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Chou Chou Bistro
French green beans, toasted almonds, Gruyere, mustard sauce
Grass fed 8oz Filet mignon of Charolais Beef mashed potatoes, broccolini, green peppercorn sauce
Prime short ribs, Burgundy wine, mushrooms, bacon, pearl onions, baby carrots, & mash potato
We did not visit the place for several. Years. Now it is absolutely superb!
Perfectly prepared French food from start to finish. Good wine list and appreciative pour. Beautiful room, albeit limited seating. There is also a covered outdoor area with heat lamps. Professional service. Well worth crossing SF to get there.
We (6 of us) came here for the SF restaurant week. It's my first time to have the roasted grass fed bone marrow - Wow! It was delicious. Perfect with the toasted bread. I also had the Rack of Lamb and chocolate suffle for dessert. With a free glass of wine. The $25 corkage fee was reasonable. Service was fast and nice. Chef Mina was gracious to take our pictures and took one with us too. We will definitely come back to this quaint restaurant. Thank you very much for having us :-)
The food was quite good, in particular the mushroom soup was a standout. The service staff were thoughtful and attentive with the exception of the main server who seemed put off by any question and rather dismissive. A man we assumed to be the chef came out to help and he was delightful. We will definitely go back.
Food was amazing. The 2 new owners have revitalized the menu and quality of food. The remodel has made the restaurant much brighter and more Spacious. They have a lovely outdoor seating area as well. The two owners, One being the chef, were very attentive and answered our questions. Service staff was just OK. The gentleman who was seating people could work on being more friendly and down to earth. Overall, if you haven’t been to this restaurant in a while, give it another go.
The food was plentiful and delicious. They had great choices on their prixe fix menu for SF Restaurant Week. I would definitely return.
Came for restaurant week to try out a new place. Food was overpriced and most likely frozen. Didn’t taste good. I’m so disappointed. Red wine was very warm, entrees were cold. The chocolate soufflé for dessert was no soufflé at all and tasted like Cosco’s premade chocolate cakes. Will never go back.
If you live in the neighborhood, this could be a nice spot for a date night. I wouldn't travel from elsewhere in SF for it, as it's a bit expensive, and while most of the food was good, the main courses weren't as expected or up to the caliber of the price tag. Service was EXCELLENT, staff were friendly and knowledgeable about menu.
Safety - They offer outdoor dining, however there is a solid wall enclosing the patio with open airflow at the top, blocked by blinds, which is really just the same as being indoors with windows.
Perfect evening! Superb service in a safe environment! Would return in a heartbeat!
We had dinner here for our anniversary. It was delicious in a quaint environment! I highly recommend this cute little Forest Hill spot.
We had a wonderful meal and evening at Chouchou and look forward to returning soon!
I have not been to Chou Chou since it was acquired by new owners. The change is terrific. The interior is bright and fresh. The food was very good and the service and friendliness of the wait staff was excellent. My sole complaint is that the prices seemed very high. But I still loved it.
We came here for our 2nd time to celebrate a birthday and the food tasted all great!!! The wine we ordered, Pinot Noir was perfect to go with our filet mignon that was medium. Our other items was the creamy mushroom soup (soup du jour) and it was soo amazingly flavored, maybe a bit salty for someone who’s sensitive to sodium intake but I definitely loved this soup and would order again if it was on the menu. I got the grilled rack of lambs, and the madeira sauce on the lambs was well seasoned, again the salt on it was obvious but I didn’t mind at all. The mushroom buckwheat was not my favorite, so I requested their mashed potatoes which was well buttered and creamy. For dessert, we ordered the creme brulee and it was excellent as always! The staff made us feel special and the birthday boy felt celebrated too! I am soo happy we found the place great to celebrate and intimate birthday with super great wine selections and food selections.
Chou Chou is a neighborhood gem that does absolutely everything perfectly. Food, service, location – everything. It is low-key, family-friendly and usually uncrowded. The French onion soup is perfection, but the mushroom soup is from a different, even more delicious universe. The beef bourguignon and rack of lamb are amazing, and the burger is our kids' favorite in all of SF. Very romantic on a foggy night, too!
Great restaurant . Good quality food and reasonable prices.
The food was plentiful and presented well but a little heavy on the salt and garlic for these tastes. The soups were excellent as was the and crab special appetizer, but the bacon in the brussels sprouts was under cooked with a too much garlic. The prices are steep but the amount of food means that some of the food might come home with you for another meal. Lovely wait staff and fun French music helped with an otherwise bland ambiance.
Came here on our honeymoon to experience a taste of Paris. Wife tried escargots for the first time and loved it. Mussels ChouChou were great as well. We both had the beef bourguignon for our entree, and it was most excellent. Looking forward to coming back on an anniversary trip.
we really enjoyed the food. Started with beet salad & brussel sprouts. both good. Warm bread was very good. The Mushroom souffle was excellent, very tasty but rich. The duck confit wellington was very good. Service is attentive, though a bit rough.
We had an enjoyable experience with great service from the staff and the food was delicious. The waiter surprised me with a birthday dessert that ended the evening very memorable.
We used a Groupon for this restaurant which made our dinner a really good deal. The filet mignon and beef bourginon were delicious as well as the beet and arugula salad. Desserts were outstanding, creme brûlée and chocolate soufflé! The house red wine is outstanding, from France.
Second time dining here since Aug. Same great food and service. This time I tried the ahi tuna salad app and salmon for entree. We also ordered French onion soup, ravioli, and beet salad. Finished off with marscapone, lemon tart, and creme brulee for dessert. No disappointments and will return. The $59 three-course menu is a great bargain.
Solid food ,fabulous and attentive service and good value
We will definitely return soon. I loved the beef bourgenion.
Wonderful service and food!
Great dishes, beautiful setting and excellent service. For appetizer we had escargot and french onion soup, Then I had the Filet mignon, my mom had the squid ink pasta with shrimp and my daughter had the mushroom ravioli in truffle cream sauce. For dessert we had the creme brulee and chocolate cake. Everything was delicious! I love the renovations and expanded space not having been there in 15 years. I highly recommend it for those looking for good French food in San Francisco,
We started with the French onion soup which was delicious and the perfect size. I had the NY steak which was tender and had a delicious sauce on top. My daughter had the Beef Bourginon and enjoyed it. Our server was great and there was a little accident with a wine spill by the host and he was so apologetic and comped our dessert and brought us even more wine. Even offered to dry clean my daughters sweater. Honestly it was an accident and the way he went above and beyond was so nice. We’ll come back for the food but also the service!!!
Fantastic a great place for a good atmosphere and great food
Go there it’s a nice evening out
My companion and I celebrated his birthday with dinner at Chouchou, as we do most years, and it was a very happy experience from beginning to end. The restaurant is under new ownership, and has improved quite a bit. The menu is largely what we remembered it to be, albeit with slightly higher prices (as everything is these days). The interior has been completely redone, with the removal of the cramped banquettes, replaced by tables at a comfortably safe distance apart. Our server was upbeat, engaged, prompt, and knowledgable. Several times during our meal he and others (the owners/chef, I presume) stopped by our table to check in. Kudos for just-out-of-the-oven, delicious bread with plenty of butter. My mushroom ravioli first course was delicious, and the boeuf bourguignon with mashed potatoes was hearty comfort food. My companion enjoyed his seared scallops and onion soup gratinee. We shared a side of shaved Brussels sprouts with bacon, which was done perfectly. Profiteroles and creme brûlée rounded out the meal, and both were yummy.
The food was as good as I remembered it from pre-pandemic days, but what really made the experience special was the quality of the service. Bravi, guys. We can't wait to return.
Excellent entrees filet mignonette and ravioli), attentive service.
What a gem. From the ambiance to the delicious food to the wine and the wonderful husband and wife team! We absolutely loved everything about our dining experience. I would not hesitate to recommend this lovely place. This is what I want in a restaurant. Authentic, delicious, unassuming. Thank you fir a perfect meal.
Disappointingly overcooked chicken and pasta. Intrusive but kind service. Side vegetables were well prepared.
Very nice! Thanks a million!
So glad to see new owners here. Has not been this good since Nick left. Please patronize! The food and service are great!
We arrived for our dinner reservation. It was at an earlier time so the restaurant only had one another table occupied as we arrived. No one was at the front when we first stepped in. A young man greeted us with a smile shortly after. Their outdoor dining area was nicely arranged but we decided to seat inside.
Warm bread was presented to our table after we put in our order. Portion of dishes were generous but there was nothing impressive in terms of flavor. Escargots barely had any favor. Rack of lamb was on a greasier side. We asked for medium rare for our New York Steak but it turn out to be medium. We were told that our entrees would be ready shortly as we were still working on our salad and escargots. I believe that our entrees were "fired" earlier than they should be. We had to finish what we had on our table to make space for the entrees, therefore, we felt rushed.
More guests slowly arrived as time went by. Outdoor seatings were almostly taken, which was great for the restaurant. It was obvious that both servers could barely handle the volume. I believe that it was the Chef that gave us the dessert menu as neither of the servers paid attention to our needs. The Tiramisu was overly sweet to our taste.
Our dinner was rushed by the staff while the restaurant was slow but we got less attention as the restaurant got busier. We made a reservation specifically for a birthday celebration. It was noted clearly on the reservation. We overheard another table getting complementary dessert and "happy anniversary" from a server. Unfortunately, there was no acknowledgement from any of the staff at any point for our occasion. We were not looking for any freebies but at least pay the acknowledgement when guests choose to celebrate special occasions at your restaurant.
We wanted to enjoy our time at Chou Chou but it was not meant to be.
Cute little adequate frenchish restaurant. Some menu mistepsteps: seared tuna does not pair well with truffle oil and shaved parmesan, nor did we think cheesy rissoto was a great choice for prawns with pastis. Service was earnest and occasionally in the room. Apparently the dining room had to freeze for servers convenience (door to outside seating propped open ).
Deserts were great. Parking a plus.
The best fillet mingon steak and onion soup I've had. Amazing service with professional waiters, the music does not get in the way of conversation, clean and spacious, very relaxing and mature atmosphere -- perfect for a special occasion. The patio is heated to the same temperature as indoor and cannot be seen from outside, but the ceiling is higher for patio, so it feels much more open than indoor dining. It was for my partner's birthday celebration and they even treated us to a cake and dessert wine on the house. In the future when I need a great restaurant for a special occasion, Chou Chou will be the first choice.
Nice little place to dine french cuisine. The interior room is much more elegant than the outside appearance of this restaurant.
Whole makeover this place got during the pandemic. Would I have liked them to use better made furniture and flooring? Yes. Did it detract from that delicious dinner we just had? Nope, not a bit.
The owners have changed but the menu remains. My mom prior came here often for their escargot and was not disappointed to have it again; bathed in garlic butter each snail in its little space.
The French onion soup,redolent with a hint of sweetness from the caramelized onions, was very good. I’d have liked an herbaceous deeper undertone perhaps but enjoyed the crusty cheese topping at top the bread. The mussels were perfectly cooked in a yummy creamy sauce with herby toasted bread on the side.
I had the mushroom ravioli also in a garlic cream sauce and my Mr. had the duck special with quinoa mushrooms in a rich red wine sauce with cranberries. He enjoyed it all and so did I. The raviolis were al dente with a perfectly seasoned filling.
We ordered two desserts but they generously gave us a third: tiramisu, flan and chocolate mousse cake. The best being the flan with that crackling top and creamy eggy interior.
The portions are quite ample. Absolutely you get your money’s worth here. Oh wait. I forgot…We sat down and were promptly served HOT fresh bread with butter! (The night before we went to a Marin restaurant and paid for this exact same thing-huh?!
Not just that we left here satiated but the food at Chou Chou was terrific as well. It was clear they appreciated our patronage. How nice is that?!
Of course we will come back. Happy they made it through the pandemic. My Mr says it’s to be his new favorite local go to. That means it’ll be mine too :-)
Has new owner and new chef since Q1 of 2020 and managed to survive. Highlights are, filet mignon, Alaskan salmon, risotto, mushroom souffle, onion soup, cream of mushroom, mussels in garlic wine sauce, escargot, bone marrow and creme Brule. Great service and refreshed interior.
Chou Chou is a hidden gem. The service was great, there was outdoor and indoor dining options. The outdoor dining was warm and you did not know you were next to a busy street. Having the whole table do the three course meal was the way to go to sample a little bit of everything! We'll be back.
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