Bistro Foufou
Bistro Foufou

Bistro Foufou

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrofoufou.com/
  • Phone: (231) 421-6583
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday 10am-3pm
    Monday - Thursday 4-9pm
    Friday 4-10
    Saturday 4-10

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Guillaume Hazaël-Massieux
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Full bar available with a large selection of wines, beer, and liquors. Restaurant catering in the French dining style with private menus available on request.
  • Special Events: September- May monthly wine dinner

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking available, with downtown parking ramp...
A word from Bistro Foufou
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bistro Foufou reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (35)notable wine list (25)special occasion (23)romantic (20)neighborhood gem (19)vibrant bar scene (8)great for brunch (7)great for lunch (5)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)good for groups (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food was ok but nothing special. Service was polite but not engaging. Seating was poor - the restaurant was almost empty when we were seated and we were placed in a high traffic, end of the row table. We've expected and received more from Open Table restaurants.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local Gem!
    RoadWarrior
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Food and service were excellent! We had a great evening and the all table was impressed with their food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Food
    yslpdream
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I probably never would have tried Bistro FouFou if we didn't have a gift card. It was wonderful. I recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Fall Fare at Fou Fou
    KiKiVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Fou Fou continues to please with great service, ambience and cuisine. The seasonal selections were delightful, particularly the butternut squash soup. Yum!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fou-fou is So-so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great wines! Great waiter! Food is average. Flavors were nice, but a bit overcooked. Beet salad was served hilariously as 8 square cut pieces of beet on a plate over a foot long. Nice to look at, but a bit paltry. Portions are small to medium, given the price.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bistro great find
    novifoodie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We were recommended to try Bistro Foufou by friends who know Traverse City well. It was a very good meal, friendly service, good wine list. We returned 2 nights later with other friends and had another very enjoyable evening. Ditto on good food, service and wine list! A very authentic French Bistro feel to the space and menu. Owner/chef is French!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The hostess will kill this place!
    DallasDaddyVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The only restaurant in town with tables on a Saturday night. We found out why....the hostess is as unfriendly and downright rude as they come! Doesn't the owner realize what's going on here? Great food, but not worth the treatment at the front door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience.
    ThrowbackKen
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A wonderful dining experience. Waiter (Bryan) provided great tips for our meal...from the choice of wine to the dessert. The risotto was so good my wife ordered some 'to go' and it was just as good two days later. Wild boar special was outstanding. Best scallops ever! We cannot wait to go back when we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    eddieVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    An interesting restaurant in Traverse City where there seem to be a lot of good restaurants. Surprising beet salad with alternating warm and cold beets! The salmon was nicely done and the suggested wine went well with it. The desert was tasty and satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Parisian Bistro in Traverse City
    GretaGirlVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Yes, really! The chef/owner is from Paris and the food and wine are truly outstanding! Traverse City is a bit of a foodie town and this bistro stands out! Our party of four dined there on a Monday evening. Each of us has different tastes, and we were all wowed by our choices. I do not eat meat or fowl and found many items from which to choose. The best mussels I've had since France!! I had a vegetarian spatzle that was absolutely superb! Excellent and moderately priced wines by glass, most from France. The chef/owner came out and talked to us for 15-20 minutes. I can't recommend this highly enough!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not cozy - but very tasty and nice.
    OttoTowner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We came a second time, accidentally. The first time, we were walk-ins but I did not remember the name. The second time, we made a reservation when we were staying in the area and looking for a restaurant with a French flair. As soon as we (my wife and I) walked up to the door we remembered the place. Fondly. The service was very good with a waiter that was helpful and without a self-inflated sense of importance. The food was very good and served without a long wait. Appetizer was tasty. Wine list lengthy and good. The only drawback in my mind is that seating is very close, so forget about those tender thoughts spoken softly. The people on either side of you will get to participate! Talk with your eyes! Even so, go. It's a good place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An unwelcome front door
    DallasDaddyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Don't judge this place by the front door ! The hostess was cold, unwelcoming and confused by Open Table. Once we got passed her and seated, the experience (food AND service) was wonderful !
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Offerings!
    lurluvsfood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food and wine selections are excellent with a conversation friendly, comfortable ambiance! One of my favorites in Traverse City. I bring my all my out of town friends there often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro FouFou was so-so
    crazy4food
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Very nice environment, very nice and knowledgable wait staff and hostess. Menu somewhat limited and expensive for what you were served. Scallops were overcooked on a bed of canned mushrooms. Potatoes that came with meal were similar to what you get for breakfast. Wine list was so-so, but price was reasonable.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Peaceful blissful brunch
    OtbtVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Reminded us of a llate morning petit dejuner in a bistro in France. Excellent attentive service and an expertise in the kitchen assure a diner a positive experience. We had one disappointment when we were informed that they no longer have croissant on the brunch menu. We did try their "stcky bun " but did not meet our expectations. That was the only disappointment. The croque madame was perfect along with pomme frites. The chef's omlette also did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wonderful menu, service was outstanding, risotto appetizer was amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorably Impressed!
    WandererVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We wanted to try something different in Traverse City, decided on Bistro Foufou. A wonderful evening, we were greeted warmly and seated promptly. The ambiance is even like a French bistro, we have been to a number in Paris just like this - great! The wine list offerings were mainly French, but the selections were varied and moderately priced. Our server was helpful and engaging ... started with the escargot and green salad, then moved on to the trout and cod, both excellently prepared. We don't normally have dessert, but the flour less chocolate cake was just too much of a temptation!! A great evening, we will be back, plus possibly even try their Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Pork chops were great Salmon. Tasteless. Trout. Dried out. Saw a server come out of bathroom and not wash hands. Our server had no personality. Some things we ordered we great. Not planning on going back. Recommending or going to the other resturant owned by them
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • boboVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have been to this restaurant in previous travels to Traverse City. The downtown location is excellent. We shared the Beet Salad & Beef Burgundy.....both were very good. The bar tender was friendly and knowledgeable & made our visit even more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place.
    Softhackle
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Located just off Front Street, Bistro FuFu offers an alternative to Front Street restaurants with very good food and service. We were seated in the front by the window and the noise level was very loud making conversation difficult at times. As the crowd cleared, we had a very nice evening finishing our meal with wine in a nice almond sphere. Food was well prepared. The dinner summer salad lacked ingrediants and was a dissapointing main entrée. The pork chop was surprisingly very good and the remaining entrees on our menus were also very good. Wait staff was very friendly and efficient. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We celebrated my birthday and it was a great treat. Cocktails/wine were great and food was delicious as always. This night we had french onion soup, fresh salad greens with a yummy citrus vinaigrette, trout and perfect tuna (which is hard to find in Traverse City). Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. Service from the kitchen was timed very well. And my girlfriend took me to La Becasse the next night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    D96D125
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Enjoyed family dinner during our vacation visit. Wine selection is good and price range is reasonable. Food is good overall but no positive surprise.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Chuck
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was very good, along with the service. We requested a quiet area and that was accommodated.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    tomservo
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    2 people ordered Walleye. Fish was rubbery and lacked flavor on both plates. My steak frites was served cold (not warm at all). I had ordered it medium and most of it was cooked that way, however, they threw on a few slices of rare meat as well. I guess they ran out of medium and gave me pieces from someone who ordered rare. BTW, even the medium meat was cold. Salads ok, nothing special. Pate very boring without the mustard sauce. It was our second time there. We will not be back unless just for a glass of wine. Happy to pay for good food, however, this $200+ dinner for four was not even close to worth it. The bread was the best part of the meal by far. Sorry Guillaume.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second visit, would return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Chicken fricassee (special) was delicious; walleye entree was good but not super. French 75 cocktail was dull. Nice wine selection, including many choices by the glass. Service was good. We were seated near kitchen but noise wasn't a problem. Overall a very nice dining experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 156 reviews are from the Bistro Foufou reviews archive.
  • Good, easy to make it better
    Richard
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Nice wine choices, and the food was good, but a little care could have impressed. Pork chop was tough, but nicely seasoned, tomatoes were too early, but nicely presented. In a city of excellent restaurants, FouFou needs to crank it up to keep up.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food4thought
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Really enjoyed my first dining experience. The appetizers were fantastic - the favorite part of our meal! Although there was a significant delay between appetizer and entree, the meal was worth the wait. My scallops were fantastic as was the rest of my companions' meals. I am less familiar with french wine than spanish, and our waiter did a nice job of recommending something to my taste. I felt little guilt paying our bill at the end of the evening. Our entire dining party is looking forward to returning again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Traverse City MUST
    TheLoneDiner
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Lovely space, elegant presentAtion, delicious unique flavors. A wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food, served poorly
    DallasDaddyVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    What a shame to have such a wonderful meal served by a slow bartender with an indifferent attitude. The slow business that night apparently upset him, so he was NOT happy to be there. He tried, but his heart just wasn't in it. He had ZERO warmth, and even less motivation to make our meal pleasurable. Small chat is not his specialty.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Gem
    appy
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Have been going since they opened. The menu is so much better than the early offering
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Menu
    Patty
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Very nice inside atmosphere, relatively quiet, very good, professional service. Nice to have this restaurant in Traverse City. The food wasn't fabulous, but very nice and different from the usual menu. Our company enjoyed it very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Truly exceptional French cuisine!
    tcfoodie77
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was our first time dining at Bistro Foufou! The prices on all the items (wine included) were very reasonable, and the cocque monsieur with pommes frites and bechamel did not disappoint in the least. Rich and generous French culinary portions with exquisite presentation were paired perfectly with the wonderfully decorated interior. To put the icing on the cake, the service provided by our server (Nicholas) was prompt, attentive, unintrusive, and expert (superb recommendations). I'm anxiously awaiting the next opportunity available to dine at Bistro Foufou.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed!!
    SDicken179VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    After significant hype and an aggressive hostess I was disappointed in the quality if the food and space afforded a larger party (which should have been attractive for an establishment of this size). Best part was a fantastic waiter otherwise I would not go back. I see now why they had space available and no one else did at prime time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem in Traverse City
    BobFVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great food. Friendly staff. Look forward to our next visit.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a let down
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    After all the good reviews, I thought I had chosen the perfect Traverse City restaurant for our family's dinner. The entrees were mediocre and overpriced -- the burgers, the pork chop, and the quinoa. The only notable part of the meal was the French pastry dessert. We walked out, disatisfied, after paying a nearly $200 tab. What a waste. Earlier in the day, we happened upon Om Cafe for lunch; it was reasonably priced and the food was exquisite. I wish we had returned there for dinner instead.
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  • Love Bistro Foufou
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    An Excellent experience every time. Great service and the food is always consistently amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alright
    NachoMan
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    It was a nice environment with decent food, but really overpriced for the quantity and quality. Steak was just "ok," and the vegetarian risotto ($20) was just "ok." If their prices better reflected the quality and quantity of the food, we would return. Otherwise, I'd rather spend that kind of money elsewhere. Their food tastes similar (or worse) to that of Applebee's, and I just can't justify that kind of price inflation.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Change the Name
    CompattyVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Trying to figure out why this place is so easy to get in to and never really crowded. I think its the name. Who wants to admit eating at a place called "Foufou"? It sounds upper crust and stuck up. The crowd is older and quiet, which tells you something about this place. Its right next to the Franklin which is the exact opposite crowd...loud and lively. The food is very good. Fresh ingredients locally grown. The restaurant itself is very nice, staff is attentive, and we were pleased overall. But please change the name. Really.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The only negative is the food portions are quite small. Everything else is all very positive and we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fou Fou
    Coyote
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I had walked by this place several times and was curious. Causing more curiosity was the discovery that it was owned by the same person as La Becasse, because I had been trying to visit that establishment for awhile. Fortunate find. Very enjoyable. I had heard on a popular rating app. that the staff was affected and discourteous. Not so. very helpful and knowledgeable staff, and great food. Lucky find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate