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Chou Chou Bistro

4.5
2201 Reviews
$30 and under
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 mina invites you to experience the warm personalized service that is ChouChou. Bon Appetit!
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMarionMcV
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

First time back to Chou Chou Bistro since pandemic closures. The place has been beautifully remodeled and gives off a completely different vibe; all clean lines and very airy.
Although we had reservations, we had to wait at the entrance for a good while, which was a bit of a nuisance but really speaks more to a shortage of wait staff than anything else, and that is something all restaurants are suffering under right now.
Once we were seated, the service was not notch. The lamb and the trout were quite tasty, though the fish was cooked a bit longer than necessary. Very nice wine, and the server was quite attentive. We'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and reasonable prices. Definitely recommend the Duck and the tiramisu. Hidden Gem!

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vipElizabethM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great neighborhood bistro! Good wine list, fabulous truffle ravioli.

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FLORENCEW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My guest and I were absolutely delighted with our dining experience at Chou Chou last evening! Our server, “Angel” was so nice and attentive. The new interior is beautiful too. Our three course diners were delicious.

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vipChouChou
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I looove French cuisine and partake often, but we both agreed that the canard confit wellington was one of the best meals we've ever had. Lots of good options for French wines (as well as domestic options), and the boeuf bourguignon was excellent as well. I'll be back within the week.

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vipFurdo
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Chou Chou was our first indoor fine dining experience in over a year. We could not have chosen better. The dining room is light and bright, having recently been refurbished, the menu is extensive, and the quality of the ingredients and presentation were excellent. It was the perfect restaurant at which to re-enter the world post pandemic.

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DaisysMom
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Chou Chou is wonderful -- the food, the atmosphere. The updated renovations look great. It is even more welcoming than the last time I went there. I highly recommend it!

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vipdonnasdeals
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our mains were super as was the soup. The only disappointment was the beet salad as the arugula was not that fresh. The lamb and the steak were very good.

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Purrfur
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been back to Chou Chou for years. Now that I'm vaccinated, I was able to take my sister out for a quiet, safe belated birthday dinner. First time making a dinner reservation in over a year and half. Food & Service were lovely. I plan to return more in the future.

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LisaL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I like this restaurant and will probably go back. The food is Ok and some dishes are exceptional (mussels, boef bourgenon) while others are more ordinary. The biggest issue I have had in the last 2 times that I have gone has been the service. The front end of the service was slow, but the last half was nearly aggressive to get us out. We did end up being the last to leave but were only there for about 95 minutes.

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vipNYtransplant
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Still one of our favorites. The fish was a little overdone, but otherwise everything was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We did not order from the three course menu as we wanted the mushroom soufflé. The waiter took the order and came back 10 minutes later to tell us that it wasn’t available. We went with the moule frites.

The French onion soup was ok, and the salad was fresh and well dressed.

The entree food was below average, mussels were over cooked, and the confit Wellington was greasy and the meat was dry.

We were charged for the soufflé on the bill, and we had to correct the amount. Service was ok.

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Memorable
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Renovation really brightens and updates the ambiance. Very welcoming and the staff are friendly. The food selection is great and the chef was excellent. Overall I will return for another visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The re-model is impeccably first class. Been there several times but this past Mother’s Day everything all added up to perfection. Very sweet staff and the food was flawless!

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vipCityfoodie
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The ChouChou makeover is lovely, very different from original. Wondering if new owners as the food quality was not particularly French in the style remembered.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Chou Chou offers excellent food and an outstanding, warm outdoor patio. The patio is covered with 2 heat lamps that are cozy enough to remove your jacket :-)

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Suebee
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We were greeted and seated promptly. The server came by for our order quickly. He never asked if we wanted a drink or appetizers. We ordered and waiter left table not asking if we wanted a drink again. I finally got his attention to order a drink. The food came and it looked unappealing but tasted ok. We were pretty much ignored for about 15 minutes before they cleared our plates. I was looking forward to this place because of the good reviews. I hope they step up things in the future but I will not be going here again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Steak was tough.

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HelenK
London
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant week. Delicious overall. Fave was tuna tartare salad. Filet mignon was a bit overdone. Chef offered a new plate but I rejected because didn't want to be wasteful. Beef was edible. Chef surprised me with a new plate boxed to go & gave a free dessert! Based on his hospitality, I would give it a 2nd try. Nice neighborhood find!

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AndreaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor space with heaters. Our waiter was great and helped us select our wine and food per our request. Thank you for a great date night out!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I don't think the Prix Fixed meal with house was worth $65. I was not in heaven with the food. You never know, the wine could've been 2 buck Chuck but nothing that was impressive. The mushrooms in my meal were canned. That was obvious. You can tell fresh from canned. I won't recommend or return here. The experience was disappointing.

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SanFranciscoGal
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tuxedo Bombe was terrific as was the rest of the meal. Even the vegetables were delicious. We went during SF Restaurant week, so the price was good for what we ate. I had to bring home some leftovers.

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10sdoc
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great selection of delicious appetizers. We enjoyed the tuna carpaccio and bone marrow.
Mains were equally impressive. The duck confit Wellington was unique and delicious, the seared prawns with asparagus excellent. Deserts were just average. Overall, a memorable meal. Hoping to return to try more selections.

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LawrenceF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rack of lamb was incredible and the mussels were so delicious

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vipluv2eat
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot to try out during restaurant week. Love the ambience and great customer service. Warning: food is very rich but delicious! Fantastic desserts too.

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vipJeffGaines
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a thoroughly delightful dinner from start to finish highly recommend this restaurant we go quite often

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vipYFsf
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing and pleasant!

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ReneeDGO
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had seen the restaurant on my way home and wondered if the food was good. I was just b gobsmacked by the the great service, food and ambiance. I wish I could go every day...the lamb was delicious!!

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vipDineinla
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and good service

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EdwardN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy parking and staff was very friendly. The filet mignon was the best my wife has ever had and she orders it well done. I had a bite and it was tender and juicy. The pork cutlet was excellent and portions are ample. I will return.

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vipNina
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Cute local bistro with a nice outdoor dining area in COVID times. Friendly service.

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LisaL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Had a great time and the “outdoor” dining was great. The service was amazing and overall really good. We tasted some wines prior to ordering a glass and the waiter was knowledgeable about the food. On the negative side, The background music was worse than elevator music and the both fries (served cold) and the cheeseburger (overcooked) could have been better.. All the other dishes (mussels, beef dish) were tasty and well prepared.

Would go again, but probably be more careful on what I ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For Valentine’s it was great ! Big portions and yummy food. Great service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente customer service, great vibe, food was great
This is one of my favorites restaurants in sf
Just love it

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DeirdreO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely out door setting, very nice service and very tasty food!

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Allie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved! Such a great outdoor space and the food was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy to be there. The food was delicious and the service excellent.

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trbarton
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

II was a surprise dinner for a birthday for my friend. The surprise was that they didn’t know the price. Everything was excellent & we talked with the owners & complimented as to how every thing was. I big surprise was when they brought out a extra dessert with Happy Birthday lettered around the plate.

The staff was very accommodating & the service was great.

Our salad was so generous it could have been a meal by itself.

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PunkM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very attentive. The patio is very small. The food was good but dint have the richness of flavors more bland than I expected.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful outdoor patio. One beef dish was overdone, another had a mistake and they had to re-do leading to delay. But overall was good.

FAQs

Chou Chou Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with 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 4.5 stars by 2201 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.