About Bouche Bistro (Santa Fe)
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.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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 love Bouche Bistro.
We go there regularly and it's always wonderful.
The service is impeccable and the food is always excellent with organic and local ingredients . We like the small menu and the specials are fantastic.
We always feel at home there.
Thank you everyone at Bouche Bistro! 👏😊
The lamb shank and Waygu hanger steak were both fork-tender. This was an excellent meal, and will be our go-to restaurant when we visit Santa Fe. The only negative was that the meal seemed a bit 'hurried'...for a three-course meal we placed our order and were out of there in 55 minutes.
We always enjoy Bouche Bistro however on this occasion, we found our server to be overly pretentious and affected, saying things like: How are we doing this evening? or Are we enjoying the wine? or Will we be having dessert? Totally artificial. It almost gave us the creeps...
Great food, great service. Sat outside. Chairs a little uncomfortable. Everything was perfect as far as the food and service went. Amazing desserts. We have eaten in many Santa Fe restaurants as we live about an hour away. Will definitely be returning here. Prices are a little high, but food is worth it and prices are in line with other Santa Fe restaurants.
Top-notch food in a comfortable bistro setting - we shared the very good heirloom tomato/burrata appetizer (just enough for 2), then enjoyed a pan-seared flounder special (excellent - perfectly cooked) and the ratatouille ravioli (also excellent). Service was timely and efficient and the atmosphere lively and comfortable. Prices match other higher-end Santa Fe restaurants.
Reservation time honored immediately by courteous and pert people. Menu was varied and ample to any taste. Personable and caring owner of restaurant circulated and insured over-all quality providing a personal touch to an already pleasant evening. Wait person was efficient but not intrusive. A very pleasant and satisfying evening.
Great experience start to finish. Excellent service. Wonderful wine list. Outstanding food. We had a group of 3 and sat outside. No view, but still a nice atmosphere. For our main courses we had lamb shank, wagyu steak w/ truffle frites and halibut special--all were excellent. We will be back on our next visit to Santa Fe!
This was our first time to dine at this restaurant and it was a thoroughly delightful experience. Be forewarned, the prices mean heavy use of your plastic and the size of the dining room (probably seats around 40) dictates advance reservations...although, in the summer, the patio offers additional seating (we dined there) so the venue is less crowded. Also be forewarned that the portions are very generous so be careful how much you order...the food is excellent and of the highest quality but it's a shame not to be able to finish each course (we were staying at a nearby hotel so a take-home box was not an option).
We drank an great chardonnay and had excellent starters (a Caesar salad a salad composed of 3 different beets). Main courses were fresh Alaskan halibut and a wonderful roasted lamb shank. Couldn't finish it all. We shared a creme brûlée for dessert. More than enough!
We always eat here when in Santa Fe, sometimes twice if the visit is over a week. Never anything but first rate. Consistently well-conceived, harmonized tastes and textures. Both fish plates this time -salmon, ruby trout - nicely done, and an accompanying risotto perfect. Indulged with the starter truffled frites and this time also the crispy onions. Escargots simple and spot on. Brandade of cod clever in a sauteed cake, accompanied by marinated bites of octopus on a bed of greens dressed lightly, nice combination (my only thought is that a dash of a light noncompetitive sauce - sorrel? cilantro? tarragon? - would better have shown off the brandade). It's nice to find Hermitage blanc on a wine list, and this one was very nice. Love this place; it would compete in Paris. Cudos to all.
Good bistro food, interesting menu, reservations honored on time, nice service, decent wine list. Appetizers, small plates, salads, main courses, dessert--your choice. This is as close to a French bistro as one is likely to find in Santa Fe. It's also a short walk from most downtown hotels, though there's also sufficient parking.
My wife had the hanger steak and I had the calf's liver and onions. Both were outstanding. The food is innovative, the staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Since it is a smaller restaurant the owner/chef tours the tables himself. Highly recommended and make your reservation.
Great restaurant with a great staff! The food is top notch and the service is great. I had the seafood pasta special and it was delicious. My wife had the mussels with frites that are always good. Chef Dale always stops by the table to check on food and service. This is a very nice touch that shows how much he cares. We will be back to this gem!
A very disappointing experience. This used to be one of my favorite restaurants. Used to be a great restaurant. No more.
The formerly fabulous mussels were bland and almost tasteless. The formerly brilliant crusty bread was pale and insipid. The formerly splendid soup du soir was thin and boring.
Our waiter forgot the champagne starter; he forgot the bottle of wine until the main course arrived at which point we had to flag down another waiter to get the wine. It took 40 minutes to serve the main course after we were done with the first course and we had to ask where our main courses were - to the same other waiter who brought them out immediately. Our water glasses were not refilled until the third time we asked. When our waiter collected the mussels dishes he came within millimeters of dumping the broth on one of our party; she caught the bowl in the nick of time.
Avoid the slender waiter who tries to entertain customers with the derivation of the word "bistro". He needs to retrain for a different occupation.
It pains me to say this but it's probably best to avoid the whole experience and eat elsewhere.
A bustling restaurant, with excellent food. Our party of 4 had a variety of dishes all excellent. One diner's lamb was undercooked, and was corrected in kitchen, but not satisfactorily. The restaurant removed the charge for that dish from the meal, even though 90% of the dish was correct. I am happy to recommend this restaurant and look forward to our next meal there.
This was my first time dining at Bouche and it didn't disappoint! We both tried the Heirloom Tomato and Burrata salad with a Pistachio Pesto. It was so yummy and they were really kind to accommodate my slight nut allergy and created a different pesto for my salad! My friend had the warm Foie Gras which she loved and I had a wonderful Swordfish dish with a Beurre Blanc sauce served over Asparagus! For being a French bistro, the food is surprisingly clean and doesn't leave you feeling over-stuffed in a bad way. We ended the evening with a Lemon Meringue Tart which was the perfect balance of sweet and sour. I highly recommend Bouche to anyone visiting Santa Fe. You will need a reservation, since it's not a big place. Very cozy and intimate and easily walked to from most downtown hotels.
Bouche Bistro is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe, and it is our go-to place before the opera. The food is terrific, mostly French bistro fare, service generally is outstanding, and the ambiance, whether inside or on the patio, enhances the experience. The wine list is creative and filled with wines we like.
My husband and I dine at Bouche Bistro regularly. The food is excellent. The service is friendly and impeccable. we love the small menu because everything in it is perfectly prepared. All ingredients are fresh, organic and picked locally when possible.
My mother recently moved to Santa Fe and she always raved about Bouche Bistro.
I highly recommend Bouche Bistro if you want to have a great experience!
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