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Bistro Garden at Coldwater
Bistro Garden at Coldwater

Bistro Garden at Coldwater Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrogarden.com
  • Email: Bistrogarden@earthlink.net
  • Phone: (818) 501-0202
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Sunday Brunch 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, French, French American
  • Executive Chef: Gustavo Gonzalez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full on and off-site catering available
  • Private Party Facilities: The Fireside Room with its 19th Century Scottish Marble Mantle, Crystal Chandeliers, Private Bar and Baby Grand, seats 60 with a dance floor, 80 without. Standing room allows for 120 guests. This room opens up to the main dining room for events up to 300. This is an ideal spot for private parties, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and corporate events.
  • Private Party Contact: Gregory S. Pappas (818) 501-0202
  • Entertainment: Live Piano in the bar 7 nights a week starting at 6 pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Van Noord Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available in the rear of the restaurant @ $5.00 per vehicle
A word from Bistro Garden at Coldwater
Descibed by Zagat as a "classic garden-like setting,The Bistro Garden is modeled after a European Wintergarden with 30 foot ceiling, glass latticework and expansive skylights. Piano entertains nightly in the bar area.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "It's nice to know that classic restaurants like Bistro Garden still exist (they are few and far between nowadays) and still thrive. This restaurant has it all - ambience, great food and great service. Definitely fit for a special occasion. The interior is absolutely gorgeous - it looks like you are in a Tuscan-themed outdoor garden patio but you are indoors. Restaurants with fabulous food like this often tend to have too trendy or spartan an atmosphere - kudos to Bistro Garden for keeping it classic and rich and gorgeous. Service is also tops."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This place is full of potential, but while the atmosphere is open and inviting, it feels a little long in the tooth and in need of a tune up. Chips in the porcelain and some dinginess in the decor come to mind. Correspondingly, the menu and food preparation, while perfectly elegant for the 70's, hasn't caught up with our more modern pallets. My wife's risotto with short ribs special was drenched in butter, and was needlessly heavy. My lamb chops, while cooked and seasoned well, were slathered with a sort of gravy that felt superfluous. The chocolate soufflé with hand whipped cream, however, was as good as any we've had. On another positive note, the service and staff were friendly, inobtrusive, and operated like a well-oiled machine."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The restaurant is nice, the servers are slow and needed prodding. The food was good but not special."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food, and service was really great, which should be expected for the amount of $ you are going to leave at this restaurant. Very enjoyable indeed."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Good food/not a great value either quantity or quality-wise. I was curious about this restaurant. Now that I've been there, I likely will not return. However, your results may vary...."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We like this restaurant very much. It is sentimental for us. The food was quite good, as usual. However, the service was quite slow and we had to ask more than once to bring items to us that were missing from our order. The waiter joked that service was slow due to the fact that the chef was on a break. He seemed to think that was funny. We did not."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We love Bistro Garden, but on this occasion I was disappointed with the rack of lamb. I had discussed with the waiter as to how I wanted it done. I said that I wanted it pink and juicy. He recommended medium. I thought what would be over done, so he said medium rare. I said OK, but wanted to be sure that it was not grey all through. He said it wouldn't be. When it came it was grey all the way through and not juicy. He took it back and brought a substitute order. It was even more done and even less juicy. The third version was almost raw, purple, but juicy. We had waited for some time and I didn't want to wait any longer so I accepted it."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "if your kids want to know how a food and restaurant worked in the 70's.... Bingo have dinner at BG..... I must say everything was fine the service and food why not they had the same staff and menu for over 40 yrs ..... sorry but just keeping it real ....Retire and sell the restaurant .... move to Boca ... thanks from Chris year 2014"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food and service were great! As we walked in we felt we went back in time to a classy restaurant. The main dining area was grand and cruise-ship ballroom like. The staff was very welcoming."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Unfortunately the service here falls short of the 5 stars the place otherwise deserves. I was here for a Valentine's Day dinner - the food was great but the following took place: we were told we have to order all three parts of the special V-Day menu (appetizer, entree, dessert) together. We had only settled on the appetizers only and instead of give us extra time, the waiter rushed and pressured us. I ordered beef ravioli and when the meal came, another server started putting parmesan cheese on my meal, only half of it was going in the plate, the other half on the table and my lap. The waiter spilled my drink upon serving it, and then didn't bother checking on us all night. If you dont care about good service, go. Otherwise, skip."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was pretty good, although a bit unimaginative. The service was very good up till the time to get the check and pay. It took as long as the dinner, reminding me of a restaurant in France where we actually had to appear to be walking out the door before we got our bill. The ambience was good, but the crowd was definitely older. At 74, we may have been in the younger half. It's probably more a reflection of our taste, but we were a bit disappointed and are unlikely to repeat."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Our first time dining here. We were informed of the prix fixe dinner the day before when the restaurant called to confirm our reservation (was not identified at the time we made the reservation). $85 Prix Fixe with options of macademia encrusted mahi mahi; filet mignon or bacon wrapped pork tenderloin. I had the mahi mahi (was disppointing - not hot; infact the topping w/ mango was chilled) and my husband had the pork tenderloin (good!). Our appetizers were very good (crab/shrimp cocktail and a salad with fried goat cheese) and the dessert, while attractive, was nothing special. While the restaurant apparently appeals to many, it was not what I expected and we are unlikely to return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We love the Bistro Garden anytime, though they do particularly good "event" celebrations too. And when the restaurant is jammed, as it was on Valentine's Day, they get xtra credit for service and the food was quite good."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Ambiance and food was good.But service was really bad, and careless.We went for valentines day, and the waiter forced us to decide for dessert at the beggining of dinner, because things will be easier for them.He was pretty careless overall.At the end when we got the check, they charged dessert and coffee seperatly. I gave them back, because it's fix menu, the entire dinner for Valentine s Day is 85$ announced on their website aswell. Then they said "oh we pushed the other button by mistake".This is pretty unnacceptable, because that night, everyone is eating the same thing there is only one fixed menu. On top of that, it was a very very expensive for the entire experience.I reccomend you to go and try chocolate souffle once, and stay away."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "lovely ambience and food - service was slow, probably due to Valentine's Day"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had been wanting to try this location but had been waiting for the right opportunity, and Valentines they offered a great pre set menu. The food was served in perfect servings, not too large or too small, and was delicious. The locations decoration is light but bright with a few added strings of lights, nothing gaudy, set with a live pianist to give a great atmosphere. The service was really my only complaint, as it was a bit slow and there was quite a confusion, but this could have been just due to the "holiday". Overall I would recommend without a doubt and would like to try again on a less busy night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great Valentine's Day escape, but expensive! Price fix menu set at $85 pp, plus beverages for the occasion."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Tuesdays they have a Pianist was very pleasant, food was good, service was very good , it was very quiet in a way we liked it because we could talk and at the same time enjoy the pianist and the company of friends"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "A great spot to have a romantic dinner in beautiful setting. Food is scrumptious and service impeccable. Quiet. I even got a complimentary chocolate suffle for my birthday."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "A beautiful setting and wonderful atmosphere. Sadly the food did not meet expectations. Ordered the eggs Benedict and while the eggs were cooked beautifully, the hollandaise sauce was horrific, at first arriving cold & tasteless. Then curdled like scrambled eggs. The sauce should have never left the kitchen."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Bistro Garden never disappoints. The service is incredible, and the food is wonderful. There are at least 3 servers and assistants looking after your every need."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Where can you find this kind of gorgeous surroundings,live,excellent piano playing and amazing and friendly,attentive service anymore..much less in the valley? It may not be our favorite type of food but it is consistent and good. The gorgeous,spacious,high ceiling room with amazing floral arrangements transports you to a special place that leaves the crazy world outside,and can be very romantic. They make you feel that they are glad that you are there.The host stops at the tables to check on you.This is truly a special place but not just for special occasions. We go fairly often. There are some dishes that are like my family use to make so we will drop by during the week for those specials.No matter the occasion it is always special."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "We so enjoyed this restaurant. The entire dining room was so beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Our entire evening was perfect in every way. For starters we had the oysters on the half shell and they were perfectly chilled and served with a delicious vinegar sauce. I had the sea bass and it was the best sea bass I've had ever. For dessert we has the signature chocolate soufflé which was absolutely incredible. So looking forward to dining here again!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "This is a great restaurant. Probabkly the most beautiful in the whole San Fernando Valley. The food is very good and the ambiance is very romantic, so go there with someone special. Terrific piano player in the bar, so come early have a drink and listen to some olden goodies. Ask for Joe for your waitier and you will have an even better evening. Never had a bad meal here and have been going for over 20 years."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "My husband and I went to the late seating NYE Party. The menu sounded wonderful but the execution was not good. Dry duck and tough rack of lamb with no flavor. I could barely cut it with a steak knife. Very disappointed especially at $125 ea The restaurant looked beautiful and the party was fun"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We dine at a Bistro a Gardens at least twice a year, and I must say, we have never had a bad experience. The food, service, and ambience, are always first rate. Sometimes the room can be loud if the place is busy, but the romance of the atmosphere cannot be discarded. Bistro Gardens is a wonderful restaurant for that very special occasion!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We dined at Bistro Garden during Christmas week. It was beautifully decorated giving us a feeling of being in Wonderland. The food and service was first class. I had a delicious white fish dish that melted in my mouth. My friend had a pork chop delicately seasoned and tender to taste. I didn't enjoy wine that night but everyone else did and said the wine was very good. I would highly recommend going to Bistro Garden especially for a special occasion. It'll be a memory to last the entire year."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "I always love going to this restaurant. The room is beautiful, and the service and food are always the best."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "I have been eating here since they opened. Hadn't been there for some time & I found it's still the top of places in LA. Had sand dabs that were perfect. If you want a great experience this is the place. Better than any place in Beverly Hills"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Bistro Garden has never disappointed me. They are what's missing these days, good food and excellent service! The waiters take pride in their work and give attention to every detail! I love going to this restaurant!"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "This restaurant is always a favorite. Food and service always top-notch!"
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Beautiful place. Fabulous food. Excellent service. What more could you want for a holiday dinner?"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We now go out to a restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner. Bistro Garden has become our yearly place to go. A fabulous traditional turkey dinner is always offered as well as a fish dinner and a steak dinner for those who aren't turkey fans. Delicious appetizers, breads, and their well known chocolate mousse dessert round out the meal. Service is always great - you won't feel rushed."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Great place for a business lunch. You and your guests can have a conversation!"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "A beautiful ambiance with classic items on the menu. French onion soup, martinis, wine, soufflé, etc. We love fish and had a delicious salad and sand dabs entree. Requested to cook without butter, and the chef accommodated. Berries for dessert were plump and fresh. Not difficult to eat healthily here as well as trying the traditional classics! Hope to return soon."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "I am amazed everytime I go here. It is an elegant restaurant that I know I will get excellent food and service. The ambience is lovely---like being in a garden. It is the best choice if you want to impress or simply entertain someone for a special occasion."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Perfect place to celebrate a special friend's 90th birthday. Service and food were very good, ambiance was good for conversation."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "The service was outstanding and the food excellent - but definitely an older crowd (maybe because of the prices)."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We had a delightful time. The food was excellent, the service was attentive, it, as always lived up to our expectations."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Nice menu and pretty ambiance, traditional continental style cuisine, elegant! Worth a trip to the valley. The chocolate souffle was divine."
    Dined on 10/12/2013