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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (26)
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Cozy (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Romantic (23)
Good for a Date (23)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Notable Wine List (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Healthy (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Casual (6)
Fun (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Seasonal (5)
Business Meals (4)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 days ago

Great service

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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·Dined 7 days ago

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 7, 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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent food and service. Would gladly go back!

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 (東京)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 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 27, 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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·Dined on December 24, 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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·Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 22, 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 21, 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 17, 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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·Dined on December 14, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on December 11, 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 10, 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 10, 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 9, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 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 3, 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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·Dined on December 3, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 2, 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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 30, 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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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Went to Bouche for my one-year anniversary with my girlfriend. Simply outstanding. All of the details are authentic and well done.
My girlfriend got the steak, I got the chicken, and we ordered the ahi tuna as an appetizer. All were absolutely outstanding.
10/10 will come here again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a reservation on OpenTable for 9 pm (not exactly the busiest time) and still had to wait almost 30 minutes for the table to be available. The space is tiny and was quite packed, so there was really no space for our party to wait, have a drink, etc. We literally stood out on Bush street until the reserved table was ready. Food was fantastic; menu was fairly simple with delicious takes on simple classics. Service was pretty slow even when we were seated, and we were honestly just exhausted and wanting to go home by the end of the entire affair. It’s a shame the service experience was a bit subpar, since Bouche really is an adorable spot with some great food. Maybe we just got unlucky; I would hope future OpenTable users won’t have to wait 30+ minutes for their table!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I've eaten here on several occasions, each time as wonderful as my previous experience. I would eat here every week if I could...and if I lived in the city, I would. Great food, wonderful ambiance, fantastic servers.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 25, 2017

A great find that happened to be steps from our hotel (Cornell Hotel de France) on Bush street. The wait staff is terrific, friendly, and French-speaking. The food was excellent. They have an short but really interesting wine menu, and our waiter helped us select an obscure (to me, anyway) but perfect choice of wine to go with our meal. I had the roast chicken, which was moist, flavorful, and perfectly cooked - very "provencal." C'était délicieux!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The service and attention paid to us was outstanding and nothing like we've ever experienced before. And the food was even better! The Brussels sprouts were fantastic and the wine selection top-notch. So glad we found this place; we'll be coming back the next time we visit San Francisco.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Found this neighborhood gem several years ago. We love to dine here when visiting San Francisco. You definitely need a reservation as it is a small unique location. There are always intriguing items on the menu. This trip we tried chick pea fries which were different and very good. The grilled confit lamb belly was awesome!! The salmon had perfectly crispy skin. The eclairs were outstanding. The French waiter is great and each time helps us pick the best wine for our meal selections. It was a perfect meal before going to the theatre! We will be back again on the next trip to the city.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Had a wonderful meal with friends. The hanger steak was delicious and would love to return for another meal when in San Francisco next.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Small space and you will sit close to your neighbors. The chef is delivering a quality small menu from a really small kitchen. Loved it

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I found this bistro by accident in yelp. It is a European style bistro and it is rated 4.5 star in yelp. But i wouldn’t recommend it.

We ordered risotto, lamb belly and two glasses of wine because we only want a light dinner.

Lamb belly(appetizer): 4 star, but it is not something to make you come here.

Risotto(Main): 1 star, the cranberries in it is apparently over cooked and it taste sour and bitter. I asked the waiter where does the sourness come from he just replied “I don’t taste any sour” :(

Wine recommendation is good overall.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Bouche was recommended to me by a friend and it did not disappoint! I took a guest here from New York and he loved it! Everything looked great on the menu and I cannot wait for my next visit to Bouche.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Amazing food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Went there with my colleague who’s from out of town. We ended up sitting at the bar and having the pleasure of the servers mingling with us. Great service and attention. The food was outstanding from appetizers to entrees to desert. Great spot for a date. Small , intimate restaurant.

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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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