Bisou

★★★★★
  • 2367 Market St

    San Francisco, CA 94114

    Cross street: at 16th St.

    Map & Directions
  • 415-556-6200

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Mon.-Wed. and Sun. 5:30-11 p.m.; Thu.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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If you are looking to mix dining with a visit to the Historical Gay Castro...... then you would be wrong on both counts with this dive... this eatery may be a few steps from the land of men but as far from dining reality as possible......

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If you are looking to mix dining with a visit to the Historical Gay Castro...... then you would be wrong on both counts with this dive... this eatery may be a few steps from the land of men but as far from dining reality as possible......

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I would have loved to been able to report that my experience at Bisou was 5 star but it just wasn't there. Chouchou used to be one of my favorite restaurants in SF because I loved the chef / partial owner. He left Chouchou and now spends all his time at Bisou - so was hoping for the best. Here's my take on Bisou: Very hip and trendy in a cool setting in the Castro. Downstairs was drafty by the door which they keep open and way noisy with the music blaring from the stereo. We sat upstairs which was great at first until they ended up packing the people in there and it became unbearably hot. Literally sweating up there. They need proper AC / ventilation if they are going to seat people upstairs. Service was really quite slow- probably because they were slammed. At Chouchou there was always an extra waiter to help tag team when they got busy. They should follow suit here. Finally the food. It was good, no remarkable. Everything was really rich - seemed a bit more traditional French than chouchou was. Ahi appetizer was really tasty. Escargot was so so as was the salad. Scallops were good. Burger was good with mediocre sauce. Fish was solid. Best part was the dessert sample for two. Great presentation and very tasty.

Maybe worth a try on a not so busy weeknight but sadly I won't be going back.

3
★★★☆☆

I would have loved to been able to report that my experience at Bisou was 5 star but it just wasn't there. Chouchou used to be one of my favorite restaurants in SF because I loved the chef / partial owner. He left Chouchou and now spends all his time at Bisou - so was hoping for the best. Here's my take on Bisou: Very hip and trendy in a cool setting in the Castro. Downstairs was drafty by the door which they keep open and way noisy with the music blaring from the stereo. We sat upstairs which was great at first until they ended up packing the people in there and it became unbearably hot. Literally sweating up there. They need proper AC / ventilation if they are going to seat people upstairs. Service was really quite slow- probably because they were slammed. At Chouchou there was always an extra waiter to help tag team when they got busy. They should follow suit here. Finally the food. It was good, no remarkable. Everything was really rich - seemed a bit more traditional French than chouchou was. Ahi appetizer was really tasty. Escargot was so so as was the salad. Scallops were good. Burger was good with mediocre sauce. Fish was solid. Best part was the dessert sample for two. Great presentation and very tasty.

Maybe worth a try on a not so busy weeknight but sadly I won't be going back.

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