Bistro 234
Bistro 234

Bistro 234

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistro234.com/
  • Phone: (209) 668-4234
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Chef LeRoy Walker
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The Wine Cellar at Bistro 234 is perfect for you professional and personal private parties. Seating for 36 is available in an intimate dining area.
  • Private Party Contact: Erin Hobbs (209)668-4234

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Center
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bistro 234
Bistro 234 is honored to have earned the prestigious Wine Spectator's 2012 & 2013 Award of Excellence. Located in the center of historic downtown Turlock, Bistro 234 offers a dining experience that is sure to foster great memories. The fun atmosphere, high ceilings, heated patio and vibrant colors pair well with the eclectic cuisine of our talented Executive Chef, LeRoy Walker. At Bistro 234, we love to share our passion for food and dining with seasonal New American and French-influenced cooking. Bistro 234 is the ideal place to host your event, be it large or small. The Cellar is available for exclusive dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bistro 234 reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (24)notable wine list (23)neighborhood gem (20)fit for foodies (18)romantic (16)great for outdoor dining (14)hot spot (11)good for groups (10)great for lunch (9)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Sweet find in Turlock
    Trekrdude
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Bistro 234 is a great gem in downtown Turlock. The food is great, well prepared and there are always daily specials. This is my go to place when I have out of town guests. You won't be disappointed. Service is a throw ack to another era....it was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend this its delicious!
    Veronica
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Went there for dinner on 11/14/2014 made reservations got seated immediately very friendly employees. The Dinner was amazing & the enviornment is great .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Very nice dining experience. Food and service were exceptional. The only complaint was getting sat next to a noisy group during a romantic dinner date when the place was half empty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you!
    Suzeeq
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Amazing! Thank you for an amazing night. Food was exquisite. Service impeccable. Thanks Sean. The wine perfect! My requests were honored. Always my go to place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Yaya
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Bistro 234 is a great find - it's charming, a friendly and courteous atmosphere, and the service is wonderful, as well as the food! The menu is amazing and the food is scrumptious. We are already looking forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in town.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Bistro 234 is Turlock's best dining, including the bar menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love This Place
    4grls2luv
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food here is wonderful and the service is always outstanding. I always have the Chicken Marsala it is to die for. My daughter's choice is the salmon.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was great the ambiance was beautiful... But I think we came in the middle of a shift change... We wanted to try out many other things they had such as wine or drinks. But our waitress disappeared on us. The waitress from the next table over noticed we were out of drinks.... So she finally found someone to refill our water. Overall I really enjoyed it and would love to give it another chance. The stead was delicious more rare than i asked for but still very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoms
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    good service and food as usual . Very reliable for a nice night out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Sandra
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I go to Bistro for our date nights. It's "our" place. They have the BEST crab cake appetizer by far and the rest of the menu is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Food, Great Service!
    Dairygirl
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Loved this restaurant! The food was just fabulous, the service was terrific and the atmosphere has a laid back feel, not a stuffy fancy snobby feel. The food offerings are very refined, great for the foodie or someone looking for "unique" but also has the choices of regular fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Corporate Dinner
    MissyRN
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I loved the ambience and service we had in the private room. The food was excellent with lots of choices and I was pleasantly surprised. There is a great wine list as well and on Wednesdays it's half off on a bottle of wine. If I ever need to do another dinner for a group event in Turlock I'll be coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DrovefromModesto
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Don't order humas- it is good but only 4 chips Requested more and received 4 more. What's up with that?? Food was ho-hum for the price Willl be a long time before we go back
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Janice B
    Wowee
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We started with the crab cakes, fantastic with a delicious sauce. My husband loves beets and the beet salad with both red and golden beets with goat cheese did not disappoint! I had the fillet. Cold perfectly. My husband had the roasted chicken. Juicy and well seasoned. We don't eat potatoes so they gave us extra veggies instead. We got a bargain on a bottle of Robert Hall cab that was left from their wine tasting. Then they let us taste another Grenache gem and talked to us for a bit about wine. I can't wait to go back and try more things on the menu. We might also go to their wine tasting and their cooking classes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local Diner
    Harley
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Bistro 234 never disappoints us; always great food, great service, and a very nice wine list. Good place for a special occasion or just a night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 331 reviews are from the Bistro 234 reviews archive.
  • Food was Fabulous!
    Rafiano
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Starting with the Brushetta and the Crab cakes both great ! Then the Ravioli s and the Prime Angus Filet was so good! The place very quaint and quiet makes you feel like your in a restaurant in San Francisco. Its a totally comfortable atmosphere and the food was Great it makes we want to go back just remembering! I will try Lunch the next time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and ok
    2Girlsdine
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The corn soup was excellent and seasoned perfectly. Sandwich not so great, too much pesto mayo and bread. I loved the to die for desert! Ice cream with Carmel, chocolate, toffee crunches on a sweet crust. Enough for 3-4 people.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Glutenfreefoodie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My pork tenderloin was very good with an apple, onion, walnut topping. They are willing to change sides for food allergies. There were quite a few choices for gluten free which makes me happy. My husband had great sea bass!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    brownidgal
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Despite it being an entirely packed house due to a Rombauer wine tasting, the quality of food and service were top notch! I wanted to order all of the dinner specials because they all sounded yummy, but ended up choosing a braised pork shank with blue cheese croquets... simply devine and definitely not something you're able to find anywhere else in Turlock. The Bistro staff was friendly, attentive, and knowledgable without being pretentious. Good food and good wine (and a good friend) all conspired for a wonderful evening at Bistro 234.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experience
    Valley8Brit
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Arrived late for our reservation but the restaurant was really good about it. Had a nice table next to the wine racks. Service was attentive but not over zealous. Food was of a good standard - had steaks cooked perfectly to our order and vegetables and salad were all excellent. Summer Berry cheesecake was exceptional. Would definitely recommend a visit here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time
    JGarcia
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Bistro 234 is the nicest most quite place I've been. If I was you I wouldn't be wasting my time finding other places. This is my place from now and on.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    TomJ
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great and attentive service. Food is superb. Could not find a better wine list anywhere!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • outstanding!
    jvargas22
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Had a great evening here. Prices were great and the quality of the food was amazing. My gal and I had a great evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Bunch
    Tinker50
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Nice quite back section for groups to enjoy lunch and conversation. Service was very good, drinks always stayed full and wait service was helpful and joked with guests. Food was hot, good portions and nicely plated.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We love this place!
    BAJ4
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We have enjoyed Bistro 234 many times and have never been disappointed. Service is always great and food is always excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro needs to step their game up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My wife and I have been going here for years. But probably the last 3-4 times we've gone I keep saying its the last time we go. Menu never changes. Even the specials are always the same. The portion sizes are much smaller. The servers aren't very knowledgeable. I don't know, just not feeling this place like we used to. They need to step up their game. 10 East is now my favorite spot in turlock.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EatPrayLoveMucho
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We celebrated a birthday there! Our server was awesome! The mango margaritas are sooo good! Food was great! Only negative thing was the onion soup! Too salty!...oh, and the looks of the ones dining there...perhaps because we were of a different race?!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with friends
    Strgzr
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I made a last minute reservation for 10. Our table was ready when we arrived, the food was fabulous, as was the service. We had a perfect time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Turlocks Best!
    JoeC
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It was the first time I'd been there and I was thoroughly impressed! The food was great, I had the market salad and it's a must try amazing unique creation by the chef. The rack of lamb was great, very good quality lamb.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prom Diners review
    Pram2k14
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food was great, the service was nice, but slow. The restauraunts is smaller than I expected.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food!!!
    Cmetal777
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I been to Bistro234 twice, once with friends and once with my girlfriend, booth times I had fantastic service and fantastic food, I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Mother's Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The steamed clams were excellent! Entrees were flavorful and key lime pie to die for!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food every time
    JVan
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We really enjoy dining at this restaurant. The decor is casually elegant. The food is always excellent and service is on point. Guaranteed enjoyment. Try the artichoke appetizer.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TomJ
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Great place for quiet conversations, food and drink. Wine list is superb. Food selection at lunch could be more varied but great. Service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner out!
    Harley
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Another nice dinner at Bistro 234, as usual! Not that many quality resturants in this area but Bistro is always top notch with food and service!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy lunchtime.
    tommdog
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Restaurant was understaffed at lunch. It was slow to get order taken, but the food was very tasty when it arrived.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Mikayla was an amazing waitress. She made our experience incredible and the food was amazing. Definitely would recommend.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good little restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This is a consistently good place. There are things that fall a titch short...wedge salad needs to be colder. Butter on bread plate should be firm not mushy. Placement of a table in main dining room near the bar is out in the middle, where people need to walk to get to the bathroom. It's awkward. But other than that, it is a great place. Their gnocchi with sage cream sauce is incredible. And you can't go wrong with the Diana torte for dessert. Delicious and enough for four people!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Duckman1
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Friday night dinner with a reservation..we were seated at the table closet to the door with other tables available. Server failed to recognize us for approx. 10 minutes then failed to offer cocktail service while we waited for the other couple to arrive. Food was tasty my vegetables were very undercooked. We ordered a bottle of wine that was delayed and arrived mid way thru the meal. Not the best experience we have had and it won't keep us from coming back, not the experience we have had in the past.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not My New Favorite
    Irehi
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    When we checked in, the the hostess said "it is going to be a busy night so we put you at a high table" I told her that we wanted a table. This didn't seem to please her. We were seated at the smallest table available, right behind the hostess station. We had to put the salt and pepper shaker as well as some of our dishes in the window display (where the rocks and plants were) to make room for our food on the table. I felt like we were being " punished" for asking to sit where we wanted to sit. I'd made reservations well in advance and made a note that it was my boyfriend's birthday There was no mention of that, or basically anything. It was a miserable dining experience. We couldn't wait to get out of there.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate