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Bijou French Bistro
Bijou French Bistro

Bijou French Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bijoufrenchbistro.com
  • Phone: (858) 750-3695
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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.."
    Dined on 6/28/2014