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Bouche
Bouche

Bouche Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bouchesf.com
  • Phone: (415) 956-0396
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: M-Sa 5:30pm-1:00am

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Californian, Provencal
  • Executive Chef: Nicolas Borzee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stockton
  • Public Transit: BART: Montgomery St. BART Station
    CABLE CAR: Powell Street & Bush Street
    MUNI: Market Street & Stockton Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 50 feet away from Sutter/Stockton garage
A word from Bouche
Bouche is a California-French restaurant with an oft-changing seasonal menu and a focus on small plates created by Chef Jerome Albaric. The beer and wine list is centered on small producers from both California and France.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Great little restaurant living up to a good French restaurant reputation. Small selections, but high quality, of dishes. Could improve on desert choices."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food was wonderful and the staff did all they could but we sat UPSTAIRS for an 7 pm dinner with out of town guests and the temps in SF were in the mid 80s in April - No AC in many SF restaurants so needless to say it was Stuffy and Sweaty in the restaurant. Will return again -- but never when it is warm outside."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Went to a restaurant with my friend. It is small yet cute and full of character. The food was delicious. Really well cooked. The only thing I wasn't impressed with was the wine selection. We chose to have the whites that day. The Vognier was thick and extremely sweet like a dessert wine. I couldn't finish my glass. Then we order another bottle of white. It was so so too. Perhaps the reds are better."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Glad I went once but I'd probably never return. Lovely ambiance with a friendly and accommodating staff. Lot's of ideas on the plate but a lack of execution. Flavors weren't well balanced and there wasn't enough attention to detail."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "What a great find...we took a chance on this not having it been recommended. Apps and entree's were both delicious and the wait staff was awesome. Give it a try!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Excellent food,great service and cozy ambiance! Intimate restaurant that delivers great food!The duck confit and pork belly - a must have!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Very good experience at this restaurant, staff friendly and good with our two children, very cute loft like atmosphere upstairs for dinner, we enjoyed good wines in the $50 price range, all the food was enjoyable and well prepared, would certainly recommend"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Very satisfied with food and atmosphere, one minor con - waited for our entree for 10-15 minutes."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Bouche never fails to amaze me! Great Food, Great Vibe.....I will be back again and again!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food, service, and ambience was outstanding. This is the epitome of a neighborhood gem, and it is simply fantastic that a dining experience of this caliber can be had past midnight. Bravo, we will be back often."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Entrees were most enjoyable! Sweetbread appetizer so disappointing - despite listing sweetbread as the first ingredient, it was almost entirely mushrooms, which quite overtook the flavor of the few teensy pieces of sweetbread. Enjoyed the wines! The cafe americain was a true one - excellent! Creme fraiche custard - amazing! We had a miscommunication as we had requested as quiet a table as possible (because of a hearing issue). When we were being seated, I asked for the empty table against the wall in the middle right, saying we needed as quiet table as possible;we were told that that table had been 'requested' already. That table sat empty the full hour and ten minutes we were there, with a couple arriving just before we left. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Behind an unassuming store front is an amazing french restaurant fit for foodies. Great food. Great service. Full of charm and a perfect restaurant for a date or to rekindle the romance in any relationship. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This is a small, crowded restuarant, but that only adds to the "authentic" atmosphere. The service was excellent. The waitstaff were pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive, but we were not rushed and had the time to enjoy the experience. The food was first class and the wines unusual (at least for me) but interesting. We will return."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We found Bouche via the internet. What we didn't know was how quaint this "find" of a restaurant was going to be. It is quite small in a physical sense, but quite large in a culinary sense. Our table was located upstairs in an attic like room with windows that opened out into the street so that we could observe the street scene. The guests who sat at the small tables on either side of us where friendly and easily engaged in conversation without becoming invasive. The food was prepared simply, but elegantly. We so enjoyed the comfort that Bouche provides. The wait staff also deserves kudos for their assistance and advice. All in all, this was an unexpectedly wonderful experience in a city known for its fine restaurants."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The dishes were creative, complex yet harmonius. It's was truly delicious."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our dinner was delicious and the service was terrific as always. 4 stars for BOUCHE. No stars for OPEN TABLE. Open Table WRONGLY had us down for a res. on 5-18 We are two hours away from home and would never make an 8:30 reservation. We had made one for May 19th and OT did not get that info to Bouche. We were listed as a no-show on the 18th and no reservation on the 19th, yet Bouche was kind enough to seat us when we arrived on the 19th. Our dinner was delicious and the service was terrific as always. 4 stars for BOUCHE. No stars for OPEN TABLE."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Tucked away from the Union Square crowd, Bouche is a gem atop the Stockton Street Tunnel. Super cute and cozy restaurant with delicious food. The service is slightly slow, so this isn't the place to come if you're on a tight timeline, but if you have the time for a leisurely meal, it's lovely. Be sure to save room for dessert!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "This is one of the most charming restaurants in San Francisco and the food is delicious, too. Although small, this restaurant is efficiently run. Our waiter was outstanding and friendly. He chose the perfect wines to go with our entrees. On this recent visit, our favorite items were the Duck Confit Croquants for the appetizer and the Citrus & Honey Confit Lamb Shank and the Pan Seared Petrale Sole for entrees. We travel to San Francisco 3-4 times a year and eat at many restaurants but this is the one I dream about when I am home. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Many unique menu items all were exquisite. Had the real feeling of being in a french country inn. Not their fault but the night we were there was a real scorcher (unusual for SF) and they are not air conditioned . Staff made the best of it with plenty of ice. Will return."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Neat place for those willing to try different yet delicious dishes. Ambience has a great casual vibe, but be warned it's on the smaller side. I definitely recommend the Fougasse (with bacon) and any of the seafood dishes. "
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "Good brunch menu with friendly services. Entrees was delicious and well presented. Great setting and atmosphere. Will definitely return..."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I had wanted to go to Bouche for a while now, so I made reservations for brunch on Mother's Day. Especially after hearing May 11th would be the last Sunday Brunch Bouche would have. Our food was great. However, I won't bother writing what we ordered because Bouche will no longer have brunch and because our dining experience lacked service. I said that I'll recommend Bouche to a friend, only because the food was great and I want to give Bouche a second change."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I found myself feeling that I was in a parisan bistro. The food was outstanding. The service was terrific. The cost was amazing."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I adore this place and will travel far and wide to eat here. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Food here is creative and delicious. They match wonderful magic of French cuisine with great grains and sides. Interesting and delicious appetizers. Scallop very tasty. Lamb shank was perfect entree served with couscous. Try it. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "It was absolutely outstanding. Only minor disappointment was that the red wine, pinot noir, was served cold. But by the time dessert was served (Goat cheese cake and in-house beet ice cream) the wine temperature was fine; hence the complete five stars!. Max "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Food was very good and a little different which we enjoy. We went early 5:30 on a very hot night and the place was way too hot. The low ceiling and lack of circulation made the dining area really uncomfortable. Tables are too close together by the window! The ambiance would make me think twice about going back, but the food and wine were very good. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I had a dinner reservation, yet when I arrived they seated me at the bar and not at a table. This was a huge turn off for me, if no table was available they should have notified me before I got there. However, the food and the service was good."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "One might not expect such a great experience from the outside and from the location, but run, don't walk, to Bouche. The food and service were outstanding--one of the best experiences in San Francisco. We were heading for the theater and perhaps overly uncertain about whether we'd left enough time to eat and get to will call...and the waiter was both initially reassuring and well focussed on making sure it all worked out, as it did. The food was creative without being fussy. Portions were quite adequate--the salad was plenty to split. I'd suggest getting the mushroom side dish which was excellent. Go and enjoy!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "This was my second visit at Bouche. The service is not up to par. Silverware brought to the table with bare hands (no marking tray), food items being dropped on the table without much explanation or in a hurry. Our server forgot to bring us the crab mash potatoes yet he never cared to check with us during our dinner to see how we were doing. It feels like the staff thinks they can get away without providing the personable service one would expect to find at a small restaurant like Bouche. I came back to Bouche because it was high on my guest's list, but I reluctantly did so and after last Tuesday's visit I do not think I will have a reason to come back. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Bouche was recommended by a friend for a special night out for my girlfriends birthday. We could not have been more pleased with the entire experience. The food was amazing, the service was great, and the ambiance was anything but your typical chain restaurant. We will definitely be back to try the rest of the menu. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We can't wait to return to this charming, tastefully decorated, spot for the delicious dishes. We loved it all. The service was perfect, the food was wonderful without being too fussy, the deserts were among the best we have ever had. Their good reputation is well-deserved. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Don't be discouraged by this off-the-wall hole-in-the-wall; first impression entering off the street may cause one to turn around and leave, but once at the table upstairs it was like being back in France. Waiter, Cook, Busboy, …all French. Wine…French. And then the food….voila….we WERE back in France. BOUCHE means mouth…appropriately named….tre's bon. Found this place on Urban Spoon…a great find; will definitely go back the next time we are in San Francisco."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Well I have been wanting to try this place for a while and finally did. The Food was great and service exceptional. Love sitting in the window and people watching. Its a small place so large groups wont work. Best for parties of two or three. Its now my new favorite after long day of city shopping in Union Square."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We rarely choose a cheese starter, but the French Laguiole that Bouche served with honey and nuts was outstanding. The petrale sole I had melted in my mouth with a wonderful sauce. My husband ate every morsel of the pork chop. We will definitely return to Bouche."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Nice place, but the food was way too salty. Everyone at my table felt the food much too salty. Definitely did not wow us, although great atmosphere and good service."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This place truly is a little gem of a restaurant. It's no bigger than a one bedroom apt but it has a good ambiance, great food, & wonderful service. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed an excellent meal and warm, attentive service at Bouche. The space is small and intimate and has a great atmosphere. We will be regular customers."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Great French Bistro. Charming ambience and wonderful original food. Service was attentive. Would go back there for sure."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Very welcoming & helpful staff, delicious wine selections, but under-seasoned monochromatic bland food. Evidently no salt or pepper or fresh herbs in their kitchen. Too bad - we are always looking for small cozy French places where we can be regulars. But not here, very sorry."
    Dined on 4/4/2014