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Chou Chou Bistro, San Francisco, CA
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Chou Chou Bistro

4.4
4.4
2165 Reviews
$30 and under
French
ChouChou (pronounced "shoo-shoo") strives to bring the spirit of Paris to Forest Hill. The casually elegant bistro showcases rustic Old World cooking with a modern French twist, paired with a thoughtful wine list. Chef mina invites you to experience the warm personalized service that is ChouChou. Bon Appetit!

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Contemporary French / American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 242-0960

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    chef mina

  • Catering

    Chef Mina and his team will tailor any party to your needs.

  • Private party facilities

    Sit down and enjoy yourself as our attractive staff work the dimly lit room, maneuvering tables, pushing aside dangling cylindrical lamps, and ensuring that well-heeled locals are having a grand old time.

  • Private party contact

    Event Coordinator: (415) 242-0960

  • Neighborhood

    Forest Hill / West Portal

  • Cross street

    Laguna Honda

  • Parking details

    As You face the restaurant the parking lot is on your right hand side

  • Public transit

    Chouchou is less than half a block from the Forest Hill Muni Station. Take Muni Lines L, M or K.

  • Entertainment

    Dine about town @ $39.95 three courses every day all night

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,165 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SC

    SusanC

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything thing was excellent. Going back real soon.
  2. WM

    WhoMe

    San Francisco

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    This is a neighborhood gem and often a go to. My favorite dish used to be the white wine-based muscles. Now the only ones on the menu are in a cream-based sauce. I asked them to prepare it without the cream, which they did, however there was almost no broth and the muscles were too salty for me to eat. We also ordered the octopus, which was delicious. Tender and tasty.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been told about Chou Chou B for years by several different people. Glowing reviews about the food of course but every was impressed by the service. Well, they were right! Perfectly plated deliciousness everywhere! The staff were extremely attentive without smothering. Priced perfectly (underpriced honestly shhhhh) Can’t wait to go back!
  4. H

    Healthyfoodie

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Fathers Day Did not like crab cakes; prefer raw crab on eggs Benedict.
  5. SM

    StevenM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The server had little or know personality. She took our order, food was delivered and it was good. She didn’t greet us, thank us for choosing Chou Chou or engage in any kind of banter. Which I like when I dine out!!
  6. p

    pl1066

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is one of the few places where I trust to order the mussels-- they are so fresh and so delicious especially with the fresh french bread accompanying. Everything from our deviled egg appetizer to the mushroom soufflé and seafood were all so delicious. Great wine options and very fresh local ingredients. The service was wonderful too !
  7. MS

    MaeSimsinSanFrancisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The food is overall good. We had the duck wellington and vegan pasta dish, but the service is seriously lacking. Server did not check in on us, and when we did interact, the attitude is lackluster. Did not see any owner/manager presence, so can't comment on that. It's sad because we would have gone back more especially because we are within walking distance to this restaurant, but we might spend our money elsewhere given that we are in SF, with endless supply of good restaurants.
  8. JH

    JennyH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was amazing! Thank you, Mina!
  9. r

    raymondl

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Dinner was great. Service was also great. Would return again and again.
  10. M

    Mari

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was great. Waitress kept coming back to make sure everything was ok. Food was really good except for the filet mignon being overcooked. Asked for medium well but turned out well done, but still tasted good! Everything else was really good and would def be coming back.
  11. SF

    SanFran

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Poor service. Waiter arrived to take our order. He never greeted or welcomed us and barely said a few words. Waiter also failed to return to the table for our entire meal. Had to flag down a female staff member to get more wine and the check. Man who processed our credit card never said thank you or goodnight. He just dropped off our receipt and ran off. Poor service adds to a poor customer experience, no matter how good the food was. It's very rude of them to not acknowledge or thank their customers. I would never treat my customers this way.
  12. a

    awau

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Average food. Unlikely going back.
  13. TZ

    TonyZonin

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    This is quite a lovely neighborhood restaurant serving traditional French cuisine. The food was really delicious and nicely presented by attentive servers. We will certainly be back.
  14. AK

    AnnK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice graduation dinner option
  15. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    204 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    204 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food service fair Nice new Refurbished restaurant
  16. RA

    RonA

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience and service. Delicious food, as always. Wonderful wine selections!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Wonderful food but the service was poor. Miserable and inattentive server who seemed annoyed to be working and could care less about our experience.
  18. Y

    Yummy

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful dinner we had on Mother’s Day. We had the crab salad appetizer and the escargot, both of which were delicious. For our main course we had the duck breast and the scallops and risotto, again amazing flavors. We shared a crème brûlée for dessert and we’re not disappointed. Our experience was lovely and delicious and we will go back again.
  19. P

    Phyllbarb

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four of us were there to celebrate my birthday. We all chose the three course dinner and we each had a different main course: salmon, rack of lamb, duck leg confit, and filet mignon. Each of them was well prepared, seasoned and delicious. The rest of the meal was equally delicious. Service was attentive and we were able to enjoy a very leisurely meal. The only negative was parking. Although they have a small parking lot, it was full and street parking was difficult. Some of our party was late because of it, but staff was gracious and there was no problem. Highly recommend Chou Chou.
  20. PP

    PamelaP

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful time!
  21. P

    Pastry22

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    3 courses for $60 is a good deal, starter, I had French onion soup which was good. Then I had the duck leg confit wellington which I thought was good but just a bit too much sweet for my taste in the dish but my husband's filet mignon was good! Lastly we both had tiramisu.. Just okay. I'd come back though for the hospitality and atmosphere of the restaurant. I might order differently next time now that I know more but still a very nice place and much better price for good French food compared to a much more expensive place we've been to. We would choose here again.
  22. OR

    OliviaR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our time there. The food was amazing. The price was wonderful. I felt the quality was outstanding and the price was unbelievable. $60 for starters, entree and dessert. We will certainly be returning. My mother had a fantastic birthday celebration. Thank you for the staff and chef/owner.
  23. GD

    GaryD

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood French restaurant that never disappoints ( at least not yet!).
  24. SC

    SusanC

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The remodel is perfect. The food was absolutely delicious. Can't wait to go back.
  25. SW

    SoniaW

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is neighborhood gem and the food is well prepared and the staff is very friendly and professional.
  26. RA

    RANDYM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious cuisine and excellent service. Great restaurant for the family or date night. I will definitely be returning to try the entire menu.
  27. T

    Tmcg

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Lovely table.
  28. L

    Lycha

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    We came to this restaurant after reading the menu in the San Francisco Restaurant week. We put down on our reservation that we were celebrating a birthday. When we arrived there was no mention or birthday wish. The restaurant had a nice look and an open feel to it. Very nice, especially for San Francisco. After we were seated, we looked at the menu provided and noticed that the bone marrow was left off of the set dinner menu for SF restaurant week. We asked the host/waiter about it and he said it was never a part of the set menu. Once we showed him the menu on his own website he said it must have been a mistake and they were not offering this item on the set menu. I tried to order the mushroom soufflé, which was something I really wanted to try, but our host/waiter said that this entree was not available because it was a busy night and they didn’t make the batter. We ordered and the food was quite good. The New York steak was slightly overdone for medium rare but still flavorful, the duck leg Wellington was original and tasty. The rack of lamb was over cooked, but still tasty and tender. The short ribs were also very flavorful. The service was mediocre and we got a bad vibe from our host/waiter. He wasn’t rude, but he was not friendly and kind of impatient and arrogant. He kind of put a damper on our evening. Worth trying for the food, but service was not what you would expect for a restaurant like this. PS The entire night, the birthday was never even mentioned.
  29. D

    Disappointed

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    If not for the wording on the front door, you would not guess you are walking into a French restaurant. The place has completely changed inside and no longer has the charm that made it a great place to eat. The service was less than ideal. They did not seem to have enough staff and that impacted their ability to pay attention to the tables. We brought our own bottle of wine and the wait person appeared to have no clue how to open it. The food was VERY good, however. My advice would be to try takeout.
  30. DD

    DiningDiva

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, we ordered the mushroom ravioli, ahi tuna, filet mignon & duck confit wellington. Everything was perfect & can't wait to return!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Nice birthday dinner.
  32. KG

    KathyG

    Atlantic City

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    4 diners each chose from 3 course tasting menu . Starter salads, good sized and tasty. Very nice escargots. Both beef dishes were delicious. Dining room is bright and tables are well spaced. Well pleased with our 1st evening at ChouChou .
  33. P

    Paiz

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SF Restaurant Week and 1st visit! We will be back! Outstanding!
  34. S

    Simba

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food at a great price
  35. H

    Healthyfoodie

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed the mushroom soup and prawns. We attended during restaurant week.
  36. P

    Peter

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Requested outdoor seating but was seated inside. Oh well. Food was good as usual. Ordered the soufflé which was very filling. My son ordered the duck leg Wellington which he said would have been better without the puff pastry.
  37. U

    Ulysse71

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Chou Chou was truly French until several ownership changes resulted in what we have today. Ambiance is important to me in a French restaurant part of which consists of speaking French to the staff. NO ONE in this place speaks French and cannot even take your order if you select from the french menu. The food is seriously wanting at least as far as french fare goes. Last time my wife and I dined there we had an appetizer and a main plate no dessert, and two glasses of wine. That set us back $150. If you are looking for a faux french restaurant run by latinos this is definitely your spot, assuming you can afford it.
  38. TD

    TomD

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've there now 3 times since the new ownership and chef took over, and it is wonderful! The food is absolutely delicious...well-prepared take on classic dishes, as well as old favorites (like the onion soup). A small but well chosen and priced wine list is a great match to the cuisine. You won't be disappointed!
  39. j

    joanski

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The beef bourguignon was very flavorful and melted in my mouth.
  40. EW

    EveW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We sat in the remodeled outside area. It was very nice. Efficient heater lamps.

FAQs

Chou Chou Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Chou Chou Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 242-0960.

Chou Chou Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 2165 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

View takeout menu

Delivery

  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Chou Chou Bistro

400 Dewey Boulevard San Francisco, CA 94116

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Laguna Honda

  • Neighborhood

    Forest Hill / West Portal

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Contemporary French / American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    As You face the restaurant the parking lot is on your right hand side

  • Public transit

    Chouchou is less than half a block from the Forest Hill Muni Station. Take Muni Lines L, M or K.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    chef mina

  • Entertainment

    Dine about town @ $39.95 three courses every day all night

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 242-0960

  • Catering

    Chef Mina and his team will tailor any party to your needs.

  • Private party facilities

    Sit down and enjoy yourself as our attractive staff work the dimly lit room, maneuvering tables, pushing aside dangling cylindrical lamps, and ensuring that well-heeled locals are having a grand old time.

  • Private party contact

    Event Coordinator: (415) 242-0960

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