Not a bistro in the French
Not a bistro in the French sense, but more of a classic French restaurant with an upbeat twist on classic dishes
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Even though they had my husband's
Even though they had my husband's food order wrong, which made us wait a little longer than we would have liked (the timing on the wrong order was perfect) they went above and beyond to make it right. My only reservation is that the waitress seemed to avoid us after the mistake and we had to keep pouring our decanted wine for ourselves, but once she realized we were not going to go off on her, she stepped back up. The food is very tasty bistro style food.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Classic French in Pasadena?
The site, the service, the ambiance were all excellent. The wine list was small but had some notable wines wines at reasonable prices-- we had an Gewurtztramier and a Melville Syrah from the Santa Rita Hills. There are choices for every wallet.
However, the food was not up to what it should be: my Boullabaise had excellent broth and remoulade but 4 or 5 each of shrimp and mussels and a tiny bit of fish, not exactly rich with ingredients. The classic floating island's sauce was thin, watery. My wife's mussels were in a quite bland sauce. The hanger steak was pronounced "fine", as was the dessert souffle and the tart tartin.
All in all, a quite good meal, leisurely (2 1/2 hours). Preparation needs improvement. Valet parking.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a second outstanding
We had a second outstanding evening from the drink at the bar with the friendly bartender to dinner with an outstanding waiter (ask for Nedal). We shared the mussels and escargot (wonderful). I had the rack of lamb special. One friend had the coco van and the other had the trout. We've already decided that we'll go back for our next play--and can hardly wait to try other things on the menu.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our first time, but generally
Our first time, but generally quite decent food and service, was not as snooty as I was initially worried about. Lots of older goers, which is great, but we felt a tad bit younger. And mostly surprised that most people (except ourselves) was a dressed a bit more than most California restaurants, maybe the French in it? We will try this place 3 times before we Yelp to be very accurate...
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We celebrated a birthday with
We celebrated a birthday with a group of 8 people. We had excellent service, the food was great, and the cost was moderate. The lobster salad had a half of lobster for $19.00 and it was excellent. Not very crowded, but I don't know why. They are open for evenings and Sunday brunch. Definitely worth a return trip.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and outstanding
Great food and outstanding service. Our first time at the restaurant. I was celebrating my birthday and it was the perfect brunch for a celebration. Great French Toast.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service was great
The food and service was great grave our server was very nice and she really takes care of her customers, the staff there is great, Your hostess is great and we met the new GM he was very nice also great place
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great staff, OK food
The service was excellent. They have very attentive wait staff. Kristi our waitress was friendly and helpful. Portions of food are larger than average for a French restaurant. Food was not 100% authentic. Quality was good, but not outstanding. We had the boeuf Bourguingnon and duck confit. A bit on the salty side. Duck was somewhat dry, beef was not as complex as it should have been. Onion soup was a little light on flavor. Escargot good but not amazing. Oddly, they were out of ratatouille on a Saturday evening, even tho it was early.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
They make the absolute best
They make the absolute best French 75 in Los Angeles. Took an old friend for her birthday--service was excellent; food superb--definitely recommend this restaurant!!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is fair, offer brunch
Food is fair, offer brunch and dinner. Great services.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cheval made our anniversary a special one. The food and service were outstanding. Our favorite French place in LA.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cheval Bistro is a consistently good choice for dining. Although we had a longer wait than usual to get our food because one of the souffles we ordered "fell," the manager came to our table to explain what happened and to apologize. It was not a problem because we were not on a schedule. If we had been, we could've ordered something different that didn't require 25-30 minutes to prepare. However, our server, Paul, was excellent (he's been our server every time we've gone there) and he is professional, courteous, and friendly--just the kind of person you want to wait on you. The salmon Eggs Benedict were excellent (though they could've been a little hotter) and the lobster/shrimp souffle delicious.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service and the food were
The service and the food were wonderful. I would go back again and recommend it to my friends.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love the food here. The beet salad is one
Of my favorites and the artic char was delicious. My wife had
The duck and my sister had some crepes. Everything
was prepared well.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
great traditional style French
great traditional style French foods. Just excellent. A bit noisy, but we will definitely go back again, and recommend this to friends.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
A very nice evening out
very attentive service...food was delicious--we all enjoyed ourselves...
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff was nothing less than warm and friendly from start to finish. Every dish we ordered was spectacular and our chocolate soufflé was the perfect ending to a perfect meal.
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
5 of us dined....I had Lobster
5 of us dined....I had Lobster Thermidor....and Profiteroles for dessert. Sensational. Everyone loved what they ordered...What a great place!
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
A French Must in Pasadena
This is one of the outstanding French restaurants in the LA area. The mussles in creme fraisch and the escargot were both wonderful. Two mussles hadn't opened--waitress returned them and they were replaced with 4. The duck confit melted in the mouth as did the coq au vin. We had a bottle of the French Bordeaux that was excellent and a reasonable price. We were celebrating a birthday so ordered dessert. They brought one on the house for the birthday girl. Both were very tasty. Wait staff couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. Manager stopped by the table to make sure all was well. Can't wait to go back. :)
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an outstanding dinner
We had an outstanding dinner at Cheval Bistro. The waiter was amazing and his suggestions were perfect. We were celebrating a birthday and going to Pasadena Playhouse. I had a bouillabaisse that was excellent. Would defiinitely highly recommend Cheval Bistro for ambience, food, and service.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service. So glad they arrange a birthday dessert for my friend.
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food, service & ambiance excellent.
Food, service & ambiance excellent. Definitely will go back!
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Smith Bros Do It Yet Again!
The Smith Brothers have done it yet again, delicious food, an enticing menu, great wine list, pleasing environment, and outstanding service. A bit hidden off the main drag in Old Town Pasadena - on DeLacey between Colorado Blvd and Greene Street, but worth the effort to seek it out. Don't even bother to try to find a parking spot, just use the valet service and pay the modest (with validation) fee.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dining experience! The appetizers were delicious - steak tartare, endive salad, escargot. The entrees were rich and delicious - coq au vin, duck confit, boeuf bourguignon, duck confit salad. So good! We shared profiteroles and berries & cream for dessert. All perfect! The creme brulee had excellent flavor, however, the custard was a bit underdone on one side (a little runny) and they did miss toasting the sugar just-right on that same side. A minor annoyance, our table for 5 was right under the music speakers, so it was hard to carry on a conversation around the table; and just so you know, the parking garage is right under that table/restaurant, so a few of us could feel when a car was passing right under you ;).
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Casual French Fare Bistro
Love this dining experience. The menu offers all the best of French bistro fare. The tartare is fabulous. The traditional escargot is perfectly combined with garlic buttery sauce. The duck salad is a personal favorite, crispy skin and moist meat. Our server was pleasant and attentive, she was genuinely pleased to be serving us. With a staff that is this happy, you know the vibe of the restaurant is excellently managed. We could dine here three times a week! The banana's foster was quite yummy. Reasonable priced wines and corkage fee. Definitely a favorite in Pasadena.
7/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good dinner - spotty service
Nice variety of choice on menu and "specials"
Many dishes had an excellent blending of unique flavors
Sat next to the windows out front, probably would try main dining room next time for better evening dining ambience
Service was spotty - did not know what some specials were comprised of, salad delivered quickly, however appetizers and main dishes delivered simultaneously therefore main dishes began to cool, had to request soup spoon twice, etc.
Souffle was good but should be noted on main menu or by wait staff to avoid additional 30 minute wait - had we known it was available, would have ordered ahead of time.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cheval Bistro has become one
Cheval Bistro has become one of our favorite restaurants. As always, the food is outstanding as well as the service....loved our waiter Ozzie!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Find
I had been wanting to go to this restaurant since I first spotted it a few months ago and tonight I got my chance. I came here to celebrate my anniversary and I wasn't disappointed. The hostess greeted us with great courtesy and were shown to our table. Waiting at our table was a handwritten note from the restaurant congratulating on our celebration (it was very nice).
The food was excellent. We ordered the Crepes Forestiere as an appetizer and it was quite yummy. I had the duck and my husband ordered the Peppercorn Steak; we with both satisfied with our meals, and I really loved the Lyonnaise Potatoes! We finished off with a Grand Marnier Souffle for dessert....it was perfect.
I recommend this restaurant wholeheartedly.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice French restaurant
Cheval Bistro is a nice French restaurant without the stuffiness. We were there to celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. And the restaurant was a great choice for good food with a not-so-heavy ambiance. Lawrena (I may be off on my spelling) was very courteous and helpful in making selections. We also had a nice casual conversation about her parents' home town. Overall, it was a nice experience.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of My Favorite Restaurants
Ever since the first time my husband and I went to this restaurant we have been hooked. The food is AMAZING and the service is exceptional! We go there all the time. Highly recommend!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the best traditional French foods I have ever had in Pasadena, maybe even LA. All the traditional classic French dishes were there. This is my second time there, and I am as happy about the foods as the first time. I highly recommend this for a nice occasion, but be prepared to pay a lot.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Sunday Brunch
I celebrated my birthday with some friends this past Sunday, August 25th. We were all impressed by the overall experience ...the food was delicious, the service by our waiter, Paul, was excellent, we were served a birthday treat that was also delicious. I can't wait to go back !! We planned then to celebrate the next round of birthdays at Cheval Bistro.
I hope to go back very soon myself. I keep hoping the restaurant will open for lunch, but knowing that Sunday brunch is an option, I plan to go back frequently. My favorite Smith Brothers restaurant is the Arroyo Chop House, and I can't wait to have dinner at Cheval Bistro as well. The menu looks great, as is the brunch menu.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love it when a restaurant exceeds my expectations and this one did. Great wait staff, excellent food. I will recommend with vigor.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Smith Brothers' Home Run
We went to Cherval Bistro for our 42 wedding anniversary. The wait staff was attentive without being overbearing. The bar pours a good drink and the food is nicely presented and prepared as requested. I would highly recommend the duck confit. While the duck was delicious and cooked to perfection, the accompanying potatoes cooked with onion and bacon are to die for!! Great combination of flavors.
My wife ordered the lamb with pureed root vegetables. While the lamb was cooked rare, as requested, the remainder of her entree left something to be desired. Not sure if it was presentation or what, but she was not as impressed as I was.
Bottom line, great restaurant for a romantic dinner or celebration of an event.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Last minute find on Open Table for a Saturday night out with the family (which consists of my husband and our two very sophisticated daughters, 12 & 15). We looked at the menu online and it all sounded delicious and it was. Had traditional French dishes (duck confit, beef bourguignon) and they were spot on. They have a great menu to choose from. We sat off to the side in a narrow room near the window and it was very peaceful. We were originally going to be seated in the main room but I don't like sitting at tables that make me feel like I'm on display especially when there aren't many tables filled. Not sure why it was so vacant at 7 PM on a Saturday, but it may have been the fact that UCLA was playing....I highly recommend. Great food!!!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Long Wait Time
Came for brunch, and the food was really amazing. My only complaint would be the extremely long wait time for the food. The experience would have been perfect, but it was just such an absurdly long wait to get the appetizers. Then we waited quite a bit of time until, for some reason, the sides for our main dishes came out alone, after which we waited another 15-20 minutes for the main dishes to come out. I love having a relaxed, unrushed dining experience, but this was a bit much. Would appreciate some better timing in between courses.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding personal,service and food. Waiter Paul was excellent. Best dinning experience i have encounter.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistent over the long haul.
Cheval has been around for a while now and I'm glad to see they're doing a great job. A little disappointing to see it a little less crowded but the food, service and ambience were all on point.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was a wonderful experience
My boyfriend and I went here for our birthdays. The service and food were both excellent. The ambiance is formal and at night, can be romantic.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Four of us went to diinner here. A nice mix if traditinal French cooking. Lots of butter ! I always get the salad lardon. Something about the way the egg yolk mixes with the dressing is so tasty. Food is always so good here...
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's really French!!
I wanted to take my (French) boyfriend to an authentic French restaurant and a co-worker suggested Cheval Bistro. Great choice! We went and the experience was really great, the service, food, even the French music in the background. Also, to my surprise, the food were ample portions. We would definitely go again.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
the white horse is a good ride
reservations were honored on time, dood was great...particularly the bread. Mussels in mustad cream sauce always a home run. fully stocked bar...
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, atmosphere & service
My husband & I took my sister to brunch over the weekend at Cheval Bistro (she celebrated her birthday there last year as well). Starting with the easy online reservations, everything went very seamlessly. I left a note online that it was my sister's birthday, and the restaurant had a card waiting at the table for us. I've found that only half the restaurants we go to actually acknowledge a note or message that we've left ahead of time about a special occasion. Our waiter was wonderful and attended to our every need, and the food was wonderful. Cheval Bistro is a class act -- the atmosphere, food and service warrants its high prices. I wish we knew our waiter's name - he deserves a raise!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time here, had a good
First time here, had a good meal. Friend had hangar steak which was very flavorful and tender; I had filet mignon which was very tender. Included were mashed potatoes (I had the pommes frites) and green beans, both of which were good, but I wished they had chosen more inventive dishes for the vegetables and starch to accompany the meal. I would definitely come back.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A new find!
First time there and a great find. Consistent with all the Smith's efforts. Great food (hanger steak and Arctic Char)
beautifully prepared and served. Great service to boot! We will be back soon.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find Cirque Du Soleil light
We went there for a birthday and had a fantastic time. The service was excellent and the food was fine but not for food snobs. After dinner the restaurant reopened as a lounge club with light burlesque, a fire show, a mime and other performers. The DJ played upbeat uptempo lounge music (think cirque du soleil). We had one of the best times I have ever had with a date and just dinner...
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful once again
The food and service are always wonderful reliable and romantic
Thankyou for making another birthday wonderful
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
My date and I only made reservations here because we knew it was owned by the same group that owned the Arroyo Chop House and we couldn't get reservations to eat there. The food was delicious and the service staff was attentive and formative. The cheese puffs were over the top and for dessert we had the chocolate souffle and it was the best we've ever eaten. We will definitely be coming back here...............now that we've found it!!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A lovely experience
Excellent and beautifully-presented French cuisine in a warm and attractive setting. Open floor plan w/ handsome furnishings and soft lighting. Very friendly and prompt service. A truly special place.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM