Established in 1993 by chef-owner Loretta Keller, this sunny, bright and lively bistro is just a few blocks from the Giants' SBC Park, the Museum of Modern Art, Mission Bay, and Moscone Center. Bizou, which means “little kiss” in French, radiates warmth with a friendly, welcoming staff. An unpretentious restaurant that is serious about food, wine and service, Bizou is the expression of Keller’s love of Mediterranean flavors, colors and textures. Signature dishes include crisp Italian Flatbread and Braised Beef Cheeks “Sainte-Menehould”. Vegetarian items are inventive, seasonal and mostly organic. The well-crafted dessert selections include the acclaimed Bittersweet Chocolate and Coffee Vacherin. Before opening Bizou, Keller worked alongside the legendary Jeremiah Tower at Stars Restaurant. She quickly moved up the ranks to run Stars Café, where under her leadership it gained its three-star rating from the San Francisco Chronicle. Shortly after opening Bizou, the Chronicle gave Keller the “Hottest Young Chef” award for 1994. The following year she was named a “Rising Star Chef” by San Francisco Focus.