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Bistro Blanc
Bistro Blanc

Bistro Blanc Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistroblancmd.com
  • Phone: (410) 489-7907
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, French American
  • Executive Chef: Janny Kim
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Committed to designing and executing flawless, memorable events by combining exquisite food with the highest level of customer service throughout Baltimore / Washington Corridor
  • Entertainment: Light Jazz live music on Thursday Nights between 7pm & 10pm..
  • Special Events & Promotions: Committed to designing and executing flawless, memorable events by combining exquisite food with the highest level of customer service throughout Baltimore / Washington Corridor

Getting there

  • Cross Street: RT 32
  • Public Transit: None
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free parking!
A word from Bistro Blanc
A Sleek and Sensual Alternative to Traditional Wine Bars - Envision a stylish oasis devoted to the culinary world's three most sensual indulgences - wine, cheese, and food. At Bistro Blanc, you'll experience a dazzling taste and sensory experience with fine wines, exotic cheeses, and exquisite food. Why patronize a traditional wine bar when you can enjoy Bistro Blanc's refined yet lively location? Our knowledgeable wine staff and servers can recommend pairings and answer questions about any aspect of our menus.The ideal setting for private parties, gatherings of friends, or romantic dates, Bistro Blanc has shattered traditional notions of wine clubs and bars. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "This place is hard to find, but it's definitely worth the effort! Excellent food, service, & ambiance! Our only real complaint was with the price of the Howard Co. Summer Restaurant Week (HCSR) prix-fixe menu: the HCSR's website indicated that the price of the prix-fixe meal would be $32.14; however, when we got to Bistro Blanc, we discovered that the restaurant had raised the price to $35.14."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We have been to this place several times over the last year--it is never a disappointment. Food is delicious--each entree is prepped with a lot of care and attention to detail. The plating is beautiful and the seasoning of the food is excellent. The chef pays attention to detail and what they produce on the plate are works of art. Wine pairings have been great as well."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Hadn't been in awhile and decided to treat our daughter as she had never been. Everything was delicious, full of flavor and nicely plated from the baked brie to the succulent duck to the delicious peach cobbler. Our waitress Christine was excellent also- very attentive, kept our glasses full and answered our questions about ingredients/food preparation. Well done!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Hadn't been here for quite a while - food was amazing - updated menu - loved every course -highly recommend it - best restaurant in the area hands-down. Rivals upscale DC restaurants."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It was restaurant week so we got to enjoy the pre-fix 3 course meal with wine pairing. Our bill for 2 people with 2 glasses of wine each, app, main & dessert was $90. Great value. Great food. Ambiance is nice. Loved it!! We are going back Wednesday for half price burgers & beer. Can't wait. This restaurant is good for young crowd, older or families with kids. A+++"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Our visit to Bistro Blanc during restaurant week was, as usual, a very good experience. The food is always exceptional---innovative, sometimes a little quirky (in a good way), but always delicious. The Avocado soup was a delight as was the gnocchi with braised rabbit. Service was professional and friendly. Great place to go and kudos to up-and-coming chef Janny Kim!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "like the bistro, just a long drive to get to it.. we had dinner with a friend, so it was in the middle for all of us. As always, food is good, service is excellent and the comments by Jason on the menu and wine list were not intrusive, but as a comment to what the food was made and had.. great work. I had the pig n fig and the crab empanadas.. yum yum.. small plates, besides a full entree choice... great dinner."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "A friend and I were trying to find a nice local place for dinner and decided on Bistro Blanc. What a great restaurant! Food and service were fantastic. We started with the Fig n' Pig and the Korean rice cakes. I consider myself a foodie and many diners can agree that you eat with your eyes first. I can say that every dish was beautifully presented, not to take away from the great flavors each dish had. Each dish had a wonderful balance of flavor and when it comes to food, balance is key. We also enjoyed some great oysters and the seared duck, cooked perfectly. We ended with great desserts. Only complaint was no cappuccino, but the coffee was good! I will definitely be back and cannot wait to tell others about this great neighborhood find!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The flavors were very good, but not impressed with ambiance, lack of 2 specials ("ran out"), inoperable wine card, no martini glasses ("were dirty" and served a martini in a stemless wine glass). Was definitely an "off night," but for $280+tip, I surely expected more."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The location is very deciving as the inside/atmosphere, food and service are fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I live in Bethesda but had been to Bistro Blanc a few times before when in the area, and it was excellent each time so I scheduled an important business dinner there. The food was even better than on the prior occasions, and the service was outstanding -- a big hit with the clients. Bistro Blanc would rank high in DC or Baltimore -- it's worth the trip."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We took two new friends for Tuesdays 'half-price wine night'-the entire wine list and those on their shelves are all discounted 50%; this is a fantastic bargain. Chef Kim's menu is very well thought out, and plated appealingly. All our selections were delicious, as were the wines we chose to accompany our meal. The lavender honey infused creme brule was yummy! Bistro Blanc is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Thanks Raj for keeping your restaurant functioning at a high level!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We thought it was going to be just another strip mall restaurant, non-descript, so so food. We were definitely and happily surprised. The food was fantastic, the wine opportunities are endless, Warren is a great waiter - he defines what a wait staff should be like. Highly recommend it - but probably crowded on weekends. We went on a Monday night - perfect, no wait, open seating great for a dinner for two."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We could not have asked for a better experience. The food, the service, the wines were all outstanding. We had a lovely, quiet early dinner on Sunday night, sitting outside on what might have been the nicest night of the summer."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This was our first time for brunch at Bistro Blanc. The restaurant was quiet - perfect for conversations. The service was attentive and timely without being intrusive. The menu provides an interesting array of choices which we have come to expect and love at Bistro Blanc. We highly recommend both the Duck Leg Confit and the Citrus BBQ Gateau in the more savory choices and the Croissant French Toast at the sweeter end of the spectrum. We shall definitely be back soon for brunch!!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Thought the reviews were good, we were very disappointed with the restaurant. We took my visiting daughter and her boyfriend out for a special meal. The service was incredibly slow with even getting rolls taking 20 minutes or more and we were charged $4 for rolls that were just ok. After waiting and waiting for our main course we were finally told our dinners were being plated. Then we still had to wait another 10 minutes. With slow service, very small serving sizes and high prices I don't think we will be going back. This restaurant seems to be in love with itself and it's self proclaimed farm to table gourmet image. However the reality of the food quality is that it was good but not that good. Better start paying attention to the basics!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended by a friend and it was quite the charmer. We went for a romantic date and was very pleased with the entire experience. The food is more tapas style as the plate sizes were smaller. This however, was not a detraction from the experience. Because the flavor of the food was so bountiful - small plate sizes work best. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking to get a way from the chain restaurants for a wonderful meal and experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "There are a few dishes on the menu that are exceptional and a few that are not great. The service is always top of the line. Everyone, not Just your server, makes you fell special."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Bistro Blanc continues to set itself apart from other area restaurant by consistently bringing fresh ideas from farm to table. Their menu offers a wide variety, inclusive of something tremendous for all taste buds. Their service is consistently superior, their employees know the menu cold and all have the ability to pair with wine or cocktails as well."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It was good to be able to catch up with friends with such great food and wine (or, I should say, beers and burgers!)."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed a great Father's Day late lunch/early dinner. Our server was extremely knowledgable and had high recommendations. I would recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Went to Open Table to treat my husband to a Father's Day lunch. Took a long time before someone showed up to provide water. Longer to meet the server to take our order. He revealed staffing was not at an optimum level for the number of customers. Someone tried to serve us food we had not ordered. When we did get our order, it was hot and delicious. We had to request empty glasses to be removed from the table to provide more room (tables very small for 2 people). We will chalk it up to the restaurant not being adequately prepared for Father's Day."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My husband and I went early on a Wednesday night and we happy to find 1/2 price burger and beer night. We enjoyed the mussels and split a burger. There was a tornado watch and so the outdoor seating was closed, otherwise it looks like it would be nice to sit on the patio. We hope to come back again."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The restaurant was pretty empty, but the hostess sat us at the WORST table (small, by the computer and next to the exit door to patio). When our waitress arrived, we asked if we could change tables and she said "Absolutely." We moved to a larger, better located table. We could not understand why, since we had a reservation and the restaurant was empty, the hostess first sat us at the worst table."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food is very good, and even improved with a new chef. Service is excellent - server was very attentive even after getting 2 very large groups + our table around the same time."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This restaurant is amazing. Every plate looked like art work and tasted great. They have lots of staff paying attention to every little detail. The service was the best and even though the restaurant was full, we were not rushed. We highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We always enjoy dinner at Bistro Blanc. The wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable without being intrusive. The atmosphere is pleasant and the noise level low making conversation easy. The Pfefferkorn Road was an interesting take on the traditional rum and fruit drink with complex and pleasing flavors. The chilled corn soup was an excellent and refreshing start to the meal. The crab empanadas and Korean rice cakes from the Summer menu were very good. The Brisket and Arctic Char entrees from the days specials both exemplified the complex flavors and excellent techniques that we have come to expect from Bistro Blanc. We finished off with the Plum Trifle - Try this it was excellent and the banana foster bread pudding an old standard."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We went to Bistro Blanc on a Wednesday night for the half priced burgers and beer special. The service was friendly and attentive. The food was excellent. We started with the $4 bread plate which included 6 warm, homemade rolls and 3 dips. The beef in the burgers was local, from a farm just down the road. The fries were hand cut, not too thin, and delicious, with a sprinkling of rosemary and parmesan. They had a good selection of beers, including several locally brewed brands. I enjoyed the local Duck Pin Ale, brewed in Baltimore. Overall, a good dinner. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We dined at Bistro Blanc on a busy Saturday evening in May. Service was good (our server was new) and the food was excellent. We started with a corn chowder and Caesar salad. The chowder was complex and flavorful and the salad crisp and tangy. Our entrees consisted of rockfish and lamb, both of which were plated artfully and cooked to perfection. The accompanying vegetables and forbidden rice were also very good. When you go to Bistro Blanc, make sure you talk to Andy, the bartender. We always ask him for his menu recommendations and he has never steered us wrong. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Bistro Blanc used to be a pretty good option for Howard County dining - although it never produced fully "great" meals, it did turn out some reliably decent ones. We recently returned after not having dined there in several months and the place has really gone downhill. The menu has hardly changed, so everything seemed very trite. A flatbread pizza was drowned in grease and a very unappealingly green sauce. The waiter was a befuddled (although pleasant) guy. Patio dining presents a full view of a dumpster. On a Friday evening at prime dining time, the place was half-empty and it was easy to see why. We will not return."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food is delicious, but the real gem is the ENOMATIC wine dispenser. I should mention that this is a self-dispensing machine, which means that YOU choose how much wine you will be pouring into the glass and consuming. Be careful! While the prices are clearly displayed on the display above the dispenser, it is easy to justify a million 1oz "tastes"...only to find that you spent a million dollars on wine! The service is fantastic. The servers are so knowledgable and helpful. We even receive some free samples!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Relaxed sophisticated atmosphere continues to surround interesting and delicious food creations. Love the "soup of the moment" and the flatbreads. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "When we go there we got seated right away. K reconmend reservations if you go between 7-9. Wednesday is half price beer and burger and the burgers are to DIE for. I also recomend getting the bread basket as you get more for than what you pay for. Last time i was here i had a noce supize and got a compimentry bree plate!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "and the wait staff was courteous, helpful, professional. The ambience and service made our 3 1/2 hour cocktail/dinner experience outstanding! We were relaxed, able to get know each other beyond a business level. Wine list outstanding and food unique, each dish delicious and beautifully presented. Would definitely return and recommend Bistro Blanc. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Another fantastic experience all around. Never disapppointed."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Loved the place; our first time there from Annapolis. Regarding food: English peas in risotto under cooked, otherwise a lovely dish with some inventive notes. GREAT WINE CHOICES with SUPER VALUES ON TUES.@1/2 $. We return next week for wine dinner. Worth the 40 mile drive in the rain at rush hour."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "dine their often, was not up to par, service or food. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Booked this reservation as a date night, and we did't want to deal with Harbor traffic. Menu was interesting. Tables are too close to each other, unless you want to hear other's conversations? Our waitperson, was arrogant and not tremendously engaging. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Our waiter was bad news, discouraged us from ordering what we wanted, forgot to bring items, too long between appetizers and entree Saw a very large roach, surprised in such a nice restaurant, very unappealing, hope health department pays a visit soon Waitstaff unprofessional, two of them made out every chance they got Previous experiences very positive with nicely prepared food, pleasant ambience, and professional waitstaff but after recent visit and all that went on, will not return even though few fine dining options in area"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Bistro Blanc is one of our favorite restaurants. The chef is obviously passionate about food and food presentation. Everything is always fresh and intersting and prepared perfectly. The menu ranges from lighter fare (they have a wonderful lamb burger) to regular dinner entrees. The service can be inconsistent but the servers are ALWAYS friendly. The restaurant is located in what used to be a liquor store and you can still buy alcohol there. If you want a bottle of wine you can choose it off the shelf for your table or buy it and take it home. There is a 25% discount if you want to buy a bottle to take away. We highly recommend Bistro Blanc. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014