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About Chou Chou Bistro

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!

400 Dewey Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94116
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, French

Hours of Operation:
Closed Mondays
Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Cross Street:
Laguna Honda

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 242-0960

Website:
http://www.chouchoubistro.com/

Entertainment:
Dine about town @ $39.95 three courses
every day all night

Catering:
Chef Michaels and his team will tailor any party to your needs.

Parking Details:
As You face the restaurant the parking lot is on your right hand side

Public Transit:
Chouchou is less than half a block from the Forest Hill Muni Station. Take Muni Lines L, M or K.

Executive Chef:
H. Michaels

Private Party Facilities:
Sit down and enjoy yourself as our attractive staff work the dimly lit room, maneuvering tables, pushing aside dangling cylindrical lamps, and ensuring that well-heeled locals are having a grand old time.

Private Party Contact:
Event Coordinator: (877) 795-5444

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
TUESDAYS... FREE CORKAGE & No limit, bring all you can drink- champagne, red wine and white wine as well as dessert wines!

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Chou Chou Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (22)
Good for a Date (15)
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Authentic (12)
Cozy (11)
Casual (10)
Romantic (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent as always, we love their selection of main entrees

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Lovely quiet neighborhood restaurant with fre parking. Food and service were excellent...CAB

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Valentine Day-after dinner

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was excellent- I ordered a rare steak, which was cooked to perfection- my wife’s salmon was excellent.
Our only complaint was being seated at a cramped table near the door, which was breezy and cold when people entered or left.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Cozy, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Special Valentine dinner very good a little pricey but how often do you go to Valentine day dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

My dinner ended well with the dessert. Île Flottante
Light soft meringue, Vanilla Cream, Caramel, and toasted almonds.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Soupe À L'Oignon: served hot and nicely cheesy. Cuisse De Canard Confit Wellinglton: generous portion, maple vinaigrette too sweet for my taste. Soufflé Aux Champignons: very nice - our favorite that evening. Service outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My family and I have dined at Chou Chou several times in recent years now. This last occasion we had more interaction with the chef/owner. It would have been great if he had a welcoming and pleasant attitude throughout, however, he seemed to have mixed feelings about us. Being the first patrons of the evening he saw us seated yet ignored us. Later on he came by to take our orders but again wasn't friendly. He also did some serving yet seemed irritated that I intended to share my appetizer and had moved the dish to the middle of the table; thus, upon seeing what I did he spoke not a word but proceeded to hurriedly replace the dish to its original setting. Later on he did wish my husband birthday greetings yet didn't invite any staff to join him. I noticed that he was quite open and jolly to other patrons except if they were a certain race. I find it to be very unprofessional behavior for an establishment's owner.

As for the food, well, as usual it was all right yet not anything extraordinary. The same menu has been around for years now.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This is a great French restaurant. The food is excellent, the service is not rushed and overall the experience is a wonderful comfortable dinner. I especially liked that the tables were not crammed against each other and one could easily have a conversation while eating. I would recommend the escargot, the lamb chops and the Ile flottant.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Love our neighborhood restaurant. French onion soup and steak tartare.. Perfect for a Friday evening not cooking at home.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Always a wonderful place to whether for a special occasion or just a night out for dinner. Food is always delicious, the staff very attentive and always leave with a smile on my face. You will no be disappointed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Needs an overhaul... dining room decor is dusty and dirty.. makes me wonder how clean the kitchen is..?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Charming little french restaurant in a quiet neighborhood of San Francisco. Good hearty country french cuisine. Amiable staff. Easily accessible by SF Metro.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Stumbled across this restaurant after seeing it in SF Restaurant Week. Thought their prix fix menu was ideal for my husband and I. Such a lovely, quaint, little place. Service was impeccable. Food was superb. Will be back again. AND their prix fix is available every day!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The bread and butter was the main reason why I wanted to go back. The mussels and the steak and the creme brulee was the Cherry on top. So happy to see they have the $40 dinner special year round.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I went with a friend for the restaurant week and the service was good. All the food are pretty good except for the steak which was over cooked and the value was not worth it.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food and services are very good. Cramped seating.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Everything was fabulous - the food, very French but reasonably priced.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We recently moved from the Washington DC area to SF. Washington has a number of exceptional French restaurants and we have eaten at many of them. Chou Chou blew them away. It was the best French food we have had in quite some time. The parking is easy and the service was great. We will definitely go back. It was a wonderful evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We each had the $40 dinner special which included 3 courses. I loved the French onion soup. I was full after the entree but couldn't resist the dessert. Good quality food and ample portions. Excellent choices of wine by the glass. The service was timely but a little brusque. This is a cozy neighborhood spot with yummy food.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

The food was excellent especially the scallop. I will go back again for sure.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Good choice for a casual neighborhood French Bistro. Fish dishes and salads were excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great local restaurant. Hidden gem. Food is great and they offer great values. Staff always friendly and very attentive. The food reminds you of France without being there. Good selections and many choices to choose from. The onion soup is the best.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Always special! A small, authentic French bistro, the food and ambience are what makes us return for intimate and cared-for dining. Like walking into a Paris neighborhood cafe, you feel like you are back in France. Not easy to find nor park on a busy street, it’s worth it. A reasonable cost choice these days, likely to be around $50+/person, you will feel at home and leave full of memories and good food.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants. We had a wonderful dinner on New Year’s Eve. Excellent service and food. Consistently great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas lunch with Friends

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food, service, and ambiance was excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had dinner at Chou Chou Bistro a few years ago and loved it. Sadly it has gone downhill since them. The entrees were bland and tasteless. The sauces would have been tastier and more fresh had we bought them in a jar from the local Safeway store. Beers were flat and overpriced. Overall, the quality of the food was so lacking, it's unlikely we will return again and we certainly would not recommend it.....at $186.00 for 3, it was just not worth it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The luxury of quiet! A charming place where you can carry on a conversation with your tablemates without shouting! A luxury in this town. Also unrushed. We've been twice for lunch. Haven't tried dinner. Plus excellent French Onion Soup.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Such a lovely neighborhood restaurant

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We love this well-kept secret. Top notch food, service, and ambience. Merci, Chef Michaels and crew!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Perfect setting and food quality for a causal week-end lunch.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always a good value mostly catering to locals. Nice wine list reasonably priced.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

A great neighborhood restaurant for French food. French onion soup and the duck dish are my favorite. On an on-going basis, they have Restaurant Week menu ($40/pp for a 3-course meal) which is quite reasonable.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We were excited to try this neighborhood restaurant but sadly we were left rather unimpressed. The service of the staff was amazing and they were very attentive. What fell short was the food. The beef tartar way over seasoned. We could not taste the beef at all, and all we tasted was the mustard. The salmon dish was also not successful. There was way too much dill, and it overpowered the dish completely. The artichoke hearts in the dish seem to have come straight from a can and left untreated or elevated.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Chou Chou is a hidden gem! The ambiance is very pleasant with Sinatra playing quietly in the background. The service was fantastic! And the food was top notch!

Our server made an excellent wine recommendation, and every dish was wonderful!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food and service. Quiet enough for a private conversation over a meal.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The place is ok, service was good. Food is very ordinary. Not the best quality.
Had not been for 2 years for this exact reason. Thought it may have improved.
No, same average at best.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Brings back memories of my time spent in France. Just really good food are fair prices.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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