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Bistro St Michaels
Bistro St Michaels
  • Address:
    403 S Talbot St
    Saint Michaels, MD 21663
    St Michaels / Tilghman Island
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French
    Price: $30 and under

Bistro St Michaels Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistrostmichaels.com
  • Phone: (410) 745-9111

    Brunch Saturday & Sunday 9AM
    Monday-Saturday 5PM



    DOG FRIENDLY ~ outside seating upon request

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: David Hayes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: On street
A word from Bistro St Michaels
Welcome to Bistro St. Michaels. We create food that is rooted in traditional culinary styles, yet modern. We source the highest quality local ingredients, purchase sustainable seafood and free range eggs, work with people who raise their animals naturally, as well as partner with local farmers for the best organic vegetables. All of this comes together under the hand of Executive Chef David Hayes, a native of England whose “creative American” cuisine is prepared with a European flair.Many of our items are already gluten free or can be served gluten free. Thank you for taking the time to dine with us.

We hope you enjoy our inspiration.

Rob & Caroline Pascal, Owners
David Hayes, Executive Chef

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Diner Reviews
  • "Reservations required, we entered this empty resturant with two tables seated. Scrambled eggs were overcooked, home fries bland and cold, wife had waitress suggestion BLT with their signature bacon, was marbled with fat unable to eat and cold, bread burned. Friends had hamburger was satisfied as well as a crab cake, way overpriced at 23.00 for a seafood area. Presentation sub par. Friend has a disability restrooms upstairs no elevator, was untidy and soiled."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "the seafood risotto was excellent; the pork chop very good. Bread pudding was divine."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere and attentive and pleasant wait staff. Our waitress was very personable..food was excellent. The Bay salad was a nice starter. It seemed to be freshly made and was very substantial in size. Although my pan seared halibut was delicious, I almost grabbed the scallops off my friends plate. The presentation was outstanding. The brussel sprouts were also to die for. Would definitely eat at Bistro St. Michaels again."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We are regulars at Bistro and our experiences have been great to date. Our most recent experience had a couple hiccups we hope management corrects. First our Yukon Garlic potatoes were extremely salty, something we had not experienced before. Next the wine by the glass pour was so skimpy for the price that we inquired about it. We recommend passing up the wine by the glass or inquiring about it before ordering to avoid disappointment. Finally the bread pudding dessert was not inspiring for the price. This is a great special occasion restaurant albeit on the expensive side. Previous experiences were perfect so we hope this was an anomaly."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Chef David Hayes always prepares the freshest ingredients which makes for very savory and enjoyable dining. A must do dining experience when in St. Michaels."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "A St Michaels fixture under new management, but the room remains essentially the same. The menu reflects a mixture of traditional bistro fare and Eastern Shore seafood. Service, if anything, is overly attentive. The French toast and the gravlax are two excellent choices, as is the unusual but delicious duck quiche."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Everything was ok. There are other better restuarants in St. Michael's."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had dinner there midweek. Service was attentive and pleasant. Food was tasty, well-prepared, and emphasized local ingredients."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Dined here Saturday, 8/2 and had one of the best meals ever. As soon as you walk in, you are greeted by a very friendly hostess and staff. We were shown to a nice, quiet, corner table where we lingered over cocktails before our attentive, but not obtrusive, waitress took our order. I had one of the specials, a pan-seared halibut topped with crabmeat and served on a bed of thinly sliced mixed vegetables. My husband ordered the filet, medium well, which was cooked to perfection. For dessert, we split the sorbet trio in three different flavors, which was the perfect light ending to our meal. I cannot say enough about this restaurant. Thank you Bistro @ St. Michael's for a truly enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Really enjoyed meal here. Food was well presented, good choices, reasonable wine list. The best thing was the service which was particularly attentive"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening at the Bistro. The host remembered a request I had made through my open table reservation. Kim our server provided us with detailed information about the wine and food and her suggestions were spot on. She went out of her way to meet our needs. The food was fresh and delicious and cooked perfectly. Just a delightful evening."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Wonderful spot in st Michaels. Variety of food/bev options all served in a casual but friendly manner. Top notch all the way. We sat at the back bar and thoroughly enjoyed talking with our bartender, Kelly. Moderately priced, cool funky spot, perfectly laid back vibe and tasty food. What more can one want?"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The food was pretty good but not worth the price tag. Service was sub par. We are not sure what it was but a few odd comments were made to my spouse, and the waitress was in general acting a bit odd. At $80 per person we expected much better."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Great crab bisque (when hot) and veal chop entree tonight. The freshest vegetables are worth the price of dinner----petite peas, edamame, arugula and snap peas."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We live locally and eat here a few times a year, last night for our anniversary. Can't say enough good things about the place. I had the Veal Strip and it was top-notch. This followed a delicious crab bisque. Wife had a seafood ravioli that I sampled, then wished I had two stomachs to fill."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Tom the waiter is a gem, he made our entire night with his outstanding service!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Amazing .cant wait to return We love St . Michaels and Bistro fits right in ! Great Food and Wonderful service"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Delicious crab cakes! My friend had the halibut, which she enjoyed. They were willing to accommodate her request to modify her meal due to allergies, which was very nice. Ask to sit down stairs on the main level!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Bistro St. Michael's was recommended by our innkeeper and we are very happy that we took her up on the recommendation. Our server, Shar (sp??) was very nice and attentive, and the meal delicious. We shared the tomato and mozzarella salad, which was split onto two plates for our convenience. My wife had the Seafood Risotto and I the Halibut over Pappardelle. Both were divine. I, too, and now recommending this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Four of us dined on a weeknight. We were seated immediately, our server was very prompt in taking our orders. The menu is extensive, but the entrees were really overpriced, not much for less than $32.00. Our food, however, was good. But not likely that I would return."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This was a pleasant occasion. We were seated right away. Service was immediate. Wine list short but good. Excellent specials. Tables for four and two rather small. Two bars, one in front of restaurant and the other in back, shows good thinking. Don't annoy the diners with the noisy bar crowd. Entrees were excellent, prices moderate to high. Recommended."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Nice to be back at the Bistro again. Warm welcome from the owner the service was autstanding. Our server was there as we need him Food were delicious"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great service!Great food! Great wine= Great experience! We'll be back !"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We were there on a holiday weekend, and the staff seemed overwhelmed. They seated us late (even with a reservation) and it took forever to get cocktails at the bar, however, the table service was attentive and everyone was very friendly. The dining area is a little cozy, but could be romantic if you're there with the right person. The food was terrific -- if they have the tempura softshell crabs on the menu, get them! You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Menu was enervating and the flavors were fresh and distinct. Everything was prepared just right, including the delicious chocolate and banana bread pudding!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "When you are in St. Michaels the first thing you think is crab and beer. This wonderful Bistro serves amazing seafood but with an elegant atmosphere. The wait staff were superb and they treated my 10 and 12 year old like little adults and that was very welcomed. The staff was extremely attentive, fun and knowledgeable about the food and wine. Will definitely go back an recommend to anyone who is looking to sit indoors, enjoy a lovely evening with wonderful food.,"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed a very nice dinner here and the food was very good. Service was attentive, but it seemed like we were a bit rushed. Course came too fast! Would recommend, however… but you may not want to order until you've had time to enjoy your cocktail."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went here on a whim for our 20th anniversary, from start to finish, everything was perfect!! Our corner table in a booth was I think the best seat in the house! Our waitress Michaela was wonderful!!! and the FOOD!!! SOOOOO delicious!!! Truly a perfect night, in a perfect setting! We will be back the next time we are in St. Michaels!!!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I was very pleased with our dinner at The Bistro. Service was good. Waitress warned us of a large party upstairs and encouraged us to order quickly to avoid an extended wait. We did but never felt rushed to finish. Good wine selection. The dinner selections were seafood risotto which was excellent and the special, pan seared halibut, also very good. The appetizer, mussels was good, not great. Overall, very nice atmosphere, friendly waitress, very good food. We will go back."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "If you want good food and wine this is the place to go. The food was creative, ample and extremely fresh. However if you are going to this restaurant for an intimate dinner, you may want to pass it up. The noise level is very high here, good for a group of people but, not for a quiet dinner for two. The server was very attentive, friendly and professional. I recommend this restaurant to all foodies."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants ever for food and service"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We ate here twice while in the area and raved about the food both times. Octopus appetizer was excellent (try it, really!), as were the mussels, both done with andouille. Pan-seared halibut, chicken imperial with pappardelle, day boat scallops and seafood risotto were all smash hits. The chef has a great touch and the accompaniments were every bit as delicious as the entrees. Bar drinks were generous, but the wine list could use a little more attention. A small place, but nicely appointed and we did not feel crowded. Service staff were all friendly--and covered each other's backs--but attentiveness was spotty. Can easily recommend the place and will go again the next time we are in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Food is phenomenal. Great for kids, but go early. Great staff and friendly."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was excellent. I have the veal and my husband had the duck. Both were delicious. Shared the bread pudding which was very good, but would have been better a la mode. Service was a little slow, except for the water boy who was there constantly."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My husband and I returned to St Michael's to celebrate his birthday and this time we brought friends. The Bistro was an easy choice (it didn't hurt that we stayed next door at The Old Brick Inn). Our waitress Char (sp?) was helpful and sweet. She was invisible when we were deep in conversation and yet would reappear when we needed her. The wines were great. Loved the oysters appetizer. Everything was delicious and the portions were just the right size. Our friends who had never been to St Michael's enjoyed themselves, too! So glad some things never change. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "A welcoming restaurant that was a warm harbor on a cold wet spring evening. We started with the grilled octopus which was warm and the right size to share. My order of the scallops were delicious, the bed of corn saute highlighting their sweetness. My husband ordered the seafood risotto was bountiful but very rich. Overall a good dining experience, worthy of an anniversary dinner."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Did not even acknowledge our anniversary. Server went through the motions, didn't want to be waiting tables, clearly! Food was just okay, especially for the price. We are in the restaurant business and never complain. This deserved a review. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Had a wonderful meal recently and sat back at the bar with their bartender Kelli . Kelli did a great job of insuring we had a great meal , and nice conversation. You have to try off their drink list , the Cucumber mint martini , nice and refreshing The food was outstanding. I had the crab soup, chucks of crab meat ! Moved on to their veal chop...cooked perfectly. They have a nice wine list, wines that I can actually pronounce the names . While it is a small restaurant we were nicely surprised of their upstairs dining room, where we were informed that do larger parties...overall the Bistro was a culinary experience, great evening . We will return !"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We have been meaning to try Bistro St. Michael's for years but never got around to it until this weekend. We had assumed that it was a tiny restaurant, but in fact, they have tables on both floors of the building as well as outside on the porch. The food was excellent. I had the halibut which was cooked perfectly, and my husband opted for the tempura soft shell crab special. Tempura batter can be overwhelming, but whatever they coated the soft shells with was crunchy and not at all heavy. Our waiter was extremely attentive and helped to make our dining experience a positive one. Although this restaurant is on the pricy side, it was well worth the 35 minute drive. We will return."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My husband and I were in town for our anniversary and heard great things about their brunch. We made reservations for noon on Sunday. We heard great things about this place from everyone, especially the Harbour Inn where we were staying. Unfortunately the experience fell short of our expectations. Our server seemed flustered when we got there (and it was not busy). I asked for a drink menu and he looked at me like I was an alcoholic (I just wanted a mimosa or something, not know that the drink menu only had martini). We ordered our food and it came out in a timely fashion but it was just ok. The Croque Monsieur was good heavy on the bread and cheese, light on everything else. The music was barley on which makes for an awkward atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014