Great girls weekend find!
The staff was amazingly patient and accommodating with my loud group (girls weekend). Professional and friendly service (Tom is a gem), great food, lovely little place.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took a friend who was visiting and we all enjoyed different seafood dishes - softshell crabs, mussels, crab ravioli, and all were outstanding. We will be regulars as this is one of the true standouts in the area.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
45th Anniversary Dinner
A wonderful dining experience with exceptional food and attentive service
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Welcome Back, Bistro!
When the previous chef/owner closed The Bistro last year, it was a sad day indeed. But, wow, the new chef is fabulous, and the service was great. Would have given 5 stars but they were out of too many of the wine selections. Had to go to a third choice before success. This was a Saturday night, early, no less. Sommelier needed!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Bistro reopened this Spring under new management––and it's terrific. Better than ever! A great menu, superb selections, friendly staff. St. Michaels remains a great culinary destination. Bravo!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We arrived a few minutes before
We arrived a few minutes before the resturant opened and did not realize it. They were very nice about it and asked us kindly to wait outside to finish up their menu class. I really enjoyed the food we got and would add this to my list of places to go while in town.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, service and cheer
Our dinner was outstanding, service great ! A lovely restaurant and to think they've only been open a couple months. Can' wait to return ! Don't miss if you are in St. Michael's !
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Glad it's back in business
Bistro St Michaels gave us wonderful meals. The short rib ravioli was outstanding as were the scallops. For starters, my husband is in love with their devilled eggs. We also had fried artichokes and arancini. Everything was wonderful, well prepared and delicious!! Can't wait to go back!
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice and diverse menu.
Very nice and diverse menu. Food was very fresh, delicious, and beautifully plated. There were so many interesting things on the menu that we'll have to go back several times to try them all!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
#1 in St Michael's
Overall we were very pleased with our dining experience. Our table was too close to the neighboring table but that was our only concern for what was otherwise a great dining experience. The food was very inventive. Flavored were married well and everything was cooked to perfection. We had the grilled octopus and the crab salad appetizers. The octopus was cooked just right! The crab salad was the best we've ever had. Entrees were the crab cake and the scallops Provençal. Again, a home run. For dessert we shared the salted brownies and cookies- simple yet oh so good. Wait staff was very attenttive. We think Bistto deserves the number one ranking in St. Michaels!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I thought we had been to all of the great dining experiences on the eastern shore but we overlooked this hidden gem. Food is amazing, the service is excellent and the atmosphere is comfortable. Would definitely reccomend to a friend. We will be back.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am a strict vegetarian for 30 years. They were verrry accomodating and the server even specifically made note and "knew" that the sorbet would be perfect for my dessert. REALLY appreciate an attentive and accomodating waitstaff and establishment!.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
This meal was to be our low key start to a holiday week end. Turn out to be a pleasant, exciting, and very tasty surprise. Outstanding menu with wide variety of choices. Each of our selections was well presented and more than expected. Recommended as a wonderful choice in a heavily populated good restaurant area.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We chose this restaurant for
We chose this restaurant for our 8th wedding anniversary on Bastille Day. It was an early dinner, and there were only a few other diners. It was our intent to split the crab cake dinner and to add two appetizers, and our request was happily accommodated by our server, Tom. Our ahi tuna appetizer was perfectly done and especially tasty. The crab cake had no shells, a mark of excellence in our book. The home-cured bacon was a tasty choice. Our choice of entree and appetizers left us with room for dessert, and the chocolate fondue with fruit was the perfect end to a great meal. As I noted on the receipt, we will be back soon.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth your time
We found a nice meal with good vibes. Strong seafood menu with good size portions. Nice selection of wines.
Enjoyed the roast chicken; very tender. :)
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another lovely meal
Husband and I greatly enjoy the Bistro. Gracious owner/hostess Deborah always gives us a cozy table. Server Becky does a wonderful job, taking care of us without hovering. The food is beautiful, but more importantly, delicious. I had the lobster tarragon salad, making use of a lovely fresh herb that you don't often find. This was followed by steak frites, perfect bistro food. Husband had SOD, potato bacon, which was actually much more sophisticated than it sounds, and a lovely ahi tuna with mango salsa. Will be back soon!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch was amazing. Outstanding service, good strong coffee with unprompted refills. I got the quiche of the day, which had crab, asparagus, and provolone in it. It was rich, creamy, and portioned well. Salad on the side was good, too.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Recommended to us as a good place for dinner on our first trip to St Michaels, it did not disappoint! Really good food, well presented. Service was attentive but not overdone. I hear they are new owners and really seem to be going the extra mile. Highly recommend this place.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Restaurant in St Michaels
Every time we head to this charming seaside town for a couple of nights rest and relaxation, we make sure to have dinner here. It's cozy, special and intimate. We found out it's under new ownership and they've made it even more of a must-dine location. Beautiful seafood and desserts. The roasted chicken main course I had was sublime. Excellent wine list! Don't hesitate in making this your only special dining night out.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great. I had the special lasagna was the best I had ever tasted to date. They oven baked the lasagna in a ramekin and served it with dicoverts (green beans) the combination of the two was a ratatouille moment for me on each and every bite. After my visit I spoke to folks in town and they mentioned that that a new chief was amazing and has really turned the place around. I would encourage people to try this place.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bistro is Back
Reopened in March under new management, the new Bistro seems familiar as the layout, decorating and design have remained essentially the same. The menu is eclectic, and the food excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive, and prices are reasonable. Only negative is how closely the tables are crowded together in the street side front room.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We spent a weekend in St. Michael's. We're very familiar with the range of restaurants there, we've been going to St. Michael's for 12 years. This was possibly the best meal we've ever had there. Food done to perfection, creative combination (seared scallops on sweet potato puree with fresh corn), three "pots de creme" for the creme brulee at the to taste 3 types of creme brulee. We'll be back and I'm recommending it to colleagues at work.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I find it funny how people compare this restaurant to one that closed over 2 yrs ago,I hardly remember what I had to eat last week, yet alone 2 yrs ago. With that being said..I was surprised by the menu and service.We had the tuna to start with,seared perfectly with just enough sauce.My husband had the mussels, he said they were awesome.For dinner I had the chicken, moist, large portion and the brussel sprouts , just thinking about the dish, makes me want to return! Hubby had the halibut, he said was very fresh and the vegatables were cooked perfectly. Wine list is limited, but there is something for everyone. Service is attentive without being intrusive, all the server seems to help each other out and nice team work.Well done Bistro!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
First timer. This restaurant was very nice! Food, atmosphere, and service were perfect! Thanks for a great time.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Grilled octopus starter was incredible. As were the bison ravioli and seafood risotto mains. The server was outstanding.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had wanted to try this restaurant several years ago when visiting the area, but we did not make it. This trip we did make dinner and I am glad we did. The food was excellent. A great place to try if you are visiting St Michaels.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We booked the new iteration of Bistro St. Michael's after reading about it online thinking it would be a great place to celebrate our anniversary - and it was! The food is excellent as was the service. Even though it was our first time there we were treated as regulars. The pacing between courses was exactly as requested and we never had to touch our wine bottle - attentive though not obtrusive service was the key. We so thoroughly enjoyed ourselves that we booked a table for the next evening to try their locally sourced, grass fed beef. This is a real gem.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Felt like we were the only guests
We were catered to as if no one else were in the restaurant, although it was a very busy night for the waitstaff. We had just come from our sunset sail with Captain Iris of Salina II and were able to walk from the harbor to the restaurant and were greeted at the door with a smile and a special table for two. We had the octopus as an app: to die for! Our dinners were devine and dessert was de-lish.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary in St. Micheals and finished the weekend off with a terrific dinner at Bistro St. Michaels. The food was excellent - great tasting, perfectly prepared and served with the utmost of attention. A gluten free menu was on hand for my wife and the waitress was very knowledgeable. The price was a bit on the high side, but still well worth it.
Definately a great spot for a special night out!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this Bistro! My husband
I love this Bistro! My husband had rockfish and I had a pasta of the day, an excellent blue crab ravioli with a white wine mornay sauce. We were greeted warmly by the lovely Deborah, and our waitstaff, Becky, did a superior job. She never hovered, but we had everything we needed. For dessert, we had the creme brûlée tasting, a flight of three tiny cups containing vanilla, coffee and lemon creme brûlées. Surprisingly, the lemon was my favorite, accompanied by a flaky shortbread cookie.
The decor and overall ambience of the Bistro complements the French inspired menu well. From the vintage European advertising posters, to the warm hues on the walls, to the table settings, I love to look at this place.
I can't wait to return!
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fantastic Find
Our food was delicious and the ambiance very pleasant with well spaced tables
The chef came out to speak to us when he learned that I am originally from the UK as was he.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Waiter (Tom) had a great handle on our questions and kept the evening full of fun. Prompt service no mistakes. The food was solid quality and as Tom described it. My rockfish was overwhelmed by squash and other veggies which detracted somewhat from its crusted preparation.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday dinner@The Bistro
We were two couples celebrating a birthday in a lovely, cozy setting. We enjoyed attentive, low-key service. We 4 shared an appetizer portion of mussels that were perfectly cooked in a delicious broth. Two of the party ordered the steak pommes frittes and were happy with their choice---steak was served perfectly done. I was delighted with my entree of 3 large scallops with a fresh corn and veggie combo. The flavors blended well. Our other companion ordered the duck leg which he felt was tasty but a little overdone. We shared two desserts among the four--a lovely light tiramisu and a luscious peachy crumble. A perfect ending to a wonderful dinner! We are so pleased to have the Bistro back- better than ever!...and open on Monday night!
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first visit to
This was our first visit to Bistro St. Michaels, and we will certainly return in the future. We did reserve on the early side, so the restaurant was quiet. My husband had the scallops and I had the best crabcakes I've had in a long time. The service was outstanding. We have eaten in most of the places restaurants in the St. Michaels area over the last couple of years, but the Bistro was just a 5 star experience.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Great Bistro Experience
We have been enjoying Bistro St. Michaels since we first visited St. Michaels in 2000. It has been both a special event and week night choice. The new owners and chef have continued the tradition of the Bistro for wonderful, straight forward "bistro" food served by a knowlegable and friendly staff in a sophisticated but cozy atmosphere.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem of a Bistro!
From the moment you step in the door of this amazing little restaurant, you feel welcome. Our server, Samantha, was exceptional--friendly, attentive, but not at all annoying--just right. We shared a starter salad and when another server brought it to us and I started to divide it, Samantha hurried over and insisted on taking it back to the kitchen to serve on two plates and apologized that she didn't catch that. Our entrees were superb: herb-crusted rockfish and braised short rib ravioli, both served with generous portions of fresh, seasonal vegetables. It was a delicious meal and a most pleasant evening. We will return!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have enjoyed brunch at the bistro several times now. This time was another wonderful experience. I took two of my friends there along with their 2 year old daughter and my 4 month old son. The server was very accommodating. The brunch was wonderful, as always. My two friends got the crab cake Benedict and the croque Monsieur which are both wonderful! I have the sausage and pepper hash which was absolutely amazing!! Every time I go to the bistro it is a wonderful experience. Everyone is nice and welcoming and the food is always perfect! I have never had a complaint.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love the Bistro
Had a lovely dinner with our friends, Jaclyn took great care of us...we 'll be back !!!!!!!!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I hardly ever order chicken out, because it seems so pedestrian and we eat it at home a lot, but the Sage and Onion Roasted Chicken sounded too tempting to pass up. And I think it was the best chicken I've ever eaten!!
The service was pleasant and knowledgeable, and the menu had a number of creative touches. I would highly recommend it!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our new favorite places!
exceptional food and service! everything you could want in a great dining experience!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great secret in plain sight!
We drove over to St. Michaels for an evening mini-vacation. I always marvel that it is just an hour away - and a world apart. We were welcomed at the door, and shown to our seats in a busy dining room. Our waiter, Tim, was engaging and knowledgable - appropriately engaging each table he served at the appropriate level. We were spoiled for choice with all the fresh local ingredients. An absolutely delightful meal -- and we know we will be back!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our meals was Heavenly!! One
Our meals was Heavenly!! One of those you think about over and over!!!!!!!! We will be back.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of St Michaels finest.
One of St Michaels finest. Food and service were excellent.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very Pleasantly Surprised
Having bee major longtime fans of Bistro v.1.0, we approached our first Bistro v.2.0 meal with some trepidation. We were very pleasantly surprised! From the solicitous attention to our reservation request thru the time we wrapped up our visit service was warm, welcoming and efficient. My Cosmo was just the right amount of 'dry'. Bread rolls with crispy outside and soft centers. Mussel appetizer was fantastic. Salads with fresh young greens. 'Mains' solid crowd pleasers. The atmosphere perfect for leisurely meal and conversation. We will be back!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was fantastic. The
The food was fantastic. The hostess was fun and energetic. The server was obviously new to food service. Very nice but lacking the skills necessary for a fine dining experience. That being said being really nice makes up for a multitude of sins and we had a great evening. I would highly reccomend this restaurant and will go back. We travelled from Annapolis just to eat here and it was well worth it.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A St. Michaels gem!
Excellent food and great service. Truly enjoy every meal we have had at this fine bistro!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
From start to finish, one
From start to finish, one of the best places to dine in St.Michaels. Holiday week, family in town and don't want to cook. Food was fabulous ! Service was attentive , without being intrusive . I started with the lobster salad~ avocado, tomatoes, lumps of lobster, my husband had the chicken liver salad, mom had the onion soup - we all agreed after sharing ~ GREAT ! Entrees : NY Strip, cooked perfect, Crab Cakes- lots of lumps and no filling( Mom said , best ever) and the special lamb shank - braised with a rosemary honey glaze, husband loved ! . We ended the evening with a pumpkin cheesecake . Lovely evening!!!! Kim our server was wonderful .
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Far exceeded expectations
We had a really nice dining experience. Crab cakes were outstanding. The staff is really attentive. Definitely would go back.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brunch is a great addition
Brunch is a great addition and has become a weekly tradition for us. The choices are interesting and well prepared and the service is exceptional beginning with Deborah at the front door and Samantha at the table.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Bistro is a converted, remodeled residence in the heart of St. Michaels. It is charming, welcoming and the food is very good. Portions are large, so ordering an appetizer could be too much of a good thing. Steak Frites was well prepared. The risotto's lobster and rockfish were only average and the dish suffered from too much time on the warming tray. The lobster was overly salty and the rockfish dry. The portion was easily enough for two. Dessert of three types of creme brulee was an updated version that we would order again and again.
We were there for an anniversary dinner and were treated like royalty, including a glass of bubbly on the house. We left smiling and ready to return!
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM