40 Belden Pl, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410437.791353 -122.403712
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Northeast
Quaint, Lovley atmosphere/Great Food! – After surveying the row of restaurants on Belden Place, my friend and I chose Plouf and had a delicious meal. Such a quaint restaurant! Played great music while we dined on the Muscles, Carpaccio and the special desert. No wine because we were being good after the holidays but next time I will sample from their great selection. The staff was very attentive and my overall experience was great. Will definitley go again.
Amazing Mussels!! – I've gone to Plouf several times both for dinner and lunch and everytime was amazing! If you're not fan of mussels, this isn't the place for you. Their menu offers other seafood and meat selections but they're not as good and their portion and prices are not equivalent to the mussels menu. Also another must is an order of frites along with your mussels! Don't expect amazing service and don't expect to take any of your leftover seafood home (safety regulations). It's in a great location - Belden Lane and it really feels like you're walking along a Parisien neighborhood with tables set outside and a hostess standing outside to greet you. Highly recommend dining at night when the crowd is a little bit busier and the alley is lit up.
Pluof – The customer service was unfriendly and rude. The service ruined the meal. After a long wait for a table(had reservations), service was rushed. The utensils and plates were not clean. No space between tables. Food was good except for salad. The salad consisted of a few pieces of lettuce with bland dressing. Overall, unpleasant and tense environment. The fond memories of Plouf I had for so many years have been erased by this dining experience
Great French Bistro – Mussels were amazing. I had the SAUTEED ALASKAN HALIBUT it was great. She had the AUSTRIAN STYLE PORK CUTLETS a little different bit was very good. The VANILLA BEAN CREME BRULEE was spectacular the best I have ever had. The service was on point. They didnt bring out the Entree to early they let us finish the mussels. I will be back next trip to SF.
A little taste of Paris – I have a mix feeling about Plouf. On one hand, I love the foods, wines and the ambiance of this restaurant. However, I'm not a big fan of the service. I have been here so many times; some days the service were great and fast, but other days, it could be a bit rude/ignorant (I heard it's a European thing =p)
I have to say the mussels are really great. I'll definetely come back again.
Not coming back – I had the Mussels Provencale and Bouillabaisse. The food is too salty and the quality of seafood is sub-par! We also had to wait over half an hour from when we finished our appetizer until we got our entrees.
If you want a great Bouillabaisse go to Absynthe in Hayes Valley. I'd probably only return for drinks outside, but I wouldn't eat here again.
Great seafood, casual setting, nice ambiance – We've dined here several times - the food's been consistently good (do try the mussles and tuna tartar), service is a bit rushed (only because they're Very busy), but our waiter was attentive, plates were cleared promptly and everyone, starting with the hostess was professional and curtious.
To make the best of Plouf, come around 5:30, when they first open (make reservations!), sit outside, if weather permits, order a nice bottle of wine, desert's a must - enjoy.
Service rushed, but the food we had was great... – Just went and had a meal that would entice me back. Our service was a bit odd in that the waiter seemed a bit full of himself and insincere in his friendliness, and I could hardly understand a word. I had to ask him to repeat things. The service was also rushed--I say, is there a plate shortage in the kitchen?... But the food, calamari (superb) oysters (small but great), ahi tuna and fish and chips and pommes frittes (all excellent). I think they need to tune up their wait staff, train them a bit better, and it will be ok. I'm going back... make a reservation, regardless of the day of the week!..
Great outdoor dinning but – the entrees were just ok or almost not great. Oysters were awesome. I would go back for oyster & drinks but all of us felt the main dishes were not that good. This applies to the fish dishes and the steak which I had to cut away a lot of fat. Oysters were really good. But if it had not been for the exceptionally warm SF weather and dinning outside I would have been very disapointed and the weather has nothing to do with the restaurant. Overall diasappointed in the food. They need to step it up. With aggressive wait staff and poor tasting dishes just another overated tourist place. It wasn't bad but wastn't great.
Miss – Medicore food, mussels were the size of my fingernail, entrees were disappointing (who puts marinara sauce with halibut). The servers and busboys were unusually eager to clear the plates and glasses from our meal the minute we were finished. Decor was let for the imagination. Only plus is the outdoor seating in Beldon Pl.
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