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
    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

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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Bijou French Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
70% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (26)special occasion (25)romantic (23)neighborhood gem (16)good for groups (15)notable wine list (15)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    Snaps
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was outstanding. Will recommend to friends and return again, especially for the veal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    ReluctantPosterVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High expectations
    abcdVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Disappointed because our expectations were too high. I expected a much higher food quality from the famous Addison chefs.
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  • Fabulous and flawless!
    Sgl2319
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    From 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:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Very 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FABULOUS FRENCH DINING
    dineout5outof7
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One Word Only!
    Sherlock
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    GREAT!!!! 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hope it survives
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wierd
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    it 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
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  • Authenticity midst the pretenders
    Barasurr
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    BarbaraZVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Kitchen 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Tried 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:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • review of Bijou French Bistro
    luvsoamericanfood
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Dinner 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The BEST French Dining in San Diego
    RestaurantProfessional
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous ambience and food
    LickThePlate
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Since 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great French Bistro!
    CinDelMar
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We 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:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On their way
    ccbrownieVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    What 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic casual Bistro experience
    BVDiner
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    luv2eat
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    the 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:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
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