Excellent place for a nice lunch with good wines selection. Feels like a being in a French restaurant.
I met a friend there, and we really enjoyed the atmosphere, sitting and talking, and the delicious food. It was not inexpensive, but a special place for sure. Wish there were one in the East Bay where I live.
As usual, the food was quite good. The noise level, was, unbearably loud.
Fantastic mussels - ordered the tempura fish and vegatables - not many vegatables - fish was very good though.
this restaurant COULD be great for outdoor dining, good for groups,romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion,or fit for foodies. Sadly it has deteriorated significantly in past couple of years. The menu is reduced and the seafood that is offered seems to be previously frozen. The calamari and the fish and chips just tastes oily. Our waiter brought a lesser bottle of wine than we ordered and just started to open it - as if we wouldn't notice - or it wouldn't matter. Used to love this place. WHaT HAPPENED?
Terrific, reasonably priced cocktails (around $9 apiece). Delicious food as well. The coq au vin was flavorful. The chicken was juicy chicken and the sauce delicious and distinctive. The mussels were excellent. If the roasted Dungeness crab is available, order it - fantastic!
The service, sadly, was lacking. Staff were friendly, but we routinely had to flag down a server and then remind him or her of various items we had ordered. We also had to repeatedly request refills of our water glasses. While it won't take much effort for Plouf to improve its service, this deficiency must be addressed as it badly marred out experience.
We had 8:00 reservations and did not get seated until after 8:30. I should have stated that I wanted to be inside.
The muscles are outstanding. I had the coconut sauce with the chilis and WOW...I loved it!
I was part of a larger party (8). We all ordered starters and sides with our main courses. The waiter forgot my appetizer, which was finally served with my table-mates entrees. I ordered the Anchor Steam mussels with french fries with parmesean and truffle oil. My mussels were so overcooked that half of them were raisins and the waiter either mis-delivered my french fries to another person in my party, or forgot them. The fries finally arrived after all the entrees had been eaten. We spent a lot of money that night (at least 6 bottles of wine). It was a disappointing viist to a promising restaurant. Would I give them another chance? Yes, but only if I was in a party of four or less.
I won't bother with Plouf again. Mediocre food, blase service in a worn-out setting.
We were pleasantly surprised by the shrimp louie which came with a poached tempura egg that was artfully shaped. The tempura fish and chips was a nice change from the traditional fish and chips, however I missed the clear broth for the plouf mussels.
What a find! Food was amazingly delicious. Only thing was they were out of oysters and crab. Guess that means we will have to return sooner.
Plouf was highly recommended from a friend at work. The menu is limited but everything we had was good. Unfortunately the waitress was terrible. We had to ask 2 or 3 times for anything after the initial order. She would take a drink order and then come back to the table without drinks and ask if we wanted drinks. It didn't appear that others were having the same issue with the rest of the waitstaff, just our waitress. Overall a cute place and I will defininately try another night.
Very good as usual. I have dined there for three times in the last 6 months and I have always enjoyed their mussels. In general, their standard in terms of food quality and service have been consistent and good.
Amazing cuisine! I couldn't recommend Plouf enough on that. However, upon dining there, I found that Island/Carribean music really doesn't fit well with a French Bistro. It took a bit away from the experience.
One of my favorite restaurants. I love the mussels, and my wife can always get steak frites. Food was great, as usual.
This visit was two days after Thanksgiving, so place was busy, but not crowded. Service is usually good to very good. On this visit it seemed that our waiter favored the table next to us (like us, 3 persons and seated after us)as he took their food first, and showing much more attention to them. Maybe he assumed that we wouldn't spend as much, because we didn't order French champagne, as they did.
This is one of my two "go-to" restaurants in SF. We went there this time because my parents who were visiting from out of town wanted mussels, and Plouf certainly delivers on the mussel front! The mussels are plentiful, exquisite, and come in 6 different preparations. I think I've tried all of them over the years. My favorites are the "plouf" and the "poulette." The desserts are awesome as well.
We ate inside this time but the al fresco option makes Belden Place feel more like a back street in Paris. Even though it was a cool November evening the outdoor tables eventually filled up with shiny happy people.
Found down an odd alley, Plouf lives up to its reputation of a great seafood place. We started with mussels, which everyone seems to order. They were served in a tasty garlic broth. For dessert, we ordered Proliferates but the pastry was a bit too hard for us.
service was a bit spotty as it was a busy holiday evening (had to ask for bread 3 times, they forgot a salad we ordered and then one of the waiters actually acted a little huffy when i told them we didn't want it anymore and asked to have it taken off the bill) but overall a good experience. i had forgotten how much i love this place. always festive and warm, and the food is always excellent.
The website had obviously not been updated as the actual menu was very much smaller than what the website posted and the chef with the credentials and the bio is no longer there.We did not stay for dinner. We sat down ordered a cocktail from a waiter who was clueless opened the menu and to our dismay it was very small and not close to what was on the website.What a total disappointment.
Food was fine not great and expensive for what you got.
What can I say. Belden Alley is one of the most wonderful under-celebrated spots in all of SF. Feels like a sliver or Europe, just a block off Union Square, which is not the most culturally rich part of SF (understatement). I've been there multiple times and every time it's top notch.
One of my favorite restaurants ANYWHERE.
Had a great time, some rough spots in the beginning with service and appetizers, but our host took care of us and as the meal/evening progressed, all went well. The calamari appetizers was hands down, one of the best i have ever had in California. Expertly done, the seafood stew was fantastic and my wife, daughter and i loved the dessert. When in Napa, do stop by, you will not be disappointed.
One of the stars of Belden Alley, and such a lovely touch of la belle France in SF, friendly hostess, warm greeting, nice menu with something for everyone. Nice wine and beer list, and there's a full bar.
Went for lunch and sat outside. The heatlamps aren't strong enough to really let you take your jacket off. However, it was better than the normal weekend evening when it's usually so loud inside. As always, good food and great service!
Mark is an amazingly talented Chef. We had a group of 5 who where all involved in Bay area Hospitality and Entertainment. Every person in our party was highly impressed with their meal and experience at Plouf. My husband and I where visiting Plouf as a remembering of when we first started dating 8 years ago. Chef Mark was aware of the history of how Plouf was a very special place for us and personally came out to ask what dishes he should prepare in remembrance of our dating years. We will be sure to visit for years to come and refer all our friend and family. :)
Very solid and creative bistro food. Dinner was very good...dessert was a little less enjoyable.
The reason we came here was for the mussels - and they were absolutely fantastic! As were the entrees and crepe dessert. Service was attentive and the restaurant had a relaxed feel. Had it been warmer, we would have love to sit outside amongst the buzz of this alleyway setting.
Great for a lazy lunch in the financial district. Mussels are always amazing and delicious. Came here with the parents who were in town for the week and everyone was pretty happy with their meals.