Bistro Barberet & Bakery

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$31 to $50
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French
Bistro Barberet & Bakery pays tribute to the beloved French bistro, where good food, good wine and better company commingle to create an unmistakable joie de vivre.
This restaurant presents a sweeping cinematic interpretation of the French lifestyle. It also offer some flawless brasserie classics like steak frites, escargots and Bouillabaise the menu is wide enough to please, while remaining true to the traditions that inspired it.
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RD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time for us. Great food. Would have liked white table cloths-a bit of French formality. Our poor waitress dropped my soup appetizer and it splashed on my legs and feet. She comped our dessert-nice of her. We’ll return-hard to get real French food these days.

KL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A small Lancaster treasure. LOVE this restaurant and the ambiance. Great service. And it was a very uncrowded night so very quiet. The food is incomparably good!

TZ
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have not done much French cuisine dining, but elected to try this based on a friend's recommendation. Food was outstanding! Nice & interesting cocktail list as well. After dinner, you have option of ordering dessert off menu or visiting their adjacent bakery with homemade desserts. Tons (actually too many) to choose from. Highly recommend.

JA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best eats in Lancaster. Exceptional French bistro food.

OT
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely meal and ambience.

N
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual ! Our favorite restaurant in Lancaster County!

MN
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just OK. One large room akin to just a large barroom, with tables along the walls and a large bar against one entire wall. Definitely not a romantic place, but ok for a group of friends. Food was good but not at all memorable. Wine glass barely half filled. Coffee was not good. Waiter dropped a knife covered with cream sauce on the shoulder of my brand new suit as he was clearing the table (the first time wearing it). I know mistakes happen, but I obviously was going to have to get it dry cleaned...but no comp of dessert/coffee as I would have expected for such an unfortunate blunder.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met some friends here for the first time. You have to walk through the bakery to get inside the main restaurant. Bakery items looked so delicious that we bought many to take home after dinner.
Service was prompt and professional. Everyone at our table enjoyed their meals.

BV
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love this Bistro. Food and service is always excellent. This time our waiter while excellent was soft spoken so with the holiday cheer around us it was difficulty to hear him. Other than this the evening was wonderful. Compliments to the chef who always prepares delicious food with the utmost consistency.
Merci

ML
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome on every level!! We were hosting family new to the restaurant ... very impressed... New Years Eve 20’s costuming and decor were a nice addition to the evening... Food and service on point, as always!! One of the best restaurants in Lancaster!

h
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Daughter visiting from CO for the holidays

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service as always

CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!!!!!!!!!’nn

m
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such wonderful food and the owners are soooo nice

JT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. The Poulet (chicken) au Jus was expertly prepared. My husband had a crab and scallop cake which he said was incredible. Presentation of this dish was spectacular. Desserts from the bakery are so beautiful it is hard to choose. We love Barberet and are grateful they chose Lancaster for their bakery and Bistro. When I miss France it's only a half hour drive to make me imagine I am there. Merci a tous!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed the evening celebrating Christmas with friends over dinner. Each of us loved the food and drinks we ordered. The blackberry margarita and lamb shank was a real treat.

AA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner location for our anniversary. Seated quickly, quick service, and great drinks/food. Will definitely go again.

S
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best place to go for afterwork or simply to enjoy a nice cocktail. The bartenders are really friendly and they make incredible cocktail.
The food is one of the finest in Lancaster and you definitely feel the french touch.
Last but not least at the end of your meal you can enjoy one of the wonderful desert of the bakery !
Basically my favourite place in Lancaster

J
London
18 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely corner of France in downtown Lancaster
We had a terrific lunch on Thursday at the Bistro Barberet. I have lived in France and travel there often, and it felt like coming home. I lunched with my 93 year-old father (who had lived in Paris for 3 years) and my 30 year-old daughter who is my frequent France travel buddy. All three of us were so happy with everything we chose to eat. This is classic French bistro food at its best. It's not fancy or pretentious, just delicious, and served by friendly staff in a welcoming environment. I can recommend it without hesitation to anyone who just wants a tasty enjoyable lunch or dinner at a reasonable price.

PA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our ‘go to’ restaurant. Unfortunately the service was slow. Which is unusual for this restaurant. Not sure if the wheels came off in the kitchen. A simple explanation from our waiter would have sufficed. St least we would have been a little more understanding.

Bistro Barberet & Bakery
Responded on December 10, 2019

sorry for your wait and we do apology for this and it seems like First Friday is always a bit of challenge during that specific day as everyone always comes in ounce but it does not matter on the issues that we should of been better at it, so please accept our most sincere apology, Cedric BARBERET

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MK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our time at Bistro Barberet. Delicious cocktails, meals, and desserts. And let’s not forget the delicious basket of bread that is served before your meal. It is our little touch of France in the heart of Lancaster city!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food. Really like the quenelles tonight. I will come back.

T
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

JH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal with wonderful atmosphere and service!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant
Amazing food
Great service
Terrific ambiance

LB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I did the $35 prix fixe menu and what a great value. Escargot appetizer, roast chicken entree, creme brûlée dessert. The sauce in the melt-in-your-mouth escargot was delicious, the chicken was the most tender I have ever had, crusty French baguette. 2nd time here and it’s now my fav restaurant in Lancaster - quiet music, elegant decor, European ambiance, just like a French bistro.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible meal and very hospitable service. Definitely a favorite Lancaster dining experience.

t
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was out first time at the restaurant. it far exceeded our expectations. The only drawback I can see is the spacing of tables. They were closer than I would prefer. It felt as if you were directly associated with the next parties conversations. outstanding main menu items and the deserts were a perfect portion size. our waiter was spot on with service and professionalism. He was a pleasure to talk to and gave us good menu advice.

HE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best onion soup and the flatbread is not to be missed. Beef stew and chicken dish were superb. Great cocktails (only complaint was bartender forgot my cherry for the Old Fashioned but gave me extra for the second cocktail). Go there you will not be disappointed! And the charcouteri board was excellent.

AE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Two of our entrees and the wine was excellent. The mussels were on the bland side and the pommes frites not so crispy.

MM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My meal was TINY for the price, but very good. Everything else was great!

NM
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal served family style. The macaroni and cheese appetizer was excellent. We shared a Caesar salad, a pasta dish with a crime butternut squash sauce and salmon. Dessert was delicious as well.

LP
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Prompt and very courteous service. The food was well prepared and presented. I had the escargot and mussels and both were seasoned to allow the flavor of each take precedence

The dessert selection is everything you want from a French bakery.
Delightful experience.

r
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a surprise find in Lancaster PA. Located in the back of a street front bakery, Once seated you realize that you have been transported to a different environment. Quite and refined. Excellent service and outstanding food. Don't forget to stay for coffee and a dessert. Be sure to choose your desert by walking back to the bakery and selecting from the many excellent pastry choices.

Bistro Barberet & Bakery
Responded on November 24, 2019

thank you for your kind words about your experience with us and we hope in seeing you soon again sincerely Cedric Barberet

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F
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The only negative was the closeness of the tables. It was distracting to hear other people's conversations and to feel they could hear ours.

AH
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and refined, Barberet remains consistently a delight.

MK
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

After dinner we purchased a few enticing looking items at the bakery which turned out to be delicious -and the salvo of the evening!

I am sorry to say that the dinner was awfully disappointing, every dish lacking in flavor. Everything we had was incredibly bland. We really had no idea why it would be so in light of the seemingly delicious appearing menu. It was more tasty to read the menu. The broth of the mussels was without traditional flavors, steak had no salt or herb and the escargot were un-garlicky and un-buttered. For heaven's sake remove the imposter chef from the kitchen and put George's true hazelnut chartreuse butter on the snails.

Bistro Barberet & Bakery
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thank you for your remark, will take a note! First the steak is au poivre(fresh green peppercorn) not aux herbs, as far as the snails the imposter is myself and George himself since the recipe was set up by both of us and still is the same as what we used originally ... Sorry for your disappointment, Cedric Barberet!

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SH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant, and on this evening we were celebrating the engagement of our daughter and future son-in-law. The team at Barbaret made our evening even more special with their excellent food and service. The best-- thank you!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding Anniversary

L
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I grow fonder each time I dine. Love the food choices, the servers, And Hilari.