Fishermans Wharf Crabby Crawl - Bistro Boudin has good food & a nice view!
Bistro Boudin is on the second floor of the Boudin Bakery. There is a link to a picture of their private dining room below that represents the look of the restaurant.
Boudin captures the spirit of the historical SF restaurants like Sams, Tadich and The Washington Square Bar and Grill with a fresh contemporary look and a stunning view of the bay with one of the best views of Alcatraz.
Ive always liked the food at the Boudin cafes. Although I didnt have a lot to eat today, the quality was good, the prices fair, and the service outstanding.
All I had was an excellent Arnold Palmer (lemonade and tea) and a roast beet salad ($7.50). I had dinner elsewhere and was interested in checking out Boudin. I asked the waiter if it was ok if I didnt order much. He was very gracious, made me feel very welcome and said I could order as much or as little as I liked.
The salad was very nice and large. A dinner plate was covered with large slices of three types of roasted beets earthy red beets, sweet white beets and golden chiogga beets. They were topped with baby greens, crumbled blue cheese and toasted walnuts. I passed on the basket of freshly sliced Boudin bread. Actually I passed on it three times. Waiters kept stopping by and noting I didnt have bread on the table.
Boudin unfortunately doesnt have the menu on-line, but Ill list some of the more interesting items at the end. I was also impressed with the store and bakery downstairs. Very decent picnic supplies and gifts were available.
In addition to their fresh breads and baked goods they carried Cowgirl Creamery cheese, Columbo salami, Peets coffee, nice wines like Big House Red and a few others, Guittard and Shaffenberger chocolate bars, etc. It wasnt a big selection, but very nice. Pretty funny that they now sell their clam chowder in a can a whopping $6.50 though.
You could buy The Cheeseboard Cookbook, some really nice cheese books, Alice Waters Vegetables and other such things. It wasnt, lets say, cheesy like most of the wharf. You can watch bread being made and there is a bread museum.
Theres a large outdoor patio with a fireplace as well as some tables on the first floor. However, the prices are equal to the café which is just lovely and has the terrific view.
There is also a very nice bar area in the bistro. The wines were pricy; however the selection was not embarrassing. Not a bottle of Fetzer, Berringer or Mondovi on the menu. One of the champagnes available by the glass was Shramsburg Brut Rose ($10.75). So that will give you and idea of the quality and selection. By the bottle the wines averaged $20 - $40.
The draft beers ($4.50) were nice as well with Stella Artois, Pyramid Hefeweizen, Fat Tire and Anchor Steam.
There is brunch on Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 2pm with dishes like:
- House-smoked salmon frittata with asparagus, wild mushrooms and Bistro potatoes $13.50
- Crab cakes Benedict on house-made English muffins $13.75.
- Dungeness crab, cheddar and avocado omelet $16
- Nutella, banana waffle sandwich with cinnamon ice cream $6
Not inexpensive but with the lovely view and handsome room, if the food is any good it would be very pleasant.
Some of the specials between 11:30 3 pm
- Roasted chicken calzone, winter spinach, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions and a side Caesar salad $16.75
- Dungeness crab cake sandwich, lettuce, tomato, avocado and lemongrass mayo $16.75
From 3 pm till closing some specials were
- Dungeness crab macaroni and cheese $19.50 (Im interested)
- Hickory-smoked Brickshire pork rib chop, au gratin potatoes, and broccolini $22
Some cocktail specials ($7) from 3 7
- Jimi Hendricks: Hendricks gin, crushed cucumber, lemon squeeze
- Purple Haze: Absolute vodka, Grand Marnier, crushed blackberries, fresh lime juice
The all day menu has some of the following:
- Stone hearth thin crust sourdough pizza fresh mozzarella & basil $13.50, four cheese ( mozzarella, provolone, assagio, ricotta) $13.50, sweet fennel sausage, roasted peppers & balsamic onions $14.95 or shrimp & scallop $16.95
- Shrimp cocktail classic with cocktail sauce or Mission street-style (heh) spicy with cilantro & avocado $9.95
- Baked French onion soup $6.75
- Spicy pan-roasted mussels $9.75
Sandwiches which come with coleslaw and hand-cut fries included
- Baguette burger $13.50
- Boudin bistro burger on grilled foccacia with applewood bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and Swiss or cheddar cheese $13.50
- Smoked salmon club $15.75
- Prime rib sandwich on toasted ciabatta with crispy onions and horseradish sauce $14.50
Some salads include
- Shrimp ($18.50) or crab ($23.74) Louis
- The Wharf Chopped: grilled chicken, blue cheese, bacon, sweet peas, pasta, scallions, tomato, iceberg, Romaine $15.75
- Smoked chicken Waldorf: house-smoked chicken, apples, shaved celery, spiced walnuts, dried cranberries, Swiss cheese
- Pan-roasted Fulton Valley Natural chicken breast, mashed potatoes, rosemary jus $14.75
- Lamb osso buco, roasted root vegetables, grilled escarole $23.50
- Shell pasta with Dungeness crab in lemon cream sauce $19.50
- Wide ribbon noodles with rustic meat sauce $16.50
- Fish and chips in Anchor Steam batter with signature tartar sauce $18.75
- Roasted King Salmon, Huckleberry potatoes (heh), winter spinach, wild mushrooms $23.50
- Pan-roasted Pacific snapper, lemon buerre blanc, asparagus, crab polenta cake $22.50
- Bacon & sage wrapped sea scallops, Kabocha squash, caramelized onions $24.50
Ok, it does read somewhat like a parody of some SF menus, but it really reflects how a good many of us eat when we go out to a nice restaurant ... right down to this year's trendy huckleberries. It is the most creative menu Ive seen on the Wharf and as Ive said the food Ive had at the cafes, if not mind-blowing has been good quality and delicious. Hopefully it will be the same here. I liked my salad and drink.
The Fishermans Wharf lot is next to the restaurant. No validation, but rates are $6 for one hour and $8 for two. Parking meters are free in the Wharf area after 7 pm.
Boudin website with picture of the dining room