40 Belden Place
San Francisco, CA 94104Neighborhood:
Financial District / Embarcadero
FrenchPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.ploufsf.com/
- Phone: 4159866491x
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm and Sunday 5.30 pm-10 pm;
Happy hour Monday-Friday 2:30 pm - 6.30 pm on the patio and at the bar from 6.30 pm till close.
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Seafood, French
- Executive Chef: Mark Papedis
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Private Party Facilities: Buy outs are available. Please contact the restaurant for details.
- Private Party Contact: Victoria Garmash 4159866491x
- Special Events: Join Plouf Bistro for special evenings such as New Years Eve, Valentine's Day and Bastille Day (14th of July). Reservations are highly recommended!
A word from Plouf
Plouf has terrace seating with heat lamps and a canopy. There are bistro style seating and an indoor fireplace. We have a 2-course Lunch Prix Fixe for $22 (Soup/Salad and Mussels) and a 3-course Dinner Prix Fixe $30 (Soup/Salad, Mussels and Dessert)Continued
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Plouf reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since May 19, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
great for outdoor dining (56)fit for foodies (47)neighborhood gem (37)great for lunch (25)good for groups (23)romantic (21)special occasion (17)late-night find (9)hot spot (9)great for brunch (5)scenic view (4)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
- WonderfulDianaVIPDined on 9/14/2014Husband had the calamari, said it was best ever and it was a huge serving. I had the baby lettuce salad, which was tasty and pretty. The warm bread was yummy. I had the Hawaiian butterfish with risotto and roasted squash. It was soooo good, I didn't want it to end. Husband had the sauteed salmon with cauliflower couscous, asparagus and lemon sauce. Both portions were good-sized. Husband had the chocolate-espresso mousse. Service was great and friendly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- KentDined on 8/26/2014moules and frites. The best outside of Belgium! And, they have Chimay beer. Never tired of this place.Special Features:
- DisappointingOlymomVIPDined on 8/23/2014Our concierge recommended Plouf for fish and chips, though it's a French spot. The "alley" location is kind of claustrophobic and I'm not crazy about dining with pigeons so I suggest sitting inside. The staff was friendly, but maybe because they weren't busy, it felt like they hovered. The clam chowder was possibly the worst I've had; watery, few clams, with nearly uncooked bacon and potatoes. Maybe it got better when it cooked longer. The fish (cod) and chips wasn't bad, though the batter was too soggy on the inside for my taste, a common problem. The fries were pretty good. I wouldn't expect these foods at a French restaurant so I was surprised the concierge recommended them. Not a good choice for us.Special Features:
- Now THAT's a BistroOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/21/2014Popped into Plouf for lunch at the last minute with low expectations and was blown away by an outdoor dining experience that made me want to grab owners of places with Bistro in the name and drag them down to "International Alley" to see what that word really means.Special Features:
- Only order the butter fishJoyBellVIPDined on 8/20/2014The food here is absolutely sub par. With all of the restaurants in the city you are better off eating elsewhere. The service was good, but the food awful. The one dish in the party that was edible was the butter fish. The shrimp and grits were served cold. The grits were gunked up with horseradish and grease and were cold. Don't order that dish if you go. Lastly, steer clear of any "specials".
- FatigueFatiguedDined on 8/19/2014Used to be a cool, Euro-vibe place with decent food. Food was tired--even the easy dishes like a cheese plate. One main corse-inedible.Special Features:
- Disappointing foodseefoodDined on 8/18/2014I do not go out for nice dinner's often so when they disappoint, it seems like a big deal! The food did not excite, at all. The waiter gave us no direction in our wine selection, only offering for us to try what we had questions about which took a long time, interrupted conversation and ended with us choosing something we didn't love because we didn't want to keep asking after 3 tries! We split some mussels (not exciting) and duck (not cooked to our order). We finished with Creme Brulee (too big and too sweet). So besides the ambiance and the occasion of having a dinner with a dear friend and no children, Plouf was a bust.Special Features:
- Consistently GoodGrecaDined on 8/17/2014I am guessing I've been to Plouf as many as fifteen times and it is always good. In addition you can actually have a conversation. We always look forward to our dinners at this restaurant.Special Features:
- Best mussels anywhereBigbobDined on 8/16/2014Plouf consistently serves some of the best mussels anywhere in SF, which are only second to their pommes frite! Their pre fixe dinner is an excellent way for first-time visitors to enjoy a sample of the excellent menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Awesome place!SFCA415Dined on 8/14/2014I love this place and have been going here for years! The food is delicious as always and the staff is wonderful. I have never had bad service or food here for the many years I have ate here. I had a friend in town and he it was his first time here ans loved it. Highly recommended as long as they keep up the great work.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Musselssunnyside1VIPDined on 8/14/2014Plouf continues to be a great neighborhood gem. My husband swears the mussels are the best ever!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointedDisappointedVIPDined on 8/14/2014I was very disappointed at the quality if the food. I have not been here for over 10 years and it was really good back then.Special Features:
- Wonderful!foodgrlDined on 8/13/2014Our group of 10 family members had a wonderful time, everyone enjoyed the beautiful food and the kindness of our server. The food is as wonderful as it has always been. The prix fixe dinner is a great value; a soup or salad starter, a huge serving of mussels and sublime dessert.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MusselsFishyVIPDined on 8/13/2014Yup. Their mussels are good. They have six or seven different dishes and preparations. At our table, they were all good. They have other food also, like hamburgers, which the table next to us had an order. They raved how good it was. So, if you want to have some good seafood, and have a person who just is not into that, you may have found your new place. Also, get an order of fries for the table with your order of mussels. Enjoy.Special Features:
- Nice service and ambianceLRinMarinVIPDined on 8/12/2014Two of us had an early dinner at Plouf and all was fine except for one of the dishes. I ordered one of the mussels entrees. The sauce was fabulous but the mussels were tiny. I expected at least some of them to be large or medium sized as I have had at other places. Each shell had a small piece of mussel in it and the bottom of the bowl didn't have much more. I don't know if that is typical or unusual. However the wait staff was very good, the salad delicious as was my friend's duck entree and we enjoyed the wine and after dinner coffee. I just wondered "where's the mussels?"Special Features:
- Once good. Now blah!NicolasVIPDined on 8/1/2014This restaurant was once known for its delicious muscle dishes, but the muscles or bland small and as unimpressive as the service. The fish and chips dish used to be a fresh lightly battered variety of fish. Now it's one solid piece of over fried cod. Gave me indigestion. Won't be back.
- Great musselsOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 7/31/2014The mussels were absolutely fantastic. I wanted every last bit of broth as it was briny yet sweet and creamy. Would highly recommend it to anyoneSpecial Features:
- Very DisappointedmortDined on 7/29/2014The outdoor seating is nice as well as the interior. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The cocktails were solid. The food was terrible. We had the pre-fix, clam chowder, mussels and desert for $30. We also ordered a dozen oysters (we had to ask the server what kind they were). The server misheard our order and thought we only ordered one pre fix instead of two. The chowder was very watery, had only two clams, and was separating (there was oil floating the on top). There were barely any vegetables in the chowder. When the mussels arrived the kitchen hadn't bothered to remove the beards from 70% of the mussels. The creme brulee was warm and runny. The cheesecake was OK. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.
- A longterm fan, but not this timeSFFoodLoverVIPDined on 7/21/2014Generally, I love Plouf. I have eaten many things on the menu and have always had a great meal. This time I had the mussels/clams combo in Poulette. My stomach hurt for an entire day afterward. My daughter had the combo in the coconut milk broth and she also had stomach issues for the next day. My other daughter had the pasta, which was great. Generally, I really enjoy Plouf but something was off this time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Salmon yes, mussels noPoldyVIPDined on 7/20/2014Two of four of us went for the mussels. While the mariniere sauce was delicious, the mussels were tiny and shriveled up. The salmon and hamburger were reported to be very good.
- Loved itMacDudeDined on 7/18/2014Dining at Plouf is a great way to take advantage of the mild summer weather. Al fresco dining with some fantastically fresh food, especially the mussels which are a must, well it's just delightful. The waiters were attentive and cheerful making for an overall great experience. If you're in San Francisco this is a place you simply must look up.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 7/17/2014Disappointed in their specialty: mussels. Small mussels, big price. Truffle french fries were yummy!
- Plouf kinda went PoufluvgoodfoodVIPDined on 7/16/2014The food was not as good as I thought it should be. I had the gravlax club. The gravlax was delicious but the poor selection of bread for the sandwich and the mayo and ice berg lettuce made me take the sandwich apart and just eat the gravlax with the side salad. The sandwich was impossible to eat because it wasn't pressed and cut small enough the way club sandwiches are so all the ingredients slid apart. One of my companions had the Oysters Rockefeller which she said were delicious. The fried eggplant heirloom salad was a nice idea but I thought the breaded fried eggplant was way too heavy and a mismatch for the heirlooms. I think I would try this place again and have the mussels which seem to be the house specialty.Special Features:
- UnderhillDined on 7/15/2014Our prix fixe dinner was a good value, and the mussels were delicious. The only problem was that the service was a bit too swift. Otherwise we felt as though we dining in France.Special Features:
- Bastille Day celebrationblainebVIPDined on 7/14/2014Great fun to go to Plouf on Bastille Day. Place was hopping. We took a francophile and enjoyed speaking French to the waiters, hosts, and other customers. Everyone in party mood. Good good all around. Tomato salad a standout.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bastille DayphainoDined on 7/14/2014I like Plouf but hadn't been in years, and thought it would be fun to have moules frites and rosé on Bastille Day. The food was good, but they seemed a little unprepared for Bastille Day; ie: stuffing menus and putting up balloons around 5:30. They had also removed all the chairs from the bar, except the 2-5 being used, which was odd. I work in a restaurant, so I understand, but when I arrived early to meet a friend for a drink, I asked a server if there was another chair, and he just said, "no, sorry!" without offering an alternative? Could we sit somewhere else? Should I stand until my reservation? Should we go somewhere nearby instead? He didn't even ask if I had a reservation. I thought the service was uneven.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not noteworthyRegularDined on 7/14/2014My wife and I tried 2 different mussel dishes as the reviews we read recommended those most highly. They were extremely small and quite disappointing, perhaps due to the time of year. Beef carpaccio appetizer did not even rise to the level of mediocre, it was the most bland example of such I can recall ever having. Desserts were good.
- Slow service hurting potentialOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 7/12/2014We went to Plouf for my son'Birthday dinner. Food was pretty good and atmosphere is high energy but authentic. The challenge was the service model. The Server was supported by a group of helpers. They were great but he was very slow and everything took a long time -20 min to get our first drinks and 20 more for a bottle of wineSpecial Features:
- Poor serviceHoodyDined on 7/11/2014At lunch, I was meeting a potential business partner for the first time. waiters (and the Manager!) hassled us every two minutes to order, even though we were clearly intensely talking to each other due to those important first 10 minutes of getting to know each other. When we did want to order, the same staff acted as if we were invisible. Then, drinks we ordered were never delivered and we WERE charged for them. This place is a 'business lunch' destination. I appreciate that they want to be sure and help customers keep the whole process to within an hour or so, but they need to be able to sense when lunchtime diners want to enjoy lively discussion and a more leisurely dining experience.Special Features:
- Ambience galoreDoodelsVIPDined on 7/10/2014Such a dynamic and enjoyable place. Wonderful mussels as well as other delicious dishes. Terrific staff, especially Loretta. Great atmosphere in Belden Place.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pricey but deliciousMORGANDined on 7/10/2014Can't go wrong with Belgian food! The mussels were great, the fries were perfect and the cheese plate was good but a little small. Belden place is a great spot in SF, and Plouf fits in nicely.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 8 of us on July 4thOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 7/4/2014When we first entered this restaurant, we felt a little hesitant, but the warm welcome and the excellent food soon changed our minds. Rockefeller and corn-coated excellent. Everyone who had mussels was pleased. Two of us had the Hawaiian Butter fish which was very good. Profiteroles were enjoyed by most. One French person found the chocolate too sweet, but that was the only negative comment I heard. Everyone congratulated me on my choice of this restaurant.Special Features:
- not happyveenDined on 7/4/2014We were disappointed. the bread was rubbery, the seafood was over dosed with.garlick and the steak.was.badly seasoned. Sweet waitress though and a french street bistro.feel.
- Cheap shortcuts ruin a meallunchieDined on 7/2/2014Our lunch at Plouf was marked by problems showing no one was paying much attention to the food: The tonic water in the G&t;s was flat. The coleslaw with the fired oysters had so much Tabasco on it it was inedible. The Oysters Rockefeller were cream spinach with an oyster and too many stale pale crumbs. The fish and chips had limp chips (the fish was fresh, but tasteless) and was served with cheap ready-made tarter sauce (Best Foods from Safeway, anyone?).
- FantasticLoreDined on 6/29/2014My husband and I celebrated our one year of marriage anniversary at Plouf this past weekend and it was superb. The dinner got off to a great start when they generously comped us each a glass of champagne when we sat down and it only got better from there. We shared the calamari appetizer which was excellent. I had the poulette mussels (so good!), my husband had the duck (divine) and we finished off on the perfect sweet note with vanilla ice cream mixed with peach and raspberry compotes. Overall, it was a great meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- alleydiningDined on 6/28/2014Cool location in hidden alley. The food was very good, though not outstanding, e.g. I've had better gem salads, but the mussels were excellent. The service was uneven, with some of the staff friendly and others not so much. Plouf was uncharacteristically empty the night we were there.Special Features:
- Off night?SteveDined on 6/28/2014I have been coming here for 10 years, but my most recent visit was disappointing. I ordered the Angus burger and was brought out the steak. When I pointed out the error, the server took it away and then I waited for 10 minutes without anyone addressing the incident before receiving my burger. I was surprised our waiter didn't come over at least to explain a burger was being prepared. I was just left waiting. My wife said the mussels were good but not as delicious as they usually are. Another person in my party had to send her fish back to be cooked longer. And the restaurant was only 25% full at that point, so it is not like it was too busy to execute well. I'm sure I will give it another chance, but it was definitely a let-down.
- Plouf is terrificjkugelmassDined on 6/24/2014If you love high quality mussels with a range of sauce options, Plouf is the place. In the middle of a great restaurant alley, Belden Place, being there is part of the fun, but the food is the most important draw. Al fresco dining, if you wish, although the patio is more noisy.Special Features:
- Only good for mussels.UKfoodieDined on 6/24/2014Atmosphere was good as was the service, but the food was disappointing. My friends loved the mussels however the sandwiches are not great!Special Features:
- Mussels, mussels, mussels!TNFoodieDined on 6/20/2014What a great find! You feel as if you are in Europe in this quaint alley chock full of culinary finds. Plouf is a lovely restaurant with the best mussels prepared a myriad of ways (who doesn't love bacon!?) Prompt, friendly staff made us feel welcomed and pampered. Profiteroles were the birthday lagniappe for my husband!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.