Bistro Boudin

4.4
1368 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Californian
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Hours of operation
WINTER HOURS (October - April):
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am to 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am to 10:00pm

**Christmas Eve (December 24th): 11:30am to 9:00pm

SUMMER HOURS (May-September):
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am to 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am to 10:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 351-5561
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Misael Reyes
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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) 928-8860 or bistroevents@boudinbakery.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Taylor St.
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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.
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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).
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Special events & promotions
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Bistro Boudin has a variety of Private Dining options available. We can accommodate groups up to 120 guests in one of our lovely private rooms or 350 for a Buyout. California bistro cuisine with a focus on fresh local ingredients and seafood as well as our world famous Boudin Sourdough Bread Bowl.

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What 1368 People Are Saying
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Portland
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is very nice. We had a lunch here on our honeymoon and a few years later we are back for the chowder in the sourdough bowl

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!

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RH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to this place late for our reservation and they handled it pretty well and had great customer service. Each of the staff members were courteous and took good care of us. The waiter was exceptional and patient due to us taking some time to order and enjoying our meal ... he would check on us regurlarly and gave us quality service. We enjoyed our evening and our meal. The prices are high for the quality.

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Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Neat place with its market.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a date night. It was nice. Good view of the bay and Sausalito. A bit loud inside. Food was good.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great seafood dishes and drinks with a view of Alcatraz

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1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was pretty rad, it only took about 2 minutes to be served and the food was amazing. Our waiter was fabulous and extremely attentive. Will come again.

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BH
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Prompt seating and a prime, window location with our OpenTable reservation.
Sourdough bread is baked downstairs at Boudin and was quickly on the table with whipped butter. Drinks followed shortly thereafter.
My guest thought the crab and corn chowder was extremely good. She was equally enthusiastic about the ahi tuna tartare which she declined to share. My baked petrale sole with garlic mash and spinach was exactly as ordered and my plate was emptied.
I would give 5 stars but for one small item. Our waiter was very competent but the person delivering our food spilled the chowder on the service plate and all over the soup spoon handle. It was obvious and should have gone back to the kitchen to be cleaned.
Overall, however, a good experience and we would visit again. That is my measure of success at a restaurant.

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D
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Thanksgiving dinner special. It was fantastic. Sour dough stuffing was awesome. Serving portions were just like being home on Thanksgiving. So much so, I had to pass on dessert.

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R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great crab louie today.

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ST
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, atmosphere and service. Hits the spot!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic, delicious and quick.

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PW
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very good experience ,quality food excellent service and very hospitable staff,thank you.So good we have booked again tonight.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Lousy food. Fish had bone in it.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was horrible- slow and not attentive. Food portions were lite to average for price. Chowder was warm not hot.

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Calgary
34 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our last night in San Fran and this was certainly an amazing place to enjoy. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and made great recommendations. Must try the fish!!! And the goat cheese

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good service. Food was average.

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HG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We love the bistro. Hard to find a quality place in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf. Great for first time visitors to Sf, because they have the full bakery downstairs. The food quality is excellent and service is generally very good.

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S
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

It was my wife's birthday, and we had eaten at Boudin before and enjoyed it. The experience started well, with a competent, helpful waiter, and out starter was served in good time. Unfortunately it all went downhill from there. Our main course was delivered just after the starter, leaving us with the option of trying to eat both at the same time or leaving the starter altogether. I presume this had nothing to do with the waiter, but rather with kitchen staff. Unfortunately it ruined my wife's birthday dinner.

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San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A few steps from the overly touristy chains of Pier 39, this is a good place for seafood with a view. There is a nice variety of dishes and the prices aren’t bad for San Francisco.

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JR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The service was lacking. The waiter seemed annoyed with every request we made.

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SW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waiter was worst service I have ever experienced!!!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Ridiculous service

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

When we arrived, the host claimed he couldn’t find our reservation from OpenTable despite having a confirmation code. We waited 15 min for a table. Waitress over worked and only visited our table twice. Food however was very good.

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M
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We had reservations, seated us ASAP In a large corner booth...unfortunately near a screaming toddler! Waited over 30 minutes for our waiter...Michael .....to even come over and acknowledge us and then another 10 mins to bring our drinks.....didn't bother to bring bread until we asked for some....came 5 mins before our meal. Our waiter was very awkward, not personable at all! Probably should have stuck to the downstairs cafe where we could have ate 1 hour earlier. Very Disappointed in our visit. Won't be back or refer to the restaurant only cafe!!

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Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and delicious Dungeness crab sandwich on sourdough bread.!And that is why every time I come to San Francisco I always eat here!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Server was not genuine. Difficult to decipher if his demeanor was condescending or part of his stoic personality. Despite this, was decent at remembering to refill the beverages as they ran low. Constantly checked back at us, but engaged much more frequently with the table beside us. No even distribution of friendliness. I’ve been here before and dine often so I know what good service is. I’m pretty chill and have low expectations, but even at that, service fell short of the norm. I suppose since gratuity is automatically included in a party of 8, there is no incentive for the wait staff to exceed expectations. The worst part of the evening was when we asked Bistro Boudin staff for an extra bowl, he replies “I’m not able to help you with that, you need to ask your server.” and he ventures off into another area chit chatting with another coworker. Would come back for the food but would easily not recommend the place for the service this evening.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our server was a bit inexperienced, but was pleasant and gave decent service. Food was great, setting was nice.

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M
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably good lunch in the heart of fisherman’s ward.

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L
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with excellent service and consistently good food.

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KD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Very good service however the room was really hot!! Great food.

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M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

John was very nice serving us

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the crab Mac and cheese was so good!

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Very disappointed with our dinner and service. Waiter kept apologizing, but didn’t make any attempt to improve dinner.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for a day in the City. Gerry ride to pier 41, short walk to the Bistro, and then on to ballet. I recommend eating up stairs at Bistro, better views and quieter venue. The bread bowls looked delicious and was certainly popular.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrate my birthday 😍 everything was special.

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N
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Appetizer arrived after the main course. Service was not coordinated. One meal was room temperature. Would not recommend for the price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I was expecting more but it was fine. This was nothing special.

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CG
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprised family with dining options ...great to know favorite sourdough bakery has a full restaurant !!! And validated parking !!!

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is slightly on the pricey side, but not bad. The service was pretty good. It's lively but not loud. I had the margherita pizza and my husband had the clam chowder bread bowl. Both were delicious. The bakery itself is pretty cool! You can walk around upstairs and see the whole operation through windows above the bakery. Definitely worth checking out.

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