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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
This was our second time dining, the first was much better. The first time was during the film festival, and while it was very crowded and we had to sit at the bar, the service and food were excellent. We were excited to go back. This time on a not crowded Tues night, while the food was good, the service was inattentive and disinterested. The server seemed like he would have rather been doing anything other than waiting on a table, couldn't answer any questions about the menu - and when he did, all he did was mumble. He is either very new or burned out - either way - not what one would expect for dining at this price range. Management needs to monitor service- too many other great choices in TC for dinner.
Our dinner was very good. My wife's beet salad was on I should have ordered. My salmon was grilled with crispy on the outside and not dried out on the inside. Interesting they grilled the spaghetti squash and I liked it. Mostly a french wine list but found a bottle Petite Sirah from the Fuabalest that we really liked. Our waitress Shannon provided very good service. Only compliant is the entrees took a long time to arrive. Shannon had to go back and remind the kitchen we were waiting awhile. The kitchen from my perspective looks too small for a restaurant of this size. Most of the tables stood buys throughout our time there.
Two people in our party are vegan so we were excited to see a vegan option on the menu while searching online. When we arrived, the vegan option was different than shown online and in fact came with mashed potatoes that contained milk and butter. Had I not asked, I would never have known! Our meal arrived with quinoa instead and was actually quite tasty but a little too oily for my liking.
Overall, the ambiance is nice but I don't think I'll be returning any time soon. For non vegans, with more options, it may suit your needs.
I booked through open table and had to change the time as we were on a tour that was appearing to end late, but we ended up getting there at the original time. Told we'd have to wait until rebooked time due to backup in kitchen. So we went to the bar, ordered food that came quickly. We were gone by the time they would have seated us. But the food was fabulous. The bartender great.
Had dined here several days earlier and had a wonderful experience. This time we were disappointed. I had come for their mussel special: mussels, fries and beer. The portion of mussels was very small. I have had much larger portions as an appetizer. The beer was good as was the aioli served with the fries. My husband was pleased with his meal. The service was poor as the waiter seemed very slow and inexperienced. The restaurant was not overly busy so that could not be used as an excuse.
@ $250 for 3 (tax and 20% tip), it just wasn't that special.
The duck combo was locally sourced but very tough. The whitefish was marginally overlooked. My hanger steak was tasty, but more like medium than the ordered med rare, and inexplicably small portion, maybe 5 oz
The housepate was very good and recommended. . The wine list is pages if you are an aficionado.
Desserts were yummy!
Nice understated space and service, but I was so looking forward to what turned out to be an over-priced B- meal.
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here and really enjoyed ourselves. The atmosphere is cute and cozy, albeit pretty loud with a big party near us. The drinks were very good as was the beef tartare. I had the lamb and my wife had the scallops. Both excellent and the suggested wine pairings were spot on. We will definitely return!
We are from the NYC area and Foufou is a restaurant what could survive in our area. We both eat French onion soup and one main course was a rack of lamb which was very tasty and tender and the other main was the salmon dish. The fish and the potatoes were delicious however the squash tasted fishy. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive. We very much enjoyed the meal. The price was reasonable for this gourmet meal.
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.
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