Bouchon Bistro is the restaurant version of a child with two very famous parents and, therefore, has a lot of expectation to live up to. The restaurant’s executive Chef and owner Thomas Keller is arguably one of the best chefs in the United States. He is the only American chef to be awarded three Michelin stars simultaneously for two different restaurants (for his Napa Valley restaurant, French Laundry, and Per Se, in New York City).
Bouchon Bistro is the chef’s chain restaurant, if you can call a restaurant with three locations a chain. With locations in Las Vegas, Yountville and Beverly Hills, the bistros are more casual and approachable (in terms of both price and accessibility) than his three-starred restaurants, which are notoriously impossible to get reservations for. They focus on casual, traditional French food of wonderful quality. While visiting Los Angeles recently, we had dinner at the Beverly Hills location. (I have also enjoyed brunch at the Las Vegas Bouchon Bistro, too.) Here is a glimpse of what we ate.
So, does Bouchon Bistro live up to its hype? I can’t say how it compares to French Laundry or Per Se (although both restaurants are on my bucket list, of course!), but the dinner was wonderful. And the service was outstanding.