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.
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
This French restaurant needs to pay a vi ...
This French restaurant needs to pay a visit to Clafoutis , a lovely French restaurant close by.
They may learn a lot about how to make a customer feel welcome and a lot more.
I would never eat here again. Hated the service, food and the hideous decor.
Way overpriced and way over rated. I have no idea why people go there.
Sad to say, last trip to Bouche. Visite ...
Sad to say, last trip to Bouche. Visited during the wine festival. Dined there 4 times previously. Be aware the indoor area is small and there is an outdoor patio that is poorly suited for cool weather. We arrived on a cold/cool night and were seated outside without asking "will this be suitable". We looked around and saw the propane heating towers so we thought we would be OK. First step, wine order. Not available, out due to wine festival. Let's see, wine festival attendees might order lots of wine - stock up. Substituted bottle with no mention of price differential (or none as it turned out). Then a power outage (OK - not their fault). Then the propane tower went off. We asked if it could be restarted with no follow-up from staff. It's getting cold, we had several layers and people around us were in warm coats. Then the manager/floor manager/assistant manager (?) came to the table next to us to run their check. They strongly voiced their concerns and were told the propane had run out in all the towers (yes, their fault. Maybe provided by the wine distributor too?). The manager told them the overhead heaters would keep them warm. They were so ineffective we hadn't even noticed them. When I said there wasn't one over our table we were ignored. Very poorly handled. This is Santa Fe. Very competitive market. This restaurant has very good food, but on the high price side. Customer service can make the difference and they failed. We consider ourselves to be foodies, frequent visitors to Santa Fe. We were dining with a local foodie who knows the scene. He was adamant that he will be sharing his opinion with his local dining partners. A few apologies and accomodations would have probably gone a long way but there were only excuses. We were given the option of a free dessert long after the harm had been done and at a point where our numb fingers would have made lifting a fork difficult.
Very good experience. First time in Sant ...
Very good experience. First time in Santa Fe, and first time at Bouche. We ate French bistro classics and were not disappointed. A reasonably sized wine list offered a good variety of wines within a vintage window of roughly seven years. You shouldn't have to work too hard to find somethings that will pair well. If your heart is set on some obscure vintage, check ahead. Wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Pace of service was bistro - not rushed, but not a lot of "dead time". We will make it a feature of our Santa Fe visits in the future.
We went to Bouche for my sisters birthda ...
We went to Bouche for my sisters birthday .
We were seated in a cozy booth for three and had a wonderful server.
She took care of our every needs.
The pasta special was our favorite dish .
A wonderful night at Bouche!
The restaurant was very loud and the tab ...
The restaurant was very loud and the tables were packed together. If you don't mind hearing everyone's conversation but your own and having geriatric butts against your arm throughout the dinner, this place is perfect.
The food was prepared well (I had the swordfish). The server was OK, she did let our wine glasses sit empty for at least five minutes before inquiring whether we wanted to buy another glass, which we did. The desert was boring.
Overall, if you are going to pay for a top-dollar dining experience, I would suggest another place.
OMG! The most wonderful halibut with as ...
OMG! The most wonderful halibut with asparagus and fresh porcini mushrooms with a porcini mushroom sauce...a delicious dinner. The service was excellent and a wonderful wine recommendation by our server. Always love the food here at this classic French bistro.
We've been going to Santa Fe for many ye ...
We've been going to Santa Fe for many years and eaten at many of it's fine restaurants.
Bouche Bistro is definitely our new favorite!
A little off the beaten path, but worth the short walk from the plaza (no more than 10 minutes.)
The food, service and ambiance all exceeded our expectations. Treat yourself right, and book a table soon.
Bouche Bistro is one of our favorite res ...
Bouche Bistro is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe. The food is consistently very good and in some cases is extraordinarily good. The wine list is full of excellent choices. Our server knew about and recommended specific wines for each dish. Our only suggestion would be to offer many more wines by the glass, as the trend today is to eat more small plates which often require different wines with each dish.
We had an incredible dinner at Bouche Ag ...
We had an incredible dinner at Bouche Again!
The squash soup with crab salad was good til the last drop.
The ratatouille ravioli was my single best bite of the summer.
My husband had the pork Osso buco on a cool evening and it was wonderful .
A profiterole to finish .
Great friends ,great food ,vibrant atmosphere .
What is not to love.
What a delight it is to dine here. The ...
What a delight it is to dine here. The service is always impeccable and the food is divine! The special of the evening...grouper was delicious! The salmon bruschetta was an interesting concept and very tasty. The Colorado peach cobbler a la mode was a great finish to a fantastic evening! Thank you Chef Charles and all your beautifully trained staff!
Fourth time at Bouche Bistro. One of my ...
Fourth time at Bouche Bistro. One of my favourite bistros in Santa Fe. I love calves liver a always order that. Great ambience, very easy vibe, casual/dressy whatever you want it to be. Excellent wine list. My wife is vegetarian and never fails to find something she loves. Great service. Our server tipped us off to another great spot in Santa Fe which I'm not going to share. Definitely not 401, do not go there
Well worth the visit.
Charles Dale continues to prepare the fi ...
Charles Dale continues to prepare the finest French cuisine in Santa Fe, or, for me, just the finest food, period. Here you will find bistro classics like escargots and Osso Buco, yes, but also a rich variety of locally-sourced herbs and vegetables from Charles's garden as well as the finest meats and seafood prepared exquisitely. Go on a warm night an enjoy the splendid patio outside. And just when you think you are full, order the Porfiterole au Chocolat for a heavenly ending. Superb service as well.
I had the foie gras and corn soup. My wi ...
I had the foie gras and corn soup. My wife had calf's liver. Unusual to find liver on the menu. Everything was very good. Service was excellent. Place was full, but only because the weather was a little cool and few people ate outside. Nice outdoor area. Good French food in Santa Fe.
I ordered the Halibut with white wine an ...
I ordered the Halibut with white wine and butter sauce, although it tasted good I was very sick that night , Far to rich, possibly to much or spoiled butter.
My son ordered the cheese balls. this is a side dish. very small and it cost $17.00.
I used to love Bouche and recommend it to everyone. Entrees were $30.00! The prices have gone up.. its become just a little to special ..
I have very mixed feelings about our fir ...
I have very mixed feelings about our first (and only) experience at Bouche. We came to Santa Fe specifically to celebrate my husband's birthday and chose Bouche because of its high ratings. In my reservation I very specifically wrote what the occasion was, asking for a quiet table, etc. When we were seated I very specifically reminded the waiter that this was a special occasion and, that I hoped that there could be a candle in the dessert... Something special. Unfortunately, our table was far from special (located in the center of the room, with aisles on both sides, making it inevitable that our chairs would get jostled repeatedly). Worse was when dessert arrived, NOTHING... No candle, no good wishes from the waiter. Meanwhile, at the next table, a woman was celebrating her birthday and got the full treatment. Frankly, at this price point (as expensive or more expensive than restaurants in NYC or Philadelphia) I expect more than this.
As to the food, it was special, no question and incredibly expensive. (6 oysters for $24?!) The sweetbreads were outstanding, the entrees really fine (salmon bruschetta; steak-frites). Desserts were good, though I ordered the dessert special: Colorado peach cobbler... And the peaches were far from ripe.
At the end of the day we left quite disappointed.
Chicken was dry and couldn't eat it but ...
Chicken was dry and couldn't eat it but veggie were pretty strong. Tomatoes were suppose to have been from the chefs garden--hard to believe because not that flavored. . Lemon meringue was excellent. Asparagus appetizer also excellent.
We made a last minute reservation, clear ...
We made a last minute reservation, clearly the restaurant was ready for a very busy night. My husband and I were not sure how hungry we were, so we ordered one dish at a time to share, not something waitstaff like much, but our waitress rolled with it.
We started with the shrimp cocktail, it was perfect! Then we had the oysters on the half shell, again perfect! Next was a Caesar salad, so fresh, lemony yet rich. Finding our selves hungry because every thing tasted so good, we ordered the stake tartar, which was again fantastic!
We finished our meal with James's tiramisu, next time we eat at Bouche we may just order 4 of those for diner. We would like to thank James's grandma!
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