoid the Wharf because so many places are so tourist-y. I have clumped Boudin into that category, but now see the error of my thinking and will definitely return, plus recommend it to others as well."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I have a few key points to hit on: 1.) Our waiter was terrible. He was never around and we always had to ask someone else for more water 2.) We specifically came here to get one item on the menu and they didn't have it that night 3.) One of menu items we ordered was awful (seafood pizza). Soggy, under-cooked crust. Basically, I would not recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Made a reservation for 6 and arrived on time. Requested a window seating and was told by Rick that my request would be fulfilled. Taken to the back of the back room where the "window" seating was NOT a window seating. When I complained to the host and requested to speak to Rick, she just smiled. Rick NEVER showed up. Perhaps we were seated at the "back of the bus" because we were a multiracial group. I hope not but based upon those seated besides us, it visibly seemed that way. The food was undercooked, the server was overwhelmed and the bill came to more than $200. Overall, a very bad SF restaurant experience."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "During our four day trip to sanfran this place was our hands down favorite. Great food, atmosphere and you have got to check out the museum on the 2nd floor. So cool!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "It was a great experience. The food was delicious, our waitress was so so so nice and actually talked to us, not only about food and what we needed. The restaurant scene was very nice, definitely a return if we go back to San Fran!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The bistro associated with the sourdough bread company is a nice, comfortable place with a great view. The menu had a lot of great selections, and their bread was served with everything. The soup served in the bread bowl was huge and delicious. All the entrees we got were enjoyable, and the service was great. They forgot to bring my entree and the restaurant comped it before I had even worried about it being late, so great attention to their customers. I would definitely recommend pogoing to this place."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "You're paying for the location... no surprises there. The food is pretty good; we had scallops, salmon, and a filet mignon. Presentation was good, and service was good too. It might not stand up to the competition elsewhere in the city, but it's a decent place for nice meals with a view."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had a fantastic dinner! Beautiful location, amazing food and great service."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "As a lobster, I love eating crabs. The crabs here are excellent with service to match. My malnourished love enjoyed the scallops. Whoop whoop whoop whoop."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Crab cake and calm chowder were tasty but the crab cake was a little bit expensive. The service was bad, the waiter didn't collect the empty plates."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Made last minute decision to eat here on our last night in SF. Welcoming reception. We liked our food : fishcake had flavour, tortillas were fresh and tasty and not smothered in sauce. service was very slow at first but then picked up. Our request to move to another table was met without too much fuss. Overall a good eating experience and we would happily go back. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Fantastic brunch! Fresh bread, delicious seafood and great ambiance. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This was our second meal at tourist Bistro Boudin within 4 days. We went back because of the great food and service. Our second visit was the same as our first visit with great food. For both ocassions we had seafood. With 4 people, we sampled many options at the restaurant. We highly recommend the fish and chips or salmon dinners. The service was very good but not quite as good as our first visit where our service was outstanding. On our first visit, the server helped us pick a starter meal that our daughter could modify to get what she wanted. Let us just end by saying Boudin's sourdough bread was exceptional. We live on the east coast where the sourdough bread is hard and tasteless. Their gift shop was also great. Check it out!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I have been here several times before, always pleased, but this time, the table service was horrendous! We sat 17 minutes without water, let alone bread. No refill checks on drinks made, and food came minutes after we finally got bread- that I'd had to get up and ask for. Food was marginal that night as well. Disappointed to spend that much on a poor dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Tourist trap and too pricey with poor service. Called and made reservations and told them it was a birthday celebration. Nothing extra for birthday except for saying happy birthday (and they were reminded of it). Restaurant should advise people they do not offer anything if there is a birthday. Tacos were tiny and not good. No bread was brought even though waiter said bread would be brought after order was placed. I reminded the waiter when he finally returned with our orders. Waiter asked, do you still want the bread? Waiter wanted to close up and never offered us coffee or dessert. Ugh!!! A very bad experience."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The place was busy. Reservations are a great ideas. This is the best choice in the area for good food and atmosphere. The Bloody Mary's were really good. We shared the fish and chips, no extra charge and brought the meal on two plates. service was great despite how busy the resturaunt was. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Having booked our table a few weeks in advance, we were thoroughly disappointed when not only was our table not ready, but we had to wait 25 minutes to be seated! The staff were not helpful nor apologetic. It took a furious conversation with the manager to finally get seated. We had one elderly member of our party having to sit on her walker! Needless to say our celebratory evening did not get off to a good start. The food was good… not great. The service was ok. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Granted it was the start of a 3 day weekend but it would have been nice if waiter actually waited for us to tell him what we wanted or needed. He seem to always run by and leave before we got to tell him everything we wanted. Almost like he was trying to get away from us. We had a waiter the week before was great. Very attentive and made sure we got everything we needed before leaving. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We're giving up.. Too many disappointments in 2 dozen visits. Menu has shrunk. Onion soup gone. Wedge salad was limp, dressing weak. Oysters not flavorful, vinaigrette too sugary. Key lime pie was cute but no match for Florida style. Fried calamari was limp, not crispy. Apple pie was cool when it should be hot. Last time, beignets (and the redo) were a disgrace. Undercooked. Try Olive Garden, who knows how to do them. Mother's Day; we expected better. Wait staff helpful. They can do better with their food and their prices, and you can do better with your choice of restaurants."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were referred here by a vineyard owner we met in Sonoma, for the Crab Louie which was very good....Dinner and wine were very good as well although I thought the food could have been less expensive considering the portion size...scallop dish was 32$ and only came with 2 scallops. The Wharf area is touristy but Bistro Boudin and the Bakery are a great stop. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I was excited to make a last minute reservation at what I thought must be a hot spot in San Francisco. Little did I know that it is a really nice restaurant with a great view of Alcatraz... but set in the middle of the tacky tourist area so I guess the locals don't come here. We were seated about an hour before our reservation - on a Friday night? Not a good sign. We had a great view of the bay and enjoyed watching the sunset. Service however went downhill after our order was taken. We never received our mussels appetizer (not rung in) and for some odd reason we received two salads at two separate times (we had ordered one to share). My crab tacos were great but my husbands fish was extremely salty. Unfortunately I wouldn't recommend."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food was decent, but we were unhappy with the service when we checked in and from the waiter. The trolleys were having issues and were not running, and we couldn't flag down a cab, so we were about 15 minutes late. The person at the front desk was very snotty, even when we explained the issue. She said she was just getting ready to cancel our reservation and give up our table. The funny thing was that there was no one in line and there were empty tables. The restaurant never filled up and was emptying out while we were eating. The waiter rushed us through our meals, bringing our entrée right after the salad arrived. The meal sat there while our group finished our salads. The waiter also took items away from the table before we were done"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Given it's tourist-trap location, Bistro Boudin could have skimped on quality and would still be successful. That said, the food was great (Ahi Tuna Tartare, Crab Mac 'n Cheese, Fish and Chips), and the views were great. Definitely a lively crowd on a Saturday night, so worth calling ahead."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Came here for my 60th Birthday celebration and was not disappointed. First watched the famous bread being made downstairs then came upstairs to the Boudin Cafe for lunch. What a lovely room! Even with the number of people in attendance, there was only a murmur of noise. Quite acceptable. Our wait staff was attentive and brought the food out on a timely basis, always with lots of smiles. My Crab abd Corn Bisque in a Sourdough Bowl was exceptional as as my husband's Smoked Salmon Club sandwich and the dessert, Sourdougjh crusted Apple Pie. YUM! WE will definitely recommend and come back again!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014