About Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe)
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe) is a neighborhood French bistro located in the heart of Santa Fe, serving inspired rustic French cuisine prepared by award-winning chef Charles Dale. Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe) offers an exceptional variety of new and old world wine selections to accompany the menu. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Private parking lot available, with valet parking on weekends.
Beautiful outdoor patio, weather permitting.
French, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking lot for 14 cars adjacent to restaurant: extensive additional street parking.
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe) Ratings and Reviews
We were totally turned off by the high-p ...
We were totally turned off by the high-pressure up-selling. When we declined, our waitress became brusque. We hadn't been to Bouche in quite a while and wouldn't be in a hurry to go back. My favorite dish has been removed from the menu, apparently not to return. Our meals (mussels and a pasta special) were average at best. The lemon tart was sweeter than I care for and overloaded with meringue. My dining partners did like the creme brulee. We have friends who are regulars here and praise it for being consistent. Consistently what I'm not sure.
Bouche is a perfect mix of service and f ...
Bouche is a perfect mix of service and food, delivered perfectly on every visit! It is always at the top of list for favorites in Santa Fe. Wine list a little expensive compared to other local restaurants but the quality of the list is above average! Bouche delivers Role Model behavior for what to do right in a restaurant!
Number one on our list 'forever!' Our o ...
Number one on our list 'forever!' Our out-or-town guests were simply taken with Bouche' and could not have enjoyed a table more than the Chief's table!!Not one thing that I would change, and love it that Charles is always greeting, meeting, and making everyone feel special!
I have loved Bouche for years. It's a b ...
I have loved Bouche for years. It's a bit pricey but it's worth every penny. The food and service are both wonderful ( sort of country French, not stuffy French) and I love the rustic atmosphere. It's the best restaurant in Santa Fe in my opinion. This visit I departed from my usual sweetbreads or liver dishes and had the raw oysters and a serving of onion soup. With their incredible bread it made a great meal and one I shall repeat. My friends were extremely happy with their beef and fish dishes so all of us had a super time.
Outstanding dinner experience, from begi ...
Outstanding dinner experience, from beginning to end. Food and service were outstanding.
We loved it so much that we came back the following day to finish our evening with the amazing creme brulee and a glass of champagne.
We travel to Santa Fe at least once a ye ...
We travel to Santa Fe at least once a year and I always make a reservation here. Food is always great as is the service. I tend to find something I like and then order it again and again. For me the consistency is proof of a well run kitchen. Boucher never fails.
I had come for Christmas Eve Dinner the ...
I had come for Christmas Eve Dinner the year before and there was a special menu and you could also order from that or the regular menu--which was not available this time. I didn't check the price for the 3-course dinner and felt at $99 it was a tad overpriced--last year it was a great deal less. Great French food. There were 4 selections for appetizer and the main course and two for the dessert. My 6 oysters for appetizer were great, the beef tenderloin main course was cooked to perfection and the taste of creme brulee, sorbet and ice-cream-filled puff pastry was good. My two neighboring tables, as we got to talking, were not as good as mine. One of the 3, 1/2 lobster tails over the pasta next door was raw, in the next table over, the tenderloin was over-cooked. I attribute that to James not cooking in the kitchen and subbing for Chef Charles who was off-restaurant tending to two parties. I think that all things considered, it was really nice but pricey...the other tables might have rated it a little different.
Was the first time that we had eaten her ...
Was the first time that we had eaten here and were impressed with the serice and the food. Tables are pretty close together, but it was not a problem. Would go back when we are in Santa Fe again, which is usually two to three times a year.
Small place, short menu of small plates ...
Small place, short menu of small plates and a few entrées, a limited list of wines and beers, and high prices -- but what exciting well-prepared food and delightfully attentive service! Its a lot to crowd into an attractive small inviting space. The menu reads like a traditional French brasserie: excellent breads, onion soup, escargot, sweetbreads (!), calves liver, mussels but each dish is excellently conceived with unique flavor combinations which highlight the locally-sourced ingredients and seasonings. Our waitress made astute recommendations of wine which excellently complimented the food. Desserts were equally pleasing along with well-prepared coffee. This was probably the best meal we had in a week of sampling a broad array of the restaurants of Santa Fe.
Lovely setting, albeit a small space tha ...
Lovely setting, albeit a small space that is quite tight and a wee bit noisy if restaurant is busy. Chairs are not very comfortable. Staff was welcoming, service attentive and professional, and the food was well prepared and as advertised. Bread and butter are excellent additions.
I actually visited a few days before and selected the table I wanted for our small party. However, when we arrived they had changed our table and about a half hour later, placed a couple in our requested space. This couple were clearly regulars and friends with the staff. I guess I understand this decision to reward regulars, but is did detract a bit.
All in all a good choice, among many in Santa Fe.
Loved the bistro. Great waitstaff & deli ...
Loved the bistro. Great waitstaff & delicious food. Favorite was the warm arugula salad with calamari & delicate slices of octopus on a creamy bed of tangy dressing. The pappardelle with creamy sauce & lobster/seafood was to die for!
Four of us had a wonderful business dinn ...
Four of us had a wonderful business dinner. Bouche is a small French bistro-style restaurant, quaint and charming. Don't let the term bistro fool you: the food is exquisite, the wine list is diverse and offers some great wines (We drank a Chinon - cabernet franc from the Loire Valley and a Vivier Pinot Noir from Sonoma: both outstanding picks). The service was excellent, with the right touch whenever necessary throughout the night. The desserts topped it all off: the creme brulee, lemon meringue pie and nutella chocolate mousse were to die for. We were so into our conversation and our food that we ended up being the last table in the restaurant. Bouche was a WOW! experience.
We've been wanting to try Bouche for a w ...
We've been wanting to try Bouche for a while now, but just couldn't line up a date when our party of six could get together in Santa Fe. We are SO glad that we finally did get there. It was a spectacular meal for all of us. We each had a different entree, shared three bottles of wine from their great wine list, and shared three delectable desserts since we couldn't decide on one. Bouche will now go on our list as our Santa Fe favorite, and that is saying something, given the array of excellent choices in the "City Different." Bouche is a "foodies" delight. I can't recommend it enough!
Foie Gras, Osso Bucco, salads and desert ...
Foie Gras, Osso Bucco, salads and desert were great. Unfortunately, my wife hates chicken and she ordered the Gnocchi special, which turns out had lots of chicken in it... the waitress failed to mention that the dish had chicken in it and my wife was too polite to send her main course back. I would hate to see this wait person's performance on a really busy night!
Always the most elegant treat eating at ...
Always the most elegant treat eating at Bouche! The calf's liver was melt in your mouth heaven. The service is always impeccable. They make you feel like you're the most special guest and an old friend at the same time.
One sign of greatness is - When the Che ...
One sign of greatness is -
When the Chef/Owner is off the premises and a restaurant can continue to deliver at a high level
is a solid indication of the strength of a GREAT place.
Our visit on Friday night had a large crowd that was handled perfectly by both the front of the house and the kitchen. The cod special was stunning in preparation and presentation. Our party of six had an age range of 6 to 70+ and everyone enjoyed the evening.
The menu listed a 2012 vintage of pinot ...
The menu listed a 2012 vintage of pinot noir. The waitress brought a 2013; /;when I said I'd take it with a discount, the maitre'd came over with a very arrogant attitude making a ton of excuses and said "just because I"m in a good mood I'll knock off five dollars," along with all kinds of explanations like the chef handn't updated the menu, etc. No apology, no free appetizer, just an arrogant attitude, topped off with "do you always ask for a disocunt if there's a discrepancy with the menu?" Yes, I do!!!! This was topped off only by the poor quality of the food. Escargot so bathed in garlic it was revolting, bland onion soup, followed by a seafood pasta advertised with lobster, crab, and prawns, in which only the prawnss were detectable. Liver was served in huge amount with limp, overcooked, bitter spinach under the slab of liver and a huge pile of crispy, rather than sauteed, onions that overwhelmed the plate. A side of mashed potatoes was acceptable but unevenly heated (I burned my tongue) and lack in the butter expected of a french restaurant. This place is existing on reviews that either are dishonest or that reflect a very different experience from ours.
Service was excellent. The food is very ...
Service was excellent. The food is very good--creative. The ambiance leaves something to be desired. Too many people squeezed into a relatively small place. It is a fine dining restaurant, but one would not know that because of the density of the crowd.
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