Bistro Maison

★★★★★
  • 729 NE Third St

    McMinnville, OR 97128

    Cross street: Northeast Galloway Street

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  • 503-474-1888

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We go here for as many of our special occasions as we can. And oftentimes because there is no place equal to it anywhere nearby. I don't have a favorite menu selection. I think I do, then I try something new, and that becomes my new

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★★★★★

We go here for as many of our special occasions as we can. And oftentimes because there is no place equal to it anywhere nearby. I don't have a favorite menu selection. I think I do, then I try something new, and that becomes my new

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when you pay your bill the little insert states "we are going\r
to build this rest one customer at a time" they have achieved that and more...the servers are pleasant and \r
the food is delicious. Love to sit outside...the best

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when you pay your bill the little insert states "we are going\r
to build this rest one customer at a time" they have achieved that and more...the servers are pleasant and \r
the food is delicious. Love to sit outside...the best

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Our favorite restaurant -- period. If we have only one dinner out with friends during visits, this is where we take them. And our children expect to go here when they visit a couple times a year. Fantastic food, great service, lovely

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★★★★★

Our favorite restaurant -- period. If we have only one dinner out with friends during visits, this is where we take them. And our children expect to go here when they visit a couple times a year. Fantastic food, great service, lovely

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My wife and I have travelled the globe. I have never experienced a better chef! If you like French food you will not find a rival. We all know that the French style is all about the sauces. Jean-jacques makes everything himself. From

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My wife and I have travelled the globe. I have never experienced a better chef! If you like French food you will not find a rival. We all know that the French style is all about the sauces. Jean-jacques makes everything himself. From

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Deborah and Jean-Jacques are an incredible pair and blessing to the area. Jean-Jacques foods are artfully prepared and presented. Deborah's wine pairing are extraordinary! Their carefully trained staff, makes certain that the service is

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Deborah and Jean-Jacques are an incredible pair and blessing to the area. Jean-Jacques foods are artfully prepared and presented. Deborah's wine pairing are extraordinary! Their carefully trained staff, makes certain that the service is

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Thank you Deborah and Jean-Jacques so much for such a wonderful rehearsal dinner! The food was incredible. We knew that it was going to be great, but it exceeded our expectations. We are still hearing from guests (we had nearly 40)

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Thank you Deborah and Jean-Jacques so much for such a wonderful rehearsal dinner! The food was incredible. We knew that it was going to be great, but it exceeded our expectations. We are still hearing from guests (we had nearly 40)

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Bistro Maison is a favorite of ours. Each time we go it is memorable. I have never felt the urge to write a review of a restaurant before , but felt compelled to as each visit here is so consistently outstanding.

The service is

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Bistro Maison is a favorite of ours. Each time we go it is memorable. I have never felt the urge to write a review of a restaurant before , but felt compelled to as each visit here is so consistently outstanding.

The service is

Pros: Everything : Food, Ambiance, Service

Cons: Not close enough to Portland-but so worth the drive

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If you can find a place that manages to offer gourmet French cuisine without being pretentious, in a unique, warm 'Bistro' atmosphere that has been very welcoming to adults and children alike (even when they were smaller), while

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If you can find a place that manages to offer gourmet French cuisine without being pretentious, in a unique, warm 'Bistro' atmosphere that has been very welcoming to adults and children alike (even when they were smaller), while

Pros: Atmosphere, value, and YES: the FOOD

Cons: Too far (but worth the trip every time)

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Before the restaurant opens each day, I imagine Deb goes through the restaurant making sure each detail is as it should be. Not for the sake of pretense, but for the experience of the customer. She then spends the remainder of the day following through, making sure the atmosphere is matched by the food and people who help you experience it.

Because that is what the Bistro Maison is - a warm, intimate, and above all delicious dining experience. Clearly the people of Bistro Maison are passionate about two things - their food and their customers.

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★★★★★

Before the restaurant opens each day, I imagine Deb goes through the restaurant making sure each detail is as it should be. Not for the sake of pretense, but for the experience of the customer. She then spends the remainder of the day following through, making sure the atmosphere is matched by the food and people who help you experience it.

Because that is what the Bistro Maison is - a warm, intimate, and above all delicious dining experience. Clearly the people of Bistro Maison are passionate about two things - their food and their customers.

Pros: Fantastic Food and Staff

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I just love the food at this place. And there is always a glass of excellent wine to go along with it. Good enough to host the next G8 meeting.

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★★★★★

I just love the food at this place. And there is always a glass of excellent wine to go along with it. Good enough to host the next G8 meeting.

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We have been dining at the Bistro Maison for about six years now, and we have never been disappointed. We have been through most of the menu, from the mussels to the hanger steaks, the coq au vin, the salmon--everything has been beautifully prepared and presented. We've attended regular dinners, lunches, and special occasion parties such as wine dinners with local winemakers and New Years Eve, for which Deborah decorates the restaurant with celebratory panache. It is clear she and Jean-Jacques love what they do. They are both knowledgeable and eager to explain their dishes and advise about wine choices--Jean-Jacques loves to come out of the kitchen when he can to visit with patrons. He uses many items from local growers, including fresh vegetables from the Farmers' Market and meat from Carlton Farms, which makes his preparations fresh and timely. The staff is equally enthusiastic about the menu selections and eager to help out a hesitant visitor. We will continue to be regular customers and consider ourselves fortunate to have such a restaurant so near (we live in McMinnville).

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★★★★★

We have been dining at the Bistro Maison for about six years now, and we have never been disappointed. We have been through most of the menu, from the mussels to the hanger steaks, the coq au vin, the salmon--everything has been beautifully prepared and presented. We've attended regular dinners, lunches, and special occasion parties such as wine dinners with local winemakers and New Years Eve, for which Deborah decorates the restaurant with celebratory panache. It is clear she and Jean-Jacques love what they do. They are both knowledgeable and eager to explain their dishes and advise about wine choices--Jean-Jacques loves to come out of the kitchen when he can to visit with patrons. He uses many items from local growers, including fresh vegetables from the Farmers' Market and meat from Carlton Farms, which makes his preparations fresh and timely. The staff is equally enthusiastic about the menu selections and eager to help out a hesitant visitor. We will continue to be regular customers and consider ourselves fortunate to have such a restaurant so near (we live in McMinnville).

Pros: Service, atmosphere, knowledge, use of local products

Cons: None

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This jewel knows food & drink is but signifier of things far deeper & sublime. It embodies excellence. Much care is given to insure deeper things shine through. Joy, contentment, passion, simplicity_the lifeblood of Bistro. From arrival you are welcomed & woven into the "terroir" like you are both royalty & family. Deborah brings a gracious luminous delight as she welcomes you. Her heart of blessing & spirit of celebration make it axiomatic that everything be the best_food & drink quality, presentation, purpose, attitude, staff, nothing is allowed to be mediocre! This desire for excellence is what honours breaking bread together. Their food is their "vision made flesh", a culinary incarnation of the "sacred." Simple yet nuanced & balanced, tasty yet fresh & clean, never heavy & burdensome. Chef JJ matches Deborah's front of the house perfectly, a marriage that rends the veil of time & allows eternity to break in on the meal. Staff is an extension of the vision. A visit to the Bistro will be remembered as one of those magical "time stands still for awhile" evenings full of magic & delight! You depart bubbling over with the life, the fun, the company?restored & renewed & deeply content. If you are searching for exterior signs that confer status and importance, this is not the place for you. Go elsewhere and be dazzled by the inevitable culinary sophistry that is the inescapable result of seeking to make the "road sign" into the destination. If you are searching for flattery that inflates & infatuates, Bistro is not for you. You will be disappointed & unfulfilled. But if you love the essence of breaking bread__community, hospitality, contentment, satisfaction, joy, then this is for you, a Way Station to the Kingdom of Delight! It has my utmost recommendation & gratitude for being honoured with memories and experiences there that will outlast a lifetime.

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★★★★★

This jewel knows food & drink is but signifier of things far deeper & sublime. It embodies excellence. Much care is given to insure deeper things shine through. Joy, contentment, passion, simplicity_the lifeblood of Bistro. From arrival you are welcomed & woven into the "terroir" like you are both royalty & family. Deborah brings a gracious luminous delight as she welcomes you. Her heart of blessing & spirit of celebration make it axiomatic that everything be the best_food & drink quality, presentation, purpose, attitude, staff, nothing is allowed to be mediocre! This desire for excellence is what honours breaking bread together. Their food is their "vision made flesh", a culinary incarnation of the "sacred." Simple yet nuanced & balanced, tasty yet fresh & clean, never heavy & burdensome. Chef JJ matches Deborah's front of the house perfectly, a marriage that rends the veil of time & allows eternity to break in on the meal. Staff is an extension of the vision. A visit to the Bistro will be remembered as one of those magical "time stands still for awhile" evenings full of magic & delight! You depart bubbling over with the life, the fun, the company?restored & renewed & deeply content. If you are searching for exterior signs that confer status and importance, this is not the place for you. Go elsewhere and be dazzled by the inevitable culinary sophistry that is the inescapable result of seeking to make the "road sign" into the destination. If you are searching for flattery that inflates & infatuates, Bistro is not for you. You will be disappointed & unfulfilled. But if you love the essence of breaking bread__community, hospitality, contentment, satisfaction, joy, then this is for you, a Way Station to the Kingdom of Delight! It has my utmost recommendation & gratitude for being honoured with memories and experiences there that will outlast a lifetime.

Pros: Feeding the soul as well as the body!

Cons: That we can't go all the time!

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This is an email I sent to the owners of Bistro Maison after dining in their establishment. If you haven't been and love great food, service and ambience then you must try this restaurant. Impeccable does not begin to describe a dining experience here.

We were a party of 4 This last Saturday night and I wanted to let you know of the amazing experience we had at your restaurant.

First, the ambience was perfect. We decided to eat in your patio after taking a look... we usually don't like to eat outside at restaurants because it is usually an after thought by the staff. Not so in this case. Your patio was perfect- including your boxer. The tablecloths were pretty and matched the atmosphere, the chairs were
comfortable and the landscaping served as a pleasant backdrop.

Second, your staff was amazingly proficient, friendly and attentive without being annoying. They also knew their menu and were able to convey a sense of "I've got to try that" without being pushy. We never wanted for anything and were replenished with water a bread at
the right moment.

Third, your special drink of Aperol was delicious and perfect for an evening meal on a summer night. We intend to purchase some Aperol and share the drink with friends while we tell them of your restaurant.

Fourth- the food was beyond delicious. We all had fish at our table and it was prepared perfectly and presented beautifully. I must say that the green beans and carrot were also perfectly cooked. I get so
tired of the vegetables in other restaurants cooked to death and annoying. Yours were a great match with my Halibut in a Morel cream sauce.

Fifth- We got to "dine". there was no hurry to turn the table and we were able to savor our appetizers and dinner and enjoy great conversation.

Kudos to you and your staff for doing everything possible to make our evening memorable. Although I was the only one that had been to your restaurant before I felt as if I had discovered something new even
though my other experience had been just as wonderful.

I wish you the most success in keeping your restaurant the beautiful gem that it is. We will be back with friends in tow!

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★★★★★

This is an email I sent to the owners of Bistro Maison after dining in their establishment. If you haven't been and love great food, service and ambience then you must try this restaurant. Impeccable does not begin to describe a dining experience here.

We were a party of 4 This last Saturday night and I wanted to let you know of the amazing experience we had at your restaurant.

First, the ambience was perfect. We decided to eat in your patio after taking a look... we usually don't like to eat outside at restaurants because it is usually an after thought by the staff. Not so in this case. Your patio was perfect- including your boxer. The tablecloths were pretty and matched the atmosphere, the chairs were
comfortable and the landscaping served as a pleasant backdrop.

Second, your staff was amazingly proficient, friendly and attentive without being annoying. They also knew their menu and were able to convey a sense of "I've got to try that" without being pushy. We never wanted for anything and were replenished with water a bread at
the right moment.

Third, your special drink of Aperol was delicious and perfect for an evening meal on a summer night. We intend to purchase some Aperol and share the drink with friends while we tell them of your restaurant.

Fourth- the food was beyond delicious. We all had fish at our table and it was prepared perfectly and presented beautifully. I must say that the green beans and carrot were also perfectly cooked. I get so
tired of the vegetables in other restaurants cooked to death and annoying. Yours were a great match with my Halibut in a Morel cream sauce.

Fifth- We got to "dine". there was no hurry to turn the table and we were able to savor our appetizers and dinner and enjoy great conversation.

Kudos to you and your staff for doing everything possible to make our evening memorable. Although I was the only one that had been to your restaurant before I felt as if I had discovered something new even
though my other experience had been just as wonderful.

I wish you the most success in keeping your restaurant the beautiful gem that it is. We will be back with friends in tow!

Pros: Exquisite food, atmosphere and service!

Cons: None

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My wife and I were in McMinnville for a Memorial Day outing. We noticed Bistro Maison among several interesting looking eateries on the town's charming 3rd ST. The door was wide open and the open sign was lit. We waited several minutes in the entry area where not an employee nor a patron could be seen. Finally when we were approached by a young woman, we were told there would be a lengthy wait. I looked aroung at all (and I do mean all) the empty tables and ask if she was serious. She said they were only serving outside and only had one person in the kitchen. We left. This was out first and probably our last experience at Bistro Maison.

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My wife and I were in McMinnville for a Memorial Day outing. We noticed Bistro Maison among several interesting looking eateries on the town's charming 3rd ST. The door was wide open and the open sign was lit. We waited several minutes in the entry area where not an employee nor a patron could be seen. Finally when we were approached by a young woman, we were told there would be a lengthy wait. I looked aroung at all (and I do mean all) the empty tables and ask if she was serious. She said they were only serving outside and only had one person in the kitchen. We left. This was out first and probably our last experience at Bistro Maison.

Pros: ?????????????????

Cons: Waited to be greeted............

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My husband and I had dinner at this absolutely amazing restaurant. I am still in awe of my dish: the sturgeon with mushroom sauce. Amazing!!! (I know, I am overdoing that word)....

Everything about this restaurant is wonderful: impeccable service (Portland higher end restaurants should look to the staff at Bistro Maison to learn what impeccable service involves), great and reasonably priced wines, and a remarkable variety of stunning food.

It is only the distance (we live in Vancouver, Washington) which prevents us from being regular customers.

Thank you for a wonderful dinner!


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My husband and I had dinner at this absolutely amazing restaurant. I am still in awe of my dish: the sturgeon with mushroom sauce. Amazing!!! (I know, I am overdoing that word)....

Everything about this restaurant is wonderful: impeccable service (Portland higher end restaurants should look to the staff at Bistro Maison to learn what impeccable service involves), great and reasonably priced wines, and a remarkable variety of stunning food.

It is only the distance (we live in Vancouver, Washington) which prevents us from being regular customers.

Thank you for a wonderful dinner!


Pros: Superb service, food and wine

Cons: None

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Bistro Maison offers amazingly fresh bistro fare w/ a superb and moderately priced wine list that compliments the authentic French cuisine. Deborah is a thoughtful hostess and her chef/husband Jean-Jacques is a masterful genius in the kitchen. My wife and I dine at Bistro Maison every time we are in McMinnville and are continuously impressed. The Coq au Vin is to die for!!!

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Bistro Maison offers amazingly fresh bistro fare w/ a superb and moderately priced wine list that compliments the authentic French cuisine. Deborah is a thoughtful hostess and her chef/husband Jean-Jacques is a masterful genius in the kitchen. My wife and I dine at Bistro Maison every time we are in McMinnville and are continuously impressed. The Coq au Vin is to die for!!!

Pros: cuisine, wine list, authenticity of preparations, friendly service

Cons: none

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As resident of McMinnville, I am grateful for the excellent restaurants we have in our historic downtown area on 3rd Street. However, even in the mix of these wonderful places, Bistro Maison stands out from the rest. I am amazed that we have chef Jean Jaques Chatelard in our little town. My husband and I have been fortunate to travel rather extensively including Italy and France. The food at Bistro Maison is world class as is it's chef Jean Jaques, and proprietor Deborah. When we are dining in Portland, I constantly find myself comparing everything to the quality and taste of Bistro Maison. Not only are they amazing on a day to day basis, but if you get the opportunity you will want to attend one of their wine dinners. These are truly events where you will not forget the food and wine. No one does more thoughtful food and wine pairings than Deborah.

Our favorites are definitely any time and any way that there is halibut on the menu, and the white truffle fondue is unbelievable. If you are a fois gras fan, you will find it masterfully prepared. French fries to die for! The Creme Brulee is without doubt the best I have had anywhere. The sauces are truly unique and executed to perfection.
The staff is experienced and knowledgeable, and committed to providing you with great service.

If I sound over the top about Bistro Maison, I am. I would drive to Portland on a regular basis to eat there, but how lucky are we, we only have to walk downtown.

Be sure to make reservations on weekends.

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★★★★★

As resident of McMinnville, I am grateful for the excellent restaurants we have in our historic downtown area on 3rd Street. However, even in the mix of these wonderful places, Bistro Maison stands out from the rest. I am amazed that we have chef Jean Jaques Chatelard in our little town. My husband and I have been fortunate to travel rather extensively including Italy and France. The food at Bistro Maison is world class as is it's chef Jean Jaques, and proprietor Deborah. When we are dining in Portland, I constantly find myself comparing everything to the quality and taste of Bistro Maison. Not only are they amazing on a day to day basis, but if you get the opportunity you will want to attend one of their wine dinners. These are truly events where you will not forget the food and wine. No one does more thoughtful food and wine pairings than Deborah.

Our favorites are definitely any time and any way that there is halibut on the menu, and the white truffle fondue is unbelievable. If you are a fois gras fan, you will find it masterfully prepared. French fries to die for! The Creme Brulee is without doubt the best I have had anywhere. The sauces are truly unique and executed to perfection.
The staff is experienced and knowledgeable, and committed to providing you with great service.

If I sound over the top about Bistro Maison, I am. I would drive to Portland on a regular basis to eat there, but how lucky are we, we only have to walk downtown.

Be sure to make reservations on weekends.

Pros: Amazing french food prepared by a world class chef to perfection

Cons: Most of the time none

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My boyfriend and I have been here twice and though the food is usually good, we always end up feeling uncomfortable. Even if we just want to order two entrees to keep costs down we are always pressured by the owner and waitresses to buy drinks, appetizers, a dessert... It makes me feel that though we are being cheap for only spending $40 on a meal for two. The mark-up on the wine is also very high. We bought a bottle of Pinot for $60 ( a splurge to celebrate our anniversary ) and found it in the grocery a day later for $15. I just don't like to be constantly pressured into buying more, more, more when I'm trying to have a relaxing evening with my honey. It makes me feel like I'm at a car dealership.

They also moved us around three times one time we went in to make more accommodating spots for other guests.

If you are rich and feel good about spending money on overpriced wine, I would recommend it. If you are just a normal joe who doesn't want to feel like white trash for having a budget, avoid it.

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My boyfriend and I have been here twice and though the food is usually good, we always end up feeling uncomfortable. Even if we just want to order two entrees to keep costs down we are always pressured by the owner and waitresses to buy drinks, appetizers, a dessert... It makes me feel that though we are being cheap for only spending $40 on a meal for two. The mark-up on the wine is also very high. We bought a bottle of Pinot for $60 ( a splurge to celebrate our anniversary ) and found it in the grocery a day later for $15. I just don't like to be constantly pressured into buying more, more, more when I'm trying to have a relaxing evening with my honey. It makes me feel like I'm at a car dealership.

They also moved us around three times one time we went in to make more accommodating spots for other guests.

If you are rich and feel good about spending money on overpriced wine, I would recommend it. If you are just a normal joe who doesn't want to feel like white trash for having a budget, avoid it.

Pros: Good bacon/cheese salad and pasta

Cons: obnoxious owner, overpriced wine

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We love this restaurant: the owners are friendly, the food is delicious, the ambiance cozy. We enjoyed this years Mother's Day fixed menu that had so many delicious options that it didn't seem "fixed" at all. The use of fresh local ingredients makes the food even more appealing. We make the "trek" to McMinnville at least a couple of times year to savor the wonderful things they have to offer.

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We love this restaurant: the owners are friendly, the food is delicious, the ambiance cozy. We enjoyed this years Mother's Day fixed menu that had so many delicious options that it didn't seem "fixed" at all. The use of fresh local ingredients makes the food even more appealing. We make the "trek" to McMinnville at least a couple of times year to savor the wonderful things they have to offer.

Pros: Wonderful french cuisine, friendly service

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On a repeat visit to McMinnville and surrounding wine country, we decided to check out Bistro Maison, based on reviews we'd read on this site. On a mid-week night in September we arrived for our early evening dinner reservation. With the weather still pleasant, we chose the lush patio/garden seating where tables were covered in warm yellow and blue cloths and candles. Overhead, were strings of lights with reflectors that cast a romantic glow. The wait staff was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable, and the owner personally attended to our wine selection. We started our meal with a cheese and pate board, followed by an entree of crusted pork chop with huckleberry sauce, mash potato, and roasted green beans. The starter was varied, and piqued our anticipation of the main course. The chops (at least 1-inch thick) were perfectly done, and the sauce was rich and piquant. We finished our meal with molten chocolate cake with homemade vanilla bean ice cream, and coffee of locally roasted beans. This restaurant provides excellent quality, and expertly prepared meals --served with sincerity.

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On a repeat visit to McMinnville and surrounding wine country, we decided to check out Bistro Maison, based on reviews we'd read on this site. On a mid-week night in September we arrived for our early evening dinner reservation. With the weather still pleasant, we chose the lush patio/garden seating where tables were covered in warm yellow and blue cloths and candles. Overhead, were strings of lights with reflectors that cast a romantic glow. The wait staff was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable, and the owner personally attended to our wine selection. We started our meal with a cheese and pate board, followed by an entree of crusted pork chop with huckleberry sauce, mash potato, and roasted green beans. The starter was varied, and piqued our anticipation of the main course. The chops (at least 1-inch thick) were perfectly done, and the sauce was rich and piquant. We finished our meal with molten chocolate cake with homemade vanilla bean ice cream, and coffee of locally roasted beans. This restaurant provides excellent quality, and expertly prepared meals --served with sincerity.

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A few minutes and a few bites into our first dining experience at Bistro Maison, my wife said, "I didn't renew my passport and I don't have jetl ag, but we're in Paris." The main reason for the authentic French dining experience at Bistro Maison is the authentic French chef -- Jean-Jacques Chatelard, and his delightful wife/hostess, Deborah. Our taste buds delighted at every bite of every course. I don't know where to begin. New Orleans had been the best food experience of my life. Now it is McMinnville -- luckily for me only 2 miles from my home. The ambiance -- you feel like you are in a small French cafe -- and the service -- personal, friendly, efficient -- complete a perfect experience. Amazing, simply amazing.

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A few minutes and a few bites into our first dining experience at Bistro Maison, my wife said, "I didn't renew my passport and I don't have jetl ag, but we're in Paris." The main reason for the authentic French dining experience at Bistro Maison is the authentic French chef -- Jean-Jacques Chatelard, and his delightful wife/hostess, Deborah. Our taste buds delighted at every bite of every course. I don't know where to begin. New Orleans had been the best food experience of my life. Now it is McMinnville -- luckily for me only 2 miles from my home. The ambiance -- you feel like you are in a small French cafe -- and the service -- personal, friendly, efficient -- complete a perfect experience. Amazing, simply amazing.

Pros: Food, drink, service, ambiance -- what else is there?

Cons: nothing

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How fun it was to find an authentic French Bistro right here in the Valley! The chefs use of sauces combined with a killer white truffle fondue were a perfect celebration of French meets Oregon. Deborah was gracious and accommodating at every turn and made us feel welcome even though there were a dozen other couples seated at the same time. Not pretentious, great portions and an outstanding experience that I would do again.

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How fun it was to find an authentic French Bistro right here in the Valley! The chefs use of sauces combined with a killer white truffle fondue were a perfect celebration of French meets Oregon. Deborah was gracious and accommodating at every turn and made us feel welcome even though there were a dozen other couples seated at the same time. Not pretentious, great portions and an outstanding experience that I would do again.

Pros: Great Wine and Martinis to boot!

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What a wonderful experience. We live in Portland but traveled for our date night to this amazing little bistro on a recommendation of friends. We were not disappointed. The service was wonderful and the food was exceptional. The wines that were offered were very reasonable and all around us were wine makers of the valley who were especially charming. The chef came to speak to us after a long night of cooking and showed his passion for the classical French food he so passionately prepared. I would easily have every date night there!

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What a wonderful experience. We live in Portland but traveled for our date night to this amazing little bistro on a recommendation of friends. We were not disappointed. The service was wonderful and the food was exceptional. The wines that were offered were very reasonable and all around us were wine makers of the valley who were especially charming. The chef came to speak to us after a long night of cooking and showed his passion for the classical French food he so passionately prepared. I would easily have every date night there!

Pros: Chef owned and opperated with passion

Cons: too far from Portland to visit every day!

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Unfortunately, I had an experience similar to the one described by bistecca on 12/5/06. It?s not worth going into too much detail; let?s just say the owner was NOT happy when one of the guests at my table wanted to send back his entree (it was cold and the flavor was simply not good). Despite soliciting his feedback, it was clear she wasn?t really interested in listening to it. Not only did she argue with him, she actually subjected our entire table to a rather loud and somewhat offensive lecture on French cuisine and her vast experience in New York and Paris. Things got even more uncomfortable later on when she still tried to charge us for the entree. Naturally, my guest didn?t think it was appropriate to be charged for a meal he sent back after two bites and the discussion got heated.

I really can?t even begin to describe just how horrible the whole experience was and it?s clearly a recurring issue (based on the other review). My recommendation: skip Bistro Maison and check out some of the other great restaurants in the area. Most of them have outstanding food, stellar service and owners that aren?t prone to insulting their guests.

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★☆☆☆☆

Unfortunately, I had an experience similar to the one described by bistecca on 12/5/06. It?s not worth going into too much detail; let?s just say the owner was NOT happy when one of the guests at my table wanted to send back his entree (it was cold and the flavor was simply not good). Despite soliciting his feedback, it was clear she wasn?t really interested in listening to it. Not only did she argue with him, she actually subjected our entire table to a rather loud and somewhat offensive lecture on French cuisine and her vast experience in New York and Paris. Things got even more uncomfortable later on when she still tried to charge us for the entree. Naturally, my guest didn?t think it was appropriate to be charged for a meal he sent back after two bites and the discussion got heated.

I really can?t even begin to describe just how horrible the whole experience was and it?s clearly a recurring issue (based on the other review). My recommendation: skip Bistro Maison and check out some of the other great restaurants in the area. Most of them have outstanding food, stellar service and owners that aren?t prone to insulting their guests.

Pros: Very knowledgeable and friendly servers; excellent appetizers

Cons: Extremely rude owner

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We visited Bistro Maison for lunch during a day of touring local wineries. The food was exceptional (best fondue I've ever had), the service exemplary, and the ambience so relaxing I didn't want to leave. The owners are truly "hosts," making sure everything is just right, down to offering more accompaniments for the fondue when we finished what we had. They have an excellent wine list, both local and French wines, and are happy to offer suggestions for pairing with your meal. I was very pleasantly surprised to find such a wonderful French Bistro in McMinnville, and am looking forward to returning (from Portland) to sample their dinner menu. Thanks for a memorable meal!

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★★★★★

We visited Bistro Maison for lunch during a day of touring local wineries. The food was exceptional (best fondue I've ever had), the service exemplary, and the ambience so relaxing I didn't want to leave. The owners are truly "hosts," making sure everything is just right, down to offering more accompaniments for the fondue when we finished what we had. They have an excellent wine list, both local and French wines, and are happy to offer suggestions for pairing with your meal. I was very pleasantly surprised to find such a wonderful French Bistro in McMinnville, and am looking forward to returning (from Portland) to sample their dinner menu. Thanks for a memorable meal!

Pros: Food quality, service, ambience, wine list

Cons: Too far from Portland (but so worth the drive!)

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Our friends made reservations a month in advance to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday. We called to confirm the day of our scheduled reservation, and were told (quite rudely) they didn't have us in the books. Fortunately they were able to accommodate us at the original time.

Shortly after being seated at 5:30 we ordered a bottle of champagne. The owner then came over and informed us "I need this table back at 7:30". She said if that's a problem, we could leave. We were all shocked an appalled... we are all savvy diners and have NEVER been informed of a time limit or treated so rudely, especially at a supposed 4 star restaurant. We stayed, but that set a very negative tone for the evening. The food was very good and our waitress was great.... but nothing could overcome that initial service faux pas BY THE OWNER.

After paying for our meal (and bumping up on our 7:30 time limit) we asked to speak with the owner to give her our feedback on the experience, and how she set a very negative (and unnecessary) tone for what should have been a special evening. She was very defensive and said "Well, what should I have done? I have people waiting". A good restaurant knows how to leverage their waitstaff to get diners in/out, without burdening the customers. She obviously needs training in this area. She also did not bother to listen to our feedback and apologize... basic customer service 101.

Bottom line: Good food doesn't make up for rude service... we won't be back, and will be sure to spread the word.

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★☆☆☆☆

Our friends made reservations a month in advance to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday. We called to confirm the day of our scheduled reservation, and were told (quite rudely) they didn't have us in the books. Fortunately they were able to accommodate us at the original time.

Shortly after being seated at 5:30 we ordered a bottle of champagne. The owner then came over and informed us "I need this table back at 7:30". She said if that's a problem, we could leave. We were all shocked an appalled... we are all savvy diners and have NEVER been informed of a time limit or treated so rudely, especially at a supposed 4 star restaurant. We stayed, but that set a very negative tone for the evening. The food was very good and our waitress was great.... but nothing could overcome that initial service faux pas BY THE OWNER.

After paying for our meal (and bumping up on our 7:30 time limit) we asked to speak with the owner to give her our feedback on the experience, and how she set a very negative (and unnecessary) tone for what should have been a special evening. She was very defensive and said "Well, what should I have done? I have people waiting". A good restaurant knows how to leverage their waitstaff to get diners in/out, without burdening the customers. She obviously needs training in this area. She also did not bother to listen to our feedback and apologize... basic customer service 101.

Bottom line: Good food doesn't make up for rude service... we won't be back, and will be sure to spread the word.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Rude service

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Thank you Deborah and Jean-Jacques for transporting the taste and ambiance of a true Bistro to Oregon. Having dined in many, many, outstanding restaurants in Portland and elsewhere in the Willamette Valley, we can say that without doubt Bistro Maison creates some of the best regional food in the state. The menu and setting define a sense of place that is unuasually appropriate. Staff are knowledgeable and honest in their recommendations. We have visited Bistro Maison many times since the restaurant opened, and have been increasingly pleased with all aspects of each visit. We fear that the secret is now out of the bag, and that soon it will be difficult to reserve our preferred patio table!

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★★★★★

Thank you Deborah and Jean-Jacques for transporting the taste and ambiance of a true Bistro to Oregon. Having dined in many, many, outstanding restaurants in Portland and elsewhere in the Willamette Valley, we can say that without doubt Bistro Maison creates some of the best regional food in the state. The menu and setting define a sense of place that is unuasually appropriate. Staff are knowledgeable and honest in their recommendations. We have visited Bistro Maison many times since the restaurant opened, and have been increasingly pleased with all aspects of each visit. We fear that the secret is now out of the bag, and that soon it will be difficult to reserve our preferred patio table!

Pros: simply outstanding in every respect

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We chose this restaurant based on glowing Citysearch reviews, but were disappointed as soon as we arrived for our anniversary. We made reservations in advance and were promptly seated on the patio, but in cheap plastic chairs. To go with it, plastic tablecloths and pine needles in the wine glasses. I know McMinnville isn't Portland, but we were expecting a little more for our average of $23 an entree. The food was so-so as well. I had the duck, which was offered with salad or french fries, as are quite a few entrees... who wants french fries with duck?! My husband had halibut, which was substituted for the sturgeon which they were out of, and said it was bland. The duck taste and presentation were unimpressive as well. Before dinner, we were offered a piece of baguette each, wrapped with a little piece of paper with their logo on a sticker. Chintzy, I thought. As far as good things, the service was attentive and the wine list was pretty good. It was nice to see so many local offerings and to have a waitress who could talk about them. Overall, I'd skip it. The tapas place down the street looked a lot better.

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★★☆☆☆

We chose this restaurant based on glowing Citysearch reviews, but were disappointed as soon as we arrived for our anniversary. We made reservations in advance and were promptly seated on the patio, but in cheap plastic chairs. To go with it, plastic tablecloths and pine needles in the wine glasses. I know McMinnville isn't Portland, but we were expecting a little more for our average of $23 an entree. The food was so-so as well. I had the duck, which was offered with salad or french fries, as are quite a few entrees... who wants french fries with duck?! My husband had halibut, which was substituted for the sturgeon which they were out of, and said it was bland. The duck taste and presentation were unimpressive as well. Before dinner, we were offered a piece of baguette each, wrapped with a little piece of paper with their logo on a sticker. Chintzy, I thought. As far as good things, the service was attentive and the wine list was pretty good. It was nice to see so many local offerings and to have a waitress who could talk about them. Overall, I'd skip it. The tapas place down the street looked a lot better.

Pros: Good wine list

Cons: tacky patio

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The outdoor garden was wonderful. Great lighting and colorful landscaping, an open yet intimate outdoor dining experience. The service was prompt and attentive. The food was delicious, fresh, and inventive. The appetizers took a bit longer than expected...and we were hungry, due to the lengthy drive from SE Portland, but once the food started arriving it was worth the wait! The wine list was superb, we asked for and got wonderful recommendations for wine to pair with our appetizers and then with our dinner choices. Dessert is a must and was the perfect end to the meal. The only change I would make to our entire dinner would be to forgo the coffee as I prefer a smooth coffee with dessert while the house blend was strong and rather bitter. Worth the drive, reasonably priced, superb wine and scrumptious food, we will definitely be returning.

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★★★★★

The outdoor garden was wonderful. Great lighting and colorful landscaping, an open yet intimate outdoor dining experience. The service was prompt and attentive. The food was delicious, fresh, and inventive. The appetizers took a bit longer than expected...and we were hungry, due to the lengthy drive from SE Portland, but once the food started arriving it was worth the wait! The wine list was superb, we asked for and got wonderful recommendations for wine to pair with our appetizers and then with our dinner choices. Dessert is a must and was the perfect end to the meal. The only change I would make to our entire dinner would be to forgo the coffee as I prefer a smooth coffee with dessert while the house blend was strong and rather bitter. Worth the drive, reasonably priced, superb wine and scrumptious food, we will definitely be returning.

Pros: Ambience, Wine list, Food

Cons: Bitter coffee

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Just a great place with lots of wonderful food, wonderful wine list and prices that don't break the bank. The quallity of the food and the chef's great cooking comes through in all the dishes we ordered
We have been all over Napa and eaten in the HOT NAMES and they don't compare. Keller can take a lesson on bistro food. The restaurant delivers with great flair and understated elegance.
The garden is fun, and makes a great evening out

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★★★★★

Just a great place with lots of wonderful food, wonderful wine list and prices that don't break the bank. The quallity of the food and the chef's great cooking comes through in all the dishes we ordered
We have been all over Napa and eaten in the HOT NAMES and they don't compare. Keller can take a lesson on bistro food. The restaurant delivers with great flair and understated elegance.
The garden is fun, and makes a great evening out

Pros: wine list is wonderful, garden is lovely and fun

Cons: parking can be a hassle

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On a recent wine tour of Oregon, we ran across this delightful country bistro. Charmed by the ambiance, we booked a table and were convinced we had been teleported into the French countryside. During a three-day stop in McMinnville, we dined at Bistro Maison four times. (Yes, they are open for lunch.)

Although the ambiance is relaxed, this restaurant takes its food very seriously. The ingredients are local and simply the best -- from the crisp fresh-baked baguette, home made country pates and pickles, meats, fish, fruits, simple desserts, cheese, and well-stocked wine cellar --- you know you are in the hands of a culinary artist.

The chef, Jean Jaques, has his imprimateur on every aspect of the dining experience while his charming wife, Debra, is on hand to assist selecting just the local perfect wine for each customers taste.

Our favorite dishes - the rillettes, poached pears, mushroom omelet, coq au vin, the local veal, and the divine creme caramel.

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★★★★★

On a recent wine tour of Oregon, we ran across this delightful country bistro. Charmed by the ambiance, we booked a table and were convinced we had been teleported into the French countryside. During a three-day stop in McMinnville, we dined at Bistro Maison four times. (Yes, they are open for lunch.)

Although the ambiance is relaxed, this restaurant takes its food very seriously. The ingredients are local and simply the best -- from the crisp fresh-baked baguette, home made country pates and pickles, meats, fish, fruits, simple desserts, cheese, and well-stocked wine cellar --- you know you are in the hands of a culinary artist.

The chef, Jean Jaques, has his imprimateur on every aspect of the dining experience while his charming wife, Debra, is on hand to assist selecting just the local perfect wine for each customers taste.

Our favorite dishes - the rillettes, poached pears, mushroom omelet, coq au vin, the local veal, and the divine creme caramel.

Pros: I give the place a solid 10 on everything. The ervice was especially warm and friendly.

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My husband and I gave OR wine country a shot. For our "big evening out", we decided to go to Bistro Maison. Upon getting there, the simple, "house" feel was extremely inviting and quaint. The service, from start to finish was timely and friendly. After complementing the food over and over again, we learned the Chef/owner is a Parisian trained Chef that worked for years in Italy and NY - and his partner/wife has been in the high-end food business her whole career (and studied hospitality in Switzerland!) It was a surreal, delicious experience in McMinville.

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★★★★★

My husband and I gave OR wine country a shot. For our "big evening out", we decided to go to Bistro Maison. Upon getting there, the simple, "house" feel was extremely inviting and quaint. The service, from start to finish was timely and friendly. After complementing the food over and over again, we learned the Chef/owner is a Parisian trained Chef that worked for years in Italy and NY - and his partner/wife has been in the high-end food business her whole career (and studied hospitality in Switzerland!) It was a surreal, delicious experience in McMinville.

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This place is a slice of heaven in wine country... a real treat every time I go. The menu, the specials, and the sinful deserts make this restaurant a real gem in Oregon's finest. Great value. I have been to Napa and Sonoma, and nothing compares to Bistro Maison. I can't wait to return next time I visit the region.

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★★★★★

This place is a slice of heaven in wine country... a real treat every time I go. The menu, the specials, and the sinful deserts make this restaurant a real gem in Oregon's finest. Great value. I have been to Napa and Sonoma, and nothing compares to Bistro Maison. I can't wait to return next time I visit the region.

Pros: Inexpensive, Lively, Clean

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I've been to France several times and the food at Bistro Maison is the real thing. Add to this great knowledgable service and the traditional warmth I've come to expect of the French Bistro environment and you have a dining experience fitting of the Oregon wine country.

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★★★★★

I've been to France several times and the food at Bistro Maison is the real thing. Add to this great knowledgable service and the traditional warmth I've come to expect of the French Bistro environment and you have a dining experience fitting of the Oregon wine country.

Pros: Delicious food, knowledgable staff, well priced

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Bistro Maison measures up to the standards of New York and Paris, because that's where the owners perfected their crafts. The service is excellent including expert advice on local wines (a reason why the McMinnville location actually does make sense). Chef Jean-Jacques emphasizes fresh local ingredients in his authentic bistro cuisine, from wild mushrooms and salmon to an excellent 2lb. steak (for two). The fondues, pomme frites with (should I say avec?) aioli, incredible sauces, breads, many seasonal special items--all made on site and delicious. I was won over by the onion soup (vegetarian, too). For dessert, try the profiteroles au chocolat. Patio dining in the summer reminds us why we live in Oregon, and Bistro Maison shows us we don't have to give up all of the joys of the city to be here.

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★★★★★

Bistro Maison measures up to the standards of New York and Paris, because that's where the owners perfected their crafts. The service is excellent including expert advice on local wines (a reason why the McMinnville location actually does make sense). Chef Jean-Jacques emphasizes fresh local ingredients in his authentic bistro cuisine, from wild mushrooms and salmon to an excellent 2lb. steak (for two). The fondues, pomme frites with (should I say avec?) aioli, incredible sauces, breads, many seasonal special items--all made on site and delicious. I was won over by the onion soup (vegetarian, too). For dessert, try the profiteroles au chocolat. Patio dining in the summer reminds us why we live in Oregon, and Bistro Maison shows us we don't have to give up all of the joys of the city to be here.

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Hailing from NYC, they really know what they are doing. It has the most adorable and quaint setting inside and out on the patio. The food and menu selections are better than what you can find in famous bistro's of Paris. The service is knowledgeable, attentive, and charming. Take the time to visit, you will be so happy you did.

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★★★★★

Hailing from NYC, they really know what they are doing. It has the most adorable and quaint setting inside and out on the patio. The food and menu selections are better than what you can find in famous bistro's of Paris. The service is knowledgeable, attentive, and charming. Take the time to visit, you will be so happy you did.

Pros: top rated food, casual chic...fun fun, great portions

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Just like being in a Michelin starred restaurant in the countryside of France. Chef/owner Jean Jacques is in the kitchen while his wife, Deborah, runs the dining areas. I've been there at least 10 times and every dish is delicious and authentically prepared; from charcuterie to locally grown salad greens and vegetbles, mussels, duck confit, roasted salmon, hanger steak, fresh pomme frites, bouillabaisse, cassoulet, and the best creme caramel I've ever tasted. The ambiance is beautiful, the outdoor patio is gorgeous, and the music is soft. A great dining experience which deserves a 98 overall rating. I've also rubbed elbows with many of the wine growers and B&B owners.

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★★★★★

Just like being in a Michelin starred restaurant in the countryside of France. Chef/owner Jean Jacques is in the kitchen while his wife, Deborah, runs the dining areas. I've been there at least 10 times and every dish is delicious and authentically prepared; from charcuterie to locally grown salad greens and vegetbles, mussels, duck confit, roasted salmon, hanger steak, fresh pomme frites, bouillabaisse, cassoulet, and the best creme caramel I've ever tasted. The ambiance is beautiful, the outdoor patio is gorgeous, and the music is soft. A great dining experience which deserves a 98 overall rating. I've also rubbed elbows with many of the wine growers and B&B owners.

Pros: friendly, moderate prices, romantic

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Authentic French bistro food that delivers great taste, warm ambiance, and good value. We have been there a couple of times and never had a disappointing experience. Portions are large, and the food is delicious

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★★★★★

Authentic French bistro food that delivers great taste, warm ambiance, and good value. We have been there a couple of times and never had a disappointing experience. Portions are large, and the food is delicious

Pros: beautiful garden, great value, good wine list

 

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