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Bistro Boudin, San Francisco

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3.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
Preparing what is now known as "Original San Francisco Sourdough French Bread," Isidore Boudin opened Bistro Boudin in 1849. The master baker developed the sourdough recipe by combining his family's French baking techniques with a Gold Rush miner's bread recipe. You can pick up a fresh loaf at the original store in the Richmond District on 10th Street or at Fisherman's Wharf. The wharf location features a demonstration bakery with a glass wall that gives you a view into the magic behind the bread. An interactive museum exhibit shares details about the bakery's past. Put Bistro Boudin on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our San Francisco trip builder.
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  • Impressive bakery on the ground FLOOR and restaurant with view over the port to 1. Average Clamchowder. Very good soles. Excellent white wine by the glass.
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  • The building is big and has a bistro downstairs and a restaurant upstairs. Although the Clam chowder is the most popular dish I went for the Red wine beef stew which was one of the best dishes I've ha...  read more »
  • One of the advantages of the restaurant (2 or 3 hour free parking direct near the shipyard, unfortunately, we found this opportunity too late because by that time already have parked behind a furious amount to another parking lot) in any case, let it be for info budušim. Restaurant itself is very good, with a nice view and a peerless svežeispečnnogo aroma of bread inside. Bread and incredibly tasty butter you bring immediately, so while I was waiting for our order, couldn't stop and upletala ordinary bread and butter, it's true worth))))))) the price of soup is higher than anywhere on the street, but this soup you bring in a fresh bun, which is baked almost before your eyes through the glass showcases, and taste fantastic. Bonus yet beautiful look at Alcatraz and a shipyard in General.
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  • If seated on the second floor - breath taking views to accompany your meal. Prompt service, clean and exciting atmosphere. With respect to the food, had the chowder bread bowl with pale ale, portions and presentation of meal was excellent - fyi, try the fish and chips... excellent mid-day meal.
  • Don't roll the dice on some local fish place. Here you get the benefits of a large company who has real pride in their work and motivation to "get it right", AND you can order from the local faire. If you come at a busy time and get a 30 minute wait, they have a great free walk through museum where you can learn a little about San Francisco and Boudin history, and at the end see the bakery in action. In the end I was glad we had a wait because otherwise we may not have ever done this particular tour. Now, to the food. On a scale of 1-10, I give it an 11. I actually have a bit of a sensitivity to shell fish, but every once in a while I decide to say screw it and indulge, suffering the consequences after. This time was completely worth it. I went for the dungeness crab mac & cheese. I hesitated because why smother such delicious crab in such a heavy sauce, but a) it turned out to be middle of the road, not really heavy, and b) it came highly recommended from our GREAT waiter Jerry. When it came it was delicious so much so that at 7:00 AM as write this I am craving it again. Jerry even slipped me a side of bacon bits to add to it unsolicited, and it was a great call. It made a good dish even better. The wife ordered the crab and cornmeal bisque and cleaned her bowl till it looked like it just came out of a washing machine. Great atmosphere, location, food, service. It kind of makes me reconsider other restaurants I have given 5 stars in the past. Maybe we do need a 10 point scale, because this is one of only two restaurants I can think of that I would give a 10.
  • Good is fresh and great. Service is spotty and inconsistent.
  • Get in early for lunch, and find a seat along windows overlooking the pier. Get something sourdough and drink the ice water (not all SF restaurants have tasty water). It's still a tourist trap, but a fun one. If you eat in the upstairs dining room instead of at the downstairs eatery, you get a free (otherwise paid) inside tour through the sourdough museum and the actual bakery. Definitely one of the best accidental events of our trip to the Wharf was the free behind the scenes tour just for eating in the diner at Boudin.
  • The bartender Phil is AMAZING! He is great at his job, knowledgeable about the drinks AND food, and very personable!!
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