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Plouf

4.4
1590 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Perfect For:
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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)

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 2:30 pm–5:30 pm
Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(415) 986-6491
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mark Papedis
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Private party facilities
Buy outs are available. Please contact the restaurant for details.
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Private party contact
Pierre E Klein: (415) 986-6491
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Cross street
Bush & Kearny
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Parking details
The Sutter Stockton garage and the St. Mary's Square garage are located nearby.
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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!
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1590 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Mussels in coconut broth gave my friend and I a really upset stomach within one hour of dining. I called the restaurant to inform them, and suggested they verify if the day's batch of mussels was contaminated, so as to safeguard other diners falling sick. The manager refused and went off on a rant about being in business for 20+ years and questioned my authenticity. This is so disappointing, especially because I had actually enjoyed my dining experience and was thinking about hosting my birthday here. No chance in hell now. Talk about bad customer service. Thank you for devaluing me over the phone and making me feel unwarranted. 0/10, never dining here again.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Try and come here when in the city. The mussels are the best that you can get anywhere. If in the city you need to go here just for that with the garlic bread and fries!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Delicious! Have the curry mussels! A fun, casual spot.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Been to Plouf many times! Mussels were great! But the restrooms were out of order! Had to go next door! Other than that all was good!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Entire staff friendly and professional. Our waitress stopped by at the right time through the visit. Have great meal and drink recommendations. This will be a place we stop in each time we are visiting the area. Food was excellent!

Thanks fir taking care of us.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We were here for a second time - again the plouf mussels were most delicious. We started our meal with rockefeller oysters (yummy) and in addition tp the plouf mussels we had the pastis shrimp on polenta. The flavors were wonderful. We had a 2014 St Emilion wine accompaning that delicious meal.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Hidden gem

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The fish that we both ordered was perfectly cooked and absolutely fresh. Really a little gem in one of the many alley's in downtown, that obviously has a local following. Felt like you were in one of the many bistro's off the plaza's in Rome.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The food, service, menu and overall experience was fantastic. We have been to this restaurant several times and are never disappointed.

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2.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Slow service. Over-priced. It's an okay place, but not one which I would recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Always consistent. Best mussels ever. Great service.

Like being in France.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

The menu is quite authentic, with loads of very rich French cuisine. The service is attentive and not at all pretentious. The wine list is short but filled with great values from France and the New World. The Pate and Creme Brulee are amazing, and both are big enough to share.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The service was great and the fact that many staff are and speak French topped it off. Atmosphere really nice with casual outside area and more refined inside. Really yummy peartini and so many amazing meals at our table we all had to share.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

The place we always go for mussels! Amazing French food, atmosphere and great service. Magnifique!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Ambiance was great as we were next to a fireplace on a chilly evening. Food and service were top noch. We were still talking about the dining experience a couple days after we had dinner there. A very memorable experience.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

What a treasure we found! We had a group of 10 booked that day on a 3-day weekend. They accommodated us and the food was great! Those who got cesar salads said they were the best they ever had. Clam chowder is very thin but good, more like a broth. Plouf mussels were the best I've ever eaten. We came hungry and they are a little stingy on bread, giving one baguette sliced maybe 6 inches long at a time. Overall, delicious food!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was great we had the Plouf mussels and beef tartar (ask for the Baguette on the side) for main courses we had the butter fish and ribeye steak very good. Our favorites was definitely the mussels, and for dessert we had sorbet and creme brûlée.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Nice restaurant but should have mentioned it was a fixed menu. So expensive!

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Our waiter was a very rude french man, but the food was really good! But wow, we were shocked by how rude he was.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

love this place - ambient is great.

love SF beiden lane - it was my hood.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Amazing mussels, as always. Their beef tartar was also great.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We came for the restaurant week deal, but I woudln't go back and pay full price. The food was good, but overpriced. If you go, get the coq au vin and muscles but anything else isn't worth the large price tag. The restaurant was surprisingly empty for a Friday night but maybe it was just an off night. A little overpriced (they charged $2 for a small amount of table bread.... what?!), but felt authentic.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We went for Restaurant Week. They offered two different entrees: ahi tuna or rack of lamb. Both were excellent. Staff very attentive.

I liked it so much, thus was my second time there within days.

I definitely would recommend it.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

My wife and I shared the following

- Clam chowder (very good...not creamy and loaded with fresh clams!)
- Beet salad (the best!)
- Mussels in a light cream sauce (good, but not hot)
- House cured salmon gravlax with dill. (OK, but not an entree)

That being said, the wait service was overwhelmed with a Friday lunch crowd, so water service was non-existent and the waitress did not circle back to check on us.

We’ve been to Plouf about 6-8 times over the past 10 years., but this has been the unfortunate poorest the food and service has been. It may be time for Plouf to hang it up.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Mussels!
Belgian specialties in many different varieties served in piping hot cauldrons of deliciousness.
Incredible crab cakes starter, steak tartare
The only disappoint was the garlic bread.

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3.0Dined on January 10, 2018

Great location on small, charming Belden St. off hectic Union Sq. Staff nice. Mussels just weren’t good— way too much raw garlic, many not open. Brussels sprout hash tough and flavorless. Coming in from the drizzly weather we nearly wiped on the floor that was either greasy or soapy. Place does not look clean.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Classic French bistro style, replete with tile floor and rickety chairs. Food and service excellent and they leave you alone (good) You can linger.

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2018

When a restaurant has 6 different preparations of mussels, you know they're likely to know how to cook mussels. Delicious! I had a traditional Belgian/French garlic and wine prep, my husband had a curry. Both were delicious, and cooked perfectly. Atmosphere is that of a small European bistro: friendly, small and with good service. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

The dinner and service was great! Everyone was very happy and will return again soon.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

I booked a table for today at 8:00 pm and got seated 8:35

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1.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Terrible food. Very expensive. Spicy. A messy restaurant.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

It was Christmas Day. The restaurant was very busy and crowded. They were missing a server but they tried hard. Delicious liver pate and shrimp dish.

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful food. Space inside is a bit of a tight squeeze so sitting outside might be better if you need more room.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Very nice place, a bit hard to find. Excellent service
Very good authentic selection, great French ambience

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3.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Usually very good, but going during the holidays may not have been a good choice. Seems like kitchen staff may have been on vacay, with those left behind sorely lacking. The mussels were lukwarm and had little broth (as if they forgot adding the mussels broth in the sauces). Luckily, I frequent this spot and will give them another chance (sans holiday time).

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Friendly service, good selection of food, bouillabaisse was outstanding

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Yum! Deelicious onion soup...exquisite mussels..such a wonderful place to meet friends while shopping...just perfect...thanks Plouf!

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Greatest seafood I had. For a long time. We enjoyed the Rockefeller Oysters and plouf mussels (what a great much of flavors). We ordered the Hawaiian butterfish and crab cakes.... It was a bit too much at the end....we can absolutely recommend that place. The service is very professional and attentive.

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3.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Had a table for 12 and service was a bit slow but was a large group so perhaps they could have used a couple of extra hands to support one server.

Food was mediocre. Drinks also ok. Service a little slow. But how much can you expect from a French place. At least it’s consistent with the French demeanor and slow and standoffish culture.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

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