Trou Normand

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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.
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.5
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4.5
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Cdine
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

4 for dinner, enjoyed the chef's board, tasty selections. Quality is very high (and so are prices)

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alexis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good but too expensive for what it is! 50% less will be awesome!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Trendy but nice. Good food.

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vipFood4thought
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my husband’s and my place, our Cheers! Best food and people in this city.

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vipNikiG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This place is nice but ridiculously overpriced even for SF. $15 for chocolate chip cookie?? Sometimes the atmosphere or service elevate and make the price justified but not here. Definitely do not recommend. Many many places equally good for much less.

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jeffs
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

the space is very open; we sat in the front room, there is also a back and a patio area. too cold to sit outside the night we ate here. service was prompt and friendly. Everything we tasted was very good. I don't think I've ever had such small portions of cheese and charcuterie. Each time was good, but nothing stood out as extraordinary. The value was not there for me.

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vipNorbertK
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The waiter made the difference at this restaurant. He helped us navigate the menu and make selections that we did enjoy

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constantlydisappointed
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m 68
Eaten ALOT
Of Very Good food
I Truly Enjoyed every moment
Thank you much

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vipRebeccaT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Over a year ago I went to an after-work tete-a-tete at this beautiful and appealing place maybe 2 years ago and thought it was great. Then we recently tried it for dinner. The menu is very limited in offers, although tasty, items are grossly overpriced, and it was not worth it. I am sorry to say this because I was so looking forward to it. If the value isn't there I will not go back. It is perfect for a few small plates and drinks but you will pay a lot. There was an event in the back so seating was limited to a few large tables -- not so easy for a 4-person conversation. Maybe better for larger groups of 7 or 8.

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joem
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ben and staff are amazing, great place to dine in SF

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vipvmc427
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Salmon and the burger and a gem salad. All were cooked perfectly . The salad dressing was freshly made and seasoned well/

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PeterK
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small menu but very satisfying. Not the most options but those available were quite good.

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Berly
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We ordered the choice of 4 items from the charcuterie board. Of the two salami's we chose, they were incredibly thinly sliced and there weren't enough slices for the five of us to try one of each kind. We were also steered away from one of the pate's as we were told some was provided as part of the accoutrements, but it was not. The accoutrements were excellent, but again, the portion size of each was more in line with serving 1.5 persons, not 5. Everything was great, but seemed skimpy for the price even by SF standards. For main courses, I ordered the burger and it came well done instead of medium rare. Our server didn't come by to ask if we were enjoying our food until she picked up our plates. We were each given a free cookie and tiny shot of cognac due to the overdone burger, which was nice, but I would have rather had enjoyed a properly cooked burger which shouldn't be an issue at a restaurant like Trou Normand. My dining companions had either the salmon or porchetta, which they all said were both excellent. That being said, for me there are far too many other excellent restaurants in SF to bother going back to Trou Normand again.

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vipalsace
London
33 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

So noisy on a Thursday eve that conversation was impossible. People were yelling at one another to overcome the music, which management should have turned down. The waitress on three occasions asked us to repeat ourselves because SHE couldn't hear. SF has enough buzz already...

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peppityp
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant environment and excellent service.
The charcuterie was good and the drinks were excellent.
We didn't try anything else on the menu so I can't really say how good their food is beyond the charcuterie. It was a lovely place to go after MOMA and enjoy an early evening with friends.

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vipFD22
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great service! Delicious food but be prepared for a lot of meat prepared perfectly! Chicken liver mouse with a light strawberry top was beyond superb as was squid-ink sausage! The ambiance was rather hipster but very welcoming and warm. Cocktails were also superb.
Would go again! Fun experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience4

Hair in food

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vipShawnP
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time! Perfect booth for a third date. From the moment we got there till we left, excellent service and the food was amazing.

One reason we have another date is because things went so well. We will be back for another date soon!!

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Mike
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

This rating and review is specifically for the quality of the food. The service here is outstanding and we were well attended to. It's such a shame that the food doesn't reflect the service.

I wanted to like this place so much. It was recommended by 7x7 for their charcuterie plate, which, when we arrived looked very sparse, for the cost on the menu. My girlfriend and I decided to opt for dinner instead because some of the items listed sounded inviting and I am a big mushroom fan.

We started the night with cocktails which we both enjoyed although I felt my scotch cocktail completely masked the flavor of the scotch.

We both shared a plate of Potatoes with Aioli and the mixed pickles. The potatoes were very well cooked, the Aioli was over salted. The mixed pickles were inconsistent in flavor and the cucumbers were barely brined.

Next, my girlfriend had the burger, which she received almost well done when she ordered it medium... It was also very poorly plated and just seemed like an afterthought. It was a very mediocre burger.

I had the lamb belly with the black trumpets. The lamb belly was overcooked and the entire plate was once again over salted.

For almost $200 I would have expected a better experience, but perhaps we came on a wrong day at the wrong time. I suspect one does not come to Trou Normand for food, but rather to have a couple of cocktails and a small bite to eat. If you were an overpaid tech engineer, I can imagine that it's not much of a problem to drop $50 on a sparse charcuterie plate... It just doesn't seem like the value is there for what we received. I could have gone to a tasting menu at a Michelin star restaurant for the money I paid.

Very disappointed and unlikely I will return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The rotating menu makes it both wonderful to try new things, but a favorite is missed. :)

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vipeggs
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Every dish was oversalted. Awful and expensive food. No wonder the restaurant was practically empty and ghost-like. I was embarrassed to have brought my friends there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience3

Terribly overpriced. $49 charcuterie plate included a few slices of salami, a tiny wedge of cheese and a small piece of pate. The $26 dollar eggs were tiny too. My husband ordered a beer and got 1/2 glass. Ridiculous!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent but pricey for what it was.

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ChristopherS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience2

It was halfway outdoors and freezing cold. Took away from overall experience which would’ve otherwise been good to very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very slow service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were a bit disappointed with the food preparation; the Trou Norman Burger came add very raw, and we had to send it back.

Good drinks.

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EricP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great charcuterie! Great cocktails! Burger was just ok.

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BingS
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My wife and I went to Trou Normand for dinner and were personally attended to by Mr. Ben Krupp. He is one of the owners of this restaurant and was managing the place that evening. He was very personable and helpful. While the pricing of dishes was in line with high-end restaurants in San Francisco, the portions were very small. The two rooms of Trou Normand offer vastly different ambiances. The room in which the bar is located is warm and cozy, with big sofas. The room behind it is an enclosed patio which is much quieter. It has long tables with light chairs, almost like a classroom. In short, I would recommend Trou Normand for drinks but not for food.

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Claire
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint joint with hip, artsy vibes amongst the more uppity SF FIDI restaurant scene. The service was delightful and treated our party quite respectfully, playing along with my friend's jokes throughout the night. Highly recommend the Heirloom carrots as a starter and coming with great company to enjoy this lovely spot!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cocktails was great! Outstanding services

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vipMrSolid
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great funky wines, good service, great food especially the potatoes!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience!

DG
DavidG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The charcuterie and cheese board was the best I've ever had along with two outstanding cocktails. The ambience was perfect for the rainy night outside.

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ElLe
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trou Normand is lovely! Its my go to spot for catching up with friends or grabbing a glass of wine after work. They have a delicious burger, wonderful cheese/charcuterie boards and amazing wine list (at a broad range of price points). The host is awesome and the entire staff is really helpful with recommendations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very expensive specially the meats, for $17 u get 4-5 tiny pieces.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Me u is extremely limited.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ambiance, comfort, lightning, menu, music, service, all on point. delightful above and beyond. should feel proud. can not wait to return. many thanks foe a most memorable night.

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vipbonappetit
San Francisco
137 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had eaten at the restaurant in 2014 and 2015. Then the fish course was excellent along with a delicious salad and salaumi. But this time we went on a Saturday night and unbeknown to us the nice tables in the back room were closed. Wish this was on the website or open table because the only options with 4 tables was the community table or bar, which is not comfortable for my wife. Apparently the business/tech crowds on M-F and not on the Saturday night.

The black cod was ok but two small pieces of fish served on a bed of vegetables...in what resembles a soup bowl.... that had a blue country style pattern. When the owner came to say hello which is very nice of him, we explained the dish would be more elegantly presented on a white dinner plate since it shows off the ingredients.

The mortadella was very refined and I wish they had a take out deli for the chacuterie.

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anon
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Wow, Trou has changed so much. Seems like an identity crisis. Sad. Best of luck Trou, I won't be seeing you again.

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CamB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great choice for a date night. The menu changes daily which makes it fresh and the restaurant was busy but not over crowded. Loved the paté as an appetizer and definitely recommend desserts!

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Trou Normand offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 975-0876.

Trou Normand is rated 4.4 stars by 566 OpenTable diners.

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