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
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.
We loved it. They've got a well-represe ...
We loved it. They've got a well-represented wine selection, a good mix of tasty sounding dishes--ours were delicious--and, we thought, particularly good desserts, which included some lighter options following our meaty meal. Our waiters and servers were gracious, attentive, and informative. Go and have a good time, is our advice.
We spent 4 days in Santa Fe and this was ...
We spent 4 days in Santa Fe and this was our favorite restaurant and definitely the best meal. We shared the seafood risotto and it was outstanding and plenty for both of us. The foi gras was the best I've ever had. Wish I could have tried everything. Oh and yes, the best bread in town!
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.
I dropped in at Bouche Bistro on W. Alam ...
I dropped in at Bouche Bistro on W. Alameda to see what Chef/Owner Charles Dale was cooking up. Bouche is currently the only restaurant in Santa Fe to hold a coveted 4-chile rating.
I had seen Chef Dale’s cooking demonstration at the Santa Fe School of Cooking on an earlier trip and also tasted some of his appetizers at the Grand Tastings but every time I had tried to get in to the restaurant to eat they were sold out. Tuesday night before the crowds descended on Santa Fe for the Wine and Chile Fiesta was the right time, it was quiet and less busy and I met Chef Dale on his way out the door, as he said “the calm before the storm.”
Antonio seated me at a bar table near what appeared to be a chef’s table looking into the kitchen and he took care of me like a VIP all evening.
I knew I had to have Chef Dale's Classic Escargots à la Bourguignonne, using all the same ingredients as I do in my Parisian recipe yet mine can’t compare to his flavors. With that Antonio recommended the Z.D. 45th Anniversary 2013 Carneros Pinot Noir, perfect, absolutely perfect.
Then I was on to their seared fresh Hudson Valley foie gras with grilled Freestone peaches and fresh greens from Chef’s own garden. This may top the list of the best foie gras dishes ever. Of course with that I had a great classic Sauterne.
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