Bistro 7

Bistro 7

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistro7restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2159311560
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael H. O'Halloran
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public lot located approximately 100 feet north of the restaurant on Third Street. Some street parking is generally available.
A word from Bistro 7
Bistro 7 is an elegant, food-first American BYO bistro located in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Old City section. Chef/Owner Michael O’Halloran relies on a network of local, organic farmers for the pristine ingredients that form the basis for his eclectic American bistro dishes, and the ever changing menu reflects the best that the season has to offer. The understated, minimalist décor features white linen tablecloths, filigreed heirloom flatware and graceful stemware, and the open kitchen provides an intimate glimpse of the chefs at work. Try the 5 course, $35 Chef’s Tasting Menu (available Tuesday through Thursday) and see why critics have called Bistro 7 the "Jackie O. of the Philadelphia BYOB scene"
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Bistro 7 reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)neighborhood gem (35)special occasion (18)romantic (15)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Loved it.
    betseyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Four people, 3 courses, no one ordered the same thing so 12 dishes. Each dish was better than the next. Noise level was a bit loud given the size of the small space. Service was attentive but not overbearing. If you like BYOs, this is a winner.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • I love Bistro 7!
    LunchEaterVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I'm an attorney. I have taken potential clients to Bistro 7, people who have eaten at very posh restaurants, and the food impressed them! Enjoy the tasting menu. It is a special treat I recommend, but all the food is divine. Michael (the chef) is a culinary genius! Don't miss ordering his oysters!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite for many years!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I discovered Bistro 7 about 10 years ago. It has been my favorite restaurant since. The food is simply out of this world and there is never disappointment for anyone at the table - a true dining experience.
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  • You Should Try This Restaurant
    MrAttentionToDetail
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The outside of the building is quite frankly, unattractive. However, once inside, while the decor is minimalist, the food is great. Everything we had was very good, and the desserts, were absolutely fantastic. The bread is baked daily on the premises and even the salads were exceptional.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & BYOB
    GreenLeaf24
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Visited Bistro 7 during Philly Restaurant Week and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Food ranks with some of the best we've had - the Parisian Gnocchi were especially light and delicious. Small and intimate setting for dinner. Loved the fact that it's a BYOB. Really enjoyed our night at Bistro 7.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A pure pleasure.
    Eater
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were the first diners in that evening at 6:00; it was empty. By 6:30 it was completely full, but not louder - amazing for such a small place. It was Restaurant Week, so the selections were fixed. The green gazpacho was nice, but eclipsed by the stunningly wonderful gnocchi - after which, the cannelloni was merely lovely, and the branzino was also fine. Desserts and coffee all superb. But best was the lovely service, friendly, easy, and so smooth. What a good time. We'll be back.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Gourmet
    Gourmet
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It was a great evening. Was a celebration for our daughter who had done really well in her Junior year at school. Food was great, service excellent and we had a great time. Would have no problem recommending it to friends/family.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Always excellent
    DonV
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Been to Bistro 7 many times, always consistent, always excellent.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem!!
    mbdiner
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This little place was a treasure - the food was fabulous - try the gnocchi Parisienne (to die for) or the scallops (perfectly cooked) or the fruit crisp (heavenly). We were all delighted with our food choices. I can't understand why there isn't a line out the door for this place!! Move to New York or LA (please) where they will appreciate your level of cooking!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • joanm
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    we had a great meal. Dinner was inventive and delicious. Waitress friendly and efficient
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Quiet gem
    Strider
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food was excellent. We started with a gorgeous gaspacho, then had an Asian inspired duck breast. We finished with peach and berry cobbler. The only puzzle was why there were so few diners on a Thursday evening. Open Table indicated reservations were taken for several time slots while we were there, however there were many empty tables. Highly recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for byob fans
    2Phillybyobfans
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Came here because it seemed intimate, with creative french bistro food and was a byob establishment. Decor is very plain so the focus in on the food and whatever wine one wants to bring. A real bonus and draw is that there is no corkage fee and the staff seems happy that patrons are bringing good wine to match the food. Cost was fair and reasonable for the quality and presentation. My oyster appetizer was truly phenomenal and I hope to see that again. It was fun to "snoop in" and observe what wines others were bringing to their tables. Everything from El-cheapo to high priced gems. I had saved two special occasion wines just for such a moment (anniversary) and was glad to have them here. I will return to this place.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner
    DanDVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Once again, Bistro 7 was the place for a great dinner. Food and service are outstanding. Only 2 criticisms- food is very rich and menu could be a bit larger.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Reliably good
    TonyB
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is a true small bistro, a BYOB with a small but well chosen menu to suit almost all tastes. The food preparation is excellent and the service is prompt which is important for someone who goes there for a pre-theatre meal as I do. The prices are well chosen for the level of the cuisine. I will certainly go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Experience
    SkiMamma1
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This was our second time dining at Bistro 7, and although the main chef was not present on this evening, it is clear that he has taught his sous chefs well. The food was absolutely excellent and perfectly prepared from the highest quality ingredients. We were somewhat pressed for time due to a theatre reservation, and our food arrived in a most timely fashion, allowing us to savor every morsel without feeling rushed. We will return to Bistro 7.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Food is excellent, service rushed
    Cosd47VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was our second time at Bistro Seven. We returned because the food is quite good and beautifully presented. My only complaint is that I felt very rushed. We ordered two small plates to split before the entrée and rather than bringing them one at a time both were brought together. The entrees quickly followed as did dessert and we were in and out in just over an hour. Not quite the dining experience I wanted. For a restaurant of this caliber I would expect a more paced serving.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Tasty, Interesting Food!
    Abravado
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This little BYOB is a very pleasant spot to enjoy an interesting, competently prepared dinner. Menu variety is very good, and imagination is used. For example, the green gazpacho with the light red tomato sorbet and sprinkled buttermilk ice was as pleasing to look at, as it was to taste.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really creative food!
    Philatwo
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We have dined at Bistro 7 on multiple occasions. The storefront restaurant has a simple decor but the food and service are outstanding. The food is creative and beautifully prepared and presented. There is a multicourse tasting menu, which is amazing. The staff is welcoming and attentive. It is a BYOB, which is another bonus, although the food prices are very fair considering the outstanding quality. We look forward to returning to Bistro 7.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Margaret
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    A fabulous meal in a serene, intimate setting. We appreciate Michael O'Halloran's inspired updates to the meal and the overall high caliber of deliciousness. We so enjoyed our meal! Beautiful plates of creative though not kooky food. Thank you!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • All about the food
    terrinegal33
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Delicious, beautifully presented, refined cuisine. Major restaurant in a spare store front location. Emphasis is on food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 707 reviews are from the Bistro 7 reviews archive.
  • Great, but a bit pricey
    Basil
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Modest amounts for the price. $26 for a half chicken, and $10 for small desserts. The preps are very good, so it's a judgement call.
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem In Philly
    LPRothman
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We were lucky to find Bistro 7 on a recent trip to Philadelphia. This is a small place in a vibrant neighborhood that has remarkably good food. We started with a carrot salad that was so fresh it verged on the insolent, and a dish of gnocchi with maitaki mushrooms that was shockingly good. We then had the duck, a heavenly sliced maigret served over a risotto with duck confit mixed in. The lamb loin was similarly sliced, perfectly cooked, and served with a potato millefeuille and tart tomato relish that was a perfect complement. Desserts were equally fantastic. You must BYOB, with brings the cost of the dinner down to a very reasonable level overall. No charge for corkage here. Bravos all around.
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    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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  • The best oysters on a half shell
    Xbarguy
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Even if you don't like raw oysters, the flavors are wonderful. You don't get much of the bad flavors, only the good. I'm not a big oyster fan, and thought these were
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb food
    Shelly
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I've visited this restaurant several times and the food has been consistently outstanding. It's always beautifully and subtly spiced, and the combination of food in each dish is always interesting and flavorful. The chef doesn't try to impress you with his creativity, he aims to please with beautifully cooked seasonal food...chicken, lamb, duck, etc. Two negatives: The decor is almost non-existent and the bread (baked fresh daily by the chef, is really awful. The waiters and waitresses are friendly and knowledgable but not over-bearing. Because the restaurant is small, the noise level escalates when it's crowded. When I want guests to be assured of a wonderful meal, this is where I take them...I've never been disappointed.
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    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Fantastic for Foodie Celebration
    CassINOVA
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday at Bistro 7, and couldn't have asked for a better experience. Although the menu was limited, all offerings were still available. Our group was large enough that we sampled and shared nearly every menu offering, and everything was fantastic. Fresh ingredients, well executed, and sometimes unexpected - although completely delightful - flavor blendings. My husband and his friends are foodies, many of whom have worked in the culinary field, and everybody left full and impressed. The oysters were beautifully garnished and left you wanting more, the gnocchi was light but satisfying and the malted chocolate pot de creme was our personal favorite!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SBM1452
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My husband and I just tried Bistro 7 for the first time and the food was delicious. Our server was kind and attentive, but we wish he had explained our meal and the other items on the menu to us. The food was the star and everything we ordered was fabulous. Gnocchi, escargot, duck and lamb...yum! I would go back and we live close to an hour away. There is no tasting menu on Saturday which was a bit of a bummer, but certainly not a problem.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, friendly people
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Bistro 7 provided us with a delightful dining experience. We had attended a theater matinee and arrived at the restaurant shortly after its 5:30 opening. We were warmly greeted by our server and then enjoyed a chat with Michael, the chef/owner (topics ranged from the Old City neighborhood to sourcing fresh ingredients from Lancaster County farms). The meal was outstanding - escargots to start followed by lamb for my wife and a delightfully moist chicken breast for me. The menu changes frequently, based on the availability of fresh ingredients. This fact, along with the friendly atmosphere and delightful flavors, will ensure our return in the near future!
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    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
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  • Great BYOB -Wonderful menu
    pamkVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    As always the menu had wonderful choices. This is well considered food by a terrific chef. I've had a ton of oysters, but the lichee was an inspired addition and the quality was perfect. Enjoyed the braised rabbit with fava bans and asparagras. Desserts were good and a smart choice unless you have a full time pastry chef. Will be back again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I really liked this restaurant very much.The service was bright and friendly.Menu is very diversified. The beet terrine had so many flavors and textures as was the gnocchi. My only complaint is the prices are ridiulous and not on an even par for amount of food,which I took some home,I would like to see less $signs or more substance!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food and BYOB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This truly is a find! Amazing fresh and locally sourced items on menu. Chef is creative without being fussy. Just a great, great place!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Delicious little known gem
    Jeff
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Always a treat eating here. Imaginative diverse and always delicious culinary fare. Skip dessert (did not match the outstanding savory fare) and enjoy!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place. Great food. It's
    David
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Great place. Great food. It's pretty noisy, so a big group might be hard if you're trying to hear across a large table. Have been there before and will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above average overall, not standout
    Firsttimevisitor
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I hadn't been to Bistro 7 in a while, so of course I forgot it was BYO. My bad. My friend & I shared an appetizer (gnocci), which was excellent. My entree was tasty overall, but the "Peking Duck" was misleading as it was a little bit of a far departure to be in any way truly referential. The duck breast itself was also slightly overcooked, leading to slight toughness & a greyish color, though still flavorful. The chocolate pot de creme dessert was good but nothing special (my friend chose it). I would potentially go back there but it wouldn't necessarily be my first choice.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not great
    John
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My fiancee and I have been coming here for a couple of years. And, it's always the same. Some dishes are really good; others are boring and mediocre. The pasta dishes are not particularly good or interesting. The chicken and fish are consistently good and sometimes interesting. The escargots are consistently very good and remind me of Burgundy, France, where this dish originates. The soups are also consistently very good, but not particularly interesting. Michael is a very "safe" chef, which can be good (or not) depending on your culinary style. The service is always harried, but pleasant. One more person is needed to make the service significantly better. I recommend eating at Bistro 7. You'll enjoy it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal, minor quibbles
    PickyEater
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We had a delicious meal for a winter night - very rich and tasty. The menu was interesting and varied, except that there were insufficient light appetizers to balance the very rich entrees. Even the salad had a 'creamy parmesan" dressing. The beet appetizer was beautiful and delicious but a little spendy at $15. Fortunately none of the desserts appealed. Oh - I was extremely thirsty the rest of the night, so a lighter hand with the salt would be helpful.
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    fit for foodies
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  • A little too expensive, but good
    Somethingdiner
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We went for a romantic dinner and were thankfully seated in a secluded corner. Despite being as far as possible away from them, we were still overwhelmed by the noise from an obnoxiously drunken party of six also seated on the first floor. I thought larger parties were put on the second floor, and with the small size of the restaurant I really felt like the atmosphere was ruined. The food was good, certainly well beyond the normal fare, but in a city like this I didn't feel like the prices match the quality. I've dined around at many other fine restaurants like Parc and Matyson, where the food was an incredible experience. The bill came out the same, but I just felt the taste fell a little short.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit. Nary a false
    FinnVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    First time visit. Nary a false note. Everyone in our party of four had a delightful experience and vowed to return. Every dish was beautifully presented and well executed. Highlights were the fried oyster, foie gras and gnocchi appetizers and the cobia, skate and duck entrees. Just added to my list of go-to places in the neighborhood.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food=incredible, service=GOD AWFUL
    KMAS
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed everything about my dinner at bistro 7, despite the server that took my plate from me before I was finished and tried to take the checkbook that I hadn't touched 10 times in 2 minutes. The food was so good that I will go back again and again and definitely recommend to anyone... I just hope for a different server.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pretty sure the braised short
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    pretty sure the braised short ribs were just marinated beef cubes
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  • an absolutely great chef and
    cookieVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    an absolutely great chef and choice of choices available. above comments valid at each and every visit we've had.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.