Bistro Boudin

4.3
1448 reviews
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Located on the upper level of Boudin at the Wharf, Bistro Boudin offers an ideal place to enjoy a leisurely meal with views of the SF Bay. Warm and inviting with beautiful dark wood accents, Bistro Boudin features a full service bar, Oyster 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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Our meal for 6 people arrived in 40 minutes, we could not even eat together since each meal arrived separately

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IG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With an amazing view out to the Bay, and awesome industrial interiors and comfortable seating options, our meals and conversation make for an enjoyable experience. The food selection is outstanding as there is something for everyone, and every level of appetite. And if something goes a little awry, staff is quick to make it right and sustain that enjoyable meal.

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L
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Fun place to eat at the wharf. The museum and bakery are beautifully presented, but there's better food elsewhere.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was slow. Good just okay and expensive.

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TO
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great and ambience always great. Service was a little slow. Had to ask twice for missing cole slaw and ketchup. We told the waitress who brought the food but she forgot and so we asked a waiter and he brought it.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and the food was good

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Crab cake appetizer was ice cold on a boiling plate. Took 20 minutes to replace. Main course same problem, cold fish and potatoes so hot burned to eat them. Manager did take the appetizer off the bill as it arrived with the main course. Skip the restaurant and get the soup and bread in the bistro downstairs

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M
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Just Meh, a Typical Tourist Trap in an otherwise Fun Area.

This was our bad. We didn't plan well, lots of better restaurants were closed (for dinner on Sunday, WTF?), and should've just gone to one of the many food trucks or food carts nearby. This place phones it in with lackluster entrees and a staff that just seems to hate their work--I don't remember anyone smiling at us while we were there.

They start you off with their slices sourdough bread and frozen butter. Why do they think frozen butter spreads on soft, white bread? Why not bring it up to room temperature for the lunch and dinner rushes? I would think a bread place would know how imperative butter is to bread. I ordered their Boudin Sourdough Claim Chowder Breadbowl ($17). The chowder was boring and flavorless. Good chunks of clam, but the soup had little going for it--you need to add salt and pepper to get anything out of it. Also, they way they pulled the middle out, to form the bowl, was sloppy and left a lot of white in the bowl--so I lost about a quarter-cup of soup. My wife ordered the Dungeness Crab Cake Sandwich ($22). She wasn't a fan--not a lot of flavor, despite the crab tasting fresh. She thought paying a premium on a sandwich should yield a better tasting sandwich; who could disagree? Lastly, the fries were cheap and just bland--how can you mess up fries? The kids ordered off the kids menu and went with a cheeseburger ($12) and pizza ($12). The burger came undressed with no toppings and condiments on the side. Why? That's just lazy. They served ketchup in ramekins and brought out little sealed containers for dijon mustard and fancy mayo? Again, why? That just creates a lot of waste and does no one any good.

I can't recommend this place to anyone for lunch or dinner because there are a lot of other great places in walking distance (if they are open) and ordinary folks hustling on the streets with trucks and carts, serving flavorful street food.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clam chowder servita nella forma di pane cotta nel forno annesso molto gustosa. Servizio veloce e personale molto gentile

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CG
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant sits above Pier 39 and has a view of Alcatraz. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful, but delivery of the main course was a bit slow for unknown reasons. My wife had a salmon dish that, given the price, was rather small. My ribeye steak sandwich was delicious as was the clam chowder I ordered as a side. Overall, it was a good, but not great, experience.

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V
London
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

A thoroughly disappointing experience. The food was basic, poorly presented and over-priced and the service could be described as disinterested at best. Definitely one to avoid.

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ES
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The crab and corn bisque sour dough bowl was very tasty and the sour dough is delicious on its own. Service definitely could have been better. Felt more like the server was annoyed that we only ordered the sour dough bowl soups and no appetizers. Then when he asked us if we wanted dessert, we said not right now but maybe in a little while. So he brought us the check 1 minute later and said if we want dessert, just let him know and he would put it on a separate check. I just got the feeling he wanted us out of there and it wasn’t even that busy. My friend was visiting from Australia and I hadn’t seen him for 4 years so we had a lot to catch up on, I guess this isn’t the place to have any long conversations.

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GT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was very bad on the night we visited. No one clear the app dishes. When the waiter serve the main dish, he handed the plate to me instead of placed on the table. We had to stacked the empty plates and bread basket around in order to have room on the table, almost like a very very busy buffet restaurant

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always like to dine here when in town. I strongly recommend the scallops.

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RL
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best sourdough in the country. Service is outstanding, and the ambiance is hard to beat. Everything on the menu is phenomenal. Go, take the tour....

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had family visiting from Brazil so we enjoyed taking them to the famous Boudin. Food was good and view was perfect, even during yucky weather.

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JA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Yes but i going To prepare The person about the poor attendance

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Food over cooked. They acted as though they would have rather we not be there. I ordered the surf and turf. Lobster tail the size of a prawn and very rubbery due do over cooking. My filet was ordered medium rare and came well done. My husband became sick 10 minutes after leaving. Only decent thing about the meal was the company I was with and the sour dough bread.

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BP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good, tasty food, although a bit on the pricey side. Service was so-so. It took a long time for our waiter to return to the table after the initial greeting. The noise level is much less than a lot of restaurants these days, so that was nice.

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MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Boudin has a great menu....from soup and sandwiches to dinner entrees. The wait staff is friendly and professional. Wonderful views of the bay. And it is quiet! You can converse in a normal voice! Such a pleasure.

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OT
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and meal portions. Birthday celebration

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SC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated very quickly, the service was good and the food was AMAZING. Thank you, Open Table!

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service, had to ask for bread, and twice for our drinks. They basically twrow the plates on the the table and force you out... Not friendly

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C
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always take my out of town guests here - the food, service and atmosphere are always great. Of course the primary reason is the bread - the best in town.

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YP
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It has a lot of potential but with the amount of tourists with bags and T-shirts’ you feel rushed and too expensive for quality of food and service. People queuing for restrooms while you are eating is very off putting.

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M
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed a great lunch on Presidents Day weekend. We were seated at a table with a beautiful water view. Our server was friendly and helpful, suggesting that a combination of seafood tacos might be to our liking. We also enjoyed the petite boule with yummy clam chowder. Would definitely come back.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

The view is outstanding. Our seating host was quick and efficient. Calamari appetizer very nice! My husband's Halibut entree arrived cold & had to be replaced. Our server did not offer my husband an apology or drink or anything while he waited. The timing threw off our dining experience. My drink was empty for a long time and I was never asked if I wanted another, which I did but did not get a chance to order. I had to request water, which was never refilled. The other entree's were OK. We were never asked if we wanted dessert or coffee, which I would have ordered. We were extremely disappointed by the subpar service. Will dine elsewhere for dinner. This was a special occasion for me and my dining companions and it was marred by the lack of attentive service. In my experience, lunch here is a much better experience.

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MT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

We have been to this location several times. We were seated right away. Waiter was excellent. Long wait for food (waiter apologized). Hot food was cool when served.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice dinner with important clients.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Upstairs is much quieter than downstairs. Busy place but loves the crab cake and corn salad.

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great. The only thing was I asked for a certain table before my reservation and did not get accommodated. Other than that it was great

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place Incredible food.

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SJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst experience ever in a restaurant!! General manager not only refused to diffuse our poor service, food, and billing issues l, but cussed our group out in front of a packed crowd. I’ve disputed the charge with Amex and am considering perusing legal recourse.

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MB
Atlanta
44 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome dinner, and really enjoyed the views from our great table. Thank you.

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Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Loved the sourdough bread. Prices are average for Fisherman’s Wharf - might seem pricey elsewhere.

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HE
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

While the food was good, we heard too much clanging from the kitchen area and we were across the dining room from it. The waitress did not bring water until we asked a 3rd time. The waitress did not ask us how the food was or check on us regularly, even tho it was not overly busy. She did not ask to fill our wine glasses when they were empty, as we had bought a bottle. We had to ask. The prices were higher than expected.

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CW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience At Boudin's Bistro. I like to eat so I was a little wary about my portion size for the scallop dish, three scallops seemed a bit low but it ended up being perfect. The taste was amazing . the scallops were tender and not rubbery at all. The pork belly was delicious and unlike others didn't have tough parts. The service was excellent. I would highly recommend it for colleagues or loved ones.

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IT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Not your typical wharf restaurant -- view from their upstairs restaurant is of the street; not typical waterfront lookouts. Prices were high; portions did not reflect. Exception was the mussels; quite tasty and several of them marinated with a piping hot cauldron. Rest of the menu items ordered were average. We thought our server deserved credit. She maintained her section completely on her own. No busser in sight. She remained composed and never let on that she may be in the weeds. Final note -- if a particular dessert item is only made until a certain time; it should be stated on the menu.

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JM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Mediocre at best. Only saw the waiter twice. Once to order then again for the bill.

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AE
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Considering that Boudin's is right in the heart of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf tourist area that is not known for upscale restaurants, the food was very good.
Service was quick and smooth. Price's were at the upper end of the scale but still a good value.
Since we're fairly local, we will return.

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