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About Bistro 234

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.

234 E. Main Street
Turlock, CA 95381
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Continental, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - midnight

Cross Street:
Center

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(209) 668-4234

Website:
http://www.bistro234.com/

Executive Chef:
Chef LeRoy Walker

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.

Private Party Contact:
Erin Hobbs: (209) 668-4234

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

Bistro 234 Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (16)
Good for a Date (15)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Great for Lunch (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Romantic (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fun (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (5)
Casual (5)
Cozy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Authentic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food, great service!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was good, but not stellar. We felt they were rushing us. Love the restaurant, but this was not our best experience. Will go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined 7 days ago

I cannot brag on this restaurant enough! Our servers, Britta and Tye, were amazing! They are both a huge asset, bringing their “A” game to the table! They were lots of fun with their wit and just as charming with their knowledge, accommodating manners and professionalism!
The food is a 10 across the board and we thoroughly enjoy it each and every Valentines Day!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentines Day and initial table was next to kitchen entrance. The hostess kindly moved us and also accommodated my having flowers delivered by setting them on the table! We love 234 and eat there often. It is the best place in the valley!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Bistro is always fantastic....the best dining within a 200 mile radius.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The food was so greasy! The whole bottom of my plate -bacon wrapped prime rib and my husband’s chilean sea bass was SOAKED in olive oil. When I showed my waitress she shrugged it off saying that the food is cooked in Olive oil. Cooked I understand swimming was too much. My prime rib was only about 4oz which was disappointing since I paid $31 for it and our food took an hour to arrive at our table. I was so disappointed since our first experience was wonderful. It’ll be a long time before we return.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food wasn't as good as usual. Rib eye was thin, without much taste. Lettuce in house salad was old ,brown on edges, tomato as spoiling.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent service and excellent food, we can’t wait to go back! I highly recommend the bruschetta, market salad, chicken Marsala, and peanut butter pie!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

As always, excellent service, food, drinks and ambiance! We had a party of 14. We were seated in the wine cellar. The server handled our chatty table so well! We never had to wait long for anything and never felt rushed. Love Bistro 234!

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food and service are always great! Love the menu. I had the special for Turlock restaurant week and it was excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I love the Bistro. We typically go here on date nights. Our server was not that great this time though. Food and wine was delicious as usual.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and our daughter and son-in-law recommended your restaurant. It was a good choice.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We made reservations to celebrate a birthday and got a table next to the cold air and a really unhappy and unfriendly inattentive waitress. Very unwelcoming. No hello. No thank you. It was obvious she had better things to do than wait on customers Saturday evening. Pity we ended up with such a sour waitress. Why would we even bother to return?

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 16, 2018

First visit for lunch; we will be back. I had the special - mushroom ravioli with a garlic cram sauce. It was delicious. Nice wine list and good food selection.

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 (Yosemite)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Despite our reservation for 6 several days in advance, we were seated next to the restroom. An endless stream of toilet seekers was a bummer. The velvet curtain shielding the view was useless. The food was merely decent.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The ribeye was exceptional and the service was great!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal! We celebrated a birthday. We ordered a chicken masala and the special of short ribs. Both were delicious.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a great meal, wonderful waitstaff and a lovely ambiance. Sean and Hubert were professional, helpful, and hospitable. We had amazing food and a great setting for gathering as a family.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

As always, friendly staff that makes a point to visit. Always able to adjust some selections to vegan. Excellent dessert choices for vegetarians though not vegan. Attentive to patron needs throughout the meal. Pleasant setting. Have only been here for lunch so cannot comment on evenings. Have been coming here for at least the past six years.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food was good, service was ok, it would of been nice to have been offered bread and butter before our meal instead of after the meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Went for an after graduation celebration meal. Thought the food, service, and ambiance were all good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

I love this place but it’s just wasn’t good tonight. Our server was stretched too thin and couldn’t really connect w us or provide prompt service. Crab cakes were too salty, salad overdressed and halibut too dry. That said, half price wine for Wednesdays made an average dining experience better.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Cozy and comfortable little place with good, reasonably priced food and excellent service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Always the best in Turlock. Food, service, craft cocktails. Amazing!!

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My sister-in-law and I ordered chicken marsala. Very dry, even with the extra thick marsala sauce, which resembled gravy. Very disappointing, considering we have eaten at Bistro many times in the past and have had good service and good food. Not this time.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food!

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Always love dinning here! Great food & awesome service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Birthday with group friends

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Visiting relatives in Turlock and read that the restaurant was very highly recommended. I live in Seattle and travel and eat out a lot. My sister had the Chilean Sea Bass and I and my wife both had ribeyes. Sister had to send back her plate due to very cold risotto and though she didn’t complain to the waiter, the risotto had no flavor and her fish portion was very small, especially for the price. My ribeye wa fine portion wise, but other than the sauce covering it had not much flavor and was not tender. They would do better to improve the grade of beef or at least try to improve the beef marbling. Wait service was very slow as well. On the positive note my Manhattan was done well.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food was very good. There were four of us and we had seared ahi, filet, gnocchi and chicken Marsala. Absolutely excellent service from Britta. This is our go to restaurant for special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Wonderful relaxed service along with a delicious Cobb salad at lunch with a friend.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I love the food here. However the past 3 times we have been there the service has been terrible. I'm not sure if it's because they are under staffed or just bad customer service. We we had to wait over 30min after being seated for our waitress to come over and take our drink order and put drinks didn't come for another 15min. After that we had to have a young man going around refilling water call the waitress so we can order appetizers and check on a drink that never came.

Although they tried to make up for it at the end for spending $400+ the service should be good from the get go. I hope they can improve their service since the food is exceptional here!

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had a great time at the restaurant. It was my dates first time there, and she absolutely loved it. We will definately come back!!

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food, great drinks, great service, great place!

Tags: People Watching, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Everything was amazing, as always! Just wish fresh fruit was an option for dessert. The only improvement possible, and would earn a 5th star rating.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent food and great service. Prices a little bit high, but not bad for the type of food and setting.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The food was tasty and fresh. The service was impeccable! Thank you Jayden for the wine recommendation and for the birthday creme brûlée. You made my cousin's birthday so special. Thank you for a wonderful experience, Bistro.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The best place to enjoy your evening in Turlock. Great ambience, great food and exceptional service. Always run into friends and family always a plus...

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We were stuck next to the kitchen and the large party room. People kept hitting us as they walked by. It smelled very fishy and it took over 45 minutes to get our food. The only upside to our overpriced dinner was the tiramisu.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The Food and Service was exceptional but we we had no choice but to sit outside.
The evening was very hot and it really detracted from the experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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