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Bouche Bistro
Bouche Bistro

Bouche Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bouchebistro.com
  • Phone: (505) 982-6297
  • 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!Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "I could eat here at least three times a week. The best mussels ever! Great soups."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Perfect caesar salad; perfect calves liver; perfect ravioli. Consistently top-notch food: presentation and tastes!"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary at La Bouche and we thoroughly pleased. Calf's liver was the best we have had in the USA."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Consistently Santa Fe's best. Food excellent, service suburb."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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!"
    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?"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Everything about Bouche speaks attention to detail. Personable, attentive service, outstanding preparation and presentation."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner immensely. The food was superb and the service excellent. We will return often.Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The meal was excellent and the $30 prix fixe is a fantastic bargain"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "A fabulous dinner! Creamy melon soup & mussels with the divine house bread dipped in the brine. Lovely!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Superb food, service, decor Comfortable & welcoming"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Always a fabulous experience. One of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The bread was especially good. The best I've had in Santa Fe."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Bouche as we haven't been in Santa Fe for some time. The entire meal was absolutely delicious and decadent! For a simple and delicious treat try the truffle frites. Can't wait to visit again."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Attentive service, beautifully prepared food with an usual and excellent menu. Our party of three ordered heirloom tomato salad with pistachio pesto, escargot, squash soup, wild mushroom ravioli, Alaska halibut with a salt crust and fresh asparagus, steak au poivre, . It's a special occasion restaurant that I don't patronize often enough but I appreciate that it is in my neighborhood, one of Santa Fe's near-downtown old barrios."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Bouche Bistro is truly outstanding with the very best food and attention to detail. The escargot is better than you can find in France and there is no bad selection on the menu. Definitely one of the finest food experiences in Santa Fe"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "With all the yummy Southwestern food, this French Bistro is still a must. Casual vibe with food you might believe just arrived from France. Such amazing produce cooked perfectly and complimented with just the right seasonings and combinations. Each of the four of selected a different entree, all divine!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "This is a winner. Such an wonderful menu and incredible service. Dining outside under the tent on a cool night is just the perfect way to end the day. Go NOW."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Dined at Bouche for our 28th wedding anniversary and once again had a great evening. Service and food excellent."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our meal two nights ago at Bouche. They do a very good job of creating a relaxed, yet elegant european atmosphere with contemporary place settings at tables on the patio surrounded by very comfortable red metal chairs - I felt like I was a world away from our daily routines. The heirloom tomato salad was the most memorable I've tasted in many years. I also ordered the escargot to share and the small plate of mushroom ravioli, which was the perfect portion size for me and uniquely delicious with the pea reduction sauce. The service was very attentive. We will return."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Outstanding menu, food, service, and wine selection, all reasonable priced."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Very busy, even on a Wed night. Excellent French food. Good atmosphere and nice covered outdoor area. Only minor complaint was that waiter constantly encouraged us to order more, or upgrade, items we didn't want. However a simple no was enough. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/23/2014