Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe)

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$31 to $50
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French
Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe) is a neighborhood French bistro located off the beaten path in the heart of Santa Fe, serving inspired rustic French cuisine prepared by executive Chef Tony Anderson.Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe) offers an exceptional variety of new and old world wine selections to accompany the menu. Private parking lot available, with additional parking across the street. Beautiful outdoor covered patio, most weather permitting.
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vipValerieM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!

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RichardJ
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, Thomas and his staff provided us a great experience. Absolutely our restaurant of choice for our special occasions!

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vipJimH
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week so the room was busy and happy. The menu was fixed but showed good choices and old favorites. Service was excellent. We enjoyed our evening.

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DawnD
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

As cute as the place is, and service was amazing, the food is just ok. The price was ridiculous for the quality of the food. I have no idea if anything was local or organic either. I live in a ski resort, so am used to overpriced meals. Nothing I had reminded me of France.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tres belle ambiance. Repas tout aussi excellent. Restaurant prisé par les licaux

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OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner as always ! The restaurant week menu was delicious and diverse.

And Chef Tony the head cheese all I can say is wow..

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vipMaxS
New Mexico
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Onion soup, escargot, grouper, for all excellent. Ambiance is as people have said like a bistro in France. Wine prices beware

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DianeJ
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the meal that I had with a friend over restaurant week. IT was wonderful and our server was also excellent. I will be back for sure

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vipDonaldP
Oklahoma City
22 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent experience, with great food, wine and ambiance.

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vipJeffW
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went during restaurant week. Very busy, but still very good.

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vipSFFred
New Mexico
65 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Restaurant Week menu had good selection. The frisee oeuf and escargot appetizers were excellent, the grouper Parmesan Polenta and Poulet Champagne were excellent as well, the profiteroles au chocolate were very good but the pastry was too hard and crisp. Servers were great but the service was pretty slow--they were having a hard time keeping up with the Restaurant Week crowd. It was also too noisy for comfortable conversation until the restaurant cleared out a bit.

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BarbaraB
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Highly rated but we were disappointed. Escargot and onion soup worth the visit. Everything else was
mediocre. Sorry.

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vipCriticalCate
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were there during Restaurant Week, and were unimpressed. Very crowded, very noisy, not great service. The French onion soup was terrific, probably one of the best in town. My fish was ok, not very hot and a very small portion. If it was 3 ounces, that was a lot. Our waitress forgot my friend's coffee. The Cote de Rhone by the glass was sweet; I've never had a Cote de Rhone taste like that.

I usually love this restaurant, especially in the summer on the patio. Hadn't been there in awhile. This visit did not meet my expectations.

I may give up on Restaurant Week. If you can afford to go at another time, your experience will be much more pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner the sweet breads were out of this world and the wine list is Great thank you Brian thank you Thomas.

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SusanW
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at Bouche during Santa Fe Restaurant Week, which offered a set menu for $45. Everything was excellent--the menu, the wine, the service, and the atmosphere. We love French restaurants and this met all of our expectations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bouche Bistro. Everything about it is outstanding.

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vipRusee
New Mexico
66 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Always too loud. Food was just okay. Overpriced.

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vipEnjoyGoodEats
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

A full and noisy dining room.
Service people were stretched to serve everyone in a timely manner.
My food was good enough but the outrageous noise level spoiled the evening.
Normally this long at the table is not unpleasant for me but
the noise and tight seating made my time at this table too long.

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LJones
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Birthday celebrating!

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vipFoodsnob
New Mexico
25 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This was our first visit to Bouche Bistro. Fabulous wine selections and an amazing salad with farro, beets, tomatoes, greens, and pistachios. My grouper was overcooked but the risotto and vegetable accompaniments were so delicious. My husband had an excellent steak au poivre, perfectly prepared. We had profiteroles for dessert - the cream puffs were soggy and the chocolate sauce unremarkable. I would not order these again. We will probably visit again and select some other menu items.

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vipPuggirl
New Mexico
55 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best French food in Santa Fe!

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ReggieG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The service was very quick. The staff was attentive and friendly. The food was good, but a little pricey. The tables were crowded together with little aisle space in between.

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vipForF
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just delicious and the wait staff was excellent! We will be back!

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RichardJ
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, Thomas assured that we had an outstanding experience. Along with the great food, and small bistro atmosphere, he is why Bouche is so special for us.

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DAnping
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience1

I do not recommend Bouche Bistro to my friends. Dining area is overall extremely cramped, we were seated in the corner squeezed right against a wall, under an AC unit, and with very little room between us and the adjacent table. My partner was unable to squeeze out of her seat without bumping into the adjacent table. Food was generally undercooked. I was informed that the duck and veal specials would be cooked medium to medium-rare, but both were rare to medium-rare. This however might just be a reflection on my personal preference of done-ness. The truffles in the veal special were definitely off smelling similarly to cleaning product or a swimming pool. This could be due to poor truffle storage or sourcing which is indicative of molding. The restaurant at time of visit was considerably busy, but waiters/waitresses were extremely slow to attend to tables, a concern mirrored by our neighbors. I'm sure that the extremely tight quarters did not help them at all.

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vipKennethL
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. The new team led by Thomas is great. Much better than when Charles
Dale was there! much more sophisticated. Thanks the new Chef.
Frisee salad is amazing as well the new steak Tartare.

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OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner last night was fantastic thank you Brian for the delicious appetizers.

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Ksort27
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Best friends celebrating each others birthdays. Great service, wonderful food. Totally enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I will go back as the ambiance, service and the food are all equally outstanding. Our waiter Tomas is a gem of a waiter and as a person. Can’t believe that I we have not gone to this restaurant as long as it has been open. I plan to go back often

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AndrewJ
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We arrived before the crowd and were well attended. Later as more guests arrived, that fell off, but still adequate. The food was excellent. One of us had the prawn appetizer and the wonderful Osso Bucco with a very nice Cotes du Rhone. A take-out was enjoyed the next day. An adequate quantity of food well made and presented.
An early reservation is recommended for an optimal experience. When not rushed the staff performs superbly.

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Bozofoodie
Montana
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic beautifully prepared French menu. Somewhat pricey but what they provide reflects that quality.

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RuthJ
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner there - small venue, great service, wonderful food - nice to have such incredible options in Santa Fe and this is one of them.

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AllieR
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. Thank you. We will be back

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was here on a girl’s trip last year and loved it so much, I brought my dad and his wife back for a lovely dinner. We all enjoyed the service and meal! I would love a less expensive bottle of wine, which is the only reason I gave a 4 star. $42 was the least expensive and as good as it was, it would nice to have options. I will say it was a lovely meal, outstanding food and out
Standing service! Everyone was so nice and treated us to a “night to remember”. They both want to come back!

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RhettS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great presentation, impeccable service.

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RobinB
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously, one of the best French restaurants that we have enjoyed outside of France.

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worleybird
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to Bouche many times over the years. Every aspect of the dinner last night was perfect and it was a plus for us that they weren't crowded because it's not tourist season. Usually when we go it's packed shoulder to shoulder. I had quit ordering fish at restaurants because it was always overcooked. My fish at Bouche was perfect.

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vipKimberlyP
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Started with oysters on the half shell, shirt ribs and chocolate mousse. Superb!

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OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience always delicious food!

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vipconkirk
London
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Four of us were planning to be in Santa Fe for New Year’s Eve and made a reservation approximately 10 days in advance at Bouche because it was one of few restaurants that didn’t have a prix fixe menu for that night, and we’d dined there before and enjoyed it. Sadly, the restaurant was woefully underprepared for the night and when we arrived at our reserved time, there was a group of people clustered in the tiny entrance with nowhere to sit. Sparkling wine was poured for us but it was extremely uncomfortable and the customers seemed annoyed by our presence which encroached on their dining space. After 45 minutes we were seated at a communal table on stools. We waited another 30 minutes without being offered wine or food and so we left. There was no offer to make amends just a hope that we didn’t stand in the cold too long waiting for our ride.
I hate to judge a restaurant on one busy holiday night but it is some indication of a failure of management or untrained staff. A disappointing start to our new year for sure.

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Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe) is rated 4.5 stars by 1406 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.