Bijou French Bistro
1205 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037Neighborhood:
La Jolla / Golden Triangle
FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
Bijou French Bistro
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://bijoufrenchbistro.com/
- Phone: 8587503695x
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily, 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wine Bar: Daily 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bar Lounge: Sunday - Wednesday, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm;Thursday - Saturday, 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Live Music in the Bar Lounge: Thursday - Saturday, 7:00 pm to 11 p.m.
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: French
- Executive Chef: Shaun Gethin
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Entertainment: Live Music: Thursday - Saturday, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
A word from Bijou French Bistro
There's passion in every bite at Bijou French Bistro, where seasonal ingredients rendezvous with bistro favorites for delectable French without the formality - from the creators of Addison. Be the first to experience the new jewel of Prospect Street - straight from the city of love to the heart of downtown La Jolla.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
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Bijou French Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since May 5, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (35)fit for foodies (35)romantic (32)neighborhood gem (24)good for groups (20)notable wine list (20)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
- PerfectOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/28/2014From start to finish Classic dishes executed to perfection Will be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- More choice neededWhitemiceVIPDined on 8/28/2014The ambiance here is strikingly over-the-top posh with extreme patterns and finishes. The greeting is cordial/friendly. The seating is comfortable. There was a piano/singer who was just okay, playing standards--a bit weak in voice performance, but not half-bad. The menu is very limited and there were no specials on a summer weeknight. The food was average, not innovative, not truly classic, but consumable. It is unfortunate that I cannot say that it was special, since that is what we hoped to find in this new restaurant. Perhaps some more time to develop and expand the menu is required. Servings were relatively small and quite expensive for what was served.
- very disappointingBudWDined on 8/24/2014Food was hardly Bistro fare although menu seemed to indicate so. Onion soup was ostensibly traditional, but seemed like consommé with bread and cheese with a few onions thrown in as an afterthought. Salads were overdressed and not very good. Lobster gratin main course had an overpowering rich mushroom sauce. The veal paillard was deep fried and also had a excessively heavy sauce. The coq au vin was adequate and the frites were excellent. The room is large and nicely decorated, but very un-bistro like. We'll wait for the next incarnation before we go back.
- Great Food!JmBrDined on 8/24/2014Have been to the Chef's Addison in Del Mar so I had to try his new restaurant! The food was great but the service a slightly slow. The waitress was aware of this though and apologized and comp'd our dessert. Overall was a great dining experience.Special Features:
- So sochef54Dined on 8/24/2014The food quality was ok but for the price not a good value. Veal Paillards with a TRACE of arugula and mushrooms for$32? The breading came off the veal mid meal.
- Chef42VIPDined on 8/23/2014THE best coq au I've ever tasted! Small menu, beautifully executed. Wonderful wine list, but wish some more moderately priced wines were offered. Don't miss the frites!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 8/23/2014All was wonderful! All of the food was excellent!Special Features:
- Great Place!NothardtopleaseDined on 8/23/2014We finally go around to eating here-they've been open about 6 weeks. We had a fantastic meal and some great wine. I must say, the staff was really well above average and truly were interested that we were taken care of, without going overboard. Our new favorite!Special Features:
- Bijou delivers a great experienceJtciiiVIPDined on 8/22/2014Bijou hits the right notes on food, service and ambiance. This was my first time visiting after the switch to French bistro fare. We were impressed. The oefs mayonnaise were unique and delicious. The green goddess salad was great. The coq au vin was good and authentic. Chris provided the most professional service we have had in San Diego in a while.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New restaurant with old world stylekheilighDined on 8/20/2014Bijou did not disappoint at all - I had heard about it from a Zagat list, naming it one of the 12 best new French restaurants in the US (after only 9 weeks of being open!) and knew I had to try it out. I am very happy that I did. We ordered the classics - onion soup, steak frites & coq au vin and everything was outstanding. I recommend this place to anyone looking for a bit of delicious food in a lovely environment - especially good for a night out with someone special.Special Features:
- Bijou - Best FrenchBVDinerDined on 8/17/2014we loved this Restaurant. Great and warm arrival and we were seated promptly and overall service was extremely attentive. Here is what we would ate. Appetizers.: Nicoise Salad - fabulous Gem Lettuce Salad - absulutely fantastic Onion Soup - very authentic and very good Eggs Mayonnaise - great Main Courses: Steak Frites - very good Lobster Gratin - is a must try. Mushroom Ragout - outstanding. Cauliflower gratin - very good. Pommes Frites - fantastic, really. Desserts: Beignets - great, check out the chocolate, may be too strong. Pot de creme - outstanding, addicting. Fruit Tart - excellent. Check out the wine list, amazing. Service was amazing as well. Try this Restaurant, it's worth it and reasonably priced.Special Features:
- A Special TreatHighPocketsDined on 8/17/2014A delightful culinary experience as my wife and I shared the beet salad, French onion soup, coq au vin and bignets for dessert! Impeccably timed service throughout. Prices make this a special occasion location for us, but the next time we want to treat ourselves to a delightful French culinary experience, we'll be back.Special Features:
- Disappointing DinnerSandyBobVIPDined on 8/13/2014Food was strange & not good. Would never go there again.
- Bijou was a hit!Avatar1138Dined on 8/11/2014Went to Bijou to celebrate my wife's birthday on a Monday. The evening started with outstanding service. Our server had extensive knowledge of the menu and the wine list, and was able to completely describe the elegant preparation of each item. The food was simply phenomenal. Our group shared two appetizers (the Pate and the Steak Tartar) and both were exceptional. We then had 5 of the main courses, and not one disappointed. I personally had the Coq au Vin, and it was the best I have had outside of France. I would highly recommend Bijou to anyone looking for a great food experience and a special night out.Special Features:
- diner from ArizonaOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/11/2014What do you say after perfect! Unusual dishes but were wonderful in creativity but also wonderful to the palette. The veal was best ever eaten. Service impeccable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Expected morePLG7VIPDined on 8/10/2014Based on all the local buzz about Bijou, our expectations were high. What we got was very nice, but certainly not memorable. The decor of this place was way out of sync with the menu and mood for a bistro. We expected casual, comfortable and cozy, a la "bistro." But the tone of the interior was definitely "restaurant." Plus the place was mostly empty, emphasizing its barn-like space. The food was OK but there were no onions in the onion soup, the endive salad was a bit overdressed, and the coq au vin was too salty. The creme brulee was delicious. Also, every time we looked up there was a staff person standing there asking us if everything was OK. Too much attention can be a distraction. Nice try but probably won't be back.Special Features:
- DinnerSnapsDined on 8/9/2014Food was outstanding. Will recommend to friends and return again, especially for the veal!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great find!ReluctantPosterVIPDined on 8/6/2014I do not normally seek out French restaurants, but the pedigree of the chef and the menu was enticing. It did not disappoint. I felt the wine list was a little short on some options but the staff was willing to let us find the right one. The eggs were great and very memorable! All the dishes were amazing and the ambiance, although tilted to a slightly older crowd, was thought out and comfortable.Special Features:
- High expectationsabcdVIPDined on 8/3/2014Disappointed because our expectations were too high. I expected a much higher food quality from the famous Addison chefs.
- Fabulous and flawless!Sgl2319Dined on 7/30/2014From the moment you walk into the restaurant, till the moment you walk out, everything is amazing! The service, ambiance, cocktails and wine are great! Then the food comes and it blows you away! The flavor and presentation are outstanding and exquisite--specially when the head chef is the known William Bradley! This place is defiantly a new gem of San Diego!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 7/26/2014Very please with the new makeover of Amaya restaurant to a French bistro. The food was good and service was outstanding. I'm looking forward to going back soon.Special Features:
- FABULOUS FRENCH DININGdineout5outof7Dined on 7/25/2014We were impressed when we walked into the restaurant. The menu is small and delicious! We had some real big WOW's from our table of four. Everything we tried was magnificent, the steak tartare, the oeufs mayonnaise, the veal, the steak frites, the trout and the desserts were out of this world, especially the salted caramel pot d'creme and the creme brulee. We met the manager, assistant manager John Pierre, who was amazing, the chef Sean and our server, Chris. The female wine sommelier was spectacular and I've forgotten her first name. So sorry!! We went into the club after dinner and listened to some wonderful jazz and had a drink there. A perfect ending to a wonderful evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One Word Only!SherlockDined on 7/24/2014GREAT!!!! Well I guess I am required to say more than one word. It was a wonderful bistro, playing great French music, the trout I had served on a bed of lentils was wonderful, as was the service and the old world ambience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Hope it survivesGreatVIPDined on 7/20/2014This was our first visit and it was a Wow occasion-- great friendly staff, especially great food, and beautiful decor. But we were virtually alone in the very large dining room on a Sunday night when La Jolla is crawling with locals and tourists, They bill themselves as a French Bistro, but the elegance of the food and the decor are much above Bistro levels. The paté was excellent, the veal entrée dish and the steak frites were exceptionally tasty. The waitress and the maitre d' were attentive and not intrusive and the craft beers and wine choices were plentiful. All in all a notable addition to the La Jolla dining scene but they will need a lot more patrons to survive the competition.Special Features:
- wierdDined on 7/17/2014it is a bizarre, strange ambiance as is the food. When I think of a bistro I think casual; this place is elegant and should be classified as that. The menu is quite limited and the food is very rich
- Authenticity midst the pretendersBarasurrDined on 7/16/2014We were so pleased. Exceeding our expectations, you have only to add a few sufflés to the menu, squint your eyes a bit, and you will be transported to the Récamier in Paris. With the "little sparrow chirping" in the background, we enjoyed a terrific tartar followed by a cleverly presented trout. Next time, I will try the signature Coq Au Vin which I can almost taste already. The wine list is thoughtful and the sommelier both knowledgeable and pleased to share her own preferences which you will be well served to follow. This is a place to return and follow seasonally as it becomes established as one of La Jolla's finest.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent food!BarbaraZVIPDined on 7/15/2014Kitchen absolutely spot on! Knows their craft and executes brilliantly. We will be back for another occasion with more friends who enjoy bistro food. Still working out the front of the house - please do offer the wine list to everyone - at least by the glass. The music was turned up too loud and it took several requests to finally have it lowered. We sang along until it was lowered, but not sure I'd like to do so again... :-) Congratulations - we had an excellent experience overall and will be definitely be back.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 7/11/2014Tried this new restaurant with friends. There was a band in the bar with a large following and that group overwhelmed the kitchen so that our service was delayed for our starters. The room is not at all Bistro like and instead shows its origins as a bank--heavy and formal. Starters were the most interesting items in a rather abbreviated menu of about 6 choices. Pate and salmon rillettes were the best things we had all evening, and the bread was also very good. Only 6 choices for main course. Lobster gratin was short of lobster and too rich, and coq au vin was very smoky in flavor. Trout was fine. Lemon tart dessert was quite nice. This restaurant is still feeling its way, and needs to broaden the menu, and lighten the ambience.Special Features:
- review of Bijou French BistroluvsoamericanfoodDined on 7/10/2014Dinner was excellent. The staff and the service was first class; very accommodating, and very amiable. The Chef stopped by our table, which we enjoyed very much.Special Features:
- The BEST French Dining in San DiegoRestaurantProfessionalDined on 7/7/2014We went to Bijou for dinner after reading fantastic reviews. Needless to say, our expectations were exceeded in EVERY way possible! The bistro was designed in a classic European style, truly embracing a Parisian "French Bistro." It was elegant, warm, welcoming, and the service was absolutely superb! We were greeted by Jean Pierre, whose beautiful French accent really enhanced the ambiance. Our server, Christopher, provided EXCELLENT service! To start we ordered the French Onion Soup & Lyonnaise Salad. Then the Coq Au Vin & Gnocchi À La Parisienne. To finish we had the Pot De Crème. It was probably the best meal we have EVER HAD! We fell more & more in love with the food at every bite! Chef Shaun Gethin, you are BRILLIANT! Thank you so much!Special Features:
- Fabulous ambience and foodLickThePlateDined on 7/5/2014Since we increased our party size at the last minute, they seated us in a small semi-private dining area that was just lovely. The room was beautifully furnished and the staff took impeccable care of us. The food was wonderful! We got lots of different things and shared. Trout on a bed of lentils with a sweet sauce, which set off the lentils and the trout which were both on the blander side. Made for a very good mix. Salad was just the right size. Also tried the mac n cheese and the onion soup, both good. Mac n cheese was just my style, not over the top, but good. Onion soup was sweet and yummy. Desserts are also a must! Loved the Pot de Crème. Sweet, salty, creamy... We will definitely be going back.Special Features:
- Great French Bistro!CinDelMarDined on 7/3/2014We are so glad Bijou opened up. Seems San Diego has been lacking in casual french cuisine, or at least close to where we live. Everything we ordered was delicious (onion soup, steak tartare, steak frites, salad and desserts). We ordered the macaroni gratin for my daughter, age 4, and the server plated it in a nice white plate since it came out in a piping hot cast iron pan. Note: This is not a kid-friendly restaurant (no kid menu) but the staff was very friendly and my daughter just ate her food and colored her book during our meal. We did an earlier seating and it was pretty full, but very comfortably spaced.Special Features:
- On their wayccbrownieVIPDined on 7/3/2014What a lovely evening my date and I had. Everything was superb! Our server was engaging, informative and extremely professional. The menu is simple, but perfect to start a new venture. We started w/Oeufs Mayonnaise - fancy, elegant deviled eggs - delicious! Nicoise salad and another salad with green goddess dressing; very good. The chef sent out tastes of Gnocchi browned in butter - OMG! I had the veal and my date had fish (can't remember what kind right now), but they were both exceptional. We ordered a lovely Grenache that the Sommelier helped us pick out (she was lovely and knew her stuff). Some strawberry ice cream to finish it off. I can't wait to go back. It'll only get better!Special Features:
- Authentic casual Bistro experienceBVDinerDined on 7/1/2014This new French restaurant in La Jolla on Prospect is absolutely amazing and I must say the food is as authentic as dining in Paris as is the service, if not better. I highly recommend the Steak Frites, Veal, Steak Tartare, French Onion Soup (a dream), Salmon Rilettes (a Dip), the Lobster Gratin. I can go on and on. The wine selection is fantastic and quite frankly very reasonably priced. Believe it or not, at the Wine Bar, you can order a "Le Burger" and it is delicious. I forgot to mention, desserts. Try the Beignets, Creme Brulee and Pot De Creme. I forgot, french fries and Maccaroni and ham is a must. We will be be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great foodluv2eatDined on 6/28/2014the food was excellent..if you're comparing to Addison that would be unfair. The food was ideally prepared and at a reasonable price. service excellent and this was their grand opening weekend.. the only negative..it was cold in there..heat needs to be regulated..Special Features:
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