About Bistro Foufou
Fun French bistro in the heart of downtown Traverse City
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
We came here for a special occasion on a ...
We came here for a special occasion on a recommendation from friends. We found the food decent but not stellar. The cocktails were delicious and the wine list extensive and well presented. The charcuterie and cheese selections were spot on and authentically French. Likewise the desserts were delicious and interesting. The entrees were subpar, though, and we were a little disappointed. The ambiance is nice but the bathrooms need a little work given the prices here. I might come back, but I'm not in a hurry to do so.
The Boeuf Bourguignon was as good as par ...
The Boeuf Bourguignon was as good as parisian bistro. My wife's trout was superb. Vinaigrette on the salad was excellent. We thought the baguette was homemade it tasted so fresh and good. Beer and wine selection was also excellent. Did not try dessert as we needed to return home, although there looked to be some excellent choices. Ambiance was extremely nice, except for a table of loudmouths who left 10 minutes after we sat down (thank goodness!). Service was excellent- our server obviously knew how each was prepared, in detail. If you want authentic french cuisine, would highly recommend Fou Fou.
I've been here twice before this, and th ...
I've been here twice before this, and the service was as great as the food. On this particular evening, the waiter was decidedly uninterested in us, perhaps because we were there for the mussels, fries, and beer special. Still great food though.
My mom and I went to Bistro Fou Fou whil ...
My mom and I went to Bistro Fou Fou while visiting Traverse City. The food was amazing, especially the risotto. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that the tables are really close together.
We were seated promptly with our reserva ...
We were seated promptly with our reservation. The food was very good and reasonably priced. Our server was friendly, efficient and proactive in letting us know the bar was a bit backed up in providing our cocktails.
A very electric menu combined with excel ...
A very electric menu combined with excellent service. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and will certainly be back.
While we didn't spend time at the bar, friends highly recommend it and we will make it part of our next visit.
Only restaurant in Traverse City on Open ...
Only restaurant in Traverse City on Open Table! It was well worth having a Saturday evening reservation during the film festival.
The food was very good - modest portions served at exactly the right temperature. Our table shared frites with an excellent garlic aioli. Main dishes included mussels, spaetzle, and vichyssoise, supplemented with the addition of both the beet salad and watermelon salad - all excellent. Traditional créme brûlée and Nutella crepes completed the meal.
Service was excellent. All in all, this was a wonderful dining experience.
This is one of my favorite Traverse City ...
This is one of my favorite Traverse City restaurants that never fails to delight. The service was outstanding, the food excellent and I love the French bistro atmosphere. Starting with the French rose brut champagne is a "must" for me! I had requested a window table for a special "thank you" dinner, which was immediately acknowledged at the desk and I was delighted that they gave me special attention for my party.
Outstanding in every way. We made a res ...
Outstanding in every way. We made a reservation on Open Table but knew we'd be 15 minutes late, so we called and they graciously said, "No problem." Menu is right out of a French cafe and the ambience is lovely. Great food, good wine list and prices, excellent staff.
We were in Traverse City for the annual ...
We were in Traverse City for the annual Film Festival, and always make a point of dining a couple of times at Bistro Foufou. They have one of the best Happy Hour deals around with a delicious selection of appetizers all for $5.00 from which one can easily create a tapas type meal. We did Happy Hour twice and a regular sit down meal once and everything was superb.
Foufou has a large selection of wines by the glass (45 or so, I think), so it could accurately be described as a wine bar as well as a restaurant.
Service is excellent: well trained and friendly.
We found the Bistro Foufou online and de ...
We found the Bistro Foufou online and decided to try it. Our reservation was at 9 on a Friday. The restaurant was only about 1/5 occupied when we arrived. Even so, service was quite slow ... "Bistro " means "pronto" (in Russian), right? The service was also bit off - we were instructed to retain our forks between the appetizer and entree, when the server should simply have brought new forks, and the server failed to remember that we didn't want ice in our drinks.
Food was just ok. We had a first course of escargot, a goat cheese and tomatoes spread on toast, and a green salad. The salad was quite good, and the escargot were large and well-prepared. The goat cheese spread was disappointing. Two of us had steak frites as an entree - mine was only warm, but it was cooked correctly as ordered. The frites were standard fries, not the (French) bistro standard, but they were served with what seemed to be house-made mayonnaise. The third of us had trout, which came in two pieces, one of which did not taste fresh. The server said that this was the last trout meal, so maybe it wasn't their best.
The glasses of wine (an Oregon pinot noir and a Costieres de Nimes chardonnay) were good, if a bit pricey.
It wasn't busy, so the restaurant was quiet, which was nice.
We would probably return, but I don't think the restaurant measures up to its ratings and comments online. The overall cost was reasonable, but it isn't any bargain. I score it fair in service and good in the other categories provided.
Bistrot FouFou was a spectacular dining ...
Bistrot FouFou was a spectacular dining experience. Casual but elegant. Good and wine choices were excellent. We hope to make the Traverse City area our home town and restaurants like FouFou make the choice to move much easier. Thank you!
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