Chou Chou Bistro
Chou Chou Bistro
  • Address:
    400 Dewey Boulevard
    San Francisco, CA 94116
    Neighborhood:
    Forest Hill / West Portal
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French
    Price: $30 and under

Chou Chou Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chouchoubistro.com/
  • Phone: 4152420960
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Michaels' team
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Sit down and enjoy yourself as our attractive staff work the dimly lit room, maneuvering tables, pushing aside dangling cylindrical lamps, and ensuring that well-heeled locals are having a grand old time.
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator 8777955444
  • Entertainment: Pre-fix dinner @ $34.95 three courses
    every day all night except on Friday and Saturday from 5:00 To 7:00 PM
  • Special Events: TUESDAY & THURSDAY! FREE CORKAGE & No limit, bring all you can drink- champagne, red wine and white wine as well as dessert ones!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Laguna Honda
  • Public Transit: Chouchou is less than half a block from the Forest Hill Station. Take Muni Lines L, M or K.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: As You face the restaurant the parking lot is on your right hand side
A word from Chou Chou Bistro
Chou Chou Bistro is a French Bistro with a Provencal feel. Homemade variety of chocolates and fruit tarts, along with seafood and meat. Chou Chou Bistro has a bright, colorful dining room with a casual yet chic bistro atmosphere.

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Chou Chou Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (48)romantic (32)fit for foodies (31)special occasion (27)notable wine list (16)great for brunch (9)great for lunch (9)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • Lovely Chef!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I had always wanted to visit Chou Chou and was not disappointed. The menu has lovely seasonal offerings as well as classic French items like Mussels Mernieres and Escargots. Chef Michaels was amazing from the moment we arrived; even coming out of the kitchen to help us park! The food was lovely and the wine pairings suggested were excellent. They let my friend and I sit as long as we wanted and were attentive but not hovering. We were able to catch up, eat and drink (with even Chef pouring!) to our content. Definitely a neighborhood gem that no tourist will ever find.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic French!
    StarryVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I loved this place for two main reasons, amazing wine ($33 bottle of pinot noir) and the duck! Go for their prix fixe menu which they have Sunday through Thursday all night and Friday and Saturday from 5-7pm. Such a good deal!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened?
    SweetBTVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I have been a loyal Chou Chou fan since it opened. But this last visit was shocking. Food prices up to NY levels and quality marginally down. No longer a neighborhood bistro. Will never go back. So so so disappointed. Sad day. Bye bye Chou Chou.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommended. A Great Find!
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I have been to this restaurant for many occasions ---- intimate liaisons, socializing with friends, special occasions. The food is tantalizing and memorable. The wine compliments the food. Service is superb. Parking is easy to find which makes the restaurant perfect for out-of-towners who find city parking a hassle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another outstanding dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Another perfect dinner at "Chouchou" for my friend (Italian + francophile + gourmet et gourmand) and myself (from France)! All our dishes (Salade Composee, Salade d'endives, Scallops with Zucchini and Leak Fondue / Sauted Baby Artichokes / Angus Hanger Steak & Pommes Frites / Crepes Suzette) and wines were simply exquisite! Everything was perfectly cooked, with fresh ingredients, and full of flavor in every bite. In addition to being delicious, the food tasted like authentic French food to both of us. Our waiters were very attentive and very friendly. It was also wonderful to be able to speak French with them. Busy on a Friday evening but not loud. Another outstanding evening at "Chouchou"!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience.
    Thor
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Wonderful dining experience. Best service I have had in years. Waiters are charming and wonderful. Did not care for the crab-avocado salad, but everything else was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tres Jolie
    SonomaBob
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Delightful dining experience. Good service. Mussels, Lamb chops, Onion soup, Creme Brulee, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc; Great way to spend ones 42nd wedding anniversary...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food; friendly staff;
    MTop
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    good food; friendly staff; can get a little loud when crowded
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Foodjazz
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Duck special was very good. The beef carpacio serving was extremely well done, asking my girlfriend her desired spice level. The server did a wonderful job. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Below par quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    one of the most expensive bad dinner i've ever had, would not recommend this, sorry
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Crab Salad
    GuessVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The Crab Salad is delicious if you like Crab & Avocado.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb cuisine
    LaurelVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Dinners beautifully prepared & presented. Excellent menu choices. Great attention to detail and cooked and seasoned to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Past it's Prime
    BTC415VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Chou Chou used to be a great neighborhood reastaurant. When eating there recently, items listed on the menu were not avaialble (this at a 6:30 seating) and upon service there were issues with finding shells in the crab salad, quality of the meats in the main dishes andeven the desserts were either too flat or too sweet. Not worth the price.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent French Food in Sunset
    GuessVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Excellent food & service. Good lunch menu choice with reasonably price (dinner menu items also available). Easy parking since they have a parking lot. Would be even more attractive if soufflé Grand Marnier is add to the desert menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food so so service
    AsianfoodtoluvVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food is good although the service in my last three visits have been mixed. The food is good but the restaurant is small and cramp, which make it somewhat unattractive. The tables are also small and it seems as if they are trying to get as much tables for customers, which makes it at times unappealing.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    SFDiner
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We used to love this gem but it was sold and has progressively gone downhill. The servers are untrained or if trained just bad and the food is simply ok. The "special" endive salad was absolutely terrible and had been chopped up a day or so before serving it. Likewise the "special" salmon was old and the over-drilled sauce couldn't hide that fact. The menu is pretty limited too. Maybe the next owners will improve All aspects of this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • escargot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    It was my birthday, so me and my friend came here only for the escargot, being I never had it before. I loved the ambiance, and the choices the had for wine. Our server had a strong french accent which was nice to hear being at a french restaurant. I felt bad for this place because it was so nice that it had to be in a poor spot, you could break a leg leaving if the server did not help remind us to be very careful walking out the door. You want notice it walking in because it is easy to walk up hill.. haha however walking out a door about to go down hill is more interesting, bet even funner if I was tipsy. Any, I had a great Birthday thanks to the excellent service and colorful mood I had due to the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a birthday celebration
    EISF
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had a birthday celebration here with a party of 12. They were very accommodating, including the special bottle of champagne that we brought. Food was outstanding except for one dish. Service was attentive and excellent, although they did make an error on one end of our large table. Prices are very reasonable for the quality and quantity of food served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Lunch
    GuessVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had a wonderful time at this restaurant, the service is excellent, the bread was crispy & hot with butter, salad was very fresh, we especially like the pistachio nuts that come with the salad, the pork chop was very tender with a tasty sauce. Overall, every things are excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite food. Excellent chef.
    LaurelVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    The meals by Chef Michael are among the best in San Francisco, deliciously prepared, and beautifully presented. Wait staff is professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. This charming bistro is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine French Fare
    JoeB
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    A nice find in the Sunset, with parking. Reasonably priced, excellent food, very friendly staff. Can't go wrong here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be a regular, first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Used to be a regular, first time back in several years. Different menu, but still very good food, service is friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service great Food especially
    mary
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Service great Food especially meat.. Filet mignon fair
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced, unremarkable
    JuanPoeVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The four of us had mixed takes on the food--from ok to really good. The service was slow and periodically disappeared. The tables are too close together. The ambient noise makes it hard to conduct conversation--the server had to repeat herself many times. Most of the restaurant is blasted by cold air when the entrance door opens. None of us was aching to go back.
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  • Valentine's Day Kitchen Nightmare!!
    geraldbythebayVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Do not go here. Basically the service is terrible, ticket orders being mixed up or missing. Fillet mignon or any beef not fully cooked to order - always too raw. I Facebook how bad my experience was at this place. We got up and left after 2hrs. 9p: sat down- table neighbors warned us that the service is extremely slow and wait staff avoids eye contact with you. In order form to go to restroom, we had to move tables left and right to squeeze through. 9:30p: received our menu 10p: salad & bread 10:15p: appetizers 11p: entree - too raw: us and other patrons left. Valentines dinner is prefix at $65/pp plus automatic 18% gratuity. gratuity is a slap in the face for such bad service. Don't go there, so many more options in SF to choose from.
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  • 30 min to sit down. 1hr no food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Just like the title says. We arrived here 15 minutes early did not get to sit down until 45 minutes after we arrived. We did not receive food for 1 HOUR after ordering. They brought our food to the wrong table apparently. On top of all of this, we were packed in like sardines so that the guy sitting next to me was literally bumping elbows with me when he was cutting his steak. We overheard his wife complaining that her steak was inedible and 'still mooing'. For ~ $100 a person (after tax and gratuity) we expect better. We used to love this place, but the quality of service has dipped tremendously!
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  • Get ready to swallow a huge bill...
    wpattisonVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Valentines - prix fixe menu, special night. I get that there will be a more higher price paid, but not like this. First of all, a $35 corkage? Not even Michelin starred places I've been to dared to go that high. The prix fixe was delicious, and at $70/pp, I would say the meal was outstanding for that price. I feel good about the value there. But then the added gratuity at 18% (for two people) was salt in the wound. Forced gratuity always kills me, because I default to 20%. But I suppose I have to live with being in the bucket with the rotten apples, since that's why it's done. On a two person tab with wine we're talking $236. Yowzers! Way over-priced for the total experience - a delayed one at that since the kitchen was backed up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hugely disappointing
    SavukaVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I've been to Chouchou many times, and will be hard pressed to return after our recent experience. The food was unremarkable and overpriced, the wine selection was poor, and we had to wait far too long for our mediocre multicourse meals. Sad to see that what was once an iconic local restaurant has gone way downhill.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentines Day Dinner
    AsianfoodtoluvVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The evening started out slow. Service was slow and over whelmed with the crowd. It took a while to order as well as for our food. The food was good but for a special night as such, I was some what disappointed. Some people received roses as they left, which we did not get being that the hostess was too busy running around. Service suffered which made it fustrating. The price was also not cheap for the dinner which we expected more being valentines day. We even saw a couple leave. What a way to ruin ones night on valentine day.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Valentine's Dinner
    Captainfoodie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It may have been because of the special event, but there is really not an excuse for the poor quality of the evening. The atmosphere in the cramped upstairs was creepy and felt like a strange attic space that was temporarily converted to a dining room. The waitress must have been new to her career. She didn't know how to open a bottle of wine, didn't know the menu and didn't even allow me to taste the wine at the start of pouring. She couldn't keep track of where we were with dinner and asked us if we were ready to leave before they even served desert. The food was fair, nothing special to write home about. Over all a very disappointing night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Chou Chou bistro had been recommended to me by a friend, so I took my fiancé there for a date. It's a really cute little neighborhood place, with a lovely ambience. Very romantic without being pretentious or anything. The food was really exceptional - better than I would have hoped for such a small place out of the way. The staff were friendly - the chef even came out of the kitchen to check on us. Will definitely go back. Reservations are recommended - there was maybe only 1 table available on the Thursday night we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chou Chou Thanks
    Bill
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Good Service, friendly staff, great food, and the feeling that they were happy we were there. I will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great gifts come in small packages
    Byoung3rd
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Chou Chou is truly a gift to the City, a small wonderful French neighborhood bistro. We had a wonderful dinner for the four of us with excellent service and perfectly timed transitions from the appetizers through the wonderful desserts. We shared orders of the endive salad and one order of the escargot. I had the special for the night, duck breast sauteed, with a fig and fruit based sauce...perfect! My wife had the hanger steak and our guests had the scallops and the Filet de Boeuf. The desserts were wonderful. We had a wonderful Santenay 2008 with our main course and we finished with tawney port. I can't say enough about this restaurant...if you love French food and if you enjoy the ambience of a french bistro, this is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Despite the service being reported
    pickeyVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The service was very good, despite some of the negative feedback carried here. I had escargot that was terrible but other diners found the mussels to be excellent. My salad was good as was my entree (sole). I'll go back for a second visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tables were very close. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Tables were very close. The waitstaff and chef were very helpful and tried very hard. They were busy and it took almost 15 min to get the menu and put in our order. They dropped and broke 3 plates/glasses. They probably had a bad night. I can imagine its a great resto in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice touch!
    francis
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    chef came out to say hi to every table and make sure staffs are doing the right thing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • french bistro
    sofia
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    loved the onion soup, the hanger steak was so tender and cooked to perfection! will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dine about...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    My friends and i decided to check this place out after seeing their menu for Dine About Town. We made a reservation ,then the owner (Michael) comes up to us and ask if we have the confirmation number for the reservation bc their computer system is messed up. Ok... They were apologetic. The food was AMAZING!!! The bread was hot and fresh with the creamy butter. The mussels in the white wine sauce was soo tasty that i wanted to drink the broth up. The hanger steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare. And the lle flottante was like a little yummy cloud of goodness. Overall the food was amazing, the service was slow mostly because they were short staff . But the waiters and Michael were very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food ok; tables too close
    Diner
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    The food was just ok. The mussels were excellent, but everything else was a bit bland. We had the crab salad, the duck confit (also pretty good, but not fantastic) and the pork chop (ridiculously dry). The pork chop was barely edible it was so dry. But the service was good.
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  • Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Great little find......definiate neighborhood gem! We drove by this place for years and kept saying we should try it sometime. Well we finally did and we wished we would have much sooner. The food was delicious, service was wonderful and the portions were just right for us. Even enjoyed the wine selection they suggested. Will definitely go back actually thinking of this weekend, we enjoyed it so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.