Bistro Bobette

4.3
917 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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SuzanneR
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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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MichaelB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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vipsuwms
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall excellent fare, attentive service, superb atmosphere!

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RachelM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

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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vipDougK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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JessicaC
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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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vipKeithT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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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vipTrip
Richmond
39 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wasn't crowded and food was brought out at a leisurely pace. Good service ands food quality was very good.

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douglasp
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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LauraR
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipdinwiddie
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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ShannonH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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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Chas
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Textillian
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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vipMikeP
Richmond
35 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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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TheresaB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding!

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vipmetoo
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

exquisite, a real gem. European cuisine (escargot, duck, venison etc) and a charming environment.

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vipCarlosP
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Poor and slow service. The food was OK.

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vipLuv2dine
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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jcst
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

World-class delicious outstanding French cuisine at a reaonable price. Wine selection is also excellent and good value.

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vipDennisT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here before. Excellent food, attentive waiters pleasant surroundings. Wine list represents great value at all levels.

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georger
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!

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vipRichW
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipsuwms
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipAntoineS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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vipBethJ
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

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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RK123
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazing, the food was top quality and I would highly recommend the place! Authentic!

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AmyH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipDolcetto
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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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MalloryS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Patrick17
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing as always. Thank you for a wonderful experience again!

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MaryD
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fine place, very French atmosphere. We liked a lot and most likely will go back.

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Mibi
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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 4.3 stars by 917 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.