Bistro Foufou
Bistro Foufou

Bistro Foufou

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrofoufou.com/
  • Phone: 231-421-6583x
  • 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bistro Foufou reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (39)special occasion (23)notable wine list (23)neighborhood gem (23)romantic (18)great for brunch (9)great for lunch (6)good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (5)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem in Traverse City
    BobFVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great food. Friendly staff. Look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try the steak frîtes!
    KiKi
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Amazingly delicious dinner. Steak frîtes that could hold their own in Paris. The brownie with salted caramel sauce for dessert is exquisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We ate at Bistro Foufou on a Friday night. It wasn't crowded, so the noise level was good and the service was attentive. The food was really excellent. I had the beet salad and steak frites. My husband had the french onion soup and the bistro burger. Traverse City has many restaurants that are pretty good, but not that many that are truly excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Celebration
    EatinOutinTC
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We visited Bistrou Fou Fou to celebrate our anniversary with friends. We were before a holiday weekend so the restaurant was not crowded. The waitress was very knowledgeable about our wine choices and knew the menu very well. The staff was attentive but not aggressive when they sensed we were in no hurry about our food. Two of our guests ordered the special - a seared cod which was outstanding. The seared salmon and filet were all exceptional. We eat here a few times a year and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 138 reviews are from the Bistro Foufou reviews archive.
  • Special Food Experience
    FamilyFoursome
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We came here to celebrate a birthday & our group was my husband, his parents & me. We had made reservations for a 7:30 seat time. This was our 2nd visit to Traverse & the first for our parents. We love delicious food & good wine so after looking at the menu online, this seemed to be a great choice. Food was excellent but the table back in corner near the entrance to the back prep/kitchen left a little to be desired ambiance-wise. The service was middle-of-the-road & although plates were cleared/water was filled, it didn't feel as though you were "embraced" and welcomed into "their" restaurant. I didn't feel like anyone was trying to show us a great food/wine "experience" which is what I would have expected from a restaurant of this level
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Standout in a foodie town
    Sing4mysupper
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    With its creative menu of varied offerings, FouFou proved the perfect spot for our three generation dinner. The meat dishes are classic bistro fare, while the fish and seafood are fresh and delicious. In classic bistro fashion, it is a bit rowdy, but is a lovely choice for dinner for two or a celebration with a big group.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    foodiegirl
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed another wonderful dinner at Bistro Foufou. We think it's one of Traverse City's best restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow!
    KiKi
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Our party of 5 was wowed by the entire evening at Fou Fou. We shared the evening's flatbread appetizer. The steak frîtes was perfectly prepared. For dessert, the brownie with salted caramel sauce was crazy good!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My wife and I both ordered seafood and both of us found the entrees to be outstanding. Portion sizes were on the smallish side but the presentation, temperature and taste was competitive with the best in town.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic French cuisine
    Sarge
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    For a quiet and romantic dining experience, Bistro Foufou is a downtown gem. Our waitress was very attentive and the food was terrific.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab for Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We had an amazing dinner at Bistro Fou Fou! We ordered a nice bottle of wine and just ate a variety of appetizers. The staff was extremely friendly and amenable. Would definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the area's best!
    Tharding613
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This is a foodie town and this place holds its own! Excellent traditional and nouvelle French cuisine with great service and ambience! Could make it in NYC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic French Bistro
    WendyMJ
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This was our third visit to Bistro FouFou. Our menus were personalized for our anniversary which was a great surprise. The food was excellent, we started with oysters, I had the trout with lentils and sauteed haricots verts and cherry tomatos and my husband had the beef bourguignon. We finished with a pistachio and chocolate pot de creme. Everything was classic country French. They have an extensive wine list and cocktail menu as well. One major plus is being able to order half-glasses of wine. The atmosphere was pleasantly busy and the service was excellent. Dishes and drinks are very reasonably priced for the region, you get your money's worth!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Countryside in TC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We are regulars at FouFou and the service and quality of food is absolutely consistent. If you are a fan of French fare, farm-to-table, and quiet ambience... this will be a homerun for you! The menu changes often enough that you can dine often and not get bored with the food selection and Chef Guilliaume has an incredibly high knowledge of using local ingredients with staple French meals to bring out the most flavor of every dish. Pricing is what you would expect for premium fare in Northern MI. Setting is bistro-style with a bar area with some outdoor seating in season. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What is a FouFou?
    seven64
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    So very much enjoyed our experience. Vegetarian selection outstanding. Drove 60 miles to try out this restaurant and would return again without thinking twice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place to start
    Davidvnhrn
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I will overall say that the feel for the restaurant was very smooth but elegant. I dressed up for the the event (birthday) and I felt as if it's not just a casual place to go; which isn't a bad thing. Some of my guest thought that there food was a little salty but overall it was a great night.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My husband, myself, and dear
    Whatsfordinner
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My husband, myself, and dear old friends enjoyed an excellent meal of whitefish, beet salad, escargot, and dessert. The only drawback, and it will affect us, is how loud it is, as my husband wears a hearing aid and that type of background noise makes it difficult for him to be part of a conversation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thanks chad
    mostlymartha
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    My friend and i decided to meet at a local hot spot and made a reservation just to be sure we could get in. It was during restaurant week and so we thought it would be busy. Our reservation was at 7:45 and we arrived on time. our table wasn't ready so we sat at the bar and our friend Joe took good care of us with a beautiful Sancerre to start the evening off right. At 8:15, we had not been seated yet so we opted for a bar high top for dinner. I literally grabbed a waiter and asked for help and he obliged by starting us off with menus and the specials of the night. chad was a lifesaver and made us feel special and he took very good care of us even on a very busy night. thanks Chad for making our dining experience very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful meal
    jane
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Once again, we had a wonderful meal at Bistro Foufou. Oysters and escargot for appetizers, great salad, followed by a veal chop. Chocolate brownie with ice cream for dessert. YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate