Bouche

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$30 and under
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French
Bouche is a California-French restaurant with an oft-changing seasonal menu created by Chef Jeremy Blaringhem. The beer and wine list is centered on small producers from both California and France.

Counter seating is available on a first come first serve basis.
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OT
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite French restaurant in the City.
Perfect in every way...a gem hidden plain sight.

S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very nice intimate dining area upstairs from the wine bar. The food and service was excellent.

AL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Slightly better food quality and service than I expected though price is what I expected - expensive. Annoying like many SF restaurants that they pass off the cost of their employee benefits to their customers as an additional cost.

S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there.
Every one of our three courses was delicious. The waiter was exceptional.
We will return!
Thanks for a great experience!

s
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceeds our expectations

B
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here for a Valentine’s Day dinner, and it was a revelation. Easy to miss this small restaurant tucked above the Stockton Street Tunnel on Bush Street but it is well worth the effort. The food was uniformly outstanding despite there being a limited menu given the small kitchen. Delicious appetizers with unusual features (a little gem salad with soft boiled duck egg). Main courses were also wonderful, and quite large (we ended up with boxes of leftover). A special that night of venison melted in my mouth, my wife’s duck breast was also excellent. Although pretty full we couldn’t resist a dark chocolate mousse, which did not disappoint at all. Service was attentive and we easily made our theater performance (just 3 blocks from Geary and Curran Theaters). be aware that Bouche is on the pricey side, but we were more than happy.

JJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little restaurant. Excellent food.

AG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect atmosphere for a quiet date or a group of friends. Food is made with love and authentic. I would highly recommend trying the “adventurous” dish if you are indeed adventurous because it will surprise you every time. Staff is friendly, attentive, and make wonderful suggestions. Highly recommend.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from every angle. Service outstanding, food breathtaking.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! The staff are lovely & the food is fabulous...great fro preshow dinner date night!

N
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative menu and masterful execution of seasonal small and large plates. We so loved the anchoiade appetizer that we made it at home the next day. We also shared the “adventure” appetizer and the lamb sirloin entree. Both were yummy. Loved the accompaniments for the lamb. Texture, flavor, color, food value. Very gifted kitchen.

M
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I come to San Fransisco I stop at Bouche. Julie and the staff are simply the best. Truly a French experience in food, wine and culture. I am of Italian heritage but feel French when I am there. Yes, try to speak French... they put up with me. The food is some of the best I have ever had. I enjoy every moment.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful little bistro - one of my best happy places

JF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Few choices on the menu but presented well. Small servings also.

IH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The restaurant is small and the menu is quite limited but the food is very good and the service is excellent.

JT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming and fun atmosphere. The upstairs seating area is very cool. The food was great, we enjoyed every bite. The service was awesome...nice people and a lot of fun.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience. Food was delicious and service was amazing.

VA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was super intimate and amazing. The food was superb and the service was very special. We would highly recommend and definitely repeat.

CC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very intimate experience. Food was amazing. Server also! A hidden gem!

WW
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Had to wait 20 minutes even though we had a reservation. It’s busy in the city and I get that. Unfortunately there is nowhere to stand and wait without feeling like you are in the way of the staff, other patrons arrivng and breathing down the necks of diners that are already seated. Although a cute cafe like place, the food was a little too frou frou for us although we both enjoy French restaurants. Just not a place for us.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible experience with delicious food and charming staff. Really though, the food and ambience are amazing!

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall amazing experience!! Great food, very much like the bistros in Paris! The bone marrow is a must.

MS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fantastic ambiance! Food was very good, but restaurant provides limited options. Might not be the best place for people who very pick eaters. Loved the "adventure" choice. So much fun.

BC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We ate early one evening before a play (they open at 5:30) and were seated quickly, upstairs per our request on OpenTable. So far, so good.

The servers were uneven with the older gay guy being the best and our female server somewhat disdainful, as if she didn't like her job (or us). Every course was brought to our table opposite of the person who ordered. Either the food runner was bad at his job or our waitress kept getting the positions wrong, since statistically he should have gotten it right at least once out of three tries. Not the end of the world, but noteable.

The food was fine, but the menu is incredibly limited and at times the portions were small. It is a small house (maybe 40 patrons could fit?), so the small menu is understandable, but please be generous with the food. We ordered the mussels and the stinky cheese croquettes to start. The mussels (which one server called moules and others referred to as merely mussels) were exactly 8 on the plate. Hmm. Not nearly good enough when a typical appetizer in the city is at least a 12-16. The croquettes were good (after all, they are fried cheese balls) and were a healthier portion (4 medium sized balls). After seeing the size of the entrees, my husband (who ordered the mussels) ordered another salad.

We ordered the lamb sirloin and the branzino. The lamb was not the best cut with quite a few gristly parts, though it was flavorful and well prepared. The branzino was terrific, though could have used a bit of salt. Both were on the lighter side with the lamb coming only with a cranberry compote and the fish with turnip puree. We ordered the chocolate pot de creme and were satisfied with it.

Given the number of other quality restaurants in San Francisco, I couldn't recommend this one.

k
New Mexico
26 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very funky, charming French Restaurant. It was our second visit. The last time was a few years ago. It is more polished now than it was then. The food, salad, bread, duck and branzino were all excellent as was the rose. The persimmon dessert was to die for. Our server was outstanding, perfectly attentive and personable. I love the place.

r
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was incredible made our night very special! Our server Ian was incredible and the food so delicious!!

KH
London
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to Bouche for our 36th wedding anniversary and were treated incredibly well. The seating is tight, like a Paris restaurant, so if you don’t like that environment this is not your dinner spot. We loved it.

The food was delicious — the best duck I’ve ever eaten. The service was friendly and fast. Our wait staff recommended wine pairings for both are meals that were perfect. It really was a lovely evening. I’m so glad we found this place and will definitely return.

JH
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic French food, delivered in a timely manner by totally charming waitstaff. Nice compact wine list at very reasonable prices

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unforgettable evening of delicious food from the Adventurist appetizer to the dessert everything was spot on! The warmth of the staff was also so appreciated. My twelve year old daughter was in heaven and was truly transported to Paris for an evening!

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing experience! Great to be in a cozy place where you get served by the French owner-chef! Delicious... everything we had was great. The mussels and the home made terrine where unique!!

ES
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best French restaurant I've been to in San Francisco.

I've not been everywhere, but this is a truly outstanding place. It's small, so you gotta reserve.
Totally worth it. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Oh, and awesome service.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most beloved and treasured restaurant in my beautiful city. Rare gem that has withstood the test of time. Bisouxxx. 💋

E
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As frequent visitors to San Francisco, we visit many restaurants. So many good ones to choose among! Bouche is always in our frequent rotation of repeats. Food is great! Staff are always fun and interactive. We love to sit at the “chef’s table” (counter) and watch the kitchen work. The new ownership team is building on the great foundation and never disappoints. The lamb was excellent, as was the duck. Succulent, flavorful, imaginative. Outstanding farm to fork food with a French pedigree. A perfect place for foodies to geek out over the food. Or, if you just want accessible (a.k.a., good and reliable) - can’t be beat. Highly recommend.

AF
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Bouche on several occasions, and each one is a treat. On Saturday evening, we went pre-theatre with a friend and her companion, who have spent alot of time in France. She remarked that the atmosphere and set up reminded her of one of her favorite bistros in Paris. Service is great, friendly and prompt. This is an intimate spot, with the tiny kitchen in plain view. Amazing what emerges from that little space. One caveat- the corkage is quite high ($35), which I am sure is designed to encourage you to buy from their well planned wine list. Overall, Bouche is a winner.

OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Pros - The duck was excellent. The ambience was perfect for a French restaurant and good for romantic atmosphere. Cons - Surprised that bread is not complimentary. Seating was a little too congested for comfort.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very small simple place upstairs, excellent food and service in easy walking distance from main downtown shopping area around Union Square.

R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Pros: excellent service, great ambience
Cons: this review is for their Thanksgiving 3-course dinner meal. Nothing great and I saw them unloading boxes of store-bought (from Safeway) pecan pies which they served for dessert. For $260 for 2 people, it’s disappointing to know we were served food that we could’ve just bought ourselves. It makes us think they probably ordered the whole meal from outside and charged us 4x the value.

Bouche
Responded on December 2, 2019

This is completely incorrect and a simple case of misunderstanding and assumptions. Our pastry chef created a total of 20 pies that day and they all needed to be safely stored within a container. We ran out of our personal inventory of storage containers. To resolve that issue we had to obtain additional containers outside, to account for the inventory of pies we had created. Everything was and is made from scratch in our kitchen and we can present you with invoices. Best, Bouche team

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! You must go!

VN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The outside of the restaurant was very unassuming . Once we were inside , the place was cozy and the staff were friendly . The bar on the first floor was full of customers and a little noisy as to be expected . We were escorted to the second floor for dining . Since it was a a per fixe Thanksgiving dinner , we started with delicious pumpkin soup ; spring mix salad with goat cheese which could use a little more dressing . The main course consisted of 2 slices of white meat , a drumstick and some roasted veggies which were all delicious . Dessert was a slice each of pumpkin pie and pecan pie . I liked the pecan pie better than the pumpkin pie . Our waiter ( I forgot his name ) was very attentive , and made sure that the food were served in a timely manner . I have a few complaints tho - there was only one bathroom for all the customers and it was next to the busy dishwashers . There was no room to stand while waiting for the bathroom . We dined on the second floor and we were elbow to elbow with other customers ( tables were about 12 inches apart ) that we could hear each other’s conversation ☹️

JH
Hawaii
35 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very French. There was a very large party in this very small restaurant. The service was a little slow but the waiter did put in our order before the big table.
A lot of French people dining here which is a pretty good sign! Limited menu but varied enough. Food and environment both enjoyable and had us reminiscing about meals in France.

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