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K & L Bistro
K & L Bistro

K & L Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://klbistro.com
  • Phone: (707) 823-6614
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Karen & Lucas Martin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Buyouts of the restaurant are available Monday - Thursday on a limited basis. Please enquire directly with the restaurant.
  • Entertainment: Open Kitchen

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bodega Hwy.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: allow extra time for parking on Friday and Saturday nights 6-8 pm
A word from K & L Bistro
Located on Main street in downtown Sebastopol, K&L Bistro offers fine food in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy seasonal menu items such as house made crab cakes, fresh oysters, and house made charcuterie while dining in an inviting dining room with exposed brick wall and original artwork. Guests are also welcome to enjoy a glass of wine at our granite wine bar. Zagat says K&L Bistro brings "a touch of France to Sebastopol"Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We are long time customers of K and L. Their new space is perfect. Wonderful food and the Mac and Cheese is superb. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We were so happy to see that K&L still has the great food it has been known for. The remodeled dining room is very pretty and tastefully done. And the outdoor patio out front is good for cocktails and overflow. We had a great time!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Mussels & French Potatoes: both items near-cold; potatoes not crisp; sauce for mussels without flavor. I've eaten here before but won't return. Main dish prep was sloppy, including too many unopened mussels. Sorry to report this. Definitely not a high-end restaurant meal."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were a party of four. Everyone loved their food, service was outstanding. The staff is attentive, but not in an obnoxious way. The noise level and ambiance is so much better than in their old space. We all loved the remodel and will definitely return. I am not a fish lover, but decided to try the Branzino and it was delicious. None of us ordered wine, so I can't comment on the wine list."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Much larger after the remodel - very nice.Staff is friendly,food was great as always.We brought relatives from out of town and they were very impressed."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised when we walked into your restaurant to see the lovely remodel....and also very pleased with the service and delicious food we were served. We want to thank our server...who was pleasant and attentive...and also all the servers who kept our water glasses full and took away our plates when we were finished. My husband loved his porkchop and I enjoyed the chicken piccata and my son loved his appetizers...Tuna tartare... All in all a great experience...and a nice place to enjoy our son's birthday dinner. Thank you....we'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My wife and I have been going to K&L for at least 15 years, it's always been one of our favorites. The remodel is fantastic, really opened up seating and the bar, much better ambiance. The food this visit was not up to the standard we were used to. I had the mussels and at least 6 of them were unopened which means that they were not alive. How did the kitchen let this happen? Are the chefs not checking them? My wife had the crab cakes and while good, were not great. We both hope that food gets back to what it was before the remodel."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The expanded restaurant is very nice however the noise level is too much. The hostess acknowledged that they were aware of this and will be doing something to make it quieter. The food is wonderful."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The squash soup was tasteless and watery.Fried soft shell crab came to us cold.The mushroom pasta with cream of corn sauce was lack of cream sauce, making the pasta and tasteless.What a big disappointment!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The newly expanded space makes an old favor it even nicer! We each had different and interesting menu items, all were pleased- the sausage was good but not great, everything else fish, pasta, cocktails, salads, and -great flash cooked peppers! - made us barely able to hold the desserts we still went for. Excellent coffee too..and our service was gracious and attentive without being invasive."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Tables are too close and specifically, do not let them sit you at the single table on the wall - next to the path from the kitchen to the restaurant. They might as well put you to work as well because you certainly feel as you are working. Being reseated (Thank you!), dinner was excellent and the service was truly great. It's a small place with closely placed tables so it is rather noisy."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We're happy that your remodel is done and you're open for business. Your place looks great with the expansion and new dining area, oyster bar and bar area. Our dinner was great started with soft shelled crab, pork chop and colbia fish. Service was a little slow but it was Saturday and packed"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I wouldn't go out of my way for this place. Food was OK, nothing remarkable. They were out of several dishes by the time we arrived."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Several year history of an establishment with great food, great northern California ambiance, and reasonably priced vey nice wine list. This tradition has just improved with the opening of a newly remodeled, much enlarged facility with a delightful upscale bar, additional seating space, and increased observable kitchen environment. Don't miss this restaurant for a wonderful evening or lunch."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Fabulous food and a wonderfully newly remodeled restaurant. All new visitors to Sebastopol need to stop by here for dinner."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had the calamari salad which was flavored perfectly. Tender rings of calamari. Absolutely delicious vinaigrette. Loved the hint of mint. The salmon entrée: perfectly done peas, fingerling potatoes were a little underdone for my liking. Salmon poached to perfection, although the dish lacked flavor. Bland. The restaurant renovation is brilliant. Jason, our waiter, was very helpful and friendly. See you next time."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and the waiter was very knowledgeable about the wines that they offered. The space is small and therefore the noise level is somewhat high. We would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice lunch or dinner in Sebastopol."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was as always, superb, but accolades to Richard, who is one of the best waiters we've encountered. The newly expanded restaurant is quite lovely. It was a stellar evening."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "K&L Bistro has it all, great food, good variation, an impeccable and esoteric wine list and an atmosphere that speaks to comfort, civility and conviviality."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This was our second visit since they re-opened on Memorial Day. Good as ever, and most new restaurant type kinks have already been worked out. Very popular, reservations highly recommended. I think I will really like the lunch menu when we are able to visit again. For soccer fans, there are two tv's and they will be showing the games at the bar. Bar is expanded and now a full on bar."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Same excellent, maybe even better than before the temporary closing. Same great service (Richard) - but newly expanded is way too noisy. Needs some sound buffers! "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "They did a great remodel/ without changing the feel of the restaurant or the great food."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "K&L's menu is always surprising....they don't repeat the same dishes day after day. There are always new selections that show inventiveness and are never disappointing. We've been going to K&L for several years and are always very satisfied with the excellent food and service."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Energetic - excellent food. Had freshly made crab cakes and salad with glass of local high end pinot noir - at reasonable price."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "I ordered the Croque Madame (an excellent ham and cheese sandwich). It was served on a rustic bread with scrumptious and thinly sliced ham, Guryere cheese, and topped with a fried egg. The flavors were heavenly. An accordion player added a festive and French-like atmosphere to make it a perfect beginning for the New Year. The atmosphere at K&L is intimate (12 tables, I think) and diners are not shy about interacting with their dining neighbors. The wait staff is outstanding. This is our go to place for special occasions, dining with out of town guests, and because it is consistently good. We always leave K&L feeling happy."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Our first time at this restaurant. We had various items from the menu and the special lamb shank over pasta and deserts afterward; All very good. We enjoyed the french accordion music played by Sheri Mignano especially."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "We were there at 7 on a Saturday night. The place was packed and kind of noisy. Service was excellent, dinner was excellent, all good. Anything they could do to bring down the noise level would be appreciated. Maybe some heavier drapes, ceiling tiles, draw some drapes over the mirrors, something? We had to shout to hear each other, and everybody in the place was shouting."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Perhaps there are just too many stickers on the doors proclaiming their excellence, but K&L did not live up to their reputation. My veal piccata was nicely seasoned, but the chicken was tough and over-cooked. A rather middling experience. Last, but not least, when I made my reservation I explained that it was a big (25) birthday celebration for our daughter and a real splurge to go there. No one even acknowledged her or gave her special greetings. Hello!? The restaurant maxes out at about 50 people (and it was not maxed out as we arrived) and no one bothered to hold that piece of information to make the experience gracious."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "From appetizers to dessert, the menu items are fresh, well-prepared and delicious. The staff is gracious, friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Great bistro style food. Owners were cooking and "on" this night. Everything was exceptional. Can't go wrong here. Had reservations here and at Zazu- chose K & L. Glad I did. Pure class but unpretentious ."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The K&L Bistro is our favorite spot in Sebastopol for a special occasion. It is always delicious with great service and ambiance. The menu is creative and everything we and our guests have tried has been memorable."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We're occasional visitors to Sebastopol and K + L have always been one of the highlights - sadly, not this time. My partner's dish (petrale fish) was served lukewarm, my own crab-cakes seemed over-priced and both our fries included the 'dregs' ie every last shaving of the potato. Fine if you want 'crunch', we didn't. Partner's dish presentation seemed poor (think : grey/brown + brown), a little greenery or other veg would have added colour). Price ($ 70 +, before tip) for 2 mains, a prosecco and a glass of white wine seemed on the high side. We hope the distractions of expansion aren't leading to a compromise in previous high quality !"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "We've had marvelous dinners in the past at K & L. This time they were just a little bit off their top mark. I guess everybody has a day like that once in awhile. It's no problem, we'll be back."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Always excellent menu, food, service, ambiance. So nice to have such a wonderful place to go in our little town."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "I have loved K & L for years and thought of it as one of Sebastopol's great little secrets. However, this time around it was quite a disappointment. The food was just OK, service was inattentive and the noise made it hard to have a conversation. The tuna tartare was great, as was our salad. Brussels sprouts were so greasy that they were inedible. The server boned our Branzini but it was so full of bones still that you had to pick through it with your fingers. $28 and a huge disappointment. Pasta was made with a heavy tomato sauce, which completely overwhelmed the mushrooms that were the centerpiece of the dish. Just totally mediocre. And I have never noticed how hard it is to hear, even when the restaurant is not full. Not a happy camper."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "My wife and I thought we had reservations for Saturday night, but I goofed and had made them for Friday!! K&L was quick to accommodate us though, and our meal (shared a cassoulet) was the perfect fit with a yummy 2008 Hughes zinfandel to accompany it. We'll be back for certain!!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "We like to go and share light dishes like the seasonal persimmons salad and the mussels meunière. We are lucky to have this restaurant so close to where we live."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Delicious food and very friendly service. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions and/or just a great french inspired meal. On my favorite Sebastopol restaurant list ! Definitely will return many times over, it's a champagne and oysters type of atmosphere, followed by fresh and seasonal fare. Staff is friendly, competent and knowledgeable. Love it!"
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "Wonderfully consistent excellent food. The cioppino was perfect, tasty with a zing. I loved the toast with it. The fish was all done perfectly. the tuna tarter was the best. The cassoulet was good too."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Great night out for Food for Thought. Thank you K&L for your generosity in supporting the great local organization, and making the evening fun for all."
    Dined on 12/5/2013