Barrique Bistro
Barrique Bistro

Barrique Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barriquestamford.com/
  • Phone: 2033579526
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
    Dinner
    Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch
    Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Provencal, French
  • Executive Chef: Lou Barresi
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Luckies
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Barrique Bistro
CUISINE: Southern East Coastal French, "le Midi." FEATURES: Small plates, Salads, Artisan Sandwiches, House-made Soups, Seafood, Poultry, Meat, Fresh House-made pastas, Charcuterie and Cheeses. WINE BAR: 46 wine labels by the glass, 120 labels by bottle, 12 sparking wine labels. large and small format wine. hand-crafted beer and cocktail list. full bar ATMOSPHERE NOTES: shabby chic, french country, sophisticated & elegant, casual
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Barrique Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (15)fit for foodies (13)neighborhood gem (9)good for groups (7)special occasion (6)late-night find (5)romantic (5)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Good, but not rushing back.
    StamfordFineDiner
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Barrique is a good restaurant, but it just needs a lot of tweaking. Upon arriving, the host escorted us to our table while fumbling over which table to seat us at. Chalk it up to nervous energy or indifference, not the best first impression, but we settled in for what we thought would be an average french bistro dinner, however there were as many Italian dishes on the menu as there were french. Nonetheless, we ordered appetizers including the Gruyere Pane, which was essentially a deep fried Croque Monsieur with a sweet element given to it by jelly. For entrées, the Steak Frites and Short Ribs were good, but not memorable. The cipollini onions in the Short Ribs were undercooked, leaving a crunchy, but sometimes harsh bite in the dish.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food did not disappoint in
    VA2GetawayVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Food did not disappoint in any way! Paella was moist and flavorful. Scallops were Rich and yummy. But so noisy it was difficult to hear across my own table. Can you figure out some noise abatement?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food a bit overrated
    Chickie
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Rather expensive for the quality. Moules moutarde pretty bland. Pappardelle not seas oned well. Portions good, nice staff
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Lunch in Stamford
    ALPSVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Barrique Bistro has a nice lunch menu and a great prix fix deal. The food was super, the room quiet, the service professional. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Barrique Bistro
    luvlabs
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Nice ambience, but the overhead chandelier could be dimmed a bit for softer lighting. All four of our meals were excellent. The service, although friendly, was not as professional as we would have liked -- waiter forgot several things for which we asked, even though there were very few diners there that night.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • table for 2
    eatme
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    decent food though we had a 7:45pm reservation and they were already out of an entree. tables are way too tight in dining room. service could have been a lot better. halibut was overcooked. short ribs were very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous small plates ( e.g.
    Frank
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Fabulous small plates ( e.g. octapus the best I've had ) ) great meals,wines and service. But we were with a group of 7 persons; couldn't hear each other over the unusually loud noise level; suggested to the owner that he add sound absorbing baffles to the ceiling. That was the only negative .Could also go as twosome and eat at the bar in the back room; cozy, nice decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Prix Fixe deal for
    Mike
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Amazing Prix Fixe deal for lunch! The presentation and food are very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, a bit inconsistent
    DuckVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We were a party of 4, and most of us enjoyed our dinner. I'd had the salad nicoise before and liked it, but this time the dressing was a bit oily and the tuna was overcooked and tasteless. Also, if you're going to serve french onion soup, you need to use gruyere cheese (or a good quality swiss), not a slice of what tasted like provolone slapped over the top. The onion soup base was pleasant, but the cheese made it seem like the McDonald's version of this dish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Battle between food and noise
    roger
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Recently had a delicious meal before the movie "Haute Cuisine" so we ate fairly lightly. Onion soup was delicious and portion just right. Mussels were well prepared and in a delicious sauce. Creme Brulee was creamy and light. The only slight disappointment was steak au poive which came with very little sauce. Waiter was very attentive and brought out a side dish of the sauce. Our only negative was the noise level. I hate hearing everyone around me shouting like it's their private party room. It makes having your own conversation difficult without adding to the noise and then going home hoarse. I hope this trend in restaurants will end one day soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prix Fixe Lunch - no swaps
    susiec
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    wish we could swap the glass of wine included in the prix fixe lunch for dessert. how many people down a glass of wine at noon on a busy Friday right before picking kids up from school?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific!
    mebbyVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    This little French bistro was a delightful find. There's a great wine list, but also an extensive beer menu as well. Our server was very knowledgeable about the beers and suggested a wonderful Belgian for my husband. The food was wonderful as well - definitely try the roasted Organic Chicken. We were seated in the front room which is just lovely with whitewashed brick walls and dark wood tables and floors. We had a wonderful experience. We will definitely be back to Barrique Bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy food, huge portions
    BetsyknitVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    I split the eggplant appetizer with a friend. It was great, but that was enough food... Then I had a short rib special that was simply prefect. Melt in your mouth, with a parsnip purée. Took most of it home, and it was still yummy. The group of us split the flan, which was interestingly solid, and very good. All the rest of our group had steak frites. Didn't try their steak, but the frites were so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too pricey
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    The place was empty. The wines start in the 40s--too high for a place with little ambiance. The service staff kept asking us if w were ready to order. Why? There was no one else in the place. We wanted to relax with our drinks. The seafood was delicious as was the salad and veal dish. But it was expensive for this type of casual place.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum!
    robinw
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Great menu, food was delicious, and service was very good...only complaint is that it was very noisy and hard to have a conversation with the friends we were dining with for dinner. We were sitting in the middle of the restaurant and the doors were closed because it was a bit chilly, not sure if the acoustics are better when doors can be open.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome addition
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Great dining and a welcome addition to downtown Stamford. Excellent variety on the menu and the salmon and grilled vegetables cooked to perfection. Service is the perfect balance between attentive but not overdone. Would definitely go back and back !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to downtown Stamford
    AandBdiningVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    We had the artichoke appetizer and the tuna tartar...both were very good. Our main course was the roast chicken and the trout special...very,very tasty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit noisy. Decor "clean"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    A bit noisy. Decor "clean" to spare. Needs better bread with a good crust!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Addition
    bilwill
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    This new Mediterranean restaurant replaces a longtime French bistro that ran out of steam. It's clean decor contrasts with the old plush French. The menu is imaginative, especially the small plate section, though a bit pricey. It's not a special occasion place but a worthy additions to the Bedford restaurant scene and one we will return to occasionally. A sold three stars.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barrique...c'est magnifique
    mpgdagstamVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Hi... my wife and I dine out quite a bit in Stamford but not usually in the Bedford St area. With so many new spots opening we decided to wander early Saturday evening and find a new spot. We ended up at Barrique,formerally a very stuffy traditional French spot. We are not French food fans but this menu was different a great mix of French bistro and Italian with some very creative dishes. We sat right out on the street and really enjoyed the scene. The service was terrific, fun and friendly. Had a great chat wit the owner's mother! The food was extraordinary.. my wife had lamb chops and I had a lemon pasta dish. The wine list was outstanding and fairly reasonable. Barrirque is now on our "go to" list and should be on yours too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice lunch getaway
    Soupy
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    Barrique Bistro is a nice little neighborhood French bistro but not at all resemble the old predecessor Chef Jean Louis. The small plate menu is great and is nicely portioned for sharing in small groups. Kale salad was amazing and great for sharing. The servers were attentive and thoughtful. A great lunch getaway!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Food was outstanding...decor a little stark. Didn't care for the ambiance but food was good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food but too loud.
    Daisy
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    "Energetic" Is Too Cute A Marketing Euphemism. It Was Loud And We Needed To Raise Our Voices To Be Heard.But We All Liked Our Meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but too noisy
    SilkeVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    We were eager to try Barrique and found the menu interesting and the food good. Our server was nice but not well-informed (ex. had to go and check whether the char-broiled dishes were cooked on a stove or charcoal). I ordered steak with "chimichurra" sauce,,. a specific Brazilian garlic sauce... but got a mild vinaigrette or salad dressing. Most of the food was excellent. The ambiance was OK, not special... but the layout of the room and the hard surfaces made it impossibly loud when it was full. It would be nice to put a row of booths along the side wall, and maybe a partition somewhere, along with some sounding-absorbing materials. I would like to try Barrique again. It is still new but has potential. The food is very good!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good new restaurant in
    AandBdiningVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    Very good new restaurant in town! Has something for everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New restaurant. Food was good,
    RonnaVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    New restaurant. Food was good, excellent wine list. Good addition to the neighborhood
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great new Stamford restaurant
    Luvthisplace
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    What a great addition to the Stamford restaurant scene. Great food and service. Small pltes, regular entrees and specials. Nice wine list too. Have already been back three times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remains to be Seen
    McelhennyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Dined shortly following the restaurant's opening, Unfortunately on a busy Saturday evening. Food was fine, not outstanding, but fine. Staff was confused about what tables were available, Decor is spare and, as a result of that and the size of the crowd, the noise level was too high -- way too high for a $150 tab. We saw several couples ask for their table to be changed out of the dining room to the sidewalk seating due to the noise level. Perhaps on a weekday when the crowd would be smaller.........
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not Outstanding
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Food was good but I expected more. I expected it to be at least comparable to the previous French restaurant at that location. They only gave 1 single soft shell crab with the entree and it was good, but not great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waiter was very nonchalant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Our waiter was very nonchalant. I think he forgot to put our order in. When we finally got it, everything was delicious. 2 things I would change are: I would include a drink menu and add some French desserts. No crepes or beignets! That is a crime in my book!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxed Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    We had dinner here early on a Friday night. It was fairly quiet and all the doors were open so there was a great breeze going through. Food was good- sliders were juicy and not over/undercooked. The only down side was when I ordered the Salmon I did not realize it came in a thick sauce. Luckily, my fiance was willing to make the switch with me and I was able to enjoy his awesome (no sauce needed) sea bass.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.