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“Great atmosphere, quality food in a small town”

Bisou Bistro at The Canal House
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Located in a charming 1790's stone house in historic Harpers Ferry-Bolivar, Our Menu is seasonally changed to offer classic New Orleans Cajun & Creole French cuisine. We focus on, fresh, delicious, local food in a friendly and casual atmosphere. While holding true to our South Louisiana Heritage, we also have developed gluten free and allergy sensitive versions of most items. Owner & Executive Chef Kevin Plunkett, a New Orleans Native and Classically trained French Chef, is passionate about sustainability and supporting local producers whenever possible. Together with his wife Amanda, they have made a commitment to transform a little slice of West Virginia into Cajun Country with a dash of South Louisiana Hospitality and traditional New Orleans fare.
Reviewed 15 August 2014

We just arrived in Harper's Ferry and were looking for a nice restaurant to start off our week. This place hit the spot! Some reviews on Trip Advisor said that there were "no good restaurants in Harper's Ferry." Well maybe that was written before April (when this place opened), because Canal House has food that are creative spins on old favorites and locally sourced to boot! When you walk in, you can even see straight into the kitchen, which I think is a nice touch and a way of displaying transparency about how your food is prepared.

We ate practically everything on the menu. The pimento cheese appetizer was creamy and fresh. If you go, get the "John Brown" entree! Very tender and tasty and clearly made with grass fed beef.
Overall, the food was tastefully presented and not overly heavy. Desserts were even excellent. I could tell the raspberries were fresh and they source ice cream locally.

I don't think they serve alcohol at all, but you can buy beer or wine and bring it with you with a small $5 corking fee. A minor inconvenience, but if you come in on a wait, you can wander down the street and pick up something.

It's a small restaurant run by a couple, I believe and it was a delightful evening and fun to talk to them about how things were going. Only seven tables in the restaurant and I'm told it gets busy on the weekends, so you might have to be ready for a wait!

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Thank jlfoerster
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Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

Went for dinner with family. Sat on the outdoor patio which was lovely. The place is charming. The menu is a little boring but ask about the entree specials which may be more appealing if you don't want a sandwich.

I chose the eggplant parmigiana which was delicious and well prepared. It had excellent flavor. The dish would have benefitted from a run under the broiler to melt the shredded cheese on top...I found it odd that it wasn't melted. A plus, the dish would have been served hot, mine was served just warm. The zucchini side dish was not the right side for this dish, it was under seasoned and too small. The dish would have been better with perhaps an orzo pasta on the side maybe with a light pesto on it. The portion was too small for the $18 they charged for the dish...this is not an expensive dish to make at home, considering usually large portions are made. The John Brown sandwich does not showcase what this kitchen is capable of doing, too boring...and the cornbread was not great...we thought at first it was a crouton. The dessert menu was cute and interesting. The home made cookies were excellent ad cobbler was good. Would have rated this very good if the portion was larger and the prices were more competitive.

Thank donnaks
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

This food here is delicious, plentiful, and the staff friendly and accommodating. The building was a hospital during the civil war. The comfortable dining room, good food, and friendly staff made dining a pleasure.

Thank Headedwestboy
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

This was a delightful find as we traveled through Harpers Ferry, WV on our last day of vacation. The choices were different - touting "fresh, farm to table - local farmers market fresh"! We were not disappointed, Simple choices, but the flavors were fresh, service was friendly - best choice for lunch in Harpers Ferry. This is my little "quirk" - loved their flatware! Next time in the area, we will be there for either lunch or dinner.

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Thank golferwife28
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Great family friendly option featuring local, organic and healthy menu. Good service and interesting history associated with the restaurant.

Thank borntoski
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