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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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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

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74% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (19)
Good for a Date (18)
Special Occasion (17)
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Good for Anniversaries (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Authentic (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Romantic (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (5)
Casual (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Bar Seating (2)
People Watching (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Vegan (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

It was a wonderfully delicious meal! Fabulous French cuisine and reasonable sized portions. It is too expensive for us to go there very often, but it was a lovely experience.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

Slow service. Perfunctory, I would call it. Took forever to get our glasses of sparkling wine and the waitress seemed annoyed when I raised my hand to get her attention. I honestly thought she'd forgotten but she told me the bar was busy and yes, she'd bring it out soon. My escargot appetizer came to the table vigorously bubbling, then right after the waiter left, one of them exploded. Yes, exploded. Garlic-infused escargot butter and herb mess, all over the tablecloth and one of our water glasses. The server was kind of nonchalant and said she'd put another piece if bistro paper OVER the mess. I said how about not doing that, and I had to roll up the soiled paper myself and hand it to her. At this point, the manager should have come over, profusely apologized, and comped us something.... anything. Just the gesture would have sufficed. But nothing like that happened. The food was good. I had Monkfish and my wife had Trout. But it took forever to arrive. If not for the fact that we had struck up a conversation with the lady and her daughter sitting next to us, we would have been seriously bummed about the wait time. Dessert was good. Crème Brulee and Mousse. And the waitress wasn't surly or anything, but maybe she was overwhelmed... not sure really, but man I would have handled that escargot explosion in a totally different way.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

The only thing keeping me from checking straight 5s on the review was the challenge that our (excellent) waitperson had in covering two stations plus seating people. He was excellent but seemed very rushed by all that was swirling around him. Perhaps one of the waitstaff was unexpectedly out?

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent as always

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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

The service is great, the food is very good French cooking!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

An amazing night, the food was phenomenal. Definitely a place for foodies or for a romantic dinner

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 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

My wife & I were there for Valentine's Day so I expected that it would be pretty busy and it certainly was. There is insufficient review space available to document the many things that went wrong on this trip. This was my first time to frequent this restaurant so I may need to visit again in order to assess it fairly. My initial impression was a very favorable one but things went downhill rather rapidly. The two biggest issues that I encountered on this trip was that 1) a large party was seated next to us that was drinking heavily and became quite loud and boisterous. No one from the wait staff could be bothered to ask them to quiet down; instead, another nearby customer did - - things did quiet down after that but only briefly and 2) after waiting almost an hour for our deserts, I requested our check; the deserts miraculously showed up minutes later - - no check; just the deserts. My wife refused to eat her desert believing that it was now tainted and I myself had just lost my appetite. After requesting he check yet again, another lengthy wait ensued. The one bright spot on the whole experience was that we did not get billed for the deserts. Needless to say, I struggled with the idea of leaving any kind of a tip. Overall, it was probably one of the most over priced & worst dining experiences of my life.

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 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

Terrible experience. Inattentive waitstaff making excuses for food being brought out late and cold. Expensive but bland tasting food made me sick for the next 24 hours. We were really looking forward to this. I had to chase down my waiter to get the check because we couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Very disappointed

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Enjoyed a day before Valentine's Day with my wife and another couple. This is a classic French restaurant with variants on many of the usual menu items. Everything is very well prepared, both appetizers and main courses. Daily specials are attractive, but some of the standbys are really great. One of the nicest rooms in Richmond for conversation, with lots of historic district charm. Service is excellent. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We absolutely loved our romantic dinner at Bistro Bobette. We keep returning so my wife can have her favorite dish in all of Richmond--the Trout Almondine with perfectly toasted almonds. Thank you for giving us the requested table. It was a busy night--a mix of business and pre-Valentine's Day. Thank you for being one of our favorites in the city.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We had such amazing food here! I highly recommend it. We ordered the spicy pecans, oxtail ravioli with black truffle--I wish it came as an entree, and tuna tartar for appetizers. We had the fish specials for dinner with a side of mac and cheese and it was fantastic. We had a perfect finish with the creme brulee. It's going to become a regular place in our dining cycle!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband had the rabbit stew and I had braised ribs.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Wonderful experience! We were seated promptly and our server came to our table immediately. Server suggested an excellent wine for my wife and cocktail for me. I had a meatless plate of string beans, Pome frites, escalloped potatoes and macaroni and cheese. Each was a pleasure! My wife had rainbow trout with string beans and almonds which she raved about! Says it was absolute perfection! We shared a lovely elderberry creme brûlée for dessert. A delicious meal! We hope to return when we visit Richmond again.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Birthday dinner. The server was outstanding. Food took a little long to come out.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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 on January 16, 2018

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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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 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 5, 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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 (New York Area)·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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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 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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 (Richmond)·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 23, 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 15, 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 9, 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 9, 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 2, 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 1, 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 1, 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 27, 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 25, 2017

Service was excellent. Great food.

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