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
97 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (43)fit for foodies (39)great for brunch (35)vibrant bar scene (23)special occasion (23)hot spot (22)romantic (19)good for groups (16)notable wine list (13)late-night find (11)great for lunch (6)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French gem
    JonQ
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    If your focus is on the FOOD and service, this is the place. Predictible quality with fresh ingredients and staff that make you feel welcome and that they really care about your satisfaction. Their only "attitude" is to make your meal enjoyable. Brunch has been as enjoyable as dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go...for mimosa pitchers & techno
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    While I appreciate a good place to serve me mimosa pitchers, decent food and some techno while I eat, I unfortunately would have enjoyed this 15 years ago. It's loud, crowded, smells musty from the people who just rolled out of bed too hung over to shower. Again, if you can care less about these things, go for it. I personally could have done without it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    Skinnyfoodie
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    You know the food is good when all 5 of our plates looked like they were licked clean. The scene was very lively and who doesn't like bottomless mimosas. I would highly recommend this place for brunch. Ain't no brunch like a Castro brunch:-)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beware of Overbooked Reservations
    johnboysfo
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Booked a Saturday afternoon brunch reservation 3/29/14. Arrived on time to find the place utterly packed -- I mean fire hazard packed -- could barely even get in the door to check in with the maitre d'. As we began our reluctant wait to be seated, it became clear they had a major reservation backlog on their hands. They just began calling out, "Reservations for 5? For 4?" hoping to seat any larger party as a table opened. After waiting for 20 minutes, we gave up and went down the street to Pesce where there was no wait for a delicious, noise-free, non-crowded brunch. I've been to Bisou before, the food is good and I'll try again, but they need to not overbook reservations. Until then, take a lot of patience if you decide to eat there.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Paying with open table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The payment method did not work as it should because the waiter ask me to show the app to confirm the payment.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not as good as I remember
    Fiona
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    What's the point of making a reservation if your table isn't ready for another 30 minutes.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Steak
    Jonathan
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    My girlfriend and I both had the Steak Frites which was incredible. The onion soup was apparently only okay (she had some, I did not) but otherwise we had an awesome time. Creme Brulee was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delight
    RichardG
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    With an ever inventive Chef and an always changing menu it's a new adventure every time we go and we have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Noisy bar
    MooseVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Decent food if your going out for a quick bite. Clean restaurant, bar atmosphere, noisy. Good service and friendly staff. Won't be going back but didn't hate it. Seemed more to be 'good bar food' rather than good food at a restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bisou is the best!
    Apanda
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This place is super fun, great location in the castro. Brunch is AMAZING - food and bottomless mimosas - and the service is great, fast, and entertaining
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love going to Bizou, especially
    ballarinaVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    I love going to Bizou, especially for special occasions or when out of town friends come to visit! We are always welcomed so warmly and so well cared for by the staff. The food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    We celebrated my partner's 72nd birthday here with friends/family. The service was fabulous, the food delicious, and the wine was out of this world. For a small intimate experience, I can see this place is perfect. We will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loud!
    eeog
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    This place is NOT conducive to children. They sat us 30 minutes late to our table, which was practically inside the bathroom. It was also basically a club during the middle of the day. I love techno music, but not blaring at noon on a Sunday. The food was ok. Sub par for San Francisco. Some of the chairs were missing backs and the manager or owner was quite rude. The waitress was nice until the end when she "kindly" stated we could finish our drinks downstairs. Needless to say, they didn't make us feel very welcomed. It was more like a "get you in, get you out" kind of place. We won't be back mainly because the food wasn't that great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok for the price.
    Frenchy
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food was ok as well as service. Overall not bad but wouldn't go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    smalcol
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went to Bisou for valentines day dinner, they were busy, but very polite and attentive. Service was fantastic, drinks were extremely good. The food was some of the best I've had in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have submitted a full account
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I have submitted a full account to Open Table in a seperate e-mail that describes my poor experience with this restaurant
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was Fabulous!
    BuckVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food, service, atmosphere, are exceptional. Can not wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines - meal
    TJsf
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Only Pre-fixe menu available. Five very small courses, enjoyed two out of the five. Expensive meal for two persons for the quantity and quality. Had better meals here during Dine About Town.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chinois
    Chinois
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Went to Bisou a few nights ago with a couple of friends for an intimate catch-up dinner. Always heard of people mentioning about Bisou but just didn't have a chance to explore its dining experience until then. Service was great, did enjoy the waitress who'd occasionally delight us with her fluent French. Food was moderate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch Scene!
    JACSF
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Great place for brunch if you are looking to have a great time. Bottomless Mimosas make it even better!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect score
    Incredible
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Excellent food, great wine and outstanding service. Bisou is a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good times! Great food
    Luke
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Had a good time! Great menu, good desserts. Staff was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food needs work
    jonvill
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I had the Shrimp Salad and the Steak Frites. The three sauces served with the steak need improvement. They taste like they came out of a can. The bernaise was bland, the other two sauces were just horrible. The mini mushrooms had absolutely no flavor.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, very loud
    Calisfrisco
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I ordered the seared scallops with poached egg. It was delicious. Bloody mary's were fair, but not fancy. It seemed like it could have been make from a pre-mixed packet. I sat upstairs, which was very loud from such loud music, and it was difficult to hear people at my table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another delightful meal
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Friends and I had another wonderful meal. And the waiter/owner is so pleasant. We love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation
    baen
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We were able to make a reservation and got there late and with one person less, and they made no fuss! Seated us promptly and we still had an amazing brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Brad
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We went during Dine About Town week and had the prix fixe menu. The menu was well thought out and sounded great, but execution was... disappointing. Ingredient quality = mediocre. Some things were too salty, some too oily. I would chalk it up to the restaurant bulk-preparing the Dine About Town items ahead of time, except even our drinks were not up to par. (Wine was either a bad selection or not stored properly, and the cocktail was unbalanced and uninteresting.) The atmosphere is architecturally very interesting, but if you're going to do contemporary matte white walls, you need to keep them fresh and clean. Lighting was uncomfortably cold. Meal pacing was very fast - drinks and 3 courses in and out in less than an hour.
    • Food
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  • too small portions!!!
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I've been to Bisou many times and were always satisfied with their food and portion sizes. I however, was very disappointed this time when we went there for Dine About Town. I was quite embarrassed as I was raving to my sisters that they must come try this place. The portions were so much smaller than before. I normally order their filet and in the past, it was a good size portion, now all I got were two small little fingerling pieces of beef that I just cut into 2 pieces and I was done. My sister got even much less than I did. She ordered the scallops and long and behold there were only 2 scallops with maybe not even a spoonful of risotto in there. We went out for pizza afterwards. Not cool.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I really wanted to like it...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I really wanted to like this restaurant but unfortunately I do not think that I will be returning if given the choice. The ambience was nice and the noise level was just right for the level of casualness. We had the Dine about Town menu and I ordered the following: French Onion Soup - Good, although I prefer my soup to be warmer. Sole Fillet - The sole was so salty I could not finish it. The pesto filling was unfortunately off putting; it tasted as though someone had mistaken kale for basil. Something was terribly bitter and the combination of the overly salted sole and the bitter pesto did not work at all (it had a murky taste). Tart - Good. The overall experience was good, but unfortunately all in all, the food was not good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    BencruzsfVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    They need more people for lunch time. We always needed to flag the waiter to get more water and coffee. The waiter who took our order did not even bother to write the orders down and thus made a mistake with two of them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dine about town downer
    Gouda
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I had the intention of tasting from the Dine About Town menu, but realized that it wouldn't have been that great of a deal. A pretty good menu, but I saw some things on the regular menu that I really wanted to try (duck confit). I ended up ordering my own 3 course meal for maybe a couple bucks more. The service is awesome and the staff is super friendly. They've got a nice ambiance. If you're ok with sitting very close to other people in a pretty loud environment, then Bisou isn't that bad. It can get loud, but I was able to have a conversation across the table without yelling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.