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  • Address:
    40 Belden Place
    San Francisco, CA 94104
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Plouf Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ploufsf.com
  • Phone: (415) 986-6491
  • 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: French, Seafood
  • 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 (415) 986-6491
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join Plouf Bistro for special evenings such as New Years Eve, Valentine's Day and Bastille Day (14th of July). Reservations are highly recommended!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bush & Kearny
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The Sutter Stockton garage and the St. Mary's Square garage are located nearby.
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)

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Diner Reviews
  • "When 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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Our 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?)."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My 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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "If 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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Cool 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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "What 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!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Atmosphere was good as was the service, but the food was disappointing. My friends loved the mussels however the sandwiches are not great!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Food was outstanding and the service excellent. The outdoor seating was enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Was looking for a right -sized special post-middle school graduation family lunch. My 14 yr. old loves seafood. Plouf was perfect. Great prix fix menu. White table clothes and good cocktails for the grand parents. I am"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Takes you away from SF to a small street in Paris where neighbors and friends gather for good wine, bread, and classic French dishes."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We ordered Mussels, which are always amazing. In addition we ordered the Calamari for the first time - it was the best we've ever had! truly ridiculous on all levels. The service was friendly and fast, and for what you get i can't believe the price tag. My wife and I each ordered our own appetizers, shared an order of the mussels, and each had a cocktail. With more food then we could eat and a wonderful experience we still walked out of there for under $70 with a generous tip and tax. We have been there half a dozen times and will return."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Been to Plouf over the years. Not the same energetic, fun place it has been. Just going through the motions. Belden Place in general seems to have lost it's mojo."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Perfect Belden Alley lunch! The duck liver pate and the grilled asparagus salad were fantastic. And if there's a better place than Belden Alley for lunch, I'd love to know about it."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Plouf did not disappoint. I went with a friend for their Dine About Town special, and everything was delicious. Our waiter even taught me a few French words."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "A nice hidden gem in the outskirts of the financial district, located in the food alley on Belden, the restaurant is in the middle of the block surrounded by other restaurants. This place is surprisingly good, showed up for a 13 seated party which this place handled nicely. Started at the bar while I waited, the bartender was friendly and knowledgeable from what I gathered overhearing his conversation. Dinner started off with an order of mussels, which is what they are known for, oysters rockefeller and beef carpacio which were all excellent, flavorful but not overwhelming. Dinner was the duck breast which was also great, nice size and cooked with a lot of flavor. Service was a little slow but the wait staff was very accommodating. A+"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We had some friends visiting from out of state and wanted to find a cool spot to dine. Plouf more than exceeding our expectations. We got there at opening and were a tad concerned that there was only a few tables taken. We thought that was not a good sign. Well, after our first killer cocktail and some fresh oysters...the place start to fill up. Then, I bought another round and had probably the best calamari ever! There was not a morsel left. Out friends had already ate in about 6 restaurants that week in the City and said by far..."this is our best dining experience yet." Three of us =had the butter fish and I went for fish and chips. All were incredible. We will come back!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Server started out strong and then went downhill as the night progressed. Never did anything "bad"...just stopped paying attention towards the end. I had to get up and go get her to order desert and get the bill. Food was really tasty though!!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "My friend, Helen, was visiting from New York City and I wanted to take her to a special restaurant downtown. She gave me 5 stars for taking her to Plouf. We were greeted by the owner on the way in and he introduced us to his mother, visiting from France, on the way out. I had the catch-of-the-day, which was tasty, tender, moist and beautifully presented. Helen had the mussels, her favorite seafood dish, and was very pleased with the savory freshness. I'd like to say we passed on the dessert, but we didn't. It was the peche Helene in my friend's honor and it was scrumptious. The serving staff was handsomely costumed in striped sailor tops, and prompt and cordial in their service. I look forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Almost all taxi cab drivers don't even know where Belden Place is ...which makes it a city jewel. The staff is great, I've been there multiple times and they are welcoming and friendly. Food is great and will recommend it to friends!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "not many outdoor lunch options in SF, but on a warm day, Belden Place is the place to be. Plouf is one of a handful of restaurants in this alley. Great place for lunch, but food was mediocre. I had the the fish and chips for lunch, but it wasn't very tasty. Had better.Probably should have went with the mussels which looked great and there was a lot of selections to choose from. Great waitress."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "$20 per bottle cork fee. Mussels were amazing. Loved the menu and food done well. Would appeal to a broad range of tastes."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Well, they have mussels, but they're not the greatest or most reasonably priced in town. Those frites need a little improvement. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Really good food had oysters, mussels, hangar steak n shrimp and pomme freits. Would come here once a week if I could afford it."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Wonderful mussels, wonderful fries, good drinks, good wine, nice service, warm outdoor patio. Love this place."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The variety of recipes for mussels is robust, with many flavor combinations that I have not considered. The mussels were fantastic! The local oysters were of high quality. And, the service was amazing."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I have a group of friends that gets together for lunch. The other day we went to Plouf. I had made reservations weeks in advance. The day if several cancelled but we still had seven people. The staff at Plouf were accomodating, friendly and attentive. The ambiance was lovely and the food very good. We all enjoyed our lunch there and woukd return again!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "The restaurant is plain and very noisy. The main course was nicely prepared and presented, but the salad was over-dressed. Overall the menu choices were somewhat disappointing for a restaurant billed as French, although there was an abundant variety of mussel preparations."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The food was absolutely what we had hoped for. You really cannot beat the prix fixe meal if you are looking for muscles. I had the asparagus plus salad and my husband happened to mention that I like poached eggs on top of such a dish. And, a few minutes later, the egg magically appeared atop my salad. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I have been to Plouf since it opened and it has remained consistently good. Vibrant restaurant, reasonable prices, excellent mussels. The other seafood options are also delicious. I will keep coming back to Plouf."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I went for a business lunch. The location is very cool in an alleyway with several other restaurants. It's listed as French but I didn't see any classic French dishes on the menu, it was very pseudo-french but the food was good and so was the service. The fries were served in these cute little caldrons that are adorable! And, they were cooked to perfection. They also have a huge mussel menu, we didn't order any, but they looked pretty popular. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Great environment and flavors but slow service and inconsistent food. The drinks arrived after our food was delivered. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Plouf is a funny name with serious food and a must if love Mussels and other great French fare! Great wait staff and bar tenders!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "A nice, unassuming little gem tucked away in an alley--as seems to be the case with so many of San Francisco's better culinary finds. Their Butter Fish and variety of mussels are two options well worth considering...often. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I have been going to Plouf for years and have always loved the ambience and location in Belden Lane in the financial district. I have had some excellent meals there. However, over my last few visits, I have noticed a decline in quality and an increase in prices, and I'm not sure I'll be back. The fish and chips, which used to be one of my favorite dishes, is now downright unappetizing -- a huge slab of greasy, overcooked batter surrounding a soggy, hapless piece of fish (I also prefer my fish and chips to come in 2-3 pieces of fish, not one big hunk). The asparagus salad was ok, but it seemed indifferently made -- and also a bit soggy -- and at $12 not worth the price. And the waiter was charmless."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Second visit with clients and still impressed. Good variety of lunch selections. We ordered 4 different items and all were delicious. Attentive, but not overbearing, wait staff. Great location with lots of old SF charm."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Yep, mussels were small, though all were open, and not as nice as those I had at Bambino's the other night. Frites were soggy and awful. Just a few weeks ago at Plouf, I had nice mussels and frites. The Plouf Mussels sauce was wonderful as always, though it was disappointing that the frites were not nice and crispy. Fortunately,, there was some (cold) bread (which I had to ask for). Folks, it takes very little effort to warm the bread even if serving before serving the food. It is a warming touch for butter and before a nice meal. Cocktails and wine were great. In short, don't short on quality on mussels and frites!!!! Cheers."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I love Plouf and the sea life ambience....and they serve the best mussels in all of northern california...love the mussels mariniere...tre superb! Murgie"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Food was great, beautiful night so we were able to sit outside. Staff a little slow at times, but the place seemd pretty busy."
    Dined on 3/14/2014