Bijou French Bistro
Bijou French Bistro

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
    Lounge: Friday - Saturday, 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
    Live Music in the Lounge: Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

  • 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ivanhoe
  • Parking: Valet
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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Bijou French Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (59)special occasion (56)romantic (55)neighborhood gem (44)notable wine list (35)good for groups (33)hot spot (19)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (7)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great again
    Sltpls
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This place just keeps getting better Another great meal every dish we have had has been better than the one before
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The place is terrible. The service is bad, the menu is poor, and the food is disgusting. Even the presentation of the dishes is bad. My advise: Stay away.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW! It was great!
    barbaraVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent ambiance, greeters very personable, food outstanding. Staff goes out of their way to please and do whatever they can to make their customers feel welcome and special. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Over rated and over charged
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food from regular menu was very good but new additions that were added for restaurant week awful and had to be returned. The fig and heirloom salads were excellent. Service was superb.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Fantastic service combined with wonderful food makes Bijou a gem. Our waiter was attentive and fun and the food was true to French Bistro style. Chicken Fricasse was mouth wateringly perfect. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We were there for the first time during SD Restaurant week and we had an incredible dining experience! My husband and I were slight underdressed for the restaurant ambient but the staff were so hospitable and friendly and made us feel like honor guests. The restaurant decor feel very warm and elegant and the music was at the perfect level for intimate conversations. The foods were delicious and everything tasted so fresh and light. We left feeling relaxing and fulfill. It was a great doing experience and we will definitely return for the full menu options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What was this place called before?
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Whatever it was, it was very good! Even for restaurant week, they managed to maintain production of high quality food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice!
    DowntowndinerVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We have been looking forward to trying Bijou and went on the first night of Restaurant week - disappointed that they were only offering the restaurant week special and we were not able to order from their regular menu. However, the selections offered were great and we will definitely be back to try the full menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    UnicornFoodie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    If your a food lover, this is a must on your list of restaurant to try! With everything on the menu made in house, you would be silly not to treat yourself! Delisious food, an tastey wine selection, great service, and all just in the heart of downtown La Jolla! Both the GM Alessio Marini and Chef William Bradley have done an amazing job bringing California a little taste of France.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little taste of France
    Twin
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Was taken by a girlfriend and had a lovely time! The food was simply amazing, the ambiance was quiet and intimate and I just loved the piano player! You must try the vast array of cheeses, the sea bass and some of the best Gnocchi I have ever had! And just when you think it can't get any better, we have desert. A must have- The Crème Brûlée and the Pot De Crème. An overall wonderful experience with service that makes you feel like royalty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liketodine
    Liketodine
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Another trip to Bijou and the food continues to amaze me. Ordered the veal, so tender and delicious. In addition, the gem salad was excellent. Each time I've dined there the service has been exceptional. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Such a great addition to the area.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible food
    Elsed5
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Fantastic dining experience. The Oeufs, Salmon Rillette, Tarte Flambe, and the gnocchi are a must try, and the pot de creme cannot be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience.
    ORD84
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Everything was wonderful. The staff was attentive but not overbearing and the food was incredible. We tried about 6 different items and they were all delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A taste of France in La Jolla
    Sgl2319VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This place is truly exqusite. From the moment you walk in till the last step you take out of the restaurant everything is outstanding. The cocktail and wine list are irresistible. Then when looking at Chef Willam Bradley's menu you can't resist ordering an item from each course selection! The mouth watering food is carefully and beautifully presented when served by professional staff then explodes in your mouth with flavor! Even the ambiance of the restaurant is so European you feel as though your in France.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Addison style! Great dinner!
    JAO3VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We have enjoyed Chef Bradley's food at Addison several times and when Bijou opened we were excited to try it. The presentation and food were very much up to Addison's level. Well done! We enjoyed the endive salad with unique favors and the entrees where excellent. The Lobster gratin and veal were both delicious. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it, highly recommend!
    opatron
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Came to Bijou with a group of friends, and had an absolutely wonderful time! Before sitting down at our table we had a drink at the front bar. Immediately felt the great ambiance, which was set by the gorgeous decor and the live pianist/vocalist, who set the tone for the night. Very relaxed but sophisticated. For dinner, started with the oeufs, which were delicious. For the main course, I went with the cooked-to-perfection veal, and also tried the gnocchi, which were super tasty. I also LOVED the macaroni gratin, very flavourful! For the desserts, I tried the macarons (they were my favourite), the creme brulee and the pot de creme (which was quite heavenly). Service was faultless, friendly and polite. Oh, and I also loved their cocktails!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic food
    superb
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Well knowing that Chef Bradley creations I was already excited, no disappointments when we arrived. We went to the wine bar for a drink, then we sat and had an excellent experience all through out the night. My favorite was the gnocchi. It seemed to be more french of a restaurant than others I have been too. Excellent cocktails as well. Its a must to dine here.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine French Cuisine!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I was told by a friend about Bijou, and Bijou did not disappoint! From the appetizers to the entrees- everything was fantastic. You can tell the chef is very particular and has such a taste for amazing flavor. The restaurant had a nice ambiance including beautiful decor with a live pianist and vocalist which nicely added to the experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    yesandno
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great place, great food, splendid service it's hard to find this quality at this prices well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bon Apetit
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We started with the pate. It was good and different, but not great (a bit too much garlic for our tastes). We both liked our entrees…with the red snapper being the overall winner. Portion sizes were good and we walked away feeling satisfied.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding with everything
    Ramblezon
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This is the perfect spot if you are looking to a romantic evening without breaking the bank. The ambiance is quiet enough to have a conservation with who ever you are with also with a piano playing on the side. The service makes you feel special as if you are the only ones in there. I cannot talk enough good things about the food. Every bite makes you want to eat more. You can taste the flavor of each the ingredients in each dish. Each cocktail is handmade with fresh ingredients which makes it taste so much better. I have been here twice and will be back many many more times as I want to try every item on the menu. Thank you!! Keep it up
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good overall
    loves2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Practically empty on a late Saturday night so service was very good. We wished for more onions in the onion soup and would have preferred white bread instead of rye/wheat (?) and a less rubbery cheese, but the flavor of the soup itself was good. The endive salad was enhanced by creamy blue cheese crumbles. For the pommes frites, the runner brought ketchup (which I do not use) but no salt (which I usually do use). Next time I saw him, I asked for salt (none on table) and he responded "Why?" I thought that was strange. It turned out the French Fries were already nicely salted but I still found the question inappropriate. The French Malbec was a lovely mellow find. Creme brulee was done perfectly with a hint of citrus.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    Liketodine
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have had the pleasure of dining at Bijou four times. Each experience has been incredible. From the food to the service, everything is first class. The gnocchi are to die for, creamy and buttery. I can honestly say I have tried almost everything on the menu and I loved it all. I have found the staff so friendly and welcoming. I love this place and will be back many times in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    Sltpls
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    From start to finish Classic dishes executed to perfection Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More choice needed
    WhitemiceVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The 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.
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  • very disappointing
    BudW
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food 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.
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  • Great Food!
    JmBr
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Have 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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So so
    chef54
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The 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.
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  • Chef42VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    THE 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:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    All was wonderful! All of the food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place!
    Nothardtoplease
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We 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:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bijou delivers a great experience
    JtciiiVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Bijou 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New restaurant with old world style
    kheiligh
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Bijou 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bijou - Best French
    BVDiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    we 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Special Treat
    HighPockets
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing Dinner
    SandyBobVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food was strange & not good. Would never go there again.
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  • Bijou was a hit!
    Avatar1138
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Went 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • diner from Arizona
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    What 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:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected more
    PLG7VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Based 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.
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    romantic
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  • Dinner
    Snaps
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was outstanding. Will recommend to friends and return again, especially for the veal!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.