Located in Castro, San Francisco, Bisou Bistronomy is a French restaurant that serves French food with Californian flavors. The restaurant is part of Bistronomy, a movement that focuses on using organic products that are grown locally and served with style in a relaxing and familial environment. Bisou wants its guests to relax and forget about the stresses of life even for a few hours. The restaurant was established in 2010 and has since then continued serving delicious meals to its guests. In 2014, Bisou started growing its own produce at Napa Kitchen Garden which is located in Pope Valley, Napa. This development is a part of the restaurant’s effort to continue improving the quality of food and service it provides.
Bisou is a French word which means “Kiss,” a clear representation of the restaurant’s love and passion for the food and wine it serves and the people it hosts. The restaurant exudes a cozy ambiance with its highchairs, co-ed restrooms and club music. Reservations can be made.
Bisou perfectly combines the party vibe of Castro neighborhood with French fine dining. The restaurant serves late dinner and brunches, which is perfect for those who have a busy schedule and can’t cook their own food. Bisou’s dinner menu is packed with classic French dishes such as Boeuf Bourguignon and Duck Confit and kale salad with shaved fennel, maple vinaigrette, Brussels sprout, 24-month aged cheddar and cauliflower. There is Salmon Tartare with fresh Dungeness crab, Chioggia beet chips and caper aioli. You may also want to try a plate of Assiette de Charcuterie, which is a selection of condiments and artisanal meats.
Escargots are available as well. Enjoy a delicious dish composed of burgundy snails, garlic, bacon, cream, shallot, mushroom and white wine. If you like beef, you try Bisou’s Kobe Steak Tartare. It’s a dish with hand cut beef with shallots, cornichons, quail egg and parsley.
Entrees include Winter Truffle Pappardelle, a dish with truffle sea salt, green onion, poached egg and mixed mushroom and Bisou Burger served with butter lettuce, choron sauce, red onion, tomato, French fries and apple wood bacon. Other options include Scottish Salmon, Halibut, New York Steak and Coq au Vin. There are also various side dishes such as garlic spinach, local handpicked mushrooms, green beans and mixed baby carrots.
Brunches include Benedicts served with caramelized onion, salad and potatoes. Some options include BBQ Vegetable Benedict with poached egg, hollandaise sauce and toasted brioche, Fresh Dungeness crab Benedict and Smoked Salmon Benedict. There are also omelets, sandwiches and side dishes. Refreshments include Mimosa Bottomless and Mimosa One Glass.
You can try a 4-course foie gras menu or a 3-course tasting menu. The choice is yours. These dishes rival foods served at other luxury French restaurants in the city.
Bisou is open Monday to Friday from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. It’s also open on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm and Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm.