Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe)

4.6
1169 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
Luis Elizondo
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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the holidays with us! We have created a festive holiday pre-fix menu for Christmas Eve. 3 course menu @$95pp or 5 course menu @$125pp. See our holiday menus here bouchebistro.com - events. Please note our regular menu will not be available Christmas Eve.

Monday, December 24, 2018

What 1169 People Are Saying
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Denver
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice, cozy dinner on a cold night! Very good food; service excellent.

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D
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both ordered from the menu instead of the nightly specials, which also looked very appealing. The French onion soup was perfection, they'd discovered the lost art of caramelization, which puts this dish over the top. I also ordered the sweetbreads, served with roasted Brussels sprouts & cherries. Incredible flavor melded perfectly. We ordered brûlée for desert, an old classic which was also done to perfection. Besides the outstanding cuisine, the restaurant staff was well informed, knowledgeable, and gracious.

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JS
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, excellent service and wonderful food! Thank you!

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DL
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, a little crowded table set up , very good service, a little pricey. Would definitely recommend and go again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was on fire! Food, service, pace was perfect! There are so many expensive restaurants in Santa Fe, and few deliver as Bouche! Our fave!

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HC
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and wine selection. Would return next time we’re in town.

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MC
New Mexico
44 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to celebrate my birthday. The restaurant brought champagne on the house and put a candle in our desert. Thanks.

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AK
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I surprised my husband with a reservation for two at this awesome restaurant. The wait staff was outstanding and the food was unforgettable. Highly recommend!!

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CR
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food quality and flavor was not as good as it was last time I was there about 1 1/2 years ago.

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M
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Have been going to Bouche since it opened. It has become progressively blander recently. Hope Mr. Dale can find some time in all his projects to train his chefs.

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E
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bit of the experience was outstanding: reception, service, ambiance, wine and food.

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J
New Mexico
32 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was very well prepared. There was a party of approximately 18 women and the noise level was so loud that it was hard to have a conversation.

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PL
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff could not have been nicer, beginning with the hostess, Elena. We arrived for our reservation on time, but our table wasn't ready, so Elena immediately comped us a couple of glasses of champagne while we waited. We got a nice table and ordered; my appetizer was a tiny bit late, and the waiter comped me a glass of wine to go with it. Elena also brought by a free appetizer of cougéres without prompting. My wife wasn't feeling well and we had to cancel her entree mid-meal; the restaurant did so without complaint! The meal I had—branzino on a lovely mushroom risotto—was delicious. We had a lovely time, have rarely been treated as well at a restaurant (and we were first-time customers) and would heartily recommend Bouché to anyone.

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W
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicely reordered wine list with excellent variety and depth of choices; excellent "French" comfort food and great waiters.

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JH
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The night's special was halibut; it was nicely cooked, very moist with a delicious sauce on the side.
Service was attentive without being intrusive.

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PD
Riyadh
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Second time in restaurant and this time was as good as the first. Highly recommended!

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g
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Great meal,beautiful plating great wait staff

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D
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding restaurant anywhere ! Great service from John. Interesting, appropriate sized menu with classic as well as new tasty dishes. Fantastic fresh foie gras, butternut squash raviol with duck confit in a delightful broth, and a delicious profiterole to finish. Excellent reasonably priced wine list. A small comfortable neighborhood restaurant not too far from the Plaza. Very glad our local friends recommended it. Will definitely return when next in Santa Fe.

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AE
New Mexico
51 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
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
28 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
10 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
5 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
8 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
68 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
23 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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