San Carlos French bistro Cuisinett closes its doors after 12 years in business

San Carlos French bistro Cuisinett closes its doors after 12 years in business

Cuisinett Bistro & Market closed after a final day of business in downtown San Carlos Saturday, Nov. 25.

Cuisinett Bistro & Market closed after a final day of business in downtown San Carlos Saturday, Nov. 25.

Geoffroy Raby, Cuisinett restaurateur, sells wine and other French fare at a market inside the San Carlos bistro. Courtesy Geoffroy Raby.

“Our lease was reaching the end and we received an offer to buy the location,” owner Geoffroy Raby wrote in a message posted to the restaurant’s Instagram account Saturday, adding that a new restaurant would replace Cuisinett starting Dec. 1.

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The ratatouille from Cuisinett is made with butternut squash, red bell pepper, onion, zucchini, tomato, herb oil and a Parmigiano cheese crumble. Courtesy Geoffroy Raby.

“We will take a break and we hope to see you soon in 2024 for some new adventures,” he added.

Raby could not immediately be reached for comment.

Raby opened the eatery in 2011 as an ode to the neighborhood cafe he grew up with, serving classic French comfort foods like ratatouille, beef Bourguignon, and croque madame and monsieur sandwiches. During the pandemic, he added a market offering wine, charcuterie and other goods from France for sale.

“One thing that I’ve learned through COVID and after COVID is that a great concept will always work, but a great concept combined with a great location definitely has more chances to succeed,” Raby told the Peninsula Foodist in May, adding that Cuisinett had yet to recover from pandemic impacts. 

“We don’t have the foot traffic – the Caltrain attendance went down completely. People are still not in the office. If I look at Redwood Shores, most of the company parking lots are empty.”

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The nicoise salad from Cuisinett is served with seared ahi tuna, mixed greens, green beans, capers, red bell pepper,s potatoes, egg black olives, herbs and a lemon vinaigrette. Courtesy Geoffroy Raby.

Raby’s Instagram post Saturday prompted an outpouring of comments from fellow restaurateurs, including neighboring San Carlos businesses like Molly O’s, Out of the Barrel and Delizie Cucina & Vino.

“Geoffroy, you, your family and staff have been a place where so many have enjoyed your delicious and always thoughtful cuisine and care!” wrote Flea Street founder Jesse Cool. “Wishing you all good things as you move to your next adventure!”

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