Bistro Bobette (formerly Bouchon - Richmond)
Bistro Bobette (formerly Bouchon - Richmond)

Bistro Bobette (formerly Bouchon - Richmond)

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistrobobette.com/
  • Phone: 18042259116x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Catering and take out.

    Private Event space.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Francis Devilliers
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact for more information. info@bistrobobette.com
  • Special Events: Please check our Facebook page, or website.
    Wine and seasonal theme dinners year round.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South 12th
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Two hour validated parking on South 12th Street, across from the Omni Hotel, for dinner, lunch validated for one hour.
A word from Bistro Bobette (formerly Bouchon - Richmond)
We are Richmond's only French restaurant with a Parisian Chef/Owner and have won Richmond's Best Chef and Winner of Excellence in Service Award in 2013.

Our atmosphere is lively, modern chic, yet casual.

Our menu changes monthly, often daily utilizing local, organic and sustainable ingredients.

Our classic Bistro fare includes: Steak frites, charcuterie, tartare, escargots, house made terrines/pate, seafood, salads, fish, game and meats. We are also proud of our expansive French wine list and our desserts made in-house.
Extensive French Wine list recognized by Wine Spectator.
Specials change daily.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bistro Bobette (formerly Bouchon - Richmond) reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (29)romantic (22)neighborhood gem (19)special occasion (18)notable wine list (15)great for lunch (9)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)good for groups (4)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Restaurant Week
    drd2
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious dinner while supporting an important cause. The wait staff is excellent and very helpful when selecting a wine. We have dined here before and are never disappointed. It's nice to dine in a smaller venue where noise level is down and food preparation is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fair
    FoodIzRHobby
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We have eaten at this restaurant several times. Unfortunately, we can only report a fair experience at our last visit. The pork chop was overcooked, the rabbit on the "combination plate" was inedible, and the trout was just ok. With so many other choices in Richmond, we probably will not return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Okay Meal - Not Exceptional
    RVADiner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I dined at Bistro Bobette this weekend. The Endive and Watercress salad was good, but not exceptional. I really enjoyed the Poulet and Lentils special, there is nothing better than a well prepared roast chicken! My husband had the trout, with he said was "okay". I would recommend that the waitstaff prep themselves to deliver the specials with a bit more ease, our waiter was a bit awkward with this. Overall a good experience, but very pricey for the what we got.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything right
    ChicagoRichmond
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I was skeptical that a French restaurant in Richmond could be truly outstanding. Wrong! Our server was outstanding. The food was perfectly prepared and presented. The ambiance was spot on. A must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Meeting
    kke4264
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Everything was superb. The Haute Lafite selection was as good as our server told us it would be. The salmon Carpaccio was excellent and the salad was light and fresh. The PF Bistro steak was the special of the evening and the Pike was something different. Both were perfectly prepared. The Truffle Mac & Cheese was rich and the best I have had. The Brussels sprouts? Our server ordered them accidentally. I don't eat Brussels sprouts. I don't like Brussels sprouts. I ate these Brussels sprouts. Our server tempted me with the Glace and both the Glace and the Chocolate mousse were memorable. I highly recommend this restaurant for a business meeting, special occasion or the want of a great dinner. Definitely a find and I will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lona
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We dine here often. Unfortunately, this time our waiter was not up to snuff. Other than his lack of expertise we had a wonderful evening - as always - at Bistro Bobette. It is so reminiscent of Parisian bistros that it makes me want to hurry back to France.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable evening
    CristVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Party of 4--all enjoyed the meal and service--great place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful!
    Jjscz
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    very nice for a romantic dinner! excellent food - preparation and execution! lovely menu. nice wine list (all french!!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A very pleasant lunch.
    Spintiff
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I made a last minute reservation for 2 for lunch here due to some unscheduled extra time. Upon entering I waited a moment to be greeted and my table was preset with a "Reserved" marker on it. Our server was Matt and was very tentative and nice. We started with the Tuna Tartar. The timing seemed a little long but we were also served bread while we waited. We ordered two of the specials Matt told us about which were absolutely wonderful. I had a crab meat stuffed squash and it's plating was nothing short of -forgive me- adorable; just perfect for breaking into autumn with. My dining partner had the Bouillabaisse, a sort of seafood stew served in a cast iron pan. We finished our meal with their chocolate mouse which was delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    corkatVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My wife and I very much enjoyed the food. The staff was fantastic and it proved a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We have eaten at Bistro Bobette many times and the food is always excellent...One of us had the Char and the other the Beef Tenderloin...We both had 2 glasses of a wonderful Chardonnay recommend by our great waiter....Next time we will order a bottle...We highly recommend this great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Richmond's Best Kept Secret
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We love dining here time and again. Business associates really appreciate the flair, spot on cuisine, service and cool setting. Very eclectic, hip, European crowd. Many languages spoken. Feels like Paris or NYC. Good thing food is even better and affordable. Best 3 course Pre Fixe available nightly for 22. and nightly Specials each evening. Don't miss Wed. Steak night: Well seasoned local salad, marinated steak w/ bordelaise and frites, 22. Not even chain restaurants can do this. Combine, high quality of local, fresh and seasonal ingredients @ give away prices, this truly is RVA's best kept secret.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great French food
    RichmondFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It had been a long time since our last visit to Bistro Bobette, and I quickly wondered why - the food is quite amazing! In addition to the regular menu, which had more than enough to choose from, there were numerous specials that only made the decision harder. Everything was superb. My only negative: I'd like to see a larger selection of wines by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Wonderful.
    Lona
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My husband and I always eat here when we visit Richmond. It is always wonderful. Great food, great staff, great atmosphere. Disappointing when we can not get a reservation. Try it. You'll love it, also.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    yanks
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very knowledgeable waiter explained all the entrees in detail with very good recommendations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Traveler
    Azaxman
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    In town and searched French Cuisine Bistro Bobette was a great find good food, wide variety of items at a moderate price Escargot was AWESOME
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch as always...
    TheBaronessVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My little secret for fabulous atmosphere and fabulous food...like stepping into a European bistro...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A new find...for us
    Alex
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    After searching the web for a restaurant in Richmond that would be new to us, we came upon Bistro Bobette. There are not many French restaurants in Richmond, so we decided to give it a try. We have made several trips to France, so we had somrthing to compare it with. We were pleasently surprised with the service, setting, and quality of food. The menu seemed to be a bit limited in what most would think is traditional French cuisine, but our waiter, Mat, explained that all food items are locally procured, and the menu is tailored for the season. Cassoulet, for instance, will not be available until winter. In short, we will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Constantly Superior
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    BB never dissapoints. Our favorite restaurant! Any time we can we frequent this special gem. Chef is really skilled and the food quality superior to any other spot in town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous food and the finest staff
    TheBaronessVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This is one of Richmonds best kept secrets...the food is simply fabulous and the staff is so attentive. A must visit for any "foodie" or wine lover. The owners are hands on and really sweet....never overly busy and rushed. A perfect place for a great meal, fabulous cocktail or wine, and people watch...the whos who in richmond frequent this place for lunch and dinner and the ability so sit and watch the world pass by and the weather change with truly delicious french/belgium/farm to table style food is magnificent....Perfect when it snows or rains. Great atmosphere and you can sit and enjoy the finest in nibbles and main courses. One of the top restaurants in Richmond....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the Trip
    vagentlemanVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A very good French-inspired restaurant. Worth the trip (and parking hassle)! Food is beautifully prepared and presented - save room for desert! Service was profession - though a bit slow - but the meal is to be savored and shoiuldn't be rushed, anyway!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    URwhatUeat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Many specials last Saturday night. We really had a difficult decision. Perfect menu for the Season. Everything was well-prepared, flavorful, and was brought to the table promptly and hot. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It pains me to write this review...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This is one of our favorite places to go in Richmond and we ALWAYS look forward to it! Their owners are amazing and the food is fantastic. Tonight however was a terrible night. We waited 75 minutes for our food to arrive, with no explanation about the delay and no re-filling of water glasses or asking if we would like another cocktail or some bread while we waited...nothing. The food was delicious as always but the service was so bad. No communication about what was going on, food that showed up without one of the sides indicated on the menu, could hardly find the waitress to ask for the rest of the meal/get more water, etc. I know all restaurants have off nights and I guess this was one of them.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food, nice setting
    Chris
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Despite being a French restaurant, the portion sizes were fairly large. I was not expecting the amount of food we got. All of the food was amazing. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for something different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet spot
    DennisC
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Presentation of food good. Steak a little tough. Great frites. Drinks are pricy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 379 reviews are from the Bistro Bobette (formerly Bouchon - Richmond) reviews archive.
  • Great celebration
    Melissael
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We ate at Bistro Bobette to celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. Food was excellent but what made the evening for us was our waiter Ryan. He encouraged my husband to order the rabbit when he was unsure of what to select (my husband loved it!) I was looking for a white burgandy which was not listed on the menu but Ryan promptly assured me it was available by the glass. He even led us to choose between the mousse and the creme brûlée (creme brûlée was one of the best we've had! We were fighting over it!)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French done right
    rclvt
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Simple French food cooked with care. Nice atmosphere, great choices for anyone, good cocktails. The prices add up, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food!
    LisaandJosh
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I recently took my 16 year old for lunch to Bistro Bobette in preparation for his upcoming trip to Paris.... We both loved it. The cheese ravioli appetitzer was amazing! My son had the croquet monsouir and fries and I had a buckwheat crepe filled with prosciutto and cheese and field greens. For dessert of course we had creme brûlée. Matt our server was very attentive attentive and polite. He talked with my son about his upcoming trip to Europe. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent restaurant
    jandd
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Bobette has great ambience, excellent service and splendid food. We enjoyed gazpacho. strawberry salad, monkfish and mountain trout in an enjoyable room. We will visit on our next Richmond trip
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At last, civility found in Richmond
    nofauxfun
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Well, not actually "at last" - I have known Bistro Bobette as a foodie oasis for quite a while. That's a given; but the value added of a quie, pleasant dining experience can not be overrated. Most places seem to think that the louder the music, the closer to the bar the dining area is put - the more "excitement" is generated. Rather like a laugh track can convince an audience something is quite funny. Laugh tracks went the way of the dodo bird, here's hoping. Please, I don't need a surrogate experience that makes me scream at my dinner companion(s) to know whether I am having a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Bit of Paris in Richmond
    MistralVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I was visiting relations in Richmond and wanted to take them out for a nice meal, with good wine, as a treat. The atmosphere is warm, with pleasant, "chill" music playing in the background. Whomever selects the play list absolutely Gets It. We had an experienced waiter named John who perfectly struck the balance between being attentive, but also unobtrusive. Service, good service, is a rare thing these days and John's seeming effortlessness is the hallmark of a pro-level waiter. And the food…the FOOD! Each new flavor is an explosion of Pure Joy! Even things that sound as if they do not remotely go together pirouette wonderfully on the palate. It’s as if the chefs there have invented new colors. Go. Eat. Transcend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Whipped Cream
    Mbates
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I was treated to a lovely Mother's Day lunch. All the food was good, but the chocolate mousse with whipped cream was outstanding. I dn't know how it was made, but I could have eaten of bowl of it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service & Poor Food
    Hope
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I was disappointed with the service and quality of food we received for our Mother's Day brunch. It took us 2.5 hours (a party of four) to complete our pre-fixed, overly priced, poorly cooked food. We waited over a half hour for our first course and longer for the additional courses. My second course, the lamb, was raw. I also found it obnoxious to have a pre-fixed price for the Mother's Day menu, but add surcharges for certain options. For example, the set price was $42 per person, however if one of us chose the beef wellington as one of the available second courses, you added $14 additional dollars. Finally, our waiter was inattentive and barely showed up at our table. Not dining here again and will not recommend.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Superb Dining Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Love it here! Combine romantic, hip decor and scene with awesome food and you have a winner. Frankly, not many big city restaurants (sadly, not Richmond) can offer the quality of food offered here. Parisian Chef may be the reason. Best beef tenderloin I have ever had! Even in Europe. Unusual fish offerings and omg the desserts! Knowledgeable wait staff and lovely owner make for a special evening. Can't wait to return. Thank you for bringing your great cuisine to our city and educating us on European style dining!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but
    Jillkat
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Though it is a French restaurant I thought the menu for the month of May was a little on the heavy winter mode. Would have liked a couple of lighter sauced dishes. Liked the cassoulet, but would have enjoyed it more in March.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable
    RedDogRoadVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    You can rely on good service and very good food at Bistro Bobette. I had the squid and seaweed salad that was substantial but not filling. We split the rainbow trout that was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. The wine list has a great range of French selections from all regions. Luckily, it was Monday night which meant no corkage fee, so we brought our own Condrieu. Be sure to order the St. Geron sparkling water - the best of the bunch.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a good experience this time :(
    Luv2doWIneVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Disappointing experience during Restaurant Week. Raved to friends that this is one of our favorite places and then were disappointed with the service and length of time to receive food. Wait staff were rude and not accommodating. Talk to the wife (part owner) and she admitted to bad staff service but made no gestures towards changing the mood or accommodating us. She did offer drinks when we were paying the bill but we had waited so long to get fed that we just wanted to leave. We will not be rushing back.....Such a shame as the food is delicious :(
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flavour Fantasy
    flavor4me
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    If a consumer of good foods wants a massive dose of flavor, then this Richmond gem is your destination. They simply know how to prepare foods, and the entire staff is exceptionally adept.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic French
    Geeknee
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Fresh ingredients cooked to perfection and plated perfectly. The pate is superb! The crepes are seriously unbelievable with just the right amount of chocolate and banana, oh so heavenly!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • open
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Bistro Bobette was delicious. We went there for restaurant week but I have had good meals there at other times as well. Family run by very gracious hosts.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate