Bistro 234

4.6
660 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental

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Bistro 234 is honored to have earned the prestigious Wine Spectator's 2012 & 2013 Award of Excellence. Located in the center of historic downtown Turlock, Bistro 234 offers a dining experience that is sure to foster great memories. The fun atmosphere, high ceilings, heated patio and vibrant colors pair well with the eclectic cuisine of our talented Executive Chef, LeRoy Walker. At Bistro 234, we love to share our passion for food and dining with seasonal New American and French-influenced cooking. Bistro 234 is the ideal place to host your event, be it large or small. The Cellar is available for exclusive dining.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Continental, Californian
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - midnight
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Phone number
(209) 668-4234
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef LeRoy Walker
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Private party facilities
The Wine Cellar at Bistro 234 is perfect for you professional and personal private parties. Seating for 36 is available in an intimate dining area.
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Private party contact
Erin Hobbs: (209) 668-4234
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Center
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JA
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go. Friendly. Great service - thanks Shaun. New hostess, Abbie, very nice.

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RM
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great table, great service (thank you Shawn). My wife’s complaint was that her fish was dry, other than that, a very nice experience

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L
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Waited 30 minutes for 2 salads. And then ingredients were missing and not plated. Waiter just had a fake smile on her face the entire experience.
Two small salads, two ice teas and an appetizer of 3 half dollar sized crab cakes (I kid you not) warranted, in their minds, a $71 bill!!!
Will not return. Outrageously priced and poor service, very small portions, and food nothing to write home about.

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GG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were both very good. This is one restaurant that we visit often.

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SS
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. We went for our 25th Anniversary and we could not have been more delighted!

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GG
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our last visit the weather was nice enough to eat outside. It is located in a great spot and was fun to people watch. The food was outstanding. My wife had sea bass and I had their chicken marsala (sp?). I have also had their rib eye and short ribs here in the past and both are worth ordering. Our waiter was great and the service provided was just right.

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c
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Our server really made our event extra special. He was attentive to our needs. He also made the best cocktails! My favorite drink now will be the Jalapeno Mango Margarita. Thank you for taking great care of us. We will definitely be returning.

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OT
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is always phenomenal!

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LZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service outstanding. We will make this our restaurant of choice for future dining out. The drive from Merced was worth it.

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DE
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food wasn’t quite up to par that night. The rib eye my friend was grisly. She kept setting more pieces aside. I had the salmon, which was good, but the rice was strange, almost like rice pudding. I did enjoy the crab cakes. I wish this restaurant had some vegetarian options. The wine, dessert, and service were all very good.

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SH
Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Meal was great as expected. Stakes cooked perfectly and fish was moist. This marked the 3rd or 4th time we had been there and it is definitely great food. The only complaint was the waiter’s VERY abrupt explanation that there would be no substitutions on the menue. (If you call adding mushrooms on the side of the stake a substitution?). It wasn’t his answer that was the problem; only his delivery... For the 2 other couples that came with us that night; one will never be back mostly because of that waiters response. It’s too bad; the food was excellent. Perhaps a softer response next time?!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing and service was great except I felt like we got ignored a bit towards the end of our meal, but overall very pleasant experience.

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CC
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy a visit to Bistro 234. The food and service are great. My girlfriends and I had a fabulous dinner and a delightful evening.

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and atmosphere.

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Great food and wonderful downtown location.

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LW
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Britta was our server. Probably one of the best ever! We have dined at some of the most popular restraunts in the world and I would rate Britta among the top 1%.
I am a generous tipper for servers who go above the call and she certainly did. Congrats to you & your staff!

Les Weidman

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s
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I was very disappointed. I've heard this place had good food and good service. Two things we did not receive. Took my wife there for our 19th wedding anniversary. Not only we were seated directly between 2 large parties, we were literally in the walk way right outside the kitchen doors with plenty of other tables available. Took 20 minutes from the time the hostess sat us, until someone came over to our table. And no, it was not busy. (it was a weekday) Our server was non existent. She sure paid a lot of attention to the table right next to us, table with 8 guys all drinking and cuttin it up. (maybe she thought she was gonna get a bigger tip from a group of guys).
Ordered the rib eye (or what i thought was rib eye) Very disappointed in the taste, the look, the size; looked and tasted just like carne asada.
All in all, i will not be going back, and not recommending this restaurant to anyone. Very disappointing for a special dinner out for our anniversary.

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LS
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My favorite is the chicken Marsala and the Diane torte for dessert. Big enough to share with three or four. Yummy!

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B
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We really like the food at the Bistro, however it would be nice if they served new dishes. Even though they have specials, it seems like the specials are pretty much the same. As the old saying gos, "Variety is the spice of life!"

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ST
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We hosted a dinner for clients this week. The service was excellent, and the food was even better. Great wine list, and overall good vibe for what we needed. I would return for the Ahi Tuna for sure.
Thank you.

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OT
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love to celebrate our anniversaries here. ❤️

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MG
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Denair and frequent Bistro often. It’s our go to when we have friends and family visiting as the menu, wine list and atmosphere are perfect. The wait staff are exceptional, professional and courteous. Bistro never disappoints.
Thank you
Melissa

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DB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our fav spot for date night; the craft cocktail list is a new find (for us, ....)

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall nice place and cool vibe. Steaks were cooked perfect. If you're in Turlock area it's worth a try!

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G
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The portions are large we each had onion soup and split a chicken marsala. It was plenty, neither of us could finish it all. The wine list is nice and reasonable. The food was good, service excellent. One of our favorite places when in Turlock

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MR
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed the atmosphere and company, but food was really so-so. My husband ordered a pork tenderloin with apple chutney. He said it was really tough. I ordered halibut and I thought it was coming with parmesan mashed potatoes but came with what I think was scalloped potatoes with a bunch of cheese and browned. Didn't seem to fit with the fish. Haven't been to this place in a long time, so probably won't go again any time soon.

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G
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Francesca was a fantastic waitress

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, great food!

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D
San Joaquin
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, food, service, and ambiance was perfect.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and friendly staff. Accommodating to making food vegan.

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F
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such good service and food was fabulous as always!

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JV
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale interior design. Good outdoor seating. Very good service too.
I like the menu

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B
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Our waitress Raschelle was incredibly rude and inattentive. My husband and I specifically chose Bistro to celebrate our special day because on-line it appeared they had our favorite wine. Bistro unfortunately no longer serves our wine, which obviously was a bummer. All in all the atmosphere was okay, but our waitress could've been a bit more professional and not acted like she hated her job!

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LE
Memphis
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again, a great experience at Bistro. Service was exceptional.

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TS
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I have eaten here a couple times and it was good but this evening was not good. The speciality drinks were awful (tried 2 different ones) and our waitress ended up leaving half way through our dinner. Our halibut was overcooked and the beet salad was not very tasty. The best part of the dinner was the dessert. It was very good.

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TB
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Steak was seasoned very well and cooked to order!

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SH
Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All I can say is get the Mahi-mahi, it was outstanding. Great food and a nice atmosphere. Our 3 time here and quickly becoming a favorite of ours!

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G
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seared Ahi was great. My wife had the chicken marsala, very good. Nice wine list! Bruschetta appetizer really good. One of the nicest places in Turlock for dinner!

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good, but could tell the regualr chef was not there.

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SH
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 8 of us. Steaks, Salmon, Bass, Ahi Tuna were ordered and we all loved the food; great attention to service; nice wine menu. In and out within an hour, but we were not rushed. We will definitely come back. Others in our group had been there before. 234 Bistro was recommended to us by over a dozen people.

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