Trou Normand

4.5
522 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Named for the northern French tradition of a shot of brandy between courses, this second location, from the owners of James Beard Award winning Bar Agricole, unites the pleasures of traditional mixed drinks and uncomplicated food.

The focus of the kitchen is house-made charcuterie and salumi. As many as 40 types of charcuterie are available on the all-day menu. Seasonal sides and simple cuts of meat round out the dinner options.

The focus of the drink menu is brandy. Many of the Armagnacs, Cognacs and Calvados served at Trou Normand and Bar Agricole are found nowhere else in the world.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Organic
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 975-0876
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Seth Stowawy
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Cross street
Natoma
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Public transit
Montgomery Bart Station
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

Trou Normand is great place to eat cured meats and sip crafty cognac cocktails.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 522 People Are Saying
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JC
Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was pretty tasty, but not nearly tasty enough to warrant the price, especially with those tiny portion sizes. Ordered one entre and an appetizer for each person at the table, and almost nobody felt left feeling satiated.

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L
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for charcuterie in FiDi. Even allow our 2 huskies on the patio. Beggars got to lick the fois gras terrine which was our of this world!

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N
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Limited and overpriced menu. Good service. Like the indoor seating.

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r
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always love this spot. Outdoor patio is heated and seems to be in a canyon formed by immense skyscrapers, a truly impressive setting. Of course the charcuterie is awesome.

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J
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Noisy but overall good service and excellent meals

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NM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful interior with crafty fun cocktails, excellent charcuterie beautifully served and made in house! Great place for casual or business meal and I can't wait to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Trou Normand is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Great drinks, excellent food and good ambiance.

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EM
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Trou Normand was a wonderful choice for a Friday night dinner. Traffic was bad and I was late - and yet they were completely understanding and sat me at the table while I waited for my friends who came ten minutes later. They brought me a glass of wine while I waited. We ordered the charcuterie platter and had the chef choose the 4 items for us - some specialty meat, salamis, 2 cheeses, crusty bread with fresh jam. Ordered the salmon skillet bread (like a small salmon pizza) and the house hamburger with sweet greens salad. All was so fresh and quintessentially San Francisco, which is what I was hoping for. Not huge portions. We were seated in the heated annex - not as cozy as the booths but it was better as my friends were late so less conspicuous! They loved their white wine and I enjoyed my glass on Pinot Noir. Very nice and knowledgeable staff.

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RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid wine list. Amazing house made charcuterie. Friendly servers.

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really liked the casual chic atmosphere. Food and service were great.

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SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely lovely spot. We will be back!

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was impossible to hear my friends over the volume of the music. Totally unnecessary.

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w
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The entrees were mostly delicious especially the pork chop. Which was perfectly cooked and tender. The pickles appetizer was overly pickled. The padron peppers were nicely done though each quite spicy. Our guests had the burger and salmon which they seemed to enjoy.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The charcuterie board was great, drinks fantastic, carbonara tasty.

Want to go back for drinks and charcuterie!

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b
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I had a really disappointing experience at Trou Normand! It was my birthday, which the waiter was aware of. He was not accommodating at all, or even enthusiastic that we were all celebrating. During dinner, the waiter did not return once, leaving the majority of the table without a beverage.

After we finished our meal, the waiter did not return for 20+ minutes. Once he did come by, he abruptly dropped the check off without a word - not even asking how dinner was or if we would like dessert. For the amount of money we spent, the experience was pretty bad. I will not be returning anytime soon, or recommending the restaurant to anyone.

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M
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The space is pretty well thought out, although the outside flesh colored tile does not seem to mesh with the overall atmosphere. The servers and staff were very friendly and attentive. Being vegetarian it would have been nice to have more options, however I realize it is a meat heavy restaurant. My date and I wanted to try it even though we are both vegetarians. Because of that we probably won't be back anytime soon (unless they offer more veggie options).

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NT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

I have been a fan since they opened but the food prices have become obnoxious. $15 for a small salad of greens which should be a side salad has changed my mind about them.

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JP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

The music in the bar area was far too loud and the host did a very poor job at turning it down. No one enjoyed sitting in there and the bar mostly empty due to the high volume.

Get some sound dampening panels. Get a playlist that folks don't have to shout over.

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KP
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Tru Normand is our go to for charcuterie but we normally sit at the bar. This time we sat at a table and the service was terrible.

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DA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, food, and cocktails! Look forward to going back, really great!

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f
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is good. ( salads) Menu is limited. Lots of pork. Didn’t see a wine I had to have. Service is mixed. Server didn’t check how I wanted it cooked, even though I said I take the same as my colleague. Mine was medium well instead of med rare. Miscommunication led to me paying for food I didn’t want. Cardamom ice cream high quality and large portion. Could have used a small cookie or garnish, which is common in many restaurants.

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PT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was wayyy too slow. We sat next to the kitchen and could see them pumping out plates and plates of food for other tables, but ours waited almost an hour for our food. And we already told them we were pressed for time. Food is great but a lunch joint in Soma needs to be faster

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DM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even with half the restaurant reserved for a company event, the service was superb and we had great recommendations for food and drinks. Cocktails are always on point and change frequently enough that if you go more than once in a week, the menu changes!

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d
Dubai
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

When making the reservation we were asked if we wanted to sit outside on the heated patio and of course we selected yes, when we arrive, without any notice we have been seated inside. One of the appetizers we ordered came with a weird taste, the yoghurt in it went sour. As my wife is pregnant we didn't drink that night so I cannot comment on their drink menu but the bar was cool, ambience was ok (nothing special other than leather booths and gigantic art on the wall). I understand San Francisco is not good with dress codes but people with baseball caps kill the dining scene. All and all it's nothing special, just a slightly fancier diner.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! It also has a very quaint and calming energy about it that doesn't make you feel like you're in the heart of downtown.... highly recommended :)

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s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this place. The cocktails and food are amazing, so lucky it's in my neighborhood!

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P
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I enjoyed the charcuturie plate; it was a generous appetizer portion. The salmon was fresh and cooked very rare (the way I like it). The gem salad had no gems and had a vinegary taste. I didn't like it. Expensive but this is San Francisco.

The seats at Trou Normand are horrible. Uncomfortable metal chairs with too small a seat. Hard to lean back and relax; you sit up stiffly for the entire meal. I won't go back because of the seats.

The booths in the front of the restaurant look comfortable. If you can't get one of those, I'd pass.

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s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Overpriced for what you get

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DL
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

For a place that boasts about the origins and quality of its beef and pork, the results were disappointing. The charcuterie plate was very ordinary. The slices of salami tasted like store bought, and the pickled vegetables and bologna were bland.
The $52 flank steak (ordered medium-rare but was cooked to medium) arrived already sliced, and was VERY TOUGH. I ended up chewing on the pieces and then leaving the chewed pieces on the plate. Afterwards I wondered if the kitchen had sliced the steak parallel to the grain and not perpendicular? A major mistake for a meat centered restaurant, or any restaurant for that matter. On the other hand, the cocktails and wine were pretty good.

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A
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was not open during the time of the reservation.

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was disappointing. We had the burger, salmon tartar appetizer, spaghetti carbonera, and salmon. Salmon was undercooked, burger was just ok, the salmon tartar appetizer was also meh. The carbonera was the only yummy meal. not worth it.

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SP
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Small portions and way overpriced. Service just OK. Beef quality was very good.

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LF
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time in downtown San Francisco and I did a search for organic restaurants nearby and boy did we hit the jackpot. That was the freshest most incredible food, the local meats and the cheeses are as exceptional as can be found anywhere. We sat out in the courtyard which was a beautiful haven in the middle of the city and our server could not have been more helpful and enthusiastic.

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LH
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A favorite of ours! We had creamed potatoes, pea shoots salad, the meats, and the trout. All yums.

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ED
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Too loud, half the menu items were unavail, they forgot our side dishes. Disaster.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

They gave us drinks that was not the one we ordered. They are not fit to be a Group friendly bar / restaurant. They messed our drink orders and food orders.

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P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overpriced for what it is. Total absence of any Gallic flair, despite the name. Starters were small and didn’t hit the spot, steaks were ok, but not special and simply a lump of meat. Desert was just broken up chunks of chocolate (same brand as available at the ferry building)-which for the price is a complete p-take. All in all total absence of effort, tart up some interesting building give it a quirky name, serve any old grub and they will come... right?

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food - most unengaged waitress who just couldn’t have cared less about anything.

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CB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside on Easter. The staff was exceptionally nice. We were the last people there.

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