R Bistro
R Bistro

R Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rbistro.com/
  • Phone: 3174230312x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Tuesday through Saturday 5 pm to 10 pm
    Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Erin Kem
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Available Sunday day and Monday evenings for special events, contact the restaurant for more details. Space available for 30-55 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Regina M Mehallick 3174230312x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: College
  • Public Transit: Public bus stop directly in front of Restaurant. Taxi available upon request.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of street parking in front of Restaurant.
A word from R Bistro
Executive Chef/Owner Regina Mehallick opened R bistro in 2001, blazing a trail for local, seasonal cooking in Indianapolis. Anchoring the east side of dynamic Mass Ave arts district, R bistro features a menu of brightly flavored, approachable dishes that changes weekly to emphasize Mehallick’s dedication to serving what is ripe in Indiana, including produce from her own restaurant garden. R bistro is a fiver-time James Beard Foundation Award Semi-finalist for 2010 thru 2014. The New York Times, The Washington Post, Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine and many Indianapolis publications have touted the restaurant as a true gem. Mehallick is an active member of Slow Food USA and Slow Food Indy, and won the Catherine Brandel Fellowship in 2009 from Women Chefs & Restaurateurs. She is often sought after to speak on behalf of Indianapolis cuisine, chatting on NPR during Super Bowl 2010. Regina published her first cookbook in 2008. Please visit soon.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
R Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (63)special occasion (51)neighborhood gem (51)romantic (35)notable wine list (29)good for groups (8)hot spot (7)great for lunch (5)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • A must in Indy
    bktate
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I read about R Bistro when I started researching restaurants in Indianapolis. I was in town for a conference and made my reservation a few weeks prior to my arrival. The food was amazing-fresh ingredients, great flavor and the portions were more than sufficient. The service was also great. We were surprised when the chef, Regina, stopped my our table to see how we were enjoying the meal. I have to return to Indy in a couple of months and will definitely make a return trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I felt like a victim of culinary fraud. We were excited about going to the restaurant. But the experience left us disappointed and hungry, literally. My wife's veal was so bad she gave up on it after two bites and she had to stop and eat again on the way home. My ratatouille was tasteless. Both meals were expensive. The waiter was a gasbag, absolutely full of himself and indifferent to whether we liked the food or not. This was once a fine restaurant; it is no longer so.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find in Downtown Indi!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Love the farm-to-table concepts and this restaurant does it well! Food was fabulous and service was excellent. Definitely a high recommend from a fellow foodie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't say enough good things
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My favorite restaurant in Indy--reasonable price, fresh, local high quality ingredients, exciting chef creations--a foodies dream. But also accessible to less adventurous diners. Excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but missing attention
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I took my wife to R Bistro for her 36th birthday. In the online reservation details, I mentioned we picked their restaurant to celebrate a birthday. I did this last year with another restaurant, and 3 people on the staff wished my wife a happy birthday. R Bistro said nothing. Didn't ask if we were celebrating a special occasion, and completely missed the notes on the reservation. This was disappointing. Also, the last 10 minutes we were at our table, both of our water glasses remained empty. Up until that point, everything had been quite nice, and then we felt forgotten. The food was outstanding, and the service good, but some attention to detail was missing. Will not go back for a special occasion, but I do recommend for the food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    Happydiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent appetizers and breads, creative and generous entrees, beautiful desserts, the great flavors kept coming to the table! very nice wine selection and coffee. I appreciate the chef's effort to buy local and our dinners here have always been exciting and delicious. love the staff too!
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  • Average at best
    Judibana
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We ordered all different dishes for a party of 4 as we were celebrating my wife's birthday with our 2 sons. We all ordered different dishes to try what the Cheff had to offer and we exchanged plates to get a good feel for the food. Between the starters, main dishes and deserts totaling 16 different dishes. There were only 3 out of 16 that we really liked. 3 more were ok. The other 10 were tasteless and or below average which really surprised us as we came because of the reviews. Maybe because we often visit premier restaurants around the world we have a different set of expectations. But I can say that we have visited a good restaurant in Indianapolis so It cant be just that. We will give it another try with a different menu in the future.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Advertised as farm fresh...it certainly was and then some. Wonderful, attentive service, great wine. An overall outstanding experience. We will definitely return for more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Excellent
    badger1945
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Consistently outstanding food and service make this one of our favorite Indy restaurants.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Wonderful Meal
    Andra
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I never tire of introducing friends to this wonderful restaurant. Each visit is a delightful surprise given the ever changing menu. The food is creatively designed and beautifully presented. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent spot
    GatordVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We're from Chicago and I would recommend that anyone coming to visit Indy make time to eat at this place. it was really exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful evening.
    Randian
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Once again, the food at R Bistro was outstanding. Service was attentive but not smothering. One of the best food experiences in Indy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great evening at RBistro
    PlotdoctorVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    With an ever changing menu based on whats fresh from the locally sourced purveyors, R Bistro continues to amaze us by developing complex levels of flavors for the meals. The great food, attentive and wonderful wait staff, and a nice wine list make each visit to RBistro special. Our dinner consisted of the duck confit on potato rosti with peaches (who would have thought) and each bite was sublime. I followed it up with a braised pork belly on a corn puree with some kale and a green tomato jam. The pork melted in your mouth, just the right amount of sweet offset by the bitter kale. My better half enjoyed the trout special, which was served with a wonderfully savory broth and a few small clams. Always amazed, and never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a date night at R Bistro on a Saturday evening. Reviews were very positive and we left with the same general feeling. The food was delicious but the menu changes every week based on local product availability, so it is worth keeping in mind: if you go and are not impressed by the menu that night, it may be worth another visit. We had a lovely evening and enjoyed all of our menu selections (2 salads, 2 entrees, 1 dessert).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another poor experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Despite their excellent reputation - we had a truly dissappointing experience on Friday, August 22nd. I cannot decide which was less inspired - our food of the service? It was definitely the service! My wife and guests felt rushed several times by our Server - who was obviously in a hurry to leave. He responded to questions about the wine list by rolling his eyes - and was basically disdainful when we asked him to explain the Devour Downtown menu. We have been to R Bistro on two other occasions - but I am checking it off the list. There are too many other great choices now in Indianapolis, and I am embarrassed that I was the one to choose the Restaurant last Friday night.
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  • Fabulous restaurant
    AnnMike
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food outstanding, service great! I highly recommend this restaurant.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not a good spot for Devour
    MandM
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Visited this restaurant to take advantage of Devour Downtown although I had taken visiting clients here before. Food was good but service was spotty. Waiter seemed more interested in talking with (other) diners than ensuring efficient service resulting in delivery of a 2nd glass of wine AFTER the main meal was almost complete. Almost 15 minutes after the order (how long does it take to fill 1 glass anyway?). The (I believe) owner was conversing with an evident;y repeat diner behind us and disparaging devour customers who "only" came for the food and didn't drink large qualities of wine. Not a great attitude to entice new, younger clientele and not a place I'm likely to go to again soon. I suggest looking for other dining experiences..
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary treat
    BburgDiners
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    When we arrived we were immediately greeted and directed to our table. The waiter was attentive, engaged and very personable. The food was excellent. Fresh, flavorful visually apealing. I like that they use seasonal, local ingredients to create unique and pleasing dishes. We had a great evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best restaurant in indy
    BBJayz
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Well, let me put it out there. I'm NOT joking. As corny as my title seem, this is the best restaurant ever. Its our first time at indy and we basically went to try different place around town. We are foodies and we fell in love with this place. The food was very fresh (farm to table) and well executed. However, the main highlight of this restaurant is the staff. They are super friendly and attentive. Our server (Cliff) was phenomenal. I want to say he is the best server in indy (out of all the other servers i met). To be honest, all the servers were exceptional but he literally blew the standards out the roof. He made our dinner very enjoyable and i felt like i was home. THANKS FOR SUCH AN AMAZING EVENING. We'll be back next year:)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • attention to food!
    BoilerKurtVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    R Bistro always does a nice job on the food. the bread and wine were excellent!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Eating Local
    Soccerl618VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    While pricey, I enjoy R Bistro because you know you are getting great quality food expertly prepared. I love to support the local businesses and this restaurant does not disappoint.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent All Around
    AndrewF
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food and service were fantastic. This was our first trip, and we will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Jennie23
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Awesome place. Menu changes every week and is fresh & delicious. Very cozy and great for a date night !
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RRB, CAB
    Bogie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great Food Creative Go here! you will enjoy every moment
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • A Welcome Spot
    convivialityrules
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    R Bistro offers a quiet simply sophisticated restaurant at the calm end of vibrant Mass Ave. Come here to dine on thoughtfully created and carefully prepared food of clean complementary flavors derived from local seasonal ingredients. R Bistro forgoes the fun of a cocktail scene but offers a very good choice of beer and wine designed to complement food. Novelty without forced exoticism characterizes the sweets and pressed coffee is a unique treat at the end of the meal. At R Bistro, couples and groups of friends can come to talk ,eat and drink with dependable ease and pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    deansdining
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was our first time to eat here. Decor was inviting. Rather intimate space with not a lot of seating. Would have like to have a cocktail as they offered just beer and wine. The food presentation was outstanding. Our food was tasty. We would go back.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Not really sure why chefs find it appropriate to NOT allow changes to a dish or not allow the customer to select how they would like it prepared. experienced this both at same table.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent meal
    donworVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very delicious starters - pan-seared scallops on radish salad and the unusual goat cheese pots de creme with peas and herbs - excellent. We both had the halibut wrapped in prosciutto - an interesting and tasty combination served on panzanella - a nice combination of flavors, textures and colors. Finished up with delicious truffles, and the so-called rum-drenched vanilla cake with mulberries. The cake was OK - far from "rum-drenched", and very dry. But the mulberries added flavor. Our service was outstanding - friendly, helpful, unobtrusive, and we were never rushed. A very enjoyable evening.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • suaveslav
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We used gift certificate for dinner at R Bistro as annual summer tradition. Alaskan halibut wrapped in prosciutto and quail stuffed sausage, with barley risotto, were excellent dinner choices. Creamy goat cheese (some French name) and coconut battered chicken tenders, with papaya, were just right amount as appetizers. The vanilla cake with mulberries and Spanish cheese, with apples and biscuits.....zelo dobro/very good! As someone of Slovenian ancestry, we celebrated 23rd anniversary of Republika Slovenija. Somehow we made it home, completely full and satisfied. Minor complaint: I requested bottle of Voss , with lemons and limes on table. Unlike on previous visits, it was not there upon arrival. Quickly corrected.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JaniVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Always loved Bistro for lunch with special friends. Sad it won't be around for me to have my bacon panini.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    pegpaulson
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The farm to table menu was exquisite. We sampled the trout, the pork chop and the duck paired with an outstanding pinot noir and all was excellent. Best restaurant in Indy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It is amazing how the suburb intermixing of the flavorful ingredients and subtle spices can be consistently accomplished. R Bistro never fails to provide a culinary treat!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Don't miss this gem on Mass Ave!
    LynnVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Tucked away at the end of the block, one might miss this restaurant if you weren't looking for it. The Chef's innovative menu, which changes daily, with farm to table cuisine, is definitely worth searching out. The tomato based vegetable soup with garbanzo beans was delicious with the crusty rolls. The Peanut marinated NY strip with Asian slaw was tender with unusual flavors. The Great Lakes white fish with bacon-potato cake & Swiss chard had great flavors. Unfortunately, we skipped dessert to try out the "Best Chocolate in Town" store next door They were closed when we finished our dinner! Next time we will try the desserts at R Bistro!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding farm fresh food
    Nanook
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Chef Regina puts together wonderful dishes and always impresses me with her new menus which follow the seasonal produce available. The wait staff is attentive and playful making you feel as one of the family or a close friend. This is my favourite restaurant so far as an out of town visitor to Indy
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Lunch Spot
    Gracie
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Very good lunch food and excellent dessert. First class service. Nice ambiance, low noise.
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time in Indy
    HomeCooker
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Was in Indy for a national conference and a colleague found R Bistro by searching for farm to table restaurants. My colleagues and I, all from VERY foodie places (Berkeley and Austin), went for dinner on our last night in town as a celebration and were very impressed. Among us we had the walleye, the pork and the veggie pasta with an appetizer and some wine. We're food snobs so are hard to please, but everyone agreed that their choices were very tasty and the service lovely. The entrees were a bit pricey, but we were happy to support locally-sourced food. (Would also like organic.) I would recommend R Bistro to anyone with a higher food budget wishing to have a quiet dinner filled with delicious food and friendly service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Good but not best we've had here
    Ricker
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Frog legs excellent Penne pasta/veg ordinary Walleye portion skimpy, especially for price Chicken/ dumplings ok.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The atmosphere was casual and inviting and I loved the exposed brick wall and simple décor. This created a New York bistro kind of elegance that was perfectly suited to celebrate our 35th anniversary. My wife and I don't go out to eat often and when we find a restaurant that is privately owned and offers taste sensations with real creativity, well... It goes on our special list.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 832 reviews are from the R Bistro reviews archive.
  • Always wonderful
    JohnS
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We have been dining at R Bistro for about 10 years and have always received wonderful service and great local food. In addition, the wine list is excellent, served by knowledgeable staff. As usual, the owner/chef Regina made a brief visit to every table. R Bistro is a wonderful, romantic place to celebrate a special event—as we were this night—but we also dine here because it is quite affordable given the quality of both the food and the service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner/food/experience
    notafoodcritic
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Loved going to R Bistro. Had heard about how great the food was and was not disappointed. Everyone in my party loved their food and all said they would definitely go back to R Bistro. The price was very reasonable for the quality of the food. Overall, a great time and experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.