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Bistro 211

71 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Lunch (52)
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A cozy and quiet diner, Bistro 211 was established in 2012 by Carmen Magnusson and provides a culinary experience based on a variety of options from its breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner menus. This French tavern-style restaurant infuses Californian flavors in its cuisines as well as décor. A comfortable, covered patio dining area is available which is dog-friendly. Guests can also enjoy craft and bottled beers as well as wines.

The brunch menu at Bistro 211 features an all-day long hot and cold breakfast menu includes a variety of omelets and eggs Benedict. Fruits bowls, oatmeal, pancakes and French toasts are featured in a variety of different flavors as well. The daily menu at Bistro 211 includes cheesy appetizers, salads, grilled and fried sea food and chicken, beef, turkey, ham or vegan burgers. The sandwiches served with sides of fries and different sauces are enough for two.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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European, Californian
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Hours of operation

Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 625-3030
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We can accommodate up to 47 guests inside with an additional 24 on the patio.
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Private party contact
Carmen Magnusson: (831) 625-3030
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Cross street
Rio Road
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Music on Friday nights from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Check our website for details.
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipPeterL (Chicago)
Dined on June 17, 2016

Time for a new chef. The fish was undercooked (in a bad way, not a great fish, medium rare way). The bouillabaisse was weak. the Caesars salad was bad. the pasta sauce was bad. Just all over bad. Were there on the early side for dinner at 6:30 and were the only people there. Felt like a dying restaurant and was kinda sad to be there. Would not go back.

shel (Central Coast)
Dined on May 8, 2016

Chosen because of past brunch experiences, but Mother's Day was a bust. Tried to reserve by phone on previous day, but no answer, so we used OT. Personnel knew nothing about our reservation, but moved patrons already seated to accommodate our six. Provided ONE menu for table - with specialized items, not including our former favorites - at an increased, one-price-fits-all rate. We were ignored completely for 5-10 minutes while personnel was busy fussing for news media visitors, and finally left, walked to a nearby restaurant, and had a nice meal.

vipadchotin (Baltimore)
Dined on February 24, 2016

Charming little French restaurant in a shopping center just outside of Carmel. Everything we had was delicious. The five onion bisque was heavenly. Main courses including the Seabass Salad (Which was unusual and delicious)and the steak frites satisfied all. if we lived in the area this would be one of our regular go to places.

vipSteveC (San Francisco)
Dined on February 6, 2016

Wanting easy highway on/off access while passing through the area, but good food for lunch, this was a great stop just outside of Carmel. The carpaccio, salads, and hot sandwiches were very good. The inside has colorful and delightful humorous painted murals. The wait staff is very friendly and pleasant to talk to.

vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
Dined on January 7, 2016

I find the food here consistently good and a terrific value, especially for dinner. I had the steak frites - done to perfection. The problem was our server. He was the only waiter in the (small) room and appeared so clumsy and inept that it overshadowed a lovely meal. Case in point: he kept reaching over one of us to place the plate. Watching him balance a cup of soup from one end of the table, stretching over to hand it over to the other side of the table was nerve-wracking and rude, especially when guests are mid-conversation. It never occurred to him to walk in between the two diners and place the meals. In explaining the gravy that came with the chicken, it was painful to hear him attempt to describe why it was so good. Sentences incomplete, thoughts errant, focus nowhere to be found. He was so unpolished that we worried if our dining experience would be a good one. This is not the first time we've encountered sub-par wait staff here. A shame, really.

LisaT (San Francisco)
Dined on December 26, 2015

We tried this place on a whim for lunch on 12/26 and were pleasantly surprised with service and fresh baked goods! We will definitely go again and try their brunch menu~

hungryandhealthy (San Francisco)
Dined on December 23, 2015

We had a 5:45 reservation and were the first and only people in the restaurant when we got seated. 8 people, 3 of which were kids. Will never know why it took 1 1/2 hours to get our food. By then, one kid was asleep and the others were sufficiently full on bread.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined on December 11, 2015

The food was above my expectations and service was great! Definitely one of our new favorites!

Delicious (Central Coast)
Dined on December 11, 2015

For the past 12 years bistro 211 has consistently impressed both my wife and I with the food preparation and the quality of the dishes they serve
If it weren't for the fact that we live 90 miles away we will dine at this restaurant at least once a week
They offer weekly wine pairings with many of the dishes that are prepared at the restaurant and each week the types of tissues prepared vary
One thing I can always count on at bistro unlike many other restaurants is fresh prepare hot bread right out of the oven always a favorite of mine

Sealhoney (Los Angeles)
Dined on December 5, 2015

Went with two friends on Saturday night. We all had different dishes (beef stroganoff, steak, and prime rib). Everything was delicious. The service was terrific and personal. The recommended wine was all our server said it was. Be sure to try this Crossroads bistro.