Trou Normand

4.4
511 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Bar Seating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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–Fri 12:00 pm–5:30 pm
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Brunch
Sat 12:00 pm–5:30 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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Natoma
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Public transit
Montgomery Bart Station
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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 511 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Extremely lovely spot. We will be back!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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

Want to go back for drinks and charcuterie!

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2.0Dined on July 24, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 10, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

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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2.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Overpriced for what you get

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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1.0Dined on May 9, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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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2.0Dined on May 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on April 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Great cocktails.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

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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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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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2.0Dined on April 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

New interesting foods to try. Best bratwurst ever.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Chef Seth is the man!! Food is amazing along with the service.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Outstanding charcuterie! The pork is unbelievable. Service wonderful. Great cocktails. Definitely unique menu of you love meat!

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2.0Dined on March 14, 2018

It took almost 3 hours for the meal despite asking for quicker service

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Perfection as always

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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