Everything was super intimate and amazing. The food was superb and the service was very special. We would highly recommend and definitely repeat.
Very intimate experience. Food was amazing. Server also! A hidden gem!
Had to wait 20 minutes even though we had a reservation. It’s busy in the city and I get that. Unfortunately there is nowhere to stand and wait without feeling like you are in the way of the staff, other patrons arrivng and breathing down the necks of diners that are already seated. Although a cute cafe like place, the food was a little too frou frou for us although we both enjoy French restaurants. Just not a place for us.
An incredible experience with delicious food and charming staff. Really though, the food and ambience are amazing!
Overall amazing experience!! Great food, very much like the bistros in Paris! The bone marrow is a must.
Fantastic ambiance! Food was very good, but restaurant provides limited options. Might not be the best place for people who very pick eaters. Loved the "adventure" choice. So much fun.
We ate early one evening before a play (they open at 5:30) and were seated quickly, upstairs per our request on OpenTable. So far, so good.
The servers were uneven with the older gay guy being the best and our female server somewhat disdainful, as if she didn't like her job (or us). Every course was brought to our table opposite of the person who ordered. Either the food runner was bad at his job or our waitress kept getting the positions wrong, since statistically he should have gotten it right at least once out of three tries. Not the end of the world, but noteable.
The food was fine, but the menu is incredibly limited and at times the portions were small. It is a small house (maybe 40 patrons could fit?), so the small menu is understandable, but please be generous with the food. We ordered the mussels and the stinky cheese croquettes to start. The mussels (which one server called moules and others referred to as merely mussels) were exactly 8 on the plate. Hmm. Not nearly good enough when a typical appetizer in the city is at least a 12-16. The croquettes were good (after all, they are fried cheese balls) and were a healthier portion (4 medium sized balls). After seeing the size of the entrees, my husband (who ordered the mussels) ordered another salad.
We ordered the lamb sirloin and the branzino. The lamb was not the best cut with quite a few gristly parts, though it was flavorful and well prepared. The branzino was terrific, though could have used a bit of salt. Both were on the lighter side with the lamb coming only with a cranberry compote and the fish with turnip puree. We ordered the chocolate pot de creme and were satisfied with it.
Given the number of other quality restaurants in San Francisco, I couldn't recommend this one.
This is a very funky, charming French Restaurant. It was our second visit. The last time was a few years ago. It is more polished now than it was then. The food, salad, bread, duck and branzino were all excellent as was the rose. The persimmon dessert was to die for. Our server was outstanding, perfectly attentive and personable. I love the place.
Our service was incredible made our night very special! Our server Ian was incredible and the food so delicious!!
My wife and I went to Bouche for our 36th wedding anniversary and were treated incredibly well. The seating is tight, like a Paris restaurant, so if you don’t like that environment this is not your dinner spot. We loved it.
The food was delicious — the best duck I’ve ever eaten. The service was friendly and fast. Our wait staff recommended wine pairings for both are meals that were perfect. It really was a lovely evening. I’m so glad we found this place and will definitely return.
Classic French food, delivered in a timely manner by totally charming waitstaff. Nice compact wine list at very reasonable prices
Unforgettable evening of delicious food from the Adventurist appetizer to the dessert everything was spot on! The warmth of the staff was also so appreciated. My twelve year old daughter was in heaven and was truly transported to Paris for an evening!
Amazing experience! Great to be in a cozy place where you get served by the French owner-chef! Delicious... everything we had was great. The mussels and the home made terrine where unique!!
Best French restaurant I've been to in San Francisco.
I've not been everywhere, but this is a truly outstanding place. It's small, so you gotta reserve.
Totally worth it. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
Oh, and awesome service.
Most beloved and treasured restaurant in my beautiful city. Rare gem that has withstood the test of time. Bisouxxx. 💋
As frequent visitors to San Francisco, we visit many restaurants. So many good ones to choose among! Bouche is always in our frequent rotation of repeats. Food is great! Staff are always fun and interactive. We love to sit at the “chef’s table” (counter) and watch the kitchen work. The new ownership team is building on the great foundation and never disappoints. The lamb was excellent, as was the duck. Succulent, flavorful, imaginative. Outstanding farm to fork food with a French pedigree. A perfect place for foodies to geek out over the food. Or, if you just want accessible (a.k.a., good and reliable) - can’t be beat. Highly recommend.
We have been to Bouche on several occasions, and each one is a treat. On Saturday evening, we went pre-theatre with a friend and her companion, who have spent alot of time in France. She remarked that the atmosphere and set up reminded her of one of her favorite bistros in Paris. Service is great, friendly and prompt. This is an intimate spot, with the tiny kitchen in plain view. Amazing what emerges from that little space. One caveat- the corkage is quite high ($35), which I am sure is designed to encourage you to buy from their well planned wine list. Overall, Bouche is a winner.
Pros - The duck was excellent. The ambience was perfect for a French restaurant and good for romantic atmosphere. Cons - Surprised that bread is not complimentary. Seating was a little too congested for comfort.
Very small simple place upstairs, excellent food and service in easy walking distance from main downtown shopping area around Union Square.
Pros: excellent service, great ambience
Cons: this review is for their Thanksgiving 3-course dinner meal. Nothing great and I saw them unloading boxes of store-bought (from Safeway) pecan pies which they served for dessert. For $260 for 2 people, it’s disappointing to know we were served food that we could’ve just bought ourselves. It makes us think they probably ordered the whole meal from outside and charged us 4x the value.
This is completely incorrect and a simple case of misunderstanding and assumptions. Our pastry chef created a total of 20 pies that day and they all needed to be safely stored within a container. We ran out of our personal inventory of storage containers. To resolve that issue we had to obtain additional containers outside, to account for the inventory of pies we had created. Everything was and is made from scratch in our kitchen and we can present you with invoices. Best, Bouche team
Outstanding food and service! You must go!
The outside of the restaurant was very unassuming . Once we were inside , the place was cozy and the staff were friendly . The bar on the first floor was full of customers and a little noisy as to be expected . We were escorted to the second floor for dining . Since it was a a per fixe Thanksgiving dinner , we started with delicious pumpkin soup ; spring mix salad with goat cheese which could use a little more dressing . The main course consisted of 2 slices of white meat , a drumstick and some roasted veggies which were all delicious . Dessert was a slice each of pumpkin pie and pecan pie . I liked the pecan pie better than the pumpkin pie . Our waiter ( I forgot his name ) was very attentive , and made sure that the food were served in a timely manner . I have a few complaints tho - there was only one bathroom for all the customers and it was next to the busy dishwashers . There was no room to stand while waiting for the bathroom . We dined on the second floor and we were elbow to elbow with other customers ( tables were about 12 inches apart ) that we could hear each other’s conversation ☹️
Very French. There was a very large party in this very small restaurant. The service was a little slow but the waiter did put in our order before the big table.
A lot of French people dining here which is a pretty good sign! Limited menu but varied enough. Food and environment both enjoyable and had us reminiscing about meals in France.
Great neighborhood spot where there seem to be a lot of regulars who pop by. Definitely a sit-down. Reminds me of more compact restaurants in London and NYC. Menu is always changing and, so far, everything I've ordered has been delicious.
Warm greeting from the staff...great service, and amazing food. Great atmosphere for date night...and unique food makes the night fun. Entertaining to interact with the kitchen Chef’s while your food is being prepared (must sit in the counter area).
Food was almost completely spot-on (the tagliatelle was fantastic) and the service was exceptional. The mystery appetizer game was fun, but the actual offering was a little underwhelming. Start the night off with a cocktail next store at the Tunnel Top and you won’t be disappointed.
So damn good. Thank you!
Perfectly-sized menu & wine list. Lovely place.
Great wine list from small producers, curated to pair well with the food. Food quality is high, and the dishes are creative. Highly recommend!
The perfect Fall meal! Butternut squash soup -- perfect. Duck breast with side of corn, kale, and squash -- perfect. This charming small restaurant instantly became a favorite of ours. The cooking is both unpretentious and ambitious -- grounded in classic culinary technique without being stodgy. Flavors and ingredients were fresh and excellent. Interesting list of wines from Provence. Competent and friendly service. And, they're open late, which saved us on a Sunday night when everything else in Union Square was closed. What a find!
Martin made the entire experience. He was incredibly genuine, welcoming, fun, knowledgeable and friendly. The food was fantastic and the restaurant was charming. Definitely get “the adventurous” dish if you’re up for a fun and tasty culinary experience!
Great service. Food was delicious although a somewhat small menu.
Seating was a bit tight, but it didn’t end up being an issue at all.
Great wine selection for a small place.
Bouche is one of my favorites....While the menu is small, I like that about it...their food is delicious, fresh and innovative.
Had a great meal in a quintessentially San Francisco style restaurant. The worlds smallest kitchen produces amazing dishes. The adventurous app was delicious and the skate wing was unique and delicious delicately crafted dish with subtle flavors and great plating.
Beautiful French gem in the heart of Sam Francisco. Make sure to try chef’s surprize (at the end of the menu), where you’ll need to guess what’s inside. One of the most delicious French meals I’ve had. Le Figue dessert was to die for, elegant, original and not too sweet. Butternut squash soup was made and served to perfection. Veggies with anchovie dip were devoured by us in a few minutes. Home-made bread was a lovely addition to the meal. Selection of wines is excellent. Can’t wait to be back!
Really good easy does nerd in a very authentic French restaurant. The octopus dish was very good but it was surprisingly cold. The fougass was excellent. Good but limited wine list.
Hubbie and I had a very early and romantic dinner. Wine pairings were outstanding and the food very tasty.
We happen to drive by the front of Bouche . . . saw the French flag . . . looked it up . . . to immediately find great reviews online . . . so we booked/went that evening!!!
They offer nice bar/raised table seating when you first walk in the door . . . you then walk past the open kitchen (greeting the very nice French chef of course) . . . then up a staircase to a large loft that looks out to the street below or down to the kitchen on the other side . . . The loft seats approximately 20 people at individual tables.
To experience more of the menu, we shared . . . starting with the sweet pea gazpacho soup ($8) then the octopus ($16) then the heirloom tomatoes ($12) and were so excited when the large country style pork chop ($32) showed up, that we failed to take a photo = LOL !!!
Ian was our server . . . he was engaging . . . dialed in . . . knew the product and what he was doing (imagine that).
We brought a bottle of wine with us . . . Corkage was a little steep at $35 . . . but, rent in San Francisco is also a little steep !!!
We enjoyed the entire experience and would definitely return.
The sweetbreads were a surprise delight and the service was fantastic !
Great food, great chef, great host. Very good service. What more can we say?
Delicious food. Amazing service. Very special. Lovely atmosphere.