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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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join us for a Special Thanksgiving! 12 to 8pm, serving a 3 course pre-set menu with choices. , including Organic turkey and trimmings.
Other offerings, include fish, lamb, beef and duck. Finish with several seasonal desserts, including apple crepes. Reservations are necessary. 62. pp.

Bistro Bobette Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (13)
Cozy (13)
Good for a Date (13)
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Romantic (12)
Authentic (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Casual (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Fun (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Nice servers, mediocre food, pretty high prices

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service. I could not resist the fig ice cream, having never seen it on a menu before,for dessert and it was also excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

What is the fascination with wooden floors at the "chic" restaurants? Hard-surface floors reverberate sound and when you have two large tables of loud-mouth lawyers occupying a majority of the room, with each lawyer trying to out talk the other, you end up with an incredibly loud room. The noise levels took away from our enjoyment of the meal. The food was good but not great. If this is Richmond's best French restaurant, we need chefs who can actually prepare French food.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 14, 2017

It was a sweltering Friday in Richmond in July, so we didn't want to venture far from the Omni to get dinner. To our delight, the Bistro Bobette was a mere half a block away. This place was a highly recommended restaurant on TripAdvisor and we were pleased it was so close to our hotel. We had an excellent food server and our meals were fabulous complimented by some excellent wines by the glass. What a great little French restaurant. I recommend it highly. F

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy, Romantic, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Always a great experience. Excellent food, service and nice setting!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Dinner was delicious, champagne by the glass is excellent and was the Sancerre perfectly chilled wine accompanying our fresh innovative seafood entrees. The appetizers were amazing too, perfect heirloom tomatoe, avocado and fresh leafy greens perfectly dressed salad; also, cold cucumber soap, non dairy, finished with finely chopped fresh vegetables. The decaf coffee is excellent. We look forward to the next visit.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Bistro Bobette is one of Richmond's gems. The food is excellent and the service is both friendly and professional. Ambiance is charming. All in all, a great place to dine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Lovely food and service ! Every dish was excellent and had some great wines by the glass. This is the new favorite in Richmond.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 24, 2017

For $36 I had a VERY small ribeye steak which was so over-salted as to be inedible. I've had MUCH better steaks at Outback. It was accompanied by about 12 fries. We ordered asparagus soup which was good, as was the dessert. My wife's cocktail was $18! Our server was excellent, but we are unlikely to go again, and wouldn't recommend it.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Great food. Waiter was knowledgeable, many specials to choose from and interesting varied menu. Very fresh food with fresh veggies. I had the Amish chicken special which was seasoned to perfection. Also tried the truffle mac n cheese which of course was delicious and the salad was perfect. Also highly recommend the spiced pecans.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Me and my date did not have a reservation, however, we were seated immediately and served immediately. The server was very attentive, nice, and stayed on top of his job the entire time. The wine list was absolutely jaw dropping! (In a great way) I would definitely recommend this place for maybe night time if u want to take it the romantic route but either way I give 2thumbs up.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Paleo Friendly
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 (West Virginia)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Ask for Richard! He is wonderful!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 6, 2017

I have not been to the restaurant in a while but it all came back to me while waiting for lunch...and a long wait it was! The restaurant was barely populated but that did not help...everything took for ever. The bread and butter came after our mains and the mains, despite being 'large plates' were tiny even by French standards. And if you think, well, maybe they were tiny but amazing, think again. While not bad, they were forgettable! My friend and I shared an appetizer and then we each had a 'large plate'. We are both highly appreciative of good food and small portions but this was an abuse. It took forever and we left hungry and with 60 bucks less. For a lunch experience that was worst than anything in recent memory, it will definitely be my last one here.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The appetizer and main dishes were delicious, but the service was absolutely horrible. There is no host station, so guests wait awkwardly at the front door for a waiter to seat them. We knew what we wanted within a few minutes, but had to wait nearly half an hour to place our order because our waiter was busy seating other customers. The entrees arrived well over an hour after we had placed our order, and had finished our appetizer for at least a half hour. The creme brulee dessert had clearly been sitting around in the kitchen for a while, as it was not even remotely warm. While we both enjoyed our entrees, the terrible service was a deal breaker. We will never come here again.

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