Mistral Restaurant & Bar - Redwood City
Mistral Restaurant & Bar - Redwood City

Mistral Restaurant & Bar - Redwood City

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mistraldining.com/
  • Phone: (650) 802-9222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; BEGINNING AUGUST 1ST, 2010, Sunday Brunch 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Tim Fabatz
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is free parking in front of the building.
A word from Mistral Restaurant & Bar - Redwood City
Mistral’s California cuisine is very Mediterranean-influenced, and focuses on serving the best local ingredients available. Chef Tim Fabatz serves up an immensely popular daily fresh fish special and has excellent seafood and shellfish offerings on the seasonally current regular menu. Mistral is committed to being responsible to the environment and to the people around us; therefore our seafood is from sustainable sources, our beef is hormone-free Certified Angus, naturally-raised pork, lamb and chicken are of the best quality available, organic produce is used wherever possible, and no trans fats are used in any recipe preparations. Mistral is a destination restaurant for anniversaries & birthdays, and has an off-the-beaten-path ambiance with year-‘round patio dining and water views, an outdoor fireplace, and plenty of outside heaters. Two private rooms and the covered patio are available for private dining, business dinners, banquets, cocktail parties, weddings, and special events.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Mistral Restaurant & Bar - Redwood City reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (77)great for outdoor dining (68)good for groups (66)scenic view (64)great for lunch (57)fit for foodies (53)special occasion (52)notable wine list (34)romantic (33)hot spot (25)great for brunch (22)vibrant bar scene (22)kid-friendly (21)late-night find (2)Show More
  • DinWithFriends
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great place to enjoy wonderful food and drinks with family and friends. My husband and I visit often.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GOODFOOD- GREAT DINING
    goodfoodVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    WE GO THERE AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK. THE SPECIAL MENUS ARE ALWAYS OUTSTANDING. THE SERVERS & WAIT STAFF DO AN EXCELLENT JOB, ALWAYS FRIENDLY & ACCOMMODATING, ONE OF THE OWNERS ARE ALWAYS THERE. THEY HAVE THE BEST KIDS MENUS ON THE PENINSULA
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diverse menu, scenic view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The menu choices were diverse, the service excellent, and the scenic view gorgeous. The salmon was cooked to perfection, and accompanying Greek salad scrumptious. The Mediterranean appetizer dips were delicious, but the pita bread was hard as a cracker. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing after a good visit
    4Roses
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I had just gone to Mistral for the 1st time in 2 years as I heard they had changed their menu. I went with 6 friends and everything was great. We had appetizers, cocktails, wine etc... The service was excellent and everyone loved the food. This visit was disappointing compared to the 1st. I ordered the same cocktail that I had just enjoyed a few days prior but I knew immediately it was a different bartender, the drink looked and tasted watered down (too much soda) and the fruit wasn't muddled - I know that's fussy but that is what made the previous visit so great where I enjoyed the best old fashion ever. This time I ordered the dungeness crab risotto special. It was awful. My friend ordered the scallops which she enjoyed and I recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not compelling
    CounterbanderVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This place seems to capitalize on its attractive waterside setting and spacious interior/exterior to offer food and service which is competent but conservative. Fine for a business meal but not experimental or unusual. The wine list is more adventurous, but is unbalanced towards the high price range. Not enough reasonably priced wines. Choice of wines by the glass (or carafe) very limited.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Experience wasn't the best service
    FunfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    This experience wasn't the best on service for lunch. We waited long periods and waiter didn't provide proper information even though he's worked at Mistral a long time. We felt he didn't want to bother getting us a wine list since lunch menu only showed wines by the glass. There were four of us celebrating a birthday and our meals were good but not exceptional.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delicious dash through dinner
    MrAlpen
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    My meal was an early dinner after work with a colleague - Mistral was chosen solely because of its proximity, and indeed time was short for the meal due to other commitments. So everything was set against really enjoying the Mistral experience. Nevertheless, the serving staff accomodated our compressed timescale and served food that was sufficiently tasty to create a memorable pause in our evening's rush. My feeling afterwards is that I must return and enjoy this restaurant more courteously in future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice location for a romantic dinner
    InTownVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food and service in a casual but romantic atmosphere. The beef was cooked perfectly!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our waiter was fantastic & patient taking orders from 9 women celebrating their 55th High Schoo Reunion. Great fun and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SUPER GREAT ALWAYS
    goodfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    WE GO THERE AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK, EXCEPTION DINNING EVENING ALWAYS
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy locals
    AvidRWCDiner
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Always a nice evening at Mistral. Service initially was a little slow, but in the end all was good. Not my first time to Mistral and won't be my last. Food is good, service friendly, lovely location on the lagoon in Redwood Shores.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Business Dinners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Come to Mistral often for business dinners and it never disappoints. Good food, attentive staff. Good location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as ever!
    sp4Mendy
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I love the spicy seafood chowder, and the prawn and crab louis salad was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jeff
    Jeff
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Nice place, menu has enough but over the top options. Pretty good service - we were there on Sat night - pretty busy. We were seated but ended up waiting more than 5 minutes for initial server to show up. But afterwards, service was fine. Will go back and also recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    Monica
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    All the people who work here are great to start off with. The food is excellent and it is good for dinner or lunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden treasure
    FoodyLou
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We are new to the Redwood Shores area and Mistral was a very pleasant discovery. The food was delicious and the service was top notch! We will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fried food wasn't very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I eat here once every 1-2 months. My food is usually very good, but this meal was an exception. Everything was good except for the fried foods, which happen to be what I ordered. I got the crab cake appetizer and the buttermilk fried chicken. Both were too greasy :( My friend got the scallops and they were excellent (as usual)! My husband had the filet (very good)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT PLACE
    goodfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    WE GO AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK TO HAVE DINNER, THE LAST TIME WE HAD OUR GRANDSON AGE 10. THEY HAVE A GREAT MENUS FOR KIDS !!! ONE OF THE OWNERS IS ALWAYS THERE. VERY FRIENDLY & ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE EACH TIME, SUPER STAFF !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The bread!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    That's all... just, the bread. It's to die for. Everything else was great too!! Excellent service and what was really great was the easy breezy way the staff handled the last minute changes to our reservation. That goes a long way especially when you're dining with clients. It could have been awkward but they handled it as any good restaurant should, with absolute grace and even a smile! If I lived in town I would go to Mistral's all the time! Did I mention the bread??
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good lunch
    wifeisvegan
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I took out my team for a lunch. Excellent service and very good food. We had a very nice time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent Restaurant
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My husband and I wanted to try out this restaurant for dinner since it's on the water and has outdoor dining. The service and wine were great but the food was only ok. I would want to try them for lunch, though, to see if that would be better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yummy and inviting
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great evening, great service, warm environment We will go back to this restaurant Thank you for taking great care of us
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Much better experience. They changed the menu, their martini glasses, and are now on Open Table. Good for the management team!!! The food is much better with the new menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Today 9/17 - Lunch
    LorenVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food is always excellent! We will definitely return. We are never disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    num4me
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The appetizers and menu are always interesting and delicious - yes every time I've been there!! I like the atmosphere inside & out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ALWAYS GREAT !!!!
    goodfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    WE GO THERE AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK, THE SPECIAL ARE YUMMY !!! GREAT WAIT STAFF, THE OWNERS ARE VERY VISIBLE ALWAYS
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad lunch
    bistroVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My friend and I come here every couple of months for lunch. Sometimes food and service are amazing and sometimes, like this time, it was complete disappointment. We both order fish that was on the specials and it was so dry and horrible, that we literary left everything after having two bites. Our waiter didn't even care to ask us Iftar food was ok, even when he was taking our fool plates 30 min after. Noise is unbearable around 1pm. Not going back for a while
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Goodness!
    LarrySURPRISEbirthday
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The atmosphere was warm and inviting with the wait staff and the manager or owner coming to our table and personally wishing the birthday people, three of us, happiness and taking great care of us. To start, the fresh warm bread they served almost melted in my mouth. The ahi poke and charcuterie & cheese platter appetizers were delicious. I love Point Reyes blue cheese. I had the seared ahi tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes, that had a wonderful balance, and the long beans were cooked to perfection and presented circular around the mashed potatoes and the tuna with the prawns perched on top, great presentation! The Ghirardelli chocolate Chambord ganache dessert was very decadent, just the way I like it. I believe our whole party was happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An off night?
    Robert
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Sometimes, no matter how good the food and beautiful the surroundings, a bad wait staff experience sours the evening. That sums up our recent visit. We reserved for an early Saturday dinner and were promptly seated at a fine table overlooking the lagoon. From that point on the meal went south. Service was slow and spotty, and the seemingly incompetent server, when he bothered to come by, over-acted his supposed enthusiasm for serving us. Water was very slow to arrive, the wine came about 15 minutes after it was ordered, and the dessert course was flubbed completely. Entrees, however, were perfect. We will return because the everyone has an off day. However, we will never allow this waiter to serve us again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd time not as good as the first
    Therg
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our second trip to the restaurant after a very good experience on our first last month. The food was consistent but the service was not. The server was polite and friendly but a bit scattered. We were seated directly in front of their pizza/salad station and next to the bar. The noise from people watching a football game was annoying. Having to see our food sit for minutes at the station behind us before the someone came by to move them was doubly annoying. We'll probably return because the food was consistent and the place is kid friendly, but I'll definitely ask for a table outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sp4Mendy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Mistral was very good. We did not like the vegetable rolls. The spicy choweder soup is always good but was not hot. The sea bass was excellent. The wine list was very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely lunch spot
    dineinstyle
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We enjoyed our group lunch and the restaurant staff were very gracious when we added to our group, helping us relocate to a larger table. The food was great and I would definitely recommend it/
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I took some of my employees to this restaurant for dinner. We asked our waitress for appetizer suggestions, and she provided us with 4 amazing treats.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent waterfront dining
    MARthaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Mistral now has a wonderful weekend dinner menu that includes everyone's favorite -- fried chicken with mashed potatoes and greens! It's great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food a little disappointing
    myrneVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have been to this restaurant several times, but not recently. Two of our dinners were really not very good and two were good. It is a pretty spot and they have a nice menu, however the food was definitely a disappointment. Hopefully they will correct this soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience!
    Magreda
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We love going to Mistral's! Wonderful food and great cocktails!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OnoliciousVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Only "minus" was the special for the evening - Halibut - which was very dry. Other than that, all was satisfactory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I had not been to Mistral in more than 2 years because I no longer work in that area. The menu has changed & the new menu design is not good! The food was also not as good. My scallops were very over cooked and dry--the scallop dishes had always been my favorite. My lunch guest had the chicken risotto, which she described as "okay." The restaurant is still beautiful and the service is very good--I would recommend the restaurant for that reason but the food really needs to get back to what it once was!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near perfect
    Robert
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We asked for an outdoor table and were seated next to a table for 10, which caused some concern. No problem. The waitstaff was fully attentive, the beverages and food were delicious and the noise from the next table wasn't so bad as to drown out our conversation. The only "off note" was that a steak came cooked a bit more than requested, but that was very quickly remedied with a smile and a complimentary dessert. All good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pablo Smilebaby
    smilebaby
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We were crushed that our beloved local restaurant has lost its way. We checked in with neighbors, and all agreed it was not just an off night (Monday Aug 4 2014) Mistral is no longer a choice for dinner. However! our waiter that night was attentive and professional, and did get the 22% tip.Prices are just too high for the current quality Hoping for a turn-a-round
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    • Noise LevelQuiet