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  • 40 Belden Pl. Map It
  • Seafood

Updated 04/30/2013

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A gold mine for mussel lovers, this French-friendly spot offers six preparations to choose from, plus a variety of clam dishes, all at a modest price. Among the best are marinière (white wine, garlic, and parsley) and one combining coconut milk, lime juice, and chili. Add a side of the skinny fries and that's all most appetites need. The rest of the menu includes meaty dishes like lamb shank and New York strip to satisfy any unrepentant carnivores, but many of

the presentations seem to be stuck in the last decade (same story with the lackluster desserts, complete with squeeze-bottle squiggles adorning the plates). The tables are clustered together in the lively dining room, so you might overhear neighboring conversations. Solo diners will find a bar where they can dine. On temperate days and nights, try for one of the tables outdoors.

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40 Belden Pl., San Francisco, California, 94104, United States

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  • No lunch weekends

Updated 04/30/2013


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By keenerd

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Sep 4, 2007


The Hotel (Le Meridian) had suggested Plouf as a casual option since our luggage did not make it to SF until 10:00 PM. We went early (6:00) and had the place to ourselves. Belden St. is a row of dining options sat in pretty close quarters. If this bothers you, go elsewhere. The food and service were good. The Halibut my wife had was very good. The pork tenderloin I chose was a little over cooked, but good flavor. The wine selection (by the bottle)

is slightly higher than some better establishments.

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Apr 4, 2007

why pay top dollar for nausea & indifferent service?

i wanted to like them. i live in sf. the restaurant has a clean bill from the sf health dept... but too bad there is no muni service to rate indifference and arrogance of owners and staff! food poisoning can happen at any restaurant. but when the manager and owner DON'T CARE that patrons get sick from bad mussels, you have an indication of their way of doing business. go to jack's on the corner. enjoy the tradition. show up when they open for lunch,

stand in line. GREAT fresh fish in an impeccable restaurant!

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By Paul

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Nov 18, 2005

If you don't expect much you won't be disappointed.

The tables and patrons are piled on top of one another in an apparent attempt to squeeze every possible dollar out of each square foot. Our waiter was so over extended that he never got around to bringing the pommes frites. When he finally came to clear the dinner plates we said forget the fries to which he responded "oh, you've changed your mind?"! As to why no water was available the response was "all the glasses are dirty". The food is so-so,

but the crowded tables and poor service are atrocious.

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By Linda

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Nov 29, 2000

Plouf is a wonderful find!

Great food, innovative chef, fun atmosphere.

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