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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.
San Francisco, CA 94108
French, Californian, Provencal
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday -Saturday 5:30pm-12:00am
Sunday 5:30pm 11:pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
50 feet away from Sutter/Stockton garage
BART: Montgomery St. BART Station
CABLE CAR: Powell Street & Bush Street
MUNI: Market Street & Stockton Street
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Wine
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Bouche Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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