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Permanently Closed - Bistro 1491

3.7
67 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Bistro 1491 is a cozy eatery located in Albany, California that specializes in serving classic American fare. The restaurant features a neighborhood bar feel in a cozy space with a modest décor.

Bistro 1491 serves breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week. Breakfast fare at the restaurant includes pancakes and French toast, eggs Benedict, omelets, beef short rib hash, BLT frittata and more. Lunch and dinner at Bistro 1491 offers a variety of small plates, salads, burgers, sandwiches, entrées and kid-friendly fare. Entrées featured at the restaurant include buttermilk fried chicken, grilled New York steak with fries, roasted salmon and bistro fish and chips.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 526-9601
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Cross street: Curtis St.
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3.7
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3.9
food
3.9
service
2.9
ambience
4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipjaz2020 (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on April 16, 2016

NOTE: 1491 now has a small but good beer selection! We've been coming to 1491 for several years. Chef Bo is an amazing cook, and sadly undervalued. There's no full liquor license (wine/beer only), thus no noisy bar; you can talk to your group without screaming over the table. DO NOT MISS the BBQ ribs starter; and 1491's tofu fries are the best we've found anywhere. Love the juicy huge burger and crisp (regular) fries. Fried chicken is perfect: crunchy batter but not so thick where a bite is all batter with little chicken. King salmon won huge praise, cooked on-point. Side of coleslaw was so good our friend ate it all, normally she doesn't even like the stuff! Chocolate cake was also a winner, our chocoholic friends adored it. Great food, comfy booth, quiet and relaxed--1491's only flaw is serving is willing & pleasant, but not well-trained. Be patient; the food is worth it! We prefer L/D menu to breakfast, btw.

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vipSue1 (Poconos)
4.0
Dined on April 12, 2016

I ordered the steak and it was wonderful. It was perfectly cooked, tender and delicious. The food is great at Bistro 1491 I intend to go back many times.

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vipEat2live (Aberdeen)
1.0
Dined on February 12, 2016

Fruit flies everywhere. Slow and inconsistent service. Waitress got our dinner orders mixed up. Ran out of entrees even though it was early in the evening. Quality was just ok. Not recommended.

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vipNakki (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on December 29, 2015

Went to Bistro 1491 for the first time with a couple of friends. Our server was attentive. I ate the salad with a salmon filet on top. Perfect for my current low carb diet and very tasty! Everyone enjoyed their food and wine and it was quiet enough to hear each other easily.

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vipDinner (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined on November 21, 2015

Stopped in for dinner - I had the fried chicken which was tasty and tender.

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vipjaz2020 (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on November 13, 2015

Owner Chef Bo Man Tam is a great cook that nobody ever talks about. 1491 suffers from poorly trained staff which doesn't help. There is no bar, so hard to make a profit on just the food. The ingredients are very good quality; this chef cares about what he makes. His pork belly, for example, is the best I've tasted in years. But he's had to drop all the other dishes with it except for the sliders, which I consider the worst of the three he used to offer. Smothering that glorious meat with too much bread is a sin, plain and simple. It was amazing with the apple-jicama slaw, but that's long-gone. Still amazing, though, are the tofu frites (best in town, mix those two sauces!), the burger (juicy and tasty), the Sticky Ribs (a dead ringer for Pican's magnificent ribs, but without the chile heat and 2/3 the price). Skip dessert, have a cappuccino instead.

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vipSue1 (Poconos)
5.0
Dined on November 1, 2015

This is great little restaurant. The food was delicious and the service excellent. It was reasonably priced and you could hear yourself talk. I highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on October 25, 2015

Very nice place. Great food. Amazing desserts.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0
Dined on October 6, 2015

Order was wrong. No problem requesting correct order from server. But the dish was out then. Replacement order was also wrong.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0
Dined on September 22, 2015

We needed to meet with old friends at a place close by our place in Berkeley. We tried this place site unseen and it proved to be nice for this purpose. The food was good and we were able to have a good conversation.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
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Cross street
Curtis St.
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(510) 526-9601
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Executive chef
Bo Tam
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine