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Bistro Foufou

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454 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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Fun French bistro in the heart of downtown Traverse City
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday 4-9pm
Friday & Saturday 4-10pm


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Phone number
(231) 421-6583
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Guillaume Hazaël-Massieux
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Front Street
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Parking details
Street Parking available, with downtown parking ramp...
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Special events & promotions
September- May monthly wine dinner
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
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5.0Dined a day ago

The food never disappoints. They were extremely busy, but our waitress was very attentive.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding Happy Hour menu with lots of special appetizers and drinks. Dinner followed. Try the Beef Tartare either as a starter or, as we did, as an entree. Oysters were excellent as was the Steak & Frites. Wine list is varied and priced reasonably. Excellent service, charming dining room. You almost think you’re in Paris.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We ate at Bistro on a Monday evening, using a 2 for 1 coupon. Our waitperson was generous in her interpretation of the coupon, but we passed on the burger, frites, and beer special for steak frites and scallops. We also enjoyed the Bistro flatbread as an appetizer. Everything was delicious and served in good to generous portions.
We will definitely return, coupon or no!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food is always excellent, service was good only because our server delivered the wrong wine and I did not notice until too late, hoping for a light red not the Rhône we ended up,with, oh well. She apologized. Will definitely go to BFF again.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The French union so

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We try to dine here whenever we are in Traverse City. Comforting, authentic French food--nothing overly creative but well prepared and very tasty. Consistently good service.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We love the atmosphere, the service, and the food!

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Meet a good friend for dinner with my wife. I thought all the restaurants were going to be busy since it was St. Patrick's day. the place was slow but good.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Took relatives for dinner that had just moved to the area. We were delighted with our selections--presented nicely, warm, perfectly seasoned.

Compliments to the staff

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

exceptional cuisine made a special evening all the more memorable!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Will b back

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Came into one of our favs for restaurant week. Four different entrees...two great, two good. Will definitely be back...it is a fav after all!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Fabulous food, experience, and service! Would recommend to anyone.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Was wanting to love it, merely liked. Not exactly overwhelmed by the experience. Tables were so close together that I was nearer to the stranger on my left and on my right, than I was to my husband sitting across the table from me. That's a huge negative to me. Romantic dinner doesn't really accommodate raising your voice to me heard, then to be heard by surrounding tables instead of your intended. French onion soup was extremely salty. The clams in my Seafood Paella were full of grit. Waiter was very proficient, but not really very friendly. Don't think I saw him smile at all. It was restaurant week, so perhaps busier than usual, but that shouldn't be an excuse.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We went for their restaurant week menu offerings--I wanted to try someplace new and something different than our usual; hubby is not a very adventurous eater, so this Bistro menu was perfect for us. I loved the beet salad and I didn't even know that I liked beets! The beef bourgenan (sp?) was excellent as well as the dessert assortment. Nice ambience and attentive service made it a great date night!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

It was restaurant week so we reserved an early table & host was warm & friendly. Staff overall top notch! Great wine list, bread perfect. Paella needed more stock or creaminess-was dry - but good, pork chop option should not use Yukon golds for mashed too gluey.French Onion soup Perfection! Thank you Bistro Foufou for an enjoyable evening

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

We ate at Bistro FouFou for restaurant week, where they had prepared a special menu for the occasion. However, my husband ordered off the regular menu and had the scallops. I selected the beet salad and seafood paella, which was part of their special menu. All of our food was delicious, and the presentation was beautiful. We would definitely return and eat here again.

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3.0Dined on February 27, 2018

We dined here during ‘Restaurant Week’, which maybe wasn’t the best time, due to the high volume of customers, coupled with this being the off-season. Nevertheless, I would have expected more from the food. I ordered paella, one of the ‘restaurant week’ specials. Simply put, it was not what I would consider to be true paella. Although the shellfish were delicious—fresh and cooked impeccably—they were completely let down by the rice, which is what makes paella paella! Arborio, I think. But whatever the type, it was glutinous and, worst of all, cheesy, without even a hint of browning/caramelization. Truth be told, it’s not hard to find sub-par paella—even in Spain. So the quality of this dish was somewhat forgivable. But my wife’s French onion soup was over-salted and under-every thing else. She hates the mountain of cheese that is de rigeur in most versions here in the States. But here it was almost nonexistent; same with the inclusion of actual onions, as well as the volume of stock. Lastly: truthfully, I think I have made better Boeuf Bourguignon. The bread and butter were wonderful, however, as was the service. I hate to leave a review that’s pretty negative; it takes guts to have a French-styled restaurant up here in the hinterlands—and we did have a nice time, overall.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Two-top tables are very close together. Our server was outstanding as were any staff we encountered. Had a big "blow hard" behind us who kept name dropping and insisting that the owner/chef come to his table. He impressed no one in the vicinity but himself. But there is nothing you can do about that.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

It was our 40th wedding anniversary and we wanted to have a nice steak meal , The serviing staff were freindly and attentive. Our waiter was knowledgable about the menu and provided assistance in helping us choose our meal. He suggested a smooth aromatic wine for me and my husband had a beer that that he enjoyed. The bibb lettuce salad was dressed to perfection with a mild citric/sweetness and just enough dressing to flavor but without leaving any dressing behind on the plate. We both ordered a medium steak, my husband got french fries and I got mashed potatoes with green beans. The steaks were absolutely delicious, tender and juicy. The french fries were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. The mashed potatoes were tasty and creamy, but barely warm and the green beans were a bit woody. I would give this restuarant 4-1/2 stars as my meal wasn't perfect, but I would definitely go back and give this place another try. Especially when ready for another wonderful steak .

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Very nice evening. Service was excellent. Great place to celebrate a special occasion

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food itself was pretty good, but the cost was ridiculous for the amout that we got. The staff was very nice, and the restaurant was very nocely set up. I just cant fathom spending that amout of money for decent food that doesn't fill you up.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Perfect birthday celebration!!!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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).

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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