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BISTRONOMIE by Baumé, Palo Alto, CA

BISTRONOMIE by Baumé

4.5
4.5
387 Reviews
$50 and over
French
BISTRONOMIE by Baumé, French Moderne Cuisine is a combination of fine food with a more open, casual and friendly atmosphere, serving high-level meals at lower prices in a more relaxed environment. Local, seasonal ingredients that support independent farms.

Young people 8 years and older are welcome to join us for dinner provided that they will enjoy the Chef's tasting menu experience and the good company of the adults in their party. SORRY NO BABIES OR SMALL KIDS ALLOWED.

Large party 6-8 people, by request only: reservation@bistronomiebybaume.com or text: 1.650.328.8899

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Fish, Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat 11:30 am–1:00 pm Dinner Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 328-8899

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bruno Chemel

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Cross street

    Park Boulevard

  • Parking details

    Easy street parking and public parking lots close to restaurant.

  • Public transit

    One block from California Avenue train station, Palo Alto, CA

  • Additional

    Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

Experiences

  • VALENTINE's Day Menu (6 Course) - $198/person

    $198.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Le Caviar : Osëtra Caviar, Sunchoke, Citrus | La Soupe : Artichoke Soup | Le Saumon: Ora King Salmon Mousse, Polenta | Le Bar: Seared Pacifico Striped Bass, Celery | Le Fromage : Warm Goat Cheese, Honey, Beets | Le Dessert : Raspberry Chocolate Parfait * THIS IS NOT A PRE-PAID MENU * Substitutions for food restrictions or allergies can be accommodated 48 hours in advance. We DO NOT do any Vegetarian/Vegan menu. Thank you for understanding. * CORKAGE Fee $75 per bottle * Young people 8 years and older are welcome to join us provided that they will enjoy the set menu experience and the good company of the adults in their party. Sorry no babies or small children allowed.
  • WINTER Menu (Pescatarian) 6 Course - $168/person

    $168.00 per person

    Jan 3 - Mar 31, 2023
    Soup | Baumé Jidori Egg | Ora King Salmon |Pacifico Striped Bass | Cheese | Dessert * THIS IS NOT A PRE-PAID MENU *Substitutions for food restrictions or allergies can be accommodated 48 hours in advance. We DO NOT do any Vegetarian/Vegan menu. Thank you for understanding. * CORKAGE Fee $75 per bottle *Sorry no babies or small kids allowed.​ * Young people 8 years and older are welcome to join us provided that they will enjoy the set menu experience and the good company of the adults in their party. Sorry no babies or small children allowed.
  • WINTER Menu (Pescatarian) 4 Course - $128/person

    $128.00 per person

    Jan 3 - Mar 31, 2023
    Soup | Baumé Jidori Egg | Pacifico Striped Bass | Dessert * THIS IS NOT A PRE-PAID MENU * Substitutions for food restrictions or allergies can be accommodated 48 hours in advance. We DO NOT do any Vegetarian/Vegan menu. Thank you for understanding. * CORKAGE Fee $75 per bottle * Young people 8 years and older are welcome to join us provided that they will enjoy the set menu experience and the good company of the adults in their party. Sorry no babies or small children allowed.

What 387 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and service. Interesting menu and the wines are great with reasonable prices. Recommend this place
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    Food was not five star dining experience
  3. Z

    Zephir22

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoy the food and service with my friend. We will be back!
  4. MC

    MimiCristien

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A very cozy dining room, attentive and friendly staff.
  5. JI

    JohnI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, beautiful presentation. Fixed price menu so its easy.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Succulent food and welcoming service and warm zen ambiance. Perfect business meals with a good friend. Recommend this restaurant.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with very effective service. The wine list is small but enough choices for a pescatarian menus. Will be back soon with family. Love it and love the prices too!!!
  8. d

    donnaw

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent 3 course dinner - seafood theme, portions are small but flavors are dense. Octopus salad, seared sea bass & a desert du noir.
  9. Z

    Zephir22

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the 4 course menu for my husbands birthday. Fantastic food, wonderful service, very quite and romantic ambience. Portion size perfect. Will be back and highly recommended. Very good value for 2022 restaurant.
  10. DL

    DrLainey

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2012

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The nine-course lunch is a delight for foodies. Each dish is artistic and creative, a flavorful blend with each bite. We enjoyed the surprise each dish brought, though our surprise at seeing no choices other than the prix fixe menu was not as enjoyable.. as well as the price. We weren't expecting so many courses for our work lunch, but the wait staff were great at accommodating our time limitations. Lunch at Baume is a special treat!
  11. R

    Raffaele

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2012

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    I would have rated it higher, and I agree with other reviews that food and service were very good and worth trying, but I have to say both the overview on OpenTable and their website don't go out of their way explaining that the only available option is their 12 course dinner (at 'slightly' more than $50 per person) Also not very well explained: they require a credit card to make the reservation but only AFTER making the reservation they inform you that you can only cancel with 72 hours advance notice (I made the reservation a couple of hours before) and you'll be charged a cancellation fee of $100. Anyway, again, for a very special occasion and as long as you know, it is worth the experience.
  12. RE

    RobE

    Salt Lake City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Come when the boss is paying, but expect an unforgettable foodie experience. Best filet mignon EVER! 15 courses of taste and food worth taking pictures of. Dessert unremarkable though. One of the best restaurants in the whole Bay area, including Napa
  13. BG

    BGCd

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2012

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food was tasty, wine pairing was solid, dessert was lacking in quantity and variety.
  14. CJ

    CJSD

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2012

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food although a little light on the portions - for what I paid I would have expected to be full at the end, especially after what 12? courses! The food was delicious and creative, and the wait staff was friendly, accommodating and extremely professional. Outrageously expensive and hard to justify unless money is not really meaningful to you.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2012

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The service was great up until after we were rushed out of the restaurant. I couldn't believe I paid that much to be rushed. We needed more opportunity to enjoy the food. There was even another gentleman two tables down that arrived the same time, but was not asked to hurry. The decor was, but there wasn't much privacy. The conversations around us were very distracting.
  16. A

    Andrew57

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2012

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Of the 12 courses in the tasting menu perhaps 2 didn't quite work, 8 were superb, and 2 were out of this world mind blowing. Is it wrong of me to want, at these prices, maybe a few more mind-blowing dishes? Service is impeccable and the ambience wonderful.
  17. s

    scottg

    Seattle

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Some really memorable inventive food, but some others that were a bit of a reach and "trying to hard". Overall a really nice meal, good service, albeit a bit pretentious at times. Way too expensive and the wine pairing were good, but not a good value. Better to just buy a bottle off the list. Overall the restaurant was not special enough to justify the price point. Eleven Madison Park in NYC was cheaper for example, and much more special.
  18. M

    Marnie

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2012

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Extraordinarily overpriced food and wine. Tries to be the French Laundry and about as expensive and only a fraction of the value and pleasure.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2012

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    I have no issue with the food - the meal we had was very good. The problem was the price. As good as the meal was, no way was it worth $178/person (no wine or other drinks). I'd expect to pay that much at Gary Danko or the other high end places in San Francisco, but not in Palo Alto. I was also disappointed with the ambiance. Baume's location is unassuming and the interior looks like a two room office. It's well decorated, but nothing visually impressive. Maybe I'm being overly critical but for the price, I expected a much nicer setting.
  20. B

    Biocathy

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding way to celebrate a 25th anniversary. Wonderfully prepared food and great service. Would recommend for any special occasion - extremely pricey, but a unique place.
  21. Z

    Zephir22

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time to dine at Baume and it was a great experience. The food was amazing...Great technique, great flavors. I will definitely return
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2012

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    pretentious there is not menu you cannot pick any food, they have one 12 course fixed menu
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2012

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Came here with my wife and her parents. Her dad had read about it and wanted to take us there. My wife and I had been curious about coming here for quite some time. Food was really delicious -- standouts were the filet mignon (which typically I'm not a fan of due to lack of flavor), the lobster in one course, and the well-known 62 degree egg. Service was good though not without faults (accidental knock-over of water glass, eek). Overall, it's not a place I would go again -- especially if I were paying for it myself -- since in particular for the price it's in the same category as area restaurants that are far better in our opinion (French Laundry, Coi, Cyrus).
  24. Z

    Zephir22

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most spectacular experience at this restaurant. The food, service and the entire evening was amazing. We indulged in the tasting menu with wine. It was quite a feast. It was my wife's birthday and they made us feel very special. They gave her a card as we sat down. it was the most expensive meal ever, but it was quite an experience
  25. MD

    MDI75

    Orange County

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing! Just amazing!
  26. Z

    Zephir22

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant for special occasions. Definitely could not afford to eat here all the time. Food presentation and flavor was amazing. The prix fixe menu with wine pairings is the way to go. Every morsel had wonderful flavor. Enjoy for that very special occasion!
  27. R

    Rette

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect and it was a treat to be in a quiet restaurant It is rare to find such imaginative dishes
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've eaten in top rated restaurants around the world, but nothing quite like Baume. From the hand towel service (shh, a secret) to the last tiny bite of delectable dessert, it was a phenomenal experience. I have never tasted such exquisite flavors and unique preparations. It was, in a word, perfection. We took along my young nephew who is a passionate foodie and aspiring chef, and the restaurant was exceptionally nice to him. After meeting the chef personally and having his menu signed by him, my nephew left truly delighted and inspired. He counts his meal at Baume as one of the best times in his young life. We agree completely.
  29. Z

    Zephir22

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    one of the best food i ever have,full of flavors explose in your mouth, do not look for quantity but qualiy and try to understand what you eat like every educated human being should be........look below
  30. SC

    SC12

    Salt Lake City

    84 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2012

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    prix fix menu. 178/person. Without wine! Odd food. And not much of it
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2012

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food just ok but too $$$$$. Excellent service.
  32. C

    Candlestyx

    Philadelphia

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2012

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food is very creative and different from anything we have had before. It is served from a fixed menu; the only deviations would be for allergies. The only downside is the price, which is very high, and calls into question the value. It is certainly worth trying - once.
  33. BA

    BAMAC

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner for 5, including our 9-year old daughter. They worked with her and the chef to select a subset of the 12-course meal the four adults had. My daughter tried more new things that night than she usually does in a year.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2012

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    For a $600 dollar dinner I found the service to be lacking. Had to ask for water several times even though glass was empty. Wine pairings came out fine though but needed the water to 1) sober up and 2) clear my mouth of tastes. Also, not once did someone come to clean the table of bread crumbs. Service was also a bit awkward. Our food servers kept changing on us (total of 4 different people) so when we ate something great and elwanted to ask more about the dish, we couldn't! By the time the same server came back we forgot what we wanted to ask in the first place. Overall I think this place is overpriced for what you get in service. Disappointed that we decided to come herefor our anniversary dinner instead of elsewhere.
  35. Z

    Zephir22

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    one of the best restaurant in the US, amazing and flavorfull cuisine, bravo Chef
  36. NM

    NelsonM

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food as entertainment. The 12 course menu was original and fun. It is a good thing that it is as much entertainment as great food since the price tag is steep.
  37. C

    Calyoga

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The experience of Napa valley fine dining without the drive out to the wine country.
  38. R

    Reno

    San Francisco

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2012

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very expensive, and we left hungry. Restaurant needs to serve either more portions of the small bites or bigger portions. Great experience, but we will not return.
  39. MJ

    MarcelaJ

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Spectacular food experience, the 12 course meal was very good.
  40. LD

    LDeMar

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very expensive and for a very special occasion. The food was amazing.

Safety precautions

  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

BISTRONOMIE by Baumé is rated 4.5 stars by 387 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for BISTRONOMIE by Baumé

201 California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Park Boulevard

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat 11:30 am–1:00 pm Dinner Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Fish, Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Easy street parking and public parking lots close to restaurant.

  • Public transit

    One block from California Avenue train station, Palo Alto, CA

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bruno Chemel

  • Additional

    Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

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