What Insiders Are Saying
Plouf has great French food down an alley that's worth heading to FiDi for.
Haven’t been to Plouf in years so it was a treat to go back. Unfortunately we only get an hour for lunch and the slow service was for people with a lot more time. But having said that the food was wonderful, outstanding even. Next time we’ll just have to schedule more time for our meal. Definitely going back.
Always the best mussels, and great French fries! And really fun atmosphere. Nice and ‘quiet’ on a rainy night!
Mussels and frites at my go-to. Definitely recommend!
The service was great although they are stingy with the bread so we had to request more several times. The was fair- good. The appetizers and desserts were better than the mains.
The food is so overpriced for what it's worth. The liver patte and cheese plates were too salty and the other food we ordered wasn't that good. The only thing I thought was really good was their desserts. I went on Christmas, so it was fully packed and the wait for the food was at least 30 minutes. The service was also not attentive. We sat right in front of the waiter booth, and even then, we'd have to get his attention for the dessert menu and check. They weren't observant or attentive at all. Don't go here. It's not worth the money...
I was a little disappointed in the lamb chops. They were tasty and cooked as I had ordered, but it was difficult for some reason to cut the meat off the bone. I had to ask for a steak knife, and still had a problem. Ended up picking it up in my hands and gnawing on the bone. I probably should have opted for a fish dish, which seems to be more their specialty. I will say the serving was generous and the accompaniments were very good.
I typically go to Cafe Bastille, next door, but like to eat at Plouf occasionally. They have a more upscale menu and great deserts.
Our Christmas dinner was nice and although they were busy, I felt like the service was good and the food arrived hot to our table.
Their outdoor seating is fully enclosed with heat lamps and I enjoyed my meal with family.
Food was fabulous. Wonderful selections - waiter was very helpful in our selection of wine and food. Could not have asked for more - this was a great experience with great food!
Has been better. Server was annoyed with questions and the chairs are uncomfortably high off the ground and I am not a short person. Will return for the mussels always, but wish the experience as whole was more comfortable..
Food was no bueno! Portions small. Hadn't been back for years so we thought we would give it a try for something different. So sorry we did.
Order the bouillabaisse, I can’t stress this enough
I like Plouf particularly if you like mussels—can’t beat them. The night we went service was off, very slow but otherwise a nice place in the financial district.
Wonderful service and mussels are amazing. No one. No one. No one does them better. The Poulette are TO DIE FOR. Will be back!
Mussels are the best! Great service, excellent food
Over the years as times and management has changed we have noticed a gradual decline. Portions becoming smaller (the mussel pot and pot for truffle fries in particular). Bread to soak up the broth used to be free and plentiful-now extra charge.
We had a delightful meal of Plouf mussels, frites, beet salad, and baby lettue salad. The baby lettuce salad was dressed PERFECTLY. That alone might be worth 5 stars, but the incredible sauce in their signature mussels - magnifique!
We have been to Plouf twice before and loved the food! This time, not so much. Wine was excellent but the food was just so so. We ordered calamari as an appetizer and it was mostly deep fried chewy pieces. We had the monk fish - ok, salmon - ok, fish and chips - soggy, Coq Au Vin- ok, Lamb Chop - excellent. My impression is the chef was having an off night or there’s a new chef?
Also, the cleanliness of the restaurant wasn’t great. It seemed a little dirty and not cared for.
Unfortunately, we will not be dining there again. Too bad. It was a cozy French restaurant with great food.
Have been going to Plouf for years! We love it!
Went to Plouf after hotel concierge recommendation. If you are looking for fine french cuisine, this is NOT the place. Nothing special about the food, and very mediocre for the price. Nothing fine on the ambiance. And again very very overpriced food and drinks for the quality offered.
Wow. They used thanksgiving to increase the prices on their regular menu by 10+ dollars an item. Crazy.
Amazing mussels and the best clam chowder I've had in ages. Nice wine selection by the glass. Would definitely go there again when in SF.
Wait staff was clearly uninterested in their job. Curt, non attentive. It was cold and the indoor heater did not work. Food was ok nothing special. Place is old and tired.
Just received my credit card statement and they increased the amount of the tip I left. It was only $2 so not worth contesting, but highly unprofessional and unacceptable. If you go, I would suggest you pay in cash!!
Enjoyed dinner at Plouf. We were early for our reservation and were seated right away. The ambiance of the outdoor seating is cozy and lively but quiet enough to talk. The food was delicious. I had the coconut lime mussels and my son had the steak and shrimp. The steak was cooked perfectly and the sauce was delicious. The owner waited on us and was polite but not intrusive.
I’ve been to Plouf many times over the years. Unfortunately, they are starting to nickel & dime for every item. Bread had been complimentary but is now $3 for a basket which consisted of a cut loaf of 5 pieces. This equates to 60 cents per slice. I asked for a second basket to enjoy to sauce from the mussels. The 2nd bread basket was larger in size (6 slices) & again for another $3.
I had made & confirmed a reservation back in March but to my surprise the restaurant decided to close on Sunday evenings. My out of town guests were looking forward to try the cuisine at Plouf. The only comment by the restaurant manager was that there was a glitch. This unfortunate event gave my guests & myself the opportunity to try the restaurant next door which was most enjoyable. Thank you Cafe Tiramisu!!
All in all pretty good. Wish steak had been cut when served bc it was a bit tough and knives not sharp. Had it been sliced thin, against grain, would have been better and easier.
Mussels and appetizers (crab cakes, truffle fries, deviled eggs) were really good - had the salmon, and it was okay.
For the serving size, over priced. Bread was extra and not a French baguette. Service was a tad slow in the beginning due to 2 big groups.I've had better for less.
Charming outdoor seating. Mussels were good, but pricy fix wasn’t a deal. Frites as subbed for salad w/ pricy fix were a paltry portion. $28 for mussels / frites was way too pricy for a lunch.
A great time for our group of 8 guests. Excellent service and food. I will be back.
I have been here several times and it is always a win! You can't go wrong!
Great place to take a clients for a relaxing dinner
Don’t order the Oysters. My husband and I split a dozen oysters on the half shell 10 of them were good and then my husband ate the 11th one and it was bad. He went to the bathroom and got sick it was so bad. We told the waiter who was completely clueless, he asked if we wanted a replacement oyster.
Loretta was our waitress and is very well informed about the food and wine, she also speaks very good
Terrible service we were mostly neglected. Missing drinks, fries delivered after entrees eaten. Seemed indifferent when I told them service was sub par. Off my biz lunch list.
The service was inattentive, we had to go and ask for water. The food was great, but the portion for some of the dishes is way too small.
Lovely place, As mussels affectionados we were disappointed in the tiny mussels. The broth was good but a bit too garliky.
Great, As Always! I eat there often for business lunches, and it is always great. And the location is convenient in the financial/Bank of American Building neighborhood.
We were disappointed to find that Plouf was not quite what we remembered from some years ago, when it was a charming French restaurant with very good food. Now the food is good, but not more than that. This time around the frites to accompany mussels had to be ordered separately, and we had to ask for bread--for which there was a $2 charge. No French restaurant worth its name would have frites and bread as add-ons with mussels! I can speak with authority, as we were in France in April and had moules frites a number of times. However, the ambience is French, and our waiters were excellent.
Attractive happy hour specials, moderately attentive wait staff, busy on a Friday night