Trou Normand
Trou Normand

Trou Normand

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trounormandsf.com/
  • Phone: 4159750876
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: M-F 5:00pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Salvatore Cracco
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer our "Butcher Room" for private events. It holds 14 people seated or 25 for a standing room buffet or cocktail party. Trou Normand is also available for a full buy out. Please contact events@trounormandsf.com for any inquiries. Soon our patio will be available for private events as well which will seat up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Robert Nelson 4159750876

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Natoma
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Trou Normand
Named for the northern French tradition of a shot of brandy between courses, this second location, from the owners of James Beard Award winning Bar Agricole, unites the pleasures of traditional mixed drinks and uncomplicated food. The focus of the kitchen is house-made charcuterie and salumi. As many as 40 types of charcuterie are available on the all-day menu. Seasonal sides and simple cuts of meat round out the dinner options. The menu will change throughout the day from breakfast through dinner and late night. The focus of the drink menu is brandy. Many of the Armagnacs, Cognacs and Calvados served at Trou Normand and Bar Agricole are found nowhere else in the world.
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Trou Normand reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (65)vibrant bar scene (45)good for groups (43)great for outdoor dining (38)great for lunch (33)neighborhood gem (31)hot spot (30)special occasion (14)notable wine list (13)late-night find (12)romantic (7)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Lunch Date
    AtmosphereorFood
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food: a friend and I started lunch with the charcuterie plate, which was excellent. I don't even remember what was on it except for it being delicious. We then shared a salad and a fried bologna sandwich with BBQ sauce, both of which were super tasty. The food in general was excellent. Atmosphere: the decor is a little spartan but somehow everything in the place just works for me. I love the paintings they chose and I like the big leather booths, high ceilings and the wood and marble. It's just classic. The wait staff also did a great job. There weren't a ton of people when I visited so the noise level was low. I can't wait to go back for dinner or maybe even another lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small menu, meat-heavy
    PnjabanVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Decent food at a convenient SOMA location. It's not my favorite place though and I probably won't go back unless invited by a client. It had a cold feeling.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Genuine French Charcouterrie
    Laina
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This new restaurant in the Financial District is charming and obviously a work of love by the chef and staff. Not many places in town to find French pates, sausages, and in-house French style hams. Very nice indeed. Laina
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meat coma
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Yum ! Everything was great, wonderful charcuterie and great veal dishes- very nice to see! Sat outside which is great. Definitely in a meat coma by the end, but that's A-OK every so often! Prefer much more than B Agricole too...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    niece
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The building that houses this restaurant is beautiful and so it the decor. The staff is friendly and delightful. The food is some of the best I have had in SF!! All charcuterie is house made and is incredible. Top notch experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    zzbrinsky
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    would not recommend. Vaunted pork chop was large as promised,but shrunk to less than half the size after cutting off fat. the remainder was too well done and lacked flavor.Other dishes were fair at best. None of our group of 4 would consider coming back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best. Pork chop. EVER!
    GreyWolfEats
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    17 ounces of pure deliciousness! Cooked to perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An oasis in the middle of downtown
    food4tought
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The atmosphere is very nice and relaxed. The restaurant feels intimate and the bar is the shinning star, but we sat outside at one of the communal tables, since it was a warm summer day. To get to the terrace you have go through the butchery, where they do all the operations, so you really need to like pig in any form and shape and don't mind watching how pork products are prepared ( they are not coming from the plastic wrap). Great charcuterie wooden boards and pickles to share, sandwiches and cocktails. This is a carnivorous dream, not really a vegetarians one, but they had at least one vegetarian sandwich(eggplant) on the menu and it was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what I expected
    VHung08VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Maybe I had high expectations since I've heard they are busy after work and you can only try to walk in, but I thought they would have more options for main dishes and not just a large selection of charcuterie and cheeses. Not very filling for a meal, even with the spiced up sandwiches.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • joycieVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    very disappointing space is claustrophobic despite high ceilings service poor food just so so drinks were good but no reason to go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nh89
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Love the ambiance and feel of this place. The concrete and brick walls, modern art, high ceilings, candle lit tables. Each and everything we ordered was so tasty, so much flavor in every bite. The service was great, we don't eat pork and they were able to vegetarian-ize the entree options for us. We were celebrating a promotion and our first home together, and even got complimentary bubbly, great experience and will definitely be back soon :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Vibrant and loud Friday evening in the bar. Very cool intimate space in the bar with old time tufted swanky booths. The charcuterie sampler was outstanding. The salmon meal portions were huge and the seasoning very different and refreshing. The melon cucumber salad was a delightful combination and the tomatoes on the chefs brushetta were so fresh and flavorul. I want to go back and sit in the outside space!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trou love
    NoElevenVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great place and service. Delicious cocktails and food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie321
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The few tables that they had in the restaurant are all shared tables. They do have outdoor sitting, under heated lamps. Loud music and bad acoustics made it hard to have a conversation even with the person sitting next to you. Since I was at one end of the table, I was unable to converse with my other 2 other companions sitting at the further end of the table. Cocktails-good; food-good. The pork chop at $30 came with no accompaniments. You have to order sides separately. And the sides are paltry for what they charge ($8-10). The eggplant side had exactly 4 thin slices of eggplant, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Whats up with this? This place is worth trying once. Will I go back there again? I doubt it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service with a smile
    Kakhi
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Because of small communal booth, we sat at the bar. An excellent choice because Eric O. waited on us. He was friendly and engaging explaining the origin of the one vodka available and recommended food choices. We will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative and tasty menu
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Enjoyed both food and drinks. Outside dining is a bit tricky with depending on the cool SF breeze. Service very uneven with understaffing of tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer in SF
    JackielkVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have to say it was windy and cold and sitting on the metal chairs in a skirt made it very uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Difficult as a lunch spot
    Petunia123VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Dinner? Great menu. Lunch? Meat options only. The lunch menu should be expanded to have at least one vegetable side dish. Also, the outdoor dining space is pointless with all the construction - you can't hear anyone talking or even hear yourself think.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very, very loud
    LLdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food was good. Dining experience was over shadowed by uncomfortably high noise level stemming from high ceiling, hard surfaces, loud music, and vibrant bar scene. Conversation was nearly impossible. Our party of three, even though we were sitting near each other in a booth, had to shout and repeat multiple times to be heard. My ears were ringing after dinner as if I attended a loud concert without ear plugs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch bunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I took a group of retired teachers. The server was wonderful. Said Certainly to a request for sepRate checks. Expertly answered many questions about the many charcuterie items we weren't familiar with. Cocktails were great. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    4 of us shared several starters, main dishes and sides and loved every one of them. Small venue, felt like we found a secret gem. Fun night, great meal. Staff was professional and seemed enthusiastic about their venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EattravelVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Excellent charcuterie. Good cocktail program. Best for quick bite and drink, very busy and shared tables (booths).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • odd place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    unusual menu; too noisy for larger group conversation; strange long booths; no plan to return; get some better art
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelming and awkward
    dwntnrob
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everyone should know that the space is almost entirely composed of communal tables. I was told that only two tables in the entire restaurant are not communial. I made a dinner reservation for 5, hoping this would get us out own table. My party was seated at the large corner booth and about 15 mins later, asked to make room for 4 additional strangers. There simply wasn't enough room for all of us at that table, so I asked the host to move us to the patio, which would have worked out fine, but their electric heat lamps were not working. The chefs selection of charcuterie was boring. The pasta dishes were ok. The pork roast was good, but not worth the price. Everything considered, I probably won't return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friendly staff, Excellent Service
    AerialSF
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I work nearby and have been several times for lunch. Mostly on lunch dates, once with a large group celebration lunch and once for dinner. The food is delicious. The people that work here are friendly, professional and make the experience relaxed and enjoyable. Very attentive. Trou Normand is a gem in a beautiful building. Great stop for morning coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meatball Sandwich in SF
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We started our lunch with the large version of their charcuterie plate. The pates were wonderful, but some of the sliced meats were primarily fat. I'm sure some folks love it, but all I could think of was calories and cholesterol. The meatball sandwich was out of this world. So good, I want to return to try other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bring on the meat!
    TTSFVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had a fantastic lunch at Trou Normand! The outdoor patio was warm, spacious, and vibrant with other Friday lunch-ers - a great vibe. The food was delicious... The Charcuterie and Lardo boards were luxurious, and the Broccoli Sandwich should not be overlooked! The one issue was that we tried to use the new Pay with OpenTable feature and the host marked us at the wrong spot so our bill was wrong. And no matter what the staff did they were unable to remedy it. They were super gracious about it and of course we paid easily the old-fashioned way. It would have been super cool to be able to simply click "pay" and leave, since the service got a little slow at the end of the meal... But payments aside, the food was divine! A must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lardo Melted
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was excellent, however, we were seated in the outdoor patio on a very warm day and felt like a bug under a magnifying glass. Even the Lardo melted before our eyes. And, for being outdoors, it was surprisingly loud. I think next time we'll try eating indoors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy and not special
    Eater
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The noise level was high. We were seated at the corner of a big table, with twenty somethings making cell phone calls at our elbows. The food was plain, overpriced, and not much better than I make at home. A wild happy hour crowd was nearby, and would leave the door open to the outdoor area where they were so we got very cold. Great if you are 22 and want to drink with your mates.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for a snack but not dinner
    SweetBrieVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Food: The charcuterie plate was great. Unfortunately, we visited Trou for dinner and the portions of the mains were unexpectedly small, about the same size as sides but double the price. Service: Very slow. We waited a long time to order drinks and it took a long time for each pour to arrive. We caught the attention of the bus boy but he didn't pass along the message that we're ready to order to our waitress. The serving staff do not work well as a team. Ambiance: Cool space. Great for drinks and a small bite. The patio gets a little chilly. The heatlamps are too high up for the heat to radiate down and to sufficiently warm the people below.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal - mixed service
    SFJRM
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Overall, we had a great meal and experience at Trou Normand. The food was interesting and excellent. We had a couple of issues with getting drinks but the food service was great. Our wait person was very friendly and informative. We had a variety of dishes and all were delicious. I highly recommend the place and will be going back for another visit soon.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The fresh ham was excellent, the smoked duck salad was meh. Juicy chicken and pork chop! Sausages were dry though.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good ambiance. salty food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was good quality but so salty it was difficult to finish. Drinks were mediocre.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good start
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I think it's just a matter of getting started... but overall, the food was really good. The charcuterie was probably some of the best I've had. I love that they give you some real bread instead of 3 pieces of toast which never seems enough. The giant pile of aspic seemed a little excessive, but I guess you only need to eat as much as you want. The other dishes were quite good as well. We had some pastas which were well made and well balanced. I'm not sure if it's typical for bar service to be so slow, but it felt like forever. We ordered both mixed drinks and glasses of wine. I can't imagine that pouring a glass of wine takes that long (especially since you can see the bar from where you're sitting).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Confused
    TeleHillFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Unclear what Trou intends to be. The kitchen is great & goes beyond fantastic charcuterie with wonderful starters & mains in ample sizes...but is dominated by the bar scene. It is too loud for wait staff to hear orders. The seating is mainly large banquettes. The 2 of us were seated with another couple in a foursome booth which was OK. It was less OK when 2 other of their friends squeezed in beside us just as our food was being served. None of the staff seemed to care about that. If you are going to drink, you will wait awhile but get a wonderful drink with tasty bites beside it. It you want a good meal, go elsewhere which is what I hope the chef does so his food can be appreciated.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Fun evening
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Great dinner, fantastic, knowledgeable server. Noise level is quite high, which makes it difficult to have a conversation. Great selection of charcuterie. The chicken was fantastic too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Delicious food in an exceptionally chic setting. I love how the staff go out of their way to greet people and making sure they have everything they need. This is what hospitality is all about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The only downside was a 50 minute wait for our table (despite a reservation). I think this is not the norm, we were just unlucky that the people occupying our table were lingering. We waited at the bar where the cocktails were very tasty with a very knowledgeable and professional bar-man. The service was attentive (but not overly so) and came with good food recommendations. Food was great. A relatively small menu, the diverse at the same time. All the appertisers and entres we had were really good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Modern, Hip and Tasty
    YummyYip
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    House cured meats. Lots and lots of different meats, all delicious. Also many inventive veg and main dishes. Everything was fresh, nicely plated, well seasoned. Servers were attentive but it seemed our drink order got lost for a while and we had to ask for bread, even then it was brought without butter when it looked like all the others came out with it. As the evening wore on, the noise level went up to a distractible level. In all, it was an enjoyable meal and I'd return but maybe try to hit it earlier in the day or evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • thisVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    food was fine, service was pretty terrible, won't go back
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    • Noise LevelModerate