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School Street Bistro
School Street Bistro

School Street Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://schoolstbistro.com
  • Phone: (209) 333-3950
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30pm - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Ross
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Elm and Locust
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from School Street Bistro
Bistro is defined as "a small informal restaurant serving wine" and School Street Bistro is a true bistro located in the heart of Lodi wine country. Focusing on the comfort foods of the Southern United States combined with fresh locally grown produce, wild sustainable seafood, and top quality meats, School Street Bistro delivers a unique "hometown" restaurant experience. School Street offers an extensive hand-picked local and imported wine list, as well as domestic and imported beers. Owned and operated since 2002 by a local Lodi Winemaker and his Family who have roots in the South, the Bistro offers a casual dining experience with warm Southern hospitality.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "School Street Bistro can be depended on to provide a wonderful meal, at a reasonable price. Classy for Lodi. I have taken business associates from many countries there, and all were happy with the experience. Great California cuisine. the fried green tomato appetizer surprises and satisfies."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Have been here before and enjoyed the lunch. This time was a mix. The fried green tomato appetizer was terrific! They used cornmeal and added a very yummy sauce topping. The portobello mushroom sandwich on a wheat bun was good. I had the watermelon salad special. The greens were crisp. The dressing was very nice. I didn't like the grilled watermelon; it took away from its juiciness. The bad part was the grilled shrimp on a skewer. Four good sized shrimps; overcooked and charred. All I could taste was the char; so only had one. The server never returned to check on us. As we left, she saw three shrimp remaining; didn't ask if there was a problem. When I said the shrimp were charred, there was no apology and no offer to adjust the bill. Bad."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I have four generations to please in a restaurant; everyone likes the School Street Bistro! Great food, great service."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "enjoy going to the restaurant, service is great and friendly"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Perfect as always! Great pick for our 4th anniversary dinner, but it's always a great choice no matter the occassion. The shrimp and grits are amazing!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "This was my fourth or fifth time to School Street Bistro, and I leave happy every time. The pork is fantastic, particularly with the house-made applesauce it's served with seasonally. The salads are a nice departure from standard fare without getting weird. School Street is perfect for small groups with varied palates-- they have something for everyone, including a well-rounded wine list representing Lodi favorites. My family of mixed vegetarians and carnivores can all eat happily here, which is an accomplishment on its own. Make a reservation on Open Table if you want to visit during prime dinner hours. School Street is cozy inside and fills up quick. As a result, it can be a little noisy, but it would never stop me from coming back."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Our meal was great and the server was most accommodating, offering separate checks. There is a great menu to choose from as well as daily specials. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu items, their ingredients, and preparation."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Loved the dinner we had here on Friday night. We did have reservations, but probably didn't need them. We didn't want to take a chance though. Loved the service and our food. We had two appetizers, Fried okra and Thin Red Onion Rings. Both were good. They have different sauces you can use that make each taste differently. The four of us all had the Shrimp Poor Boys and would highly recommend them. Fresh tasting and a real treat. We will be back the next time we are in town."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This restaurant has been consistently good to very good. Service is excellent. Innovative menu choices and specials. Their version of mac and cheese is outstanding. Greens are fresh and their meatloaf is very good."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had dinner here at the recommendation of a friend and it was a great experience. The best part of my meal was the chicken tortilla soup. It was crunchy, spicy, and absolutely phenomenal! Would definitely come here again!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Excellent food with a southern/French twist. Wine list is fantastic, and there's always something special to try."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food and service were great, but the noise level made conversation difficult."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was my second visit to School Street bistro, and both experiences have been excellent. The service is attentive. The food is fresh, expertly cooked, and reasonably priced. One of my pet peeves is over-priced wine, but not at School Street. Because the owners are vintners, the Twin Langes wines are priced low to entice diners to sample them. Nondescript ambience inside the restaurant, but this bistro is well worth a visit for the food and service. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Shrimp & Grits were to die for! Calamari was lightly battered. Service was very good. Took over 24 hour for my OpenTable points to post which was disturbing."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This is Lodi's best restaurant experience. Consistently well-prepared food from a creative menu, with seasonal specials and vegetarian options, served by a professional but friendly staff. The room and the vibe are definitely "bistro", with high ceilings and brick walls, so it can get a little noisy. The wine list is very well priced and features many of Lodi's fine wines, with other California and European vintages represented as well. All in all, our family favorite."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "School Street Bistro is always one of our top two choices for dinner in the area. The service is impeccable. The food is excellent. The ambiance is charming. It is a great place to take guests, our reason for dinner out Thursday. We ordered fried asparagus and calamari for appetizers. All agreed the asparagus was the best we have ever eaten. The calamari was tender and tasty. Two ordered the pork chop and two order the Bistro steak entrees. All of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The dessert menu offered several tempting choices but we had to pass this trip; none of us finished our entrees due to the sizable portions. We look forward to our next School Street Bistro occasion! "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Good variety of lunch items. Very attentive service. Nice wine list. Some unique items on the menu and all menu items were fairly priced. We would surely return."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My salmon was fabulous. My husband's calamari steak over linguini was good but only because of the pecan crust. The actual calamari was not seasoned. And the linguini was lacking flavor. The fried asparagus appetizer was good but I prefer a tempura batter. The calamari appetizer was quite good but you have to like strongly brined black olives which I do! Our friends ordered the meatloaf and the steak salad. The meatloaf came out as a round meatball. The steak salad looked great! Service was spotty. It was a long time before the waiter took our order. He came to the table and poured water and before we could tell him we were ready he dashed off. Never making eye contact. We will go back but service needs to improve. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "This was our second time having dinner at the Bistro. The food was very good - tasty, great presentation, and good size portions. The room and table were both lovely. BUT, the noise level was too LOUD. At times, we couldn't hear the people across from us."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "School St usually will offer a special appetizer, entre and wine for Friday and Saturday evenings. I have to confess that I usually have the special. The wine paired with the entre is always spot on. The staff have very good relationships with many of the diners. So it is apparent there are a lot of "regulars" eating here. Diana, the lady who greets and seats guests, has a wonderful uplifting way about her which really sets the tone for your dining experience. David and Tricia, the owners, mingle throughout the evening making sure everything is satisfactory to the customers. The food is excellent and you are treated as family."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed school street and believe it is one of the best in our area. But for some reason it was so noisy that it made the evening unpleasant. The food was excellent but was very late ie we came at 7pm and didn't get our main course 'til about 8:30. The apologized a lot and were very frustrated themselves and gave us our drinks free of charge. I wonder if some type of sound damptner (on the ceiling?)could be put in to lower the noise level. We could hardly hear each other. There were a group of young guys that were having a good/loud time.We took some new neighbors here as we felt it would be a great experience. Hope we can come back to a better time. Thanks"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Friendly service, awesome food, delicious wine...great time with friends!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This place is just great. I try to have dinner here any time I'm near Lodi. The food is ALWAYS far above average: creative choices, perfectly prepared, and you get much more for your money than most upscale restaurants in the Sacramento area. The staff is upbeat, friendly, and always gracious. There's a waiter (I am SO sorry I can't remember his name!) who is incredibly personable and always has the customers smiling and laughing. The wine list is just the right size and features wines from the owner's winery which are excellent. I had the Pinot Noir this last time and it was the best so far. Now, if they could do anything to make it a bit more romantic and comfortable, School Street Bistro would be my favorite place!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Thank goodness for Open Table or I never would have thought to go to this restaurant. It's a hidden gem in Lodi. The Andouille kale soup and the caeser salad were fantastic! And the onion rings near perfection. We will be back,."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "It never disappoints, you can always count on a great meal and great service!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Sandy is stuck on your catfish, and I love your steak. There is one problem we can never eat it all and we have to get a doggy bag for latter and we do not own a dog. The next time we are at the restaurant I am going to try the bacon wrapped meatloaf and Sandy is going to try the chicken both of which were recommended to us by two diners setting next to us"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Is it reasonable to wait for one hour for your entree to arrive at your table? If you order chicken, would you like to be served a tiny chicken breast that is dry and tough? Would you enjoy a meal at a restaurant that is so noisy that conversation across the table is nearly impossible? How would you feel about a wait staff that seems to intentionally ignore you? If you answered no to any of these questions, I suggest you look elsewhere for an enjoyable evening meal or else you will leave this restaurant utterly disappointed."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I was an out-of-town visitor and found the School Street Bistro online and also checked it out while walking through town. I dined alone, which often gets a woman poor service - not here! Service was attentive from the moment I walked in the door and not in a condescending "poor woman dining alone" kind of way, but rather in a professional, friendly and attentive manner. I had a BBQ shrimp salad that was delicious - moist flavorful shrimp with a good dose of heat cooled with a blue cheese dressing, oh and topped with crispy thin onion rings. Mmmmm. "
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "My wife and I dined at School Street Bistro on New Year's Eve before seeing a movie. We both hadn't been in 3-4 years and were surprised when we saw their menu now had a southern/creole influence. The menu has a lot of options for a restaurant their size and is competitively priced for the downtown Lodi area. My only word of caution is that it can get pretty noisy inside, so it may not be the best choice if you're looking for a quiet, romantic meal. We'll definitely keep it in mind next time we're looking to go out in Lodi."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Four of us dined here for New Years Eve. Even on a busy night such as NYE, the food was great, the wine list is adventurous and the service delivered flawlessly. All at very reasonable prices. Good job and we'll see you again real soon!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Food and service 4 star, the tables were tiny and the chairs uncomfortable. I think this could be a real gem if you could decorate it. More artwork and better curtains. Larger tables with white tablecloths and a small flower bouquet are most romantic."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My spouse and I have dined at this gem of a restaurant since it opened eleven years ago. We have always been impressed with the creativity from the kitchen and the superb service at the table. This is a family-owned establishment and has consistently out performed their competition. The wine list is extensive and adventuresome. The owners spend time picking out the right wines which they offer at very modest prices. A reoccurring special entre will be offered each week in addition to their regular menu. This is a true Bistro where friends meet and there is a lot of good cheer in the air. When in Lodi for lunch I will bring business associates to the restaurant for a good meal and good conversation."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We had lunch at the School Street Bistro. The fried okra was amazing. Meatloaf was excellent. I am a bread pudding connoisseur. If it is on the menu, I generally order it. This bread pudding was out of this world. Louisa and I will be back, the next time we are in Lodi. Great Place"
    Dined on 12/13/2013