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Bisou French Bistro

4.2
1228 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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LOVE - FOOD - WINE - PASSION - LIFE - PEOPLE
Bisou translates to “Kiss” in English and illustrates the love we give to the food we cook, the wine we select, the passion that animates us everyday, the life we live and the people we host.
Situated in the heart of the Castro (at Market and Castro St.), Bisou serves 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday to Wednesday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Thursday to Saturday: 5:30pm - 1:00am
Brunch:
Saturday to Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 556-6200
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nick Ronan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Castro Street
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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.
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Public transit
Muni Lines : F/K/L/M/S/T
Bus Lines : 24/35
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Entertainment
In the evening, Bisou French Bistro transforms into a vibrant lounge, offering delicious cocktails and wines with a special bar menu.
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Special events & promotions
Bisou French Bistro 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.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1228 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
3.8
value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Nick is the best, and we always enjoy our meals at Bisou.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We had a wonderful meal at bison. The food was delicious and the service was friendly and personal. The waiter brought three bottles of wine to taste, they gave us after dinner drinks, and the owner Nick could not have been warmer and more friendly.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The AC was all the way up and was very cold on the upstairs area.

There was only one bathroom available. The wait was insane to use the one downstairs.

Other than that, this place is fun.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great drag brunch, great food, fast service, attentive staff, and a very fun atmosphere. Highly recommended and we will return often

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Too loud for brunch. Server had a bad attitude. When we tried to talk about a mixup on the order (partly due to the noise level, partly due to couldn’t care less attitude of server) all we get (literally) was “Whatever”.
Food was OK but not commensurate with the pricing.
Would not go back.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great fun spot for brunch. Make a reservation, this place get's packed. The food is really different and creative. It is my go to brunch spot with friends!

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2.0Dined on February 23, 2018

To first start off, it was thursday night and pretty slow. I booked my reservation through the open table app. My boyfriend and I walked in to be greeted by no one for a couple of minutes. The bartender who saw us just kept glancing over and then returning to what he was doing. When someone finally came to seat us, we told her we had a reservation and she's like "okay" and continued to seat us without any further questions. Because it was slow, she didn't care for the reservation, but i wanted my points! Our waitress was really nice and she constantly checked up on us during our meal. Another lady working that night, I believe she was bussing tables, was extremely rude and unhappy to be working. Anytime you'd try to say something to her, she just had a smug look and wouldn't respond.

On to the food, my boyfriend ordered the foie and duck confit. He said the foie was really good and was paired well with its side dishes. The duck confit was so dry, which is incredibly disappointing because it's literally submerged in its own fat? He wasn't happy with dinner that night whatsoever. I did the prefix 3 course meal. I ordered the salmon tartar, which was very good. Also had the pappardelle, which the flavors were decent but tasted like it had way to much lemon just squeezed on top of my noodles. They were also all stuck together which made it impossible for me to eat my noodles without have to cut them with a knife. Trust me, I was not going to sit there and eat my noodles with a knife and fork. We didn't finish our meals. For dessert, I chose the panna cotta thinking "this can't be screwed up!" yeah, no. It had that thick film on top of the dessert that you can only get by leaving it in the fridge for too long.

Overall, all of our food was not even close to decent for an inexpensive french restaurant. We believe the food has been left out for way too long before serving, explaining why the confit was dry and the noodles were stuck together, we won't be returning.

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Such a disappointment. Came here for dinner to celebrate a birthday. Service was sketchy. Food was just alright. Way way too noisy—felt like we were yelling at each other. Wouldn’t recommend unless you simply have a drink at the bar and then have dinner across the street at Catch.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Generally very good food. Service was pretty French. Pretty efficient if not friendly. We didn't expect it to be prefix, but it was Valentine's Day and the menu was semi French. More Italian, French and California fusion.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

They were incredibly friendly and accommodating and this was on Valentijn’s day while super busy, kindness is key and they were big time!!!

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1.0Dined on January 30, 2018

It’s a bistrot.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Excellent food.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Super fun drag brunches on Sunday! Come early and get a seat that's closer to the stairs so you get to see all the action.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

I was told that this is the place to try Steak Tartare because it's done well and so I tried it and wasn't disappointed. It was delicious!

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The four of us were seated up the stairs on the second tier by the host. The floors and walls were dirty, and the ledges dusty. it looked like they had forgot to clean up there. Also the ceiling level is quite low and the music speakers are right over your head so the blasting music makes it almost impossible to talk to each other. The best food that was ordered was the hamburger. 3 of us ordered the ham crepe which was overcooked and rather tasteless. Our waitress was pleasant and the service was timely, even though the place was busy. Will not return.

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2.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was good, but several items were more on the bill than they were listed at on the menu. From a bottle of wine to the sides. I am not the type to bring this up when the check comes, and I would have paid the full amount anyway, but it was a little unsettling.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

I love it it here. Everything we ate was spectacular.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

My first visit to Bisou, had the perfect table located end of bar, thus our waiter was Gabriel the bartender. He could not have been more welcoming, friendly, efficient and pleasant .....making our dinner an enjoyable evening. I have shared my experience with friends and will definitely make a return visit.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Jenna is just great and Anatolly is always welcoming.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

It's a fun place to go for brunch. The food is very different but there is something for everyone! Super lively atmosphere as most people are doing the bottomless mimosa's and there's loud club music playing. It's actually one of our favorite places for brunch even though we do not day drink.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Authentic French Bistro. Does not have to be so noisy,but that's the way it is. The service is friendly a bit casual. Great bar service.For a French restaurant the servers lack a certain spark.
The kitchen is amazing. The Foie Gras is a main draw. The Pre Fixe of Foie Gras was a marvel.
A must restaurant to return and return.

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1.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Terrible service starting from the host at the door

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We love the bottomless mimosas!

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Poor sevice ! And very bed reception ! We where three people at the door with a reservation, we came on time , no one came to help us seating till after 20 minutes ! Will never comeback and the waitress argues with us, instead to apologize

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Oh boy,
I know New Years Eve is tricky to find a fun, happy meal in a celebratory mood, and we didn’t have that at all.
We had a rez. And waited over an hour to be seated. The staff seemed dazed and confused, and completely random. We just laughed that it was so bad it was funny.
Food was ok, but poorly presented. Tables looked sad and forgotten. I don’t think they know what they are doing in the front of the house, kitchen is trying to do a good job.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I can always count on Bisou for a great meal, whether it's their burger and fries to any dish with foie gras. The escargots were a nice surprise, well seasoned and tender.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Always amazing food and ambiance. Staff is wonderful and attentive.

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2.0Dined on December 25, 2017

We made a reservation and once we got there there was no table. Too noisy. Service wasn’t good and the place is a bit too small for the number of people. The only thing good was the food. Also expensive. And they were not serving normal menu desert.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

I took my kids there for a Christmas dinner and the food was excellent. We had a great time.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2017

I like the food but it was way too overpriced for Christmas Eve, they squeeze in too many people upstairs and it is too hot and you end up sweating the entire meal. We usually go with one or two other couples. This was my third or fourth time there, but due to the overpriced menu, we won’t be back. We could have gotten just as good of a meal at Mystique, in the Castro, for half the price.

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1.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Bland food & dirty restroom.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Never disappointed...Always great! Food is delicious and owners are awesome!

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Amazing Sunday brunch with Drag show. Mimosas, music & great service. WILL return (again & again) #💙

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Bisou is a good place in San Francisco - i recomand it to friends

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Great service and the duck confit Benedict was outstanding

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Nice French food for reasonable prices in the Castro. Excellent service. A solid, dependable choice.

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1.0Dined on December 10, 2017

You'd think that a French owned restaurant could have the quality of a restaurant in France, but Bisou falls very short. We were there Sunday 10 December for Brunch at 12:30.

Brace yourself, if you wanted any pleasant meal conversation, forget it. There was a DJ blasting music (selection was not bad but ear plugs should have been distributed). DJ @ Brunch; really? When we mentioned it to the waiter, his response was "Get used to it!"... Lovely! Observing other patrons, most were looking like "WTF". Very few, 2, seemed to enjoy the blast. When the owner passed he said "C'est Genial!" ("That's awesome"), so we didn't bother making the point and giving him the opportunity to tell us we're wrong.

Food was also very poor. The Croque Monsieur was a blob of soggy bread. The bread must have been drowned in béchamel sauce. The sautéed potatoes were cold and overcooked while at the same time the onions in the potatoes were almost raw. The Crêpe Complète was a joke.

It seems a pattern in the Castro. Start a nice restaurant, like Bisou or Catch, get popular and then cheapen it up and squeeze every centime (penny) out of the stupid clients.

Do yourself a favor, skip it!!!

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Bisou is a great place to dine. Excellent French cuisine, friendly staff and good service. An excellent choice in the Castro.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

The perfect neighborhood French bistro! Charming in every way, with outstanding traditional dishes from the South of France. Bonus: you can hear the folks at your table!

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4.0Dined on November 9, 2017

One of our favorite spots for great cocktails, great wine, lush food, and romantic conversation. Fantastic service. Food is rich and sumptuous. Intimate tables.

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