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Academy Street Bistro
Academy Street Bistro

Academy Street Bistro Details

  • 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: 11am - 2:00pm

    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Contemporary European, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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

  • 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 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 and will use organic produce whenever possible. Our meats are all natural.

Please let us know of any allergies and we will accommodate you accordingly.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Very enjoyable lunch with friends. Allowed us time to talk and there was no pressure to hurry up and eat. Definitely will return"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great tasting food! Also, a great place to have a working lunch."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Quiet, place; good beer and wine selection; food was excellent; only concern was we were seated directly beneath an outdoor speaker for the music. We should have asked that it be turned down."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food at Academy Street Bistro is great. With an improvement in service it would be our number one "go to" restaurant."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Chef's lunch specials were creative and delicious!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This is a lovely date night or special occasion spot right in downtown Cary -- finally! The service and food were both outstanding. Our BBQ shrimp over polenta and avocado was divine. I accidentally knocked over my wine (hand gestures!) and it was magically replaced without my requesting another."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Academy Street Bistro was just OK. All of the entrees sounded delicious, but when I ordered the special it came out with plain rice instead of the garlic mashed potatoes that the server described. The portions were quite small given the hefty price tag. The meal was good, but not worth the price. The cocktails sounded interesting, but at $12 each I decided to pass. The ambiance was nice, food adequate, but a little too pricey to be completely enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our first visit to this restaurant was such that we know we will return. Outstanding features: everybody seemed to be having a good time, the conversation level was lively. The welcome was friendly. The service was friendly, accurate and accommodating. We particularly enjoyed the shrimp and crab cocktail and the peach melba dessert. Look forward to exploring the menu further."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Nice place in Cary, fun martini specials. The peach puree martini was fabulous."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great food, fantastic service and quiet enough to not have to shout at your dining companion! The best part - reasonable prices!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This spot gives you a great rotating menu, a beautiful wrap-around patio and a touch of class. We had a great seafood chowder, strawberry & Camembert salad and finished with a great flour less chocolate cake. Wine list is good, dessert wine list and coffee selection is outstanding."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Unfortunately, slow service and VERY small portions. Not worth the large tab."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had a great experience Friday night.....and our waiter, Terry, was amazing."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Four of us went to Academy Street Bistro for dinner. It was a Thursday night and the restaurant wasn't crowded. There was a loud, large group at one table, and several other small tables were filled. We were taken to our seats, when we asked for a table rather than a booth, they got us one right away. The staff is friendly and accommodating, but the service is definitely slow. The food was worth the trip and I would eat there again. However, the slow service is an issue and would be a problem if it keeps happening. There are too many other good restaurants with better service."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We have eaten at the Bistro several times and have always had delicious and plentiful food. Had a reservation for Fathers Day, were greeted by a delightful young man and were seated immediately. Service on this day not so great. Were seated for several minutes (maybe 10) before we were greeted and served water. After giving our drink order we waited another 10 minutes before our drinks (ice tea) were served. Food was served more timely and was delicious. Had to flag down server for refill and take out box. Service is usually much better at the Bistro - maybe the holiday left them a bit unprepared."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner at Academy Bistro and this restaurant fills a niche in the Cary area. Its reasonably priced and the setting made the dinner quite enjoyable. My entrée was Monkfish and given all the NC fish choices, this was not the best choice; much too fishy although the presentation was outstanding. My dining companion had the chicken dish which was outstanding. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "So glad Academy Bistro calls Cary home! Another great meal....."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Fit for Foodies does not begin to size up the menu at this restaurant. I was shocked to find itas Iam not from the immediate area. If the restauarnt week menu is any indication of what the rest of the menu is like, best of luck keeping this chef in a small town. The Salmon cake was nothig short of pure salmon - and to learn they he used Scottish is unreal knowing completely well that its top quality and top price. The presentation and taste of the goat cheese and roasted beets salad were equally amazing. I was surprised to find the yellow beets on the plate as they are rarely offered due to their costly nature. The goat chese was super smooth. The waitress mentioned it was a Champagne Vinagrette - so perfect and non intrusive "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Three of us women enjoyed an outside dining experience on a Saturday night. House wine was offered at $5 a glass (what's not to like?) This was my second time there. Scallops are TERRIFIC! Good food, good service, great atmosphere ... I'll be back again! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had great expectations but were let down. Inordinate waits for everything with a half full restaurant. How do you run out of wineglasses? The bread was day old at best. In general, the individual components of dishes were OK but the flavor combinations were not the best. Salmon ordered medium was medium rare. On the plus side, some of the best clam chowder we have had in the area."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "ASB is a charming, pleasant dining experience. Food is consistently good as is service. Service is particularly superb when Phillip is your waiter. He makes the restaurant an extra special place. Five lady friends dined on this particular evening and everyone was very pleased with their food and the ambiance. The chef sent a special treat to our table at the end of our meal which was very much appreciated by all. Highly recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I ordered the salmon on a bed of black lentils with vegetables. The lentils were raw (rock hard/pebble-like). The salmon was very good. There was a disconnect with the number of hostesses and the number of wait staff. We had to wait a long time until our waitress came to greet us at the table, I was just about to get up and go looking for someone when she came out. She had passed us a couple of times and never acknowledged that she was our waitress. There were at least 3 hostesses, when they probably only needed 1-2. At the very least one could have asked for our drink orders and told us they were running behind."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My friend and I enjoyed a very quiet lunch to celebrate her birthday. Our entrees were delicious and the birthday treat for dessert made a special occasion even better."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "It was great to find Academy Bistro, and the dinner was superb. My husband and I went with another couple for the first time and all enjoyed our dinner very much. The wine selection was very good, and complemented the dinner offerings. The wait staff was very friendly and on top of our needs without hovering. Overall very good experience and would recommend the restaurant to all."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We were looking for a new place to dine and found it at Academy Street Bistro and we found it. We will return. Our server could have been more attentive but the bread and water server was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "No specific complaints but wasn't crazy about the food. A friend had highly recommended this place but it just wasn't as awesome as we thought it was going to be. Service was great but we just couldn't get super excited about the food. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great food, great service, noise level much too high. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed lunch here on the patio. The cucumber salad and gazpacho were perfect, light and well seasoned. Our server, Lawrence was personable and attentive, but not over bearing. We'll ask for him again the next time we're there. Great experience!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Four of us enjoyed a dinner on Mother's Day evening. The food was OUTSTANDING. However, we had to ask for bread three times, flag someone down twice for water and wait forever for our desserts. They did pick up the dessert charge. I can only guess that the Mother's Day crowd made it difficult to keep track of the simple things like bread and water. However, we will certainly go back there ... ambiance was wonderful and the food was oh, so tasty! It was hard to select from great food choices ... we must go back to try some of the other dishes! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is a nice, cute place with good food. However, the prices do not match the quality or the creativity of the dishes. Price for the value is off."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Everything my family ordered was wonderful. Only negative was that we felt the price could be lower because of the small portion size. My very small salad was $9 with no meat added. Would definitely recommend to others and enjoyed the old Cary photos as artwork!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We waited an hour to eat our food. We received a few apologies from our waitress. The manager was there, never came to us, never apologized, never comped anything. When the food did come, it was just OK. Small portions, expensive tag. We had reservations at 8, and they had run out of many menu items, on a Saturday. I rarely write reviews, but I thought this place really missed the mark. We will not return."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "At last a really good bistro in downtown Cary! Certainly worth return trips; definitely will recommend to friends and family."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "What used to be Klara's is now the Academy Street Bistro (within walking distance of the Cary Arts Center). The interior arrangement is pretty much the same, but otherwise a completely different restaurant. Menu, food, and service were all outstanding. As it filled up, the noise level became a little annoying."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We found the gazpacho to be the best we've ever had. The crab cakes were outstanding - and this from a Baltimore native and crab cake critic - and the apple tart was also the best we've ever had. This restaurant is a gem."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food and menu was very good, diverse and our party of 5 each enjoyed their meal. Service was a bit unattentive. Perhaps they are going for the long dinner atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This is a lovely restaurant. We had tickets to the local theatre and it's within walking distance from this restaurant. We couldn't have asked for a nicer evening."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We were looking for somewhere different from our typical chain restaurant and more upscale. We were going to the Cary Arts center so were glad to find something just down the street. I was happily surprised by the food and just how pleasant the staff was. I wouldn't have guessed that we had such a lovely place so close to home, I will definitely be back for my dad's Birthday that is coming up!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014