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About Bistro Foufou

Fun French bistro in the heart of downtown Traverse City

118 Cass Street
Traverse City, MI 49648
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 4-9pm
Friday & Saturday 4-10pm


Cross Street:
Front Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(231) 421-6583

Website:
http://www.bistrofoufou.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Street Parking available, with downtown parking ramp...

Executive Chef:
Guillaume Hazaël-Massieux

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
September- May monthly wine dinner

Bistro Foufou Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (10)
Romantic (9)
Special Occasion (9)
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Good for a Date (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Casual (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Cozy (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Authentic (4)
Business Meals (3)
Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Vegan (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was delicious. Our server was attentive without being intrusive. Wonderful meal.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Everything was great, but our food took quite a while. It seemed as though everyone was getting their meals except us. No explanation was offered and we didn't ask. The service, otherwise was excellent and the food as well. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our Valentines dinner. The seating was awful they say us at a long table side by side with several couples. I can understand that seating without a reservation but I felt like my romantic dinner was NOT romantic at all.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had dinner before a concert at the Opera House. The steak frites are excellent! And the wine list is extensive and includes many reasonably priced options. Our server was attentive and pleasant and the ambience is great -- lively but not too loud. We'll definitely return on our next trip to Traverse City!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Perfect birthday celebration!!!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Had a great meal and great service last Saturday. We had the goat cheese appetizer, beef bourguignon and the salmon entrees. All were very flavorful and done just right. The server was excellent, attentive when needed and allowed for a enjoyable paced meal. The winter menu has some new items if you haven't been there for awhile.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Happy Hour
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 19, 2018

My boyfriend and I were near traverse city for the weekend to go skiing at crystal mountain. We love unique, catchy, tasteful places and this met all of our expectations. We stayed for 2 hours and had a few drinks, appetizers, and split the lamb chops. The food was outstanding and the environment was romantic and fun. Definitely will be agreeable to people who go out to eat for Social reasons besides just stuffing your fave silly. If you like small bites, and don’t mind spending a bit more for better quality, you will love this place.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We had a little bit of trouble with one of our diners being on a soy free diet and this restaurant uses a blended oil in all their cooking that contains soy oil. The other diner was gluten free/dairy free and there were not to many options.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent meal, from drinks to dessert. Lamb, Lobster risotto, Scallops, beet salad, bib lettuce salad, chocolate cake.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were a group of 8 and were there on New Years Eve. It was lovely. The service was great, the food was excellent and we had a great time. I would highly recommend Bistro FouFou! We wanted to go back on New Years Day but the staff had a well-deserved day off!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Let me list everything that was exceptional: Provencal Platter (pate, duck rillettes, sausage, raclette, bleu de Avergne, morbier), Lobster Bisque, Lamb Chops, Belgian ales (both draft and bottle), Champagne by the glass, Gigondas by the glass, Sancerre by the glass, Sauterne by the glass, Hazelnut crepes--where else would one go to find such delicacies? The scallops were a bit heavy on the cream, but still good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We were in TC from out of state. Myself being French was very much looking forward to eating here the menu looked great. From the second we walked in the hostess couldn’t find our reservation although they had called me to confirm a few hours earlier. She didn’t take our coats and we were ushered to a table right in front of the door. Not okay, We asked to move and were then seated at a nicer table, however you could tell we were almost an inconvenience. The atmosphere was nice and the menu looked great. Our waiter approached us by asking if we knew what we wanted...didn’t share the specials or introduce himself. Already I think we were off to a bad start, the tables around us all had bread and drinks and we had ordered and still had menus at our table. Everything just seemed very slow and not attentive. During the course of our meal we didn’t have cutlery, food took a long time and we left the restaurant a little disappointed. When you go to a restaurant expecting to pay over $150 for your meal you expect a certain caliber of service. That is not the case here. Great food very poor service.

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 (Northern MI)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We went to Bistro FouFou after a courthouse wedding, so this was a small wedding reception with 4 of us. It was WONDERFUL! The Happy Hour menu and prices are AMAZING. We were able to sample 7 of the items on the menu - each one was perfect! Service was great. We are from the Kalamazoo area, and will definitely go back when we are in Traverse City next! This is our new favorite place there. Can't wait to try dinner sometime. It was great to be able to see the menu online prior to our visit.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had the tomato and goat cheese Appetizer it was a nice starter.

Rack of lamb portion seemed a little small and lacked Pistachios.

Scallops were very Nicely seared and seasoned great, pasta was ok.

Dessert wrapped chocolate cake was very good but lacking pistachios again.

Service was slow to clear dishes and did not replace any silver or bring a spoon for coffee used a dessert fork for stirring coffee.

Might have been an off night pricy but we will be back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We made reservations at Bistro Foufou for early on a Saturday since we were going to the Opera House for a concert that evening. We had 5 people and enjoyed all the dishes we tasted! I would recommend this (but probably not when you are in a hurry - take some time to enjoy the ambiance and the food).

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

You must try their mussels!! They were so addictevly delicious. All of our food was very good and plentiful. Not very packed for a Saturday night...thought that was odd..maybe due to holiday. Very nice service. We definitely be back.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The service and atmosphere were great. The food was just ok. A little overpriced. Definitely not as good as some of the other options in TC.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went with my wife for our Anniversary. Loved the food, decor, just a great restaurant plain and simple.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Cozy, Casual, Organic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Very comfortable French restaurant in the heart of TC. The hostess and servers were very attentive and friendly. All four of us thoroughly enjoyed our food. Great place for dinner with friends.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great restaurant. The food was very tasty. Service was flawless.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our experience was good, not great. The hostess was very cordial and welcoming. After we told our server that we wanted to relax with cocktails and appetizers he seemed to disappear for extended periods. After we placed our entree orders, it seemed to take a very long time for our food to arrive. When it did get there it was properly prepared and served hot. The bread was excellent, escargot was good. There wasn't much to the Bouilabaise, but it tasted ok. The rack of lamb was good, but we feel we can make better at home. Nice atmosphere and decor. Not sure if we would return as there are plenty of other dining options in Traverse City.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Another great place in TC. The bib salad has a terrific celery dressing. A nice wine selection. Great crusty bread and butter. The beef bourguignon is very good and not something you see very often in restaurants. Our service slow - our waiter seemed to be stretched too thin.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Found this spot on Trip Advisor. We had an excellent meal. My wife had the beet salad and I had the French onion soup, which I must say may be the best I have had in a restaurant . She had the pork shank special and I had the steak frites, both very good and well prepared. Service was excellent. Lovely bottle of wine with dinner and topping off with an apple/pear crisp and a glass of port. If you are in the area, we highly recommend this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Fou Fou is not a snobby, foo foo French restaurant, but it certainly is French, excellent French food prepared by a Frenchman! You can't much better than that. I loved it. All of the menu selections you'd expect on a French menu BUT plenty of other choices if you 'think' you don't like French food. This place is great. The decor is authentic and lovely. The servers were wonderful. Daily specials are a bonus and the wine list has it all. I live in Chicago and Fou Fou is better than any here. GREAT! What are you waiting for . . . GO!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Cozy, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Wonderful dinner at our favorite Traverse City eatery. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. The food, as always, was delicious. I particularly enjoyed the braised pork with sweet potato gnocchi and Brussels sprouts.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Everything was fine. My scallops for $28.00 were too fishy and salty. The coffee was nothing special. Other than that, it was good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Amazeballs!

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 (Northern MI)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Always a wonderful meal, wine/cocktails, service and leave fully satisfied. No matter what the risotto special is, try it. They are always amazing.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Best escargots in town! On par with its sister restaurant, La Because, in Burdickville on Glen Lake. Guest loved the craft beer Storm Cloud. Very nice wine list. Two had fab looking burgers all tricked out. Two had tasty local whitefish with al dente broccolini. Ambiance of reclaimed historic 1900's fire station absolutely charming in its mix of chic industrial yet comfortable interiors. Staff delightfully attentive, not intrusive; very professional. Good place to entertain guests.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

My husband and I were disappointed. When the waitress first came to take an order for drinks, we told her we were ordering a bottle of Bordeaux to go with the entrees we were going to order. After she brought the bottle, opened it, and poured, she asked to take our entree order. We both wanted beef bourguignon - as we based our wine selection on it- only to be told that it was not available and that she was sorry that she forgot to tell us. That was a disappointment, especially when and she had an opportunity to tell us what entrees were not going to be available when we first told her that we were ordering a bottle to go with our entree. She was not attentive like the waiter we had seen one table down from us. Then, when we ordered desserts and coffee, she rolled her eyes when I included to add cream and sugar. My husband saw this and later informed me. I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt about forgetting to inform us of the unavailable entrees but to roll your eyes in front of customers, especially in what is to be a quality restaurant, is simply insensitive service.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We had an excellent meal with excellent service and sat at an excellent table with eight family members, many who had never been there before. Everyone was satisfied!
Would like to try the Sunday brunch next.
Appreciate the ability to make a reservation. Very important to us. Thank you.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We ate off the happy hour menu. Everything we had was amazing! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We were blown away by the fantastic service and amazing flavors in both of our meals!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Fantastic food and service! Mussels were the best I have had! Will be on my list of places during my next TC visit.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Every one was very focused on closing. We were told that we could come anytime before 9 pm and we would be fine but the whole time we were there everything was preceeded by the statement...well we are closing soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2017

The food was good, not exceptional, for an upscale French restaurant. Disappointed in the foi gras. It was whipped, served in a small glass dish and lacked any flavor. The server was attentive but when visiting the table neglected to re-pour our wine. None of this was a big deal, just expected more from an upscale restaurant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great French restaurant very romantic setting.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. Best restaurant of a 4 day stay in the area. Food was truly a cut above as was the service

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on August 15, 2017

This was our second time dining, the first was much better. The first time was during the film festival, and while it was very crowded and we had to sit at the bar, the service and food were excellent. We were excited to go back. This time on a not crowded Tues night, while the food was good, the service was inattentive and disinterested. The server seemed like he would have rather been doing anything other than waiting on a table, couldn't answer any questions about the menu - and when he did, all he did was mumble. He is either very new or burned out - either way - not what one would expect for dining at this price range. Management needs to monitor service- too many other great choices in TC for dinner.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Our dinner was very good. My wife's beet salad was on I should have ordered. My salmon was grilled with crispy on the outside and not dried out on the inside. Interesting they grilled the spaghetti squash and I liked it. Mostly a french wine list but found a bottle Petite Sirah from the Fuabalest that we really liked. Our waitress Shannon provided very good service. Only compliant is the entrees took a long time to arrive. Shannon had to go back and remind the kitchen we were waiting awhile. The kitchen from my perspective looks too small for a restaurant of this size. Most of the tables stood buys throughout our time there.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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