My wife and I and had a small celebration at Bouchon Beverly Hills in May 2016 after getting married, so when I heard they were closing we knew we had to dine here for the last time.
As it turned out, we had the distinction of being *the* VERY last table served (ever) at 9:45 PM, on Dec 23rd, 2017. The ambiance was quiet and surprisingly emotional given the occasion - lots of hugs between regular patrons and employees.
The appetizer was a soup a l'oignon for my wife, as well as a 'petit plateau' of fresh seafood for the two of us. Several mussels and clams, a half-dozen oysters of different varieties (with 3 sauces and lemon), two giant shrimp, and an unbelievably juicy and succulent lobster. The lobster claws in particular were exceptional in flavor and texture. Sublime.
I love classic French dishes, and went with the poulet rôti (roasted chicken) in chicken jus. It was beautifully presented (drenched in a generous amount of 'jus', next to a small heap of assorted vegetables) despite being such a typical/average dish (it's just chicken). This made the breast portion of the dish so moist and juicy I wondered how they do this. Excellent.
The main meal was accompanied by a generous serving of truffle frites. That's always been one of our favorites at Bouchon.
Finished with a special off-menu request: affogato. It's hard to mess this up since it's such a simple recipe (espresso drizzled on vanilla ice-cream) but as expected, they executed the dessert to perfection. They don't miss a beat.
Then as if the meal wasn't perfect enough, our server Jill comped our entire meal when we shared our story/connection to the establishment. We were floored - felt like Christmas arrived early! We tipped her extra.
We live in L.A., but will make a point to visit their Las Vegas/Yountville locations in the future, if their franchise doesn't touch down in L.A. again.
Thanks for the precious memories and the fabulous send-off, Bouchon BH! We're fans for life.
Very sorry it’s closed! It will be sorely missed. It leaves a gaping hole in Beverly Hills. Thanks bouchon for 8 wonderful years!
This was the absolute worst experience i have had at a Thomas Keller Restaurant. Food was subpar and they didn't even have everything on the menu -- limited liquor brands? Really?
Terrible! Will think twice about going to a Bouchon in any city.... or for that matter any other Keller restaurant. Sad.
Penultimate night before restaurant closing for good. Bouchon has been a favorite/special place since opening. Hoped to have one last memorable and special night for old times sake. So disappointing. Oh well. RIP Bouchon Beverly Hills.
Dinner was delicious as usual, but service feels like it’s already checked out. We sat at the bar for a long time before anyone even made eye contact with us. We asked for more bread and butter three times before they came, and finally asking the busser made it happen, as the waitress never put in the order. Service was very slow. Our entrees didn’t arrive until more than an hour and a half after we were seated— and the waitress wondered why we wanted more bread. 🙄 We’ll be sad to see the spot close, but if this had been my first visit, I don’t know that I’d be eager to go back. A disappointing way to close a restaurant.
love Bouchon! So sad it will be close.
This restaurant is a jewel in every way--food, service, ambiance, value. It always feels special without being overly formal or stuffy. I have eaten at Bouchon in Beverly Hills many times over the years and always enjoyed it. How very sad to know that it will be closing soon! What a loss to LA's restaurant scene. I shall miss it.
It is like losing an old friend, moving away and very unlikely that you'll see her again. I will miss the decor, the ambiance, the sense that this is really a special restaurant. Good bye, Bouchon. You will be greatly missed.
I went for the fried chicken night and was disappointed. I was told they could do a separate batch of fried chicken in canola oil since I'm allergic to peanut oil. But then I was told it was only the gluten free kind I could have. It was sort of crispy and soggy at the same time and not like normal fried chicken. The chicken itself had a lot of flavor but it wasn't what I had hoped for.
The greens it came with had a strange flavor and after one taste my friend and I didn't have any more. The mac and cheese was ok but not good, the biscuit and gravy was nice but also had the taste like pillsbiry dough.
I know they are closing up but this was really sad.
I was sad to learn that this place was closing. SO I made a reservation for my birthday for their final night of fried chicken. They make great chicken. The rest of the meal was awful. Shockingly bad for a restaurant of this caliber. The mac and cheese was dry and tasteless. The biscuit was decent- but the gravy was cold... like already formed a skin cold. The place was packed and since it was closing I kept my disappointment to myself. The biggest disappointment was there was no birthday anything. I used to love this place- but since they know they are closing, they are kinda "phoning it in." It doesn't bode well for the other restaurants in this chain.