Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe)

4.6
1091 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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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.
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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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

From food to service, a great dining experience. That's it, that's all.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great service and excellent food.

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2.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Bouillabaisse risotto was neither bouillabaisse nor risotto. Prawns were dry, the octopus and calamari, the little that was there, was over cooked and tough. And way overpriced. Will not be back.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Bouche is a special dining and taste experience. The meal takes us back to fine tastes and quality meals of another time. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We had a delightful time at this restaurant and were treated like royalty. The food was just super and the service was impeccable.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great, authentic French cuisine. Simple ingredients and absolutely delious! Even my picky son and husband liked it! Wine was a bit pricey and they don’t have a full bar, but all in all a great experience and we will be back next time in Santa Fe!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

An old friend was visiting who is a connoisseur of all things French so I suggested Bouche which was also a leisurely walk from her hotel. Pleasant patio seating, enticing menu selections, good service, delicious food , and plenty of time to savor our meal , sip a chilled wine,and catch up on our lives.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

I have never been disappointed. Period. It remains a favorite.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We had eaten here before but the experience this time was very nice. Think that the prices are a little on the high side for the amount of food that you receive. The main entree is small, but tasty. Wine prices on the high side, but normal for this type of restaurant.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

As always, we had a great evening.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Amazing food. Fresh expertly prepared food presented like a picture. Great service. A must eat here restaurant

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Good food, but not great. Terrible desserts. Probably overrated overall.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Always perfect. Service is second to none in Santa fe and excellent kitchen

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We go to Bouche whenever we are in Santa Fe. It’s a very small space (13 tables), but not noisy or close feeling. The food and service are outstanding, with great specials and standard menu items. Very convenient to the plaza on W. Alameda, with parking in the rear. A rally great place..

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Always excellent. Love the new inside chairs & booths. Our fav!!!

Only one complaint. Cannot dine outside because of the poor quality, uncomfortable chairs. When you have that wine list, the food selection and the upscale experience and willing to pay for it ..... you MUST be comfortable dining and small wooden chairs are not acceptable. Try leather FROG brand or something that matches the entire rest of the experience 😍😍😍

Sincerely,

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Had the most excellent evening at Bouche Bistro. I will definitely be dining the again.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We eat here every time we visit Santa Fe. The food is sensational and the ambience feels like a true French bistro. The mussels and halibut were superb.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We had not been to Bouche in over a year, but the food was every bit as good this time.
Calf's liver dijonnaise was wonderful, and the halibut was superb according to my two companions
The profiteroles are not to be missed. What's different here is the additional chocolate sauce brought to the table and poured over the dessert.
The noise level was high but that was because every table was taken...We didn't come to talk, we came to eat.
Won't be another year before we come back!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great evening. Love the place. Great wait staff. Food was outstanding.

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1.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Our experience dining our second time was nothing like our first dining experience which blew us away with food, wine pairings and service. This time it appeared they were short staffed in the dining room and possibly in the kitchen. We placed our order but it took over 15 minutes after we ordered to get bread and 40 minutes after we ordered to get the first course ( a chilled soup and a beet salad). Did he forget to place our order???? No one came to the table or addressed the time lag between ordering and receiving the first course. Instead, they just walked by looking perplexed. Thomas our waiter brought my wine poured it all quickly in the glass and practically ran away not allowing me to taste it first. The wine was less than optimal in taste. When we received the bill I was charged for a Duckhorn Pinot Noir not the French Pinot I had ordered which made me wonder if I was poured the wrong wine. There seemed no point in saying anything as we could barely get anyone’s attention. My truffle stuffed pheasant had no truffle taste. My husband’s calves liver was requested with crisped prosciutto and came out not crispy so they had to take it back (previous dining experience they got this right). The liver was delicious and properly prepared. We declined dessert as by this time we had been there almost 2 hours for 2 courses and the dining room that was once full was just about empty. Previous dining experience had an amazing lemon meringue tart and was looking forward to having it again but just wanted to leave. Sadly we won’t go back. Last time we dined I told the owner on the way out that the restaurant was our new favorite in Santa Fe. This time it fell majorly short and we won’t go back. Not worth the nearly $200 spent on 2 apps, 2 entrees and 3 glasses of wine.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

As usual, we found Bouche Bistro to be delightful. We all agreed the food was delicious and met all our expectations. We shall return.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Nice, informal atmosphere, friendly service and excellent food.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Wonderful waitress and lovely menu.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Bouche is a regular restaurant for us. Food is always great and the specials add a nice variety to a pretty simple menu. Importantly, the service is always very friendly, informed and attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food and time as usual!!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We had a wonderful time. If you are into wine, definitely consider Bouche. They have a wonderful selection, including more than a few that are hard to find. And prices are fair. The food is excellent and the staff top notch. Bouche has a pleasant bistro feel. A great place for a special occasion or just when the desire strikes to have a great dining out experience.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Bouche Bistro never disappoints! Both the escargot starter and our main courses were excellent. I had the pasta special of the day and it was super. The service was very good even on a very busy night. Only negative is the noise level.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Excellent all around. Has the possibility of being our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Bouche is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Fe. This authentic French Bistro cuisine is truly amazing, starting with the incredible home-made bread. The escargot are so well prepared and presented, as is everything at this restaurant. The beet salad is a great example of beauty on a plate with smears of beet sauce, a rainbow of baby beets, delicate fried balls of Roquefort cheese and lovely fresh salad greens.

A favorite is the foie gras either sautéed or as a terrine. Both leave you speechless. On other occasions I have enjoyed the fresh oysters and the liver Dijonnaise with onions. Wow!

I would highly recommend trying Bouche Bistro!

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

we really enjoyed the meal and the food was just great. The service was the best that I have ever had anywhere. However the noise level in this place was very loud. I don't know what they can do about that, it is a small place with a lot of diners. Even tha said I would go back and let friends know how great the food and service is.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I sent the salad back
Romaine had no green and they couldn’t answer my questions about where is was from and the cdc calling for ban on romaine
Escargot wasn’t as good as last time
Not bubbling hot
Fish was sea bass but wasn’t a prime cut for 38$ dish
Just not satisfied like the last time.
We didn’t have wine and it was still $168.
It was our 40th wedding anniversary
It was nice of them to bring us a glass of bubbly but we can’t drink because of medications

Told waiter and he offered other drinks which I took them up on and then they charged us for it.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Halibut special was excellent. Seafood platter and calves liver were OK. Profiterole sauce and ice cream were good but the pate a choux pastry was stale. More attention to the details are in order.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The French would be happy here. Everyone in our party loved the food, including ravioli, Wagyu beef and ribs. Desserts including brulee, apple tart and meringue were terrific. Even have smaller portion options for entrees which we appreciated.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The cuisine was authentically French. The food was well-prepared and the service very knowledgeable and attentive. My only complaint was that the steak tartare was dwarfed by the amount of potato chips served with it. I don't generally make chips the mainstay of my dinner.

I enjoyed a glass of Malbec with the tartare, which was delicious.

Really like the dining room - intimate and cozy.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Good French cuisine.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

All three dishes were cooked perfectly though for my tastes the short rib could have used more flavor. The butternut squash ravioli was perfect with a delicate broth. The cassoulet had nice herbs in it and the portion size was just short of making me feel too full.

The restaurant was severely understaffed in the front of the house. Every time our server came to the table I felt rushed, he forgot things, questions were answered with a rush/I suspect incorrectly, and it seemed way too chaotic, especially at the prices they charge. $28 for a 2.5 ounce portion of foie gras? Mediocre $90+ bottle of grand cru Bordeaux? $17 salads? $9 Sparkling water?

Everything we ordered was cooked perfectly

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Best and most authentic bistro cuisine in Santa Fe. Good wine list.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food as always. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food was wonderful as always, I was my friends first visit.

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1.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Overpriced . Spend $200 on unremarkable meal . Menu limited . Wine options overpriced . Much better dinning options in Santa Fe . Sorry we went . Will not return

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