Chou Chou Bistro

4.2
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2165 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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 Michaels invites you to experience the warm personalized service that is ChouChou. Bon Appetit!
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipShaadyS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
9 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
77 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
39 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
1 review
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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franks
San Francisco
1 review
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
40 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
10 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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eugened
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service was excellent.
Hardly anyone in the restaurant during our dinner which started at 6pm.and finished around 715pm.
The food came out quickly. My French Onion soup was delicious, the salad was a bit boring.
My steak was cooked perfectly, but lacked tenderness and flavor. The bleu cheese sauce was underwhelming.
Overall the dinner was pleasant, but the food was a little disappointing.

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vipEllen
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always have a wonderful dinner at this restaurant. Servers are so pleasant, and the food is awesome. I had the shrimp this time, my daughter had the salmon, and my husband had beef. Their desserts are excellent also.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant afternoon
No problems

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JonathanS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, although menus was a bit red meat heavy. Good wine list and friendly service. Brought back good memories of being in a Paris Bistro.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderfully delicious Christmas dinner, thank you Chef Michael!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Went there on Christmas Day, service wasn’t very friendly, also the waiter didn’t seem to know what the Items on the menu were and kept repeating them in English while the menu was in French. We ordered the duck and found the sauce to be too sweet. Deserts were good but not amazing. Overall a disappointment, not planning on coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

This is a good neighborhood restaurant. We reserved for holiday dinner via open table. There was not notification that they were only doing. 75 pp Prix fixe option when the reservation was confirmed. Normally this is 40 pp. cute place but this was definitely a bate and switch.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a Christmas set menu. I wish we were told that in advance through the app when I made the reservation. It would have been nice if the restaurant contacted me by phone to inform me of the special menu. That having been said, the food was very good and the staff was friendly. No complaints aside from the surprise menu.

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Momzilla
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not eaten here in awhile. I'm happy to report that the food was really delicious. I ordered the three course meal for $40 and feel it was a good deal given the size of the portions and quality and taste of the food.

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vipKellyW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!! We will be back soon!!!! Yummy!!!

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vipVERA
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We’ll be back. Scallops very good but over priced.

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ScottB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here a few times per year as the Three-Course dinner is an excellent value.

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ChristineP
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I am sorry but this was a very, un-French bistro and an embarrassment to me because I invited international guests. I will never go there again.

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vicki
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous neighborhood restaurant. LOVE the French music.

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vipLauraP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was excellent. Nice neighborhood spot. Highly recommend.

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Nicholas
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another amazing meal at Chou Chou! We had the duck leg confit, salmon, and mushroom soufflé. Sooo tasty!

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vipRita
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love their panko-crusted salmon with light dill sauce. It is usually quiet on weekend afternoons for a lovely late lunch.

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ErikaF
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service was attentive yet not intrusive. Our meals: Appetizer, maincourse and dessert. All were exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food at a reasonable price! This place is a treasure.

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MarianneM
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Too costly even with the Groupon. Playing loud rock music.

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LaurelD
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The food was excellent, but the service was begrudging.

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viprazfine
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been going to Chou Chou for many years. Their menu has changed several times. This may be their best. They have a 3-course meal for $40. Everyone loved all courses. Especially delicious was the duck leg confit and boeuf bourgignon. All desserts and appetizers were great. We highly recommend Chou Chou. We will be back a lot sooner in the future.

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FranC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. This is the 3rd time I've been here for dinner. Each time I've ordered something different and it is always wonderful.

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DaveInSF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Although we had the first seating for dinner & the restaurant was empty, they placed us in a corner by the front door looking out onto the rather rough looking parking lot. That being said, food was very good, presentation was lovely, & the wine was delicious. Very nice ambience.

FAQs

Chou Chou Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, 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 4.2 stars by 2165 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.