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About Bistro Bobette


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.


1209 E Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, Seafood, Steak

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.

Cross Street:
South 12th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 225-9116

Website:
http://www.bistrobobette.com/

Catering:
Please contact for more information. info@bistrobobette.com

Parking Details:
Free Two hour validated parking on South 12th Street, across from the Omni Hotel, for dinner, lunch validated for one hour.

Executive Chef:
Francis Devilliers /Owner

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

Private Party Contact:
wendy kalif: (804) 225-9116

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please check our Facebook page, or website.
Wine and seasonal theme dinners year round.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Bistro Bobette will be serving a Very special 3 course menu. 72.pp.
Reservations required.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Bistro Bobette is open Christmas Day featuring a decadent 3 course menu, 12- 8PM.
Choices for all tastes. Foie gras, black truffles , caviar, tuna tartare are just a few starter offerings.
Organic Roast Beef, Lamb, Duck, Salmon,Lobster, crab, example of main choices. Homemade Desserts, 72 pp.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Make your reservation for New Years Eve. A very special 3 course menu will be served. Reservations required. 72.pp.

Bistro Bobette Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

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81% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
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Quiet Conversation (14)
Cozy (14)
Romantic (13)
Authentic (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Casual (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

This was our first visit to Bistro Bobette and we were impressed by the friendly wait staff and the high quality of the meal we enjoyed. The meat dishes were superbly prepared and seasoned, and there was enough room for an espresso and dessert. The restaurant is small and cozy and we had a relaxing dinner without feeling rushed by the wait staff.
NOTE: Although the restaurant is located in Shockoe Slip, there is a public parking garage right around the corner, which makes it easier to access than some restaurants in the Fan.

We will definitely be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Lovely spot, good French-inspired food, mellow vibe. Would enjoy going back to try other things on the menu.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Okay food in a trendy atmosphere. Mediocre service as our server was in training. Our drinks took 20 minutes to arrive, and after 30 minutes of waiting I had to ask for bread.

I ordered Foie Gras but it was forgettable. It was somewhere between cold and warm. The exterior was nearly blackened rather than caramelized. I think Goose Liver shouldn't be offered on the menu unless the kitchen has mastered the preparation of it.

My rib eye was ordered medium but came out medium rare. I sent it back but it came back a second time still underdone so I gave up and decided to eat it. Good flavor but they couldn't get the cooking right. I have never had to send back a piece of meat more than once in my life at a restaurant, and wasn't about to start then.

Deserts were fine and Irish cream coffee was excellent. But I wouldn't go back to this restaurant and give it a second chance as there are too many other restaurant choices out there and the experience we had did not warrant it.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderfully prepared meals, great menu. We had the rabbit, veal, and lamb. All 3 dishes were delicious. We also highlyrecommend the Brussels sprouts.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Two of us had trout, one had rockfish and one had veal. The trouts were burnt (black skin), the veal overcooked and the rockfish on the border of being burnt. The wine list is great but the waiter was not very helpful selecting a wine when asked how different wines would compare with each other. The ambience of the restaurant is nice and cozy. All in all I expected more for the price of the meal.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Service was excellent. Great food.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The lamb, crepes and prices were over cooked. It was a holiday and my child and I were grateful to see Richmond and the ambiance was very fine, but...

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner while on the road for a field hockey tournament. While our 16 and 13 year old kids “kinda” struggled with the French take on thanksgiving dinner, they both ended up appreciating, and loving, their turkey dinner. The dessert was obviously the high point for both.

For my wife and I, she could not stop raving about her meal. She had the salmon which I sampled and was awesome. For me, while I was a bit disappointed with the portion size, was just happy to experience the whole “on the road” Thanksgiving evening in a nice, alternative restaurant in Richmond.

Our waiter was awesome and the owner very gracious with changing our reservation when we called from the road on the way down. A different thanksgiving dinner experience that we will all remember fondly.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was our first opportunity to try Bistro Bobette, and unquestionably a holiday is a bad time to try a new restaurant. The food was okay and the service staff pleasant but not professional. Here’s why:
I ordered a bourbon Manhattan, up, but it came on the rocks so I sent it back. Apologies. When it returned up, it was weak and too sweet with maraschino cherry juice, like a Shirley Temple. Ugh!
As soon as we placed our orders, soups showed up, even before our bread or our soup spoons. It turned out that they weren’t our soups, so we returned them. More apologies.
When the baguette slices showed up they were warm and tasty, but two of them had slightly cold centers. They mentioned that their bread was not homemade. I had already figured that out!
My turkey dinner was tasty enough, but my serving had too much skin and it wasn’t crispy. The vegetable medley that stood in for dressing had good flavor, but it was drowned in gravy, along with the turkey. The green beans were good.
I had the pumpkin tart for dessert and the pumpkin filling was very good but the pastry was dry and tasteless.
My husband fared better than me. His martini was served as he requested, his steak was good (although he asked for medium rare and the waiter returned to say it could only be served medium to medium-well), and his spinach was very good. His only disappointment were the French fries.
The winners that evening were the soups (acorn squash bisque for me and oyster chowder for him) and his dessert (chocolate mousse).
In spite of this, we are planning to give Bistro Bobette a second chance on a non-holiday occasion real soon.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Bistro Bobette is always fabulous- ambience, service and food are first class.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I had never been to Bistro Bobette. It was my boyfriend and my 7 year anniversary. I wanted somewhere special. I booked online and called to see if they could do anything special. We were given this beautiful liquor, on the house. Our waiter was amazing. Very attentive. The food was perfect. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great service, phenomenal food, we had a great time. Tried the oxtail ravioli and veggie tart as apps. Delicious, then got a chef special beef filet. Met the chef, just a great night overall.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food great atmosphere. Really fun vibe. Just an overall great time.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

A thoroughly enjoyable experience, from the food to the service to the ambiance. This was our first visit to Richmond, so we were especially happy that the restaurant is in one of the historic areas, with cobblestone streets. Our meal included ahi tuna tartare, rosemary pecans and a chicken-stock-based soup as appetizers and entre specials grilled Arctic Char and Red Snapper and, for dessert, chocolate mousse . All delicious. I'd heartily recommend Bistro Bobette.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The duck was amazing. The wine was just as amazing !

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Second visit to this restaurant. My wife started with a Cresson soup and I had avocado with crab.
Soup was good and avocado excellent but very small. Then we shared the ravioli filled with faisant and garnished with mushrooms. Delicious but also very small condidering it was presented as a main dish but it looked like an appetizer.

We selected a ex elldnt Bordeaux red out of the very extensive wine menu.

As a main dish my wife had a salmon. Was ok but no special taste or presentation. I choose for the rabbit. Excellent choice but again my rabbit was only one little leg. Excellent preparation but to little.

Luckely we had room for a dessert. My wife had an excellent chocolate mousse. My dessert, peche melba, was dissapointing. 1 tiny scoop of vanilla ice with a nesrly dried out piece of pear.
I am Belgiam, worked in Paris. In France this restaurant would be quoted as medium good.
Here in tbe US I give it a good-very good if their dishes would be more generously filled because they know how to cook.

Service was excellent.

Tags: Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent!! We will return. The food was great as well as the service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Exceptional, food, wine, service ambiance. Also enjoyed the artwork.
Wish it was closer to home

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We found this restaurant on OpenTable and took a chance. It was a wonderful wonderful meal.
David our server tended to our every need and the meal itself was tasty beyond belief.
Real French food without the pretension

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 2, 2017

A friend had suggested that my significant other and I try this eatery and his observations were right on ...... delicious, beautifully prepared food and attentive wait staff. We opened our meal with an Ahi tuna appetizer that was light and delicious. For our main entre, we chose the rack of veal and the only thing one can say is ...... heavenly - perfectly cooked with a light, tasty sauce that simply complemented the meat. The seasonal vegetables were delicious and prepared beautifully. Our principal waiter, David, was not only helpful with observations about the menu, but unobtrusively attended our table perfectly. The evening was one to remember fondly and to repeat numerous times.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Brought a customer to the restaurant for his first visit. I've dined here several times for lunch and have never been disappointed. Special setting, incredible food and service. Thank you!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Fabulous dining and service in a quiet atmosphere. The service was perfect-attentive without being obtrusive. The food was impeccable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Our dinner experience was wonderful. Waiters were knowledgeable and on point with our food order and the food was magnificent. Will keep going there for authentic French food. Bistro Bobbette never disappoints.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Waited 1 hour to be served. Told by waiter at 25 Minute mark that they weren’t taking food orders because the chef was particular about ordering. Ridiculous! To add insult to injury, they charged us for the drinks that took 35 minutes to bring to the table.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Out of self interest I really should not write anything positive here because then it will become deservedly popular and then so much more difficult to get a table at a small but great restaurant with great ambiance, great food, great wine and great staff/servers at a great value.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Absolutely amazing!!!! Last minute pick for a date night and we both left raving about our meals. The wine list was incredible, the bistro steak was cooked and seasoned perfectly and the curry ketchup made me reevaluate life. And the desserts...in love!!!! Definitely will be going back soon!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Well prepared authentic French food , great wine list , professional service . Moderately expensive but still good value.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Fabulous food, great service and great atmosphere. Loved it!

Tags: Disabled Access, Fun, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Average at best. So disappointed since many reviews were positive.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food, service and the overall experience was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Very good food and service. We enjoyed our oxtail ravioli app, followed by two fish dishes, the trout and halibut. Dessert was a wonderful creme brulee and an orange blossom crepe. The wines were very good too.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Very attentive staff
Quiet and appealing atmosphere

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·Dined on August 28, 2017

The food is amazing!!! Had the beef medallions and already planning to go back with my husband this weekend. Service was okay, not great, but didn't distract from the delicious entree or the overall fabulous experience.

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·Dined on August 28, 2017

I have found that anytime I go to a new restaurant there is always a risk. A risk of poor service, poorly prepared food, etc. However, the moment my guest and I walked through the door we knew this was going to be a positive experience. The occasion was very special for me and my granddaughter and the service and food exceeded our expectations. My granddaughter had this to say about the experience: "Well..., we had an amazing experience. The food was amazing and the server (Jamil) was very kind and helpful through the entire meal; overall making the experience one to remember." We will find a reason to return very soon. Thank you very much.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fun
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

everything was pretty good for the most part. took about a half an hour to get our two glasses of wine. and about another hour before the food came out. pretty High prices and not much of an experience. like the food was good, but it didnt feel like it was worth it at all.

Tags: Casual, Healthy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Love this restaurant; waiter, Gregg, was great. We are regulars from Norfolk!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Another great dinner at Bistro Bobette. This time we joined the special 'Celebrate Julia' 3-course dinner offered. Whenever you dine here, it is as if you were back in a small bistro in Paris. The food and wine are absolutely authentic, honest, and created with care. Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Research revealed very few authentic French restaurants in Richmond.
We were very happy with the authentic meal choices.
The staff were very accomodating to our 9 month old and were very friendly, talkative and knowledgeable of the food/wines and other Richmond venues.
As our server entertained our baby, the bartender gave us other restaurant reccomendations.
The food was excellent and the service was enjoyable!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 4, 2017

excellent food, excellent service. The menu was varied, the choices were superb

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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