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Plouf has great French food down an alley that's worth heading to FiDi for.

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About Plouf

Plouf has terrace seating with heat lamps and a canopy. There are bistro style seating and an indoor fireplace. We have a 2-course Lunch Prix Fixe for $24 (Soup/Salad and Mussels) and a 3-course Dinner Prix Fixe $32 (Soup/Salad, Mussels and Dessert)

40 Belden Place
San Francisco, CA 94104
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 5:30pm -
9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:
30pm - 11:00pm and Sunday 5.30 pm-9 pm;
Happy hour Monday-Friday 2:30 pm - 6.30 pm on the patio
ALL NIGHT EVERY DAY HAPPY HOUR ,BAR MENU AT THE BAR 2:30 TO CLOSE
{FANNY BAY OYSTERS ON HALF SHELL $1 each }

Cross Street:
Bush & Kearny

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 986-6491

Website:
http://www.ploufsf.com/

Parking Details:
The Sutter Stockton garage and the St. Mary's Square garage are located nearby.

Executive Chef:
Mark Papedis

Private Party Facilities:
Buy outs are available. Please contact the restaurant for details.

Private Party Contact:
Pierre E Klein: (415) 986-6491

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Join Plouf Bistro for special evenings such as New Years Eve, Valentine's Day and Bastille Day (14th of July). Reservations are highly recommended!

Plouf Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (13)
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Good for a Date (10)
Fun (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Cozy (9)
Business Meals (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Romantic (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

We have been coming to Plouf for years and it never disappoints. Reasonable prices for the city, and great cuisine. A little gem for casual dining.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Food tasted great; we got the Oysters Rockefeller, steak tartar, foie gras, and plouf mussels , Oysters could have been a bit warmer. Everything else was delicious.
But service was horrendous. Ordered fries with the mussels and had to ask multiple times before we finally got the fries. We had to flag down who ever we could to get our drinks refilled. We ordered the duck but were brought out fish. Both tables on either side of us were also complaining about how long everything was taking. We gave up and decided just to get our check instead of waiting around for our dinner to be remade.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We've dined many times but had not been there for quite a while. Ordered our traditional favorite moules but were disappointed. Poulet moules were so full of overcooked bacon you couldn't taste anything but salt and leathery bacon jerky. No 'poulet' flavor in the broth. Meh....

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We went here for a coworker's goodbye lunch. It was a chilly day and we were happy to discover how cozy this Belden Place restaurant is inside. We got the table by the fireplace for extra ambience. The food was great and a good value, and the service was excellent (and kept the prosecco flowing!) I will say that the fireplace went from cozy to stiffling after about 30 minutes, but we still loved it. I'll definitely go back this winter for more fun work lunches.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was very good. My companion had the mussels and got so many in the order she couldn't finish. They were exceptional. I tried the Hawaiian Butter Fish which was also excellent! I visit San Francisco several times a year for business and would return to this restaurant. It is located in an alley with several restaurants.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food, ambiance and service! True SF alley type dining experience. We had the best time!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Plouf was perfect for our party of ten. We loved the Mussel dishes, bread, wine, food. Service was good, not great, but good. Desserts were ok to incredible. With wine...$100 per person. Worth it-we ordered at least four bottles of very good, moderately priced wine. Very hard to find the place-not a street, but a well lit alley.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Bad service and smelly food. I asked for unsweetened drink but got sweetened. I asked again but was again given a wrong drink. I ordered mussels but it arrived smelly and did not taste fresh. Waiter only visited to deliver food but never came back to ask how the food was. I had to call him to get the bill.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent quality and very authentic French food. There is an outdoor tent/patio area to sit if you like or you can sit inside. There is a little bit of a "Irish sports bar" type feel inside with televisions tuned into sport channels and an old wooden bar and dark wood interiors, so it's more on the casual/neighborhood bar looking side. There were families with several children which added to the "family/neighborhood" type feel. Service was terse/efficient, not exactly friendly but not at all rude. Not sure this was as fancy as we were anticipating but it was really pretty good food - not a single sour note at all, and all flavors were exceptionally balanced and coordinated. There are not many places in town where you can get real French dishes like coq au vin or poire belle helene. We spent about $100 for 2 people with appetizers, sides and drinks although we regretfully skipped the exciting looking French desserts. The mussels with mariniere sauce were excellent - but you should like garlic as it is basically a butter sauce with garlic - we really liked it and the broth was good enough to drink on its own. The asparagus was also cooked very nicely. Steak was good, cooked exactly as we asked with very nice mashed potatoes. In fact all of the food was excellent although maybe not supremely memorable or outstanding but then again, the prices here are very moderate and there was not a single bad or even slightly mediocre thing brought to the table. I would definitely come back here for a casual authentic French dinner. It is not necessarily the top of the line but they offer very authentic French food for moderate prices and you don't need to dress up and you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Staffs were friendly, mussels and salad were delicious!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I went with my son and his girlfriend. The service is personal and responsive. The food is wonderful.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our waitress was awesome. She knew the menu well and was very attentive to us. The experience was great.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The place is nice but since it was a slow night, they closed the terrace and we ended alone inside. No atmosphere! Wine was too warm but food was good. Exellent service from waiteress. We had to leave, all chairs where already piled on top of tables...disapointing for a saturday night.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Loretta was a fantastic server. Would ask for her again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Usually Plouf is very good. Haven't been there in a while and when I returned a last week I felt the food had way too much garlic. I had the Butterfish and was bloated and got sick from it. Maybe a one time thing. But if you do not like garlic this place is not for you.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Very nice experience. Clams were sweet. Mussels nicely prepared. Sides were fresh and tasty. Service team was motivated, positive and friendly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

It was a holiday evening. Plouf was the only restaurant opened on Borden Place. They were very short on help. Lamb chops were ordered medium rare, came out well done. Butter fish usually moist and flakey, mine was firm and dry. Very disappointed. The saving grace was the mussels. And they charge for bread!!!!! They charge enough for their entrees to cover the cost of bread. I know, I owned a restaurant for 15 years.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Good food. Everything was cooked spot on. Service was slow but that was because they seemed to be under staffed. Not sure if that is normal or due to the Labor Day Sunday. Odd t hat they charge for bread especially since you almost have to have it to soak up the broth in the mussels.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I had forgotten how much I enjoy Plouf. It was a perfect evening to sit outside and share the great mussels and entrees. Fun evening.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great little find near our hotel. Amazing food. Terrific ambience. Myeh service but it was a lovely evening so will give that a pass this time!!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Mussels was the best.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Plouf is our regular "go-to" restaurant. Love the Foie Gras, curry mussels, and the pommes frites. Service is always great as is the food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on August 13, 2017

By far and away the best food on our trip. We had soup, salad, oysters, and fish/chips. Each plate was fresh, unique and delicious. Going to try and eat here again. The food came extraordinarily quick also.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Plouf is always a great time! It was a girls night out for my friend and I and we stuck to the tasting price fixe menu. The starter baby lettuce salad was very fresh and the vinaigrette dressing tasted so light and flavorful. It was a perfect compliment to the glazed nuts and sprinkling of goat cheese. It was also the perfect starter for the main course: mussels. They were delicious; not too big and in a variety of very flavorful broths. My friend had the Plouf signature broth which was a little spicy and I had the traditional mussels meuniere. Both were delicious. We both finished with the cheese plate and some port. The service was terrific and the place was full.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Standards have slipped at this once-great restaurant. Only a few fish recipes remain on the menu, and those that still do, are mediocre. We had the special (Butterfish), and the Bouillabaisse: both were underseasoned and neither was memorable.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 6, 2017

There wasn't anything incredibly terrible about Plouf, but it just wasn't worth the price point. The mashed potato was bland and steak was over-cooked (we actually weren't asked what we preferred). Fries didn't have much seasoning and my friends' crab cakes dish looked small enough for me to refuse a taste 'cause I felt bad. However the garlic bread and Plouf mussels/broth were the exception that night. I might go back just for those.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

I was disappointed by the cold frites served with my mussels... but the crab cakes and muscles were delish. always a European experience sitting outside.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Plouf used to have the best fish and chips, that included white fish and prawns. Now it is just a heavily coated fish with the flour coating thicker than the fish itself. Service was lackluster.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 2, 2017

ALL of the food was delicious and they have the most amazing cocktails. The Happy Hour menu selection and prices are unbeatable. The quality and service was superb, I can't recommend this place enough!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Great food and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The mussels are always amazing, but this is the first time we tried the steak and Shrimp- just perfect! My girlfriend have always had great food there, but Saturday night was truly memorable-thanks!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fun
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on July 17, 2017

After a long day traveling I found Plouf via OpenTable. I sat at the bar and was really impressed with the food. Oysters were fresh and tasted amazing! The mussels were out of this world. Really good. Happy I found this spot- I'd definitely go again.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Fast and Furious is the short description. Tremendous noise level. Food is good but the prices are large. Not a lot of ambience, tables crowded together. Good for young people who have a lot of cash in pocket and want to drop it on a meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Casual, pleasant surrounding like European cafe, good for outdoor dining on nice day. Nice French bistro.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Fabulous mussels! My husband & our dear friend believe that Plouf's mussels are the best ever! So much that they never order anything else!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2017

We always gravitate to Plouf. The mussels are tremendous. The biggest difficulty is selecting which sauce to get. The curry sauce and the traditional sauce on my favorites. They always do an excellent job with salads and the French bread is fantastic. These days the decor looks a little neglected. Several of the tiles are missing from the tile floor, overall Belden Alley is looking a little bit abandoned and the outdoor tables sometimes slant at an awkward angle. The upside to this is that we always can get a table which makes us very happy.

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 (Hong Kong)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Food was very disappointing, service was worse. We have eaten here before and very surprised. Will not go back

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Yummy mussels like it's always been and cute waiters :)

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We had not ben back in this restaurant for 18 years but had fond recollections. Todays experience, friendly host and waiters, great mussls with incredible sauces perfectly matched what we hoped for

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We went to the restaurant to take a friend out to lunch. The service was terrible. The waiter was gruff and in a hurry. Once he took our order we didn't see him again until he brought the check. When helpers brought out the food, one of our dishes was missing, only showing up after we finished eating. The waiter never checked on us, or asked if we needed drinks or anything. The food was mediocre.

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