Simple thingsUpon arriving I was seated at the bar which overlooks the chef's kitchen, which offers great viewing . Service was swift. As a solo diner I was in and out in 30-minutes; just how I like it. Food was very tasty. I had the mesculin salad to start followed by the pan seared monkfish with lemon pasta, tomatoes, and pork belly. All this was capped off by a glass of Kermit Lunch red.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMImpressive!This is a perfect restaurant! Great, classic French Bistro, cozy, warm, delicious, flavorful, great service and reasonable. We sampled many of the dishes and were impressed by the finish, flavor and quality of the preparations.
Wine list is sophisticated and well priced. My wife and I are very experienced world wide diners, Bouche Bistro is a major quality addition to the Santa Fe restaurant scene.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMZEV GUBERI'm torn. I hate to see this become the hottest restaurant in Santa Fe, because it might make it impossible to ever get in again,
Near perfection! Bouche Bistro would be top if it was in Paris, London, New York, and you'd never find it in LA. The tarte tatain divine, the duck confit marvelous....5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMThe accolades are warranted!Fantastic restaurant with great food and service! I have already passed along my recommendation to all my friends and we'll be back! We booked before the Pasatiempo review and only saw it the day we visited. It is well earned!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious French food!Looking for a place to celebrate a landmark anniversary before a special trip, we settled on Bouche for the food. Good choice! Everything was exceptionally well prepared and fresh. DH's pork special was fork tender and the polenta really good, and my grouper was crispy on the outside moist on the inside. Perfect!
A small nitpick, not terribly impressed with the wine list, but this is typical of new restaurants. The prices were reasonable for a SF restaurant, but the wines are all young. Best bet would be some French Rose', meant to drink young and is good with almost everything. Too bad we can't BYO.
Chef Dale tries for a real French Bistro experience, and he has succeeded. Cozy and raucous, just as it should be.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat New Santa Fe RestaurantCharles Dale, chef de cuisine, has done it again, this time bringing his taste and skill directly to the public and under his own name. Every item from apetizer desert both a surprise and a hit. What more can you ask? Bravissimo!!!!5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMFine French Bistro restaurantFine French Bistro restaurant with simple food, excellently prepared with an exceptional flavor. Special note for this diner was the Rose from Provence.
Ambience was warm and inviting including the wait staff and the owner.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMOverall experienceBouche was a very pleasant surprise. It exceeded all of our expectations. One of the reasons for this extremely successful new badly needed restaurant in Santa Fe is that Chef Dale is ever present without being too in your space. Can't wait to go back.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb Dining ExperienceThis recently opened spot is superbly done. The dining area is small and creates an intimate feeling. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. The spirit of the place is vibrant and thoughtfully executed in every detail. We enjoyed a rich French onion soup and herb ravioli with a crispy frog leg to start. Our delicious entrees were halibut and black mussels with garlic spinach and roasted kale as sides. Every gas a perfect expression of the flavor of fresh ingredients and intelligent preparation. The only off note to the meal were the desserts. These were tasty but much too large. We'd recommend sharing the profitarole dessert among three people. Despite the overstuffed ending, this is a great place for a delicious dinner.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely small restaurant withLovely small restaurant with exceptional gourmet entrees, small but grand in their attention to detail.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMBouche was outstanding. ItBouche was outstanding. It is a tiny little venue (indoors) but it has a wonderful atmosphere and the staff (owner/chef included) are genial and lovely. I had two guests unexpectedly added to my evening and Paul (their maitre d') worked hard to accommodate us even though we were first time visitors. Truly a gem and I will go back, repeatedly.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMOur experience was wonderful!Our experience was wonderful! Excellent, caring waitstaff, all four entrees were outstanding. The only complaint would have been the noise level but that cannot be helped due to the flooring. And it certainly was an indication that people were having a terrific time! We shall be returning often!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was, as promised,The food was, as promised, a perfect rendition of bistro cooing. We started with oysters which tasted so fresh and briny-- a bit of the ocean to sharpen your appetite. I had the steak frites. the steak was cooked perfectly and so were the frites. the mjssels were wonderful and the tarte tatin was to die for. Our server was efficient , but not omnipresent, friendly but not servile. Everything was simply splindid!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had an excellent dinner!We had an excellent dinner! The food was delicious, and the attentiveness of the staff and the Chef was delightful! We will go back because there were so many great choices on the menu and we couldn't try them all at one time!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best of the best!Bouche continues to be the most sought after reservation in the Santa Fe restaurant scene! We've eaten at Bouche several times since they opened and it just keeps getting better and better! Chef Charles Dale is a delight and has made Bouche the place to go! DOn't miss this great restaurant!4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMBouche Bistro is a gem. AuthenticBouche Bistro is a gem. Authentic French bistro food at reasonable prices. The service is friendly and efficient. The Chef went around to each table to meet his guests. The onion soup was the best I've ever had. The bread is crusty and delicious. Coq au Vin, one of the specials, was wonderful. The place is small and a little noisy. That should be eased once the outside patio is opened. We will definitely go back. It's hard to get reservations because the word is out about how great this restaurant is.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMI cannot fermé ma bouche ...I cannot fermé ma bouche ... Charles Dale has created a treasure and treat. The foie gras was exquisite, as was the ambiance and service.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMCharles Dale's new spot inCharles Dale's new spot in Santa Fe is fun and fresh.
Classic French bistro menu, great service.
New, but very professional operation. Attention, knowledge.
Small dining room makes reservations a must except very early or late.
Summer patio should be nice too.
Downtown, walkable.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMYou must try this new French bistroOur first visit to this charming French bistro in Santa Fe & we were delighted. Other people must've thought so, too, because the place was jammed. The dining room is small and maximizes the number of tables so the noise level is up there but the atmosphere is friendly & casual & very cheerful. Service is prompt & helpful. The food is the shining star at Bouche Bistro. Everything from the starters (some of the best escargot I've ever had) to the entrees was delicious. My 2 friends & I shared the large seafood platter: a big metal tray filled with ice and topped by a mountain of oysters, jumbo shrimp and crab legs. Being able to serve excellent fresh seafood in our desert town is quite an accomplishment. Highly recommended!4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMA real winner!This restaurant is still quite new, so we'll see how it weathers over time. But, it certainly is getting off to a great start. Chef Charles Dale was attentive and engaged at all levels, greeting guests, delivering food to tables, asking questions and seeming genuinely interested in the responses. From the moment we walked in, we felt welcomed, by him and others. There was great energy in the place and the environment quite intimate, bordering on noisy but not so loud that you can't carry on an easy conversation. The service was very efficient and friendly without being intrusive. And, the food was superb. Well prepared with interesting touches. Wine recommendations were excellent, too (be sure to ask the price). Loved the whole experience4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMNewly opened, Bouche BistroNewly opened, Bouche Bistro is on it game already. Excellent, genuinely French food at healthy but not outrageous prices. Solid wine list. Service was great, with highly trained waitstaff. Community table is a terrific idea.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous service and food.Fabulous service and food. Had a great experience at this new restaurant. Will be back. Parking is tough but not unusual for Santa Fe.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMFriendly, very good wait staff,Friendly, very good wait staff, good food, good wine list---look forward to returning and it will be fun when warmer weather returns to Santa Fe and the patio opens for outdoor dining.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service were good.Food and service were good. Wine list could be expanded.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWHAT A GREAT FIND!We dined at Bouche Bistro for my birthday. I could not have wished for a happier and delicious dining experience from the moment we arrived to the end of this our first time dining here. This quickly became our favorite restaurant, to be enjoyed many times in the future!3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious French food in Santa FeA friend and I very much enjoyed dinner at Bouche recently. The onion soup was outstanding and the Caesar salad delicious with a light, but flavorful dressing. The mussels were done perfectly in a light wine and onion broth and the bistro steak was delivered rare, tender, and very tasty. We thought the apple tarte tatin was extra special, but found the flourless chocolate cake and somewhat watery nutella sauce uninteresting. We enjoyed a delicious Russian River Pinot with our meal. The dining room can get quite noisy at times and will benefit from the summer patio. We were asked to move when our allotted time was up, reminding us we were in America and not France.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMI can't wait to go back. TheI can't wait to go back. The mussels were the best I ever had--though my friend's Pot au Feu was melt in your mouth and may tempt me when I return. Who knew brussel sprouts were so good? Bouche Bistro is small--it reminds me of bistros in Paris (though the tables there are even closer together). Our party of four enjoyed everything and didn't notice the noise level--though we had early reservations. Yum!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMFrom the wine to the dessert,From the wine to the dessert, all was delicious.
Unfortunately, our group of "seasoned" diners could not hear each other. We will select another table next time.
And we will be back!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMTucomplicated, yet sophisticatedWow, what a fabulous eatery. I was so jealous. I thought my short ribs were the best, no comparison. The plate was a work of art. An ample lean piece of tender meat, small al dente carrots and potatoes. The clincher was the gravy/sauce. Want to know the secret.
Finish with the gluten-free chocolate souffle...fantastic. Will return.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWelcom Back!I love the fact that Charles is back. It was a wonderful experience all around. The service was fantastic and the food cannot be beat. My party of 4 plans to come back often.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AM2nd Time's the CharmIn the 2 weeks since opening the service has come together. The food still shines. Both evenings we were there, we sat next to a table with several youngsters. Same well-behaved youngsters each evening and related to the owner. So it is kid-friendly. The escargot continue to be wonderful. We had a few appetizers and split a dessert. The profiteroles were delicious. They come as 3 (too much for us) so we scooped one onto a plate for a neighbor. The wine pours by the glass are fine on the still wines, but the Champagne pour could have been a bit more generous. The Champagne by the glass was a lovely Nicolas Feuillatte NV Brut, but there is a Gruet NV Brut on the menu by the bottle and I would like to see it by the glass also.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMBouche Bistro is a true find!Bouche Bistro is a true find! The food was exceptional! Everyone in our party of six could not stop talking about how wonderful their dinner was. Make reservations early! THe restaurant is very small! Don't miss it!!!3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMEven better the second time!Twice in and loved it even more! I already have reservations for a third (and know what I am going to order). Can't wait!3/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have been fans of ChefWe have been fans of Chef Charles Dale for years. His new restaurant exceeded our expectations. We will be back again very soon.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOn our first visit we wereOn our first visit we were enthralled. The atomosphere was cozy yet energetic; the service was excellent and the food is beautifully plated and was DELICIOUS. We will return. kh4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMBouche speaks for itselfAmazing all around and every dish executed to perfection. Atmosphere of a truly authentic French bistro, great wines, great food, and energetic. Only thing missing was the Eiffel tower!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AM