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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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Details
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

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (29)
Special Occasion (28)
Authentic (27)
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Fit for Foodies (26)
Romantic (25)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Cozy (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Notable Wine List (16)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fun (7)
Healthy (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Seasonal (6)
Casual (5)
Hot Spot (4)
People Watching (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Business Meals (3)
Tapas (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Had a wonderful experience here after a late, last minute cancellation at the original place we had initially reserved. Great ambiance with an authentic cuisine, everything we ordered: hanger steak w/trumpet mushrooms, brussels sprouts, bacon bread and risotto w/truffles were all highly recommended. Couldn’t pass on the panna cotta and the lemon meringue tart—actually taking home two orders! We were more than pleasantly surprised at this gem of a restaurant we decided on for my birthday

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·Dined 4 days ago

Fabulous place the people who work there are great. Fun group. Food great. Wine list reasonable and good. Love this place. Vive la France

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 4 days ago

Reserved a table for my girlfriend's birthday dinner - the service was fantastic and they had fresh foie gras in the house. Amazing experience and would fully recommend for special occasions!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Tiny space, feels a bit claustrophobic

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This restaurant was an unexpected treasure. The website pictures of the food do not do it justice. The mixed greens salad and salmon were fantastic! The wait staff wre very friendly and attentive.
You can't go wrong here.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Every dish was spectacular, service was outstanding, and pairing of wine to our tastes was perfect. Couldn't ask for more.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

This is my second time to dine at Bouche and it did not disappoint. One of my companions just got back from Italy, was so happy to sit down and feel like he was in a Farmhouse in Tuscany. The St. Jacques crudo was so beautiful and the taste was incredible. I could have had another order but wanted to have the salmon served with beautiful lentilles. My companions had the steak and arrived with the wonderful smell. One had the seared foie gras which is first for him and really enjoyed it. This place is worth coming back to!

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

It's a good restaurant, but be prepared to wait. Even with a reservation, you'll wait an additional 45 minutes before you are seated

Asked for the meat to be cooked medium, but received as mostly raw

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Always enjoy our meals at Bouche. The food is top notch, especially the tangy custard. Amazing!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Authentic French

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The food delicious; the waitstaff welcoming; the ambiance cozy. Highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Authentic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food. Quirky, casual decor. Good service. Great food. (Have I mentioned that already?) A favorite that we have visited and will visit again. Downside - wine list mostly French wines. (Fine for French wine snobs; not so good for those of us who favor Californian or other wines.)

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I am going to make this my neighborhood hang! Sweet, very French and delicious food and wine.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Second time there and we love it.., will be back for more .

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great service

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 11, 2018

This place is a gem. We have had several wonderful late night (love that they are open!) dinners here. Most recently: superb brussels sprouts (and I am an aficionado); excellent lamb belly confit, perfect hangar steak and a panna cotta that was literally the best dessert I have ever had. Seriously. Great service. Cozy ambiance.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We were in San Francisco for a few days, and our hotel was nearby. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, our server was charming, and the food was good. A fun, decent place to eat with plenty of atmosphere.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Second visit and they didn’t disappoint. Great small restaurant with good food, ambiance and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Very small, French-ish restaurant. Tiny bar area downstairs and small seated dining upstairs with tables extremely close to each other (as in, you could easily reach over and taste your neighbor's food). Result is a very loud restaurant, even though there are maybe seats for 30 people max. Has a fun atmosphere. Food was a little disappointing. Based on reviews, I was excited about the panisses but found them just meh, a little on the blah side even with the aioli. Market green salad was fresh but not very interesting and for $16 I definitely expected better. Surprised that the salmon was farmed so opted for the butternut squash risotto. It was good. Waiter comped us with a panna cotta dessert because of a mix-up with my partner's dinner. Nice of him for sure. I wasn't crazy about the dessert--it had a lot of gelatin so was firmer than I like. Overall, decent food, cute but loud setting, expensive for what you get.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Consistent excellent food quality and taste, as well as service. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable. We sat upstairs this time, which is nice. However, we like the downstairs chef view and bar seating even better.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food and service. Would gladly go back!

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 (東京)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Bouche is amazing. We went for New Year’s Eve dinner. The staff is friendly and attentive and the food is great. American restaurants tend to exaggerate with the portion of their food but Bouche is big relief as the portion is just right. You won’t feel overstuff leaving the restaurant.

The braised beef short ribs is divine. A must try.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was my second time at this small, well appointed restaurant. Like the first time, I was surprised at how comfortable I felt and how easy the experience was in such a small, actually sort of cramped, space. I don't like using the over-worked word "charming" but it does seem to fit this establishment. The menu is far from complicated, yet the food was far from simple. This chef is nothing if not bold. It works. I struggled with the wine list a bit because I am a Nor-Cal resident who stays close to home when selecting wine. So I asked for help, my somewhat over-worked but would never let on to that, waiter was very helpful and I picked something quite workable. Ok, so go here if you want to get a bit edgy with your food. Go here to enjoy a close conversation, it's quiet enough. I won't call it romantic but it's snug so someone you like getting close to is preferable than say your Aunt Linda. It is French, so don't go there to rush, they won't let you. I like it for what it is and will try to get back there again because it is feels cozy and I know I'll taste something memorable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The steak, which was good, came out luke warm and the potatoes were over fried and hard. The chicken was surprisingly good, but not the quinoa. Bacon bread was also good, but not sure if it's worth the $10 for such a small loaf. I noted that it was for a birthday, we didn't order dessert but they didn't offer any free sweets or mention it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This place was awesome. Small and Cozy. Some of the best food that I have ever had in my life! So delicious from start to finish. The service was incredible. We really enjoyed the French waiter, who provided several Spot ON recommendations. The wine, the food, the ambiance -made you feel like you were dining in France. Did I mention DELICIOUS? We are definitely heading back to Bouche as soon as possible.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great service, good food, but pricey and small portions.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Cozy, small restaurant located near Union Square. The menu is limited but the 5 items we tried were all excellent, creative and worth the money. Service was great. Be sure to save room for the dessert, custard with dulce de leche.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This recommended spot was a huge surprise. The cuisine was as wonderful as the ambience and the service. Absolute gem!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Nearly every time I travel to SF and try to eat at Bouche. The menu changes on a regular basis and it's always full of wonderful surprises. Combinations of ingredients that work in a harmonious and tasty way. I also like that they stay open late so you can grab a bite long after your "normal" day has ended. It's small, intimate and wonderful.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We were pleased with our dinner, everything tasty and well presented. The waiter made excellent wine selections. We thought the building needed refreshing.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

delicious food beautiful service BUT very noisy. Tiny (18 diners upstairs)

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Superior COOKING. (Many forget that it’s not just the quality of the raw ingredients that matter - you can ruin quality ingredients with bad cooking). Atmosphere not precious. Nice wine list. My favourite restaurant in the city now.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing little neighborhood find!! A must go when in SF if you like 'the real deal'!!!!

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We loved sitting upstairs in the cozy dining room with windows open to the street. Great atmosphere! The menu is very short so you might want to check it out before you book, but the food is well prepared. The hanger steak was excellent. I had the coriander crusted ahi tuna for the starter and it was very tasty.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Expensive for what is offered. $15 for shaved black truffles on top of risotto is excessive. Very good tastes, however. Had to air out our clothes for a couple of days from lingering food odors.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Bouche was a phenomenal dining experience. The seating is very intimate and the ambiance feels like you are in Europe! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding as well. Nothing to complain about here whatsoever. Bouche is a home run....especially for date night.

Tags: Organic, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Restaurant small and charming but
can be noisy .... food delicious and
pricey... bathroom horrible... table
schedule tight and does not allow for
leisurely dining, was asked to move
for our dessert to bar!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Best choice I've made to take my wife on our anniversary

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Brought my wife for her 40th Birthday. What a night the Staff was awesome. The food was unbelievable. Enjoyed every bite to the end of every dish. Not a spec of food on any of the plates that left our table. I’m 200 pounds and eat like I’m 600 pounds and went home full. One of the only places in SF I would recommend to anyone. Will be returning next chance I get.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion, Healthy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Couldn't have had a better night! Service, wine, and food were impeccable. I believe our servers name was Samuel. Attentive but not overbearing. The intimacy of the upstairs dining was wonderful.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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