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About Bouche

Bouche is a California-French restaurant with an oft-changing seasonal menu created by Chef Chris Maluso. 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.

603 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Californian, Provencal

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday -Saturday 5:30pm-12:00am

Sunday 5:30pm 11:pm

Cross Street:
Stockton

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 956-0396

Website:
http://www.bouchesf.com/

Parking Details:
50 feet away from Sutter/Stockton garage

Public Transit:
BART: Montgomery St. BART Station
CABLE CAR: Powell Street & Bush Street
MUNI: Market Street & Stockton Street

Executive Chef:
Melissa Erle

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Wine

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Sun 5:30PM - 5:30PM 11:00PM - 11:00PM

Tue - Thu 5:30PM - 5:30PM 11:00PM - 11:00PM

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Bouche Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (21)
Cozy (20)
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Fit for Foodies (19)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Romantic (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Local Ingredients (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Late-night Find (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fun (4)
Casual (4)
Business Meals (3)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Edmonton)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was excellent and the wine selection was both exceptional and affordable.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Quite simply my favorite spot in the city. Have now had every menu item and they are each spectacular. Tiny place, so book in advance. Doesn't look like much from outside, but inside ambience is excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Tiny but amazing restaurant. Very casual but the food was 5 star extra special!!! Highly recommend this little hidden gem!!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were in town for a quick visit and we had a great dining experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Another enjoyable dinner at Bouche . Lovely to have a neighbor bestie restaurant. Shame we are going back to the Antipodes soon. We arrived very early and Matthieu kindly invited us in, so we had the dining room to ourselves...and all the good service. Our favourite Fleetwood Mac music floated up the stairs. We shared the bacon bread and the divine chickpea chips and aioli. I couldn't resist the hangar steak again for my main. Excellent. My man fell hungrily upon the seared salmon like one of those bears in Alaska. We shared a bottle of French rose. I finally got to enjoy the creme caramel desert I had been waiting for. Heaven. Thankyou Samuel for the surprise desert wine gifted with our coffees. Hope to come back again some day. Judy and Wayne Raymond

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Felt like I was in one of those small family-owned bistros in Paris

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Bouche was a great discovery, close to our Hotel in Union Square. Loved the ambiance upstairs. A very authentic back street Parisian experience. We were hungry and the perfectly cooked hangar steak with bone marrow sauce was perfect both in flavour and portion size. The walnut salad we shared was enormous and seasoned to perfection. Mathieu our charming waiter helped us with wine choice. Service was efficient and prompt. The dessert of shared eclairs was slightly dry, so on our next visit 31 October, we will try the acclaimed creme fraiche custard. It was a warm night and an open window necessary for ventilation and comfort. As you can see we are returning for more culinary perfection at Bouche before we leave San Francisco to continue our travels.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

My partner and I just so happened to walk past this restaurant and decided to eat there for dinner that same night. The food was AMAZING! We had their brussel sprout appetizer which was absolutely to die for. We wanted seconds and possibly even thirds. I had the steak as my dinner entree and my partner has the salmon. Both were seasoned perfectly and had the right sauce and sides. I will say that if you enjoy meet, the steak is the way to go. This was such a great dining option for us and I am so happy that we ate there.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Casual, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We were very disappointed w\ our dinner. The location was convenient, the ambiance charming & the host very personable. But, service was terrible - waited 10-15 minutes after being seated w/ no menus or drink orders. Once, we had menus we were pressed to give our menu selections immediately after a long wait for service. Our food arrived, before our bottle of wine & the response was, "you can drink it w/ your meal"! The food was okay - nothing special -comparable to what one would prepare at home.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The restaurant is very small and rustic, and quite dark. You'll need a flashlight of sorts to read the menu. Seating is on the second floor and just 5 or 6 tables. The poor waiters need to run up and down the stairs.
Service was excellent, the waiter was charming and accommodating, patient and efficient.
The menu is limited, a handful of options for each of starters and main dish. The food was good, but not great, overly salty, as is the mode these days.
The wine list consists of french wines only, with a decent selection of reasonably priced wines.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I love Bouche for its food, ambience and service. My first time at this restaurant and will surely be returning!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Waiter was extremely knowledgeable about all of the dishes and made great recommendations despite my reluctance, i.e., the chicken. Was a great small second story seating restaurant and bang for your buck!

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great ambiance, mediocre food. Unfortunately the food was underseasoned and unexciting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Delightful atmosphere; felt like we were in Paris. A bit noisy acoustics especially with tables very close together. Wait staff were good, but seemed to move the dining experience a bit quickly. Definitely would like to enjoy the ambiance more along with the very nicely prepared, creative dishes.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Delicious food! Very quaint ambience. We enjoyed a delicious risotto that was bright and flavorful! Wine menu was extensive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

We had an incredible experience at Bouche. The waiter was amazing and picked our wines for us based on our food choices. Every dish was impeccable and perfect as were the wine pairings. highlt recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Bouche has a very small menu, but the hangar steak was delicious - perfectly cooked to order and very tasty. Our only complaint was that the chocolate cake was not really as described in the menu. It was cold, dry, and should be replaced on the menu, since it does not even come close to the main dish quality. Our waiter said most people complained with similar comments, so it is time for them to change the dessert offerings. Wines by the glass are mostly choices from France, however our waiter steered us in the direction of nice selections.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We can't say...

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great service and meals were really good. Portion size was perfect but more importantly the quality of food was great. Our waiter gave good advice and the place / deco gave a good atmosphere. Thanks!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This is a wonderful and very small out if the way French place! We loved that there are only 7 tables! All upstairs. There is a downstairs bar though. Wonderful salmon and Tina! Loved the atmosphere and the food!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

This is a small restaurant, only a few tables, and just four items on the entree menu - but very well prepared, delicious, and one of the best meals we've had. The portions aren't too big ( as you find at some restaurants), but just right for dinner. Book in advance - tables seem to be in demand.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Overprice and underwhelmed ....in need of some good scrubbing..steep stairs to a tiny 8 table dining room...blah...counter service only downstairs. Somewhat seedy neighborhood near Union Square

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This is our third time eating at Bouche and it seems to get better every time. We started with the tuna and lamb belly confit appetizers - flavor combinations were outstanding and very creative. My wife had the chicken and I had the hanger steak entrees - both exceeded our expectations. Excellent French wine list (what would you expect?) and very helpful server to assist us in pairing wines with our meal and dessert. Won't be our last time going to this outstanding restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I would not recommend this restaurant PRIMARILY for the noise level and rather claustrophobic atmosphere. Food was fine and service okay but you cannot really enjoy all that when you cannot converse.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Waiter was great! Food was very delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Very, very French. In fact, half the people there were French speakers. Go for the lamb confit. It is absolutely plate-scrappingly good. My husband had the seared tuna and the lamb confit, both entrees. I had the risotto and we ended with a chocolate cake with a cardamom whipped cream. However, somewhat pricey, but that is how San Francisco is these days.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We were visiting family the meal was excellent. The server was very knowledgeable. One of the best meals ever.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Waiter was friendly but not on his game. While he recommended a great wine for my wife and I, he couldn't remember which wine belonged to each of us. He brought us someone else's credit card and receipt and had one too many glasses of wine on our charge when it arrived. He also made a similar mistake on a couple's tab sitting next to us. The surroundings were quaint but very warm due to the warm weekend in San Francisco.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

It's a shame. The food itself was great but the service was the worst I've ever received in my life. It took an hour to get a glass of wine after we ordered it. The food took another hour. The waiter got our order wrong twice and he forgot to put it in altogether. My dish came out at least 30 minutes before my partners. When it came time to pay I was charged for the wrong bill twice. The third time he finally got it right but after my card was charged for the wrong table twice. I feel bad for the folks that work in the kitchen because the food tasted great. The service was the worst I've ever experienced in my life, ever.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Loved Bouche. Can't wait to go back. Fantastic food! Very Parisian.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Fun, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Always a lovely experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This place was amazing. By far the best brussel sprouts I've ever had. And I got the foie gras on top of my steak, which was the *right* choice. Highly recommend.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Second trip in, as I live 300 miles away, not a regular eatery but if I lived in the city, it certainly would be

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Beautiful food and setting, a small and cosy escape from the world

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Come here for the wine and maybe some appetizers, at most. We had a reservation for 5:30PM, but walked in at 5:27PM since the door was open. The owner, instead of saying something along the lines of "please have a seat [by the entrance] and I'll come get you in a moment", he says "Guys, we're not ready yet.".

Taken slightly aback, we walked to Topsy's next door for a cocktail and made it within the 15 minute grace period we assumed most restaurants would have. We were the first to get seated and all was fine getting our orders in. The problems then followed suit.

Service was extremely slow even though we were 1 of 2 tables present. Aside from the wine, the appetizer (lamb belly) took 15+ minutes and entrees another 20+ after that. My hangar steak was cold to the touch and when I told the waiter, instead of firing a new one, it was put under a heat lamp for the meat to harden and overcook beyond by medium rare request. For $30 for a cheaper cut of meat, that's ridiculous. I left half uneaten, and only ate the first half because that was my first meal of the day

The second pork entree that my partner ordered was warm (er) and flavorful but dry . Why cut a pork loin into 1/4 inch slices? It's already a cut prone to dryness.

Incredibly disappointed and the night became a more expensive ordeal as we went to Liho Liho afterwards to address our hunger pangs coming out of this dinner. Will not return, not even for the wine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Came here for my wife's birthday. Enjoyed the experience. The pricing is rich but the food is good. We had a full 3 course meal and left satisfied. Would recommend coming here for special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Very friendly staff and attentive service. We had the Brussels sprout salad, ahi tuna and the lamb belly starters. All was wonderfully flavorful. We followed those by the flat iron steak that was accompanied by smokey potatoes, delicious. Salmon was the other choice and it was superb. We had the Dulce de Leche with Creme Fraiche custard., a nice end to a lovely meal.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Bacon bread , chickpea starters were unique and flavourful , we wanted to try and we were not disappointed. Straight to the main it had been a too busy to eat day. The smoked potatoes were just different enough to entice. Truly a step up from the usual steak and potato fare the meat was tender at medium well , hangar a d we were hangry for more. The sauce was perfect ly paired .Dessert was sweet and we enjoyed it passionately. The food was marvellous. A petite restaurant where the food and service was a pleasure to behold.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

It's a small, intimate space, authentically crowded like a Parisian restaurant. A bit loud for conversation at times, but quite lovely. Every course was very nice. We had a wonderful meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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