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
I am not a fan of sous vide. The pate de foil gras with pears was superb, but on the liquid side. The mussels felt undercooked and the sauce could have used some garlic and salt. I did enjoy them after they cooked them a bit more. The lemon tart was sublime, as was the service.
We had great service but the food was not great
Have been before and had memorable meals but this time if felt like the kitchen was over worked . Husband fish was rubber and the desert had a stale texture and taste.
It is a small place and we have been before so we knew. It was valentines and so we wanted a little alone time, however, squeezing by our table on one side or the other seemed to be the way everyone wanted to pass leaving others in peace at other center tables. We could not have an uninterrupted discussion. Iwatched it happen and it became a joke with the staff.
We will not go back
I've found my new favorite in Santa Fe. Both the food and service were outstanding. We shared West Coast oysters, the 3 beet salad, I had the swordfish (perfectly cooked) special with asparagus & endive salad and my husband had the calve's liver, we shared the made to order Lemon Meringue tart which was pure perfection. Our waitress recommended a fabulous Pinot Noir from California with the swordfish which was excellent. The atmosphere is vibrant and will make you feel like you have been transported to a tiny bistro in France. Easy walking distance from the Plaza and many of the downtown hotels.
One of the best restaurants in Santa Fe. Charles and his team never disappoint. My wife and I really enjoy sitting at the chef's table to watch Charles "orchestrate" and his talented team produce top notch cuisine. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the pasta of the evening, and the frisée salad was straight out of ghe finiest bistros in Paris. Always outstanding.
Absolutely incredible experience! We are so happy we stumbled upon Bouche during a recent trip. The staff, chef, and the food were all incredible! We are still salivating for the short rib risotto. Any time we are back in Santa Fe this will be a MUST VISIT for us.
Never fails to meet all of our expectations. We keep returning with friends and visitors from 'afar.' It is absolutely our 'go to place' when we want excellent food, superior service, and a 'nod from Chief Charles.'
Love that they always do their best to reserve our table of choice-Thanks Guys!!
Excellent service by a knowledgeable waitperson. Short wait time from order to table. The menu is seasonal. We ordered from the Fall Menu since the Winter Menu will not be available for two weeks. It was snowing outside, but the dining room was warmly lit and comfortable. For an amazing treat, order the lemon meringue tart. It is remarkable!
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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!
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