Trou Normand is great place to eat cured meats and sip crafty cognac cocktails.
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.
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
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!
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.
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 :)
Love love love this place. The cocktails and food are amazing, so lucky it's in my neighborhood!
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.
Overpriced for what you get
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.
The restaurant was not open during the time of the reservation.
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.
Small portions and way overpriced. Service just OK. Beef quality was very good.
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.
A favorite of ours! We had creamed potatoes, pea shoots salad, the meats, and the trout. All yums.
Too loud, half the menu items were unavail, they forgot our side dishes. Disaster.
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.
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?
Great food - most unengaged waitress who just couldn’t have cared less about anything.
We sat outside on Easter. The staff was exceptionally nice. We were the last people there.
It was my second time there. The first time I came with friends and shared some plates and a filet. It was one of the best steaks I’ve had in the city! Then this time around we shared one of the steaks on the menu that was the closest they had to the filet. It just wasn’t flavorful, we both thought it could have been much tastier. The service and our cheeses were great tho!
The food is really good, we weren’t too hungry so had appetizers. The mains are super pricey. The drinks were interesting and pours heavy. Service was really good - friendly and knowledgeable.
New interesting foods to try. Best bratwurst ever.
Chef Seth is the man!! Food is amazing along with the service.
Outstanding charcuterie! The pork is unbelievable. Service wonderful. Great cocktails. Definitely unique menu of you love meat!
It took almost 3 hours for the meal despite asking for quicker service
Perfection as always
Trou Normand was the perfect spot to kick off a Saturday MOMA + brunch date! The little gem salad was yummy and they are NOT messing around with the Cubano - its sooo good! The delightfully chill atmosphere, cool jazzy tunes and classically beautiful decor made it tough to leave but we had art to see. Can’t wait to come back!
Trou Normand is a very unique restaurant. Inside it is quite pretty, but most of the seating is outside under a tent, which is OK but not great. The food is OK but seemed a bit expensive. The olives were really good, and the steak we ordered was fantastic, but gosh it better be for the price we paid ($40 for about 12 oz a la carte?) The broccoli and farro side dishes were just OK. Empanadas were pretty good. There are about 20 different types of salami on the menu. They were pretty good but wow, again, expensive. The service was incredibly relaxed, despite our repeated pleas that we needed to get to a show. Overall, not a bad night but definitely not a great one either.
Fantastic experience. Classy but not unfriendly. Warm ambience. Wonderful food. Only disappointment was I informed them it was my fiancé's birthday but no special dessert, special menu, or even special mention was made. Otherwise experience was good enough to overlook this.
The best charcuterie I've ever had. I have never had anything else from the menu, just charcuterie and cheeses and lovely cocktails.
Real cool space, ok lunch food. Dinner may be better
Vegetarian options are extremely limited.
Not a good place for vegetarians. They have almost nothing for them.
Hands down one of the best meals I have ever had!
The burger was tasty but looked so sad and lonely on a small plate with no sides. Kind of ridiculous that their sandwiches don't come with even a token few leafs if lettuce on the side.
My five coworkers and I picked Trou Normand for our holiday celebration lunch and it turned out to be an enjoyable, relaxed-paced meal together. The service was very friendly and attentive!
This was great! Wish they had a few more vegetarian or fish options.
They were wonderful! It was our anniversary, and they made us feel special. The food was on point, and the service excellent. Highly recommend!
Great selection of charcuterie. And some fine cheeses. Moreover, the cocktails were good as well