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Bistro Bobette, Richmond, VA
Bistro Bobette, Richmond, VA
Bistro Bobette, Richmond, VA
Bistro Bobette, Richmond, VA
Bistro Bobette, Richmond, VA

Bistro Bobette

4.4
4.4
827 Reviews
$30 and under
French

Richmond's only authentic French restaurant with a Parisian Chef/Owner.
Awarded Best Chef and Winner of Excellence in Service, Best Restaurant, Wine Spectator recognized and most romantic.

Our atmosphere is lively, modern chic, yet casual.

Menu changes monthly. Daily specials utilize local, organic and sustainable ingredients.
Private Event space available.
Nightly Pre-fixe menu. available.

Classic Bistro fare includes: Steak frites, fresh seafood, charcuterie, tartare, escargots, foie gras, house made terrines/pate, salads, fish, game and meats. An expansive wine list, recognized by Wine Spectator.

House made desserts include crepes, chocolate mousse, creme brulee, sorbet and ice cream.



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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Steak, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Catering and take out. Private Dining event room available.
  • Phone number
    (804) 225-9116
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Francis Devilliers /Owner
  • Catering
    Please contact for more information. info@bistrobobette.com
  • Private party facilities
    Private Event Space at Bistro Bobette boasts a separate entrance, private bar, exclusive kitchen space and private restrooms. The space can accommodate 30 guests for a seated meal or more for cocktail parties. Perfect for holiday events, rehearsal dinners and corporate get-togethers. Projection TV is available for your use.
  • Private party contact
    wendy kalif: (804) 225-9116
  • Neighborhood
    Richmond
  • Cross street
    South 12th
  • Parking details
    Free Two hour validated parking on South 12th Street, across from the Omni Hotel, for dinner, lunch validated for one hour.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 827 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 1.9Value

NoiseModerate

827 Reviews
  1. SuzanneR

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I was excited to bring two of my best friends to this restaurant because I had previously had such a great experience several times. This time, our waiter continued to forget small requests and I think, because there was a large group in another room, our food was only average. I was disappointed.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The atmosphere was nice, and the staff all very friendly. The appetizers (pate and oxtail raviole) were very tasty. The server didn’t seem to know a lot about the wine list and mostly just read it back to us when we asked for recommendations. Entrees (salmon and baked flounder) were beautifully plated but their flavors did not live up to the plating. We had blueberry sabayon for dessert and that was very good. Overall everything was fine but for the price we paid expected better than that.

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  3. MichaelB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Even though we had an existing open table reservation for 2:30 PM we were turned away. We arrived at 2:34 PM and we had called the restaurant to let them know we’d be a few minutes late. They said they did not have a reservation for us and that the kitchen was closed. About five minutes after we left the restaurant we received an email from OpenTable asking us why we didn’t show up for our reservation.

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  4. suwms

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best quality restaurant in Richmond, Virginia, hands down. We have never had a disappointing experience.. Love the many steak/meat options. Any fish on the menu is always perfectly cooked, dressed and presented. The salmon is wild, organic, rarely found in other places . Get any of the house made desserts, creme brulee, chocolate mouse to die for. Excellent restaurant.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall excellent fare, attentive service, superb atmosphere!

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  6. Rachel

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We had our waiter forget to put in our appetizer and we got it after the meal. There were no apologies, it was boxed up and we still had to pay for it.

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  7. DougK

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful decor, fantastic service. Food is to die for. My new favorite place in RVA. My new go to for special events and occasions.

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  8. JessicaC

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    On a Thursday night it was empty. Main course (rockfish) was delicious, staff was great. Had the carbonara app that was very bad tasting, but they took it off the bill, so overall happy.

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  9. KeithT

    Richmond

    39 reviews

    1.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We and many other diners at Bistro Bobette had an outrageously poor dining experience on Christmas Day (2019)! The service was unbelievably inattentive and inept. The food was only ok. Do yourself a favor and read the recent reviews on Yelp and Google before making a reservation here. You will easily see what is going on at this place with poor reviews on the service, cuisine, and the chef-owner’s attitude toward diners. It’s too bad...this was one a very fine restaurant. Our last 3 visits have been increasingly worse.

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  10. Trip

    Richmond

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wasn't crowded and food was brought out at a leisurely pace. Good service ands food quality was very good.

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  11. douglasp

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    THIS IS THE RESTAURANT I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR. EXCELLENT FOOD, ABSOLUTELY PERFECT WAITSTAFF, EXCELLENT PRICES...AND QUIET! I DISLIKE GOING TO A NICE RESTAURANT AND IT SOUNDS LIKE A FRATERNITY PARTY. I WILL RETURN SOON.

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  12. LauraR

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It perfectly met our needs/wants/expectations. My mother and I did not want to cook, but also didn't want a crowded setting with limited choices. This was just right for us in every way.

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  13. dinwiddie

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good and the wine list reasonable for the most part. Nice selection in the moderate range. Nice wine glasses was a plus.

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  14. RussellK

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Reservation @ 6:00pm, after 45 mins had to ask for bread, after an hour we finally got our soup. After 1 1/2 hours and we had not received our meal when everyone that came after us had. We checked out having not received our meal. The chef was rude to my wife and handled the whole situation horribly. Will not recommend and will not return. Sad.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great French cooking and continental ambiance complemented by professional waiter service. What’s not to like? Had a memorable birthday dinner here — and came all the way from Washington DC to enjoy it.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Bistro Bobette was OK. The food was fine, the servers were friendly, if a little disorganized. The whole experience was fine, but with so many great places in a Richmond, I won’t return.

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  17. HappyDiner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Authentic French cuisine in a slightly bohemian setting; lunch service certainly acceptable though not quite up expectations for the pricerange. We had a wonderful seafood crepe on special with a side of frites and sauteed brussels spouts, plus a bistro steak and frites. Delightful profiteroles for desserts, as good as any you'll have in Paris. Bon appetit!

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  18. Chas

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are not in the Richmond area too often, but when we are Bistro Bobette is our first choice. We have been acquainted with Francis and Wendy for at least a decade. The food is c'est magnifique, service is outstanding and the wine list is top shelf.

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  19. Textillian

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First visit to the Bistro. Enjoyed our meal, which was Thanksgiving dinner (special menu choices) for us during a holiday visit to Richmond. Will try it again when we have a chance to sample offerings from their regular menu. Cannot fault the staff and service—accommodating, friendly, and personable! Small space and just a bit quirky—which we enjoyed!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Went on Thanksgiving. There was a prix fixed menu. The food was underwhelming, so was the service. My first course of pear, endive and celeriac salad could have been great, but the ingredients weren't fresh enough, the dressing was blah and the added bits of avocado seemed out of place. Main course of turkey was tepid, though the sides of stuffing and Brussels sprouts were ok. The dessert was a disaster. Pumpkin tart - indifferent pumpkin puree piped onto a slab of dry puff pastry. The replacement chocolate mousse could have been made by any competent home cook. My companion's apple crepes were cold and looked leathery. The couple dining next to us looked like they didn't enjoy their meal either, and were eager to leave. A disappointing experience overall.

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  21. MikeP

    Richmond

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Bistro Bobette was a great place to celebrate my wife's Birthday. The Trout was perfect and the wine went well it. We love the Bottom so it was nice to be there.

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  22. TheresaB

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always outstanding!

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  23. metoo

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    exquisite, a real gem. European cuisine (escargot, duck, venison etc) and a charming environment.

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  24. CarlosP

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Poor and slow service. The food was OK.

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  25. Luv2dine

    Richmond

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an early reservation and were surprised that this restaurant had very few patrons. We enjoyed sitting on the banquette. The service was quite attentive. The food was absolutely fantastic. My lamb chops were perfectly cooked and the sauce was a perfect accompaniment. The recommended bottle of wine also was a perfect choice. Highly recommended for French food and a perfect for a date at a cafe.

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  26. jcst

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    World-class delicious outstanding French cuisine at a reaonable price. Wine selection is also excellent and good value.

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  27. DennisT

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been here before. Excellent food, attentive waiters pleasant surroundings. Wine list represents great value at all levels.

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  28. George

    Indiana

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service!

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  29. RichW

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This charming little Bistro is in the old colonial trading area of Richmond. Food is excellent and just an all around great place.

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  30. suwms

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool relaxed atmosphere. Authentic casual Bistro food, with an amazing presentation. Food was outstanding. Stuffed Quail over the top! Rib eye, grass fed, wow! Oxtail ravioli so flavorful! Escargot, a must. Extensive French wine and cocktail list. Fun bar scene, while small, seems like a local hang out. Lovely unobtrusive service. Don't miss one of the desserts. Well worth it. Highly recommended.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent!!! I had the rabbit and while I was happy with what I ordered, my wife's lamb three way was outstanding!

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  32. AntoineS

    New York City

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We hope our very bad experience was an exception for this well rated place. The service was very slow and the waiters seemed to be either very tired or inebriated. One of the waiter kept pouring regular water in the glasses used for sparkling water, the wine glass we ordered arrived 15min after when we checked for it. The food quality was really bad: undercooked foie gras charged $19, overcooked sea bass charged $26, salmon plate drown in lot of oil and with a plastic taste, bread with mold...

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  33. BethJ

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    With all the other wonderful options in Richmond, I would not recommend Bistro Babette. The food was good - not great, but good. The service was horrible. It took more than 53 minutes from when our plates were cleared and we got our bill. We were not asked if we wanted coffee or dessert. We just sat in uncomfortable chairs until we flagged our server down to get our bill.

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  34. RK123

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was amazing, the food was top quality and I would highly recommend the place! Authentic!

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  35. AmyH

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cool restaurant with great atmosphere and delicious food. Our server was very attentive and helpful with ordering and she timed all of our food perfectly. We had cocktails (I had the Bobette and loved it), oxtail ravioli appetizer as well as the foi gras and both were perfectly prepared as well as delicious. Our entrees were the rabbit & I had the stuffed quail. We ate every bit and couldn't have been more satisfied with the elegant presentation as well as flavors. I wish this place was a little closer to our home because there were several items on the menu I would love to try but we just make the trip anyway! Outstanding birthday dinner and concert a couple blocks over at the National and what else could you want? The bar looked very welcoming too for a night of tapas.

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  36. Dolcetto

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was okay not worth a second trip. The so called sommelier/waiter was not well trained versed in the wine nor the food.

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  37. MalloryS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a very unique place. Great for date nights. The food is great and at a good price. Definitely try this place out!!

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  38. Patrick17

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing as always. Thank you for a wonderful experience again!

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  39. MaryD

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fine place, very French atmosphere. We liked a lot and most likely will go back.

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  40. Mibi

    Richmond

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful elegant little bistro in Shockoe Slip. Sweet servers, delicious food, nice range of options -traditional French bistro cuisine well executed.

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Bistro Bobette is rated 4.4 stars by 827 OpenTable diners.

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1209 E Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Additional information

  • Cross street
    South 12th
  • Neighborhood
    Richmond
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Catering and take out. Private Dining event room available.
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Steak, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Free Two hour validated parking on South 12th Street, across from the Omni Hotel, for dinner, lunch validated for one hour.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Francis Devilliers /Owner
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (804) 225-9116
  • Catering
    Please contact for more information. info@bistrobobette.com
  • Private party facilities
    Private Event Space at Bistro Bobette boasts a separate entrance, private bar, exclusive kitchen space and private restrooms. The space can accommodate 30 guests for a seated meal or more for cocktail parties. Perfect for holiday events, rehearsal dinners and corporate get-togethers. Projection TV is available for your use.
  • Private party contact
    wendy kalif: (804) 225-9116
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