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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
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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
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.
There are lot of great restaurants in the Castro, but we chose Bisou for its fabulous menu. I had the Noix de Saint Jacques Gratinees and my friend had the Boeuf Bourguignon. We were both thrilled with our choices and liked each other's as well.
Instead of having an appetizer or salad we had the garlic spinach and Rosemary French Fries which were awesome and perfect with our entrees. We were also very pleased with the Malbec and our very accommodating wait person. And we actually had leftovers to take home!
Despite the odd space, Bisou is a little gem -- not just authentic French bistro fare, but really GOOD French bistro fare! Where else can you get fresh rouget (mullet)? (That was a special, so may not always be available.) Other standouts were the foie gras tasting menu (3 courses that incorporate foie gras plus dessert), and a Kobe beef tartare they compose at your table. I also love the fact that their menu seems to change every so often, so there's always something new to try. And the wine list, while small, is well chosen with excellent selections in all price ranges. Add to the mix a fun and friendly staff and you can't help but have a great time.
I recently met some friends for brunch at Bisou. The service was prompt and pleasant, and the prices were reasonable for a restaurant of this type in this neighborhood. However, the French toast I ordered was tough, and tasted mediocre at best. The restaurant was not able to supply jam or jelly, and if the accompanying syrup was maple (about which I am doubtful), it was pretty bland.
The French toast compared unfavorably to the French toast (with Bourbon syrup) I had the next morning at the Zuni Cafe.
I was also surprised that Bisou's brunch menu offered nothing that would work for a vegan, and very little that would work for a vegetarian. When I asked the server about it (since I sometime do dine with vegan or vegetarian friends), he basically shrugged it off, which I guess indicates that the restaurant has little interest in catering to such customers.
With family in town for Thanksgiving, who didn't want leftovers, this was an inspired choice for our group of 5 at the last minute. They had an early reservation - and while it was empty when we arrived, it soon filled up. And I can see why - the food was delicious, perfectly prepared, and reasonable for a wonderful French meal. We started with the cheese souffle and dates, both wonderful, and two of us had the scallops (Magnificent!) two had the salmon (a picky eater, my mom devoured it) and the burger (biggest one my cousin had seen, and she's from the midwest!). With well-paired wine, good and attentive service, we will be back - we're still talking about the great experience we had. Highly recommend. One caveat - parking can be very hard to find in the neighborhood; if you can take MUNI, it's right by the Castro St. station.
Bisou is just a touch pricey for a neighborhood bistro, so if you need to save cred, consider one of the more conventional restaurants in the neighborhood. But the negative stops there - I spent $16 for a burger, and thoroughly enjoyed every bite. I've had other selections and each time was pleased. The aisles are tight, and the tables small , so avoid happy hours or large groups, but the cozy setup and energetic, stylish ambiance is perfect for dates and get togethers with one or two friends. Even the bar seating is comfortable.
One of my best dining experiences this year! Fantastic food and wine, amazing staff, great ambiance: we loved everything. The occassion was my birthday and we were a group of 12. The service was truly brilliant, the chef coming to our table several times to make sure everything was perfect (and it always was!). Can highly recommend this wonderful restaurant!
The food was not inspired and the presentations were sloppy. One expects a moderate service level at this price point, but when the server brought main plates while our (finished) starters were still on the table - and then moved my fork from one dish to the other - It felt like diner-level service.
This was our third visit to Bisou, and again we were happy diners. We shared the chateaubriand, which had a wonderful flavor from the sauce. We'll definitely be back soon for that. The service was excellent, and our meal came quickly. Our inexpensive red wine (Mourvedre? Monteverde?) was very good, which kept the meal quite reasonably priced.
This place is very crowded. Chairs and tables are very close to each others. Another person sitting behind my wife kept pushing herself backwards and end up damaging my wife coat. The food was good and maybe that's why explains how much popular this place is but it is suffocating. The staff were somewhat attentive to our needs and the food service was delayed.
We were able to book a late reservation at 10:30PM through opentable However, when we got there for our reservation, we were told that the kitchen was closed since 10PM. It was really disappointing to go the restaurant for a date night with a reservation and be turned away at the door. Please remove the later reservation slots on open table if you do not plan on keeping the kitchen open late enough to serve them at those times.
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