Bistro Boudin
Bistro Boudin

Bistro Boudin

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistroboudin.com/
  • Phone: 4159281849x2
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday 11:30am to 9:30pm

    Friday - Saturday 11:30am to 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Misael Reyes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bistro Boudin is available for off-site catering in the SF Bay Area (including Marin and East Bay). Please contact our Sales Manager for further details and to schedule a tasting. (415) 928-8882 or bistroevents@boudinbakery.com
  • Special Events: We offer both private and semi-private dining with several diverse and versatile space options, each with stunning bay views and crowd pleasing imagery. Our private dining room also offers a 52″ HD Monitor with satellite capability and direct VGA laptop connectivity.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Taylor St.
  • Public Transit: The MUNI "F" Line drops passengers off directly in front of Boudin at the Wharf on Jefferson Street (between Mason and Taylor Streets).
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking available at the Fisherman's Wharf lot located directly behind our building. Entrance on Taylor St. (past Jefferson). 3 hours validation with dining receipt from Bistro Boudin. Be sure to have your ticket validated before leaving the restaurant.
A word from Bistro Boudin
Located on the upper level of Boudin at the Wharf, Bistro Boudin offers an ideal place to enjoy a leisurely meal. Warm and inviting with beautiful dark wood accents, Bistro Boudin features a full service bar ,Oyster /Tapas/ Raw bar and spectacular views of the waterfront. The menu is influenced by the abundance of seasonally fresh foods available in the San Francisco Bay Area and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
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Bistro Boudin reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (81)great for lunch (43)good for groups (41)kid-friendly (31)fit for foodies (27)special occasion (27)hot spot (24)neighborhood gem (20)romantic (19)great for brunch (18)great for outdoor dining (14)notable wine list (12)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (7)Show More
  • The chowder in the sourdough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The chowder in the sourdough bread bowl and crab mac and cheese were fantastic - best meal in SanFran!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday night dinner
    Chuck
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Made reservation for 5, quickly brought to our table. Delayed bar service more than 20 minutes and there were only 4-5 couples in restaurant. Food was good and waiter attentive, he seemed to be handicapped by his support .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced
    kk5747
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    I know it's on the wharf so it was going to be more expensive, but more than $100 for 2 adults and a child seemed a little excessive! Kids meal for $10... really?! Food was ok, but nothing we couldn't get at home.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excelente!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Excelente atención! Excelente Comida! Excelente ambiente!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nothing short of amazing!
    SFfirsttimers
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    everything we had was amazing! Especially the famous bread!!!! Your servers were very sweet and accomodating and was not at all bothered when i asked for a candle for my husband's dessert for his bday nor when we asked about all the different items on the menu. We also had an amazing time making our own bread! we cant wait to visit again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    Aliloop
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The fish is fresh.... Love the bread... And a decent Clam Chowder
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved it!
    Iwannagoout
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Best sourdough and chowder!!! We ate there a couple of times during our stay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Average Service
    Craig
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Waiter a little inattentive, food gets a B. Same food at take out downstairs, but double the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was able to make a reservation
    Vickiimariie
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I was able to make a reservation online, and they accommodated the seating I was asking for. Right next to a window, overlooking the bay during sunset! It was perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best bread
    2boudinheaven
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I come here for the bread,its the best in town! the food and services are awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For the Price, Food is So-So
    GingerNinja
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We came here for Valentine's Day. I got the ceviche three ways (excellent), six oysters on the half shell (excellent but oddly small - maybe I'm just used to Maryland sized?) and the elderflower cocktail (great). My boyfriend got the fries (pretty good - little over greased and over garlic'd for me), the sourdough burger (blegh) and the blackberry cocktail (great.) The issue comes when you compare the cost to what you got. Our total for this came to $88 - considering that the ceviche was appetizer sized, the cocktails were small tumblers ($12 each??) and his burger was unsatisfying I just couldn't recommend it. Maybe lunch prices are better. For comparison - great dinner in Sausalito was $55 and food was *excellent* hard to justify.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Fishermans Wharf Alternative
    SteveSBurg
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    This is a great alternative for a bright view of the wharf while enjoying great sourdough bread. The food was good, and they were flexible seating our group which grew from when I made a reservation. The Cioppino was excellent. Enjoyed the dinner we had there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    Aliloop
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Yes, it has become franchised... It's not the absolute best gourmet in SF, but it is worth every penny you spend! I love the Coippino?? (Italian seafood soup). And the fresh bread is awesome! My kids love coming here!:) and of course my daughter loves the chowder bowls.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Bistro was good. Front
    SueB
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The Bistro was good. Front desk was great when we had to change reservation. Service was just ok. Everything we ordered seemed to take a while - from the 1 beer, to even seeing the waiter. I ordered the Dungeness crab, which was delicious. However - it was delivered with no tools. No cracker, no cocktail fork. I tried to flag someone down several times. The table next to us finally got someone, but she was a busser with limited English. She tried hard to help, but it took her 3 trips to get me the right tools. Crab was good. But by then it was cold. Too much work on my part - for cold crab. Waiter should have offered us free dessert or something. He did not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • customer service was 1st rate.
    jd2660
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    this was our 2nd time here... 1st time the waiter was dismal... took forever and moved at 1 mph. this time, made reservation and had to call MAX at the front counter twice to tell him we would be late. MAX was wonderful. upon arrival we got our window seat as requested and DAN our waiter was fantastic. It was a lil pricey but hey, it's a tourist area at Fisherman's wharf... overall was a very nice dining experience... we were seated in some "private dining room" are back in the corner... VERY nice.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not just for tourists...
    ddrac
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    We are locals and our niece was coming out to visit for work. To get her out of her 'business hotel' and be able to see some sights, we took her out to dinner at the wharf. Although we have dined and many restaurants on the wharf, including the little cafe below, we had never eaten at the upstair restaurant at Boudins. What a lovely location, extremely nice staff and quality food. Thank you...we all enjoyed and will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, classic San Francisco
    Tony
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We had crabcakes, fried calamari, lobster gnocchi, burger, and a margherita pizza. Everything was delicious, service was attentive, really nice views of Pier 39.5.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome crab feast!
    Christophe
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Would not recommend sitting by the windows as there is a very cold and strong draft there. crab feast is amazing
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We held our daughter's 22
    CaptainKirk
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    We held our daughter's 22 nd birthday here and it was a hughe success.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place, Amazing food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The place was awesome, great service! But the best was the food, I was terrible good !!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Eve Dinner
    jnotar
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I chose the Bistro Boudin because of its location, reviews and menu. We wanted to eat at a restaurant at Fisherman's Wharf prior to the fireworks on New Year's Eve and my husband and I wanted a good Ciopinno. We weren't disappointed. The Ciopinno was excellent. My husband likes spicy food and it had a good spice to it (but not too spicy for me). It was a large portion accompanied by garlic bread for dipping in the tasty sauce. We had two non seafood eaters in our part and they were happy with the flat iron steak. The fried calamari, mussels and ceviche were all very good. The halibut ceviche was all fish with small pieces of red onion. The total bill was not cheap but for its location and quality it was to be expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place to have dinner
    Mary
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We had such a good time there ! Good food, interesting museum about sourdough bread ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow start, but great food
    NaytVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We were sat outside and had a great view of the ocean, but waited about 10 minutes before I had to go to the front desk asnd ask for our server. It too almost another 5 minutes before she got to our table after that. Chowder in bread bowls, salad and the cheese plate were all great, just slow service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food on Fisherman' Wharf
    NewUCLAMomVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We love the food at Bistro Boudin. It's our go-to place at Fisherman's Wharf that has great seafood that is not at inflated prices touristy prices. Because the restaurant is upstairs, the view is nice. Service is always good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip if time to spare
    Abcbitsyboo
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Boudin is famous for its Sourdough bread and the Fishermans Wharf location has a bistro downstairs with self service seating. It's very chaotic and doesn't afford the views from the restaurant. We always make a reservation to avoid the wait and request a table by the window. We started with the corn and crab bisque petite bread bowl and it was truly wonderful. For lunch we dined on spicy shrimp tacos in sourdough tortillas which were good. The finale was a sourdough bread pudding in caramel sauce that was scrumptious. The soup bread bowls seemed to run frequently from the kitchen, but we noticed our food and those around us that ordered other items took way too long. Service was otherwise attentive. Enjoyable if time permits.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A San Francisco Must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    The best clam chowder in town. Whilst waiting, guests can browse about the museum and watch the bakers make sourdough. Great for kids
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well BREAD Fisherman's Wharf Dining
    SuziesparklesVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    GREAT overlooked restaurant in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf.!!! Outshines the old standard traditional Wharf favorites and stands on its own! VERY good food & presentations but it's the amazing outside/ inside show of bakers making fresh sourdough animal shaped bread that is special! Great souvenir to take home along with pictures of the experience! Don't be mistaken into thinking the downstairs cafe is what I'm reviewing, it's the UPSTAIRS dining room that shines . Portions are generous, prices in keeping with other Wharf restaurants. A fun AND educational place! DEFINITELY book while walking around on the wharf. Usually not booked until the "crowd" realizes everything else is!. A great place to spend your Fisherman's Wharf DOUGH!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    BeachBabeOldie
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Unfortunately we had a change in waiters early in our dinner which resulted in missed items and uneven service. Our table for 6 was too close to a wall where all the other waiters walked past to service their tables. We were continually interrupted by the and other diners with oversized baby strollers. It was uncomfortable because our disabled friends were seated on that side.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Dinner
    Familyfoodies
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We chose this location due to its central location in the fisherman's wharf district of San Fransisco. The restaurant is fine choice because it has a good menu, fine ambiance, and a nice view. We were a larger party with three children and everyone enjoyed a very good holiday meal. Service could have been a bit better, but due to the volume, they did pretty well on this busy holiday. The striped bass with leaks and bacon vinaigrette was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for everyone on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Something for everyone on the menu. A quiet oasis in the midst of the bustle of Fisherman's Wharf.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oldest operating bakery in SF
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Touristy but informative, Boudin is the longest operating bakery and business in SF. While you wait to be sitted you can stroll down their museum and taste their famouse sourdough bread. Make sure you order the clam chowder and some plate that comes in their famous sour-dough bread/crust/flour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was obviously freshly
    GrandmaVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Food was obviously freshly prepared. Xavier is a gem of a server!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foreigner from France
    France
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    We were a party of 4, 2 French and 2 Americans, between 30 and 60. We all liked the place and the food. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    CPD434
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Booked online and mentioned it was a birthday dinner. Was seated in a small room next to the fire place. Staff was helpful and attentitive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boudin
    FogCityShark
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Great spot for large groups - they have a wonderful private dining room upstairs and the service was impeccable. We had a team who took care of us - our out of town guests loved the food, view and take home bread they gave everyone. They loved it. I'd take guests here again - fun to walk around afterwards too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    We had no idea what to expect. Couldn't have chosen a better place to have our first meal in San Francisco! Everything was wonderful. We will return!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    In a very touristy area they were still able to satisfy the natives.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the restaurant
    Husbandbirthday
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    I had made reservations on line, but learned on the day of my reservations that the actual restaurant was not in service. Therefore, we just went to the regular bakery shop, where we had a great dinner and then got some wonderful bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Table - Mgt not accomodating
    shopgirlVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We asked, when making our reservation, for a quiet table. We were seated next to a table of 4 children who ran wild around the restaurant, and mother and grandmother didn't try to control them. We asked to be re-seated when we saw where we were being seated and told there was no other place. At the end of the meal when we complained again how it had ruined our evening, the manager came over with a free loaf of sour dough bread, which we felt was an empty, cheap gesture. At the end of the meal, they were almost condescending to us, as if we hated children. We don't hate children - just don't like to watch them run around, pick their noses, and then eat what they picked, while we are trying to have a nice meal.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business dinner for 12
    EKatInterlinx
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    I hosted a dinner for clients and had a very positive experience. I think the guests enjoyed themselves, and I had the wine flowing, so I think that went well, too. Noise level is a bit high for business discussion, but not extraordinary for a restaurant. I would pick this place again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate