Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe)

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1213 reviews
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Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe) is a neighborhood French bistro located in the heart of Santa Fe, serving inspired rustic French cuisine prepared by award-winning chef Charles Dale. Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe) offers an exceptional variety of new and old world wine selections to accompany the menu. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Private parking lot available, with valet parking on weekends.
Beautiful outdoor patio, weather permitting.
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Denver
68 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.

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J
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bouche is always a go-to restaurant. It almost never disappoints. It is the element of surprise, how familiar ingredients are paired in interesting ways. One of Santa Fe's best, for sure.

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New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Bouche is consistent with creative specials. Great wine list.

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ST
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

maybe. you need to liven it up a little. maybe some background music. the food was good but not great.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Bouche! Fantastic service and wonderful food as always!

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Denver
28 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, very nice staff, the food was amazing and such a great menu. Some very typical menu items and some very creative items. Great all the way around.

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OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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RJ
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thomas provides a great dining experience through his approach as an excellent server!

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BF
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an exceptional meal with perfect service! Thank you guys again!

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f
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love that you have the option to sit at high tables looking right at the kitchen. Food excellent as always really receiving that "FrenchStyle" Great wine selection, would love if they had a full bar

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VM
New Mexico
37 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite Santa Fe spot, our recent visit to Bouche was especially good. The onion soup is always a treat and the mussels were so plump and fresh with a wonderful white wine and herb/garlic broth. But the standout was the lobster ravioli. Worthy of five stars and an exclamation point---cannot wait to have them again.

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c
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience for our 38th anniversary. Greeted with at taste of bubbly. Started with a dozen oysters - two varieties. Moved on to the 63 degree salad and delicious fresh baked bread (don't do much bread these days so this was a huge treat.) Shared the large lobster ravioli entree and ended with a creme brûlée. Probably the best lobster ravioli and creme brûlée we have had. John gave us impeccable service and was fun to visit with. Kudos to former Austinite Jennifer Day and hubby for investing in such a great place.

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G
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We both enjoyed our entree very much, lobster ravioli and risotto with pork ragout. The California wine, though good, was a bit on the pricey side at $17 for about a six ounce glass. Our waiter, John was very helpful and attentive. We will return.

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DJ
New Mexico
36 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We haven't been here in a couple of years and from our first visit it has surpassed itself again. Excellent food, excellent service (attentive, not overbearing). Really nothing to complain about and we'll be back sooner than later. A couple of negatives: The tables can be a little tight and it got a little noisy, not terrible. Entrees seemed to take a bit longer than expected. Prices are higher than many restaurants. A Lobster Risotto entree (small tail, not a ton of risotto, though enough for me as a small eater) was $38. Table of four with two appetizers, one glass of wine, four entrees, three desserts, no other drinks or coffee was $280 with tip. A bit high. Excellent experience.

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JH
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John was awesome. Beat Creme brûlée’s ever. Will recommend without reservation

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PB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

mixed results.
the lobster ravioli was very good. the steak au poivre was very tough. amazing lemon tart.
very nice staff. very small room.

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l
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe. The food is always great, as is the service. We really liked the new Degas paintings on the walls. They provided a very French bistro atmosphere. The lobster pasta was great.

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OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always, wonderful service, and great atmosphere 😊

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MI
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Loved food, vine, presentation and service. Highly recommend for special occasion or just for indulging yourself in excellent everything. Singles friendly too. And there is the Chief table...

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New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and excellent service. One of my favorite places in Santa Fe.

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

Loved our New Year's dinner. We are going to make this place our new tradition for New year's dinner. The food was awesome and the service was spectacular. Highly recommended.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on New Year’s Eve. The restaurant was packed and busy as one would expect, but the atmosphere was festive and didn’t detract from the experience. Our waitress was knowledgeable, attentive (not overly) and friendly. Food was delicious and creative, especially the cauliflower panna cotta, fantastic.

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DP
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

They must have had an off night. Probably won’t be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We went for New Year’s Eve dinner... the restaurant had a set menu with a 3 or 5 course dinner option so they should have had it down solid. Waiter was charming and we were greeted and seated promptly but no amuse bouche or anything to make diners feel special... food tasted good but the plating was poor. We brought a friend who did not want dessert and asked for a side of vegetables instead... they made the accommodation but it seemed to have really put the restaurant out — the waiter had to ask the kitchen first if they could do a side of vegetables instead of a dessert and our friend’s vegetables arrived half way through her meal. We were not asked if we wanted coffee or tea or anything else after dessert... check was brought to table right away and we had the sense that were trying to process people quickly... a disappointing experience for a pricey dinner ($540 + for dinner for 3, including 4 glasses of wine and tip) especially when compared to other meals we have had at this restaurant in the past.

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AH
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third straight year celebrating New Year's Eve at Bouche Bistro. As always, the staff was genuinely welcoming. The ambiance, service and food all combined for another wonderful experience. We will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

So French, so glad you're still in Santa Fe. A few faux-pas - don't look at tourists as being less than locals. Don't rush us through the experience. And the high-top in the bar was at the window - very cold and drafty. Spend the money to seal it. Oysters, escargots, lamb loin, and lemon tart meringue excellent as usual. For $250 would have expected a bit more "appreciation." Best of luck - Colorado

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

The people at the restaurant were so accommodating and so kind. The food was incredible . I highly recommend this restaurant to ANYONE who loves fine dining. A hidden gem.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thanks for making this birthday celebration lovely! I honestly dislike oysters, but I tried one of yours with the champagne mignonette and I may be converted. Some members of our party were a little cold that evening, but otherwise everything was perfect!

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BR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always have an enjoyable evening. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the food and wines. The salmon was beautifully prepared and delicious.

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Naples
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant evening all around! One of our favorites in Santa Fe!

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San Antonio
37 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Bouche Bistro on December 23rd. It was amazing. The potato tots were so good that we ate all of them. The mussels were fabulous, the flat-iron steak was great and the lobster ravioli was incredible.the Brussel sprouts were really good as were the truffle fries and 3 beet salad. The wine list was well-balanced for patrons to choose a bottle in any price range. Desserts deserve their own review. Tres Leches cake, Chocolate Profiteroles and Pot de Creme were our choices and they did not disappoint. After we tasted our main courses, we cancelled our reservation for Coyote Cafe where we have eaten for years and booked Bouche Bistro again.

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A
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best and most consistently excellent restaurant in SF

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S
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were hoping for the best at Bouche and we got it! The place is pure authenticity. The food and service were amazing, with many wonderful wine selections and the best Foie Gras we have ever eaten. I have a latex allergy, which makes eating in restaurants tricky, even frightening, but I had no issues after eating at Bouche! They use only NON-latex gloves. My food was prepared exactly as I asked. The salmon was perfect and melted in my mouth. There seemed to be a community of locals at this small restaurant. We met several interesting people and felt like we fit right in. The atmosphere was definitely lively and friendly. What a refreshing change in Santa Fe dining. Bouche has soared to the top of our list. We are anxious to return on our next trip to Santa Fe.

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r
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food wonderful place to eat my go-to place in Santa Fe for sure

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

Excellent as always.

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BT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the prix fixe holiday dinner. The butternut soup with smoked duck, the foie gras, and rack of lamb were terrific. The chocolate Christmas log was an amazing finish. Chef Dale does a wonderful job.

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MB
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is undeniably good here but value for money it does not do well.
Wines by the glass are phenomenally expensive and the pour is mean . This put me off.
Service was very good.
Sweetbreads were tasty but a little fatty.
My husband had calves liver and said it was wonderful.
I would be reluctant to return because I just don’t enjoy feeling that I’m being overcharged.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for oysters. They were fresh and very good. Next we sampled the foie gras. It was available seared or in a terrine which is the type we had. For our main course I had short ribs which were so tender I ate it with a spoon so I could have some au jus with every bite. The other entree was French onion soup which was excellent. Topping off the evening was pot of chocolate and some tawny port. Couldn’t have asked for a better meal

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JM
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Boucher Bistro is one of our favorite Santa Fe restaurants. Though we live here, we travel a lot and don’t get to our favorite places as often as we’d like. Bouche Bistro never disappoints. It has that quaint atmosphere, and the service is good and nothing is pretentious, though it’s French. :). Though you may be able to walk in in many cases, we recommend reservations as there is not a lot of seating.

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SE
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and evening.

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