great food, great fine service, very reasonable prices, bad customer service, terrific dinner, great place, enjoyable dining experience
Always great - Always fun. I am at Cafe Bizou more than any restaurant in LA. It's blocks from where I live and a few miles from where I work so it's perfect for friends and dates alike. Highly recommend their specials - the Lobster Linguini is done to perfection. Roasted Chicken and Pork tenderloin always consistantly good. If you haven't - you absolutely have to.
Worst Place for Dinner or Service.
Imagine walking into Denny's on steroids. That is what Cafe Bizou's vibe is all about. Decor that is from an 80s garage sale, old folks lounging over 3 hour lunches, and a menu that makes CPK look like a Michelin rated restaurant.
Sloppy service ensured we sent back 2 out of 3 entrees as meat was included when SPECIFICALLY stated not to do so. Veggies had to be thrown back onto pasta, despite our initial request of adding them on. Even a glass of water turned into an ordeal when we had to ask and wait over 5 min. for refills.
Request for management was duly ignored and ignorantly defended, placing the blame on the customers. Forget about even getting the dessert comped, as we were lucky enough to have out water refilled. Funny as the check came out faster than any of the 3 entrees, which left us eating at different times.
Skip the snob wanna-bes in favour of Cafe Marmalade. At least they know how to treat their patrons.
Great time for Dine LA.
We had a table for 6 on Jan 31, 2010 and had the Dine LA menu. Everyone loved their food, and the service was excellent. The overall environment was nice, classy, and upscale.
I started with a small pear salad and had a filet mignon and lobster combo for dinner. Great food! Others ordered the fish, which they loved, too.
The sorbet was really good too, as was everyone else's dessert. Overall, everyone was really happy with the food, and the service was good too. Tack on the fact that the pre-fix meal was only $26 a person, it was awesome! I'd highly recommend this place!
Fantastic fantastic!. Fast seating- 15 minutes with a reservation- acceptable, great service throughout meal, and the meal- fantastic - well prepared, and plentiful. One of the best restaurants in the San Fernando Valley. I recommend it for any occasion.
not good at all.
Oh my, where to begin....
I got a raise at work and told my boyfriend that I would treat us to a nice dinner. I wanted to take him to Pastis off Beverly Blvd. in Hollywood, but unfortunately they closed their doors due to the recession. When I typed in French restaurants, Cafe Bizou came up as one of the top restaurants in LA. I called immediately and made reservations for the patio (which in fact is enclosed and only has windows at the top that are open...not much of a patio if you ask me). We arrived and the woman could not find out reservation, until we said "patio" then she found it. We were seated very quickly. As we opened the menu, we were shocked to find dishes such as "teriyaki chicken", "cilantro lime shrimp", and "chicken-tequila fettuccini" listed on a French Bistro's menu. Not to mention, the Prix Fixed menu wasn't really one. But we had read and heard good things, so why not. The waiter never greeted us. He came and took away the wine glasses, then brought 2 more, looked at our wine, and said "Soup of the day is potato mushroom." There was no greeting, no "hello"....nothing.
The breaded mushroom appetizer was actually 4 teeny, tiny mushrooms with a huge ball of some type of egg concoction on top drowning in a pool of balsamic vinegar reduction. We did not finish that. The soup of the day (Potato Mushroom) tasted like watered-down potato soup with no flavor of mushroom at all and the French Onion could be compared to Ramen noodles. The waiter, I might add, never asked how either of these 2 courses were. We even waited for over 10 minutes with a stack of dirty dishes on our table. When the entrees arrived, the plates were smoking hot like they had been under a warmer. I ordered Monkfish, which was incredibly fishy (and I have had it before) on a bed of poorly cooked risotto and topped with chewy carrot slivers that were supposed to be crispy. My bf ordered lamb chops that should have been rare, but were medium+ and the mashed potatoes tasted instant (which I hope were not). When the waiter asked how our meal was, I replied "fine" with a disgusted look and my bf said "well....its alright I guess." The waiter said nothing and walked away. That was a mistake we regret....we should have complained right then, but since the service had been bad I got up within 5 minutes and 3 tiny bites of my meal to get the manager. We waited 10 minutes for him to come over. He told us since we ate half our meals and did not complain to the waiter, he could do nothing. Let me add again that I had 3 tiny bites and my bf ate a couple of bites cause he was so hungry. We didn't even ask the manager to comp anything, we just wanted him to know. He said he would see what he could do (which he did not sound very convincing), but nothing came off our bill of $60. He was so rude and snotty!
We left a poor tip and our stomachs were growling, so we went to Alcove for some fabulous dessert and coffee. The best part of our dining experience at Cafe Bizou: the wine! Oh, did I mention that we brought our own bottle of wine?
p.s. My bf and I rarely complain...this was the one time we couldn't let it slide...so disappointing, especially from a place that gets 4/5 stars!
Check your bank/credit statements... they might skim more for themselves!. My boyfriend and I had a lovely dinner. We ordered appetizers, salad, entrees, desserts, and drinks. Overall, everything was really good. He paid the check with his debit card, and I left a generous cash tip. A few days later when my bf noticed that his card was overcharged, he called the manager. Apparently, the manager authorized the waitress to charge a higher amount because we "didn't" leave a tip. We positively left cash on the check book, but even if we hadn't, the manager has no right to charge an amount in excess of what an account holder authorizes. Gratuity is optional, and I cannot believe restaurant policy allows management to override a guest's signed credit slip. What a shameful disappointment! We will never go back.
I was a little perplexed on the terms of service reading previous reviews about this place. However, I found it tasty and service was fine. Most reviews are accurate, I just felt I had a bone to pick with the "Tude Snude and Rude" review-ist. Please don't account this ignorant review into your "research" for Cafe Bizou, it is very clear that the review was written by an arrogant individual ("Cafe Bizou certainly has mastered the arrogant ways of their culture"). For anyone to judge such a beautiful old culture is prejudiced and disgusting. In my experience, the French are only ignorant towards the American, but how can they not be when the American populace is giving them such incentive as ugly one-liners such as the aforementioned.
Other than that the food was DIVINE. I came in for lunch so the service was much much better.
Cozy Elegance not to mention fine food. I went here to celebrate a 21st Bday with a few friends and we had a really great time. We got there around 8:30 w/out a reservation, but because we mentioned we were celebrating a special occassion we got seated immediately. Cash conscience and calorie conscience (not a great combo I might add) I was able to find a selection of items that appeased my appetite, my body, and my wallet (as much as I possibly could). I got the tuna tartare appetizer- delicious and delicate- and a side of their carrot rosemary soup- sweet and soft. I had to nibble on their walnut bread- too yummy to pass up- and got a sip of their pomegranate and sour apple martinis (strong, but nice flavor) and a piece of their warm, flourless, chocolate cake. So maybe I splurged a bit, but trust me it was worth it!
Time Slot Seating? Dot waste your time.. Have you ever heard of such a thing before? My husband and I made reservations at cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks for 7:30, but when we got there, we were kept waiting for nearly 40 minutes. We were seated at 8:05. I had complained about the delay twice, and finally the maitradee had explained to me that the Cafe seated guests in 2 dining rushes, so as to be able to clean their dishware and prepare for each group in a more timely manner. I couldn't believe such a thing- what was the purpose of making a reservation? If you want to be kept waiting, and if you like to get lulled into a false sense of busy nightlife traffic appeal, this is the place for you- just show up at either 6 or 8. The food was served luke warm, yet the silverware was spotless (as promised). I saw our waitress, once throughout the course of the evening. Apparently there had been a "shift change" and another young gentleman, named RYAN, had taken over our table; this was of course made known to everyone except to those who were sitting at our table. When RYAN finally came about, we were ready to order dessert. His actor/ singer/ dancer/ waiter/ I couldn't give a ratz a** because Im the next hitt reality TV show star attitude was so overbearing and self righteous, I almost felt as though it was a privilege just to be graced by his presence. In light of such tact, I spent his 15% (should have been 5%) tip on a fruit martini as an effort to simply knock me out of what kind of mess I had just sat through. My advice...if you want a bad taste left in your mouth, consider Cafe Bizou, but cheap wine and cigarettes will do the trick just the same.
TUDE, SNUDE, and RUDE!!!. I work for a well know PR firm on the west side of LA. A few of my collegues and I had been running around in the valley one afternoon, and had decided to dine at Cafe Bizou. With a loyal following to the Pasadena location, I figured the Valley would offer equal taste- I was soon to be proven HORRIBLY wrong. I booked reservation for 7:00pm on a WEDNESDAY night. Upon our arrival, we were told that our reservations were pushed back to 7:30pm as there was minimal seating available. I was perturbed, but kept to myself. As I looked inside the venue, I saw a few couples finishing their dining experience, several tables were unseated, and the bar area was fully packed. I asked the lady at the front lobby, why were asked to hold our seating when there were at least 3 available tables- to which she nonchalantly responded " those are for a private party," (one that never showed up). My party of 4 continued to wait, clumped together on one tiny bench, outside the restaurant. Over the course of the next 45 minutes, I had asked 4 times when we would be seated, only to get the same crewd answer each time- "your table is being cleaned up, you're next to be seated." Perhaps I am mistaken, but 45 minutes cleaning off 1 table, does not a good dining experience make. In fact, I gathered that this IMMITATION upper class restaurant is making a foolish attempt to block-seat its guests. They'll take your reservation for anytime you wish, but seat you at 2 different dining periods throughout the night, as a poor attempt to create a busy flow of traffic. If you're in the mood to dine at a fine French restaurant, Cafe Bizou certainly has mastered the arrogant ways of their culture. As for the food...I wish I had enough patience to wait and order some of it. There are plenty of places in the valley that offer a true dining experience, filled with flavor and tact- AVOID this disgustingly mechanical Boulangerie Cafe look a like, with an atmosphere similar to that of a NYC subway station.
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