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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!
San Francisco, CA 94116
Contemporary French, French
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
$30 and under
Dine about town @ $39.95 three courses
every day all night
Chef Michaels and his team will tailor any party to your needs.
As You face the restaurant the parking lot is on your right hand side
Chouchou is less than half a block from the Forest Hill Muni Station. Take Muni Lines L, M or K.
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
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
This is a delightful French bistro. Limited free parking is available, a rarity in San Francisco. I especially enjoyed the confit de canard Wellington and the steak Tartare. The escargots were meaty and excellent. The mousse au chocolat was very tasty without being overly sweet. Well-recommended.
Many people assume that French food consists of very small portions, but that is not the case at Chou Chou. The food was generous in size and very filling. We had the Restaurant Week Lunch (appetizer, entre, dessert) for $25 each. We both had salad; it was delightful. For the entrée , my friend had the mussels; I had salmon crepes. Both were delicious!! The crepes were loaded with salmon; I was barely able to eat it all. Fortunately there was just enough room left for dessert. We had chocolate mousse and crème brulée. Everything we had was delicious, including the wine which, of course, is not part of the $25 price! The atmosphere is very nice and our wait person was pleasant and attentive. My friend and I are both looking forward to our next visit, when we will include some family and friends.
Reservation was honored promptly (restaurant was half empty although it's a small neighborhood spot). Menu was puzzling, plastic coated, and lots of items. I ordered mussels and my husband had the prix fix of mussels, duck confit and apricot tart. The mussels looked like they were steamed in white wine and mined shallots but then about a quart of milk was poured over them so they were swimming in a flavorless liquid. Fries were extra and tasted as if they had been fried in a heavy indigestible oil originally then reheated in the same oil. The duck was a big pumped leg on a bed of carrots and potatoes which were OK but the duck was inedible. The tart looked nice. The service was too attentive; as soon as a utensil was put down, the plate was whisked away. We were in and out in one hour. Not very relaxing.
The food has been uneven at this bistro - though the service has always been excellent - but this evening it was all good, though unremarkable. We both had hanger steak which was very tasty and properly-cooked; the fries were a bit rough and ready but the aioli and the blue cheese sauce were excellent though standard bistro fare. My PEI mussels were well-cooked and the sauce good, though not quite as oceanic as I like it. Dessert was okay.
We were at Chou Chou for mother's day. Food was fantastic, my husband and I had filet mignon, it was done perfect as we have requested. My mother ordered duck, she wanted the duck leg confit, somehow she got dish that was duck breast. Don't know where confusion started. We told our server and they brought us the duck leg confit. My mother just stayed with her dish and she enjoyed it. Our server gave us good service even with the confusion. Their bread was warm and crunchy!
I made an open table reservation for Saturday, May 13th, 2017 for a Mother's Day Dinner. I chose this restaurant because it seemed interesting and I thought my Mom and my 4 siblings would enjoy it. The food was underwhelming especially when you consider its prices - the foie gras was suppose to be seared, but it came out cold - that's not seared. The service however was worse. The waiter was a tall man who lacked charisma and attentiveness. I asked for my bread 4 times before finally receiving it. I had ordered a glass of wine and did not receive it until I reminded the server several times as well. I would not come back here and I did not enjoy the food or the service. The restaurant itself was small and cozy so service should be quite easy especially when maneuvering around the restaurant space, but the server was more concerned about other customers than my table. I wonder if he did not care because the 18% gratuity was already added since my party was 5+.
Went to this restaurant for an early Mother's Day with our 90-year old mother. The staff were very accommodating and went out of their way to make our meal special. We notified them in advance that our mother used a wheelchair, and a table was set aside which she could easily access.
We highly recommend Chou Chou Bistro for routine and special occasions.
Nice place, service mixed - female server was excellent, male was very haphazzard. Food good, rich and tasty. Good choice ford quiet dining if you don't mind spending a higher price for ambience and a bit more for food. Friendly and good location for parking.
This is one of our neighborhood hangouts. My wife and I like to come for lunch or dinner.
Yesterday, we had a nice lunch. We each had a great salad. My wife had the mussels as an entree. I had the pork chop with haricot vert and pommes frites, and a great homemade pie!
Wait staff always attentive and friendly.
The service was excellent. Our wait staff was busy but was so pleasant and helpful. The Groupon we purchased was not as good as the $25 per person for a 3 course at lunch. The mussels were the only dish we enjoyed.
It was our first time for a birthday event but very disappointing. We were also checking it out for a convenient dinner party in the neighborhood but we have to pass.
I hadn't been to Chou Chou for a long time and decided that a nice neighborhood place would fit the bill. The dinner was quite good, and it was nice to see a wine list (for a change!) with a good selection under $40.
Unfortunately, we shared the restaurant with a giant birthday group which featured loads of kids who were loud and boisterous. The parents did next to nothing to quiet them or end their overly-long dinner to minimize their kids' intrusive behavior on other diners. Frankly, they should have rented the entire restaurant or, at a minimum, the restaurant should have alerted us in advance that we would be in the middle of Romper Room.
In an earlier day, this group would have bought the handful of other diners a glass of wine as a small compensation for the noise their group was making. Guess not.
We visited during Valentine's Day and for the amount of food and quality, it was a good value. The server recommended that we also come during regular days as they have a prix fixe menu all year round. The food was delicious, the staff was friendly and the atmosphere was lively. Most likely coming back for another special occasion.
It was Valentine's Day night dinner. It was also our anniversary. We arrived early and they were able to see this earlier. They have a bar there but nobody is attending it.they only have beer and wine. We had a set menu to choose from. We ordered the foie gra and escargot as appetizers. Both were good tasting and appetizers good flavor and preparation. For our main entrées we chose the beef Borgenion and duck breast. Both entrées were not very filling but very tasty. For dessert we had the chocolate mousse and meringue pudding. The meringue was absolutely to die for delicious. Our bill was 275 they automatically added on 18% gratuity. We paid with cash and the waitress asked if we wanted our change… I wonder if she knew the 18% gratuity he was already added on to our bill. In the end she shorted us the change.
$100 per person for a Prix Fixe menu on Valentines Day is only justifiable if the items on the menu feel like they justify the price. In this case, the same offering would probably have cost no more than $50 per person on a regular night, such was the quality choices. Food was distinctly average, had to send my steak back: asked for medium and came very well done. To be fair, the second one came out very quickly and was much better and I did enjoy it.
We love Chou Chou and have been coming here for brunch and dinner for years, however, we'd never been for Valentines Day. Yes, it's a gimmicky night to go out, but the service was horrible and the staff also let those waiting for tables stand right by our table. Butts and legs right by my food--not cool. Also, $100 per person menu without any other choices...pretty pricey for good food, which is ok, but not for bad service. They needed to have more staff on hand!!
We'll probably come back bc we love French food, but for sure never again on VD.
Waiter and waitress were very nice and friendly, food was very good, aside the sauce for the sides of duck leg was a bit too sweet, still can be fix by adding more veggies for example, tasty just too strong. Everything was fine, nothing really to complain. Request and services had been served accordingly.
Great traditional style French restaurant with two prix fixe menus and ala carte items. For the first course, our table had the French onion soup with a thick melted layer of cheese, the beet salad served with arugula and the beautiful crab and avocado salad served in a tower. For the main course, we had the beef bourguignon, lamb chops and seared duck breast served with a red wine sauce. Three thick lamb chops were smothered in a thick wine sauce. Dessert was chocolate mousse and vanilla creme brûlée. A glass of red or white wine came with the prixe fixe meal. All in all a great neighborhood restaurant worth visiting and going back to again.
Chou Chou Bistro has easy access especially the parking. The restaurant should cut down on their seating arrangement, too tight squeeze between tables.
Food was pretty good especially the nice size portion. The environment was not very friendly for a neighborhood dining establishment.
Chou Chou was perfect for my in-laws request for a family lunch to celebrate their anniversary. The customer service was exceptional, the food was delicious, and ambiance was perfect for a Sunday lunch. Would definitely recommend for those living on this side of the City, and something different for those who are always in the rush of being down town.
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