Bidwell Street Bistro

Two words: Crème Brule! This Bistro is a little gem straight out of Paris, found right here in Folsom! If you’re into chatting with the locals and watching life walk on by, sit out on the patio for a bite to eat, or the Bistro-table section of this intimate family owned restaurant, and you won’t be disappointed.

Friendly staff! The Bistro is full of smiling wait staff with friendly ears to bend. The owners, Brits from San Diego, California, have brought their flare for Euro style dining here to Folsom. In business for almost two years now, the ambience is summed up in one word, “pretty.” As if you were dining at an outdoor café in le gai Paris! Flowers draping patio edges, photographs of Le Eiffel Tower, and books o’ plenty on the art of fine wine. This is a habit-forming place to dine! According to our waiter, Ryan, “80% of the customers are ‘regulars’ at the Bistro.” 

And did I mention the wine? What a wine list! If you’re into Chardonnay, the Liberty School Chardonnay is a must try! Tuesdays are for wine tasting; wine connoisseurs, get your palate ready!

The menu, though not lengthy, will certainly suit even the choosiest of appetites. Even vegetarians will find something to tempt their bellies. The Pork Tenderloin with fig sauce – an excellent choice. I personally found the Salmon delectable! Cooked just right, to perfection in fact. The Prix Fixe Menu is a good value with: soup or salad, your pick between two entrées, and here’s where you must save room – Crème Brule for dessert! The menu changes seasonally, so get ready fall lovers!

The Bistro closes on Sundays and is open for lunch and dinner. It’s a hotspot for the Folsom lunch crowd during the week. Reservations aren’t necessary, but recommended, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.

My hats off to the chef! And to the authors of this wine list!

1-person entrées: $12-23
Style of food: French and American/French Infused, Bistro Style
Overall rating (out of 5): 5

reviewed by Ellen Powers