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1036 B St. (Main St.) Send to Phone
French classics find a modern home inside hip Bijou.

Dinner nightly
Open late Fri.-Sat.
  • Dress code: Casual dressy
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Bijou Restaurant & Bar, Hayward, CA

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Bijou Restaurant & Bar Restaurant Review

: Bijou's bold geometric shapes, glossy surfaces and neon lights are all hipness. High ceilings open up the dim space, and a chain mail curtain separating the swanky bar and lounge from the main dining room lets music and conversation flow. This sets the mood for outrageous modern small plates or the latest in molecular gastronomy, which is why Bijou's classic French menu can feel like a non sequitur. The standards are all here (French onion soup, steamed mussels, pork chop à l'orange), and though Paris-born and -trained chef Christian Nam-Hee takes few risks, his dishes offer comfort. Sauces and seasonings need honing, but the textures are spot-on. The sea bass in mushroom sauce is so earthy and rich that it could pass for meat, and a good filet mignon comes with light mashed potatoes that give off puffs of garlicky perfume. There's a dessert to please any sweet tooth, including croissant pudding and green tea crème brûlée. The cocktail selection reveals Bijou's playful side, while the wine list complements the menu and friendly service elevates the meal.
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