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Chou Chou Bistro

4.6
2189 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French
ChouChou (pronounced "shoo-shoo") strives to bring the spirit of Paris to Forest Hill. The casually elegant bistro showcases rustic Old World cooking with a modern French twist, paired with a thoughtful wine list. Chef mina invites you to experience the warm personalized service that is ChouChou. Bon Appetit!
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Chou Chou offers excellent food and an outstanding, warm outdoor patio. The patio is covered with 2 heat lamps that are cozy enough to remove your jacket :-)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Steak was tough.

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HelenK
London
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant week. Delicious overall. Fave was tuna tartare salad. Filet mignon was a bit overdone. Chef offered a new plate but I rejected because didn't want to be wasteful. Beef was edible. Chef surprised me with a new plate boxed to go & gave a free dessert! Based on his hospitality, I would give it a 2nd try. Nice neighborhood find!

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AndreaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor space with heaters. Our waiter was great and helped us select our wine and food per our request. Thank you for a great date night out!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I don't think the Prix Fixed meal with house was worth $65. I was not in heaven with the food. You never know, the wine could've been 2 buck Chuck but nothing that was impressive. The mushrooms in my meal were canned. That was obvious. You can tell fresh from canned. I won't recommend or return here. The experience was disappointing.

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SanFranciscoGal
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tuxedo Bombe was terrific as was the rest of the meal. Even the vegetables were delicious. We went during SF Restaurant week, so the price was good for what we ate. I had to bring home some leftovers.

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10sdoc
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great selection of delicious appetizers. We enjoyed the tuna carpaccio and bone marrow.
Mains were equally impressive. The duck confit Wellington was unique and delicious, the seared prawns with asparagus excellent. Deserts were just average. Overall, a memorable meal. Hoping to return to try more selections.

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LawrenceF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rack of lamb was incredible and the mussels were so delicious

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vipluv2eat
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot to try out during restaurant week. Love the ambience and great customer service. Warning: food is very rich but delicious! Fantastic desserts too.

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vipJeffG
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a thoroughly delightful dinner from start to finish highly recommend this restaurant we go quite often

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vipYFsf
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing and pleasant!

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ReneeDGO
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had seen the restaurant on my way home and wondered if the food was good. I was just b gobsmacked by the the great service, food and ambiance. I wish I could go every day...the lamb was delicious!!

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vipDineinla
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and good service

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EdwardN
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy parking and staff was very friendly. The filet mignon was the best my wife has ever had and she orders it well done. I had a bite and it was tender and juicy. The pork cutlet was excellent and portions are ample. I will return.

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vipNina
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Cute local bistro with a nice outdoor dining area in COVID times. Friendly service.

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LisaL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Had a great time and the “outdoor” dining was great. The service was amazing and overall really good. We tasted some wines prior to ordering a glass and the waiter was knowledgeable about the food. On the negative side, The background music was worse than elevator music and the both fries (served cold) and the cheeseburger (overcooked) could have been better.. All the other dishes (mussels, beef dish) were tasty and well prepared.

Would go again, but probably be more careful on what I ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For Valentine’s it was great ! Big portions and yummy food. Great service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente customer service, great vibe, food was great
This is one of my favorites restaurants in sf
Just love it

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DeirdreO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely out door setting, very nice service and very tasty food!

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Allie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved! Such a great outdoor space and the food was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy to be there. The food was delicious and the service excellent.

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trbarton
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

II was a surprise dinner for a birthday for my friend. The surprise was that they didn’t know the price. Everything was excellent & we talked with the owners & complimented as to how every thing was. I big surprise was when they brought out a extra dessert with Happy Birthday lettered around the plate.

The staff was very accommodating & the service was great.

Our salad was so generous it could have been a meal by itself.

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PunkM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very attentive. The patio is very small. The food was good but dint have the richness of flavors more bland than I expected.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful outdoor patio. One beef dish was overdone, another had a mistake and they had to re-do leading to delay. But overall was good.

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vipShaadyS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They have set up a nice outdoor seating area on the side of the restaurant, and they've done a really nice job making it nice, with heat lamps, shades, and plants. We were the only ones dining in, but we saw a number of other people stopping by to pick up takeout. The food is rich as French food is, and the portions are quite large. This place is a great neighborhood spot and I hope people will support them during this time.

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Isabelle
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service! Authentic french. A delight, we'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Anniversary

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vipEllen
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every time we eat at Chou Chou it's lovely and delicious. Last night we had salmon, prawns and the duck. Someone in our party always gets the onion soup. Our daughter always gets the creme brulee, and my husband and I shared the homemade cheesecake, which was divine. We're never disappointed, and always leave satisfied and full. Delish!!

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vipNYtransplant
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The scallops and shrimp were cooked perfectly. French onion soup was heavenly. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere.

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ChrisM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They now have a nice little outdoor area with heaters and it is enclosed. I had the pork chop and it was perfectly cooked with green beans and fries. My wife had the filet and again very well cooked. I would highly recommend this wonderful bistro.

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JoeC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We didn’t end up eating there. Left after half an hour without service. 15 mins to get the menus. Went there for Valentine’s Day. Super understaffed on such a big night. Space was also too tight. After 10 mins until we were seated (with reservation), 10 mins later we finally got menus (had to ask because the host forgot to give us upon seating), 30 mins altogether with a glass of water and the menus but no one to serve us. $95.99 prix-fixe menu per person, we were sure that our experience would not be a positive one with a pricey menu, we walked out.

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antonio
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food in a quiet environment where conversation is possible.

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vipTomC
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

wonderful neighborhood spot with excellent food and terrific service. Thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Worst table in the house near the door and cold drafts, lengthy wait for service at all points in the dinner, ridiculous amount of staff dropping silverware off plates as though they hadn't been trained in clearing tables, poor attentiveness overall. Food was very good but I won't go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Chou Chou Bistro was a warm, comfortable, and delightful place to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday. The food met expectations and was tasty and beautiful. However, the waitress made the occasion extra special because of her service and sincerity.
The desserts were another highlight of the meal.

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viprubyscooby
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find! Tried this during resturant week and will be going back. Fantastic food and service plus easy parking.

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vipGraigN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Can't beat the value of this place. The food is delightful and the prices are very, very reasonable. Everything my girlfriend and I had was delicious. We will definitely be back.

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vipRichK
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent neighborhood place for excellent French cuisine at reasonable prices. Easy parking and friendly staff.
French onion soup is excellent!

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GailT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Excellent food & service! Will go again!

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Chou Chou Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Chou Chou Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 242-0960.

Chou Chou Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 2189 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.