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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RT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

j
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

v
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PK
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

a
London
31 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

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...

p
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

FD
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

Hair in food

SP
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

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.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

e
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

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!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent but pricey for what it was.

CS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very slow service

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great charcuterie! Great cocktails! Burger was just ok.

BS
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cocktails was great! Outstanding services

MS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience!

DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

EL
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Me u is extremely limited.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

b
San Francisco
136 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

a
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

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

CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

SV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst dining experience, possibly ever. My cheeseburger came raw on the inside after a 30-minute wait. After another 20 minutes, they brought me a new one, ALSO RAW on the inside. (The manager seemed totally unphased and unconcerned. No apology from him at all.) At that point, my husband had finished his underwhelming pasta dish and we were late for a holiday party, so I didn't have time to order something else. Even though they comped our dinners, we still ended up spending over $100 on 2 drinks and a charcuterie plate. Such a rip off, and I left still hungry.

Additional issues: we sat at a booth in the bar area, and it was so, so cold. I wore my puffer jacket through the whole meal. The menu is really mediocre with surprisingly few options for gluten-free diners. There is literally not one single gf starch option since they fry their potatoes in a shared fryer. I asked for my burger on greens and the lettuce came spotted and wilted. The "side" for the burger was literally 3 pickles.

This place is great for drinks but the dinner service is pathetic. It's no wonder we got a reservation the night before a Friday in December in SF. We've had dinner here numerous times before and it was great, but since then, the menu has changed, as has the service and overall attitude of the people who work there. Never going back.

LD
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have been trying to get to this restaurant for a long time. Unfortunately, I was not wowed. First of all, the tables/booths are huge so not very cozy. The food was really just ok. Their signature pork chop was fairly good, but their homemade sausages were salty and not that tasty. All in all, I was a bit disappointed and won’t be back given all of the other wonderful restaurants in this city!

RY
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Chef's selection charcuterie plate was pretty small for the price tag. Arancini we're good but comically small. Cocktails were spectacular, particularly the cognac old-fashioned.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was incredibly accommodating, especially given that I accidentally booked two reservations and almost half my party dropped off. Thank you again!

JC
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
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.

L
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
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!

N
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

r
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on October 6, 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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