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Bisou Bistro at The Canal House

1226 W Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-6300
+1 301-328-1590
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good27%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“jambalaya” (16 reviews)
“potage” (5 reviews)
“lamb chops” (4 reviews)
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Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1226 W Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-6300
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal after a visit to Harper's Ferry. We ordered (1) Mixed Grille and (2) Red Fish Pontchartrain (w/ crawfish ettouffe). Great. Ended with a HUGE piece of chocolate cake. Glad we came.

Thank Bud R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We stopped by for an early dinner during our sojourn in Harper's Ferry. Located above the old town in Bolivar, it sits unostentatiously across from a church. We were greeted by the very pleasant hostess cum waitperson and seated in the cozy dining room -...More

Thank TruthTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

We don't write many reviews but felt we needed to inform other diners before they spent any money at this establishment. Dinner for my family of 4 on Fathers Day was such a disappointment. We arrived at our 5:00 reservation and the only ones in...More

Thank PortofinoCo
Kevin P, Owner at Bisou Bistro at The Canal House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Delightful!! I have been hoping that you would invest your time to review us. I have thought about the events of fathers day and the comments I would you should you choose to leave comments for my future guests who choose to read them. My...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were so excited to visit this restaurant based on reviews. We even had visited the sister BBQ restaurant for lunch which was yummy! After having to go through the extra step of having to email the Chef to get a reservation- they had built...More

Thank cadamslc
Kevin P, Owner at Bisou Bistro at The Canal House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the comments. We have already revisited your review and have taken steps tp improve. Especially the cleanliness of the bathrooms. Sometimes I get to busy and that drops off the list for follow up. THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP. I am glad you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here the day we were married and returned for our first anniversary. The food is as good as I remember maybe even better. There have been some delightful changes in the menu, the alligator jambalaya was delicious. I was hesitant but my husband...More

Thank Christa L
Kevin P, Owner at Bisou Bistro at The Canal House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks guys. We hop to see ya'll every year!! Best of luck.... CK

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was underwhelmed with this place. Only starters were in fact soups. That's it. The aged old steak was lacking in flavour. Must have been halal or something. Cooked ok, but enjoyed better on our trip. Mains came out before we had chance to finish our...More

Thank Paul S
Kevin P, Owner at Bisou Bistro at The Canal House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hey, We really missed with you guys. I take the blame for the rush of courses. I had not trained our new server well enough to go on her own. All of our meats are Halal but the flavor should have not been lacking. I...More

Reviewed 12 May 2017

My wife and I are from buffalo New York and love to dine out when we travel. Our visit to this quaint restaurant yielded one of the the most delicious meals we have had in our 28 years of travel. The Alligator Jumbalaya and mixed...More

Thank Elaine C
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We had dinner here on the way to Charles Town, WV. The food was yummy, especially the Étouffée. Excellent beet salad, big enough to share. Chef Kev tends to cook steaks on the very rare side (all three we had) but they had the right...More

Thank dcshoe
Reviewed 15 April 2017

First thing you have to know - You MUST have a reservation. We saw people turned away even though there were available tables. Second thing to know - Don't bother calling for a reservation, you'll get an answering machine. Third thing to know - Make...More

Thank Paul D
Kevin P, Owner at Bisou Bistro at The Canal House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2017

Good Review...a little weird... Thanks Paul for the review??? I guess you enjoyed yourself but the backwards compliment of saying we are the best of a bad lot...hmmm..i'm not sure i can agree with that. We have some great restaurants in Harpers Ferry..Bistro 1840...Voted Best...More

Reviewed 11 April 2017

Loved this place! We ordered venison meatballs -- awesome; smoked wild quail eggs, delicious; lamb shops and crayfish étouffée, best I've ever had! Everything was simply superb! One of the best restaurants I have ever been to and I've eaten at a lot of very...More

Thank MDGrandma
Kevin P, Owner at Bisou Bistro at The Canal House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2017

Thanks guys !! I am always excited to share with the staff the big three, food quality, service and atmosphere. Chef Kev

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Glenda J
Do you take reservations?
26 November 2016|
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Response from Kevin P | Property representative |
Yes we do. Weekends are almost a must. During the week, not so much. Thnx. CK
Hi Folks, Wondering if you have a full bar or just beer and wine? I will be traveling alone and wonder if it possible to eat at the bar?
14 September 2016|
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Response from Kevin P | Property representative |
We now do have a great wine list now and no we do not have a bar to sit at.. I will agree with one or the previous responses if you want a full bar and a Tavern Atmosphere with good food "The Anvil" is your best bet. Chef... More
Does the Bisou Bistro take reservations?
25 April 2016|
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Response from 123carolyn123 | Reviewed this property |
It's under new management and reopens April 27. Check their website for current phone number, new menu, etc. It's a tiny place so I expect they'll take reservations. Also, previously this venue has had a byob policy so ask... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 30
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1226 W Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-6300
  • Location: United States  >  West Virginia (WV)  >  Harpers Ferry
  • Phone Number: +1 301-328-1590
  • E-mail
Located in a charming 1790's stone house in historic Harpers Ferry-Bolivar, Our Menu is seasonally changed to offer classic New Orleans Cajun & Creole French cuisine. We focus on, fresh, delicious, local food in a friendly and casual atmosphere. While holding true to our South Louisiana Heritage, we also have developed gluten free and allergy sensitive versions of most items. Owner & Executive Chef Kevin Plunkett, a New Orleans Native and Classically trained French Chef, is passionate about sustainability and supporting local producers whenever possible. Together with his wife Amanda, they have made a commitment to transform a little slice of West Virginia into Cajun Country with a dash of South Louisiana Hospitality and traditional New Orleans fare.
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