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About Bisou French Bistro

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.

2367 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

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

Cross Street:
Castro Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 556-6200

Website:
http://www.bisousf.com/

Entertainment:
In the evening, Bisou French Bistro transforms into a vibrant lounge, offering delicious cocktails and wines with a special bar menu.

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.

Public Transit:
Muni Lines : F/K/L/M/S/T
Bus Lines : 24/35

Executive Chef:
Nick Ronan

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Open all day with Special Menu and Regular Menu

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Bisou French Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.6

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4.6

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 20, 2017

Great food, good wine

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Great food, cosy spot and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Surprise apertif was a bonus!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 26, 2017

The last time I had dinner at Bisou, I really enjoyed its food, drinks and services. Unfortunately, my brunch experience was very disappointing. My friend and I ordered champagne, but neither of our drinks had bubbles left like the bottle had been open for days. Also, we were seated by the bathroom even though we had a reservation and there were many seats available when we got there. Our poached eggs were soggy and tasteless. Noise level was also pretty bad. I would recommeed dinner service but I would not come back for brunch.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Enjoyed the experience from the moment the host greeted us until the moment we left. Great service, excellent food, enjoyable atmosphere and friendly staff.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Bottom less Mimosas are awesome. Owner is very generous in keeping the glasses full. Great location, next to Castro, perfect way to start lazy weekends.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Incredible food with an amazingly warm and accommodating staff. Bisou is our new favorite spot!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Great happy hour deal, great wines, good service, Boeuf Bourguignon is a MUST!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Incredible. It tastes like a Michelin star chef is cooking here, but if he's not gotten his first start yet, he will. A remarkable place to eat.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The people are always very friendly, and the food is great. We went for a special 4 course prix fix menu, and it exceeded all of our expectations

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Noisy and crowded.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Superb, the food is excellent and with a good wine, it's even better

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Been going here for years. Chef Nick always puts his spin on classics with amazing results! Just had Kobe beef tartare, Cheese Souffle and Beef bourguignon. Delicious! Gabrielle at the bar makes great cocktails and more importantly, he makes you feel special and welcome.
Love this place!

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Caribbean)·Dined on February 6, 2017

Delicious cassoulet

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Bacon wrapped dates were great. My friend got the French onion soup and it was too hot to eat for a bit but tasty. The scallops were great too. Cute table at the bar seemed ideal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Bisou is my go to spot for brunch--the food is amazing and staff are super friendly and welcoming. They also allow you to stay as long as you want for bottomless mimosas.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2017

Alway a great time here! Chef Nick Ronan will make your taste buds dance

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

This restaurant always delivers. Food is great, service outstanding, I always have a grea time here. I wish I was a little bit more quiet.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Started with a charcuterie plate and bottle of wine that was a delicious happy hour special and nice start to the evening. We enjoyed the 3 course SF restaurant week pre-fix meal. Every dish was well presented and delicious. Server was very friendly and helpful in making wine and food choices.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Very relaxed, great service and excellent food... the prix fix menu was perfect

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Nick creates a true experience like no other through his Bistronomy.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2017

Great service and food was awesome. Only reason it's not 5 stars is the walnuts in my Pappardelle were slightly rancid which I would have expected the chef to recognize. Otherwise the foie gras was impeccable, the cassoulet remarkable and (apart from the walnuts) the Papperdelle with Roquefort was sweet, tangy and delectable. Would definitely return!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2017

Super friendly and super delicious! Definitely need to go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2017

We went because of SF Restaurant week AND the fois gras menu
My wife had the regular $40 dinner--some fois gras, a nice pasta dish( she had a "warm" bowl)
Her meal was ok not special-- the pecans in the pasta were "old"
I had a fois gras Veloute-- very good, a small piece of fish with fois gras on a large cold plate and some mystery veggies on a potato puree. Marginal at best
The piece de resistance was supposed to be Chateaubriand with fois gras. Again a cold large plate, cool food, meat that did not taste like a filet and more mystery veggies - seemed to be the
same as the fish. The two deserts were ok
We had an Alsance Pinot-- Maybe 4+ wholesale mark up
No return for us

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Crowded, over-booked.
Staff were very friendly, but service was slow.
Enjoyed the food, but price to portion size is not in balance.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

I'm actually a little embarrassed to be writing this review, but I feel I have to be honest so that this doesn't happen to anyone else unexpectedly. The first red flag was when our server, who happened to be Chef Nick, broke the cork into the wine bottle we had brought with us. Even after pouring it through a strainer, there were still bits of cork in our wine. 40 minutes after we had sat, he finally showed up to ask if we were ready to order. By that point, we had already decided that we weren't going to be dining there after all. We respectfully told him that we felt it was unacceptable to keep guests waiting for that long. He let my cousin finish speaking and then said, "Bye bye." We were shocked! We decided to finish our wine and leave. A few minutes later, Chef Nick came back to our table with three sample dishes. He said that he wanted us to try what we were going to be missing. Not two minutes later, he came back to take away the dishes, since we hadn't touched them. We tried to explain why we were leaving and he wouldn't stop talking long enough to hear anything we had to say. As we were walking out, Chef Nick kept saying, "Bye, see you never!" This was certainly a new experience for all three of us who had been looking forward to trying this restaurant, as it was listed as one of the SF Restaurant Week participants. I find it appalling that someone who owns or is the head chef at a reputable establishment (or anywhere) would treat his guests like that. No one deserves to be spoken to that way, especially not by someone who is supposed to be serving you. I've worked as a server in various types of restaurants and I would have been fired on the spot from any of them if I had ever spoken to a guest the way he spoke to us. Needless to say, I will never go back to Bisou.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2017

The French onion soup. The kale salad. The bacon-wrapped dates. The poulet. Every bite in harmony and worthy of an mmmmmmm. Excellent wine list. Highly recommend.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2017

Even though we had a reservation, we were seated 20 minutes late. If you're going for Sunday Brunch expect it to be very loud and crowded, bordering on obnoxious. I much prefer Bisou on a quiet(er) week night.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2017

Terrible, we were a party of 4 arrived at 10am we were the first patrons. We were escorted to a table at the rear of the restaurant across from the bathroom next to the kitchen. Requested another table, thankfully they agreed but told us they were going to be super busy later that morning. Tried to order coffee drinks , but they only have expresso no steamed milk, no,drip coffee. Some of our food was served cold, quality of all our dishes was mediocre. The bloody mary I ordered was horrible, limp celery garnish, no need to say more.
Will not be going back again. There are so many great restaurants serving brunch in the city go there not here. Forgot to mention that the restroom was filthy.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2017

The restaurant staff was excellent. Great service and had our table ready for us at the time of our reservation. Unfortunately due to the holiday weekend, there were multiple brunch items they had sold out of and sold out of brewed coffee. Who runs out of coffee? The unfortunate part was the omelette we ordered is already per-made and was cold inside. We sent it back and they quickly heated up another one for us but myself and my friend got sick later in the day. I won't be returning although I think the staff was just stellar.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2016

This restaurant doesn't know who they are or want to be. We received excellent service from the host and bartender, however, that diminished greatly once we were seated.

We sat at our table for 15 minutes, without even a glass of water, before I asked for service. The servers (we had multiple) were not versed in the menu and could neither answer questions about nor describe the dishes as they were presented. Not only did I have to request a pairing menu, but it was ill conceived and sloppily hand written.

The food itself was mostly good. The Amuse was a poached egg, which needed some finishing salt, but was served with a fork. So, after breaking the yolk (which were not cooked consistently) it was difficult to actually eat the course.

Another course (Oyster and Citrus Confit w/lemon mousse) was almost inedible. It was bland, ill-conceived, and the mousse itself was too thick in consistency. Plus, I'm pretty sure you cannot have a citrus confit; we just ended up with orange and grapefruit segments sitting on top of cold oysters with soggy rutabaga chips.

Upon informing one of our many servers that a member of our party was allergic to fish and requesting a different 4th course, the kitchen merely sent out the same dish minus a protein -- leaving me wondering why a cauliflower puree was worth $32. (the puree itself was very good)

The filet was cooked and seasoned well, as was the mushroom puree with sunchoke. However, the truffle mousse was too heavy handed and tasted more like cheap bottled truffle oil than anything else.

The vanilla bean ice cream for the dessert was actually very nice, but the Pecan Pie itself was cold, leaving me with the impression that it had been sitting somewhere in a refrigerator until it w as cut and served.

The quality service we received from the Host and Bartender was exceptional (the two cocktails we ordered were very well made and priced), however there are many other places in San Fran with better food.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2016

We had a reservation but they closed before our scheduled time. They were still there but just told us they were closed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Food was nothing special. I spent $42 for a place of three very tiny different pieces of meat. I mean it was an appetizer charged as a pricey entree. I'd have been okay with the portions had the food been outstanding and impressive but it was more standard in flavor than anything..

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Our choices were few on Christmas Night so we decided to try one of the few French restaurants in San Francisco that we'd never tried before. We quickly learned why we have avoided this place despite the fact that we love French food and it is blocks from our home.

Pros: warm bread, a kind server, the wine.
Cons: The food. I have not had a worse culinary experience in San Francisco.

There are many wonderful French restaurants nearby that are quite exceptional, unfortunately Bisou misses nearly every culinary mark.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Our choices were few on Christmas Night so we decided to try one of the few French restaurants in San Francisco that we'd never tried before. We quickly learned why we have avoided this place despite the fact that we love French food and it is blocks from our home.

Pros: warm bread, a kind server, the wine.
Cons: The food. I have not had a worse culinary experience in San Francisco.

There are many wonderful French restaurants nearby that are quite exceptional, unfortunately Bisou misses nearly every culinary mark.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Such a disappointing meal. Much of the food tasted like it had been pre-frozen and was thrown together without much care. Some of the items were actually inedible (dried up brioche pastry with cold foie gras inside and a sickeningly sweet sauce; cardboard 'blini" with a minimum of caviar; duck that was so under-cooked and rubbery that I couldn't cut it, much less actually eat it.) The waitstaff must have been instructed to save cutlery between courses, because they put my husband's sauce-covered fork and knife on the table while we we waited for the next course. Not very nice. We won't be going back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2016

A friend and I came here for Christmas lunch. The website stated that there would be a $45 prix fixe for a 3-course meal and this was emphasized when the restaurant called to confirm the reservation -- so imagine our surprise when it turned out not to be; instead, there was a selection of egg dishes. We both ordered a crab/lobster eggs benedict dish which was tasty but served only slightly warm and the eggs were not soft poached but just barely runny. The good thing was that the bill was lower than we had expected. Even though this was less than a 5-star or even 4-star experience I would try it again -- maybe it was just the Christmas crowd that made it less than what it could have been.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2016

We went on Christmas morning and when we arrived, we found that menu was limited to just egg benedict's - different from the website menu

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Although I have dined at Bisou several times in the past and enjoyed it, my last visit was different. When my group and I arrived at 9:30 on Christmas Eve, we learned that the regular menu was not available and the only options were a 7 course prix fixe menu, or a few a la carte options from that menu. After making the reservation a week earlier on Open Table, I got two telephone calls asking me to confirm (why two?), plus two emails, none of which mentioned the limited menu. In fact, the emails contained a link to the regular menu. Of course by this time it was too late to make other plans, so most of my party agreed to the $70 prix fixe meal. There were no vegetarian options available. One person ordered the closest thing, a bowl of soup for which he was charged $22. The food itself was pretty good, with the exception of one course, which appeared to have been frozen and thawed, but not completely. As a former waiter, I am usually more forgiving of poor service, but the little missteps -- reaching across two people to clear a plate; trying to remove dishes before everyone at the table was finished with the course -- were simply annoying at these prices.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2016

My husband and I have dined at Bisou four times and each time the experience has been splendid. Special treat this time was restaurant's seven (!) course holiday menu. Wonderful sequence of dishes with the salmon being the highlight.
I love this place!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Outstanding Value, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Best French onion soup in the bay area!
Wonderful cocktail options.

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