Bistro 5
Bistro 5

Bistro 5

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistro5.com/
  • Phone: 7813957464
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Open some Sundays/Mondays for Holidays and Special Events. Call for more details.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Italian, French
  • Executive Chef: Vittorio Ettore
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Bistro 5 caters a spectrum of events from casual cocktail parties to a formal sit down dinners. We provide innovative cuisine to please any palate using the freshest, local ingredients and professional service. For more information complete the form on the private dining page at www.bistro5.com or call to speak to our event coordinator.
  • Private Party Facilities: At Bistro 5 our personal approach in service ensures we execute every detail of your event beyond your expectation. Bistro 5 has the heart and personality of a local favorite but also boasts the sophisticated Northern Italian fare found in a destination dining experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Megan Cormier 7813957464

Getting there

  • Cross Street: High Street
  • Public Transit: From North Station you can take the commuter rail on the Lowell Line outbound one (1) stop to West Medford. We are directly across Playstead Road from the train platform to the right of the gas station. It is approximately 11 minutes from North Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are several places to park your vehicle. 1. On High Street in West Medford square 2. Along the commuter rail on Playstead Road, parking is available to the public after 5:00 pm 3. Municipal parking lot behind "Bargain Spot Liquor Store" in West Medford Square on the opposite side of High Street *Do not park behind the building in the tenant parking or in the gas station adjacent to Bistro 5. It is private property and you will be towed even when they are closed*
A word from Bistro 5
Bistro 5 is located in Medford, MA just minutes from downtown Boston. "A quintessential neighborhood spot" boasts The Boston Globe. Chef/Owner Vittorio Ettore and his team serve the finest Italian fare with French and Spanish influences while focusing on farm-fresh local ingredients. Our ever changing Chef's Tasting Menu keeps Boston's most distinguished palates returning time and again for seasonally fresh dishes that embody the warmth and richness of Chef Vittorio's own hospitality. Bistro 5 also offers an extensive wine list featuring unique wines at exceptional values. The Bistro's three dining rooms are richly appointed and can accommodate parties of up to 75 guests, making Bistro 5 the perfect venue for your next office party, family gathering, or special event.
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Bistro 5 reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (74)fit for foodies (70)special occasion (49)romantic (35)notable wine list (26)good for groups (14)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (8)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Excellent Meal
    Maryco
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I had not been to Bistro 5 in over 10 years. I was turned off the last time by a very surly waiter who did not want to wait on a large group, and never went back. I'm glad I gave it another try. I do go to their sister restaurant, A Tavola in Winchester frequently. I went in for their five course prix fixe Harvest Dinner. I wasn't that hungry so I opted to order two of the items off the menu: The duck risotto and venison. Both were perfect! The red wine pairing was perfect! Everything was so delicious and perfectly cooked. I will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Everything was great! Very enjoyable and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • REGRETABLE
    LocalDiner
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I ate at Bistro 5 last night and given my experience I would never go back. My appetizer was supposed to feature prosciutto but it was sliced so thin and there was so little of it I could hardly taste it. For my main course I chose the gnocchi and the pasta was fine but it was presented in a way that detracted from one of my favorite Italian staples rather than enhanced it. To add insult to injury when I got home I noticed I was charged for a $13.00 appetizer (boar) I never received or ordered. BOTTOM LINE: similar experience to a fairly recent dinner at the sister restaurant A Tavola: over priced, small portions, and over zealous chefs that try to make basic italian dishes something they are not.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A welcoming place
    Twice
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We did not like the seating initially offered but the wait staff worked out a much better location and did so with a smile. A nice start to the evening. The menu had many interesting choices. The pate was smooth and tasty. The scallops were seated in a bed of risotto along with a mini pumpkin. Looked lovely but was just too much food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Return visit
    petercVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We returned for dinner here for the first time in a couple of years and had an excellent meal that everyone enjoyed; the only downside was the waitress who had something of an attitude and did not seem to know what she was talking about, at least with regard to the cocktail menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    UmmmmGoodVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Not sure why we have not returned to Bistro 5 since just after it opened, but it was our loss. The larger, redecorated restaurant is very attractive without being overdone. Subdued tones, interesting table setting, very relaxing yet unique. The food matched the surrounding. Everything from the fresh bread to the entrees were different and impressive. The service was friendly, caring, and not intrusive. One of the best meals each of us have had in a long time at a sensible price for the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special Medford bistro
    BostonFoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Inventive, tasty, and unique offerings without the Downtown Boston parking hassle. Appetizers are particularly interesting - a duck prosciutto with a creme caramel and toasted pear accompaniment was great. Expansive wine list for a small place. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seasonal take on Italian cuisine
    BostonDiner
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Delicious food experience at Bistro 5 coupled with good wine and service. Restaurant looks great after recent remodel. House-made ricotta with olive oil and lemon zest followed by fried green heirloom tomatoes with Bufala mozzarella. For entrees we enjoyed tagliatelle with rabbit and veal Milanese with potatoes and zucchini. Love that this restaurant is close to home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fall feast
    foodfriend
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We enjoyed the fall tasting menu which included venison which I had never had before. The oyster stew was divine and the fried green tomatoes crunchy and delicious. We split a creme brûlée to top it off. The dinner was special all around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time is a charm
    pizza5sag
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is the second time my husband and I have been here and boy was it great ! Waitress and staff smiling, friendly, outgoing, and helpful. Food Fantastic. Excellent assistance with the wine choice. ( French Rose ) Appetizer so good ( warm chickpea with olive oil and foccacia ) OMG. Beet salad, with goat cheese and arugula. ( my favorites ) cozy seating . I had the salmon and he had the scallops . Perfect. Dessert was shared , creme brûlée. I could not have asked for a better night out at a restaurant. would certainly go back !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out-frigging-standing
    csmith0651
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    One of the best waiters I've ever had. Ask for Angus. Witty. Sarcastic. Knowledgeable. Intense. Foody. He made the dinning experience fun. The food made the experience delicious. Some of the best food I've ever had. Delicious. They allowed modifications because everything is made in-house. Loved it. I definitely plan on going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints!
    WhatShesHaving
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was my fourth visit to Bistro 5, and it was very very good! Our server couldn't have been better, and the food was crazy good. We asked if we could have an entree as an appetizer, and they accommodated. Our server was Monica, and she was great at answering our questions and checked in on us often. I had the strip steak, and my husband had the scallops -- and both dishes were excellent! For dessert my husband had creme brulee (presentation at the place is amazing) and I had profiteroles. All in all, this was a fabulous meal! I highly recommend this Bistro; the chef is very talented and creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Specials are always outstanding. Never a bad meal or bad service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this restaurant.
    Lillismom
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    From start to finish our dining experience was excellent. We had a few starters. Heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and beets. My main dish was the sea scallops with risotto. Our server told us the chef recommended they be cooked medium rare. I was hesitant but they were cooked to perfection. The risotto was creamy and oh so rich! Others at the table had scallops, salmon, tagliatelle, and chicken. Everyone enjoyed their dinner. The only complaint was that the chicken was not as seasoned as this person was accustomed to but the highly seasoned kale made up for it. The chicken was tender. We had profiteroles for dessert and it was a perfect end to a wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High end, Boston feel in the 'burbs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Loved it. Gone a few times and never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bistro 5 always improving
    cjmd
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've been going to Bistro 5 for years and a recent meal was our best ever. The classics are still on the menu and creative options (Heirloom tomato specials) were interesting and perfectly executed. The gnocchi is one of the best dishes available anywhere in Boston; order an app portion for the table. Our server suggested a desert special of corn gelato and while we were initially a little put off by the dehydrated this and deconstructed that it was absolutely delicious, fun to eat and a perfect portion to share. I'd like to see some more bottled beer options and I hope Tuesday $1 oyster specials at the bar continue!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GM1313
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our first visit to Bistro5. We had been told that it was a special restaurant. The recommendation was totally correct. Chef Vittorio (owner) stopped by our table and asked about the food and the service. We found him to be a very friendly person who sincerely was interested in our opinion. We will return to Bistro5 with friends. We definitely recommend Bistro 5 to anyone who appreciate good Italian food in a clean environment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A study in contradictions
    starlingtonVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was absolutely wonderful. Every thing on our plates was amazing - the piattini, the starters and main courses and dessert. But, we were seated between the noisy bar with lots of flannel-clad patrons and the bathroom at a cramped table despite having a reservation and the restaurant not being totally full. Our first few orders were brought out basically on top of each other so that our little tiny table was overflowing uncomfortably with plates, glasses, etc. They did a fabulous job recovering from bringing my husband the wrong plate (we now have full (but wrong) meal in a to-go box in our frig). I was also a bit taken aback to look over and see people sniffing their food and using their soup spoons to scoop up mashed potatoes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bistro 5
    Bistro5thebest
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This was our second visit. I didn't think they could be better than the first time...but they were. Probably the best meal I've had in a decade, and the wine pairings were perfect. Waiter (Tony) was spectacular. Can't wait to go again. I've only seen this kind of style and attention to detail on the West Coast. Thank the Chef/Owner for us. His talents are greatly appreciated
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Heirloom Tomato Bliss
    Peg319ethaVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is the second special heirloom tomato occasion we have attended. This is a special treat especially the Rohan duck with a tomato cream brûlée. Bravo Chef Ettore!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for conversation
    bobo
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Excellent atmosphere with relatively low noise level. Food very good to though the menu limited. Knowledgeable service staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Four of us shared 4 different appetizers. The fois grais crème brule with duck prociutto was the most incredible. I had wished I had it all to myself! Carne salada (carpaccio) was also fabulous. The golden beet salad a great hit as well. Dinner choices were veal, rabbit, and scallops and were all fabulous. I can't say enough about our waiter. He was incredibly helpful, funny, and there when we needed him. An outstanding experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Scallops were a tad saltier than expected. Overall experience was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed review
    Not2fussy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My entree was very good but my spouse was disappointed. Dessert and appetizers were good to very good. Accomodations were very good, and the service was excellent. I really wanted to like this place. In sum, a great destination for the neighborhood but not really a standout overall.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good... not great
    sgnourish
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Service was informative and attentive. Veal Milanese had two big pieces of high quality cutlets. One cooked well. The other overcooked. Not enough sauce or potato underneath. Gnocchi was good yet didn't stand out. Calamari just average.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Medford Gem
    Mayfstro
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great for an evening out. You never feel rushed and there is a nice atmosphere. Great variety of items on the menu, but it could rotate a bit more for regular customers. The beets for an app and rabbit for an entree are awesome picks to start with.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lost a Step?
    arlingtondiner
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Bistro 5 has been one of our favorite restaurants for a couple of years. Our most recent experience was a bit of a disappointment. Perhaps because it was restaurant week, we waited 45 minutes between the appetizers and the mains. That was a really uncomfortable wait. The food was quite good - with the exception of a very bitter element in the tagliatelle, but wasn't quite up to snuff. The bill for four, including a couple of glasses of wine each rounded out at $300. I'm putting this down to being very busy -- so we will be back for another try soon - but I'm worried that they've lost a step somehow.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • just great .
    Kennard
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were first timers. Quick to seat, great choices on the menu, offered to move us since a group was getting a little rowdy in the other room. Went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and part of the neighborhood crowd. Food was great and has been consistent to round two. Definitely would recommend if your in the general area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dry shortcake
    JamesDiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The entrees were very good, veal and steak strips. The disappointment was the dessert - Mixed berry grilled shortcake. My idea of a mixed berry shortcake is a reduced fresh berry sauce (sweetened or unsweetened) poured over shortcake. The shortcake was dry but would have been fine if berries wand sauce were soaked into the shortcake, not totally soaked. The whipped cream was awesome. It didn't meet my expectations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife ordered the scallop dish with the scallops to be cooked thru when she received them they were burnt and looked like they were in cut in half not very happy and paid full price for the meal. We also wanted one of your specials on the appetizer and you were out of it.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great upscale Italian
    CraigVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    With one night in Boston and thousands of choices where to go. Narrowing it down to Italian reduces the choices by about two... We picked Bistro 5 and are glad we went. Our server, Nr 8, was a hoot but knew every dish in great detail. He was ever so accommodating. We had calamari which was served over red peppers with just the right heat. Our second course of gnocchi with forrest mushrooms and truffle was deep and satisfying. The veal Milanese just makes me want to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner at b5
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Always a treat - roasted quail tops, sea scallops perfect, carne salada a revelation with onion jam and scattered cheese, best was a sort of peach cobbler with corn gelato (unusual but tasty), blueberry sauce, and on, each bite a joy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    ScottyB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had one of the best dinners out in a long time. The food was truly outstanding from the beet first course to our main courses. We were given some wonderful bread with a chip pea spread as a starter, Not big eaters we were able to order half size on the pasta and one of the main dishes. We really like that. Our waiter Tony could not have been more accommodating. We were so impressed we plan to celebrate our anniversary there this fall. As we told the staff when we left, Bistro 5 is our new top restaurant, Parking can be a problem so going early helps in that there is a parking lot half a block away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wait staff was very slow
    Tapper5678VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    20 minutes for the waitress to come to the table, another 10 minutes to take our drink order, another 20 minutes to bring our drinks, after placing our order another 30 mnutes to get our food. Food was passable but nothing spectacular.
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  • Consistently great
    PCW1
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went to Bistro 5 for the first time in a while and am sorry I haven't gone more often. It was outstanding! The calamari was its usual awesome and the scollaps entree was fabulous -- a nice size and absolutely perfectly cooked. Our waiter Tony was very helpful too. Bistro 5 has been a sure thing for a long time. It was great to experience it again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was excellent. We both had salads green & beet which were delicious. I had the branzino and the menu does not misrepresent it. It did indeed come "whole" head, eyes etc. you name it. It was delicious but required careful dissection! my partner had the scallops which were perfectly cooked and flavourful. The creme brulee was amazing. Our server was attentive without being over bearing. We would definitely return, bar seemed to be hopping. Only down side was the noise at 8 pm we found ourselves shouting to be heard, so if you want a quiet conversation over a delicious dinner go early!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed.
    JimmieTimmyVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We made our reservation through Open Tabe and mentioned that we were celebrating a Birthday. This was never acknowledged. We also had to twice ask our server for the bread and white bean spread which come sauromatically. At these prices, these little things are quite disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 60 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1208 reviews are from the Bistro 5 reviews archive.
  • foodjoys
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    loved the house cured duck prosciutto as well as carne salada and rohan duck. Tony provided us with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always!
    ShannonBVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I never get to go here enough, but when I do it always delivers! And then I am just dying to go back! It is a wonderful place where you always feel comfortable. They food is phenomenal. Not too fussy, but exciting and overall just yummy good! Whenever I am asked for a recommendation - this is where I send people, and no one has ever been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific experience
    OldSpice
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    After numerous visits to this fine restaurant, it never fails to deliver on all fronts. The staff aims to please and is very attentive , warm and welcoming. Service with a smile!! The culinary artistry never disappoints and is always first class. This is why we always come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic