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Chou Chou Bistro
French onion soup, croutons, & Gruyere cheese
All natural Moulard duck Leg Confit, mushrooms duxelle, diced potatoes, & cherry tomatoes, garlic & shallots with Room Temperature Maple vinaigrette
Wild salmon, asparagus, squash, sweet potato puree, lemon caper sauce
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.
What a difference with the previous owner! Only a month under new chef and new management.
The menu is three times more extensive. Everything we ordered was perfectly prepared. The prices are very reasonable considering the quality of ingredients and preparation.
This should definitely become a destination. French restaurants are so few in SF honoring the long tradition of gastronomic excellence!
Charming outdoor area, free parking in the adjacent lot and superb service all contribute to award Chou Chou infinite kudos !
I had not been to CHOU-CHOU in five years. Now I cannot wait to go back...
Best restaurant experience since COVID/March 2020!
Service attentive and well-paced.
We ordered one pre-fix at $65 (starter, entree, and dessert & a glass of house wine) and one NY Steak. We shared everything and still took home half of our entrees.
Everything on the plate showed attention to detail, super fresh ingredients, well-prepared, and attractively plated.
If you are looking for great food in a beautiful setting, make a reservation today.
Disappointing. I had been to Chou Chou several times a couple of years ago and had lovely food and great service in the French tradition, which is always a treat. This time it was different. The waiter told us that Mushrooms Wellington was a French dish -- c'mon now. Of course it's not. Not a great sign, but OK, maybe it's all new to him. While we waited other servers came by to ask us if we wanted dessert. The first course came out at separate times, which left my soup sitting in front of me for 10 minutes while waiting for the beet salad to arrive for my husband. Nevertheless, the soup and the salads were quite good. Then main courses were good, nothing to write home about. My ravioli came overly sauced with a mediocre creme/mushroom/butter and a little touch of creens on the plpate could have cut some of the creaminess and heaviness. But I ate it. The creme brulee the my husband ordered was lovely, simple and served with a strawberry. They comped us a little cake which was terrible -- it tasted like they had bought it at Costco before the pandemic and wanted to get rid of it. Tasted like cardboard and was served too cold with an artificial sugary glaze on the plate. Overall thumbs down. Nice guys, but please train the inexperienced wait staff!
We enjoyed the 3-plate dinner with glass of wine included. Good, efficient service in a pleasant ambiance. In the few times I've been here, I've always had a lovely experience.
Server was friendly and helpful with the new menu. Chef Mina stopped by to chat and recommend wines/dishes.
First time back to Chou Chou Bistro since pandemic closures. The place has been beautifully remodeled and gives off a completely different vibe; all clean lines and very airy.
Although we had reservations, we had to wait at the entrance for a good while, which was a bit of a nuisance but really speaks more to a shortage of wait staff than anything else, and that is something all restaurants are suffering under right now.
Once we were seated, the service was not notch. The lamb and the trout were quite tasty, though the fish was cooked a bit longer than necessary. Very nice wine, and the server was quite attentive. We'll be back.
Amazing service and reasonable prices. Definitely recommend the Duck and the tiramisu. Hidden Gem!
Great neighborhood bistro! Good wine list, fabulous truffle ravioli.
My guest and I were absolutely delighted with our dining experience at Chou Chou last evening! Our server, “Angel” was so nice and attentive. The new interior is beautiful too. Our three course diners were delicious.
My husband and I looove French cuisine and partake often, but we both agreed that the canard confit wellington was one of the best meals we've ever had. Lots of good options for French wines (as well as domestic options), and the boeuf bourguignon was excellent as well. I'll be back within the week.
Dining at Chou Chou was our first indoor fine dining experience in over a year. We could not have chosen better. The dining room is light and bright, having recently been refurbished, the menu is extensive, and the quality of the ingredients and presentation were excellent. It was the perfect restaurant at which to re-enter the world post pandemic.
Everything about Chou Chou is wonderful -- the food, the atmosphere. The updated renovations look great. It is even more welcoming than the last time I went there. I highly recommend it!
Our mains were super as was the soup. The only disappointment was the beet salad as the arugula was not that fresh. The lamb and the steak were very good.
I hadn't been back to Chou Chou for years. Now that I'm vaccinated, I was able to take my sister out for a quiet, safe belated birthday dinner. First time making a dinner reservation in over a year and half. Food & Service were lovely. I plan to return more in the future.
I like this restaurant and will probably go back. The food is Ok and some dishes are exceptional (mussels, boef bourgenon) while others are more ordinary. The biggest issue I have had in the last 2 times that I have gone has been the service. The front end of the service was slow, but the last half was nearly aggressive to get us out. We did end up being the last to leave but were only there for about 95 minutes.
Still one of our favorites. The fish was a little overdone, but otherwise everything was very good.
We did not order from the three course menu as we wanted the mushroom soufflé. The waiter took the order and came back 10 minutes later to tell us that it wasn’t available. We went with the moule frites.
The French onion soup was ok, and the salad was fresh and well dressed.
The entree food was below average, mussels were over cooked, and the confit Wellington was greasy and the meat was dry.
We were charged for the soufflé on the bill, and we had to correct the amount. Service was ok.
Renovation really brightens and updates the ambiance. Very welcoming and the staff are friendly. The food selection is great and the chef was excellent. Overall I will return for another visit.
The re-model is impeccably first class. Been there several times but this past Mother’s Day everything all added up to perfection. Very sweet staff and the food was flawless!
The ChouChou makeover is lovely, very different from original. Wondering if new owners as the food quality was not particularly French in the style remembered.
Chou Chou offers excellent food and an outstanding, warm outdoor patio. The patio is covered with 2 heat lamps that are cozy enough to remove your jacket :-)
We were greeted and seated promptly. The server came by for our order quickly. He never asked if we wanted a drink or appetizers. We ordered and waiter left table not asking if we wanted a drink again. I finally got his attention to order a drink. The food came and it looked unappealing but tasted ok. We were pretty much ignored for about 15 minutes before they cleared our plates. I was looking forward to this place because of the good reviews. I hope they step up things in the future but I will not be going here again.
Steak was tough.
Restaurant week. Delicious overall. Fave was tuna tartare salad. Filet mignon was a bit overdone. Chef offered a new plate but I rejected because didn't want to be wasteful. Beef was edible. Chef surprised me with a new plate boxed to go & gave a free dessert! Based on his hospitality, I would give it a 2nd try. Nice neighborhood find!
Wonderful outdoor space with heaters. Our waiter was great and helped us select our wine and food per our request. Thank you for a great date night out!
I don't think the Prix Fixed meal with house was worth $65. I was not in heaven with the food. You never know, the wine could've been 2 buck Chuck but nothing that was impressive. The mushrooms in my meal were canned. That was obvious. You can tell fresh from canned. I won't recommend or return here. The experience was disappointing.
The Tuxedo Bombe was terrific as was the rest of the meal. Even the vegetables were delicious. We went during SF Restaurant week, so the price was good for what we ate. I had to bring home some leftovers.
Great selection of delicious appetizers. We enjoyed the tuna carpaccio and bone marrow.
Mains were equally impressive. The duck confit Wellington was unique and delicious, the seared prawns with asparagus excellent. Deserts were just average. Overall, a memorable meal. Hoping to return to try more selections.
Rack of lamb was incredible and the mussels were so delicious
Great spot to try out during restaurant week. Love the ambience and great customer service. Warning: food is very rich but delicious! Fantastic desserts too.
We had a thoroughly delightful dinner from start to finish highly recommend this restaurant we go quite often
Relaxing and pleasant!
I had seen the restaurant on my way home and wondered if the food was good. I was just b gobsmacked by the the great service, food and ambiance. I wish I could go every day...the lamb was delicious!!
Great food and good service
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