14016 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423-3512
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Cafe Bizou

Neighborhoods: Sherman Oaks
Cuisine: Californian, Lobster, Shrimp

Cafe Bizou is a Californian, Lobster, and Shrimp restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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Overall
83%
Pros
"congenial staff, excellent food properly served (temperature), Phillip fabulous maitre de"
Cons
"Café Bizou Ventura Boulevard Sherman Oaks, CA - If you value your time and your sanity avoid this restaurant at all costs. I’ve eaten here several times with my family and while the food has always been good the service is very slow and the furniture is v"
"Nothing"
Comments
"casual attire, bring your own wine, not rushed & always there to fill your water glass and condiments. George Brewster, customer from day one."
  • 5/06/2018

    Michele33 tried it, didn't like it, and rated it . Michele33 didn't like the service and didn't like the ambiance.

    Cons
    Café Bizou Ventura Boulevard Sherman Oaks, CA - If you value your time and your sanity avoid this restaurant at all costs. I’ve eaten here several times with my family and while the food has always been good the service is very slow and the furniture is v
  • 7/16/2016

    A Californian food lover from Winnetka, CA tried it.

  • 1/07/2016

    A Californian chowhound from Van Nuys, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Pros
    congenial staff, excellent food properly served (temperature), Phillip fabulous maitre de
    Cons
    Nothing
    Comments
    casual attire, bring your own wine, not rushed & always there to fill your water glass and condiments. George Brewster, customer from day one.
  • 10/24/2014

    A Californian chowhound from San Jose, CA tried it and liked it.

  • 6/21/2014

    A diner from San Jose, CA tried it and liked it.

  • 6/02/2014

    A Californian food lover from San Jose, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 12/05/2013

    A Californian food lover from Van Nuys, CA tried it and liked it.

Gayot
Rating:
13 / 20
Price:
$$$$$
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milkbar

 Studio City, CA
 

one of the best!

this has to be one of my favorite restaurants in the city. it is inexpensive and the food is always tasty. they know how to make a great dirty martini.

my favorite item on the menu is the lobster tail and shrimp risotto. it is to die for. the risotto is so creamy and delicious and the lobster is just an added bonus. for an appetizer, try the baked mushrooms which are stuffed with chicken and spinach in an exceptional balsamic sauce (save that sauce for bread dipping too). the duck salad is a MUST – its super small though, perfect for an appetizer. the seared sesame ahi tuna is a good start as well. the lobster bisque here is pretty good but i think its a little too strong – maybe needs a little more cream – but very good still.

the rack of lamb here is good and so is their chicken tequila fettuccini which is really spicy and yummy.

be sure to look at their daily specials because they are always great. they have a full bar and a great martini menu. the bikini martini is my personal fave.

i highly recommend this place!

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SavorHour

 Sherman Oaks, CA
 

CAFE BIZOU... "The Jewel" of the Valley!"

Cafe Bizou has been a favorite love of ours for many years. We find ourselves driving over the hill a few times a month just to have a romantic dinner there together. It brings back fond memories, allows us a chance to catch up on old times and always welcomes us back no matter how long ago our previous visit may have been.

Cafe Bizou’s scrumptious French cuisine will make anyone’s mouth water, senses heighten and heart skip a beat. Despite the fact that there is no Happy Hour at Cafe Bizou, this eatery is still high on our Savor Hour list. For starters, their corkage fee is $2. TWO DOLLARS! And that’s EVERY NIGHT! (Time to take a trip to the wine locker)! This not only makes the bill much easier to handle, but it also allows for more room to enjoy the items on the menu. We usually bring our own wine to dinner there. When we do, we also bring two of our large Reidel red wine glasses as well to enjoy our wine. It’s just something we stared doing a couple of years ago, and it sort of stuck. You can always order a glass of wine off the menu, of course, as well. Ranging from $7 to $10 per glass, there are several options available if you don’t bring a bottle in to have corked.

Once evening approaches, all of the candles are lit on the tables, restaurant lights are lowered giving the entire establishment a romantic feel, and orders of culinary excellence begin pouring out of the kitchen by the smiling waitstaff, soon to be devoured and enjoyed by dining patrons. There is an option to seating areas as well. Multiple dining rooms offer an elegant experience either inside the restaurant at tables draped in white tablecloths and a wall of mirrors, or inside their front enclosed “patio” area, which offers a less formal, yet very comfortable “booth” seating alternative. Both are lovely and offer different views and feels. Personally, we’ve dined in both areas and recommend them both.

High quality martinis and other cocktails can be ordered from the bar. Their House Martini list offers eight martinis for $8 each. If you’re not in the mood for bringing in a bottle of wine to go with dinner, you can always opt for one of these divine adult beverages. Offerings include their Cosmopolitan, Sour Apple Martini, the Lemondrop, the Bikini Martini, the Chocolate Martini, the Key Lime Martini, as well as the Red Delicious and Pomegranate Martinis. A nice variety of flavors at a very desirable price. Two of my favorites are their Lemon Drop Martini and the Bikini Martini. The Lemon Drop, made with Absolute Citron shaken with fresh lemonade served with a sugared rim. It’s the perfect amount of tart, an ample supply of sweetness. Delicious! The Bikini Martini is prepared with Malibu Rum, vodka, pineapple juice, and a splash of Grenadine then garnished with a maraschino cherry in the bottom. SO INCREDIBLE!

Let’s discuss what else is great besides the smiling staff, incredible cocktails, and romantic, cozy environment at the Sherman Oaks Cafe Bizou. Let’s talk dinner! To begin, a bread basket and glasses of ice water are delivered to your table shortly after you’re seated. (We always ask them to toast our bread because we like it warm, which they are more than happy to do). Soft, full of flavor and tempting enough that on more than one ocassion, the two of us finished off the entire basket and started on a new one! The bread is delightful and delicious and comes served with a porcelain container of individually-wrapped butter.

To make matters even better, Cafe Bizou’s appetizer list astounds with quality, variety and flavorful options. The Tuna Tartar and the Baked Mushrooms are two of our favorites, but if you don’t like tuna or mushrooms, then there are the Chicken Potstickers, Lobster and Salmon Ravioli, Crab Cakes, Veal Sweetbreads, the Seared Sesame Ahi Tuna, the Ginger Jumbo Shrimp and also a Combo Plate, which includes Baked Mushrooms, Lobster and Salmon Ravioli and Tuna Tartar. Speaking of Tuna Tartar, it is one of the most delectable Tuna Tartar appetizers anywhere in the Valley. Crispy thinly-sliced toast accompanied by slices of smoked salmon topped with heaping mounds of fresh Tuna Tartar, then finished with a cucumber slice garnish and lemon in the center. Refreshing, flavorful and a true value for the price, this one is a classic signature of the restaurant. One sure to not disappoint.

Another highlight of Cafe Bizou’s menu is their option of having a bowl of their Soup of the Day or Romaine Salad with a Dijon honey mustard dressing for just $1 with any entree purchase. You can kick that up a notch and order their Caesar Salad for just $2 with any entree as well. TWO DOLLARS! And it’s not a side salad. This is a very nicely-portioned Caesar Salad for a mere two dollars. Add that to your entree and it’s just sublime.

Another recent treat that has been brought back to the menu is the escargot appetizer. Incredibly tender, luciously buttered and the perfect amount of garlic in the sauce. If you haven’t had Cafe Bizou’s escargot, you simply must try them soon. If you’ve never tried escargot, then this is the place to break yourself in! You can’t go wrong with these. Served six to an order, they’re just perfect. Cafe Bizou’s entree selection choices are rather extensive. Ranging from Entree Salads to their Prix Fixed Menu to the Daily Specials and other delectable features including seafood, grill items, pasta dishes, and many others. I’ve added a link to their website where you can see their menu in detail, but I would like to highlight a few of our favorites below. (Okay, maybe several)! (See our blog at SavorHour.com for photos of our favorites)!

Hungry yet? Well, be sure to leave room for dessert, because Cafe Bizou offers a varied selection of sweet indulgements such as their Flourless Chocolate Cake, Creme Brulee, their Profiteroles and others to tempt you. We’re not big dessert eaters (most of the time), but two of our favorites here in the past have been the Flourless Chocolate Cake and the Profiteroles.

Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks has ample delicacies and flavor sensations to please whatever your culinary desires may be. If you haven’t been to this fine palatable institution for some time, it’s time to revisit. If you’ve never been to this French cafe, then it’s time to try it out. Abundant portions, mouth-watering options, stellar service and a cozy, relaxed atmosphere make this a plus for Savor Hour!

DECOR / ESTABLISHMENT: Charming, romantic and captivating. This French Cafe will romance you as well as your taste buds all the way through your meal from beginning to end.

FOOD / DRINK: Fresh French cuisine prepared in style, luscious and memorable dishes to suit any cuisine connoisour, and incredible hand-shaken cocktails from the bar will make anyone a return customer!

LOCATION: 14016 Ventura Boulevard San Fernando Valley, California 91423

SERVICE / STAFF: From the moment you call for a reservation, the voice on the other end of the line is welcoming and polite. Upon arrival, you are greeted with a smile, shown in and seated, as glasses of water and fresh bread are brought to your table. The servers are happy to see you and delighted to take your order, then deliver your meal with elegance and grace.

PRICE / VALUE: Two thumbs up! (Make that four if you include both my husband and me)! Desirable setting, diverse menu selections, generous portions and an efficient and professional staff.

CORKAGE: $2 CORKAGE!!! EVERY NIGHT!!! (What more needs to be said)?

CONTACT INFO: Phone – (818) 788-3536, Website – www.cafebizou.com

PARKING: You can park at any of the available metered parking spaces on nearby streets, or take advantage of the Valet upon your arrival to the restaurant.

TOTAL BILL: $48.77 (Including Tax), for a bottle of excellent wine, the corkage fee, a bowl of the delicious Soup of the Day, a plate of scrumptious escargot in a buttery garlic sauce, the Sesame Coated Salmon entree and the Shrimp and Slipper Lobster Tail entree. Incrediblly reasonable expenditure for such a delectable and appealing involvement!

June 23, 2010
 

favorite bistro

our all time favorite french bistro. good food at good prices behind that zagat rating. even with the long lines and wait, will keep coming back.
September 9, 2008
 

Cafe Bizou

This restaurant always makes me happy. I had my wedding reception their. The food is wonderful. We bring our own wine for a corking fee. If you love fish this is a great place with reasonable prices. They also serve chicken and beef. The…

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Californian Escargot Lobster
Tips
  • The long front room, looking out over Ventura Boulevard and separated from the main dining rooms by windows, is quieter.
  • Reservations are hard to come by, so plan ahead and consider visiting for a late dinner.
  • You can add a special daily soup or salad to any order for just $1.
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Hours
Sun 11:00AM - 02:15PM
Sun 05:00PM - 10:15PM
Mon-Thu 11:30AM - 02:15PM
Mon-Thu 05:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 11:30AM - 02:15PM
Fri 05:00PM - 11:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 02:15PM
Sat 05:00PM - 11:00PM
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