Bistro 33

Bistro 33

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bistro33.com/
  • Phone: 5307564556
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sun: 9am - 10pm Mon - Wed: 11:30am - 10pm Thurs - Fri: 11:30am - 12am Sat: 9am - 12am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Fred Haines
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: Michelle Heber (530)756-4556
  • Entertainment: PUB QUIZ:Every Monday Starting @ 8:30 COMEDY:Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday Starting @ 8:30 POETRY Night:Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday Starting @ 9pm Mojito Night:Every Thursday Starting @ 8:30
  • Special Events: PUB QUIZ:Every Monday Starting @ 8:30 COMEDY:Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday Starting @ 8:30 POETRY Night:Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday Starting @ 9pm Mojito Night:Every Thursday Starting @ 8:30

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Bistro 33
Truly a destination for everyone, Bistro 33 Davis is a cultural and community center that infuses exquisite Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine with a sense of history. Our delicate remodel of the Historic City Hall building in downtown Davis allows us to provide Chef Fred’s award-winning fare in a variety of settings. Enjoy our famous panini on the gorgeous three-tiered patio or a wood-fired pizza in the full-service bar, or relax with a nice Oregon Pinot Noir next to the “burning rock” fireplace. Bistro 33 Davis, however, is not only a restaurant. The Historic City Hall building has also been renovated into a state-of-the-art event center that can be used for birthday parties, small conferences, mid-sized cocktail parties and dinners, even wedding ceremonies with several hundreds of people!
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Bistro 33 reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.4
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (8)neighborhood gem (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)good for groups (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Did not have this reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I made a reservation through Open Table but when we got to the restaurant they did not have the reservation and said they do not use Open Table any longer. So, do not use this service to make a reservation at Bistro 33!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must - If In Davis.
    NMS53
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We had an eight pm reservation and were seated promptly upon arrival. We were seated outside near the front entrance. Weather was perfect and they had live music which was loud enough to hear and enjoy, but we were still able to talk comfortably at the table. The tomato soup is a must-probably the best I have had, and the salmon dinner was very good. It came with rice, which had cilantro and other spices,very tasty, and broccolini which as also very good. Other standouts at the table...the Pikes Market panini and the Banh-Mi Style sandwich. Long Island ice tea was also very good. Will definitely be back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another good experience at Bistro
    anonymousVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The outdoor seating area at Bistro 33 is excellent for lunch or dinner when weather permits. The indoor ambience is a little dark and dated for my taste. Service is good. The food is good and reasonably priced. Bistro is a solid choice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great setting, awful food
    Nemka
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The patio here is so lovely, probably the best in Davis, which is why it is so particularly disappointing that the food is so terrible. I ordered a simple salad and it was barely edible - too much dressing, ingredients not fresh, and, the worst part: there was a black hair on it. Revolting. The service was also mediocre: the waiter was fond of juvenile tag lines like "Is everything delicious over here?" I have been here before and had better food, so perhaps the chef was just having a bad day, but this salad cost $10 and it was horrible. I wish Davis would finally have some adult dining options, with consistently good food and service, but I've lived here for 5 years and am still looking. In the meantime, avoid Bistro 33.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Dirty cloth napkins, chicken breast on the burger was small-hidden in a large bun, small amount of fries cooked in old oil. I was disappointed to say the least. Happy to see the college have lots of money to pay for food like that.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.2
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 157 reviews are from the Bistro 33 reviews archive.
  • BIstro 33- Try it - you'll love it!
    BZgolfer
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I love Bistro 33 and eat there regularly. It was my friend's birthday - We sat on the patio and it was lovely evening! Love the new furniture around the fire pit. We had a great server (sorry! forgot her name but not her good service). She brought the BD girl a lovely birthday dessert that we shared. I love your Chop Chop Salad!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it used to be..
    LLDewe
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Bistro 33 used to be my daughter and my favorite lunch spot, great food and service. This time it was only average with the menu change and price increase making it much less desirable. We'll be finding a new spot...
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Overpriced for mediocre quality food. Portions were half of comparable places in town.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    We have been here many times and have not been disappointed at any time. Their hours of operation have often fit the flexible times that we have needed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Brunch!
    Foodie1234
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Nice array of fruits and baked items at the bar (unlimited). Good choice of breakfast entrees and nice presentation. Unlimited mimosa's were delicious! All for $16.95. Worth the price!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh
    Terri
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Nice ambiance. Very attentive service. Let us hang while the 3rd couple arrived aboutv45 minutes late. Only thing lacking was food quality. Meatball appetizers seemed to have spiciness to disguise dull flavor. Same for tagliatelle bolognese. Sweet potato fries a hit. Lobster ravioli with scampi had no trace of scampi. Dish was sweet when a savory red sauce with garlic and basil would have been better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were searching for a new
    Holly
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We were searching for a new place to stop en route from Grass Valley to East Bay..what a find! We ordered too much because the portions were generous , next time we'll make dinner on a selection of appetizers. Definitely get the tuna appetizer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The food was terrific, as was the service. There were five of us in our party, and it was a perfect location for catching up with old friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • terrible
    table42VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    After being seated no one ever showed up to the table for 10 minutes---- we left without eating.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accommodating
    Paula52
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Had to increase our reservation by two and the staff was very nice about it, no problem. Beautiful night on the patio with family and friends!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have visited Bistro 33
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We have visited Bistro 33 many times over several years. The menu has varied over time but has always remained very good and well prepared. The service has veried but generally been very good. We highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will go again
    Becky
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Love 33rd St bistro in Sacramento so tried the Davis one. Same great food but a much larger place. Great decor, love the outdoor space. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great pre-Mondavi dinner
    northerncaliforniapoet
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    My husband and I live 1/5 hours from Davis so when we go to an event at the Mondavi Center we always have to eat first someplace in Davis. Bistro 33 is our hands down choice for our pre-event meal. And this time we returned after the show for dessert and coffee to fortify us for the late night drive home. The food is consistently excellent. My husband's favorite is the fish & chips. The wait staff is very accomodating when we tell them we're on a tight time schedule and have to make it over to the Mondavi (only 5 or so minutes away). The restaurant's noise level is "energetic" especially late at night but again there are quieter places towards the back of the restaurant and all you have to do is ask. A great place to eat!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service is always a disappointment
    IMIM
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    I rarely go to Bistro because the service has ALWAYS been bad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place to meet friends
    iowachild
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We enjoyed dinner with out of town friends. There was something on the menu that met everyone's needs. The service was good, it was quiet enough that we could talk easily and we were not rushed. I had the crab cakes and a side salad. The salad was excellent. The presentation of the crab cakes was excellent with two sauces covering the plate. However, one of the sauces with cayenne was a little spicier than I would have liked. I thought the sauce overwhelmed the crab cakes. I used very little of that sauce and more of the tomato sauce. I would definitely come back here. I would enjoy sitting outside by the firepit or on the patio having a glass of wine before dinner next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have eaten at Bistro 33
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We have eaten at Bistro 33 several times. Each time it has been a very good experience. The food has been creative without being too "foodie". The service has been very good also.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thumbs up for Bistro 33
    TonyZonin
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Caught in a spectacular downpour en route from SF, we were a hour late for our reserved table - we called, they responded kindly and held our table. And the place was packed! Nice, warm ambience in a large space with a hopping bar. We had a time crunch (tickets for a show), and informed them. The service was smooth, smiling, and super-efficient & got us back on the road in perfect time. We had cocktails (marvelous) and a couple of the best panini I have ever savored - crunchy, delicious, fresh ingredients, accompanied by sweet potato tots. Nice touch. I recommend highly and will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The hostess seated us promptly
    rangel
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    The hostess seated us promptly but was too busy chatting up the bar patrons to let the waiter know he had a new table. Had to wave @ her to get service. This was after the surly busboy poured us water without even so much as a hello. . The food is fantastic so I know I will return but I feel the staff needs a little customer service education.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful use of old fire house
    JonnyLikesVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Charming inside and outside dining in old Davis Fire House. Friendly staff and good food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    Bondibill
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Food always good and we like the outdoor eating that is available.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holiday celebration spot
    HolidayCelebrator
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Great spot for Holiday or graduation celebrations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been to Bistro 33
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    We have been to Bistro 33 many times. The food has been very good every time. The service has been well above average also. There are a variety of options on the menu for a variety of tastes. All of the items that we have ordered have tasted good and were well prepared.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great for pre mondavi
    MooseMan
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    WE took our visiting father in law here for dinner before the pink martini concert at mondavi. the food was delivered timely and friendly service was the theme. the drinks were good and the bag of donuts outstanding.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have eaten many times at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    We have eaten many times at Bistro 33. The food has always been well prepared and tasty. The service has been very good most times. For good food and variety on the menu, we would recommend this restaurant in Davis.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Pre-Show Spot
    Sassy
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We had tickets for a show at Mondavi and Bistro33 is ideal for dinner before the show. The food was good and the service was exemplary. We even got great directions to the theatre!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always just right - no surprises.
    Joel
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Whenever we go to Bistro 33, whether for dinner, drinks or dessert, everything is just rght. The servers are attentive without "hovering", the food is always well-prepared and tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have eaten at Bistro 33
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    We have eaten at Bistro 33 several times. The food has consistently been very good. The service has usually been very good also. This last time the service seemed to be very slow. It looked like the place was understaffed on a Monday night. We would still highly recommend the food and the service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food has gone down hill,
    Tracey
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    The food has gone down hill, it used to be much better and I thought the portions were small for brunch.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Nice
    TGraycko
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    My husband and I picked this restaurant out of the blue. We were pleasantly surprised as it was quiet inside with the patio outside playing live music. The tomato soup was delicious. However, the cheesy flat bread was not cut so tearing that apart was really messy! Service was good and the ambiance was really nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looking for a new fav dining place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    Bistro 33 in Davis has been one of my favorite "before event" dining spots, but this time I was very disappointed! After ordering, the wait for our meals was extremely long, as a result of the outdoor dining area being over-booked and the place understaffed. Our server was AWOL. This pushed my party up against the clock to get to our evening event on time, My vegetarian lasagna was OK, but somewhat "crusty", and the salad was over-dressed. Prior to this, I've thoroughly enjoyed the food and the place. I'll try a new place next time. Note: parking is always a challenge in downtown Davis.
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    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • never can pass up that awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    never can pass up that awesome sirloin sandwich and fries. The salads are really good and two cups of soup and share a sald is a good option for lunch for two.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch in Davis
    JohnMartinVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    Had a great lunch in Davis with good friends! The clam chowder was he best I ever tasted!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch in Davis, CA
    PerplexedVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Dined on the patio. Absolutely lovely. The lobster ravioli was wonderful, service excellent, cobbler divine. What more can I say?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date!
    Kidsrus
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Good food, good cocktails, good dessert. Our servers were friendly, and professional. There was live music outdoors, and a nice atmosphere inside. I enjoy going on dates, as well as family diners here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Initial greeting/seating was
    HutchVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Initial greeting/seating was disorganized and we had to wait (with a reservation) on a Thursday night at 6:30 pm. Our waiter was very pleasant, prompt and knowledgeable. Food was great, Banh-Mi in particular. If seated outside, be aware of the setting sun and any diners facing to the West.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic