Bistro 491

Bistro 491

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistro491.com/
  • Phone: 7067386491
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: Todd Schafer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a room for 25 to 60 for private dinners, also we have a small private area for 8 to 16
  • Private Party Contact: Henry Colley 7067386491

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wheeler
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Bistro 491
Bistro 491 opened its doors in March of 1999 as an intimate neighborhood eatery serving a menu inspired by the seasons. We strive to serve simple, elegant food, paired with a stellar wine list and professional service. Chef Todd Schafer uses specialty purveyors from all over the nation to get the best quality ingredients, whether it's oysters from Seattle, foie gras from the Hudson Valley or fresh seafood flown in from the M.F. Foley Fish Co. in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Our goal is to treat all of our patrons as we would guests in our home.
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Bistro 491 reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (6)neighborhood gem (4)fit for foodies (3)romantic (3)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • outstanding service
    lofumom
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    professional, friendly, just all around outstanding service
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sad they are closing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Excellent food and service as usual. Hate it is their last week in business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Husband's Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    My husband and I cook a lot and love, fresh food (garden, etc.) We are always trying to find nice, places to go without leaving the area and 491 Bistro is such a neighborhood gem! I read the reviews and heard a couple of great, things about it from a few, people. This was a pretty, important occassion, so I gave it a try and made the reservation. After that, I took a drive to the location to see it and make sure I knew exactly, where to go. It was closed at that time, but the gentleman there was coming out to get the mail, and he was kind enough to let me look around briefly after I told him I had just made a reservation, but had never been to the restaurant before. The food was, OMG! It was the best filet, mignon I have had in years! Go!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Nook
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Comfortable and elegant with great food. Service a little unpolished
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant !!!!
    BestnAugusta
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary on 5/9 and as always*** the finest dining experience. The Bistro is our SPECIAL go to restaurant, birthdays ans any/all opportunities! Thank you for being #1.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 378 reviews are from the Bistro 491 reviews archive.
  • Will be back !!
    HappyHungerVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Although we had a hard time finding the restaurant in the shopping center, ( On the side, next to Talbots) Once we did, we were not disappointed !! Henry greeted us like we were regulars. Mia was an incredible server. And our food was prepared and presented perfectly. The kitchen was spot on ! I had the lamb and my date enjoyed the salmon. The only reason I am not giving 5 stars all around is that they were out of raw oysters. I can't wait until my next visit to try them. I will be back !!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Bistro
    RonaldVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    This is the best restaurant in Augusta. Service is great and the food is exceptional. Chef Todd Schafer is the best chef in Augusta. Love his personal touch!!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bistro 491
    Bearcat
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food and service were both very good. I ended up sitting facing the kitchen, which happens now and again in life, but not much of a view for dinner. Appetizer of the scallops were excellent.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Gem
    GlfngalVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    We come to Augusta once a year and this is the first place we book....for the entire week! The appetizer which could be the best put together group of foods - lobster, foie gras and tomatoes, is a plate of heaven! Not sure it's on the menu still but if it is, order! The bone in pork chop was not only cooked dead on perfect, had smoke flavor and melted in your mouth. Scallops for me were delicious and I hate to admit but we ordered the exact same thing every night we went.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great. Will visit again soon
    coastalali
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We used to frequent 491 bistro often but haven't for a while. We tried it again revelry and it was outstanding. From the food to the staff everything was top notch. The deserts were amazing. Who knew a chocolate decedent cake could be made without flour? And as always the creme brule did not dissapoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Treat
    Tommy
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The Grilled ahi tuna is always outstanding along with the Oysters Rockefeller which are usually from Prince Edward Island or from New Brunswick province of Canada. Also the grilled lamb as well as the duck breast is always outstanding. It is a always a relaxing treat to go there on weekends or during the week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but great food
    DudeOnValentines
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We spent just over $100 not including tip for our Valentine's dinner. The food was delicious and I definitely recommend eating here at least once. Considering the prices, I would go here for special occasions only though.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for special occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    My girlfriend and I came here for our anniversary. She had the beef short rib and I had the ahi tuna. The food was good but could have used a little seasoning. The environment was nice and upscale. I would recommend this place to others.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    We haven't been here for a few years. Salads, Main Course (Beef Short Ribs), Sides, and Desserts, as well as Service were all Very Good to Excellent. Food was delicately seasoned (I hate salty meat) - Left full and satisfied. Busy for a Monday, sound level was a little higher than expected - They were booked for V-Day... otherwise might have gone back. Will Return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was great! Our visitors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    It was great! Our visitors are still talking about how delicious the food was. We had an awesome time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we found Bistro 491!
    jackie
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    This hidden gem in Surrey is a real treat. Celebrated my Birthday and the food was delicious! We will make this a regular dining spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was outstanding and out
    Izzysmom
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Food was outstanding and out server was friendly and attentive. Somewhat expensive but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service!!
    Drew
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We enjoyed it- everyone is friendly and the food was exceptional. Well worth the drive from evans!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dinning in Augusta
    Sleepydoc
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I had always heard about this place when I was in medical school years ago. On a recent trip back to visit I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. Great food, awesome service and a chic atmosphere. Definitely worth a revisit if I'm back that way
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of town visitors delighted!!
    AugustaInsider
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    We entertained foodie friends from D.C. on a Friday evening. They were delightfully pleased with the food an service. They said it was one of their best fine dining experiences. This is a high compliment from a couple who has lived in D.C. for over 25 yrs and are avid foodies. We love Bistro 491 and are so glad it is located just down the street from our home. We highly recommend!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for fine dining
    Tlee
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The food was excellent and service was great. Not a huge menu choice, but not ecpected for this type of dining. Is not the type of restaurant I would eat at weekly, but for special outing it is perfect.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service
    fuzzywuzzy
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    My date's steak was a little undercooked and the staff was very eager to please. This was taken back and cooked to her satisfaction and we were not charged for the steak. In addition, the food was a few minutes late coming to us and we were given free desserts to make up for it. Overall, we had a good experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I and the 2 girls I was with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    I and the 2 girls I was with commented on leaving how relaxing and enjoyable our meal was..... The food was great too. Our waitress could not have been nicer.......It was a nice night our with friends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    Cajun
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    I have been here about 6 times. The place is consistently solid and enjoyable. Would strongly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    JTASH
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Food and service was great. Already recommended this place to a friend. Definitely plan on returning in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Bistro 491 is a nice place for a special night out. Great food, friendly and efficient service. Favorite restaurant in Augusta.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • POSITIVE: Great food and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    POSITIVE: Great food and atmosphere. NEGATIVE: It was extremely cold! The front door was too close to the tables and consistently opened and the air conditioner was still on although the outdoor temp. Dropped well below 60 on the date we dined.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food, excellent service
    businessdiner
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    This is a great local restaurant to show off to out of town guests! My colleagues and I took a candidate interviewing with us for a job to dinner here and we all enjoyed with pride his compliments about the great dining experience. The noise level was perfect for comfortable, audible conversation - enough background noise so the place didn't echo and our conversation remained private while speaking at a normal volume.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good consistent food.
    foodcrtic
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Although the head chef wasn't there that night, the food was still excellent and consistent as ever. Wine list is overpriced although had some good selections not found at other restaurants but was still a little lacking in selection by the glass. Service was good but kind of rushed considering there were only 4 other tables filled beside ours.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but there are better options
    Highstandards1
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    There are Better fine dining options in Augusta for the price. I had the filet cooked medium rare and it was just ok. Small plate Crab cakes were good The creamy twice baked potato that came with filet was really good Dessert options were weak in my opinion ... No chocolate choices
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for date night
    CDubble
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    This is a great restaurant for date night or special occasions. The dim lighting and relaxing ambiance with candles on the tables was great. We started with the calamari and the crab cakes. The calamari was seasoned well and crab cakes were phenomenal. For the entree we split one of the large plates - pork chops w mac and cheese and garlic spinach. The pork chops were cooked well, although the garlic spinach had a little too much garlic for my liking. All in all, it was good. Our favorite part of the entire meal was dessert. We ordered the bread pudding, and it was superb. I would definitely go back just for the bread pudding. Overall, Bistro 491 is definitely one of the better restaurants I've been to in Augusta.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid food, date night spot
    Yumm
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We had to wait at the bar while our table was prepared, but service was quick and the food was excellent. So many excellent options that we wanted to come back to try the fish !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite in Augusta
    ChrisC
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    This was our second visit to Bistro 491 and this time we brought along a couple who had not been there before. All of us enjoyed the meal very much. The menu is interesting, the food presentation was very good, and everything tasted great. Our visit was only marred by the presence of a group of 8 who seemed to be intent on outdoing each other in regard to how loud and obnoxious they could be. The owner/manager made a point of coming to each table to inquire if everything was satisfactory. We will come back, though perhaps not on a weekend, as the large room gets very noisy when full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    CCCS
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    Topping navy beans with salmon, interesting and very good. The pork shoulder was tender and moist. Very well presented and served.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Needs to add more seasoning
    MidwestImport
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    We've been going to Bistro off and on for over 10 years. The food has become bland and basic over time. We had the short ribs and pork shoulder. The meat did not have enough individual flavor. It was tender and cooked well, but needed more. The appetizers were tasty and the scallops were done to perfection. Compared with the other great restaurants Augusta has to offer, Bistro has not kept up with the times. The one wine list needs a refresh as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It is a bit pricey but the
    LoveGreatFoodService1
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    It is a bit pricey but the menu is definitely gourmet. Great for sea food lovers. Small portions with a twist. Loved the creamy mashed potatoes and the asparagus. The steak could have been more flavorful and tender for the price. The service was friendly and attentive. The desserts were creative and delicious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Special Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    My wife & I decided to treat ourselves to a nice meal out where we knew the service would be as good as the food. Bistro 491 did not disappoint. My wife started with the Caesar salad which came with stalks of romaine coated in dressing topped with a parmesan crisp. I started with the charcrouterie plate, which really had more cheese that meat but was very enjoyable. We both had the pan seared halibut as an entrée. It was served with peas & asparagus risotto. While we enjoyed the dish, the halibut was a bit dry and the risotto was a bit overcooked and also dry. We washed it all down with a reasonably priced pinot noir.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice restuarant
    Iamafoodie2
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    This a great romantic restaurant. Perfect for a date night. The ambience was very nice as well. The food was delicious. One of Augusta's best kept secrects/
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice business dinner. Limited
    morandcVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    Nice business dinner. Limited menu but interesting choices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusually quiet evening
    diningprofessorVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    I enjoy the food and the service at Bistro 491, but when it is crowded the noise interferes with the pleasure of the dining experience. Because few people were dining during our visit this time, I found the entire experience to be much more pleasurable -- the food tasted better, the service was more friendly and accommodating. A truly enjoyable experience with excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.