Bouche Bistro
Bouche Bistro

Bouche Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bouchebistro.com/
  • Phone: 5059826297x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Charles Dale
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Guadalupe Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot for 14 cars adjacent to restaurant: extensive additional street parking.
A word from Bouche Bistro
WINNER the Santa Fe New Mexican's coveted 4 Chiles Award!!!!
Bouche is a neighborhood French bistro located in the heart of Santa Fe, serving inspired rustic French cuisine prepared by award-winning chef Charles Dale. Bouche offers an exceptional variety of new and old world wine selections to accompany the menu. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Summer outdoor dining coming soon!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bouche Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
173 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (139)great for outdoor dining (98)special occasion (95)neighborhood gem (84)notable wine list (70)romantic (58)hot spot (30)good for groups (11)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • trow1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Outstanding restaurant buit on excellent food, wonderful service and a quirky, high value wine list. Great outdoor setting while the weather holds, but the chef's table is a must once the patio closes. the chef visits the dining area regularly, even delive3ring specialplates from time to time, and the Maitre De, Paul, sets the standard for high quality service. One of our favorite Santa Fe reastaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful food and ambience
    Tril12
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Bouche Bistrot is our "Go To " restaurant. The owner, Charles Dale, is warm and welcoming. Paul, the Maitre D' is also top notch and knowledgeable The food is authentic french bistrot food in Santa Fe. Prices are reasonable. The service is attentive. You are always welcome at Bouche !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the week
    DineAlot
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Six dinners in Santa Fe.....Bouche Bistro was my favorite. Second was Luninara. Third was Shed. Fourth was Coyote cafe, fifth was Il Piatto, sixth was La Bocca. They all were fantastic but Bouche pulled the total experience together the best. The Chef, hostess and waitress were exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • STYLISH BOUCHE BISTRO
    keepitsimpleVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Super-professional service, very solid kitchen, enthusiastic diners engaged and energized make Bouche Bistro a Santa Fe favorite for good reason. Chef/owner Dale maintains a very high level of performance over time, rewarding patrons for their commitment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • philawedVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The service was sensitive, the ambiance great. However, except for the salad course, each presentation mixed an excellent idea with something slightly amiss--eg, an ingredient a bit overcooked, an unneeded addition, etc. For example, my sweetbeads on a bed of mushrooms were deep fried, dry, and tasteless though the rest of the dish was perfect; my creme brule had so thick a sugar (unbruled) crust you could not taste the custard, etc. My wife's meal had similar defects. Given the cost and reputation of Bouche the meal was a minor disappointment.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of Santa Fe's Best
    BeenToThemAll
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Outstanding food. Selection a bit limited, however preparation left nothing behind. One could easily be in France enjoying one of the best restaurants there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eyedoc
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    An experience beyond the highest expectations. Food with flavor and presentation just out-of-sight,wine ( an expert sommelier) served in the friendliest atmosphere, patient and knowledgeable waitstaff. I can't say enough positive about this restaurant . Don't fail to dine there!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • asantafefoodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We consider Bouche to be one of the best restaurants in Santa Fe. Charles has established it as wonderful place to take friends to and/or enjoy it on our own.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal in Santa Fe
    Foodie4sure
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Love this spot. Food is wonderful. From bread to dessert! Excellent service. Friendly. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good, Expensive, and Best Outside
    DineAwayVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Restaurant inside seating is very noisy; go outside and reserve in advance for this. Folding tables are a bit rough on this old fellow, particularly at these prices. Good for special occasion. I doubt that we will return but could refer others there who are into hot restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frenchfoodfan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Ambiance in outside dining rooms was a bit hectic and noisy. Waiters were calm but over extended. Bread outstanding as was lamb stew dish, sweet breads and escargot. Coffee not hot and bread pudding dry. French Bistro feeling was great. Could use slightly more illumination on entrance and parking lot and at step-downs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    kundry42VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I could eat here at least three times a week. The best mussels ever! Great soups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Who could ask for anything more?
    robbie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Perfect caesar salad; perfect calves liver; perfect ravioli. Consistently top-notch food: presentation and tastes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good with potential
    highstandardsfoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The appetizer (escargot) was very good, the entree (halibut) excellent. The caesar salad was disappointing....not much flavor and no anchovies until I asked for them and then was charged $3 for four small anchovies. The dessert (cream brulee) was too sweet and had a topping that was heavy and not at all as good as the traditional fired glaze. The best part of the experience was the ambiance which far excels the previous restaurant's feel. Outside dining area still needs improvement. Service was very good, not great; cost is rather high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FRENCH GEM IN SANTA FE
    SFFoodScene34
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Our third trip to Bouche Bistro in two months -- food consistently among the best in Santa Fe -- would hold up well compared to any top bistro in the U.S. Noise level too high when packed, though better than last year. Cozy dining room environment.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Met expectations
    Bouche
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary at La Bouche and we thoroughly pleased. Calf's liver was the best we have had in the USA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still the best
    Bill
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Consistently Santa Fe's best. Food excellent, service suburb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DinnerDate
    DinnerDateVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We must have eaten at another Bouche Bistro because our dinning experience was nothing like the many reviews on open table. We sent back the tenderloin tartar as it was a dreadful gooey mustardy mess. My halibut was overcooked, dry and tasteless Husband's salmon was cooked properly on the top side but over cooked on the bottom. The "Classic" Ceasar salad was not and they wanted to charge $3.00 for anchovies. The tiny metal chairs were butt Killers and our server was stoic and aloof. Although we are professional diners, we thought maybe we hit an off night. However, it was reassuring to know our hotel concierge said many guest have had similar experiences. With so many great dinning opportunities in Santa Fe, you can skip this one!
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  • It's the Food, Stupid!
    4warnedis4armed
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The tables are a little too close together and a little small which is the only reason for not giving this restaurant a perfect 5 star rating. The food was BEYOND wonderful. The beet and asparagus starter was my favorite, also splurged with the foie gras of the eve--perhaps too pricey for the size but quite the taste treat. 4 different entres all described as spectacular by our group. Generously Bouche offers half portions of some main dishes, making it easier to sample the artistry, a truly spectacular food experience. About $50 per person with wine, including tip et al., could probably do it for less but why?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    RJEJVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Everything about Bouche speaks attention to detail. Personable, attentive service, outstanding preparation and presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best choice
    JMNSF
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Absolutely delicious and how nice to be able to choose a small or large portion on some items., Excellent service and so gracious to have the owner/chef come and talk to us at the table. Don't forget to order the cheese tots as a side dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    foodie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner immensely. The food was superb and the service excellent. We will return often.Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    2patl8
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Charles and staff pay attention to every detail. Perfect host, perfect menu always something new and exciting. You could order with your eyes closed and I guarantee you'd love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best French in Santa Fe
    Ter2DotVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Chef Charles Dale and his staff know how to create excellent French bistro classics in a casual atmosphere. Bouche is our new favorite in Santa Fe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as before
    Phoenix
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Enjoyed Bouche last year, and it was superb again this time. Sweetbreads were divine, with French beans and wild mushrooms. If the weather is good (and when isn't it in Santa Fe in the summer?), eat in the "outdoor" tented area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • something missing
    kaycee
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wonderful as usual, but this night it seemed that a touch of cream would have perfected the soup and grilling the sea bass without some kind of sauce or lemon juice with butter on top left it too dry.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Make your mouth happy
    localfoodlover
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I found out while there that "bouche" means mouth in French, and how appropriate. Food at this restaurant makes your mouth happy. The taste, the presentation, the friendly but very professional service, the rustic but elegant ambiance all add up to a special evening and a treat for your taste buds.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Excellent Bistro
    DaddyD
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great French bistro. Halibut was delicious and sauce was light, superb. Quiet with nice ambiance. Service was attentive and courteous. Highly recommend Bouche.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Superb dinner
    tesuquefoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The meal was excellent and the $30 prix fixe is a fantastic bargain
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The only dish that was memorable was the "sweet breads. The so-called César salad was awful--if you don't want to make an authetnic rendition call it something else. The service was indifferent; this was not the server's fault as he had too many tables to serve.
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  • Pre Opera gem
    nordicaVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Bouche is now offering a tasty and timely pre-Opera menu from 5-6pm. Enjoy the luscious escargots, some mushroom ravioli, or sweetbreads or mussels, and a dessert for $30! Or take your time and enjoy their full menu including fish of the day and always foie gras...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    alwaysafoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My husband and I had a wounderful time. The mushroom soup was excellent, and so were the frog legs. My roasted duck was a little dry, but every- thing else was very good. The crème brûlée was fantastic and defiantly is a must try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS FOOD AT BOUCHE
    susan1
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    CHARLES (CHEF/OWNER) HAS DONE IT AGAIN. GREAT FOOD, GREAT SERVICE AND GREAT ATMOSPHERE. THE ESCARGOTS ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD, AND THERE IS PLENTY OF HOME MADE BREAD TO SOP UP THE BUTTER! TRUFFLE FRIES ROUND OFF A GREAT BISTRO EXPERIENCE.!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • An absolute joy
    LanceSF
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Once again, Bouche has shown me why it's among the very best restaurants in Santa Fe. The food was absolutely exquisite, and service was everything one could ask for. We found we were repeatedly asking ourselves why it had been so long since our last visit. I can't imagine how we could have enjoyed our evening more than we did at Bouche.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charles Dale rules
    kundry42VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    A fabulous dinner! Creamy melon soup & mussels with the divine house bread dipped in the brine. Lovely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This was our third meal at Bouche. The food was as delicious as the previous two times. They make the best steak tartare in town--we have sampled this at other spots--and everything else was at the same high, unpretentious level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best bistro in the southwest
    robbie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Superb food, service, decor Comfortable & welcoming
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Star cooking in Santa Fe
    alwaysthere1VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A brief, but exciting menu makes it difficult for the diner to chose. I had the fabulous escargot and the dinner special that night, chateaubriand. The chateaubriand was so fresh and excellently prepared that I did not even need to use any Bernaise sauce. Hats off to the excellent chef and our wonderful waiter, Ian.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old school foodie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Always a fabulous experience. One of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The bread was especially good. The best I've had in Santa Fe.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.