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, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
September- May monthly wine dinner
Bistro Foufou Ratings and Reviews
Great tapas menu. We tasted a variety o ...
Great tapas menu. We tasted a variety of French foods. Loved the mussels.
Bistro Foufou is a great Traverse City d ...
Bistro Foufou is a great Traverse City destination. Elegant dining and fantastic food.
The menu always has some surprises! The ...
The menu always has some surprises! The extra touches make it special.
We went expecting a bistro, and found a brunch.
The menu listings were less impressive than I anticipated, reflecting the fact that we were there during a brunch offering, but all the food was delicious. There were three of us, and we ate and had a total of four drinks (5 with an orange juice) for $66, which I thought was quite reasonable.
We enjoy Bistou Foufou for the ambience & the energy, the wine list & the food - always great! The knowledgeable & attentive staff makes it happen! The oysters & cocktails are cold, cold, the steaks are rare(like, truly rare!) & the salads are ... what salads should be: crisp & balanced & sensational. This is not the usual fare. Foufou is great bistro food with flare. We like to sit at the large bar for drinks & oysters then move to a table for dinner. We've never had a miss here which makes Bistro Foufou perfect for taking friends or for special occasions.
We enjoyed an ( overall!) nice dining ex ...
We enjoyed an ( overall!) nice dining experience. Got off to a bit of a rocky start with our cocktails prepared not as we had ordered. After we explained this to our server, he righted the situation and we were good to go! We enjoyed a duck liver pâté as a started and we were not disappointed. We ordered remainder courses as we went and did feel pressured to order and keep the ball rolling. Server did not share his name. Coaching from us is the please share at least your first name. This way, you're parents cannot overtake the music!!!!!
My bookclub likes to meet at Fou Fou bis ...
My bookclub likes to meet at Fou Fou bistro because the service is always good and the food and wine is excellent. It's a great location, as it is in the downtown Traverse City bustling area, is very convenient for after work hours.
Terrific food. Mussels were great. Tartare splendid andca big serving. Beet salad was special. Salmon cooked perfectly. Well done!
Super friendly to our kids. We love that ...
Super friendly to our kids. We love that!
Easter Brunch Was a Hit
We went for Brunch on Easter Sunday. They do not have a buffet but a special brunch menu on weekends. I wasn't sure if I would find anything I like since I'm not a fan of fish or seafood but I was pleasantly surprised. I couldn't decide between 4 different items and finally settled on a hearty American breakfast - eggs, potatoes, sausage and toast. My husband had the corned beef hash . Both meals were scrumptious. We had fresh squeezed orange juice and the best, most flavorful coffee I've found at any restaurant in town. Although there were no "Easter" specials on the menu, our meal was delicious and the ambiance delightful. The portions were so large, we had another filling meal the next day from our leftovers. Well done, Bistro FouFou!
Very nice dining experience
The food was very good. I'm not a food expert, but I know good food:) This is it. Service pace was perfect. Will go back again and again.
Bistro Fou Fou experience transports!
A friend and I went to Bistro Fou Fou during Restaurant Week 2016, the first time for both of us. Even though they were out of Boeuf Bourguigon, we were both happy with our entrees. The half rack of lamb was well seasoned and beautifully plated. The bean soup to start was wonderful. And they should have included a spatula with the peanut butter parfait dessert - because I didn't want to leave a single trace. The atmosphere is delightful - and really conjures a European dining experience. I will definitely visit Bistrou Fou Fou again.
Very good rack of lamb and crepe and ice ...
Very good rack of lamb and crepe and ice cream
When we decided to escape and go to Trav ...
When we decided to escape and go to Traverse City for just a couple nights, I really researched restaurants that we would like . Foufou came up on every list. It offered everything we wanted....good menu, good prices, seemed unpretentious. When we got there we were so very happy. Charming place, attentive wait staff, very good food and reasonable prices. We will definitely visit again!
Our starter (foie gras--to die for) and ...
Our starter (foie gras--to die for) and dessert (creme brulee) were the stars of the evening. The beet salad was good and was as described, with chunks of red and yellow beets with mandarin orange and ground hazelnuts--no greens. The Lyonnaise salad was rather bland, and had too much frisee for our taste. For mains, the quail (a special) was extraordinary, with wonderful flavor; the steak frites were very good. Next time I would go with the bouillabaisse, which our neighbors ordered and raved about. (It smelled wonderful.) Service pace was leisurely -- which was fine with us, it's like the French dine. Our server was attentive throughout and helpful with choices. Overall a most enjoyable evening!
This was our first time at Bistro Fou Fou and it was Valentines weekend so I was nervous. We had a marvelous time. The place is beautiful. The service is top notch. And the food was outstanding! Great wine and beer list. Just a real gem! It's small but not as small as I expected. Beautiful curtains over the main entrance so customers eating don't get the chill from the door. We made friends with a 90 year old couple sitting next to us that were obviously regulars there. Not only were they adorable, but the way our waiter cared for them and made them feel so special was touching. We will be back for sure and look forward to this restaurant being around for a long time so we can be that 90 year old couple frequenting there someday.
Chose to eat here to celebrate Valentine's Day with my wife. We haven't heard of the place but then again we are from out of town and it has been awhile since we visited TC. The food was fantastic! Probably the best scallops we've had and we have eaten at quite a few high end restaurants across the country. Beet salad was fantastic and main entrees great as well including quail and beef tips in a port wine and bleu cheese reduction that was to die for. Service was top notch and we were shocked at the value for what we received. Our $105 bill for two could have easily been $150+ and we would have been happy. Can't wait to try FouFou for a second time on our next getaway!
Excellent food & service!
Our dinner was excellent and our service was wonderful. Prices were a little high consider the serving sizes. Tables were too close together for privacy.
Fabulous wine list, dinners were prepared and presented beautifully...strongly suggest trying if you haven't yet been. Servers were knowledgeable and made great suggestions.They offer some fun mid week specials too!!
We had an excellent server, with amazing ...
We had an excellent server, with amazing food, and a lovely lowlight ambience.
Nice Location - Food Should Have Been Better
We love french food and thought the menu looked intriguing. This restaurant was not recommended to us by a number of people we asked in the local businesses. However, our first choice had no availability until late night. The hostess was efficient but I wouldn't say overly friendly. Same with our server. She was efficient but not someone who helped make your dinner a lovely night. The french onion soup had virtually no taste. Mostly a bread topping and not much broth or onion. My husband opted for steak frites. In other french restaurants the fries would have been prepared with some duck fat for a great taste. These were nothing special. The steak was prepared as he asked, medium rare, but virtually unseasoned. We had to ask the staff three times for salt and pepper - it's not on the table. I chose the beef bourguignon - which arrived with one small, overly dry, piece of beef short rib. There were three new potatoes, not cut, and a few mushrooms. The sauce was good. The rest wasn't worth eating and went home to our dog. We chose to forego dessert thinking we had spent enough on a so-so dinner. That was the celebration of our 29th anniversary. A so-so and overly priced dinner for what we got. We don't recommend this restaurant.
Very good restaurant with authentic French flair!
We came here during a weekend in Traverse city for dinner. The place wasn't crowded. We were very well served. The food is absolutely delicious, from the appetizers to the desserts. We are French and since we've been living in the US, we've been hunting for places where food really tastes like France. And Bistro Foufou definitely has it. This is fine cuisine. But with the casual bistro atmosphere. Loved it!
It is one of our favorite restaurants.
Bistro Foufou is an exceptional resturant. The food is unusual and always great. The service is excellant.
Becoming one of our favorites.
Excellent food, drinks and service. Bistro Fou Fou is a gem. Highly recommend.
Sunday Brunch Gem
A lovely menu for Sunday Brunch. Finally somewhere in TC serves a proper Brunch. Seated service NOT a nasty buffet. Magnifique!
Excellent choice in a town of excellent food
Traverse City is a great food town and Bistro Foufou, despite the name, is an excellent choice that rivals the best in town.
Excellent, execpt MMA fighting on the Bar tv does not add to the ambiance
My husband and I had a delicious dinner here Friday night. The food was flavorful and well presented. The entree without additional soup or salad was very filling. There is a shared bench for multiple tables reducing the romantic vibe as you are close to the people dining next to you. The service was very good.
Pleasant Evening in Bistro Foufou
Impeccable Service. Presentation Artful. Cooking Creative. Lots of Ambiance.
Awesome bouillabaise, and the lyonnaise ...
Awesome bouillabaise, and the lyonnaise salad was actually warm...great find in TC "fit for foodies." Even my husband, a meat and potatoes man, enjoyed the steak frites, and I loved the seasonal creme brulee (pumpkin, of course). Great for special occasions, with a bustling bar scene. My husband loved the French onion soup--the secret was a soupcon of cognac...I would definitely go back.
Fou fou....yes yes
The food! That couscous would be worth the two-hour drive just for itself. Everything was wonderful, we didn't sample an desserts. Service was OUTSTANDING, we'll be back, and we've told our friends!
The trout was exceptional! My husband h ...
The trout was exceptional! My husband had the short ribs and were the best he's ever had. We'll be back to this fine restaurant!
Consistently great service and excellent food.
Consistently one of my top dining experiences in Traverse City. Great french bistro, excellent food and wine list, and great service.
The the stuff was outstanding and good was delicious
Birthday getaway - terrible table!
We were traveling from out of town for a birthday getaway. Had a late-ish dinner but there was still plenty of activity in the bar and restaurant. We were given a terrible table right between the kitchen and the bar. Every time anyone walked past, the floor shook due to the traffic pattern. It wasn't until we were settled in that we started to wonder why we were placed here, when there were plenty of other empty and more suitable tables. While everything else about this restaurant was truly nice, being at this table in the end certainly took away from our experience. We are not sure what the hostess was thinking.....
My wife and I had dinner here on a Saturday night. Walked right in and sat down. It took a little longer than normal for our waiter but they were busy. We had the risotto appetizer and our server recommended a wine which paired perfectly. I had the pork and my wife had the steak frites. Again, our waiter suggested another complementary wine. We had creme brûlée for dessert. We then sat at the bar and did a wine flight. All in all it was a wonderful experience. Food was outstanding.
Excellent food and friendly, personable ...
Excellent food and friendly, personable service. Dinner for four - we had the pork, duck, trout, and risotto. All were well prepared and quite delicious.
Expected more for less
Food was good, service was adequate (server had little wine knowledge) but it was more than a $$ restaurant. (Our meal was $$$ for example, granted, we could have chosen less expensive entries) The evening special of steak Diane was $36 (my wife said the steak could have been tastier but cooked properly) and Bouliabaise was $34. (Good but not great, used to more broth) Standout was the escargot, nice preparation and tasty. We did notice mussels & fries available on other nights for $15 including a beer, nice feature. We met the owner at the film festival and liked him and his commitment to our community, we are willing to give it another go.
Each category ranged from good to very good, but decided to rate it at a lower level. The food ordered was steak and frites, and short ribs with white bean stew. The frites were very good; the steak was overcooked and not very flavorful. The short ribs were boring and the white bean stew was surprisingly very good. Very nice wine selection. Given our server was handling too many tables, he did very well. Unfortunately our food was not served in a consistent order/time. I could see our food sitting in the kitchen window longer than it should, but our server was extraordinarily busy and could not get to it.
Original escargot appetizer - best ever. ...
Original escargot appetizer - best ever. Great wine list - by the glass or bottle - at reasonable prices.
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