Plouf

4.4
1617 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Casual
  • Cozy
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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, 4.00 pm–5:30 pm
Dinner
Mon-saturday 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, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.5

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

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
What 1617 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined 7 days ago

We were charged $3 for a piece of bread and also $9 for french fries.bread is always served with french meals also french fries are usually served with moules. We spent about $ 300.00 for this meal including a bottle of veuve cliquot and I do not like to be nickel and dimed. And lastly since it was my wifes birthday she ordered a chocolate mousse and the best they could do was put a candle in it and charged $11 for it. Non merci ,c'est la derniere foi pour nous.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Everything was fabulous! The wine, the food, the atmosphere! Absolutely the best chicken dinner we've ever had! Loved the fun decor and ambient lighting as well.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Very nice wait staff. It was nice and elegant yet they still had the FIFA game, which made us feel like we were not missing anything. Very French and European feel - perfect San Francisco place.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The butter fish is the best I have ever had!

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

The mussels were wonderful, as was the Coq au vin.
Cute spot close to Union Square and the Financial District.

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2.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Quality of the mussels were horrible. Obviously frozen and old. The manager was kind enough to give us a new serving but the second batch was no better. Very disappointing because the quality of the food here used to be so good.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Just lovely! Had the calamari to start which was excellent! Then we both had the moules Plouf which did not disappoint- very rich and decadent and we shared a creamer brûlée- all excellent! Merci!

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Excellent. A little noisy at times but not bad. Great food!

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Everything was great except the floors are filthy and the restaurant had just opened for dinner!

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great spot for a good lunch with colleagues. Tucked away in the Belden alley. Food is usually good, but the chicken entree was very disappointing this time around. Very courteous staff.

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2018

For birthday lunch, service was mediocre. We had to continue asking for basics like bread and water. Mussels were excellent. Chicken sandwich was awful - late and dried. Sent it back.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We love Plouf for lunch. Also they have a great happy hour.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

I love Plouf. The setting and feel are lovely, the food terrific, and the staff (esp the Patron) welcoming.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We had drinks and ate in the bar. The service was friendly and very attentive. The mussels were fantastic - one of their specialties. The caesar salad with prawns was very good. I'll be returning soon to try more from their menu.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Awesome food.service and we will definitely come back.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I have eaten at Plouf several times in the past and it was relatively good experience. This time the cocktails were flavourless and watered down, food was lukewarm and not of quality that justify the price tag. We are not coming back.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Mussels and entrees were delicious and we all enjoyed them.

However, the profiteroles were not good. Very hard and tasteless, they are were either stale or had been frozen recently. Unfortunate to end the dinner with this.

Would come again but would avoid dessert.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

My wife and I come here every trip to SF. It's consistently excellent. After the first few visits we moved on from the scrumptious mussels to other dishes. This night I had the dinner special bouillabaisse. Truly French execution with a deep rich roux, lots of seafood, and yummy bread. My wife's salad and calamari were fresh and tasty. The ambiance is upbeat and friendly. I am guessing we have been here 7 or 8 times now. No doubt we will come back.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Family in town

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Very nice venue. Food was lovely.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

I had been craving mussels for many months and was delighted with the quality and quantity served at this restaurant. My mariniere mussels came in a beautiful broth and there were so many I could not eat them all. I would suggest your try to prix fixe which includes your choice of mussels along with either clam chowder or a beautiful salad. Also recommending the Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc to enjoy with the meal. Definitely will visit again to try the curry mussels. So pleasant to be able to sit as long as you want either inside or outside and let the day go by. Great service that never once felt rushed.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

We had been wanting to try this restaurant but were not able to get a table on weekends.
We went this past Monday because it was my husband’s birthday and it was an excellent experience.
The mussels pastis were amazing, the $1 oysters fresh and delicious!
Service was top notch.
We will be back!

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1.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Even though Open Table enabled us to make a reservation for Sunday night, the restaurant was closed when we arrived and no explanation.

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1.0Dined on April 30, 2018

I am so sad to say that Plouf never updated their hours of operation. We drove 45 minutes to eat on a Sunday and had an open table reservation only to find out they were closed. I left a message for them and got no call back. I am very disappointed.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I was really expecting something more like the photos on their web site - a little more cozy and charming. What I saw instead was a very shopworn tile floor at the entry and along the bar, with missing tiles and a not so pretty view into the back kitchen area. Our table was behind a flimsy looking dividing space and looked at an almost neon-orange wall with small mirrors above the larger tables lining it. The overall effect was harsh and tacky. The there was a big screen TV on the back wall. Fortunately, the sound was turned off, but there was other music loud enough to make conversation difficult. The small tables were so close together it was impossible to move to the inside seat without brushing off half the adjoining table.

That said, the food and service were just about perfect. We started with a fois gras on toast rounds -smooth and perfectly seasoned, with some small cornichons and chopped strawberry on the side. Then came a wonderful asparagus, fennel and shaved cheese salad, topped with a delicately crusted almost-hard boiled egg. Heavenly! We finished with an order of frittes and mussels prepared most simply with wine and garlic. My only disappointment here was the large number of very small mussels. Most barely filled a teaspoon. Our waiter was properly attentive and checked regularly to fill our wine glasses (a very reasonably priced Pinot noir). Others quickly removed our finished plates.

I would love to return to try the coq au vin and lamb - but would hope there would be some serious attention given to updating the decor. What I had hoped would be a quieter end to an afternoon in the City turned into a challenge to try to see why this institution has such a glowing reputation.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

My friend and I were in San Francisco fo a conference. The restaurant was recommended to us by a friend. We were able to walk from our hotel - the Hyatt Recency- and had a great time. The food was delicious and our waitress was a real gem. We loved her!! If we get back here again, I will definitely return to Plouf.

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1.0Dined on April 18, 2018

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 on April 18, 2018

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 on April 15, 2018

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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