Bistro Boudin

★★★★☆
  • 160 Jefferson St

    San Francisco, CA 94133

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  • 415-351-5561

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BOUDIN BAKERY SCAMS PEOPLE! I ordered a loaf of sourdough from them online for my moms birthday, and the bread was perfectly good. About two weeks later, though, a second charge from them appeared on my bank account for around $50. I had

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★★★★★

BOUDIN BAKERY SCAMS PEOPLE! I ordered a loaf of sourdough from them online for my moms birthday, and the bread was perfectly good. About two weeks later, though, a second charge from them appeared on my bank account for around $50. I had

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BACKGROUND: I ordered a delivery on Aug. 20, 2011 for my daughter who lives in NYC. The shipment was supposed to leave Boudin's on Tuesday, Aug. 23rd, but didn't leave until after 4 p.m. on Aug. 24th. The package didn't arrive to my

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★★★★★

BACKGROUND: I ordered a delivery on Aug. 20, 2011 for my daughter who lives in NYC. The shipment was supposed to leave Boudin's on Tuesday, Aug. 23rd, but didn't leave until after 4 p.m. on Aug. 24th. The package didn't arrive to my

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We were seated promptly, even though it was very busy. My husband and I split the hot salmon club, and we each got a petite clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. Even though the service was a little slow (1/2 hour from when we were served the chowder until our sandwich appeared), the food was more than worth it.

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★★★★★

We were seated promptly, even though it was very busy. My husband and I split the hot salmon club, and we each got a petite clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. Even though the service was a little slow (1/2 hour from when we were served the chowder until our sandwich appeared), the food was more than worth it.

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My wife and I enjoyed a late lunch at Bistro Boudin. We were promptly greeted and seated at a table with a great view. The corn chowder and ceasar salad were fresh and flavorful. The bread is out of this world. Our server was polite and efficient. The mojitos were made with plenty of fresh mint and really took the edge off of a busy day. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Bistro Boudin is one of our favorite places in our favorite city.

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★★★★★

My wife and I enjoyed a late lunch at Bistro Boudin. We were promptly greeted and seated at a table with a great view. The corn chowder and ceasar salad were fresh and flavorful. The bread is out of this world. Our server was polite and efficient. The mojitos were made with plenty of fresh mint and really took the edge off of a busy day. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Bistro Boudin is one of our favorite places in our favorite city.

Pros: View, Good Food, Outstanding Bread

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I went to this restaurant over the weekend with my friends and girlfriend. The prices were too high for the quality of the food. When the chef came from the kitchen to greet a table next to ours and overheard my girlfriend complaint about the combination on her crabcakes. He went on the defensive by questioning her if she has much experience eating crabcakes...... THIS CHEF IS A MORRON! crappy service took the rest of the experience. Well that's what I get for eating on my Pier. I know better the next time.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to this restaurant over the weekend with my friends and girlfriend. The prices were too high for the quality of the food. When the chef came from the kitchen to greet a table next to ours and overheard my girlfriend complaint about the combination on her crabcakes. He went on the defensive by questioning her if she has much experience eating crabcakes...... THIS CHEF IS A MORRON! crappy service took the rest of the experience. Well that's what I get for eating on my Pier. I know better the next time.

Pros: Not much to recomend

Cons: Parking, Service, Value

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This was the second time I have been in SF and I was finally able to share this great city with my fiance. The wharf location provides a perfect escape during a fun day of sightseeing! The clam chowder and bread were amazing, we ate more than we could fit because we didn't want to leave anything! Despite the fact that this is a chain and in an area full of tourists, I highly recommend you add this stop for some yummy food, and excellent, attentive service!

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★★★★☆

This was the second time I have been in SF and I was finally able to share this great city with my fiance. The wharf location provides a perfect escape during a fun day of sightseeing! The clam chowder and bread were amazing, we ate more than we could fit because we didn't want to leave anything! Despite the fact that this is a chain and in an area full of tourists, I highly recommend you add this stop for some yummy food, and excellent, attentive service!

Pros: Great clam chowder, bread and excellent service!

Cons: None

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This is the first review I've written about anything, and I do it now out of simple enthusiasm. The Boudin Bistro's burger on a fresh sourdough baguette is without question the BEST burger we have ever had -- anywhere. It's not a gobble down burger. It takes me about 20-25 minutes to eat one, enjoying ever bite. It makes a big lunch. So, we keep going back, and look forward to taking out-of-town friends with us. For us, lunch is the best time to be there. We usually get there before noon (11:00-11:45). The big surprise for me is that such a pleasant and comfortable place with good food exists in the heart of the Fisherman's Wharf tourist-trap area. I first went in for a quick order at the downstairs counter, read the sign directing to the bistro upstairs, went up there and made the discovery. As one can deduce, this is a strong recommendation.

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★★★★☆

This is the first review I've written about anything, and I do it now out of simple enthusiasm. The Boudin Bistro's burger on a fresh sourdough baguette is without question the BEST burger we have ever had -- anywhere. It's not a gobble down burger. It takes me about 20-25 minutes to eat one, enjoying ever bite. It makes a big lunch. So, we keep going back, and look forward to taking out-of-town friends with us. For us, lunch is the best time to be there. We usually get there before noon (11:00-11:45). The big surprise for me is that such a pleasant and comfortable place with good food exists in the heart of the Fisherman's Wharf tourist-trap area. I first went in for a quick order at the downstairs counter, read the sign directing to the bistro upstairs, went up there and made the discovery. As one can deduce, this is a strong recommendation.

Pros: Good food in great surroundings.

Cons: Parking in Fisherman's Wharf area.

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My girlfriend and I are from Los Angeles and we went up to San Francisco for the day. We heard great things about the clam chowder at Boudin so we went upstairs to the main dining room restaurant to try it out. The host, an older man in his 50's, did not even greet us but rather pointed to the menu and said in a snobish tone, "These are the prices. We are not priced the same as the cafe downstairs!" I found this extremely rude. It was raining that day and we probably didn't look like the most distinguished people, but there is no need to judge someone based upon appearance, which is what we felt this man was doing. I understand we're from LA and that my spikey hair, vintage T-shirt, faded Diesel jeans with checkered Vans might seem like the wardrobe of a hobo, but in actuality, it cost more than this guy's $200 suit from the Men's Warehouse. Either way, we were so excited to eat here that we ignored the comment and asked the guy to seat us. He took us to the very back, bypassing several empty tables by the window. We asked to sit at one of those empty tables, and he said they were not available. I thanked him but told him we would be dining elsewhere. We walked downstairs to the Cafe "express" version. Got our clam chowder and had a wonderful lunch for half the price and none of the hassle. If you want to try this place go to the Cafe Boudin located downstairs. Same food with no rude service.

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★☆☆☆☆

My girlfriend and I are from Los Angeles and we went up to San Francisco for the day. We heard great things about the clam chowder at Boudin so we went upstairs to the main dining room restaurant to try it out. The host, an older man in his 50's, did not even greet us but rather pointed to the menu and said in a snobish tone, "These are the prices. We are not priced the same as the cafe downstairs!" I found this extremely rude. It was raining that day and we probably didn't look like the most distinguished people, but there is no need to judge someone based upon appearance, which is what we felt this man was doing. I understand we're from LA and that my spikey hair, vintage T-shirt, faded Diesel jeans with checkered Vans might seem like the wardrobe of a hobo, but in actuality, it cost more than this guy's $200 suit from the Men's Warehouse. Either way, we were so excited to eat here that we ignored the comment and asked the guy to seat us. He took us to the very back, bypassing several empty tables by the window. We asked to sit at one of those empty tables, and he said they were not available. I thanked him but told him we would be dining elsewhere. We walked downstairs to the Cafe "express" version. Got our clam chowder and had a wonderful lunch for half the price and none of the hassle. If you want to try this place go to the Cafe Boudin located downstairs. Same food with no rude service.

Cons: Bad service

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I was given a gift certificate to dine at Bistro Boudin and tried it out this evening with four friends. While all of us dine in SF regularly, we don't usually visit the Wharf. This will certainly change. The ambiance in the building is wonderful (floating baskets filled with bread, great views and lots of dark wood). The view of Alcatraz is not one that we see often and it was quite remarkable. We had the best crab cakes ever, thin crispy gourmet sourdough pizzas and tender, melt in your mouth filet mignon. My girlfriend loved the pistachio crusted halibut. 2 out of 4 desserts were great...we'll definitely make a trip to the wharf again to visit the Bistro. Service was outstanding and very personable.

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★★★★★

I was given a gift certificate to dine at Bistro Boudin and tried it out this evening with four friends. While all of us dine in SF regularly, we don't usually visit the Wharf. This will certainly change. The ambiance in the building is wonderful (floating baskets filled with bread, great views and lots of dark wood). The view of Alcatraz is not one that we see often and it was quite remarkable. We had the best crab cakes ever, thin crispy gourmet sourdough pizzas and tender, melt in your mouth filet mignon. My girlfriend loved the pistachio crusted halibut. 2 out of 4 desserts were great...we'll definitely make a trip to the wharf again to visit the Bistro. Service was outstanding and very personable.

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i went to dine at the boudin restaurant on a non busy afternoon and it was one of the most awful experiences i've ever had dinning in american. first of all, the hostess didn't take down my name and just asked me to wait for a few minutes while she took down other people's name. finally the waitress took me and my friend to some corner in the back while there were tables with comfortable seatings available. the chair was dirty with bread crumbs all over, the waitress stood and watched my friend cleaning without offering to help or switching a different table. she walked away then my friend was trying to get this waiter who passed by to see if we can seat somewhere else but he glanced in our direction and turned away. my glass was dirty so i had to ask this other waiter to get me a new one, he looked at me funny and said no it's not dirty it's just a scratch, i'll bring you a new one. it was not just A scratch. the service totally spoiled our appetite and we left the restaurant in the end. give me a break america. in the end we went to the bakery to grab a bowl of clam chowder. there was not one single clam and the soup was way too salty. don't get me started on the bad service again.

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★☆☆☆☆

i went to dine at the boudin restaurant on a non busy afternoon and it was one of the most awful experiences i've ever had dinning in american. first of all, the hostess didn't take down my name and just asked me to wait for a few minutes while she took down other people's name. finally the waitress took me and my friend to some corner in the back while there were tables with comfortable seatings available. the chair was dirty with bread crumbs all over, the waitress stood and watched my friend cleaning without offering to help or switching a different table. she walked away then my friend was trying to get this waiter who passed by to see if we can seat somewhere else but he glanced in our direction and turned away. my glass was dirty so i had to ask this other waiter to get me a new one, he looked at me funny and said no it's not dirty it's just a scratch, i'll bring you a new one. it was not just A scratch. the service totally spoiled our appetite and we left the restaurant in the end. give me a break america. in the end we went to the bakery to grab a bowl of clam chowder. there was not one single clam and the soup was way too salty. don't get me started on the bad service again.

Cons: bad service

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Nice dining room that looks out onto the bay. Food is very good and the service is great.
Only thing that is a negative is because of the location, the people watching scene is horrible. Nothing but tourists with their Alcatraz sweatshirts and fanny packs.

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★★★★☆

Nice dining room that looks out onto the bay. Food is very good and the service is great.
Only thing that is a negative is because of the location, the people watching scene is horrible. Nothing but tourists with their Alcatraz sweatshirts and fanny packs.

Pros: Great View, Good Food

Cons: Nothing but tourists there

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My husband and I hosted a birthday celebration in Bistro Boudin's private dining room. The room is beautifully decorated and offers great views of the bay. Our servers were the most gracious and attentive of all the SF restaurants we visited during our one month stay. On top of all that, the food was much better than we expected (since their location is a touristy area of the city). The Filet Mignon and Crab cake combo is a "must order" dish!

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★★★★★

My husband and I hosted a birthday celebration in Bistro Boudin's private dining room. The room is beautifully decorated and offers great views of the bay. Our servers were the most gracious and attentive of all the SF restaurants we visited during our one month stay. On top of all that, the food was much better than we expected (since their location is a touristy area of the city). The Filet Mignon and Crab cake combo is a "must order" dish!

Pros: Stunning waterfront view, service, cuisine

Cons: none

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While the food is decent and delivery of the food was slow, this is a good choice for a meal along the wharf. This is a very cool building where the diner can see the inner workings of the bread factory through glass walls along with some excellent views of the water.

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★★★★☆

While the food is decent and delivery of the food was slow, this is a good choice for a meal along the wharf. This is a very cool building where the diner can see the inner workings of the bread factory through glass walls along with some excellent views of the water.

Pros: ambiance

Cons: slow kitchen

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So we decided to head over to Boudin's and grab a Sourdough Bowl of Clam Chowder. I was surprised by this brand new building that had replaced the little building from a year before. But what the heck. We were seated at a table with an incredible view of the bay and the wharf. I must say I was sticker shocked at the price for a bowl of clam chowder. $15!!! Now if you've read my other reviews, you know i don't mind spending money on good food. I was really expecting a $5 bowl of chowder. But since we sat down already, we weren't going to go anywhere.

I ordered the regular clam chowder, he ordered the Corn Chowder. What I didn't expect or read on the menu, was that we each got a Caesar Salad with the meal. Ohhhh yummmy!!! The salad was incredible as you could tell real sardines were used to make the caesar. The salad was just about big enough to fill me up. Then the bowls came. Totally delicious even though I was a little jealous that my husband ordered the Corn Chowder. One taste of that and I about died!!!

So definitely make this a stop if you want an incredible Sourdough Bowl experience.

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★★★★☆

So we decided to head over to Boudin's and grab a Sourdough Bowl of Clam Chowder. I was surprised by this brand new building that had replaced the little building from a year before. But what the heck. We were seated at a table with an incredible view of the bay and the wharf. I must say I was sticker shocked at the price for a bowl of clam chowder. $15!!! Now if you've read my other reviews, you know i don't mind spending money on good food. I was really expecting a $5 bowl of chowder. But since we sat down already, we weren't going to go anywhere.

I ordered the regular clam chowder, he ordered the Corn Chowder. What I didn't expect or read on the menu, was that we each got a Caesar Salad with the meal. Ohhhh yummmy!!! The salad was incredible as you could tell real sardines were used to make the caesar. The salad was just about big enough to fill me up. Then the bowls came. Totally delicious even though I was a little jealous that my husband ordered the Corn Chowder. One taste of that and I about died!!!

So definitely make this a stop if you want an incredible Sourdough Bowl experience.

Pros: Great Views, Tastey Food

Cons: N/A

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Serivce was more than PERFECT! Robert, Maitre'D, welcomed us with a warm smile and courteous elan while Garsha, Restaurant Mgr., glided swiftly on the restaurant & banquet floor like Fred Astaire. Table Service was flawless - they always anticipated your needs. Cooking technique and presentation was simply impeccable!!! You'll just die over the Braised Short Ribs - peel off the bone, tender to the fork. Desserts?? My Sweet Toother just got Sweeter. Every single dish was "As Artful As It Was Delicious!". Hands down, 5-Stars in my books !!!

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★★★★★

Serivce was more than PERFECT! Robert, Maitre'D, welcomed us with a warm smile and courteous elan while Garsha, Restaurant Mgr., glided swiftly on the restaurant & banquet floor like Fred Astaire. Table Service was flawless - they always anticipated your needs. Cooking technique and presentation was simply impeccable!!! You'll just die over the Braised Short Ribs - peel off the bone, tender to the fork. Desserts?? My Sweet Toother just got Sweeter. Every single dish was "As Artful As It Was Delicious!". Hands down, 5-Stars in my books !!!

Pros: Staff's Hospitality, Food & Presentation, View

Cons: None

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The only thing that was good was the bread, skip the rest.From the moment I walked upstars the host was bored and rude! The diningroom was cold and the service was slow.

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★☆☆☆☆

The only thing that was good was the bread, skip the rest.From the moment I walked upstars the host was bored and rude! The diningroom was cold and the service was slow.

Pros: Bread

Cons: Service, parking, food

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I had never thought to host a company business dinner down at touristy Fisherman's Wharf, but Bistro Boudin came highly recommended by a friend. Their room is elegant and intimate & the food was sublime but the personal touches by our service staff really stole the show. This venue is a great addition to a much forgotten part of our city.

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★★★★★

I had never thought to host a company business dinner down at touristy Fisherman's Wharf, but Bistro Boudin came highly recommended by a friend. Their room is elegant and intimate & the food was sublime but the personal touches by our service staff really stole the show. This venue is a great addition to a much forgotten part of our city.

Pros: great view, short ribs, sourdough pizzas

Cons: parking

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i loved it ! (and i lived in paris for 5 jears)verrrrrry particular with my food but well it was lovely!!!!! i highly recomend it to everyone!!!!! (if it is possible come at sunet it is to die for) SPECTACULAR!!!!!!! victor woods

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★★★★★

i loved it ! (and i lived in paris for 5 jears)verrrrrry particular with my food but well it was lovely!!!!! i highly recomend it to everyone!!!!! (if it is possible come at sunet it is to die for) SPECTACULAR!!!!!!! victor woods

Pros: great parking, food, service

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If you are looking for a location to entertain your guests from out of town or just looking for a great place to eat definitely try Bistro Boudin! The ambience will blow you away! While your there don't forget to check out the Boudin History Museum, and pick up a loaf of piping hot SF French Bread! The whole experience is top notch!

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★★★★★

If you are looking for a location to entertain your guests from out of town or just looking for a great place to eat definitely try Bistro Boudin! The ambience will blow you away! While your there don't forget to check out the Boudin History Museum, and pick up a loaf of piping hot SF French Bread! The whole experience is top notch!

Pros: Museum, Ambience of Bistro, Full view Bakery

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I've lived in the bay area for six years, and am a huge fan of the Boudin sourdough bread, so when I heard of their new flagship location in Fisherman's Wharf I new I had to try it out. We began our meal with a mission style shrimp cocktail that was superb. The short ribs were melt in your mouth and the halibut was cooked perfectly! The ambiance and attentive wait staff was everything I could ever ask for. Five stars!!!!

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★★★★★

I've lived in the bay area for six years, and am a huge fan of the Boudin sourdough bread, so when I heard of their new flagship location in Fisherman's Wharf I new I had to try it out. We began our meal with a mission style shrimp cocktail that was superb. The short ribs were melt in your mouth and the halibut was cooked perfectly! The ambiance and attentive wait staff was everything I could ever ask for. Five stars!!!!

Pros: Great Service, Beautiful View

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I came down to the Wharf with my family and thought I would see the same old wharf but was surprised at the new Boudin. We ended up at the Bisto upstairs and had a fantastic meal. I had the Steak Frites which was out of this world and my wife had the chopped salad. After dinner, the waiter offered us a tour of the meuseum and we really enjoyed it. The kids loved the bread pudding for dessert. Overall a great experience at Bistro Boudin.

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★★★★★

I came down to the Wharf with my family and thought I would see the same old wharf but was surprised at the new Boudin. We ended up at the Bisto upstairs and had a fantastic meal. I had the Steak Frites which was out of this world and my wife had the chopped salad. After dinner, the waiter offered us a tour of the meuseum and we really enjoyed it. The kids loved the bread pudding for dessert. Overall a great experience at Bistro Boudin.

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As a local I avoid the Wharf and the overpriced restaurants. Friends dragged me down to this tourist area. We ended up going in to the new Boudin building and upstairs to the Bistro. Whoever designed the restaurant did a great job, and the food was the biggest surprise. Pretty much half the price of the other places in the "hood' and really good. Best Crab Cakes that I have tasted and a great Burger. The wine list is great and the prices lowest I have seen in any restaurant. The service was great, friendly and quick and I will be back. There is a place at the Wharf that has the high SF standards.

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★★★★★

As a local I avoid the Wharf and the overpriced restaurants. Friends dragged me down to this tourist area. We ended up going in to the new Boudin building and upstairs to the Bistro. Whoever designed the restaurant did a great job, and the food was the biggest surprise. Pretty much half the price of the other places in the "hood' and really good. Best Crab Cakes that I have tasted and a great Burger. The wine list is great and the prices lowest I have seen in any restaurant. The service was great, friendly and quick and I will be back. There is a place at the Wharf that has the high SF standards.

Pros: Great Service, Great prices, Beauriful decor

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This could not have been better. Even when there was an issue with a friends steak they took care of it right away.

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★★★★★

This could not have been better. Even when there was an issue with a friends steak they took care of it right away.

Pros: Service, Food

Cons: Parking

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What a beautiful restaurant !! It surpasses everything on Fisherman's Wharf. The bar is gorgeous--who woudn't want to sit there for a drink and watch the sun go down ???
The service is beyond reproach and everyone has a positive attitude. Tha ambiance will call me back again and again! What a find ! The food is superlative and a class above anything at the wharf. The day we were there they served a sublime crab & corn chowder and the best French Onion soup. My friend had a Ceasar Salad which he said was excellent and I really enjoyed my Dungeness Crab Louis with REALLY fresh crab! I particulary like the way the Louis dressing was served separately,enabling one to take as little or as much as one wants.

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★★★★★

What a beautiful restaurant !! It surpasses everything on Fisherman's Wharf. The bar is gorgeous--who woudn't want to sit there for a drink and watch the sun go down ???
The service is beyond reproach and everyone has a positive attitude. Tha ambiance will call me back again and again! What a find ! The food is superlative and a class above anything at the wharf. The day we were there they served a sublime crab & corn chowder and the best French Onion soup. My friend had a Ceasar Salad which he said was excellent and I really enjoyed my Dungeness Crab Louis with REALLY fresh crab! I particulary like the way the Louis dressing was served separately,enabling one to take as little or as much as one wants.

Pros: Good parking, Ambiance, Food

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I drove 150 miles to dine here again with european guests. The french onion soup was better than any in Paris. The crab cakes moist fresh and delicious. The favorite of all apetizers were the shrimp cocktail spicy style with avacado and chips.

We have dined here 3 times now and are looking forward to returning for our wedding anniversary.

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★★★★★

I drove 150 miles to dine here again with european guests. The french onion soup was better than any in Paris. The crab cakes moist fresh and delicious. The favorite of all apetizers were the shrimp cocktail spicy style with avacado and chips.

We have dined here 3 times now and are looking forward to returning for our wedding anniversary.

Pros: View, Service, parking

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This is truly a spot for everyone. I brought friends from the East Coast to Fisherman's Wharf dreading the food, and Bistro Boudin proved me wrong! This is a wonderful new restaurant, we got fresh warm bread, and the staff was friendly and professional. The view was spectacular, and we were able to enjoy it even more in the Museum after dinner. I would try the shell pasta with crab and the warm berry cobbler!

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★★★★★

This is truly a spot for everyone. I brought friends from the East Coast to Fisherman's Wharf dreading the food, and Bistro Boudin proved me wrong! This is a wonderful new restaurant, we got fresh warm bread, and the staff was friendly and professional. The view was spectacular, and we were able to enjoy it even more in the Museum after dinner. I would try the shell pasta with crab and the warm berry cobbler!

Pros: Staff, Food, Bread!

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Normally, I only visit the Wharf when I have out of town guests, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that there is a new reason to travel down to the water. I dined at the Bistro last Friday night and was blown away by the food/service. The space is brand new and a welcomed change to the other old buildings. The sausage pizza was great as was their take on Crab Cake and Scallops. The Chocolate Coffee Toffee Cake is a great way to end the meal. The service really blew us away. We'll be back even without out of town guests!

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★★★★★

Normally, I only visit the Wharf when I have out of town guests, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that there is a new reason to travel down to the water. I dined at the Bistro last Friday night and was blown away by the food/service. The space is brand new and a welcomed change to the other old buildings. The sausage pizza was great as was their take on Crab Cake and Scallops. The Chocolate Coffee Toffee Cake is a great way to end the meal. The service really blew us away. We'll be back even without out of town guests!

Pros: service, view, dessert

Cons: nothing

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Up two flights of stairs, the dining room sits on the top floor of a sprawling warehouse. A vaulted ceiling looms over an open kitchen, a row of banquettes, a set of free-standing tables, and intimate two-tops along the…

 

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