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Chou Chou Bistro, San Francisco, CA
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Chou Chou Bistro

4.6
4.6
2205 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! All of our reservations are indoors both dinning room and patio are indoors.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 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

    Our newly remodeled Parisian style dinning room and indoor patio are ready to host your next special event. Chouchou offers a great variety of homemade French specialty dishes, excellent attention to detail, great customer service and an overall top quality experience for you and your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Angel Garcia : (844) 543-1285

  • 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 2,205 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. BB

    BenB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and comfort. Easy restaurant to get to, with available parking.
  2. RG

    RachelG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Very mediocre!!! Not bad, but certainly not anything to draw me back again.
  3. D

    David

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A true French bistro with such classics as French Onion soup, escargot, confit. A great place for friends or a special night.
  4. j

    jar321

    San Francisco

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! First time and won’t be last! Food and service was great! From outside doesn’t look like a fine dining place! Once you are in everything wonderful!
  5. N

    415N

    San Francisco

    269 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    269 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner at ChouChou. For appetizers we tried the onion soup and the tomato basil soup. Both were excellent and the perfect appetizers for a cold, rainy night. For entrees, we tried the filet mignon and the lobster ravioli special and both were great. The lobster ravioli is particularly nice because it is in a tomato sauce rather than the typical cream sauce. For dessert we had the apple tart with vanilla ice cream and the chocolate mousse. Both were great but we especially liked the apple tart which had a delicious flaky crust. We can't wait to return!
  6. BA

    BrianA

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    5 star service 5 star entree Cute cozy out and indoor Fr Bistro style dining. Well worth the night out.
  7. JM

    JeffreyM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Really lovely experience. Food was really yummy; “could’ve used a bit more salt” is my only comment. Escargot was fantastic! Pricing was very good and staff very friendly.
  8. S

    Sara

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful service good portions and very tasty food will come back again
  9. PS

    PhilS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Chou Chou has excellent food and many choices. Service was very good and the ambience was excellent I would definitely recommend it!
  10. I

    Iamthewoo

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Mussels, escargots, bone marrow appetizers were excellent. Filet mignon was tender and cooked just right, medium rare as requested. Rainbow Trout was listed as "whole trout" but was actually a fillet, and overcooked. Mentioned it to the waiter and the owner came over and apologized, and had the dish re-made, which turned out much better, moist and flaky. Creme brulee and mango panna cotta for dessert were perfect.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at the restaurant. The servers were busy, but handled it well. The food was amazing also. I would go again.
  12. CM

    CMSP

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Lovely place for a date night. Food was exceptional! The French onion soup and mussels appetizers could have been the entree and were perfect. The cassoulet was delish as was the filet mignon. We were a smidge disappointed in our desserts as just a tad off from what should be sublime for a French restaurant. (Chocolate cake tasted like a box mix and crème brûlée tasted like it was made on a production line.) wine list was extensive and not a high markup. Service was very pleasant. An enjoyable night and we will be back!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    All the staff members we interacted with were great, especially Alejandra, our server. We had the escargot and mussels appetizers, which were great, and our entrées were the beef Bourgogne and lamb rack; both were perfectly prepared. We really enjoyed our time here. My only suggestion for improvement of the ambience is to dim the lighting in the main dining room, it is so bright in there that the main dining room was empty and the side temporary/outdoor dining area was full. The main dining would feel more intimate if the lighting level is reduced.
  14. BJ

    BarbaraJ

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb menu with lots of choices on the fixed price dinners. Comfortable atmosphere conducive for conversations. Unbeatable value!
  15. T

    Tereana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was excellent. Coming from LA for a birthday celebration and the 3 course meal was exquisite. Everyone was nice and pleasant. Would definitely recommend and will be coming back.
  16. AL

    AliceL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our first visit to Chou Chou Bistro was great! The French bistro’s menu reflected diverse offerings. Our party of four opted for the 3-course fixed price menu available during the October Dine About Town program. The PE1 mussels in addition to the Crab Salad were delicious. Also, our entrees ranged from Duck Leg Confit Wellington, Grilled Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon and Beef Bourguignon, and all were excellent! Our meal concluded with the restaurant’s impressive dessert offerings, including Tiramisu, Apple Tart and Ganache Chocolate Cake. We thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and plan to definitely dine again at this lovely restaurant!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for a birthday celebration. They were very gracious. Sat us down quickly even though we were a half hour early because we thought it would take us longer to get there. Gave us great suggestions when asked and checked on us constantly. We were also given two complimentary desserts from the chef for the birthday girl which was lovely. We enjoyed every plate we got. The duck breast was amazing and the desserts were also delectable. Loved the experience and the birthday girl really enjoyed her dinner and was made to feel really special.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at ChouChou Bistro was exquisite! We started with escargots and mussels. The escargots we deliciously dipped in a olive oil type of sauce which added a good flavor. We put the bred to the side because it was over toasted. However, we used the warm baguette, which was scrumptious. The white sauce in the mussels was also tasty and one of our favorite. Next, we continued with a boeuf Bourguignonne, which was tender! The fillet mignon was made just the way we ordered it and the sauce was the right pairing! For dessert we had the creme broulé (creamy in the inside after breaking the sugar top) and the tarte au pomme. The tarte crust was rolled in, which was still decent. Nevertheless, I prefer the classic way the tarte au pomme is made. The vanilla ice cream was a nice addition to the tarte. Overall our dinner was delicious and took us back to France. We enjoyed the glass of red wine and the amout they served for us.
  19. MH

    MichaelH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Haven't been here since long before Covid; moved not too far away just pre-Covid, was looking forward to becoming more regular; then Covid. We finally got there this past Saturday. Frankly, I was a little concerned about some of the more recent reviews re: service. Our service could *not have been better*. Quick, attentive, friendly. A 3-course, pre-fixe menu at $65 seems darn pretty reasonable, lately. FFS, a sandwich in FiDi for lunch costs nearly $20. My partner (the picky one), who'd never been there, called his meal "outstanding". We're still somewhat Covid-conscious, so if you're that, the inside tables are far apart, and the 'outside' tables in their parklet-thing are pretty well-enclosed (but high ceilings and heat lamps), so you won't freeze! We felt perfectly comfortable (covid and temperature-wise). Absolutely will be back soon.
  20. LH

    LHdiner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening and dinner! The staff was welcoming, very attentive, and gracious. We had vegan linguine and lamb chops, both excellent and not over seasoned. The perfect evening!
  21. CH

    CarolynH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was perfectly French! The French onion soup crammed with onions. The filet mignon was very tasteful. Beef bourguignon had a great gravy. Portions big enough to split. The crème caramel and chocolate bundt cake were delicious. Went for restaurant week but about the same price as if we had gone without the price fix menu.
  22. D

    Deegee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Enclosed parklet with propane lamps was very toasty on a colder evening, but is not designed for virus-minimizing airflow per se. So, if you don’t care as much about that, don’t be deterred if you can only get a reservation for an “outdoor” table, because it’s essentially still indoors. Menu selections were very complete, something for everyone, also a daily prix fixe menu for a reasonable price.
  23. W

    Will

    Sacramento

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A terrific little spot. Feels comfy and posh at the same time. Great food. Beware! Parking is very limited.
  24. BS

    BillieS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was enjoyable, a bit expensive. I would recommend it with the caveat that it is expensive. It is lovely inside, the servers are attentive and very polite.
  25. AM

    AngelaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The outside patio is so enclosed that it feels like you're dining indoors. Absolutely a good experience.
  26. m

    maureenr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had not been to Chou Chou in many years. We had a wonderful time . The food was excellent and everyone loved their meal. I will definitely come back again!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    We know the place. No attention to details. Hamburger arrived well done. Did not ask for that. Sleepy place!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner!
  29. V

    Vane

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a charming and delicious spot!
  30. h

    happy

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely small restaurant, nice ambience for a quiet meal together. Great food and wine.
  31. TB

    ThomasB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience, the food was delicious, and my wife chose the 60 dollar prix fixe menu which had great choices for her. I selected birthday in the OpenTable app as the special occasion and we got comped a delicious chocolate mousse even though my wife chose the creme brule off the prix fixes menu. We hadn't been there in years, but will definitely not wait so long before returning.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    The food was adequately good … not inspired but ok. My duck breast was nice and my wife’s steak was only barely ok, the quality just wasn’t there. I wish I had better things to say because I want my local favorites to be as they were, but unfortunately we are experiencing a downturn in quality. The service was very friendly thank goodness at least we still have that! But I can’t justify $150 just for good service. Too bad about this place.
  33. g

    glhdemar

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food service ambiance the carrot soup was excellent as were the mushroom raviolis.
  34. BW

    BobW

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lobster ravioli was outstanding (lots of filling and chunks of lobster in the sauce as well) as was the duck breast with turmeric mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts. Both were a special of the day. Mango sorbet was a nice dessert to refresh the palate. Portions were generous.
  35. RR

    RandyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food in a beautiful part of San Francisco. Excellent service too
  36. BA

    BettyAwesome

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Overall dining here was good for thr 9 of us dining that night. Nothing pretentious, feels like eating at a friend's house, cozy. We all agreed that the warm bread and butter, muscles, tuna carpaccio, mushroom ravioli app were yum. Chocolate cake, apple tart and creme bruelle were yum.
  37. o

    otdiner

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious French food with a creative flair! Escargot, onion soup, prawns/asparagus/creamy risotto, salmon, dessert...Wonderfully stylish ambiance, comfortable, quiet. Parking next door. Warm welcome by host Angel, server Nina very attentive.
  38. MA

    MrsA

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Chou Chou Bistro has been one of our favorite restaurants for years. A lot of improvements have occurred under the new management: a remodel of the dining room (partially due to Covid, of course), more consistent service, and overall, a better menu. The menu does tend to stay the same throughout the year, but the food is delicious and plentiful. The prix fixe menu is now $60 for three courses, but everything is going up these days. I no longer drink alcohol, but my recent dining companion was disappointed that the wine menu did not include Pinot Grigio. Neither of us is fond of the much of the music that is played in the dining room, which is loud enough that it is difficult to ignore. It’s true that we are old folks, but rap is not what we wish to listen to while we eat our dinner. How did occurred earlier in our meal, we would have mentioned it to the wait staff. The waitstaff, by the way, is competent and attentive - very satisfactory. Mostly, these criticisms are nits. We love this restaurant and we eat there several times a year, and we have no intention of changing our pattern. The management does an excellent job overall, and the experience is always enjoyable.
  39. O

    Oliver

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lobster ravioli was really delicious. Friend had pork chop. Done perfectly and juicy. Generous pours for wines by the glass. Treated me to a birthday panacotta and crème brûlée was also good.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Menu is extensive, but the special list was amazing. The 3 course is a good deal. Nice wine selection. Service was good and ambiance is lovely. Large outdoor patio as well.

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 4.6 stars by 2205 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • 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

    Our newly remodeled Parisian style dinning room and indoor patio are ready to host your next special event. Chouchou offers a great variety of homemade French specialty dishes, excellent attention to detail, great customer service and an overall top quality experience for you and your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Angel Garcia : (844) 543-1285

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