Barrique Bistro
Barrique Bistro

Barrique Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barriquestamford.com/
  • Phone: 2033579526
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
    Dinner
    Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch
    Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Provencal, French
  • Executive Chef: Lou Barresi
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Luckies
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Barrique Bistro
CUISINE: Southern East Coastal French, "le Midi." FEATURES: Small plates, Salads, Artisan Sandwiches, House-made Soups, Seafood, Poultry, Meat, Fresh House-made pastas, Charcuterie and Cheeses. WINE BAR: 46 wine labels by the glass, 120 labels by bottle, 12 sparking wine labels. large and small format wine. hand-crafted beer and cocktail list. full bar ATMOSPHERE NOTES: shabby chic, french country, sophisticated & elegant, casual
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Barrique Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (10)fit for foodies (9)good for groups (6)neighborhood gem (6)special occasion (4)great for lunch (4)late-night find (4)romantic (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • A real disappointment for the price
    JDiningVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Would never go back. Food was generally tasteless and the service was barely competent. Also, be aware that the menu on the website is not the menu in the restaurant. In addition, we went on a Saturday night and were absolutely stunned to be told how many dishes and how many different wines were unavailable or out of stock. How is that possible? The prices were high, but the food quality, presentation, and the service, were very low. The staff do not seem to know how a restaurant should be run. Really a huge disappointment.
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  • Mediocrie at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    At least prices were fair menu looked great but the chefs need better recipes and traiining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anniez
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The name is French sounding but the cuisine is not French. It has a current menu with a twist. You can eat light or have a full meal. I ate a kale salad and a small plate of sliders and was happy with that. Great casual dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and location
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Chose this place for a dinner with family from out of town. Diverse group of people. Everyone found something they loved and we were so pleased with the wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommended
    Ashot
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food was excellent. Try the Endive Salad - so refreshing great for summer . Eggplant Provençal and Organic Chicken delish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carol
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Best we've had in a long time. Tuna tartar, rissotto, and short ribs were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Barrique Bountiful in flavors!
    Sarita19th
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This small restaurant is a true gem in the busy downtown scene of Stamford. Every item we ordered was made with great flavors and great care. The experience is one to be considered a special experience because it is on the pricey side. Knowing this, it is worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    loukVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Finally got to try this place. Even though had to wait for a bit for the order to be taken and for the bottle of wine delivered to the table, the overall experience was great. The appetizers were well cooked. Although, chicken (entree) was a bit dry. Otherwise, everything was great and will be back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small plate find
    Digger
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We often eat here when going to the Avon. We keep going back because the food is so good. The service was also accommodating in getting us out in time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place in Stamford!
    Nessalee
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was delicious and not expensive at all. The decor was upscale, but comfortable. Drinks were yummy too! I decided to try their version of a Caipirinha. The portions were just right. I would definitely recommend it and go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 61 reviews are from the Barrique Bistro reviews archive.
  • Decent food and location
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    If you want to eat on Bedford Street, it's nice to be able to do so semi-outdoors in the front room of Barrique. The food was good and we were glad for the delicious muscles. Nothing terribly imaginative, but a good menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French small plates in Stamford
    Eric
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    If you want tapas or small plates in Stamford, there are plenyy of options. Barrique is on bedford street and if you are dinig outdoors (like I did) you will feel like part of the "scene". The food was delicous, we had a charcuterie plate, bistro burgers, escargots, and muscles moutarde. I have to say the muscles were the highlight of the meal evenhough the waiter forgot to put it in so they came out late ( we were compensated with wine). I even asked for the recipe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Little Find
    Birky
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Very nice small quaint restaurant in downtown Stamford. Great outdoor dining so you can people watch. Limited menu but great seafood. Service was wonderful we were very well looked after.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An off night?
    SuzCTVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We have enjoyed several meals here but last week something was off in the kitchen. Dishes we had eaten before were under seasoned and undercooked. It also seemed much louder than in past visits. Our server was very accommodating and brought us a replacement meal but overall it was a disappointing experience. I hope they can get back on track.
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  • Not fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Service was great, food not so much. Chef needs to work on menu and fresh ingredients. Server told us they were out of items because they were old. Um, ok.
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  • Delicious!
    jmom
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    A great corner restaurant for people watching and delicious food! My husband and I enjoyed an evening out at your restaurant. East parking right next door and we requested a table outside. We were late for our reservation, but the hostess didn't mind and we sat right outside by the fire lamp. amazing tomato soup and arugula salads! We both had arugula salads and steak frites - there wasn't a piece of food left on our plates. My medium rare was a little overcooked, but the delicious taste made up for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the old Chez Jean Pierre
    PatienceVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I was hoping that Barrique would have maintained some of the charm and character of its predecessor, Chez Jean Pierre. Not even close. After seeing all the other places jammed nearby, Barrique was empty. The ambience is totally off-putting, the service spotty, and the food delivered lukewarm.Needless to say I will not be going back and will advise my friends to avoid it altogether. There are just too many other nicer places han to waste your time and money.
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  • Very Good French/Italian
    BigBlueReviewVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was very good, and well-priced. My short ribs were great, as was my companion's pappardelle. The endive salad is just the right. Deserts were also excellent. The wine list is adequate and reasonably priced. As other reviewers note, the brick walls make it a bit noisy - but that's really the only knock I have. Also as others have noted, a large portion if the menu is Italian-ish though their website says they are a French ("midi") restaurant. But hey: it all tasted great and the service was friendly and attentive. Will go back!
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    Fit For Foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • went on the wrong night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I went to Barrique with 6 other women to celebrate a friend's birthday. Unfortunately there was also a private party in the room off the bar. After the waitress took our order, we never saw her again. We were given a bottle of wine to taste that had been opened probably the day before and was warm. 3 Orders were placed for soup, 2 were cold, one was acceptable. At the end of the meal, they cleared the table and took a glass of wine my friend was still drinking. To make up for it, they poured her a random glass of wine as opposed to replacing the actual one she had been drinking. I have been to this restaurant before and had a completely different experience, hence, "went on the wrong night"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice little surprise
    AttentionPleaseVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    After reading the reviews on other sites I was a little concerned about eating here but was pleasantly surprised.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Jean Pierre
    JPFan
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We had been big fans of the prior restaurant in this space, Chez Jean Pierre, for many years because of the food, comfort and welcoming atmosphere, so we decided to give Barrique Bistro a try. The service was spotty, the food was just ok, nothing special and the creme brûlée was served in a tinfoil cup. Hopefully time will help solve some of these issues and the open doors to the outside seating will bring in the crowds. They have a long way to go to come close to what we came to expect from JP's.
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  • Not so hot
    Courtney
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Sadly disappointing. Terribly average. There were hardly any diners and the noise level was absurd. Food was bland.
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  • Consistently pleasant and vice vers
    ESquared
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    My wife and I first visited Barrique for Valentines Day and we have been back twice since. We both hold our food experiences to high standards and Barrique did not disappoint. The French Onion soup is divine. The Steak Fritte is one of the best I've had (the truffle butter does something spectacular). If you're a fan of grilled octopus, it is not to be missed here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a quiet dinner
    SuzCTVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This place has really improved since they opened last summer. Thank goodness as it is in a key spot in downtown Stamford. We went for restaurant week and enjoyed it so much we returned the following week. The service was attentive and the food delicious. The onion soup which was perfectly seasoned without being salty. We also got the flash fried eggplant which was so tasty . Our entrees were equally as good although the regular price is a little high. But for a quiet place to dine without excessive noise, I am willing to pay a premium. Looking forward to dining al fresco in the summer. Loved the $5 glass of wine!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not an enjoyable experience
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Granted, it was Saturday night during restaurant week. We were seated at a high table in the bar area even though we did have reservations. The service was very slow - even for the initial drink order. They literally threw the bread basket onto the table. When our appetizers arrived, the soup came without the spoon. My companion was half way through his salad before I received my spoon! Then before we were finished, the main courses were put onto the table to get cold while we finished! Really? How absurd! The noise level got incredibly loud when two 10-person tables were filled. We did not stay for dessert. We wanted to pay with a credit card, but no one came to collect, so we put cash down and got out.
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  • Welcomed addition to Bedford Street
    StamfordisthenewbrooklynVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    A nice surprise awaits you once you locate the door on Spring Street! The food, decor and service are all excellent. The menu is filled wth interesting options leaveing you wanting to come back again. Wine list is full of great choices both by the glass and bottle. A hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • had hoped for better
    tymelyronVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Dined here Friday night for restaurant week menu, which looked good online; however, actual menu on arrival was missing many of the dishes online; for appetizers, onion soup and mussels with fries were good, but mac and cheese was bland and ordinary; entree of skirt steak was also bland; pasta and risotto dishes were better; tiramisu for dessert (only choice) was excellent; mistake on bill at end too. Although always hard to judge a restaurant during a restaurant week, nothing here seemed compelling.
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  • Excellent dinner out
    fbbt
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We've had an excellent experience. Food was beyond and above our expectations. Service was excellent, friendly and right on time. Barrique is the joint, look no further!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first time at this restaurant.
    H2277VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    My first time at this restaurant. Used to go there when it was Chez Jean Pierre. Still French food but not impressed with service. They have a sitting area that has a lot of space to have hooks for customers to hang their coats in the winter but no such option. We habg our coats behind our chairs and the tables are so close to each other. Wasnt comfortable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • went there last weekend. Can
    mattm
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    went there last weekend. Can not say enough about the place. Great good, service, atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    PhilD
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was great and the service was attentive although it was packed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noisey - ok service
    JanskiVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Third time I've eaten here - this time we sat in the bar area and it was relatively quieter although the owner came over to greet us and said it's usually noisier than the dinning area which the last two times we did eat was horrible - couldn't even have a conversation. Tables to close to one another - our waitress was great - the bus staff was horrible asked two different ones can we have more bread and butter and never got it - even though I made eye contact twice to see if that would spark a memory for them. Food good not super great - it's nice enough -
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    ctcathybVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Made reservations based on location and menu. Sadly disappointed by bad service and mediocre food.
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  • Expensive and under staffed
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I was there with three friends on a Saturday night at 9:30. It appeared that there was only one waiter for the diniing room although there were two servers. So service was slow. We all had small plates which were good but wine by the glass was quite expensive.
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  • Nice remake but service not good
    PamPVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Recently redone space. The decor is nice and has a funky vibe (although the bar area seems a little disjointed from the dining room). French bistro food with an updated twist. Food was good. Party of 6 we had a variety of items off of the menu. Everything was tasty although did not blow our socks off. The biggest issue was the service which was spotty. Asked for drink refills and had long wait. Appetizers came out in waves so it was uncomfortable for half the table to be served while the rest waited. Main courses were nice. Only 3 dessert items. Very average at best... the chocolate cake was straight off the boat from Costco, teramisu was average and the creme brulee left everyone unsated. Overall ok but I'm not rushing back!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • 2nd time around
    JanskiVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I love the food - way too noisey for an intimate dinner Group ok since everyone was screaming - would absolutely go back again - outside dinning might be the trick - affordable
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The octopus small plate was
    MarciaVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The octopus small plate was delicious and the crab squid ink capellini special was great. Best of luck to this newly renovated space with great chef and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely love it
    helenms178
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We've had lunch & dinner and the food is always excellent and on top of that reasonably priced!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Great Find!
    Babs
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    The food was yummy and the service was great. None of the four of us had been there before and we'd all go back. The lunch prix fixe is a great deal -- glass of wine/beer, appi and entree for $20.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Bistro
    ctmom
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    The menu selection was not what we expected - while some very typical French dishes, there were a lot of pasta dishes as well. Everything we ordered was enjoyable.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.