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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.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Hours of Operation:
Sunday to Wednesday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Thursday to Saturday: 5:30pm - 1:00am
Saturday to Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
$30 and under
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In the evening, Bisou French Bistro transforms into a vibrant lounge, offering delicious cocktails and wines with a special bar menu.
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.
Muni Lines : F/K/L/M/S/T
Bus Lines : 24/35
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.
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Bisou French Bistro Ratings and Reviews
The food was great, I enjoyed the ambiance, and I will definitely come back again. A good friend highly recommended I try Bisou, so my hopes were already set high. Bisou was so great it exceeded my already high expectations. This quickly became my favorite Castro restaurant.
This was our third or fourth visit to Bisou. The occasion: my 61st birthday! The food was magnifique! We started with the charcuterie plate. Delicious cheeses and salamis, served with a hearts of Romaine dressed in a sprightly vinaigrette . Our entrees were also superb. The steak with three sauces was cooked perfectly; moist and juicy. The three sauces competed to see which would be best--no decision! It was accompanied with a serving of crisp hot frites, more than enough for two. The airplane roasted chicken breast was incredible. Crispy skin, yet succulent and flavorful. Our waiter recommended a delightful wine to match our palates.
Apparently the restaurant did not expect the large crowd of people who were celebrating in the streets. It took thirty minutes for us to be seated and then it was a small table situated in the walkway so that we were constantly jostled by the stream of people heading to the lavatory. The wait staff was befuddled by the crowd and unable to keep up with the demand. Our meals were not served but dumped at the table. The water glasses were never refilled. The food was good but difficult to enjoy because of the constant interruptions of those passing by on their way to the loo.
Nice but the service, while pleasant, was painfully slow...took 10 min or more to even get our drink order, let along order our dinner. They weren't terribly crowded so not sure what was going on...would go again, but make sure one doesn't have to be anywhere afterwards.
Bisou is a nice little neighborhood gem in the Castro. It's pretty easy to get a reservation, the staff is always delightful and the head chef wanders about and is fun to talk to. They aren't pretentious and the food is really solid. It's well worth the money and the desserts are spectacular. I've been several times for dinner and continue to return. I did stop by once at brunch time and found the dance music to be too much for me so have never tried their brunch menu that seems quite popular.
The service we received was excellent. We had a party of 8 for lunch/brunch on Father's day which included 2 kids. The staff was very accommodating, and friendly. Even the other diners were very friendly and stopped by to talk to our kids. The food was cooked to perfection -- we had 2 smoked salmon benedicts, 2 crab benedicts, 1 croque madame, and 1 burger... the croque madame was the best dish out of all, and the benedicts were also great! the burger was so-so according to my husband.
I would definitely go there again, and recommend the place to anyone.
Thanks to Dine About Town, I was able to find this little gem in the Castro. Takes a bit of driving and parking is tough but it's worth it to experience the service from the chef! His rosemary fries were addicting and refreshing! The escargot was delicious and the filet mignon was cooked to perfection. The dish was a bit small but perfect for females watching their figure. Must try their bellinis! Overall 5 stars for a nice neighborhood french restaurant!
The Castro has few food options so maybe that's why people have embraced this place. The food is average; the interiors are awful (unless you like bad kitschy bar-type interiors); LOUD, bad house music; and LOUD people pretending to have a good time. I'd call it a bar with a full menu. I had a bland, beet salad followed by overdone and flavorless pork tenderloin. The portion sizes were fine. I took a pass on dessert. Service (by Joshua) was outstanding: friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, and responsive. Dine upstairs if you want to get away from the noisy crowd and bad music, but honestly, it was like being at any trendy bar on a Fri or Sat night. Maybe it was specifically designed for and caters to the Castro crowd?
My first time at Bisou and I really liked it! Food was very good. We had the dine about town menu and it was very good. Everyone on our table really liked it and we are making plans to return. Only downside: we felt a like we were being rushed during the dinner part. The dishes were delivered and taken away in a hurry. So much of a hurry that we were not even offered coffee with our dessert. But after dishes were cleared they didn't seem to mind that we hung out for a while talking. Will definitey return in the near future!
loved Chef Nick Ronan at ChouChou up near Laguna Honda.
I took my BFF to Bisou and found it accomodating. Nick was out - I know people gotta have a day off, but I was looking forward to his service and style - he's a Brand unto himself. We started w/ glasses of sparkling vouvray - very nice, then did the 'Dine About Town' $35 dollar price fixe. While it was delicious - the beef was literally 3-4 ounces of meat - which is perfect for a 90 lb woman. Perhaps Damien might have told us how small everything was going to be - still delicious, BUT OUTrageously miniscule.
We had a bottle of wine and 2 glasses of white and 2 more glasses of red. Wow we had quite a night - lots of good vino - oh, and i almost forgot - Damien brought us a glas
Bisou was amazing! We arrived early and someone greeted us very warmly and sat us immediately. We choose food from the DAT menu which had a lot of great choices. I highly recommend their french onion soup. The portions were perfect, not too much and not too little...just right.
The slight down fall was that there was a large party down stairs which backed up the kitchen and our dessert didn't come out for quite a while, however our waiter came over several times to check in on us and apologize for the wait.
Overall, Bisou is a delightful little find and I will definitely be returning, with or without the Dine About Town menu.
Fabulous things: Joshua, our waiter (along with the rest of the staff, including the chef and maitre d'); the escargot, the filet topped with foie gras, the ling cod, the chocolate dessert thingie. If you're a twosome, request the "view table" at the top of the stairs, which gives you a panoramic view of the entire restaurant. Absolutely amazing baguettes!
The service was good, as always. The restaurant was particularly crowded which made things feel cramped and harried. The portions are awfully small for the price (tiny little pork medallions in a delicious sauce--would it kill them to make them a little larger?)
Celebrated a graduation with fabulous brunch at Bisou this past weekend. There were 5 of us in our party, including two pre-schoolers. It was the perfect venue! Bottomless mimosas were great, staff was very willing to accommodate small appetites. We loved it.
We were seated in the mezzanine, at the table closest to the manager's office. Not only was it difficult to get into the table, the noise was quite loud, the heat was very uncomfortable, and I was seated so close to another table I could practically eat the entree of the person at the next table. The manager was in and out of the office we were seated next to. I must commend the waiters for zipping in and out of the tables and keeping calm in the poorly laid out area. The food was above average for bistro fare. I would return again if seated in another area of the restaurant. The far end of the mezzanine really should be closed off to diners or kept to one row of 2-top tables.
Food was OK.....I had steak frites with 3 sauces. Frites were delicious and done perfectly but Steak was not served hot from the grill and the 3 sauces were served cold and bearnaise is not a great sauce when served cold. Lady friend had Salmon which was good.
Cocktails that we had were VERY sweet as they use syrups and nectars with a heavy hand so stay with what you know but they were well priced at $8 and $9.
The decor was as from a different incarnation and the 'cocoon' seating against the wall that curves up and over you feels heavy and cramped.........wish they would have changed that upon re-opening. No candles on the table which is one of my pet peeves in restaurants as it helps with ambiance and reading menus.
food was delicious! service was great - they didn't hover but they were attentive. probably wouldn't have picked this place just from walking by outside, but we had read a review on yelp and once we got there, we knew we'd made the right choice. we were late and they held our table, which was a big plus. only downside was they don't do separate checks, but we figured that out on our own. steak & frites was amazing - desserts were inventive, except the creme brulee (creamy/silky, delicious, but plain - no garnishes). great place for dinner!
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