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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

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (27)
Fit for Foodies (23)
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Good for a Date (22)
Cozy (22)
Romantic (22)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Special Occasion (18)
Notable Wine List (16)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Worth the Drive (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Late-night Find (6)
Casual (5)
Healthy (5)
Fun (4)
Seasonal (4)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

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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·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We had an awful experience at one of our favorite restaurants, Bouche on Bush Street. We took my visiting daughter and her boyfriend for a special event. Our meal, wine and dessert were wonderful. However before we had time to relax after our dessert the mature d came up to my wife and told her that we needed to go, that he needed the table. He did not approach the table right behind us, who had been there long before us, and had finished well before us and were in conversation. This behavior was rude and unnecessary. Bouche has lost a local customer and we will spread the word. I wrote to the Bouche web site weeks ago and no response. I guess they could care less, plenty of millennial‘ s around to fill up the place.

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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

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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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vip
 (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.

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