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The Park Bistro & Bar
The Park Bistro & Bar

The Park Bistro & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://parkbistroandbar.com/
  • Phone: (925) 283-7108
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am; Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am; Sunday: 7:00am - 9:30am; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Adam Carpenter
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is complimentary. Street parking also available.
A word from The Park Bistro & Bar
The Park Bistro & Bar showcases only the freshest, local and organically grown produce as well as naturally raised meats and line-caught fish. Executive Chef Adam Carpenter has created an approachable, yet inventive menu, presenting a French twist on American fare. With a wholesome and earthy quality, many dishes elevate “comfort” food. Natural light from the romantic inner fountain courtyard, intimate alcoves, a large communal table and versatile private dining spaces. Rustic stone floors, natural wood tables, leather seating and an original art program create a warm and inviting, yet grand and inspiring, space that will create the most memorable dining experience in Lafayette. The Park Bar overlooks the recently renovated covered patio with an adjacent outdoor terrace featuring two fire pits offering both dining and casual lounge seating year round. The Park Bar offers guests traditional bar fare, a selection of artisanal beers and wines by the glass, and classic cocktails.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "It is a lovely restaurant with a pretty setting. Wonderful food!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "When we arrived there was one booth out of four that was occupied so we asked for one of the others but were told they were reserved and were seated at a table. For the 1 1/2 hours we were there no one sat in any of the other three booths. This is a place we have been to many times so they know us. Maybe we won't be going back anytime soon."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I'd not eaten at the Lafayette Park Hotel for years as the predecessor restaurant, The Duck Club, was so-so at best and way overpriced. The Park Bistro is still pretty pricey, but is better justified by the offerings. Food was excellent--I had the filet and it was cooked medium rare, as ordered, but was still hot in the center and was one of the best pieces of beef I'd had in memory. Side dishes were also excellent. Service was very efficient and friendly--perhaps a bit too casual for a restaurant at this level but that is an observation, not a complaint. I'll go back."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Our group of 4 had a leisurely lunch on the patio with great food, great waiter, and were able to hear each other without shouting. We all had a different entrée, were all pleased with our meals, and the crumble we shared for dessert was perfect."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Park Bistro doesn't close on Mondays and is always good. The wait staff is friendly; the food is fine and the valet parking is efficient. It's the kind of place one goes to without thinking."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We ate in the bar area, which was quiet and intimate. The onion soup was probably the best I have tasted in a long time. The Salmon was fresh and moist. There were some very interesting menu choices. The main dining room area has a more formal atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The Bistro has been updated and now has a very nice patio area - the tent was removed. We were seated in one of the window alcolve in what used to be the Duck's Club. The food was excellent, we took the prix fixe menu. Service was good and overall the experience was very enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I've now been here 2x and everything has been good - from the bread, to the appetizers, main courses and desserts. Service has also been consistently outstanding and I would highly recommend the Park Bistro as a neighborhood gem, suitable for special occasions or just a casual meal."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Took some out-of-town guests from the Midwest who like classic fare and this was a perfect breakfast spot. Very reasonable prices considering the lovely atmosphere. Service was very friendly and polite."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went to dinner with a friend at 5 on a Friday, and everything from start to finish was wonderful. We were seated at a quiet table in the dining area, our server was pleasant and attentive, and our food was outstanding. Our drinks were delicious, the mac and cheese appetizer was a great start to our meal, my filet mignon was perfectly cooked, and the creme brûlée was the best I've ever had. I would absolutely recommend this place to my friends, and I look forward to going back in the future."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The recent redecoration and the new menu were a pleasant surprise. We really enjoyed have dinner on the patio surrounded by a lovely garden and views of the hillside."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "My friends and I meet there for dinner once a month. Love it. You can even hear each other in the Duck Club."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The service (Kim), rest of wait staff, and the food were all wonderful. Made it a very special occasion for us. Treated like VIP's start to finish."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The dishes we had were flavorful and delicious--and beautifully presented. The staff celebrated my husband's birthdays in unexpected ways that we really appreciated. Service was excellent, and we had a lovely booth. For all this, the price was quite reasonable. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The service was incredible and the food was all very fresh. Very generous brunch portions. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The Bistro had a lovely atmosphere and excellent food. Highly recommend the calamari and warmed olives as appetizers....probably enough for 4. The two of us just couldn't stop eating them. The main course pork chop was outstanding. The service was excellent and I love the valet parking. Went early for a quiet special occasion meal, and it was."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The Park Bistro is a foodie's paradise. I recommend the mac&cheese, short rib and ahi options. Service was great and the wine selection was on point. Looking forward to returning very soon! The chef needs to keep doing what he's doing. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • " We were greeted by a smiling and friendly hostess, Bianca. She immediately made us feel welcome. Shelly was our outstanding waitress. Explained items on menu we questioned and always made it a point to check back with us during our meal. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The service was prompt, very helpful in suggestions. The menu is moderate but has all the essentials. Wine list is extensive. The food quality was very good, the portions are just right size. We were there on a Sunday for special occasion, so not a large crowd. Decor is fresh, and invites you in to a warming setting. Randy the server was great!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I threw a small college graduation party for my son and my family here as it was close for our elderly relatives. Service was the issue. The waiter was nice, but he was serving too many tables. I had to pour champagne twice. No one ever took the cheese plates we had for our first course off the table, even after I asked. It took 30 minutes between salad to get our entrees. Someone took all my sister-in-laws silverware after her salad, and I had to chase down the waiter to get it. I had to chase him again get spoons at desert. Someone else's desert was served to us. The food was just okay, the meat was hot, but the sides were soggy as the plates sat too long in the kitchen. Who serves bread with an over easy egg on it to a group, anyway?"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I needed a quick reservation on a Friday night and The Park Bistro had openings. The hotel it sits in is very nice, great feel and atmosphere. Unfortunately the restaurant, while not bad by any means, doesn't carry the same theme inside. The food was pretty good - not worthy of 5 stars, but easily 4 or 4+. My main complaint was that the service was not all that great. We were left waiting for drink and food orders - just a little slow all around. A few times I found myself looking for the waiter to refill my drink. Basics for me at a restaurant are drink orders within 5 minutes of being seated and never an empty drink. They failed on both of these. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Excellent drinks, stellar service, always many things to choose from. We miss some of the items from the old menu, but it's a new place with new things to try. Saw no kids but there was a large group on the patio and it seemed expertly handled. The atmosphere is extremely pleasant in spite of no scenic view. Two of us wanted to share several things and they split the plates with a really nice presentation. We had the beet salad, the French dip and the soup and sandwich combo, with butterscotch pudding and crème brûlée for dessert. The coffee was excellent. There is a prix fixe that we didn't try, but one day we will. This review reflects only a lunch experience."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I've been to quite a few steak places in the Bay Area (Alexanders Cupertino/SF, Morton's, Ruth Chris, A5 etc) and I have to say, The Park was definitely better than A5. We had the braised short ribs, strip steak, and filet mignon and all of them were cooked to perfection, with good flavor and texture. Everything was great - from the bread, to the appetizers, to main courses, and finally the dessert! For dessert, they also have a table side sundae bar! Unfortunately, I was too full to try but for sure, the next time! I will certainly make The Park a go to place whether for a quick bite in the bar, a cozy dinner or for special occasions. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Seated for our reservation right on time. Menu was varied and accommodated every dinner's wants and tolerance. Wait staff was a bit unorganized never bringing bread until late in the meal. Person who took our order was quick, efficient and listened perfectly to those who had special needs. Food was delicious and portions were ample servings for all. Never saw so many "clean"plates are having eaten. Dining area was boxcar-like and diminished the warm of the room. Fine dining experience and would definitely will return."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The revamp of the former Duck Club is a nice upgrade, and fans will be glad to know they still have an excellent French Onion soup, along with other dishes. The tiered layout of the main dining room makes it feel very open, yet keeps the noise level low and the tables sufficiently separated. The bar area is well separated from the dining room and has a completely distinct feel. Also, the outside front patio looks like a great place for happy hour on a warm night. "
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Really enjoyed this location. Sunny, delicious food, healthy, great service. This used to be called the Duck Club. Really worth checking it out, if you have not, since the upgrade to the Park Bistro and Bar. We sat in the resturaunt (Bistro), but the Bar looks very nice too and there was outdoor seating, and heat lamps there. Free valet parking. Nope, I don't work for the Lafayette Park Hotel. Our whole group of four ladies were truly pleased and impressed with our experience, so I took the time to do a review."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Brought 2 people new to the area who consider themselves 'foodies'. LOVED the lamb T-bone and short ribs. Salad was excellent no-flour chocolate cake - to die for and I feasted on salmon and lemon tart. Was disappointed that the waiter never asked us if we wanted coffee - not after dinner or with/after dessert. My friends noted the lapse although we didn't need the coffee. I eat here frequently for lunch in the bar but had not been to the restaurant portion (same menu) in quite some time. Very excellent. And my friend wants to bring clients there. Thank you for delivering for me in front of my friends! "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Had wanted to try this place - used to be the Duck Club .. They totally gutted it & renamed it Park Bistro. Usually very tough to get a reservation on special occasions (e.g., Valentines Day, Holidays, etc.). We had no problem getting a reservation for this date. The Bar was jumping when we arrived at 7:45 ... the restaurant was not. There were maybe 5 tables occupied. Food was pretty good, albeit expensive. The fried Calamari was excellent. ($39 for Filet Mignon with a small potato & lake bean side, Cocktails are $10-11, 1/2 bottle of pedestrian wine = $16). We probably wouldn't go back unless it was another special day for us. The table service was excellent & attentive without being overburdening."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Wonderful staff, enchanting owner (Jacque), fabulous food at reasonable prices make this Panhandle/Hayes Valley restaurant a neighborhood favorite. Authentic French bistro style dishes are thoughtfully prepared with obviously top-notch ingredients. Wine list is short but sweet. Some desserts could use a make-over."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I had a tough time ordering as most of the items on the menu were very appealing to me. They also had a nice Business luncheon (3 courses) with various selections to choose from for $20. Great value, amazing food, good service, great ambience."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "There were four in our party and we enjoyed the quality of the food. We also enjoyed the fact that we could talk and hear each other without a lot of extra noise."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Went there for a business lunch, had a variety of dishes with coworkers. Great flatbread, salmon was excellent and even sandwiches impressed. Desserts are great too, new pastry chef doing a bang up job - get the pot de crème! Comfortable seating, friendly staff. Will return soon! "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I had the opportunity to have lunch at the Park Bistro, what a gem, amazing food and unpretentious service. Thank you for a great meal"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I recently had the pleasure of dining at the Park Bistro and Bar with my family - we were celebrating my mom's 80th birthday. I requested for a quiet table and was pleased to be seated at a prime location in the restaurant. Our server, Vivian, showed great tact in handling my elderly parents and provided great background information on the entrees. We ordered the scallop special and Mary's chicken - all entrees were perfectly cooked and presented. For dessert, we ordered the butterscotch pot de creme and the meyer lemon tart - outstanding choices! The dining experience was a relaxing and fun occasion - the restaurant is not too formal, but does offer well-priced and high-quality food. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was the perfect spot for our pre easter family dinner. Cozy atmosphere, Easy access, Lots of choices on the menu and Great service. Very nice experience all the way around."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We tried the Park Bistro for the first time since it's reinvention and were delightfully surprised. The stuffy ambience is now warm and inviting and works for both dressing up or dropping in. My husband and I had a delicious meal. I had the angel hair pasta with marinara -- the simplest of dishes, but unlike many others I have experienced, this one was prepared to perfection. My husband had the braised short ribs over polenta -- another winner. The huge bonus was truly excellent service -- our wait person was seasoned, smart and wonderfully gracious."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "No matter how many times I have had the wonderful experience of dining here the food and service are always wonderful!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Three of us enjoyed a business dinner in the quiet atmosphere to the bistro and had an excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Had an early Sunday dinner. Looked like Gods waiting room. Not crowded at all but the people there were OLD. All 12 of them. Place has been redone but still has vibe of generic hotel restaurant. Something about the seating arrangements. We were one of about 4 tables and were sat in far back against the wall in the corner when lovely window booths were available? Decided to go with cocktails and apps. Moscow mule was spot on, even in a copper mug. Flatbread, mac n cheese, ahi tartare and fried calamari were so good we had to get seconds on a few. Service was good, not amazing, not bad--just ordinary. But the place is just BLAND. it is a lovely hotel but the restaurant is lacking any kind of personality, even though the food is quite tasty."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Park Bistro. The first was for lunch, and this was for dinner. Menu offerings, food execution, service, ambiance was all very, very good. My only disappointment was that the profiteroles that I was anticipating for dessert (and told everyone how delicious they were) was taken off the menu."
    Dined on 4/1/2014