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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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4.3

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4.1

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4.0

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Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for a Date (11)
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Creative Cuisine (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Anniversaries (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)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 14, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 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 January 1, 2018

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 17, 2017

The food, service, and ambiance was excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 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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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Such a lovely neighborhood restaurant

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 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 19, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 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 12, 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 11, 2017

No comment

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 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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·Dined on October 30, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I selected this restaurant after having seen it on Check please, Bay Area. I thought the atmosphere and the host charming. However, the food was a mixed bag. I had the Moules Mariniere which were flavorless, the Cuisse de Canard Confit Wellington which was very good with its hint of sweetness from maple syrup, and the Vanilla Crème Brulée which was more like a pasty pudding than a custard. The wine list was interesting, mostly french, which I appreciated. Overall, it was okay but I probably would not visit again.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Restaurant week deals all year round makes this our neighborhood go-to restaurant. Good food and a good value.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very relaxing dinner! The service was excellent, and we enjoyed all of our food (crab and avocado salad, French Onion soup, beef Bourgogne (so?), seared prawns, truffle fries and three types of tarts - two fruit and one chocolate.
This is a nice neighborhood restaurant. We will be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our waitress was again very courteous and polite. She has been there for some time, and we really like her!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

My first visit to Chou Chou and it is truly a French Bistro. The menu had many wonderful choices, hard to make decisions. The food was presented beautifully and also was delicious to the palate. The service was very attentive. Lovely neighborhood gem and the prices reasonable. Will definitely return.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The Duck breast was cooked to perfection, medium rare, so juicy, tender, and bursting with duck flavor. And the bite of rare filet mignon I took of my dinner partner was almost as perfect as the duck breast I ordered. The sides worked out wonderfully as well, one with truffle mashed potatoes, of which the truffle is definitely present, yet not overpowering. Melanie, our host/server, and the chef (?) who took our order and the overall service was fantastic. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a beautiful meal at a restaurant that is staffed by people who take pride in their craft. Restaurant has its own parking lot no less.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Cozy place but the food for lunch was very average.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

I love everything about this restaurant and hope that it can stay in business for a long time. The location is a little hard to find - 1 block from Forest Hill station - but once you know it 's there it's easy to get back to. And free corkage on Tuesdays!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

They only have a la carte, no course menu. Please be careful about their big meal, which taste nice.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

This is a place that my partner and I have visited a few times before. The food and staff are great. It is a bit out of the way, but I think it is worth it.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We had a lovely meal with wonderful service. They were able to help us navigate the menu to make gluten free accommodations. I wish more people took advantage of a great neighborhood spot like this.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

A very pleasant surprise! French bistro with terrific food, Piaf in the background, and interesting wine.
Enjoyed the escargot, loved the shrimp in pastis with polenta. Mushroom soufflé and duck on the menu, too. A true neighborhood gem, near Laguna Honda.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Cozy French restaurant serving delicious food.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Friendly staff and very good food! We had a very good time there . We hope to come back another time

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 9, 2017

This was our 5th meal chez Chou Chou, and sadly, not up to par. The porkchop was ordinary, and the mushroom soufflé was too salty and less appealing than previously.
No acknowledgement of our anniversary was made, despite my notation on Open Table.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Excellent! Great food and service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We've been visiting Chou Cou for dinner for years. It's always excellent. This time we went for lunch and ordered the 3 course fixed price menu. Oh so good!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Dependable neighborhood bistro. Friendly service and very good food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Went to this place after a Giants/Pirates game. The place was about half full at 6:30 p.m. The server remembered us even though we had not been there in more than a year. The food was delicious and the two choices for prix fixe were varied. The one reason we don't go to this place more often is that we live in North Beach and it is a long slepp across town for us, but we have decided to make the effort to go here more often.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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