Bisou
Bisou

Bisou

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bisousf.com/
  • Phone: 4155566200x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner :

    Monday to Sunday to Wednesday : 5:30pm - 10:00pm



    Brunch:

    Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Nick Ronan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Bisou is available for private parties. The mezzanine or the all restaurant can be privatized for an entire day or night with dedicated staff and special menus.
  • Private Party Contact: Damien Chabaud-Arnault 4155566200x
  • Entertainment: In the evening, Bisou transforms into a vibrant lounge, offering delicious cocktails and wines with a special bar menu.
  • Special Events: Bisou is available for private parties. The mezzanine or the entire restaurant can be privatized for a day or night with dedicated staff and special menus.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Castro Street
  • Public Transit: Muni Lines : F/K/L/M/S/T
    Bus Lines : 24/35
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Bisou is at 2367 Market St. (where Market meets Castro). Located only a few steps from the Harvey Milk Plaza/Castro Muni Station and the aboveground F Muni Line, Bisou is centrally located in the Castro merchant district. Public metered street parking is also available.
A word from Bisou
Situated in the heart of the Castro (at Market and Castro St.), Bisou, "petit baiser", in English "Kiss" is bringing traditional French cuisine in a new style and based on locally and organically grown products.

Bisou offers dinner and weekend brunch menus, but also provides late-night dinner that pairs well with a delicious cocktail or glass of wine.

In 2014 Bisou has evolved and started to grow its own produces at Napa Kitchen Garden situated in Pope Valley, Napa giving another all dimension to the guest experience and quality of food.

We are proud to be able to share everyday our passion for food, wine and people and give you a new experience of dinning out!!!
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Bisou reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)fit for foodies (40)great for brunch (39)special occasion (27)romantic (23)hot spot (23)vibrant bar scene (20)good for groups (15)late-night find (15)notable wine list (15)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Hallie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was wonderful, the service great . .. BUT . . . sitting upstairs is cramped and claustrophobic. The 6'5" ceiling is oppressive. I spent the night constantly being bumped by the person behind me. Gotta raise the ceiling and, yes I know it means less patrons, take out a few tables.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Castro bistro gusto
    hipinbexley
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    An unbelievable gem at very good prices in the Castro. Try everything if you can, or just go for the four-course price fixe for $50. Has late seating options, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for brunch
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Loved the eggs benedict with duck confit. There are also several gluten free options too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small intimate French cafe
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very small, intimate restaurant with a lovely menu and nice wines. Good find if you want to see a movie at the Castro and a bite before or after.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Bisou
    Acme2
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We know the owner and he is so sweet I love the place food wine. The only thing I think is fair is how close we are from the next table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    PatrickVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Bisou still remains a great spot for me. Excellent food, great value, great service, fun, energetic, perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect romantic brunch
    MegsVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Simple, delicious menu. Eggs Benedict with duck confit and truffle hollandaise was exquisite. Bottomless mimosas. Small space, so better for parties of 2-4. Charming, and perfectly situated for a walk to Dolores Park afterward! Loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A kiss for Bisou
    ZAtravellers
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food was impeccable. Tasty and appropriately sized portions. Cocktail and wine menu extensive. Hostess was very attentive. Booked in on July 14 'Bastille Day' but was disappointed that no effort had been made...no special menu or any real celebratory ambience. Only negative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good
    Laurablanc05
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It was very good . I took a burget it was delicious you will have a french touch .. Waiters are french ...J'adore
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant restaurant, mediocre food
    HoustonTherapist
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Restaurant was pleasant and service was acceptable; however, the food was uninspired and mediocre at best. Quite disappointing for what we expected would be a quality restaurant.
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  • Loft
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The loft has an amazing view, and a little quieter than the ground level which is nice. The food was excellent and the service was good....but I knew that, I've been here several times:)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time around
    cook4me
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We were looking to eat close to Castro. It was Pride day and most "special" places were booked but Bisou still had room for us. Met some nice people who recommended food and drinks. Service was very friendly, just a bit spotty due to the crazy traffic on that particular day. I can't answer the questions about specific recommendations yet because I haven't been there more than this once, but the place seems to have a great bar scene, however no outdoor dining or scenic view, ...except for a good look at the crowd on castro! Food and drinks were interesting and very good. We will definitely come back and check it out this place at different times of the day and week!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great food. Too noisy and cramped. Had to yell across the table to be heard during Sunday brunch. Would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bisou is the best
    Charcmoss
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Bisou Bistro is a fun, hip, and delicious restaurant! If you're looking for the perfect place to brunch or lunch in SF, Bisou is definitely a place you should eat at. It's a cute little French Bistro and you can get bottomless mimosas for only $12 a person! Best deal ever! And the food is reasonably priced and sooooo good! Been here a few times and it never disappoints :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going Organic
    TCHLVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Although Bisou has been around for a while, they have started to source their produce locally and they are moving towards a more organic menu. I can say that I have noticed a change, for the better, in the taste of their veggies. Everything else was still up to my expectations and I can't wait to see the additions Chef Nick will bring in the coming months.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • evolutionary is good!
    ZephyrsHumanVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Nick has been evolving his restaurant concept since we started visiting several years ago and it is coming along wonderfully! He has developed a private farm to raise the finest and tastiest vegetables. The food all comes from within 90 miles and is fresh. He has a great wine list. You cannot go bad dining at Bisou, unless of course you fail to make a reservation! We shared a steak tartare that was made perfectly, just the right amount of spice, all prepared at the table. I had the canard which was awesome. I got to taste the veggie souflee and the pork chop - both perfect. Nick suggested an awesome burgundy that went well with everything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for mimosas and eggs!
    ILoveEating84
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I like how this place is accommodating with good food and drinks. I wouldn't come here for groups larger than 8 folks, but I have seen 12-20 folks sitting downstairs! Servers were friendly and actually FRENCH! How rare to have a authentic French restaurant in SF :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slipshod & sub-par
    AlwaysInGoodTaste
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Neither the food nor the service were exceptional-- in fact, both were pretty underwhelming by San Francisco standards. Our hostess failed to give us menus, and when we finally got some, no-one bothered to take our order for a solid half hour beyond that. The filet was artfully hidden beneath arugula, to disguise the fact that the portion was small, and padded out with a very strange and unpleasant stuffed tomato that might have been at home in a London pub, but not a French bistro. The meat tasted like it came from Safeway, and the French Onion soup was salty and greasy, and the Gruyere was overpowering. This is two-star cuisine passing itself off as four. I've had better meals in airports-- possibly even hospitals.
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  • Fantastic dinner experiance
    Milkyway
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The Kobe beef Tartare is hand cut, mixed by the Chef himself at your table. I would rate it the # 1 Steak Tartare I have experienced. The waiter was very attentive to our needs and made sure the experience was awesome.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were looking for a fun brunch place and Bisou fit the bill. The atmosphere, food and staff and very French/European but with the added benefit of endless mimosas! Great food, especially if you like eggs benedict.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't live up to the hype
    LittleRestaurantingBirdVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I heard of bisou through various brunch spot rankings in SF, saw the menu, and was really excited to go. I got there and it was buzzing with electronic music and beautiful people. Not generally a bad thing. We ordered and our dishes came out wrong. Worse yet, when we got that squared away the food we got was rubbery, stale, and room temperature. It had clearly been sitting under a heat lamp or out for too long prior to it being served. The mimosas were good, until I looked down at the bar and saw open glasses of mimosas just sitting there through out my entire meal, premade and maybe a foot away from diners, slowly being picked off as they were ordered. It was disgusting overall and won't go back.
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  • what a gem
    Jonny
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great little neighborhood gem - perfect for a last minute reservation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy steak frites
    EdieVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Menu has changed since the last visit, but still authentically French. Nice to have "petite" versions of the entrees -- big enough for a senior appetite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frisee salad always a gem
    jhofsfVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Went back for the 4th or 5th time to Bisou and have had their frisee salad several times and never disappoints - lots of ham and even a breaded egg in there - gotta try it. Also had the hanger steak and fries - with wonderful sauces, and we had the duck leg - so tender.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    Renegator1
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Simply delicious, beautifully presented food. It's an intimate, quiet atmosphere so you can actually speak with the person you came with. Try it you'll like it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Itsboutexperienc
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Good presentation and service,cheff was helpful and shared his experience, wine selection was good and most important, the food was really good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Ratatouille7
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Have been to Bisou several times It can be hit or miss sometimes But I do recommend this restaurant it's great!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievable French
    Billintexas
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Dead on French onion. Meat and cheese appetizer filled me up. The special was albacore tuna with no equal. Nick grows his own organic vegetables in sustainable garden he owns. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Fine dining with an inspired chef, augmented by superb service. The atmosphere is French with a twist. I've been here many times and my partner and I have found it a special place from the beginning. The menu is inspired and changes often enough that you're constantly surprised. It's an exceptional value.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This was my third time to Bisou. The food was excellent. The service was good, but inconsistent. After taking our order, we never saw our waiter again. It was the 'busboy' who delivered our food, bussed our table, took our dessert order, and delivered the check. From a customer's perspective this is awkward when it comes to leaving a gratuity. I docked 1 star off of 'Ambience' because the table spacing seemed cramped... there was less than 2 ft. between us and the adjacent party.
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  • Love this place!
    ballarinaVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I love going to Bisou for special occasions, birthdays, visitors in town. The food is fantastic. The staff always treat us so nicely and we have so much fun! It's always a great time at Bisou!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 60 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 822 reviews are from the Bisou reviews archive.
  • FRENCH BISTRO! OUI!
    vinny
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Bisou is always great! Good drinks, fantastic food and service with a smile and a French accent. A must!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun brunch
    MaritzaP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We were all very impress with the food!! It didn't take a long time to get service or food... It wasn't very busy as usually is, maybe because we went on a Saturday .. Overall was a fun brunch
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boozy Brunch
    iLoveBrunch
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Bisou is great for a boozy, group brunch. We had a reservation for 5 people at 1pm on Easter Sunday. Given how packed it was, I was not surprised that we had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. Our server was friendly & accommodating, and kept our bottomless mimosas flowing. The food itself was standard brunch fare, done well.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but LOUD
    Chris
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We waited an awkwardly long time to place our order, and the server forgot to put mine in. I'm not the kind of person who stresses about such things, but they're pretty popular and they're not new, so you'd think they'd have it worked out by now. Our group sat near the front, which seems to be where the (very loud) speakers are, and it was impossible to converse other than with the person next to you. I had the duck confit eggs benedict, which was lovely, and my chef friend raved about the perfectly poached egg. We had a side of French toast, which was made from cheeky baguette slices, but sadly the bread was unusually tough. The staff was friendly but missed the mark, and the food was mixed. My verdict is "room for improvement."
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was more for people
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food was more for people who had hangover the previous night and the service was bad. We made a reservation for 10 people and 9 people have already arrived, but they still will NOT let our group seat until the last person arrive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    JonDoe4
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Great place, great food, wonderful hostess and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    Sams
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Chef/owner comes out of kitchen to greet every table every time I've been there? Yes. Service good everyone very nice. Busy. Food is great price for the quality. Will continue to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party Brunch!
    NS3101VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Love the energy here! I'd recommend the Benedicts - so good. This is a great place to have bottomless mimosa group brunch - the servers know what they're doing and how to handle crowds.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just terrible all around.
    Soisay
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Went here for brunch and was really disappointed. The service was terrible. They had no duck (the only reason I went there was for the duck confit benedict). The benedict's we did order were bad; there was more bread to the benedict than there was anything else. The eggs weren't poached, they were hard boiled-- even I can poach an egg better than that. The music was also way too loud for a Saturday morning. We will not be returning.
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