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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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Prix Fixe Menu and Regular Menu available

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Prix Fixe Menu and Regular Menu available

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Prix Fixe Menu and Regular Menu available

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Bisou French Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

service

4.5

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4.3

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4.5

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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People Watching (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Romantic (4)
Business Meals (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
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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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2016

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Notable Wine List, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Excellent food in a great warm atmosphere.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2016

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2016

The food was absolutely gorgeous and the staff were so friendly and nice! They accommodated my request for a candle for my partner's birthday immediately and even hugged us on the way out, we had a wonderful time :D

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2016

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.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2016

thanksgiving five course dinner was exquisite and a great price. Staff upbeat, personsble and attentive. It had a fun euro vibe.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Excellent! Always top notch. I love everyone there. Simply the best!

Tags: Romantic, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Best meal I've ever had! The chef was very friendly when inquiring if our meal was satisfactory. My girlfriend and I enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2016

The duck was over-cooked/too dry, great flavor.

Really liked the music selection -- jazz.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2016

Fabulous French bistro cuisine - taken up a notch! This is the real deal with great service and a friendly owner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2016

Was perfect except the upper floor was freezing. The food is awesome and the service is great. Just don't put the AC on mid November please :-)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Loved it just as much as the last time.......William, the GREETER was WONDERFUL!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2016

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!

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2016

I miss Paris! And this spur-of-the-moment experience absolutely reminded me of the fact... C'est fantastique! Merci!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2016

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2016

It was just so loud! But the food was fantastic.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Always great to come to Bisou Restaurant. Great cuisine, creative Bar, and relax atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2016

Love eating at Bisou!! The food, service and atmosphere are always enjoyable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Authentic, Late-night Find, Fun, Quick Bite, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Brunch on Saturday was SO loud. The eggs Benedict were enjoyed by all. The pizette less so.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Food was great. Mimosas are amazing. Jenna our server was absolutely fabulous

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2016

If you're in a hurry, this is not the place for you. The service is good and you get some time to enjoy your food/drinks without feeling a bit rushed or hurried.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Healthy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Specialties of the house - French onion soup and Coq au vin. Both brought back memories of being in France again. Ooh la la! Authentic even to the hugs to everyone in our party as we left!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2016

We came here for a friend's "surprise" engagement party (of 10) and they were able to accommodate us, all of our food came out together and pretty well timed and they were very attentive! Our server was awesome and totally made it a seamless experience.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, People Watching, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2016

Food is typically much better but today the bread used on the croque madame was too think, which didn't allow it to cook enough throughout.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2016

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2016

Great spot! Friendly staff, delicious food, small restaurant. A hidden gem.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Great service. Food is good, not great

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Chef Nick knows his way around the kitchen, for sure!

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 5, 2016

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Good food, get there for the foie gras. Friendly wait staff. The halibut was mind blowing !!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2016

Great time again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2016

The staff was absolutely AMAZING. Because of this, it is my pleasure to ALWAYS recommend it to friends or people visiting. You will see me again at Bisou forsure. I thank everyone who worked that day.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2016

the French know eggs! and this place has a great bottomless mimosa deal
the service is attentive and the atmosphere is fun

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2016

Food good - I was disappointed that my bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with morels had no morel mushrooms at all. When I mentioned this to the server he chuckled and walked away as if he didn't understand what I said.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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