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Deseo Bistro
Deseo Bistro

Deseo Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://deseobistro.com/
  • Phone: (204) 452-2561
  • Hours of Operation: CLOSED SUNDAYS

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Scott Bagshaw
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: We can design a tailor-made menu for your function based on your guest list, budget and dietary needs. We can do on-site or off-site events. Please email us at info@deseobistro.com to talk about the details.
  • Private Party Facilities: We are a 2 floor restaurant. We can offer a private dining room upstairs or downstairs, depending on availability.
  • Private Party Contact: Ellen (204) 452-2561

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rathgar Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Deseo Bistro
Chef Scott’s history in kitchens has included Asian, Italian, molecular gastronomy, and head-to-hoof eating, all built on the foundation laid by his French training. Now, at Deseo Bistro, he endeavors to create comfort food that is equal parts delicious and inventive, using high quality ingredients.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
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Diner Reviews
  • "I was hoping that supper would be out of this world, based on the prices, but was not really impressed with the dishes. Too much emphasis on heavy sauces and purees which seemed to repeat themselves in all our dishes. At a Bistro, you want to leave remembering particular flavours and exciting pairings, but nothing was overly memorable. The eggplant was the most interesting dish we ordered, and the sablefish was nice as well. Everything was cooked perfectly, it just lacked that wow factor. Loved the cocktail list though!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. We live in the neighbourhood. The food and service keep us coming back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great restaurant for sharing tapas! The service was outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We enjoyed our experience very much. We ordered small bites and were not disappointed. Our favorites were the scallop and mushroom dishes. The service was attentive yet discrete. Will definitely go again."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "fabulous food. Each small bite was so flavourful that I had to eat very slowly. I will be back for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Ordered 7 dishes which was shared between 4 people. Was never let down once. The menu is always consistent (been there twice) with THE BEST service. Menu changes and stays fresh."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food and service was excellent. Server was friendly and excellent in suggesting portions and food choices for tapas. Only downside to dining on a Saturday evening is it is extremely noisy. If noise is a factor then go on a Sunday evening."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Awesome food -so interesting! We had an out if town guest who thoroughly enjoyed herself. We were able to have a lovely two hour lunch catching up . So relaxing! Will defiantly return"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Their mixologists behind the bar are very skilled. The food was well presented, quickly served by very pleasant and attentive servers, a great experience. Attracts a few annoying hipsters, no doubt, but everything else makes up for it. :)"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Love this place. The portions on the small bites menu are great for sharing. The signature dishes are fast becoming the gnocchi, Brussel sprouts, fried chicken, and sweetbreads."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Once again, Deseo delivered great food, good service and a relaxed atmosphere. At Deseo, we always feel we are in good hands; the staff are welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. The food is creative and always delicious. Our server recommended the King Salmon special with risotto and it was wonderful. Deseo is the real deal; there is no pretension and attempt at being something they are not. Everyone who works there is comfortable with one another; no side glances or tension anywhere. What a great place to dine!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection. However there was a huge reliance on bacon/pork in most of the dishes. It became very heavy and overwhelming. I will say we came with 6 people and did order most of the dishes. My guess is that you wouldn't taste so much bacon if you didn't order so many dishes. But what else are you supposed to do with a menu meant to be shared? Our server was also far from professional which made dampened the experience. And she forgot one of the last dishes. Lastly, the desserts were a dissapointment. Our goat cheese cake topped with granola was no more than jazzed up special K."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Deseo is not my first choice for either the food or the atmosphere. I find the main floor gloomy, and while the upstairs is a bright space, I the find the design unpleasing. There are much better restaurants when it comes to food and atmosphere. The restaurant needs an interior redesign and refurbishment. I had been somewhat disappointed with the food each time I have been to Deseo. I enjoyed the atmosphere and food much more in the Albert Street location. I live close to the Osborne Deseo location, and because it is convenient and because I want to support neighbourhour businesses, I wish that I enjoyed going there. But, I will probably opt to go downtown to places where I will enjoy the food and atmosphere more than I do at Deseo."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The Crunch Salad is excellent. Have it everytime I eat there. The short ribs were tender and flavourful. Definitely recommend them."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I always look forword to my dining experience at Deseo!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Service was very good in winnipeg....so nice.........................................."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My girls' group get together every 6-8 weeks for dinner and we love to try different restaurants throughout the city. We had heard of Deseo Bistro but had never been. It was my turn to choose a dining location and a recent advertisement in a local magazine reminded me of this venue. I'm glad I picked this place. The food was delicious! The main goal is for sharing since the majority of the dishes are small tapas-like plates with a few 'larger' dishes. Everything we chose to share we thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately, the a/c during our visit had broken and being up on the 2nd floor, on one of our hotest summer days made for a very warm get together. Besides this, this restaurant will go on my top 10 list of favourite Winnipeg restaurants."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Love the atmosphere. Food was delish and service was great! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was amazing and we weren't rushed. The first time I went there I felt like we were being rushed out the door. This time the timing was perfect. The beans and the beets were out of this world. I can't wait to go back. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "My husband and I recently enjoyed a great night out at Desao. When we go out we care most about the food experience and they did not disappoint. Everything we tried was great and we love the small plate format which allows for lots of different tastes. The fried chicken was outstanding. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We arrived with out of town friends and were seated immediately. Don't be fooled by the modest entry door; this is a great restaurant. The lady who served us made wonderful recommendations for the tapas evening we had in mind, and even suggested a solution to one dish with three items that did not involve having to make a double order. The tomato salad was to die for, the steak tartar was delicious, the scallops were done to a turn, seasoned perfectly, and the double order of Lamb chops was the perfect main. We'll definitely return."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I never usually order soup with a meal,but the description sounded so good and it was awesome. One friend ordered scallops and said they were the best she has ever had. Our group is an older demographic and found the small bites were quite adequate for smaller appetites"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Really interesting, thoughtful combinations, carefully chosen to enhance and highlight fresh, quality ingredients. Just delicious and with attentive, passionate and knowledgeable staff. Go easy with desserts as they are super generous but do try the Brioche bread and butter pudding - perfect for sharing! An essential in our Top 5 Winnipeg eats!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "My husband and I met a friend for dinner at Desao. We ordered from the small plates menu. The food was excellent. The asparagus salad with the poached egg and the steak with the eggplant particularly stood out for me. The New York Sour was especially memorable. We are already planning another visit."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Best restaurant in town! Amazing food and service! Love the calm ambience! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I've been to Deseo 3 times and all visits were wonderful. The last time we went for dinner our friend ordered the steak and our server came back and apologized for not serving his steak as it looked dry to her and make the chef make a new one. They take that extra care into the food they serve and enduring quality for all customers. The food is absolutely fabulous I keep telling everyone about the bravas potatoes! "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant many times and have never been disappointed, one of the best in the city. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "As Always, It Was An Exceptional Dining Experience. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Will be back amazing food great service. Only had one hiccup and they had no problem raking care of it.can't wait to eat the short rib again I have dreams about it."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Always a great time, always a fantastic blend of delicious flavors no matter what you choose on the menu! And drinks made with delight and premium liquors."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Booked a reservation last minute for 2. We ordered a variety of small bites to share. The food was awesome! Loved the atmosphere . Service was great and quick. Our server Cory was very friendly and made some awesome food recommendations . Would definitely go back! "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Delicious food but quite expensive. I'd avoid the salad section so that you get more bang for your buck. Very interesting and eclectic atmosphere. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "I love Deseo - their food and service is amazing. Would highly recommend it to anyone. The only negative commment I have is that the bathrooms smelled awful - very musty or something? They tried to cover it with inscense sticks. Made me wonder about the kitchen is all."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "With a menu divided into Small Bites and Big Bites, Deseo offers a different restaurant experience. We ordered 4 Small Bites and one Big Bite (one of 5 entrees), but we soon realized that we'd be overstuffed with an entree. We were allowed to change our order by a very friendly and helpful waiter who made excellent recommendations. The Crunch salad was very tasty, the lamb balls, scallops and seared beef in squash sauce were all highly recommendable. It's a bit pricey but well worth the cost as it's now at the very top of the list of my favorite Winnipeg food experiences."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "After reading great reviews on the food at this place I treated my boss to a Birthday lunch. The beet salad was good. We both had the smoked chicken sandwich one with pomme frites one with crunch salad. The crunch salad was very good, the pomme frites were good, the smoked chicken sandwiches were fair, there was nothing special about them the buns were over toasted and the lack of filling made for nothing to rave about. There was not anything special about this lunch that would make me want to go back to eat at Deseo's. I have to add there was only two other people at the restraunt so it was not busy."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "As a group of four we all had an excellent outing at Deseo. The waiter did an excellent job making suggestions and then perfectly timing delivery of the assorted tapas and salads we ordered. We all enjoyed the variety and the unique twists each plate offered. All three salads off the menu were great and each one quite different from the other. The goat cheese cake was so soft, making it one of the best cheesecakes I ever had."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "food was great, as was the service. We had a fabulous time."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Deseo Bistro was recommended by a very discriminating friend, and it didn't disappoint. What a lovely evening we had! The food choices were superb, and the service above and beyond. We will definitely be back. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Had a great dinner at Deseo with a friend, very good food, knowledgeable service and a great atmosphere. We'd definitely go back!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We had a great experience here from start to finish. Our waiter Cory was great, very friendly and informative. The food was amazing and there were lots of gluten free options to choose from."
    Dined on 4/12/2014