Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe)

4.6
1150 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Dinner Only:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(505) 982-6297
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Charles Dale
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Guadalupe Street
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Parking details
Parking lot for 14 cars adjacent to restaurant: extensive additional street parking.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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AE
New Mexico
50 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, as always - well prepared, interesting, excellent ingredients, excellent service. Well selected wine list, with a range of reasonable selections.

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NC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A Santa Fe gem! Great alternative to the popular New Mexico cuisine.

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C
New Mexico
25 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great Seafood. Celebrating a birthday and decided to splurge on large seafood platter in addition to entrees of fish, bouillabaisse, and steak. Everything was very good.

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GS
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a pleasure to dine at Bouche. Excellent food, good ingredients!
Service was impecable, gracious.
Beautiful happy French Bistro.
We sat inside but outside looked very nice although ore casual.

Highly recommend it.

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D
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John, our waiter, was knowledgeable, friendly, professional. Knows all about the wines. He also has a great French accent, although I don’t think he’s French!

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GA
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

While everything was fine, the food well-prepared, the service friendly, etc., compared to other fine-dining restaurants in Santa Fe, it was just boring. The space itself is totally unremarkable, with a cliched Parisian vibe. The tables are cramped, and it’s difficult to carry on a conversation. The food matched the disappointing atmosphere. Unremarkable, a bit pretentious; nothing to match the beautiful, creative cuisine so prevalent in Santa Fe. With all the other wonderful choices in Santa Fe (Sazón, Geronimo), I’d never return.

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ML
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

My husbands fish was gristly and even our server was horrified how bad the fish was. She took it back to cut into it and agreed. His brothers seafood was over cooked and dry.
His wife’s chicken was also dry.
I think I was the only one who had a fairly good dinner. We were extremely disappointed with our evening and will give Bouche a rest for a while.
I will say they at least took my husbands fish off our bill.
I don’t know what happened if they were just having a bad night or what but I hope it gets better fast.

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R
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, outstanding food, and a great wine menu.

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LA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bouche was great as always. Our waiter was particularly good, and recommended a very good Bourgogne Blanc.

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TJ
Phoenix
65 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wine, and service. Truly French! Best calves liver ever!

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V
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Bryan was very professional and knowledgeable about the wine list. We had the cheese plate as an appetizer My wife had the salmon and I had the mussels. Cooked perfectly

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f
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely patio, impeccable service, and delicious food. The halibut was perfection. Finished with the lemon meringue tart- crisp crust, tart curd, and the meringue was light as a cloud. Wonderful!

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EC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Brian was great: very nice with excellent suggestions. We should have listened to him....and we will, next time!

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RS
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We spent a week in Sante Fe and this was our only “average” meal.
High prices, small portions.
The service was great.

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M
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was nice to enjoy some different food (though we love Southwestern fare) while visiting Santa Fe. The menu at Bouche is simple yet creative. The sea bass was delicious. Their outdoor dining area was perfect for a lovely September evening.

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OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always. Tough to go wrong with any dish.

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m
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always lovely and delicious. Good food, great service, fantastic wine.

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w
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bouche Bistro never disappoints. Everything was perfection.

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SO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bouche bistro exceeded our expectations. The service was prompt but unobtrusive. The food selection was excellent as was the presentation. It was the perfect meal to counter the typical green chile and Mexican fare more typical of the area. They were patient with my daughter who is six, as well as answering our questions about the menu.

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W
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish , another flawless meal.
Great wine list, good value for money

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DS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Finding parking was a challenge. Be aware of tow away or permit only restrictions. I mentioned it was a special occasion when the reservation was made.....nada. Pretty slow service.

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SV
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and very doggie friendly. Lovely atmosphere on the patio.

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F
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a birthday dinner, and the food was very good with excellent service. Bouche has a great wine list and delicious bread. We loved the sweetbreads and the creme brûlée.

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OP
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent Santa Fe regularly, having an office in town as well as Boulder. So Every time we are in Santa Fe we make a point of securing a reaervation at Bouche, one of our favorite places.

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MA
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We've been there many times.... The waiter was new... very slow to come to our table... Food was delivered Very very slow!!!!! my steak would not have fed a man... very small portion.... Service was embarrassing... I took two friends that were visiting and I was bragging on service and it was awful and manager was rude to me... Martha Ann Sloan 772538-1989

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LT
Denver
76 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the fourth year in a row that I had a marvelous dinner at Bouche Bistro while in Santa Fe for SF Opera. Especially memorable this time was the three beet salad. See attached picture. As always, Charles Dale stopped at the table to say hello and ask about my meal. He is a very warm and personable host/chef. I will return next year.

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LH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Next time, I want to be seated on the patio. The food and service was first class.

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TG
Milwaukee
31 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were in Santa Fe for Indian Market and decided to join two friends for a return visit to Bouche. We have enjoyed prior meals at Bouche and hoped for another excellent experience. Unfortunately, we left disappointed. Something has definitely changed since we were there in August, 2017.

Service was very good. The appetizers were good, but uninspired. One of my dining companions ordered the hanger steak as his entree. The portion size was laughably small. Two bites and he was done. I order the Lamb shank. Never have I ordered a lamb shank and have it arrive without a bone. Instead, it was more like a shredded lamb stew. If I was the chef, I would have been embarrassed to serve this lamb dish. On the positive side, another dining companion was very happy with the fish special.

Overall, this was a disappointing experience. We have definitely taken Bouche off our list for a return visit when we come to Santa Fe for next year's Indian Market.

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EX
Dallas
56 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We would rate this as our best evening meal in Santa Fe. Everything was delightful from all of the food to our waiter. It is a must for everyone to enjoy this restaurant. It is on the top of our list and we will return.

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OT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food always great. Service always outstanding. Best team in town.

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C
Sacramento
275 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the casual outdoor dining on the patio. Service was excellent and enjoyed having Thomas as our waiter with his friendly personality and attentive service. Our meal was outstanding. Would highly recommend both the beet salad and the Alsatian tarte. The chicken Tagine was special with a wonderful mix of flavors and textures. The profiterole was definitely large enough for two people.

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HG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a fun, elegant in its simplicity restaurant, with excellent menu finely prepared.

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c
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, friendly and cozy atmosphere. The dinner was wonderful. Everything fresh
and presented well. Enjoyed the evening.

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SC
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A charming French bistro away from the bustle of the Plaza, but close enough to be worth a visit. The food was excellent and the service impeccable in a relaxed atmosphere. Eat with the locals rather than the tourists. Good parking available.

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DR
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charles Dale is fantastic!
Great local restaurant!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my favorite restaurant in Santa Fe

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J
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere was nice but the food was average.

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SK
San Antonio
130 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about the place. We will return soon.

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AH
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

CAUTION! I was seated in the outside patio. 2nd table on the right next to the wood wall. When I got up to leave, my chair leg sunk into the dirt next to the fence and I fell back into the fence. I got stuck between the chair and the fence. Kind diners had to help me up. Suggestion: Fill that dirt area with solid material--plank etc. before someone really gets hurt. (Still LOVE Bouche!!) Austin

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w
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely patio dining. Great service, food and a quality wine list.

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