About Bouche Bistro

451 W Alameda St
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Bouche 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 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.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Only:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Guadalupe Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(505) 982-6297

Website:
http://www.bouchebistro.com/

Parking Details:
Parking lot for 14 cars adjacent to restaurant: extensive additional street parking.

Executive Chef:
Charles Dale

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7

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4.3

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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Vive La France

vip
Dined 3 days ago

You enter the room and it is like walking into the neighborhood restaurant in any French town or City which is abuzz with conversation and the food which is then served continues to maintain that sense with all the classics on offer. If I lived in Santa Fe I would be a regular. Great!

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
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service5
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Very good food, great service, nice atmosphere!

Dined 3 days ago

We went to Bouche to celebrate a birthday and from the moment we sat down, the evening was delightful. They had been apprised of the event and started us off with a glass of champagne. We then ordered appetizers and an main courses, followed by two excellent desserts for the three of us. The service was excellent and the atmosphere pleasant although a bit noisy from time to time. All in all, a very nice way to celebrate a special event.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
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The food and service are always excellen ...

Dined 6 days ago

The food and service are always excellent.

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Bouche is the Best

vip
Dined on April 23, 2016

Our experience was first rate...from the greeting at the door, attentive service, awesome food, and a great creme brûlée!! We dined at four restaurants while in Santa Fe and Bouche Bistro was number 1.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent, as usual! Thanks to Charles a ...

Dined on April 20, 2016

Excellent, as usual! Thanks to Charles and great staff!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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ambience5
service5
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Love it. Casually elegant, french sensibility.

Dined on April 19, 2016

Consistently delicious, quality ingredients and a lovely uncomplicated wine list. You can get French staples prepared well, local ingredients where possible, creative and beautiful food.

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ambience4
service5

Always a good dinning experience!

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

Always a good dinning experience!

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ambience5
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Lovely atmosphere and the food was incredible.

Dined on April 16, 2016

The service was top notch and the wait staff was very knowledgeable.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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Very very good.

Dined on April 6, 2016

Exceptional food prepared in an exceptional manner. Reliably good, attentive but not intrusive service. Every course exce s.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

It's better

Dined on April 3, 2016

Our first two visits, some time ago, showed promise but nothing special. On this occasion, it felt like a bistro, and the food was very good. Cassoulet, for us, is the measure of a restaurant that chooses to make it. This one gets a "B" - just not enough flavor, not sufficiently married. The lamb shank and sausage textures were soft and flavors pale, not like lamb shoulder and the garlic sausages of France. But good. On the other hand, grilled octopus over hummus was a great idea and terrific tasting, and the food around us looked right, as well. Wines by the glass were good, and the list fine. We'll be back, soon.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

Great intimate French bistro- fabulous s ...

vip
Dined on April 2, 2016

Great intimate French bistro- fabulous service, sumptuous food

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

One of the best in Santa Fe!

Dined on April 1, 2016

I've seen many rise and fall in the 20+ years I've lived here, and Bouce strikes the balance will hitting the bulls-eye. The onion soup was not too salty, the broth for the ravioli mingled the flavors perfectly--and I was so well full that I skipped desert--but I'll have revenge next time with the relatively low prices! Go!!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Great New Find

Dined on March 31, 2016

My wife loves French food and is a bit of a foodie. She is pretty selective about restaurants and definitely wants to return. This tells me I surprised her in a great way with my choice of restaurants for her birthday. Only disappointment was no souffles.

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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Best appetizers in Santa Fe

vip
Dined on March 27, 2016

Bouche Bistro did not disappoint once again. It is our special place to celebrate birthdays and to bring out of town guests who like French style bistro fare. They have the best grilled octopus in Santa Fe and the only time I've had better was in Lisbon, Portugal. The mussels with a side of French fries were excellent. The mussels were cooked perfectly with no mussels that had not opened up. Only improvement would be some grilled toast to soak up the broth.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
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Authentic, creative French

Dined on March 23, 2016

Real French bistro atmosphere and fabulous creative dishes, great ambience and excellent service.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
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In a town of great restaurants...

Dined on March 20, 2016

this one is a treasure. We've lived here sixteen years and enjoyed the food from many outstanding local restaurant. And Bouche is one of the best. You should try it.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service4
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Excellent French food

Dined on March 16, 2016

We chose this restaurant because we had eaten at mr dales restaurant in aspen years ago.he has not his touch. The only negative was dessert toomuch cream,! Sweetbreads were delicious I I had two small plates which was more than enough

Tags: fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
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Wonderful!

Dined on March 13, 2016

The best place to celebrate an intimate birthday dinner!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
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Cozy restaurant with very fine service ( ...

Dined on March 12, 2016

Cozy restaurant with very fine service (hard to find in Santa Fe). They were helpful with our questions, our slight delay and kind to the youngest member of the party. And the food was very tasty.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
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ambience5
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Great birthday celebration for my wife

Dined on March 10, 2016

Bouche is one of our inSanta Fe. Very creative chef. Excellent knowledgeable wait staff. We both went with fresh seafood dishes and were not disappointed. She had shrimp cocktail, followed by steamed mussels. I had raw osters followed by Atlantic salmon. We shared the amazing sauted spinich.

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Best meal we've had in a Santa Fe restaurant!

Dined on March 5, 2016

The food was delicious, creatively prepared and enthusiastically served. We will be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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We had an amazing dinner during restaura ...

Dined on February 28, 2016

We had an amazing dinner during restaurant week. The swordfish was outstanding! The owner greeted us when we arrived and was attentive throughout the meal.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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ambience3
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Best Appetizer ever!

Dined on February 28, 2016

Grilled Asparagus with Hollandaise was the best appetizer I've ever had. Entre was very good but the desserts again were excellent. Wait servers were outstanding!

Tags: special occasion
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Santa Fe Restaurant Week Gem

Dined on February 27, 2016

Six of us from our local SF neighborhood experienced Bouche during Friday of restaurant week - excellent meal, great choice - recommend this place highly.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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The food is outstanding!!!!! Everything ...

Dined on February 27, 2016

The food is outstanding!!!!! Everything on the menu IS GOOD! Make room for dessert! Very busy on Restaurant Week and still the service was great.

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The food was excellent; perfectly prepar ...

Dined on February 27, 2016

The food was excellent; perfectly prepared. We had mussels and pomme fritte. And swordfish. Service was just right. It is an intimate setting.

food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Delicious french food

Dined on February 26, 2016

We went during restaurant week, so it was packed. We sat for a bit before someone came to our table, once our waiter appeared, things were smooth. The dinner was a 3 course, appetizer, main entrée, and dessert. Everything was fantastic. Smiles all around our table. It was a bit loud, but so exciting. The chef/owner came out and helped serve too. That guy is always smiling,you've got to love that! Always a gi backer for us.

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Superb meal

vip
Dined on February 26, 2016

The asparagus appetizer was simply superb the charred asparagus was well balanced by hollandaise sauce and the crispy prosciutto. The cassoulet was the best I ever had well integrated blending of garlic sausage duck confit and lamb the white beans meltingly beautifully cooked.

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ambience4
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One of the Best

vip
Dined on February 25, 2016

Bouche is one of the best restaurants in Santa Fe, a city known for its many outstanding dining establishments. The food is always top notch and service is great. I highly recommend it.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
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Can't Ask for Much More

Dined on February 23, 2016

Dined at Bouche two times in the last week, and both experiences were first rate. The recent changes to the dining room look great and added a few more seats near the open kitchen. Superb energy, food and service! Top of the list for great meals in Santa Fe.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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The French food is fantastique at Bouche ...

vip
Dined on February 23, 2016

The French food is fantastique at Bouche. Their bread is acclaimed, the French Onion Soup superb and the profiteroles are magnificent. Combine those with the wonderful entrees such as Risotto, Fresh Fish and Mussels and Bouche does not disappoint. Charles Dale and his team are just wonderful, friendly and helpful! Hands down the best French Food in New Mexico and the Southwest!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
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Great Restaurant Week dinner

Dined on February 23, 2016

As usual food was prepared as described & ordered. Staff courteous and efficient in tight spaces. When mom's dietary restrictions precluded her from prix fixe dessert choices, another was promptly offered. Thanks!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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Bouche a Santa Fe highlight

Dined on February 18, 2016

Charles Dale is a very talented chef and runs a first class professional operation. In summer, the outdoor area is particularly appealing, too. It is rightly popular year-round with locals and vistors.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
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Food was as incredible as I remember fro ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

Food was as incredible as I remember from my first visit 3 years ago!! My husband and I went on this last Valentine's Day, Bouche offered a special Italian prefix menu which was scrumptious! It's an expensive experience but completely worth it in my opinion!p

food5
ambience5
service4
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Valentines Day

Dined on February 15, 2016

An excellent evening, reservation was honored in a timely fashion. Menu was a prix fix, which was a bit pricey, but quite good. It was very busy, but our server worked hard to pay attention to our needs.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Among the best - anywhere

Dined on February 15, 2016

Charles Dale has a wonderful bistro with excellent food in an intimate setting with personnel and service of the highest level. The menu is small but every item is superb.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience1
service4
value3

Hidden find

Dined on February 15, 2016

The restaurant used to be known as a sandwich place, The Noon Whistle. It is fairly new and the owner is trying extremely hard to produce an outstanding restaurant with excellent food in a very small venue. The food was extremely good, but salty. We went for a special occasion with a special menu, so I have no idea what the normal menu and ambiance is like. The night we went was very crowded and lacked romantic privacy, but the service and the food were extremely good. This restaurant is definitely worth checking out and perhaps making it a regular - a hidden find and a possible jewel in Santa Fe. I don't know. We'll have to go back.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

Worth the shortcomings

Dined on February 15, 2016

Italian prefix for valentine's day. Menu was great and food was perfect, as always. Also we we're allowed additions during the meal. The only shortcomings would be the interior, kind of makes you think of a Denny's with upgraded wall art. Also, our server failed to offer coffee or espresso at the end of the meal, we we're a little surprised of that slip up. All that being said, you can easily over look for the food.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Delicious again

Dined on February 14, 2016

I have been here often and have also reviewed a number of times, so I am not going to describe In detail again. Food and service are always great. It is truly a French bistro and you are going to be seated close to others. I've always ended up having a pleasant conversation with my table neighbor and that's what makes it fun!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best of Santa Fe

vip
Dined on February 13, 2016

This is by far our FAVORITE restaurant in Santa Fe. Chef Charles Dale never disappoints! There are many restaurants in Santa Fe, but this one if by far the best.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list

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