Great night out
Great place if you want to feel like you're not in the city at all... Sit outside, have a nice bottle of wine and relax. the muscles were the highlight... Food was good, wine delicious and service was very attentive yet not annoying. I'd bring visitors back any time!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
French waiter was the greatest!
Mussels and clams were OMG goodness, but the entire dinner was elevated to a fabulous dining experience because of our French waiter. He was charismatic, charming, and absolutely delightful. I would go back just so we could be served by him. There were 7 of us on Saturday 5/18, we ended the meal with him choosing our 7 desserts and he brought out a superb selection of 7 different goodies, all wonderful. Thank you Plouf for having such great food and especially, a great waiter!
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tucked away on Belden Street, Plouf was an exceptional evening of dining. The mussels and clams combo were delicious as was the Coc au Vin my daughter had. Natallia was very attentive without being annoying. All the staff made us feel very welcome we would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to our friends. A memorable experience!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall, we had a nice time
Overall, we had a nice time at Plouf and would recommend it. We enjoyed our food and in particular very much enjoyed the mussels. Having the option to dine indoors or outdoors was quite welcome.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and atmosphere
Eating at Plouf reminds me of being back in Paris. Patio tables right next to each other, talking from table to table. Food was excellent, I always enjoy the Plouf mussels. The fresh crab was very good, although we did have to ask them to take it back and crack it so that it wouldn't be all over us. They were very accommodating in doing that. Overall a very enjoyable evening out.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic service and menu.
Fantastic service and menu. Special gem in San Francisco.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Plouf twice
We have been to Plouf twice in our trip to the bay. 6 types of Mussel preparations. Great vibe ,great fun.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Baited by Restaurant week...HOOKED!
Checked out Plouf on Saturday night, enticed by the restaurant week prix fixe menu and $36.95 price tag. Having already dined on cookout comfort food and not having the requirement of a heavy evening meal, I leaned toward this french cuisine. The bacon crusted sole atop sweet white corn was prepared perfectly, the saltiness of the bacon complementing the sweetness of the corn nicely. I enjoyed the poire bella helene (pear soaked in wine, served over ice cream with whipped cream) for dessert.
I did have a chance to glance at the standard menu and, while short, it seemed intriguing enough to give this place a second look, especially the next time the weather is nice and I can dine outside.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our fourth or fifth visit, and is our go-to for guests who like sea food. The mussels are excellent (always my choice), and our friends rave about the other dishes. The desserts are magical!
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We got totally PLOUFED!
My husband and I usually do our own reviews but we agree on this one!. PLOUF was a fabulous place for lunch and we were so stuffed when we left we just said we had been PLOUFED! The size of the muscle pots that they served us were amazing, next time we could probably order just one. Salads and wine list was great and service was quick, which is great for lunch in the city. We have been here for the fixed price menu in DINE ABOUT TOWN which was also fantastic. Great spot for lunch, dinner or happy hour if you like french sea food. It also reminds you of Belgium too!
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent seafood. Nice laid
Excellent seafood. Nice laid back casual atmosphere.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went specifically for the mussels. They were great but I recommend sharing, the broths are very rich.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is outstanding! Every time I've ate at Plouf I leave satisfied. The mussels are delightful and perfect to share. My favorites are the Plouf and the coconut mussels. Everything on the menu is cooled to perfection. If you are looking for a good seafood place that also has other options I'd highly recommend Plouf. The wait staff is very friendly and makes you feel important while dining there. Plouf is one of the better restaurants in the Union Square area!
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Moules et Frites
Wonderful big bowls of mussels as part of their $30 prix fixe. Unfortunately, you need to order your fries separately. The desserts are huge!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The mussels were great, the cornbread battered oysters fab, good wine, and great dinners!
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Oysters Clams and Muscles
Great location in alley - gives a European feel. Can't go wrong if you like oysters, clams and muscles.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A good find
We made a last minute booking and were suprised to find this restaurant nestled between a row of other similar restaurants in a backstreet of the financial district. The whole area was buzzing on a Saturday evening, but we were quickly sat down at our table. The food (we both ate fish) was superb - a good portion, wonderfully fresh and extremely tasty. The service was really warm and friendly - and I would definitely recommend it for anybody visiting the area.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is a gem for mussels-lovers. The variety of broths means any palette will be pleased and the mussels really are cooked to perfection. That said, stick to the mussels and pomme frites and make a meal out of it. The rest of the food on the menu comes out just average. Nothing bad but nothing great. Top off with a good-enough creme brulee and some delicious cocktails and you'll be more than satisfied anyway. ONE BAD POINT: This place is packed -- even with a reservation, you could end up waiting quite awhile. Cozy up to the bar while you wait but it could be awhile. We had a reservation for 8:30pm and were finally seated at 9:15pm.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love Plouf! The customer service is always amazing and the food is outstanding! The food is always fresh and made so skillfully. I will continue to recommend this restaurant to all of my guests and will be dining there again myself.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Out of town guests loved it
Shell fish fans were in in heaven, oysters for appetizers, clam soup and a mussel dinner My duck was not what I expected but was okay.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Festive Outdoor Dining
We were fortunate to go on an unseasonably warm evening in SF so really loved being able to sit outside. Plouf has a nice festive atmosphere, especially since this is one of several side-by-side restaurants on Belden Place. A great spot for casual, good dining. The mussels are fantastic and there was a nice variety of French food on the menu. Only weak spot was dessert. Would definitely return!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best mussels I've ever had. Felt like I was in France. Friendly service. I highly recommend it!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
2nd visit lived up to the 1st
I ate here several months ago and thought it was terrific. My fish was cooked to perfection and the black truffle risotto was superb. I returned this weekend and was equally pleased. On this visit, we enjoyed a fresh and crispy (if a tad overpriced) Caesar salad and fish and chips. Delicious! Also the white clam chowder and mussels Plouf /- delightful. The only caution is that you get a heaping mound of mussels, so if you get an appetizer, it would be a good idea to stay on the light side. I could finish barely half of the mussels and our server told me that it was pretty common for folks to be unable to finish the dish because it's so rich. We didn't get dessert, but they seemed to have nice variety on that front as well.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always love this place.
I always love this place. Hadn't been there in several years because I hadn't been back to San Francisco. Was very happy this week when I learned it's still there.. If you love mussels, Plouf can't be beat. You'll be sitting very close to fellow diners so speaking a little quietly is appreciated by all.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is my third visit. This time for Bastille Day. But not wise because the place was crushed with folks, and we had to wait a bit to get in -- even though we had reservations. However, I will say the service and kitchen staff were amazing. With so many folks to serve, we felt service was excellent and the food came out in a timely way. Mussels with roasted garlic were outstanding.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great dinner at Plouf
Had a great dinner at Plouf and will definitely be back.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, fun evening
I loved the Plouf mussels! Everything we ordered was great. Wonderful desserts. And our waitress from Brittany was delightful.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful meal. Two types of mussels. Lots and lots of them per serving. Can't wait to come back!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oceanic Society Dinner
Many weeks ahead, I had made a reservation for a party of 12. I confirmed it by phone the night before but when we arrived at 5:50 the hostess seemed surprised by such a large party and didn't have the table set up, so we had to wait a few minutes while tables were pushed together. But, once we were set up and seated, it was a delightful experience for our after meeting Board of Directors group for Oceanic Society. Everyone was quite pleased with their food, we were able to hear each other, and the ambiance was charming!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been going to Plouf for many years and we always enjoy it. Their mussels are our favorite.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining out with good friends
Very relaxed, informal yet good dining experience with our friends whilst on holiday, friendly and attentive service, top marks!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really tasty foods
Foods here are fantastic. We really enjoyed the mussel dishes!!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
All around fabulous
The food & service at PLOUF are truly excellent. Consistently good and always a great, fun experience.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good dinner is a quiet setting.
Aside from the awkward table/chair set ups outside, we had a wonderful dinner at Plouf. The butter fish w/ mushroom risotto was delicious and my guest feasted on the mussels. We had a very nice Chardonnay as well. A very nice evening.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy and cool spot
Super cool restaurant and food was perfection...French comfort food
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed the food, the wine, dining outdoors in the cool SF evening. Great local produce and fresh seafood, too! We went to dinner around 6:30 pm (still on East Coast time) when there were several open tables, but it was completely packed by the time we left- it's obviously very popular with local residents as well as visitors.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Casual French Bistro dining
Excellent mussels -- recommend the Marinierre (classic clear garlic, herb broth) and Plouf (creamy, herby (anise) broth) in large portions. Fries (Frittes) were excellent with truffle oil.
Coq au vin was a bit disappointing-- maybe a bit overcooked, chicken was dry.
Wait staff seemed knowledgeable and were attentive and helpful.
Prices are moderate.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We visit Plouf three or four times a year, every time we come to The City (we're from the Central Valley). We always come for the mussels, and are never disappointed. It's our go-to for friends and family visiting from other parts of the country. Great atmosphere: lively and hopping.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed everything about it
Enjoyed everything about it but mainly the food. Really wonderful. This was a second visit and if I ever return to San Francisco will be sure to go again!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have eaten here several times and the service is always consistently good.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was good and the food was generous and delicious. I would recommend the restaurant to everyone.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great mussels and outside!
You feel like you're back in Europe eating here and it's my favorite place for mussels and frites. Hands down!
Service is excellent and what's better than eating outside?
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food and excellent
Delicious food and excellent service I would go back in a flash!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Slow easy pace in the tent area. Tables and chairs are extremely uncomfortable. The cheapest patio furniture ever and definitely not a level seating surface. Food was good. Service friendly.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Plouf fantastic in San Fran
My second time in San Francisco and my second time at Plouf. The wine list is great with a low mark up. Wait staff friendly and knowledgeable. The food is simple, well cooked and speaks for itself. Hard to find better mussels...anywhere!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lovely Birthday Dinner
Enjoyed a lovely birthday dinner on Saturday night with my family. Although there were 6 of us, we were seated in a nice part of the restaurant with enough elbow room and we did not feel crowded by other diners. The restaurant was a little dim, but we could read the menus and it created a romantic atmosphere. The food was great with a nice presentation, as we all enjoyed everything we ordered. The service never failed; we had our food on time and our water glasses were never empty. Overall, I have no complaints.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great French Cuisine
My third time to your restaurant. You're batting 3 for 3. The food is fresh, well cooked and delicious. Can't get over the value. Wine list is solid. I visit San Francisco once a year. I'll be back!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great way to celebrate 70 years.
It's been five years since we visited Plouf. We were celebrating a 70th birthday with friends. The food was as fabulous as all the other times we've been there. The chowder, beet salad, mussels & clams -- just like we remembered. Maybe better. The butterfish was extraordinary! It was a lively place on a Sunday evening. Perfect!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were new to town, and a friend had recommended Plouf. Even on a Sunday night, the place had a great energy. The oysters for appetizer were excellent….the mussles for dinner even better. Lots of choices of how they could be prepared. I had the curry and anchor steam version…excellent! Our waiter was attentive and friendly. Highly recommended.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed fixed price lunch - mussels in your choice of broth and large salad. ($22) Plenty of fresh mussels that filled 2 bowls of shells...enjoyed the provencale style broth. Side of pomme frites with truffle oil were also very hot and delightful!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM