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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.

160 Jefferson St, Upper Level
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Taylor St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 351-5561

Website:
http://www.bistroboudin.com/

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

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.

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).

Executive Chef:
Misael Reyes

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

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.

Specials

Complimentary Glass of Wine

Specials

Complimentary Glass of Wine
Details

Join us for Dinner and receive a complimentary glass of wine!

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 People

Starts: October 16, 2017

Ends: April 16, 2018

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-6:00PM 8:00PM-9:30PM

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.

Bistro Boudin Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (28)
Scenic View (26)
Casual (17)
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Special Occasion (15)
Fun (14)
Authentic (13)
Good for a Date (13)
People Watching (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Kid-friendly (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Romantic (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Cozy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Brunch (3)
Business Meals (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Our service was outstanding. The server gave great recommendations.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Healthy, Scenic View, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find
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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great place, great food!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 17, 2017

It was good

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We got there early 5:30pm so there was no waiting. The service and food were outstanding as always!!!

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great, the best fish and chip ever

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was okay - more of a tourist trap then an amazing meal. Turned on every light at 10 pm I guess they were closing. Additionally desert items were not available as they had already shut off the fryer.

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 (London)·Dined on September 12, 2017

I've been in this restaurant for a dinner, I loved the lobster, high recommended

Tags: Casual
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 (London)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Nice food albeit a bit pricy for what you get. We felt rushed, two courses in and out within a hour at an 8pm sitting which let them down.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2017

"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.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great food, friendly staff! Loved the experience of bringing our adult children to San Francisco & one of our favorite restaurants here!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Average food. Our service was poor ... Had to ask for things rather than waiter asking if we needed anything. Clam chowder was not worth the calories. Roasted crab way heavy on garlic.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Great food and fantastic service. The views looking out over the harbor are breathtaking. We have never had a bad meal here. We highly recommend.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

À little bit disapointed, the first Time was better. Busy restaurant and touristic BUT the bread was excelent, and the clam's chowder as well. Unfortunately, calamari over-cooked.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

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.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Amazing clam chowder in sourdough bowl...and the market street shrimp cocktail can't be beat. Very fresh and flavorful.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Dungeness crab is their best with artichoke dip for starters. Typical California wine list with limited options. In general high quality food at reasonable prices.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Tasty and Delicious food with great portions. excellent service

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Authentic, People Watching, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Casual, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Excellent cioppino. Get the crab already cracked so you don't have the hassle.
Great service, good ambiance.

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·Dined on August 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The wait staff was very accommodating to my daughter, who is somewhat picky. The food was delicious and the prices were very reasonable. I loved the chowder in the sourdough bread bowl.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent environment, tasty food and really friendly and helpful service

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

We enjoyed our holidays in San Francisco and a diner at Boudin's made these four days an even better experience!!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Savannah)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great wine list but no tasting allowed according to our waiter. As a result, we got a wine that we did not like and had to pay a big price for something we would not have ordered if we had tasted it first. Very poor.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2017

The seafood here is very fresh, and tastes very good.We also love the BBQ ribs, pizza...I will recommend this restaurant to my friends!

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

My family and I really enjoyed the food.
I was not really pleased with the service. The waitress was not as attentive to our table as she was with her other tables. I had to ask for straws three times!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food was too salty. Expensive but I would not consider this fine dining

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Outstanding place, service and food! Looking forward to next visit!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

The food was good but a bit expensive . The room is huge but not to noisy.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (London)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 26, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great clam chowder. Good kids menu. Wait staff friendly. You can make reservations which is valuable during tourist season

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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