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: 6508029222
  • 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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Mistral Restaurant & Bar - Redwood City reviews from OpenTable diners
154 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (77)neighborhood gem (77)scenic view (69)great for lunch (68)good for groups (68)special occasion (57)fit for foodies (45)notable wine list (35)romantic (35)great for brunch (27)vibrant bar scene (25)kid-friendly (24)hot spot (21)late-night find (4)Show More
  • yummy and inviting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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  • kim4325VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I have not been back to Mistral for over a year or so. I was quite impressed with their attentive service. Both my clients and I ordered pan-seared scallops, and they were very good (probably can use a little less dressing. It overwhelmed the scallops). Overall, we enjoyed the ambiance and excellent service. The only think I would recommend is to tone down the menu prints. It is definitely too busy, and makes you feel like you are looking at Chevy's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Go To Place-Mistral
    gluvs2shp
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Mistral's staff is attentive and friendly. The like the patio dining for lunch or dinner. On warm days you overlook the lagoon and cooler evenings the fireplace is lit which makes the patio warm and inviting. I've had the Pan Roasted Salmon my last two visits and will probably order it again next time I'm there. The salmon is cooked to perfection, tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, and sits ontop of a lightly dressed Greek Salad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Change of Pace
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Came here on a Wednesday night with my 25 year old son. Great Service, good food but nothing spectacular. In fact, both of us ordered different soups as starters. Both had good taste, but were luke warm. First taste by my son, and he says "Is your soup hot?" Not really. Entrées of Ahi and Shrimp Risotto were good, but not to die for. Overall, a nice change of pace, a good setting for conversations, attentive but not bothersome service. Best course was dessert. We shared the Banana Split. Amazing carmelized banana in the peel, with vanilla bean ice cream, Ghirardelli Chocolate, whipped cream, and chopped peanuts. Really great for sharing, and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellant Choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food, sevice and ambience were 10/10. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    Mypinkblessing
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    It will never fail.... you will get a great meal with great service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mistral
    familyof3
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Overall we really enjoyed our dinner.We have a baby, so I asked for a table outside, thinking that it would be quieter.It was very noisy outside.It was noise that you would expect indoors.I was not expecting that outside.Also, our waitress was not friendly.At one point, we asked for more bread.She brought it on a plate.Instead of placing that plate on the table, she poured the new bread onto the old plate.She was very harsh about it and ended up throwing bread onto the table.She did nothing to correct that or even recognize it.The other employees we had contact with were very pleasant and helpful.But a rude server does take away from the overall experience.The food was delicious and presented beautifully.I would try this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    Rustyztwo
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I had the pleasure of dining with my golfing foursome at Mistrial Restaurant. We had a marvelous meal, a great wine and energetic service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big Group big noise
    Scott
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We eat here often in business trips and always find the food and service exceptional. On this occasion they sat us next to a group of 15 that were so loud we could barely carry in a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect setting for dinner
    findinganicknameisapain
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The 4 of us sat along the out side tables looking over the lagoon. It was really great but the 8 women who sat next to us just seemed to yell at each other and we could not hear each other. The food and service were great and we always love the place but noise levels are unpredictable outdoors if you need to accomplish anything or try to visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Poor
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Would not go there again. Service was not in time with our eating. We got our drink in 2 minutes and our starter came in 30 minutes. What was worst was the entrée came while we were still eating our starter
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  • Favorite local restaurant
    foodielover
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    You can never go wrong at Mistral. Whether you're looking for a great place for a group dinner, a romantic dinner for two, or a great place to meet friends for drinks and great good, Mistral offers a little bit of everything.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A rare miss
    Angler22VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We been here many times but unfortunately this time was not like the rest. Service was extremely slow when the place was less than half full. The food lacked flavor and didn't seem to be prepared with the typical effort and attention to detail. Very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on Saturday night
    Monica
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I love this restaurant and all the people who work there. The food is excellent as well as the wine list! I brought someone who had never been here and he just loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service and ambiance
    Sisters
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    You can't get a better meal on the mid-peninsula. Excellent wine list and cocktails. Superb service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little Gem
    elena
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    As soon as we arrived I knew I had choosen the perfect spot to celebrate our wedding anniversary to the ambience to the food to the service. We started with the ahi tuna appetizer so rich in flavor but as to the wonton chips that totally didn't work for me . For Dinner I order the paella and hubs ordered the prime rib oh can I tell you that steak was melting in my mouth (cooked medium) and the potatoes heavenly but I will say though the spinach was bland had no taste to it . As for the paella everything about this dish is delish lots of flavors n seafood I even had leftovers! Great portions great prices great ambience will def be going there again
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    Jules
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We went out to dinner with our cousins to celebrate their first wedding anniversary and we had a great time. I made reservations and when we arrived we were asked if we wanted to sit outside or inside. We all said outside (it's June). It is a covered area with heat lamps around so we were warm. Our table had a great view of the water. Service was very good (prompt and polite). The food was outstanding. We each ordered something different and all four of us enjoyed our order. (My skirt steak was just as good the next day as leftovers.) I can't wait to come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What happened to the service
    love2eat
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I've been to Mistral many times. This time I took 2 colleagues who had not been there in years. The service was absolutely horrible and the restaurant was not even that full. This was embarassing to me, since I was the one who highly recommended the restaurant. Get your act together, Mistral!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst experience
    TheTruth
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Mistral is a beautiful restaurant the ambiance is great has so much potential. But I have to say by far the worst food I've eaten. I had to send back my steak 3 different times and by the last time I gave up and just didn't eat ... Yes I'm a chef and yes I can be picky but all I wanted was a "steak on the plate" tge food just lacked some flavor and love ... A restaurant like this could be a great one but right now, until they get things under control from FOH to BOH this restaurant will remain a one star stop... On the bright side the drinks were great ! Hands down to the bartenders ! My server becca ... Speed up a bit be more attentive no one likes to be looking for there server.
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  • An oasis in a strip mall
    Robert
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Mistral is worth the work to get to it. It is an unlikely location at the end of a non-descript strip mall in the middle of nowhere. The deck is very pleasant and the food very good. Wine list tends to favor US wines, but there is lots of variety. The meal is enhanced with pizza oven baked pita style bread with dipping sauce. The fish specials are almost uniformly excellent. Definitely a place to include on a list of favorite restaraunts on the mid-Peninsula.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I thought
    Everyday
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We found the restaurant to be a bit cool and not very comfortable. The place looks nice but a bit too cool to enjoy. The people that work in the restaurant are moving which will keep them at a comfortable temperature. I wore a warm long sleeve shirt and was prepared, but everyone at out table was cool or cold. We had moved from the out side dining to the inside and both location was not comfortable. Last the menu was all about wine and booze which made the food a afterthought choice. I don't plan to return
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, service & view.
    localgirl
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    My husband let me choose where I'd like to dine on our anniversary, and I chose Mistral in Redwood Shores. We had a table with a view of the lagoon, and while the noise level was higher than normal, due to two large groups in the "patio" area... the food, view & service offset the noise. As soon as we were seated, the waiter brought us each a glass of sparkling wine. We had a wonderful meal, while enjoying the view, and we were both glad that I chose Mistral.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, 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 LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.