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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

    Sunday 5:30pm 11:pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Californian, Provencal
  • Executive Chef: Danny Murcia
  • 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 Danny Murcia. The beer and wine list is centered on small producers from both California and France.

Counter seating is available on a first come first serve basis.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • " A casual French restaurant, the kind you would find on a side street of Paris-nothing pretentious, just good food. From the tin plated walls to the energetic chef whose kitchen you see as you walk through the door, you instantly feel you've travelled 12 hours and landed in France. Judy, our hostess, leads you to an upstairs loft where maybe a dozen tables are there for your dining pleasure. We started with an order of bacon bread, an appetizer of bone marrow acorn tapenade followed by my main selection of butternut squash and eggplant Napoleon-my only disappointment was they were out of the signature dessert- strawberry tart--my suggestion--claim your piece before you start your appetizer to be sure the kitchen saves you a piece."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Love this little French restaurant. What a find, and almost all locals! Which says a great deal."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had a great time at Bouche, but don't go there when SF is having a heat wave. The upstairs was at least 90 degrees and the fans and open windows didn't help. The wait staff were great and the food good, but it is a small space with no room for heat waves. The heat made it hard to enjoy."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Bouche is an appealing space - cute and intimate - but both the menu and the quality of the food were very disappointing. Seasoning was bland - even the duck."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "A unique dining experience with a warm and friendly atmosphere. The wine list was varied and presented many options for pleasant course selections. The food had a lovely presentation and a wonderful variety of delightful selections. Service was personal and attentive, but dinner was a relaxed and engaging time."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Bouche always delivers! A new item this time was the chick pea fries...divine!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "After a long day of site seeing and travel bouche was a welcome gem. Through open table, we pushed our reservation back to 11:30. They were accommodating and we had a lovely dinner. Highly Reccomended."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "You don't know what to expect based on the unassuming entrance, but it is tiny and amazing. The French menu is small but everything we ate from appetizer to dessert was terrific. The portions are well-sized and the wine menu is deep. The hostess/waitress was incredibly knowledgable and chatty, adding to an enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The menu is always different, inspiring, and delicious...I have no idea how they consistently turn out such high-quality food in a kitchen the size of a steamer trunk. On this visit, service was typically outstanding and they brought glasses of bubbly to everyone in the restaurant gratis, to celebrate Bastille Day. Three words: Duck confit croquettes....my bouche was very happy!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We have been here a few times and have never been let down. The food and service are always amazing. Guillame really knows wines!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Bouche is a wonderful restaurant, not only for its food but for the couple who own and run Bouche. Their presence creates a family-like feel that also embodies a chic and romantic climate. My friend and I shared most of our orders so we tasted quite a bit and everything was interesting and yummy. I wasn't keen on the Scallop Carpaccio, mainly because its texture freaked me out. My friend loved it. She also was wild about the mashed potatoes with king crab - I don't eat crab so I did not taste it. The Mache salad seemed small at first but once we were finished it was the perfect size, filling because of the poached egg which made the dressing thick and creamy. The cod was delightful as was the cheese plate. An experience to remember!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Bouche never fails to amaze me! Great Food, Great Vibe.....I will be back again and again!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The dishes were creative, complex yet harmonius. It's was truly delicious."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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