Throw yourself into their hands.
You don't go to a restaurant like this with a preconceived idea of what you want. These people are artists. They take only the fresh stuff and the seasonal wines and put together an experience that moves in a few weeks to the next pairings of flavors available to blend.
My wife and I went here for lunch on a warm July day and let the waiter have his say in everything we ate and drank. Two hours later (and a nice heavy bill), we left feeling as though we had a lunch that heads of state would be jealous of.
Everything was flawless. I don't particularly like the harried bistro atmosphere, but with that food I could live with it for a couple of hours. Plus we didn't have a reservation, so I'm even more forgiving. The wine was a Robert Sinskey and couldn't have been more suited for the entree recommendations of the waiter, an experienced chap who was obviously delighted with a table that took his advice and went with it.
I can't imagine French Laundry being any better but I hope to find out one day.
The Oysters were Out of this World!. Went to Bouchon at the last minute with no reservation. The place was packed. We waited for a while by the bar and were able to get two seats after a while. The bartenders were so fun we decided to have dinner at the bar. The steak with carmelized onions was fabulous. We ordered oysters from Delaware and they were some of the best we have ever had. Overall... had a great time and enjoyed the food and service personel.
WORST Service and disappointing food!. My husband and I had the worst experience at Bouchon. After reading all the great reviews (plus the same owners as French Laundry) we were very much excited about going. Our waitress was plain RUDE, it seemed as if she was trying to ignore us on purpose. I couldn't taste the Steak Frites because of all the garlic butter that it was floating in, the fries were short and soggy (McD's fries are better than that!). The leg of lamb was the biggest disappointment. Thin slices of severy undercooked meet were swimming in overly salty sauce, that had too much cumin in it and made lamb taste like chicken liver. We paid the check, didn't even get desert and ran. Would strongly recommend going to Mustards Grill instead, wonderful lamb, duck, deserts.
The steak covered in carmelized shallots.
french green beans
bread only good with the butter
cauliflower au gratin
THE BAD (OMG I WANT MY MONEY BACK)
macaroni and cheese (way too salty)
service was really slow. It took so long to get our food but maybe because it takes a long time to prepare.
overall a little but overrated. Worth one stop .
Great bistro atmosphere. We were a group of 8 on a weekend trip thru wine country. During one of our winery tours, someone recommended we try the french onion soup which was actually bland and not nearly as rich as others I've had. On the flip side, one of the other diners in our party ordered the gnocci which she said was so salty that she had to ask for a side of extra sauce to make the dish palatable. She among us is the salt-a-holic so if she says something is salty ... Of course, people loved the steak and fries which are fabled to have been deep fried in duck fat. Aside from truffled fries which I am currently in love with, Bouchon fries are a close close second. I had the scallops as an entree and they were very well cooked, but the accompaniment was not very interesting. Everyone seemed to enjoy their desserts immensely ... especially the person in our party who ordered the charcouterie platter. We unanimously enjoyed the lively bistro atmosphere and found our cozy table very conducive to animated as well as intimate conversation.
Fantastic. Went here on a week-long vacation in Napa and had a great night from start to finish. We had to wait a bit for our table, but the hostess found us a seat and the bar, and enjoyed a great glass of wine before dinner. Bartender was friendly and helpful and not too alarmed when my handbag knocked over a couple glasses of wine (uh, sorry about that) , when we were seated he carried our drinks to the table. Yes, it's a little packed together, but we had very interesting couples on either side of us, and the ambience invites conversation, so why not all jam in on the banquette? Our neighbors poured us a glass of their Merus Cabernet, it's good to make friends with people a foot away! Our meal was excellent--The country pate is to DIE FOR and the mussels were fresh and delicious. My husband had the lamb-- fantastic. Our waitress very attentive, outgoing and sweet-- and despite the fact that the place was packed to the gills, the whole meal ran smoothly. It is a little noisy, but not unbearably so; makes it like a really lively dinner party, albeit one with a bill at the end. We had a great time and will definitely be back.
I have somehting nice to say......
Please be respectful when writing about someones business....a little class never hurt!
This place is wonderful the food was very good and the service was not bad either.
A local of the area, I enjoy eating here allot. Try the mussels - they are divine!!!
A charming place from the outside with a incredible decor. I would highly recommend this place
to anyone who knows good food.
Word to the wise: Dont expect a miracle when a place is very buisy - If you want your butt kissed then go on a slow night, when they have time to do that!!!!!
Great food, steep pricing, average service. Went to Bouchon for lunch and have mixed feelings about our experience. Upon our arrival I found that I had made a mistake and had a reservation for the following day. The Matre'd made the effort and found a table for us. We were immediately attended to by the support staff, getting water etc..... and had the same consistent service by the group throughout the meal. Our head waiter however was obnoxious and expressed a rather superior attitude. He was slow, not very knowledgeable and overall not a great representative for the restaurant. The menu was classic french. We enjoyed the Foi Gras and were impressed when the support staff brought us warm toasts halfway through the appetizer. For a main I highly recommend the Duck Confit. It fell off the bone as I sliced through. The Pom Frites while often written about were as good as any I have had in New York. I liked the atmosphere, I felt the pricing was a little high but would recommend dining here. I hope the service improves on my next visit.
Unacceptable service. A friend recommended Bouchon to us because we were craving oysters after a day at the wineries. The minute we walked in, the hostess stuck up her nose at us. When we asked to sit down, she said there were no tables available until 9pm. it was 4pm and all the tables were empty except one. We asked to just sit at the oyster bar and she said it was be a VERY long wait. She said it in a manner that was very uninviting. Out of principle, my friends and I should have left, but we drove a long way to find the place and was craving oysters. We waited 20 minutes to sit at the bar. the staff at the bar was very nice and the oysters were good. But, I live in San Francisco, where the competition warrents the service to be equally as good as the food. I've had better, and Bouchon is the very definition of a snobby place. My friend, who recommended the restaurant, is a GM at a winery, which is why he is treated better than the average customer. But, he too, admits the hostess is one of the most stuck up that he has encountered.
Excellent food. Sh*#% Service..
Food is fantastic. And that is about it.
Service was unacceptable for such an establishment.
35 minutes for soup. 45 minutes for the main course.
Water was refilled only once during the hour lunch.
Our request for extra bread was conveniently forgotten.
I will give them credit for expediting the check within a minute of request.
My experience at Napa ended on sour grapes by eating at Bouchon.
I have received better service from a 1 star restaurant.
The only redeeming quality of Bouchon is the quality of food.
By the time that is served, all mood is lost or I am dying from starvation.
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