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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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4.1

service

4.3

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4.1

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4.0

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Quiet

85% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (14)
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Good for a Date (9)
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Romantic (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Fun (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The staff were friendly, competent, and attentive in a good way. The food was delicious. The ambiance took me back to Paris. I enjoyed hearing customers speaking French. I look forward to dining there again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 23, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Brunch on Sunday at 11:30 was very nice. Salmon crepe and lamb crepe were delicious and came with green salads. Desserts were mixed fruit tart and chocolate- pear tart. Both were very tasty. Service was excellent and friendly.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Food was incredible!! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on May 13, 2017

What a great find - and right on our doorstep too. Great steak and delicious wine, looking forward to returning. A lot.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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+.

sincerely,
underwhelmed customer.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great little bistro. Perfect for small parties. The food was awesome like always.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Exceeded our expectations. Best onion soup ever tasted and the prix fixe menu was delicious. Our pork chops were delicious. Melanie Mae us feel welcome and helped my wife with her French.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Nice joint to get some authentic European cooking - with an emphasis on French, such as the mushroom souffle and chocolate mousse.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2017

I had traditional French onion soup and a mushroom soufflé. It was like eating in Paris. So fun. My husband had a salad and pork chop. He enjoyed it very much. We will go again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Intimate dining with true French flavor and attention to detail. Staff is considerate, adept and there when you want them to be present and not at all intrusive. Excellent cuisine and dining experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

lovely food, atmosphere and service
we were not rushed
multicourse menu a bargain

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant and wonderful staff. Great food for the price fixe

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Always great food and service. Weekday lunch is quiet. Melanie is wonderful!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Just dined at Chou Chou Bistro for the second time. The food and the staff were stellar. The boeuf bourguignon is everything. We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 19, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Consistently good food on three separate visits, very pleasant service, and accessible for the mobility impaired.

Tags: Authentic, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2017

This is a cute restaurant with delicious food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Filet mignon was amazing-must have

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Meh...not worth going back. Cute place but not returnable

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 26, 2017

This place is our go to for special dates. We absolutely love the food and service is great too!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

This is a cute little restaurant to go on a date. It's quiet and small. And the food and wine are delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

$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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

It's the best filet mignon, juicy and tender.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Have been going to ChouChou for over a decade and Michaels has really brought back the quality of food and experience. A marvelous neighborhood gem.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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