Artisan Bistro
Artisan Bistro

Artisan Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.artisanlafayette.com/
  • Phone: 9259620882
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 5:00-9:00; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: John Marquez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We look forward to helping you with your private parties or special event needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Miller 9259620882

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mt. Diablo Blvd.
  • Public Transit: Close to the Lafayette Bart Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking in our two lots, street parking also available.
A word from Artisan Bistro
Artisan Bistro offers a warm, welcoming ambiance, appropriate for both special occasions & casual get-togethers. The highly refined food of Chef/Owner John Marquez, blends Northern California's local/organic sensibilities with French influences & techniques. The warm interior is a reflection of the casual elegance you find in every meal. This upscale bistro is intimate, personal and inviting. The dining room is contemporary, stylish and elegant, displaying natural wood beams, a cozy stone fireplace, and exhibits by a local artist.
In the kitchen, the sophisticated menu is prepared by Chef Marquez, with over 15 years of French American culinary experience. He has recently served as Chef at Fringale, Chef de Cuisine at Coi in SF., with prior work at Picasso in Las Vegas, Per Se in NY and The French Laundry in Yountville.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Artisan Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
342 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (260)neighborhood gem (257)fit for foodies (248)great for outdoor dining (244)romantic (215)great for lunch (152)notable wine list (134)great for brunch (119)hot spot (90)late-night find (56)vibrant bar scene (27)good for groups (17)kid-friendly (9)Show More
  • yum!
    JayMVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great find before a concert in Layfette. Innovative food. Excellent service. A bit far for a repeat, but definitely on the list next time we're up there. Server Leo was fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    madabouttownVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've been to this restaurant many times and although they are pricey in terms of the small dinner portions, the food has always been good. However, this time the duck I had ordered was 3/4 fat, gristle and very little meat. I finished the meal as I kept thinking the next bite would be meat, but it was not. I showed my waiter how much of the duck was inedible and he said he'd let the chef know. No one ever got back to me and they did not offer any apology or compensation. To be fair, the little bit of meat was very tasty and my dinner partner totally enjoyed his steak, though it was smaller than he would have liked. The rest of the meal was fine, but since the main course is the most important part of the meal, it should not be flawed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best and Worst in One Night
    Dave
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We've been to Artisan a number of times now and this last time I had both the best dish and the worst dish in the same meal. The octopus appetizer was absolutely fantastic and they could probably make it into a main course on their menu. The duck was filled with gristle and was the most chewy piece of duck that I have ever eaten anywhere. We were treating a very close friend to a special Bon Voyage dinner and I did not want to derail the evening. If not for that I would have sent the duck back as soon as I had trouble cutting through the first piece with the knife. Everyone else loved their food and the desserts are still great, though I will say that the Peach Bread Pudding doesn't taste much like peach, still very yummy.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special place
    dinevseating
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This restaurant has changed hands several times over many years, but this is the best one yet. It may be a little pricey for some, but it is well worth it. We dined outside, the service was superb, and the meal outstanding. We tried the stuffed squash blossoms and the octopus small dishes to start. Both were excellently prepared. Our entrees were the breast of duck and the grouper. They were also very well done!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Marlssa
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Not enough smaller meals offered fo those of us that like small plate meals.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding value
    Bart
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Excellent performance from the host to bus boy to waiter to chef. At $60 per person the fixed price three course dinner was an outstanding value. All three courses were elaborate. Elaborate preparations, perfectly cooked and perfectly presented. The service was friendly and professional. I would recommend this restaurant for a date or a birthday or wedding anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food here is amazing. We have enjoyed their special priced three course meals - wonderful choices and always delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Spot in Lafayette
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were looking for a special place to celebrate my Mother's 90th birthday. After reading all the positive reviews on Yelp and OT we decided Artisan would be our choice. We had flowers (dropped off earlier) waiting on the table upon our arrival. My sweet mum was thrilled. Joe and Chris were great! Chris was so kind and patient and thoughtfully answered her questions. She chose the beet salad and duck as her entrée, and ate every morsel on her plate.......she hasn't had this kind of appetite in years! Chris brought out her dessert with a Happy Birthday card made from chocolate - gone! Upon leaving, she was given a ribbon tied menu with her name printed on top. The evening was perfect. TY to the Chef & everyone at AB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time
    Love2dine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my first time, but will not be my last time dining at the Bistro. Minor service flaws e.g., waiter had to be reminded to bring side dish that had been ordered. The food was exceptional, especially the scallops and cold corn soup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Always a warm and welcoming greeting. Wonderful ambiance, great service and outstanding food. Beautiful presentation!! Great place to celebrate special events or just meet with your special friends for a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deserving of its praise
    MARK
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Everything was absolutely perfect; from the Corn Soup appetizer to the Slow Roasted Wild King Salmon entrée this place hit it out of the park. Service was 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Inspirational
    Soderberg
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Dined with my good friend and Girlfriend. Everything and I mean everything from the Octopus to the Sea Bass was sheer perfection. The Bread Pudding is a must!!! The Chef and his team were spot on!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect Culinary Adventure
    Davidoff
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    For anyone that enjoys fine dining, you must make Artisan Bistro the top priority. The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Adris was an excellent host! The food and wine was amazing. It was an amazing experience and night I will remember forever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Venue!
    Schneider
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner here very much. The wait service was wonderful and the food absolutely delicious. We cannot wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Artisan Bistro is a gem
    rubypie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We love this place. It is always fantastic. Incredible care is put in to the dining experience at Artisan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lafayette gem!!
    BeniciaMama
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant hands down!! I have never had a bad meal. The service is wonderful and the servers know the menu inside and out. The beet salad is fabulous and filling but not heavy. The desserts are tasty and always a little different than your typical offerings. I would highly recommend this little gem to all my friends and family!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was outstanding and excellently prepared. I will definitely visit the restaurant again in the future
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    diningaroundtheworld
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The quality of the food is great. The pricing was what you would find in SF. However, the ambiance (converted house) and wait staff did not pair with the quality of the food. I have a food allergy and explained this to the waiter. When bringing the dessert menu, I expected him to advise what items would not be safe for me. He didn't. Not sure how he could forget, he only had 3 other tables. Although the food was great, the front end service needs more experience and the decor needs a little help.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite restaurant
    ABistroFan
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Been here dozens of times. The best! Very creative food. Have eaten all over the world and have not had better (well, maybe that French restaurant outside of Geneva.). Impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near Perfection in Dining
    Jacovich
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Artisan is a truly amazing restaurant. The top-notch kitchen seamlessly blends modern and classic gastronomic techniques to provide some of the tastiest food in the East Bay. The pacing of the courses is perfect - and why shouldn't it be, when they employ a person whose job it is to keep track of every table's orders. The portion sizes are spot-on. And the wait staff is knowledgeable, friendly - even playful, and attentive without being intrusive. This is one of my top three favorite restaurants in the San Francisco Bay area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Under the radar
    Winters
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Outstanding dining experience. It seems that this dining gem is not well advertised since it was not full. Great place for a date since the kitchen viewing always gives you something to talk about. We selected from the Sunday Pre Fixe menu that comes with wine pairing and it was an unbeatable deal. Over all it was an extraordinary experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoughtful, delicious food
    GabyVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Loved it, they definitely do need to expand on their vegetarian offerings, but what we were able to order was all amazing, we'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable evening
    Lepanto
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Across the board a delightful evening. The service was excellent as always, attentive but not hovering. The food was wonderful -- interesting, delicious and intriguing. The conversation among the wait and wine staff made the food and wine more interesting and enjoyable. Truly another delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A New Favorite
    Keke
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    At last, a local restaurant that has the cocktails, wine, food, and Excellent service on a consistent level. You will not be disappointed if you are looking for a special ocassion dinner with the linen tablecloths or an excellent outdoor patio lunch. Or just a really good, delicious dining experience.The staff are first rate and very professional.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant surprise
    FreddyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A quaint little building with a great ambience. Service was very good. Try the cornbread with jalapeno butter. yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A cut above!
    mamaluc
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our first time there was a wonderful experience. The heirloom salad was amazing followed by perfectly cooked scallops and tender but firm sea bass. All were accompanied by surprising and delicious sides. Can 't wait to go back. Service impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    DJacovich
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Artisan won my admiration on every criteria I could conjure. The service, professional yet friendly, pairs well with the incomparable Flora and Fauna menus and the educated wine list. We could hear each other exclaiming over each glorious item in the quiet environment. Every aspect of the restaurant is carefully orchestrated. All the performers are top notch and in sync with the conductor. I have recommended Artisan to a friend who now is planning to celebrate her wedding anniversary at the restaurant this summer. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Favorite Local Restaurant
    Hube
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We appreciate the good service, interesting cocktails and wine list, great food and patio dining. On this visit, we sat inside near a large, happy group. The noise level was too high for us! Next time, we will wear a sweater and sit on the intimate patio!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't say enough
    Ralf
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner, everything was literally perfection from the time we were seated. Beautiful presentation, seamless service, and amazing food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Find!
    Slesinger
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had an amazing and delicious meal, and our server was fantastic. We'd selected somewhat divergent dishes but wanted to share a bottle of wine, and our server recommended a great bottle that paired well with everything we ordered. . The food was so great and beautifully presented that everyone was ogling everyone else's dishes. The restaurant itself is cozy and romantic inside. Great cocktails and friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good time
    Puppy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Good food, friendly server, romantic interior, no loud music... it was perfect night out with girl friends. Came this restaurant with my hubby before for my birthday. We had great time too. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Farm-to-Table
    Copolla
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great experience from start to finish. Lovely, small home-style room. Ample portions and innovative dishes, accompanied by a great selection of wines. I love this place. Wish they were open every night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Phenomenal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Innovative dishes with meticulous attention to detail, exceptional and welcoming service from the time you enter the restaurant through the time of exit. The restaurant went well beyond expectations by personalizing our menus with our names acknowledging our anniversary a simple yet elegant & classy touch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Just delightful! The food, the service, the ambiance were all great! A wonderful place to celebrate special occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    What a wonderful experience. It's nice to see a restaurant take such pride in their creations. It is even better to find one that elevated cooking to such an art! We shall return (often!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in Lafayette
    LafayetteMom
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We have some great restaurants here... Postinos, Chevalier... but the combination of great food and great service at Artisan Bistro makes it the front runner for Lafayette. I recently brought some friends from San Francisco and the Bistro did not disappoint. Thanks for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must not miss this oone!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    A wonderful evening to celebrate our anniversary! In every way, it was a perfect spot. Even had our name and congratulations on top of the menu - which made for a special touch. Food was outstanding and the service even better. I first found this spot for a business lunch and was curious to try it for dinner. Both times were homeruns and I'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well Done!
    Dubui
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Having been to most of the restaurants that apparently this young chef has worked at; The French Laundry, Per Se New York, Picasso Las Vegas and Coi. We were holding high hopes given the pedigree of the chef. Artisan Bistro met and exceeded all of our expectations. The food was creative, tasty and amazingly well prepared. The service was impeccable. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful!!!
    fooddoctor
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful evening at Artisan Bistro. Everything from food to service to cocktails were all excellent! We enjoyed it so much that we will be back on September 24th to enjoy their wine maker’s dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BRAVO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our experience at Artisan Bistro was wonderful. Food elegantly served, exceptional menu and service was above and beyond. We ordered the Spanish sous vide octopus which was very tender and tasty it was the best octopus I’ve ever had, we also ordered the marinated organic baby beet salad which was to die for. For our entrees we tried the slow roasted wild king salmon and the peppercorn and fennel crusted duck breast and they were both outstanding. Our server Mike was there checking to make sure that everything we ordered was what we wanted. They have a full bar with some unique and creative cocktails, an extensive wine list with very reasonable pricing. We would highly recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.