Bistro Boudin

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1418 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. 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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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place Incredible food.

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SJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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f
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 10, 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 9, 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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JM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 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
21 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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HC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had the bread bowls with soup, being from out of town and visiting the wharf area. They were superb, and while my partner enjoyed his clam chowder very much, I had the crab bisque instead, and enjoyed that a lot, too. The views are great, and people watching the street below was very entertaining. We also loved walking through the "tour" after our lunch. A very tasty treat, and while a bit pricey for what you're getting, sometimes that's just what you do on a Sunday afternoon in a place as special as this. The only thing we thought could be improved was that our waiter simply seemed to have too many tables. He was lovely, but very very busy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view, great service and delicious food!

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AE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good place for a seafood tasting :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my son’s 16th birthday. I was very impressed with the overall service we received. The hostess, waitress and food were awesome.

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F
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good. (We had Dungeness crab-based dishes.) The view of the waterfront was good. The bathrooms were clean. The waiter was friendly and energetic. The layout of the room was attractive. There was no loud music or loud celebrating. Prices are reasonable. There is an excellent bread bakery on the ground floor. Within the universe of tourist-oriented Fisherman's Wharf restaurants, Bistro Boudin ranks high.

For a "fish" restaurant, there was almost no fish on the menu, just a Petrale sole offering. There were lots of crab and shrimp dishes, one mussel dish, cioppino, calamari, and clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. There were lots of pasta dishes, veal balls, and other miscellaneous items. Where was the salmon, the red snapper, the sand dabs, mahi-mahi, and all the other fish one finds routinely in San Francisco at "non-fish" restaurants?

While the service was good, it was delayed and infrequent. At most "famous" restaurants, one is given water, a menu, and a solicitation for drinks as soon as one is seated. Not here. After a considerable wait, the waiter brought bread and menus and asked us if we wanted water. Drink orders went in with the meal orders. It is possible Bistro Boudin may have been understaffed when we were there or may just want to push the tourist hordes through the pipeline as quickly as possible.

Recommended for the view and for the bakery downstairs.

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DT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for food and fine dining!

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BF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Overall good lunch but the even with a reservation, the man who checked us in was fairly rude and said we would have to wait while he set up the table. There was hardly anyone else in the restaurant so it felt off and unwelcoming. We asked for a window seat but were seated on the other side of the room even tho there seemed to be plenty of availability.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good and service as well . Felt it was a bit overpriced for the food . An average French onion soup for $16 seems a bit much

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CD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Overpriced. View was ok but none of the items we ordered knocked our socks off.
Service was very slow and waiter forgot to bring place all of the items we ordered.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place!

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C
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for new years. They put us in thier special event room. Awesome service,view, and food!

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh, hot, and tasty! The Clam Chowder is a must!

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

My Boyfriend and his 8 year old daughter had our New Years Eve Dinner. We wanted her to experience a nice fancy dinner for New Years Eve! The service was perfect and the food delicious as always! We will continue to visit bistro boudin for our special occasion dinners!

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C
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a nice place.. the food was great, and the attendance was expectacular.. the waiter was really attencious and kind.. we really recommend it !

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AF
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun spot with great views! Food was delicious and filling.

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L
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice spot on the wharf. Pricey but fun for lunch

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DK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Group of five, and we had multiple issues that I think were all resolved now. First was order, we had two people order the same pasta with shrimp, but it was on bill right once, and second was pasta plus shrimp added for +$2 extra. Got that fixed. Before we ordered, specified check was to be split 2 & 3 for each side of table. Then bill came combined. We got it split, and sent them in for payment, only to get cards messed up and each bill was paid with opposite cards. We got that straightened out, but had to wait several days for the pending (Wrong) transaction to disappear off account. So, for me they got three strikes in a row. Reality is it could have just been an under-trained, or inexperienced server.

On the plus side, I was able to make reservation for 5 on open table, but not until 8:15 PM. We showed up at 7:30 PM and they seated us immediately.

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P
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband's birthday...he likes clam chowder, it is his first time is SF , and I surprised him with bringing him here.
The staff was very accommodating, we made the reservation for 6 but some friends joined last minute and we ended up with 10. Table was big enough for more chairs.
We were very please with the service and the food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Holiday lunch

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place for lunch by the wharf..

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I
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. Food was great. This was our first time in San Francisco and it made it memorable.

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l
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Horrible service. Argumentative waitress. Orders were screwed up Heard other tables complaining as well

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RA
London
24 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food down in the heart of the busy Wharf district. Our server was very attentive and personable. The quality of food, price, and variety were all very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was fast for food, but atrociously slow for drinks from the bar. Ugh.

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SN
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Made to wait even though we had a reservation and then found out that they had sold out of many of the options on the menu. Service and food was okay but nothing to set the world on fire. They seem to be trading on their reputation and location.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Overall - good, but nothing special. Very large hall, non personal service, food quality was ok (e.g. never before in other places had so small oysters). Very good place for usual travallers experience in San Francisco, but would not recomment for special occasion.
Very interesting musuem as part of the cafe. Museum included historical facts about SF and could see making of a bread.

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D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

This restaurant is in a perfect location at Fisherman's Wharf with a great view of the Wharf, Bay and Marin County. We were there on Christmas evening, so maybe it's not fair to totally judge it on a major holiday, but the service was slow. I didn't get my soda until I asked a second time. We asked for another look at the menu during our meal, which never came. Our waitress was definitely overworked. I thought the prices were pretty high compared to the quality of the the food which was basically mediocre - not bad, but just not great. Except for the bread, which is the best bread ever. I'd definitely recommend trying their bread items downstairs at the bakery.

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JN
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Disappointing: Very crowded. Very good bread. Soup was good but lukewarm. Chicken was good, but ribeye steak was mediocre. Service average. Expensive for what it is (tourist premium).

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KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is overpriced but it's to be expected at Fisherman's Wharf. The building is very cool and when you're waiting to sit down, you can go into a little bread museum, which is great. It's for tourists, but for us. as tourists - open on Christmas and able to accommodate a reservation - it was exactly what we needed.

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LG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service (Eleanor?) on the deck. Great crab tacos.

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