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“One of those rare finds”

Bisou French Bistro
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Ranked #752 of 5,738 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$40
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: The Castro
Cross street: Castro Street
Transit: Muni Lines : F/K/L/M/S/T Bus Lines : 24/35
Jakarta, Indonesia
Level 6 Contributor
968 reviews
495 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 762 helpful votes
“One of those rare finds”
Reviewed 3 January 2012

We first met Nick Ronan when he was the chef at a San Francisco restaurant called Chou Chou. He provided very tasty dishes and acquired quite a clientele, most of whom found him when he opened Bisou, a dinner and weekend brunch French Bistro in the Castro district. It was easy to take. K L or M streetcar to Castro, and Bisou is only a block away from the muni station. Parking in the area is more of a challenge. We had made a reservation, and we were warmly welcomed by Nick. We shared the special set dinner that was offered on December 30 and 31. It was a bargain at $55. The amuse bouche was both a chestnut cream, yellow foot chanterelles, coulis of grape and warm wild mushroom tartare, quail egg and shaved truffle. We had lobster bisque with seared foie gras and creme fraiche. The main course was filet mignon and spaetzles served with seared fois gras, spinach, chestnut truffle sauce and shaved white truffle. For dessert we had chocolate fondant served with vanilla ice cream and fresh mint sauce. Our friend ordered Maple leaf duck breast served with a carrot veloute, chestnuts, pearl onions, honey duck jus. The carrot veloute matched the duck taste perfectly. Service was prompt and friendly. The atmosphere also was friendly and intimate. We had read some comments that the price was high, but we felt the prices were eminently reasonable considering the components of the dishes. Nick swears that he makes no low-priced substitutions in his preparations. They serve Mr. Espresso brand coffee, an unusual and delicious choice. We are not sure how Nick and his staff are able to come up with such delicious creations at such reasonable prices, but we always are eager to visit Bisou whenever we are in San Francisco. It is a rare "find."

  • Visited December 2011
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English first
New York, NY
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great experience at Bisou”
Reviewed 16 December 2011

While I was on a business trip to San Francisco, a friend took me to dinner at Bisou and it was a really good experience - the staff are so welcoming and pleasant and they are clearly enthusiastic about the food. The bar was quite lively and we sat quite close to it, but I still felt that I had a relaxing meal. The food seemed genuinely French Bistro with a modern twist... I had a weird sounding but wonderful Penne pasta with a walnut blue cheese fresh grape sauce. We had raw oysters to start with a perfect mignonette.
Salut to Nick and the staff for a really enjoyable meal at Bisou!

  • Visited December 2011
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1 Thank SRfromNY
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Kalispell, Montana
Level 6 Contributor
262 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and Service”
Reviewed 11 November 2011

We stumbled onto Bisou by accident the first night, and then took a cab from one end of the city to the other to eat there again the next night. Service is excellent, atmosphere is very friendly and the food is excellent. We both had different entrees each night and truly enjoyed both meals.
If you are looking for a delicious french meal without all of the formality (or price) -- this is the place to eat.

Visited November 2011
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Savannah, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT food and service”
Reviewed 10 November 2011

Great steak. Very kind staff. Very french. Very close to all the action.

Visited November 2011
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“The Best Restaurant In Castro District”
Reviewed 29 September 2011

If you enjoy excellent french cooking, exquisitely presented and for a reasonable price then this is the bistro for you. Forget all that stuffy nonsense about starched table clothes, snooty waiters, and a formal ambiance, this is a bistro filled with locals who enjoy good food, fun wait-staff and good wine. A trifle noisy but not by today's general standard. Bon Appetite....

  • Visited September 2011
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