OK, I must admit - I don't eat mussels. And that is Plouf's main claim to fame (I must say I have tasted the broth they come in in each one of its different varieties and it is very very good.)
But the good thing is, you don't need to love mussels to love Plouf. First of all, there's the excellent location (i've always held a soft spot for the cobblestoned Belden Place alley). Second, once you enter the restaurant the energy is palpable - you do feel like you are dining in a major city, regardless of the night, when you are at Plouf.
The room is a bit on the small side, which doesn't affect the dining area (if anything, the only crowded, very crowded area is the bar, which seems to attract a lot of people after work). The service is polite and professional, and doesn't interfere in your evening (no constant "how is everything!?" butt-ins here, which is a welcome change) And the food is very, very good. The leek tart was crispy and well balanced, the fish dishes are very good , even the steak frites shines. It's not a pretentious spot at all and the food follows that.
Favorite Dish: The leek tarte was amazing
This little seafood spot is located in an alley near the Financial District. The seafood is grand-get the mussels.
Favorite Dish: Mussels are the best and served fresh daily. Try the daily specials as well, will not disappoint.
Yet another excellent restaurant that is off the tourist path is Plouf - a small French restaurant with perhaps the best mussels in San Francisco (several different plates available) as well as other seafood-centered dishes. Plouf is located in a small sidestreet right outside the Fnancial District, which is home to several other French restaurants. Speaking French will get you bonus points here.
You can sit outside if the weather is nice, where the tables along the street mix with tables of neighboring restaurants. This street attracts many European ex-pats.
Famous for the mussels, they are served here 8 different ways. Good pommes frites. Outdoor seating. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sundays. A little loud inside, and tables are close!