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About Bistro Boudin
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.
San Francisco, CA 94133
American, Seafood, Californian
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The MUNI "F" Line drops passengers off directly in front of Boudin at the Wharf on Jefferson Street (between Mason and Taylor Streets).
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
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.
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.
Bistro Boudin Ratings and Reviews
Very best favorite! This one visit the food presentation suffered, but delicious! Drinks and service was great. Worthy of our 50th anniversary celebration. We try to come at least once a year to enjoy the S.F. experience (although we are native Bay Area, Californians), just too delicious to miss!
This was the second time I've eaten here and was very excited to revisit. Our experience wasn't great. We were told upon being seated that the kitchen was closing soon, which we understood, but then no one came to take our order for 10 or 15 minutes. I ordered the crab & corn chowder and it was obviously the bottom of the pot. It was thin, tasted too strongly of onion, and had MAYBE 2 bites of crab in it. We were offered dessert and ordered the beignets...only to be told a few minutes later that we could have only the lava cake or creme brûlée. Disappointed in this visit and for the price, don't know if we will give it another chance.
"Bistro?" Webster defines a bistro as a small restaurant or bar. Bistro Boudin is anything but small; it is a reasonably large restaurant with a moderately high noise level. If you are looking for a small, intimate, restaurant you should go elsewhere. If you are looking for good food and a menu with plenty of options, Bistro Boudin is well worthy of your consideration. As you would expect, there are many sea food choices, but the menus offered a nice variety of other options, too. I selected the "Fish & Chips." The fish were coated in a delicious batter, fried to perfection, and tender. The "chips" were both tasty and plentiful.
Our server was knowledgeable about the Bistro's offerings as well as being appropriately conversational. The service was adequate but not attentive.
Boudin had it's start as a bakery and there is an active bakery adjacent to the restaurant. Walk through a door and you find your self on an enclosed balcony overlooking the bakery operations. Nice.
The bistro is on the second floor of a building in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. On the first floor you will find a more fast food like cafe and a store that offers Boudin's sourdough baked goods, branded wares, souviners, and more. Another nice feature.
Neither small nor intimate, and certainly moderately expensive, Bistro Boudin is still a good choice.
A rare miss with the food - the chicken and chips is usually succulent and tasty, but this time it wasn't. I was seated straight away, despite massive queues thanks to having a reservation, and the service was great. I'll give it another chance as it's the first time in several visits it's been not so great
I had booked based on reviews at Open Table. I was surprised to see that it was part of the Boudin chain which I associate with premium fast food. But this restaurant sits on the second floor of the Boudin sourdough building. It is definitely not fast food but a very fine restaurant.
We ordered the crab cakes, grilled scallops and sea food paella. The food was excellent and equivalent to the many fine seafood restaurants in the City. Views and ambience were great.
In town for a few days and chose this restaurant on the fisherman's wharf, and sadly, the restaurant did not live up to expectations. The host was friendly and greeted us promptly. Gave us a sensor/beeper to let us know when our table was ready, so it started off well. Went to the oyster bar to the left of the host, stood for over 10 minutes, waved multiple times to bartenders...no service, no greeting, nothing. Half of us went to the other bar behind the host station, figuring one group would have luck. My group stood, again, for more than 10 minutes, even though they weren't very busy, before I could flag down a bartender. I get it, if it's busy, you sometimes have to wait a while, perfectly understandable, IF you're at least acknowledged. But it wasn't very busy, 25% open seats at the bar, 2 bartenders, yet, neither could bother to say "hello! be right with you", let alone ask for our order. We were tempted to leave right then, but we're hungry and by then our table was ready. Our table server was as bad, if not worse, than the bartender staff. Took forever for her to take our order. Took even longer to get our drinks, set ups, etc. The food however, was good, ordered crab, scallops, shrimp. The server couldn't seem to manage crab/shellfish forks, "nut crackers", etc. We had to ask for everything multiple times. We REALLY wanted to enjoy dinner at Bistro Boudin, but sadly the service was poor, to put it mildly. We wouldn't recommend this restaurant and can't imagine giving them a 2nd chance.
A great spot for lunch with a nice view of the bay. It's very quiet upstairs at the restaurant as opposed to all of the activity going on at Fisherman's Wharf. Our food was delicious, especially the bread bowls and dungeness crab sandwiches. Don't miss the tour of the museum at the top of the stairs - really interesting history of sourdough bread.
Cheery service, great ambiance and view! Food is good, tasty, warm, but not extraordinary. It's a good choice for those who want something special to SF but don't want to pay an arm and a leg. The creme brulee was the best item; the sourdough crab tacos were yummy but the spices overpowered the crab a bit.
When in SF, this is one of my favorite lunch spots. Top favorites is the view and the constant smell of fresh bread. This time I brought family members visiting SF from the east coast, and it was most delightful. The waiter we had was very attentive and professional. As busy as Bistro was, he did an excellent job of taking care of all 6 of us.
Terrible, overstretched service and overly-sour sourdough with our petite clam chowder (oddly not the case with the fresh sourdough bread for the table) makes this historic restaurant a place to avoid. Didn't help our order was incorrectly taken both for food and drinks. Only go for the interesting Bread musuem.
Loved the authentic clam chowder in sour dough. Food was great and service was quick and friendly. It's quite noisy but that's all part of the atmosphere - s going on and lots to see. We loved seeing the working bakery downstairs. Also great to have a view of the wharf.
Overall a good restaurant with nice views of the bay. The food was good, we enjoyed crab spinach and artichoke dip, beef stew, and the sourdough tortilla tacos. I would recommend the crab tacos (you can get crab, cod, shrimp, or all three) for my fellow taco lovers out there!
The roasted Dungeness crab with garlic butter was delicious! It was messy, but they provided the bib and extra napkins and wet napkin for wiping your fingers. We had asked twice for more bread for sopping up the garlic butter, but it never came. The Dungeness crab mac and cheese was very rich, and the Petrale Sole was delicate. The Crab Louis salad was delectable, but we had no room for dessert. Definitely make a reservation via Open Table to avoid a long wait. The service seemed to slow down considerably when our waitress went on break.
We loved this place! The food was delicious and the view was tremendous. The place is very nice and has an uplifting, yet quiet atmosphere. We enjoyed the history of San Francisco, which was located in a room next door. Seeing how the sourdough is made was very interesting. We'd definitely go back again if we're back in town.
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