Trou Normand
Trou Normand

Trou Normand

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trounormandsf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 975-0876
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: M-F 5:00pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Pay with OpenTable,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

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
129 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (83)good for groups (50)great for outdoor dining (45)vibrant bar scene (42)hot spot (38)neighborhood gem (32)great for lunch (22)special occasion (18)romantic (15)late-night find (11)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (3)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Outstanding charcuterie
    JesseVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Truly delicious food. Heavenly charcuterie, like being in Europe. Wonderful bread. But awful service. Lots of staff wandering around - but not making eye contact. They don't look to see what each table is needing or how your meal is progressing. You wait FOREVER to place your order or to get your cocktail. We'd have had another drink, but no one noticed our glasses were empty. Poor staff training. Really high level of noise - probably due to all the hard surfaces in the design of the room. We'd like to go back for the food, but.....
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meat lovers' paradise
    SeafoodJunkieVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Growing up with a dad who was a part time butcher, I spent a lot of Saturday evenings making sausages, pates and stews from all the left over offal and meat cuts dad brought home. The large charcuterie plate with 12 selections here brought back so many good memories with the many different flavors.... Rabbit, pork pates, head cheese (potted hauch in Scotland) the tasty selection of salumi....that we didn't get to the entrees. Add superb service from Ross, spirit forward cocktails, overall a wonderful experience and certainly one to be repeated. Eclectic, well heeled diners, a nice change from the techie filled Valencia area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bumping elbows
    SpecialK
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    First time to Trou Normand -- we ate in the "outside" area that had just had the screens replaced with solid "windows". 2 of us went out and were surprised that all the tables were shared tables of 8, with no way to separate the seating to smaller groups. Seating was so tight that it was difficult to fit our plates and drinks in our "allotted" space. Suggest cutting down to 6 seats per table. Or offer a way to slightly separate diners. When the music started it was literally right next to us. 2 lovely musicians on guitars, but we couldn't hear a thing at that point. Apparently when the screens were in the sound dissipated a bit more, but now it was all enclosed. The server acknowledged the issue and said the restaurant would have to make some adjustments -- soon thereafter, the musicians began to move around the seating area and spreading the joy :) Food was very good, service a bit slow but quite friendly and helpful, drinks are strong!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Service could be better, really better, then it was, especially when you have highly paid waiters and a service charge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 1999VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was excellent, but the service was not. We got seated right away, but the waiter took his sweet time getting to us. Then the appetizers came before the drinks, and there was at least a half-hour lag between the first and second courses, with no explanation or apology. The dessert came promptly but we never got our coffee. Too bad, it's a pretty spectacular place and the people-watching was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent
    AtmosphereorFood
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I've been here a few times for lunch and I really like this place. The service is casual, the food is excellent and I love the interior space. I love that the one time I sat outside I got to walk past a guy butchering huge amounts of meat. I'm not sure who was going to eat all that meat but it was a lot of meat, like a whole animal a lot. This place is just cool. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Four hours jyst flew by. Pro: Fine drinks. Charcuterie. Service. Con: Overpriced entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pork lovers rejoice
    eggs
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Inventive savory menu with pork in many forms in a casual but elegant and hip setting. One of the most beautiful old-school SF buildings recently repolished and preserved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE THIS PLACE!
    SeasideStephVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I think I've come here at least once a week for the past 2 - 3 months. Great at both lunch and dinner. The bar gets a little loud inside at dinner if you there are just 2 or three of you, the tables are set up nicely for intimate conversations. I had a 4.5 hour dinner with a friend one evening! The staff never asked us to hurry along or were inconsiderate. The service was perfect. Thanks Megan!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trou-ly good
    BEall
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    When dining at Trou Normand, you move through the attractive bar to an outdoor patio, with plenty of heaters to keep warm. It is very pretty. The cocktail I had was wonderful and the dinner was delicious. Trou Normand touts its charcuterie, but they have enough on the menu to please everyone. Our waiter was most pleasant. It was a perfect choice for a walk from the San Francisco Center where we had just seen a movie, and the level of noise was such that we could discuss the movie. Have nothing but praise for this fairly new spot. Before going, peek in at the building in which the restaurant resides -- a marvelous feast for the eyes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The guys behind bar agricole have done it again. I would eat here every day if I could. The quality of the food that they source is top notch and they take the time to do things right. I've never had a bad meal here and highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible!
    KKpdxVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Visiting from out of town we made an early reservation for dinner while on the plane to SFO. We rolled our own on charcuterie selection; coppa, bologna, finocchiona. Perfection. The high point of the meal was combining the pork meatballs with the polenta. Drinks were very well done, service was great. When we asked for advice it was spot on. We are so happy we made that last minute reservation!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not enough space!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    If you have a small group, be prepared to sit uncomfortably close to the group next to you. We were sitting between two other couples and ordered one of the small charcuterie boards to start. There was so little table space that the poor couple next to us could barely fit their drinks. We felt so uncomfortable being so close to them when they were on a first date, we just ended up finishing our drinks and charcuterie and leaving to have dinner elsewhere. What were the owners thinking when they designed this place? They were obviously so focused on making it aesthetically pleasing that they forgot that people are going to actually have to eat there.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It took 15 minutes to get my glass of wine! The menu is limited and rather basic, although I would say, not in Normandy fashion. I had no idea the portions are so large. I ordered the rabbit pate, which was very good, the polenta was huge and I expected something more rustic, less creamy. The cranberry beans had too much of a bacon flavor. I could finish neither the polenta nor beans. For a frenchified hamburger joint, the prices are quite steep.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DinerVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    OK food execution. Good food quality. Communal dining tables can get crowded.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great time at Trou Normand!
    DoloresheightsdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Trou Normand is close to where I work downtown so I have had lunch there many many times. I had dinner with friends for the first time this week. It was fun and delicious. A great place to meet, talk, and share food and wine. The hostess, Gina, was fabulous and so accommodating to our group of five. I love the décor of the restaurant and the building is amazing. It just feels special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great space/ not so great food
    SFdatenightVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Nothing was memorable....except the super rude hostess who acted as if we were bothering her by being there on time, actually by being there at all. The food was okay. Our waiter was very nice and helpful though and the wine was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great chacuterie
    Luv2stealrecipiesVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We saw a review in Sunset so decided to give it a try. WOW. this was the best charcuterie I have ever had. What a selection of house made smoked meats. Terrines, salume, head cheese,... Try an assortment, it is quite an experience. Not overly fatty like some I have had. The temperature was perfect, not like other places that told us to let it sit and warm up before eating... really?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    citygirlVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Outstanding service and delicious food. A unique dining experience. The communal seating is a little funky but we sat at the bar so it wasn't an issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for the meat living foodie
    MeatisLove
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    If you love charcuterie this is your place. Balance the richness with a Algonquin cocktail and the meal will be one of your most memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Client meetings near Moscone
    BusinessAndaMeal
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We had a great experience at Trou Normand! Met a new client there for lunch. "hello" from the wait staff was warm, engaged. We monopolized a table for 2.5 hours, needless to say the pitch was successful! We never felt pressure to order, move or hurry; really refreshing. I had the mortadella with little gems, amazing! Had a chance to turn my guest on to an affogato... Think he'll be a devotee for life. Wish me luck on my next big pitch, it will be at Trou Normand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old World flavor
    EnjoyableVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Our first time to Trou Normand was met with richly flavorful charcuterie. Even lardo, usually kind of gross, was very enjoyable like good soft butter. the pork chop was just short of outstanding because it was a cut of 50% fat. the flavor of the tender meat was accented by the salty rub and balanced with the char. We got about 4 good bites of meat and the rest of the chop was super fatty. Meatballs were nicely tender, Tagliatelle tasted homemade, and the salads were enjoyable and not too tiny. Had both a wonderful sparkling cremant that was slightly sweet but dry enough to enjoy more than one glass. we also has a great nebbiolo that gave old world flavor but light enough to let the food shine. Uniquely enjoyable for a new place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a surprise!
    FoodGoodnessVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Living in SOMA I'm always jealous of The Mission or Hayes Valley with their notable eateries. But now we have one too! Trou Normand was a surprise treat we didn't know was here in SOMA! Simple decor with oversized booths for bigger parties were in the front room. We were taken out to a patio! Who knew! The glass roof provided views of the towering lit up buildings. The cocktails were creative and delicious! The plates were smallish to share so we had many bites of deliciousness! The pates, sausages, heirloom tomatoes, squash, peppers were freshness and goodness! The pork chop was huge and the juiciest cut I've ever tasted! Can't wait to sample the rest of the menu! This might just be my new place to hang in SOMA!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • for those who love meat
    rshorensVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had the small assortment of pate and salumi, different every night. Excellent appetizers with delicious bread. My husband had the gigantic and juicy pork chop, while I had very delicious paparadelle with meat sauce. There looks like a lovely outdoor seating area .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing experience
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My Open Table reservation didn't mention anything about communal seating, however we were put at a communal table in an undesirable location (only table in the room). I don't mind communal seating, but this should be mentioned when booking! The rest of the table was empty for the first hour, so it lacked atmosphere. An hour into our meal, a large party was seated at the rest of the table - the quiet room became too noisy. The food was good, with one frustrating exception. Our piece of pork chop was about 70% fat. Our server told us their meat is farm raised, expected to have more fat, and they don't trim fat. She didn't admit that >50% fat was a problem(!), though she offered to send it back so we could order another dish (which we did).
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunch review
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    went for lunch- had reservations but no one was in the bar where we were sat. 2 glasses of wine and 2 sandwiches. Nothing on the plate except the sandwich.
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  • Strange menu & venue
    SFShermVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It's not often I'm baffled by a menu - I came here for lunch and just wasn't sure how or what to order. The server recommended the charcuterie platter (what TN is known for), which we ordered. It was tasty, but it was essentially a platter of highly fatty meats, and felt like a "bad" choice for lunch. There were sandwiches also, which we did not try. Unclear how different the dinner menu is. As for the venue, there's a L shaped Bar area, that is the inside of the restaurant (small, feels like a bar) and the outdoor dining area -- which will probably be lovely once that highrise behind it is finished being built (another year?). The noise was loud and intrusive. I'd come here for drinks & nibbles, but not to eat a meal.
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  • 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
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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
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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.
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    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!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    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.
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    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • 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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  • 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
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    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 :)
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    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 89 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 43 reviews are from the Trou Normand reviews archive.