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About Bistro Foufou
Fun French bistro in the heart of downtown Traverse City
Traverse City, MI 49648
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 4-9pm
Friday & Saturday 4-10pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Full bar available with a large selection of wines, beer, and liquors. Restaurant catering in the French dining style with private menus available on request.
Street Parking available, with downtown parking ramp...
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
September- May monthly wine dinner
Bistro Foufou Ratings and Reviews
Bistro Foufou was ok. I'd read about this being the best restaurant in TC or in the top five. We have been to Amical many times and I think that is a better atmosphere and better food. Two of us had the seabass and my husband had a hamburger. The fries were good but not great. The seabass had an interesting nut & fennel dusting that was really good. And the fish itself was delicious and fresh. Hamburger was good but a little greasy. The back part of the bistro has a view of the kitchen that isn't very pretty.
I took my wife out for our bi-weekly date. It was a lot of fun! We enjoyed a couple of cocktails and tried the Chef's Risotto. It came with a giant scallop and had a lot of flavor. She had the duck pasta and I tried hte beef bourguignon. Everything was fantastic! Service was top notch, too.
Note that the "moderate" noise level I selected was due to the fact we chose outside (street) seating. Indoors, it is very quiet!
this was perhaps our fifth time dining at bistro foufou. the cocktails were ok. food was less than ok and took forever to arrive at our table. the fault was not with our server, but rather with the kitchen even though the restaurant was half full. food preparation was not good either. salmon was overcooked, boulliabaise (sp) ingredients were either overcooked or undercooked etc. with all that traverse city has to offer we will not be back in the near future.
Made a reservation for 6, and were seated on arrival.
Wait staff was helpful and attentive. We started with cocktails; the Aviation and Arch de Triomphe were exceptional. For the first course, we chose reliable escargot and the Plateau Provencal; everything on the dish was exceptional (could’ve used more than the 3 cornichons we got). Bread was warm and plentiful; great to sop up the drippings from the escargots, beef Bourguignon and bouillabaisse, all of which were fantastic. The serving size was enough to satisfy, but probably small by American standards. Desserts were exceptional, the sour lavender custard and crème brulee were standouts.
Would heartily recommend, with the sole caveat being that, when crowded, as it was on our visit, the dining space is not conducive to conversation with anyone not in your immediate vicinity. It gets loud.
Bottom line: the food was very good, as was the service. It was a little on the pricey side, but worth what you’re paying for.
Great happy hour! However, duration of happy hour was confusing as it said 4-7pm outside but 4-6pm inside by the bar (but apparently 7pm is the correct end time). But sole bar tender seemed overworked. Reserved via Open Table and indicated we were celebrating a birthday. There was ZERO acknowledgment of the birthday - either by the receptionist who checked the reservation when we arrived or the water. Food was overall good but desserts were nothing special (and no candle in mine). Waiter wasn't very attentive - had to wait a long time for him to reappear after our meal was finished so we could get the check. And he always seemed agitated when he did appear. Interior is very pleasant and not too fancy but a LOT of the tables are crammed together so one person is facing the wall and you could be within inches of neighboring diners if it's crowded. We requested and got a table where we weren't facing the wall so that was nice. Overall good dining experience but could've been better.
This is a restaurant for the "experience", rather than value. Very pricey with small portions. Out of 5 meals, one (beef bourguignon) was actually poor...hard to eat, strange taste, missing texture...and one (coippino) included a cracked, unopened mussel (as portion sizes are small, this should have been seen in the kitchen). Salmon was excellent (caution, salty) and the duck pasta was reported excellent. The beet salad (8 bites of a beets on a plate, no greens) and ratatoullie were flavorful & enjoyable but very overpriced. Server was pleasant but didn't know how to pronounce the cheeses on the cheese board and actually stacked ALL of our plates and silverware in front of us at the table to clear it. Not the service I'd expect at a $30 a plate restaurant. Glad I tried it but likely won't return, too bad. Great atmosphere & could have been a fun place to meet friends but I wouldn't enjoy thinking of the bill at the end of my small meal which may or may not be tasty.
We were really looking forward to going to this restaurant after reading reviews by others. We waited about 10 minutes after being seated ... not the 1 minute rule followed by great restaurants. My oysters were "warm" ... with trepidation, I ate them ... they were just average and no I did not get sick. Not a good choice if you want a quite place to talk and celebrate.
We checked out the menu ahead of time and liked what we saw. We ordered strictly from the First Course (appetizers) and two out of the three items were great. The Goat Cheese was lacking on the goat cheese and was mostly marinara style sauce. The flavor wasn't bad but with not that much goat cheese we felt the name of the dish was misleading. The cheese plate and charcuterie did not disappoint. The atmosphere was nice and the noise level was really low. We visited on a Friday night just before 6pm and it wasn't that packed out. Our server was excellent. We enjoyed our dinner.
We went to FouFou for an early small plate bite during their happy hour between 4-6 pm last Friday evening. Located on Cass St. In downtown Traverse City, Michigan it had on street pay parking which we used. This afforded us some time to walk the main drag and peek into the great shoppes before and after dinner! (A parking ramp is a couple of blocks away,too...probably you would need it in the tourist season.) Now to the food...we chose to share the nutty and robust ossau iraty cheese marinated in rosemary evo, a red and yellow beet salad, walnuts, and mandarin oranges , dressing topped with parm/reg. cheese, and lastly foie gras presented in a small jam jar and accompanied with a touch of julianned apple on a bed of mixed greens. All were delicious but we did have to ask for more toasted baguettes for the foie gras...the soft bread previously served didn't work! My Pinot noir was rather pricey at $15 for the glass, but really true to it's French origin...lots of lyme !!! Our other glass of Rose was just right. The portions could have been a smidge larger for the salad and cheese (6 cubes), but we weren't that hungry then. We enjoyed to urban/bistro/olde vibe , including the painted tin ceilings, service was not rushed and where we sat in the partially separated dining area the increasing happy hour bar noise and laughter was not a problem. Check it out!!!
We really enjoyed the fine food and friendliness of the staff. Everything was delicious and served very beautifully .
This is a fine place and we'll be back soon.
Also important for me is a notable wine list with American, European and South American selections- all carefully chosen.
We drank a 2009 Ch Le Thil from Pessac-Leognan, which was delicious and very fairly priced.
We went for food week. While the atmosphere and service were excellent we were disappointed in the food. my husband had the lobster and I had the beef. Neither had flavor. The wine was good and we liked our server. I wish I had better things to say about the food....we will give it another try as we love our down town businesses and will continue to support. Thank you
We visited for restaurant week. For $30.00 a person we had a choice of salad or soup, a choice from 3 entrees & choice from 2 desserts. The 2 women got the lobster which was a barley risotto, it was good, but did not have much lobster, I also thought the barley could have been creamier. The 2 men got the beef bourguignon which they thought was delicious. Both desserts where fabulous, so rich. Our waiter was wonderful!
Bistro Fou Fou has become my wife and my favorite in Traverse City! No matter the occasion this restaurant always makes the evening feel special. The food is exceptional. The service is exceptional without being snooty. And the atmosphere is one of the most charming in northern Michigan. Bistro Fou Fou is truly the whole package, the exceptional experience you are hoping for when dining out.
Every time we come, there is a new temptation on the menu. I usually order my favorite, Steak Fritte. However, my wife usually tries something new from the menu. It never fails that we switch halfway through. The food is always spectacular! This is our favorite go to restaurant in our foodie town!
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