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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.

Bistro Bobette Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.3

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4.4

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3.8

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75% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (19)
Cozy (18)
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Special Occasion (16)
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Notable Wine List (13)
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Romantic (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Worth the Drive (8)
Local Ingredients (6)
Business Meals (5)
Casual (5)
Fun (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Healthy (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Food was not memorable and service okay. Was an okay experience will not return.

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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

Our waiter was fun and attentive. Three of the four meals were excellent. Crime brûlée and chocolate mousse were yummy.

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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

Our return to Bistro Bobette was for our Anniversary. We are sorry that visiting fell off our normal schedule. We were reminded that one of--perhaps "the"--best entrees in the City is on the regular menu: Sautéed Rainbow Trout with String Beans and Almond Butter. The Almonds were toasted so perfectly. This has to be a signature dish. The meatless plate where you choose three sides (I recommend Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans, Frites, and Potatoes au gratin) was wonderful. We were treated like royalty with some champagne and an after dinner drink. It was marvelous, perfection and Richmond is lucky to have this place. Thank you for a wonderful dinner experience.

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Waiters are surly. You are not made to feel welcome NO vegetarian options, except for fries mac & cheese and the like. Overpriced. Will not go back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Wonderful dinner from start to finish. Food and service were excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We dine here as often as possible. We are about 3 hours out of Richmond, but when we travel in that direction Bistro Bobette is always a destination. Food is fabulous, wait staff most attentive without interruption, and the owner/chef is incredibly talented. We do not know of another location in the area with such authentic French food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Loved the oxtail soup and pork shoulder. Great snow day dinner!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Bistro Bobette is a decent place with decent fare.
The service is always good. The food is creatively described and somewhat less creatively prepared and delivered but good nonetheless.
If your desire superb French fare, you may want to travel to a larger city.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Broke a long time rule and ate out on Christmas! While there were some problems (dishwasher did not show up) we thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Why? Because the staff was thoroughly professional, explained things fully, knew what they were talking about and worked as a team to meet the challenges. Oh, and the chef and the kitchen staff knew what they were doing and turned out amazing meals. We will go back, and our daughter who lives in DC has already asked to return on a future trip.

Groups who arrived late for their reservations and brought two extra people should NOT be allowed to abuse the staff!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Crowded, but everything was well organized. Staff was attentive and engaging. One of the few laces open on Christmas for dinner. Thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We decided to eat here for Christmas dinner while we were staying in Williamsburg. We were 10 minutes early for our reservation and did not get seated until 45 minutes later. It was frustrating to see guests that arrived after us, get seated before we did. When we got seated we waited another 15 minutes for water. Again, frustrating to see other guests being waited on and served before we even got water. We had to ask for bread and when we received the bread it was burned. Besides the young lady at the bar, the service was not good, nor friendly, especially with the manager. We definitely felt we were not treated or respected as paying customers. The undertones we experienced was very disappointing. We cancelled our order and left. We could not justify spending good money on bad service with the undertones we felt.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was tough to evaluate the service because the staff was clearly overwhelmed and understaffed. The food was very good but probably not worth the $72 cost. Weird vibe, but it could have been just an off night.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

I must give Jay Rayner of The Guardian credit, his review of another French restaurant, Le Cinq in Paris, is how I felt: “There is only one thing worse than being served a terrible meal: being served a terrible meal by earnest waiters who have no idea just how awful the things they are doing to you are”.
I will say that the woman behind the bar seemed to be the only person who was capable at the restaurant, she was pleasant and accommodating. Kudos to her and her alone for being the positive standout on a most disappointing evening.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Big City quality, consistently good. Charming atmosphere, intimate size. Richmond is fortunate to have Bistro Bobette. Understated elegance.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Service was great. The setting was romantic, the music was smoothing. The food was not worth it.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve. Very nice and not at all rushed.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Considering it was Christmas Eve, the food was average, small portioned, and the price was practically double what I would have paid for the quality of our meals. Nice atmosphere and service, but food was so-so

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This little gem was a pleasant surprise. I went in expecting a mehhh experience but it exceeded my expectations!

We started off with escargot which was butter-heaven and a savory tart. Mind you, I HATE onions and I actually ate the tart- that's how you know something is GOOD. For the main course I ordered a steak medium-rare and it came out perfect. It took longer than usual for the food to arrive but you can't rush perfection :) The wait was worth it!

One of the servers is from Paris and the way he describes food is incredible. I've never had a poire belle helene but the imagery I got when he described it was spot on. It's refreshing to meet a server that's passionate about his job and food.

Will definitely come back here the next time I'm in town!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was good enough. However, my wifes IPA was warm and time between appetizer and the main course was spaced too much. The restaurant wasn't very busy.

There was confusion when we first arrived, apparently we were seated at the wrong table and then were told we needed to move which was very rude and off putting.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Lovely experience. Great service, ambience and food. High quality, organic ingredients. Someone cares to the detail . Food presentation excellent. This is not a place to get a huge plate of unknown food and quality for cheap with 5 portions of leftovers for home.
Halibut special outstanding! Grass fed Rib Eye, cooked to perfection. Never had this quality at any steakhouse.
We are looking forward to returning.

Tags: Healthy, Bar Seating, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, People Watching, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Authentic, Casual, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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