Bridge Street Bistrot & Wine Bar
Bridge Street Bistrot & Wine Bar

Bridge Street Bistrot & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Phone: 6034309301
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 5:15pm - Close
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Stephan Mayeux
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bridge and Hanover St
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Metered on street parking and metered public surface lot directly across street.
A word from Bridge Street Bistrot & Wine Bar
Bistrot: from Bistrotier (FR) - "A small, chef-owned corner Café serving modest, down to earth, food and wine".
Chef Owner Stephan Mayeux (a native Parisian) and his wife Christine invite you to enjoy their own brand of Country French Cuisine in the welcoming comfort of their 1890s home. Embracing the philosophy of "Wines for the table, not for the cellar" the Bridge Street Bistrot wine list features reasonably priced, young, drinkable table wines from around the world, with over 20 wines by the glass priced $7.00 or less. A full bar and bottled beer are also available.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Bridge Street Bistrot & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (14)romantic (12)notable wine list (10)special occasion (8)good for groups (3)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Excellent
    Brunch
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We started off with wine and an appetizer of mussels muscadet in the wine bar during happy hour. For dinner we moved upstairs which was bright and spacious. My wife selected the daily provencal with roasted hake with with asparagus, capers, garlic, tomatoes, lemon, white wine and olive oil. I chose a seafood stew with gulf shrimp, salmon, hake, sea scallops and PEI mussels in a delicious bouillon. My entree also included potatoes, carrots and green beans plus aioli and rouille canapes. The seafood in both dishes was perfectly cooked so it was flavorful and moist. Service throughout our visit was friendly and professional. I used a 50% off a 2nd entree coupon that I found on the restaurant's website.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    winendine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    warm and inviting place, but stylish and hip at the same time. The food was terrific. The staff was very knowledgable about all ingredients and preparations. They also know their wine list very well, and are a great resource if needed in helping to pick a good wine to go with your meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome night!
    teamkands
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    There were 4 of us and we started with Field Greens with Goat Cheese * Organic field greens with crumbled goat cheese and pinenuts. Drizzled with a lemon olive oil mustard vinaigrette with field greens with goat cheese. Very good ! We ordered 2 chicken and lobster Mirabelle with prosciutto it was a special that night! Very tender and tasty! 1 Filet au poive and the comment from the table was "the best I ever had"! 1 Roasted Statler Breast of Chicken *Organic Misty Knoll frenched breast of chicken roasted with shiitake mushrooms and fresh herbs in a white wine, roasted shallot, lemon butter jus! We left nothing on our plates! Homemade desserts were great ! Service was excellent ! We're all going back soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portsmouth's BEST!
    BytheSea
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We spent 4 days and nights in Portsmouth and found this gem on our last evening - I wish it had been our first restaurant because we wouldn't have needed to go anywhere else (and by comparison with our other three dinners at the city's highest rated restaurants, this Bistrot blew them all away...) Everything was perfect but we especially loved the Shrimp and Bacon Wine Bar Hors d'oeuvre (and the ability to sample a flight of wines before our reservation), the original appetizer Escargot preparation, the Veal Chop entree and the Creme Brulee and Profiterole were to die for. The service was the most efficient, friendly and professional we really have ever experienced. This restaurant will make Portsmouth a must revisit destination for us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent
    CaseyTVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We've been here many times and brought a friend on this occasion. She was wowed. We will continue to enjoy this neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    JFM2VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Formerly Cafe Mirabelle and the food and service are terrific. Will definitely dine here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent as always
    CaseyTVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    With the crowded restaurant scene in Portsmouth, this is a gem with great food and service in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. This is our go to spot for a guaranteed excellent dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bridge Street Bistrot & Wine Bar
    TC12234
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had never heard of this place from anyone before. Used open table and the reviews pointed us there for a birthday celebration for my partner. We had his son and daughter with us ages 14 and 12 and it was great for all of us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Okay.
    GirlsNight
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The inside of this restaurant was charming but it appeared to only be open for our reservation. While the atmosphere was warm, chic and elegant the food was sub-par at best. The appetizer was swimming in oil and our entrees felt like something I could recreate at home but with more pizazz and flavor. We decided not to stay for dessert. I don't think I will go back despite the feeling that it could be a great place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine. Too expensive for what you get...or don't get.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 19 reviews are from the Bridge Street Bistrot & Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • Pros and Cons
    magalia13
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I took my mother there for mother's day and after reading the reviews we were both excited to try it. The room is lovely, the service was pleasant, the bread is wonderful and my appetizer crepe was quite good. Unfortunately the rest of the meal was surprising bland. We both found our main courses rather tasteless, which was a big disappointment given the descriptions. I had Chicken & Lobster Mirabelle, and while everything was nicely cooked, none of it had any flavor. The herbed potato pie that came with it looked nice but was quite dry. Everything on the menu sounded amazing and should have been. I really wanted to love this place but based on the food alone, I am not likely to return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service, food not up to par.
    jdubu
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We were visiting Portsmouth and based on the generally favorable reviews on Yelp, we decided to eat here. We had a warm reception and were given a great seat upstairs at a window. As it was Friday night, the place was not as busy as we would have expected it to be, maybe 505 occupied. Other places near by were packed. If anything explains this, I would say that, for the price, the food is only mediocre. The chicken that I had was not terrible but nothing to write home about. Very bland and was somewhat tough. I probably could have done better by getting something from Trader Joes. Definitely not worth the price. My wive had a similar experience with her pork. Service was very good, but were let down by the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Paris in Portsmouth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We were looking for a French restaurant to celebrate our wedding anniversary to relive some of the great meals we experienced in Burgundy on our honeymoon. Bridge Street Bistrot did not disappoint. If you're looking for traditional French bistro fare, but prepared with lighter ingredients, then this is the place for you. The only fault that we found was the baguette, which may have been purchased at the local grocery store and reheated. Bread is an art form in France and one would expect more from a chef who puts so much care into the rest of the menu. If you're yearning for a great French meal and can't afford the flight to Paris or Lyon, then make the drive to Portsmouth...
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT traditional French cuisine
    timetraveler
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    If you are looking for EXCELLENT traditional French cuisine this is the place to go. The appetizers were incredible and the Baked Brie was the absolute best I have EVER had and the mushroom crepe was uber yummy. For the main course, from the Chicken Francaise to the Coq au Vin it was a taste treat. We were a party of 4 and every dish was a delight. My daughter had the Grilled beef Tenderloin. While not a strictly "French" dish the beef was fork tender and the seasoning and potato side was really something extraordinary. The bread was phenomenal and the desserts were spectacular. One drawback is that its a small venue so I STRONGLY advise making reservations.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good!
    Loonchick
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Enjoyed another lovely meal served by friendly professionals. I've already submitted a detailed review in Trip Advisor. I was anxious that the meal might not be as good as the one we had just the week before, but it was very good. My husband and I both had the monkfish special. We found the lobster sauce thin and bit bland, unfortunately. A shame, because the Israeli couscous, shrimp and fish deserved a substantive sauce to take it from good to memorable. Everything else was as good or better than the last time. The potato cakes (this time) are an example of improved attention to detail that left a very favorable impression. Daughter loved her coq au vin. Clafouti and café, YUM! Mais, peut-etre authentic baguette, s'il vous plait? :)
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a nice French bistro
    chuckmac07VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    good food, nice decor and attentive, attractive (sorry...) servers made for a nce meal. food was fine but forgettable casual French fare. servers make this a 4-star experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Desserts were phenomenal!
    JohnTVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We are local and thus have enjoyed the gamut of the truly exceptional restaurants of Portsmouth. Bridge Street Bistrot in many other towns would stand out as a gem, but here in Portsmouth it could use a tiny bit more polish to really shine. Don't get me wrong, the owners, servers, and ambience are all fantastic, and the food is excellent - it just (for us) did not fully meet the expectations of "french" high cuisine (even as a bistrot) and partially due to the caliber of neighboring restaurants in town. That said, the desserts are to die for! The creme brûlée is always my go-to item and I was in heaven with this one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Dining Experience
    MaineDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Bridge Street offers up a perfect dining experience if you want to relax with friends or the special person in your life and share some incredibly prepared and delicious food. The service was impeccable. The atmosphere was quiet, and the tables far enough apart you didn't feel you were sharing the experience and your intimate conversations with others. Loved it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous find close to town
    NorthShoreDiner
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were so happy to have discovered the Bridge St. Bistro. It's only a block off the square but easy to overlook if you fixate on the square. The food was outstanding - I had grilled beef tenderloin with mushrooms and it was perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection. The vegetables and potato dish that it was served with completed the plate for a perfect meal. My husband was equally satisfied with his filet au poivre. The interior is very pleasant and comfortable. While we are certainly not old, we appreciated the relatively quiet atmosphere in the restaurant - it makes for more romantic, peaceful dining. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    NEfoodsnob
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This was our second dinner at this restaurant since moving to the area in January. Both experiences were very nice. We got great attention, and noticed that they paid attention to the note I wrote in "Open Table" when I made our reservation. The malbec wine recommended by the waitress was so smooth-good choice. Our spinach salads were tasty with the bacon on them, a real treat as we hardly ever eat bacon. My husband especially enjoyed his dinner of duck and I always choose a seafood dinner. My dinner was also delicious. We split flourless cake for dessert and the waitress presented it to us with a candle to celebrate our anniversary. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Find in Portsmith
    NYCTrekkerVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We ate at Bridge St Bistro for the 2nd time this week. The food is outstanding, prepared with care. From the soups to the fish entrees that we've tried, we would recommend all. Service is attentive and knowledgeable. This has become our go to place when we visit the Portsmith area. Seating - we've eaten in the first floor bar. It's a wonderful space, and doesn't get noisy even when folks just stop by for a drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very lovely evening with great food
    CaseyTVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My husband and I walked in the cold to be welcomed by a charming ambiance and warmth, both the temperature and the staff. Our server made thoughtful and terrific recommendations on wine and food and we enjoyed both immensely. We will be back often and will definitely bring friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All around great place
    Weirfoodie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The atmosphere is cozy and personal. This is not a formal French restaurant. The food is outstanding and very resonable. I had the Chicken Francais and Mushroom Crepe appetizer and both were fantastic. Even the my simple salad was perfect. I did not have dessert but heard positive remarks from the whole table. We had a large group, which they handled well but I would take a smaller group for the best experience. We ate late and closed the place. The owners and wait staff were gracious and friendly. Really great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing French Food & Wine
    Jason
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    It starts with world-class, friendly service that leads you to your seat in a warm, comfortable, non-pretentious dining room filled with Eiffel towers and one of the nicest views of Portsmouth. The wine list is extravagant, the menu is full of amazing items - many are staple items found on any French restaurant's menu - but the taste, presentation, and ingredients are unique to Stephan and his kitchen. Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. Try the Steak au Poivre with a glass of Merlot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Portsmouth Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    On a cold snowy night we had an amazing dinner. The cassoulet was perfect, the service and atmosphere were perfect. Very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice for small group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Had a delightful dinner w 3 couples. Food and service excellent. Ambience quite nice w ci Cute little bar area on first floor. We were kind of noisy. Sorry to other customers but the staff were very gracious and we wld definitely return if they let us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Country French
    NYCTrekkerVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    My husband and I had a "spectacular" (his word) dinner last night at this intimate wine bar/restaurant. From the tomato/basil bisque to the seafood entrees, we were delighted with tastes and presentations. My seafood dish, with shrimp, scallops, mussels, and salmon, lost none of the individual taste of each fish. Also noteworthy were the vegetables; perfectly cooked and presented. We will make this a must stop on our trips to Portsmith.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistent Excellence
    Headmaster
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Bridge Street's menu hasn't changed much over the years (although they always have specials), but that's the point. Their French country food is always first rate although not inexpensive. Bottom line is my wife and I go there half a dozen times a year and have been for 15 years. Always an excellent meal in an inviting, unhurried setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Bash
    nanagayle
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    It was a very special birthday shared with best friends at this enjoyable French bistrot. The service and food were excellent, and the wine list was very reasonable. This is a gem of a restaurant, and I will not wait for a 'special' occasion to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.