Academy Street Bistro
Academy Street Bistro

Academy Street Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.academystreetbistro.com/
  • Phone: (919) 377-0509
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Brunch: Sunday: 11am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Brian Fitzgerald
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Waldo street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We have parking available in front of restaurant, additional parking is available across the street on Waldo Street
A word from Academy Street Bistro
Academy Street Bistro is a farm to table casual dining restaurant serving a new American menu with a French flare. Come try our fresh fish, all natural meats, fresh and local produce. Academy Street Bistro only uses the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. We are committed to local farmers produce whenever possible. I go to the downtown farmers market in downtown Cary twice a week.

Please let us know of any allergies and we will accommodate you accordingly.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Academy Street Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (49)great for outdoor dining (34)fit for foodies (33)special occasion (24)great for lunch (16)romantic (12)great for brunch (11)good for groups (9)notable wine list (5)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Dinner at Academy Street
    Together
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This is the first time that we have eaten at Academy Street Bistro. We have eaten at its predecessors over the years but this version is different. The food that we chose was excellent. The quantity was sufficient and the service was restrained - not too much interference yet enough to check on status. We would recommend this restaurant for dinner to celebrate an occasion of some kind or another - just getting to the end of the week is an occasion for me! To have a good evening at this restaurant, your need to plan on $100 for two and that's with one glass of wine each for two persons. I hope that you find an opportunity to try the menu - end of another week may just provide that opportunity.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey, a bit noisy, quality doesn't fit descript.
    BizTraveler
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Had an early dinner here at our son's suggestion. Having read the mixed reviews, we were ready for any outcome. Ambience was OK. Lighting was actually well-done. Previous comments about the noise level were confirmed. Looks like they just need to install some curtains or other sound-absorbing features to attenuate the high-freq's that just bounce all over the place. The dining area had more the feeling of a pub. We were in at an early hour, and the service was prompt. The pace was acceptable throughout the meal, and the waitperson, though a bit brusque for my taste, was just attentive enough. Ordered the Squash Bisque and Seafood Chowder as appetizers, and they are highly recommended. However, we were not at all impressed with the meals, especially at the price level. The salmon was reasonably presented, but I'm glad I specified medium rare. It arrived with a crust, and although cooked throughout, was moist enough to qualify as "medium". The pasta dish featuring sun dried tomatoes was, indeed, as advertised, but the main ingredients should have been transposed in the listing. LOTS of sun-dried tomatoes, a bit over-powering. Not what was expected. Desert was fine, and the check was offered promptly, which is always an issue that affects my over-all rating. Offer the customer the check at the appropriate time! The gratuity gets progressively smaller, the longer I wait. Didn't notice the $5 wine special on the chalkboard until we were leaving, the waitperson not having mentioning it when we were ordering wine. But my $8 red selection came in a small carafe, and was a reasonable portion, unlike some higher-end places who feel that a 5-oz. serving is all that's required. Points for that!! Over-all, there is not enough value here for the price points of the entree`s. Seems like they're trying too hard and over-complicating the dishes. Of course, that's our opinion. Others have been really impressed. But perhaps worth another try.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Academy Street Bistro
    Patron
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We waited a long time for anyone to come over to our table. We were never told about the 20% off a bottle of wine that night. The appetizers were good, but it took a long time to get them. The main course was good, but it was not hot, nor was there a lot of it. I think the portions should be bigger for the price. The hostess was very nice and came over more than once.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty and accomodating
    Sioux
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had limited time due to being in a concert after our rehearsal. All personnel were helpful and friendly. The service was fast and the food was amazing! We highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive, Innovative, and Creative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    On a Friday evening we enjoyed a pear salad, chicken with mushroom ravioli and a pleasant salmon dish over quinoa. All well prepared and tasty. Need to go her more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood cafe
    Dragonfly60VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Highly recommend if you have not tried this little gem on the heart of Cary. Beautifully prepared food and well balanced with flavor. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Pleasant Experience
    Bunny
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I chose The Academy Street Bistro because of it's location to a downtown theater that I was going to after dinner. My date and I sat at a hightop table in the bar area and enjoyed the casual atmosphere. Service was accommodating and friendly. Prices were reasonable. The food was good, but not outstanding. Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth It
    ClassyLady
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We went early because of a show we were going to attend. We requested a booth and even though there were just two of us, they dated us in one. The entire meal was delicious. I had the fish special and my daughter had the goat cheese Ravioli. We were done I plenty of time to make the show. This restaurant really is a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique and delicious!
    Queencity
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We love Academu Street Bistro. The entrees are unique and seasonal. If you love farm to table food, you will love ASB!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • caryres
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Very nice bistro in downtown Cary. Service is excellent as is the food and the décor is attractive. There is a good sized patio for outdoor dining too. All in all, Academy St Bistro is a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KUDOS to the Chef
    LyzaVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our entrees were delicious! The back of the house has their act together. We visited for the first time on a Sat. evening w/ a reservation. The restaurant was only half-full. It took awhile for our server to greet us and take a drink and appetizers order. We waited for our cocktails at least 10 minutes and then another 10 minutes for our appetizers. Having taken only a few bites of our salads, our entrees arrived. One of our entrees was incorrect, so we asked for both entrees to be returned to the kitchen and brought out at the same time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    pgallVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Three of the 4 in our party chose the ravioli dish and it was very tasty. The salad with roasted pear was very good. Nice wine at a good price and very good service. A little noisy but it was a fun Friday night so everyone in the restaurant was having fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    SaminCaryVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Marybeth took great care of us! A little slow at the bar, to start, but the the "academy steer redemption" made an excellent recovery. Highly, highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • End of week dinner out with husband
    EPOD
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Nice ambiance with very good food and service. If I lived in this neighborhood, I would come here more often. Service was also very good. I'd recommend to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business dinner
    PatS
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My customers really enjoyed the food. A very nice evening for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful lunch on the patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My husband had a recent lunch at the bistro-his first visit. Delicious crab cake sandwich and yummy beet and goat cheese salad. He loved the crispy french fries which accompanied his sandwich! Attentive service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and wine
    marmel
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Went to the bistro for a birthday dinner and as always the food was fresh and delicious. Loved the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    srsc
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went for lunch on a work day and it was quiet. Food was OK/Good but the service was nothing special. Didn't seem to care too much. I may have gone there with too high expectations based on the reviews. I may go again but with more realistic expectations.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    jnwall
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were served well, dining outside on a beautiful fall evening. Delicious food! Great service. A must if you are in Cary/
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    JulieMJones
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Academy street bistro is always great. It's that place you want to take close friends from out of town to impress them with a taste of Cary.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch was great!
    kildcarid
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    3 ladies for lunch, all had the BLT with homemade fries it was all very good. The price was reasonable as well. I ticked off the noise level as we were inside there were maybe 4 other tables and everyones voices bounced off the walls, there was nothing to absorb it. And yes I am very sensitive to noise. I will love to eat outside next time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    SimplySouthern
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been to Academy Street Bistro twice - once for lunch with an old friend and recently for dinner with my husband. It exceeded my expectations both times. The servers were very knowledgeable about the food and wine options. The food, presentation and portions were fabulous and well prepared. We didn't leave a single bite and had just enough room to share a wonderful dessert. The atmosphere is perfect for conversation and the charming ambience is very fitting for a small town, downtown restaurant. My husband and I cook a lot and don't often find a restaurant whose food we prefer over our own. But, we loved this and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Twice in one week
    Dave
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Enjoyed both lunch and dinner. Nice variety in the menu and well prepared. We'll go back - a new favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, but pricey.
    DanS
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Scottish salmon was outstanding! The strawberry and feta salad from the specials list was very good. But be sure to ask the price before ordering specials. This is the first time I ever paid $10 for a non-entrée salad! Unfortunately, the first room we were seated in was extremely noisy and we asked to be moved which they readily accommodated. The noise problem was due to lou patrons in a very acoustically live room. One nice surprise was thecavailabilit of a draught beer from the Cary Fortnight brewery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great NC Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife were in Cary (from Ohio) for the weekend for a wedding, and the groom suggested that we eat at the Academy Street Bistro. Great recommendation. The food was excellent, service excellent and the patrons were very friendly. We really enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • needs front of house help
    radtechmike
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was the 4th time my wife and I have had dinner at the bistro and after a 6 month break, we have finally found a way to enjoy the really great food without having to suffer the terrible way the dinning room is run. Ask for Terry to be your server. Our past experience has show us that the other servers and staff tend to ignore the dinners until they are called to the tables after sitting and waiting for 15 minutes to be acknowledged on a slow Thursday night. Terry was attentive, knowledgeable and certainly has experience and a flair for this type of work. Kudos to Terry and hope that the management takes this review to heart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Friday dinner
    Billy1953
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Beef filet was outstanding, service a little too relaxed, need to find a happy medium between rushed and ignored. Never asked if we wanted another glass of vino, but nice overall. Food made up for service lapse. Will go back again, hopefully a one time thing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Outstanding!
    APL29VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Excellent service, diverse menu, beautifully prepared, presented and tasting food. Excellent value as well. I could not recommend more highly and I eat all over North America. GO to this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A litle gem in Cary
    GuppyVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wirth trying. This little neighborhood gem has great unique food with a bit of French bistro flair. Knowledgeable staff serving with a smile. Try it out
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and experience
    funwithfoodie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Academy Street Bistro provides a great atmosphere, great service, and exceptional food. The cucumber dill soup was delicious and our food was fresh and seasoned well. When my omelette came out with mushrooms that I didn't order, the staff was very quick to remedy it and make a new one. We enjoyed our experience and recommend them for brunch and more!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Surprisingly Mixed Experience
    Ejko
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was our fourth time dining at Academy Street Bistro. The prior three times were very enjoyable. This most recent visit was a letdown from a service standpoint. We arrived at 6:15 for a 6:30 reservation, and were not seated until 6:40. Another group of 5 came in without a reservation and were immediately seated in the bar area, which was not offered to us. It then took a while for our waiter to come to us, and a long time for our drinks to arrive. After that, things went well. In retrospect, it seemed that no one was in charge that evening, perhaps explaining our experience. On the plus side, the food was very, very good, as it has been on previous visits. With 3 out of 4 visits positive, we'll give them another try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We've enjoyed dinner several times here. The chef does a great job and has some creative specials, but I usually end up with their salmon, which is one of my favorites (not just here). Last time, the soup special was a chilled cucumber and dill soup that was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dinner
    LoveLife
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went to dinner for our anniversary and couldn't have been happier. We had appetizers, dinner and dessert-everything was outstanding. The service was friendly and several staff members were attentive. This restaurant is a town gem and can compete with any of the other foodie spots in Raleigh or Durham.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small uninspired menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went there for the first time with friends. Menu was very limited and the service was slower than I would have expected. My salmon was done well.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely awesome
    havnfun
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great find. We can't believe this exist in cary. Just fantastic food, service and dessert. We plan on making this a weekly spot. Perfect food, wine pairing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot in downtown Cary
    caryfoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great restaurant situated in a perfect section of downtown Cary...it's encouraging to see new "life" being brought back to downtown, \ and Academy Street Bistro is a perfect addition. The food was very good but somewhat pricey for the quality - and for this area. Ambiance was excellent and comfortable. The owners visited our table and it was obvious that their commitment to customer service is top priority.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 164 reviews are from the Academy Street Bistro reviews archive.
  • Dddd
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Very enjoyable lunch with friends. Allowed us time to talk and there was no pressure to hurry up and eat. Definitely will return
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good not great
    guest
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    food was good. We had 3 appetizers (no main dishes). Oysters "on the half shell" were breaded and fried. Good, but not what I was expecting. Risotto was very tasty. Brussel sprouts were - interesting and different, but I don't think I'd order it again. I would go back to this restaurant again. Good location and atmosphere if you want a nice meal when you are going to a function in downtown Cary.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply awesome!
    Chris
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great tasting food! Also, a great place to have a working lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good Food, But Kitchen's Slow
    Billisdue
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was our third visit and it was just "OK". The server was a little slow getting to our table, but very good once we got started. The food was very good but it took much too long to get our soups (Gazpacho) & salads. There is a distinct difference between hand-crafted excellence and slow. The entrees were timed a little better, in relation to the soups/salads, but the duration of the meal was simply too long. The wait was not helped by the presence of a group of 12 or so gals celebrating a birthday dinner. They were certainly well mannered, but with the high ceilings and continual chatter the atmosphere was very noisy. I'm understand the point of a 'high energy' dining room but the service timing has to match and this did not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.