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Permanently Closed - Bistro Forty Two

4.3
115 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. When you visit Bistro forty two, you're in for a treat. Experience fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, shrimp and grits or any of our other mouthwatering dishes. Our chefs are renowned for their creative combinations of spices, sauces and fresh seasonal ingredients.
Menus are seasonal and change often. We try to use the freshest seasonal product available so come and see what is in season and taste what our chefs have done with this seasons products
Come and join use for a glass or bottle of wine, we have many varieties to choose from. There will be a wine to fit the season and the occasions. Our warm and charming atmosphere will instantly relax you while our attentive staff spoils you. Weekly menu specials offer unique flavors and pairings.

Bistro forty two is the perfect destination for your next night out, whether an intimate dinner for two or a large group celebration. We serve dinner 5 nights a week and lunch 5 days a week.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tues. - Sat.: 11:00am - 3:00pm,
Pizza Menu Only: Tues.- Sat: 3:00pm - 5:00pm;
Dinner: Tues. - Wed.: 5:00pm - 9:00pm ; Thurs. - Sat. : 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(336) 625-3663
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lee Allen
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Catering
We offer full service catering in house or out. We will create a event with you that will fit all of your needs and budget. We strive to help you make your event perfect-down to the last detail. We work with your budget!

All menus are versatile and we like to incorporate your ideas also!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Zoo parkway
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Parking details
Parking lot is located in front of store, and extends to the side of building. Shopping center is equipped with open parking spaces and multiple exits and entrances. Minimal through traffic.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
3.8
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Krag (Greensboro)
1.0  Dined on May 27, 2016

They have closed their doors! Very disappointing as it has been our favorite Asheboro restaurant since they opened. My wife and I even had our wedding reception there.

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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
4.0  Dined on April 28, 2016

We found Bistro 42 while traveling through town. Convenient to our hotel, but not a chain restaurant, which we tend to avoid. It's in a strip center, so ambiance inside and out is a little plain. Entire staff was very friendly and accommodating. Thursday night happened to be half price wine night (always a good thing). We split the Sashima Tuna appetizer and it was very good, and a good portion. Hubby had the Bistro Chicken Rustica- also good. I had the Blackened Beef Tips (an appetizer) as an entree. Very large portion and cooked exactly to my specification but unfortunately was chewy. Overall, the meal was delightful. We were glad to find such a nice independent restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on April 12, 2016

Pleasant atmosphere in a small strip mall. Generous portions of well prepared food. Knowledgeable servers. Good wine list.

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OpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

We have always liked dining at Bistro 42...the food has never disappointed and the service is usually quite good. Lately, with new management, some of the menu items have received a little makeover, and what was once good service is now outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

The food and service were outstanding!
We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

We went for diner on valentines weekend and loved it. It was a little pricey but it totally was worth every penny. The food was amazing ( Tuna Appetizer was delish). Our server Anna was very sweet and apparently has a photographic memory the way she rattled off the specials and remembered our complicated order without writing it down. Over all it was a very wonderful experience and I will be going back.

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OpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
4.0  Dined on January 15, 2016

Dinner was great, but the restaurant did not receive my Open Table reservation. Next time I will call the restaurant directly. I showed them my reservation number but they had no record of it.

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OpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
3.0  Dined on January 13, 2016

When we arrived they did not have our reservation. Luckily there was a table. The food was good but the service was middle of the road. The food came out at all different times and a few things we asked for were overlooked. I will def try it again though.

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Nerf (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

Husband and I met sister and brotherinlaw here for lunch, mid way between Charlotte and Raleigh. Great food and presentation. Wait staff was excellent. Needs a bigger sign on Rt 64.
Will be back. Already told neighbor about it.

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SandyS (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on November 20, 2015

I found Bistro 42 eight years ago on a visit through Asheboro and have loved it ever since. Now I travel the two hours to get there at least once a year to enjoy the regular menu items I love best (blackened beef tip, pomme frites)and try new ones. I have never been disappointed. If you are in the area you owe it to yourself to go.

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Sidney (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on October 20, 2015

Ashley at the bar was wonderful. She even stuffed some bleu cheese olives for me. Food was unexpectedly good. Truly for Ashesboro, N.C. Our server was new and was willing to find out my questions about the menu. I will go back when in Ashesboro. David, manager/owner, check on us to make sure we were care for and the restaurant meant our expectation.

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BISTRO42 (Greensboro)
3.0  Dined on June 18, 2015

Good ambiance. A little more upscale then you expect in this area. Wine list was adequate. The menu looked promising. However, I got the pilaf under and the sauce was so heavy. I barely could taste the fish, the pilaf, and the "spicy coleslaw". actually the meal seemed bland but looked like it should taste better. The appetizer was a chicken lettuces wrap, salty with warm Boston lettuce leaves. My Dinner guest got the shrimp and grits and loved it with a Cesar salad. so maybe I got the wrong thing

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Bluecar (Greensboro)
4.0  Dined on May 1, 2015

Nice evening spent at Bistro. I particularly like the menu insert with nightly specials that complements an already good menu. Food we received was appropriately warm and presented very nicely. Drink specials were too sweet for our taste so we passed. Bistro has more competition than it used to but is holding well.

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dash (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on April 25, 2015

Mussel app was very good. Entree special was over cooked but they fixed that with no problem. Companion had a stuffed chicken breast which was excellent. The key lime pie got rave reviews at our table. Service was very good. Efficient, unobtrusive...just the way I like it. I put a 25% tip on my credit card but noticed that the charge sent in was for the meal and tax only. I was disappointed that the management did not give my intended tip to the server. It is going to be difficult finding and keeping competent servers if you deny them their intended tips. There are other restaurants in Asheboro every bit as good as this one. I went to one of them last night for the second time. I live a 35 minute drive away from Asheboro in a larger city with many very good restaurants bit I enjoy a tasty adventure...not at the expense of a really good server, though.

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vipCjones (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

We met here for lunch. It was the first time for the 5 of us at this restaurant. The food, service and selection were all very good. Definitely worth visiting if you are in the area.

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OpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on March 20, 2015

Bistro 42 is our "go to place". We love the food. we love supporting a local restaurant! We love the waitresses. Our favorite place in Asheboro!

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Hungry (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2015

We had an extraordinary waitress. She was very attentive and anticipated our needs. The food was very good. My guest ordered the Reese's Cup pie. It was delicious. It's worth the trip just to experience the pie. The presentation of all dishes was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2015

The staff here is very accommodating; we arrived @ 1:30 and they made every attempt to make us feel welcomed. The food is fresh and tasty, wine was very good and pizza was the best ever. We celebrated Birthdays and the staff made it special.

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Mamaof2 (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2015

We have eaten at Bistro 42 many times and have never been disappointed. It is our go to place for date night, special occasions and even lunch with our children. The kids love the pizza and we love everything else about it. We've explored the menu and have never had anything we didn't like. The Bisto 42 is an absolute gem and worth any drive!

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2015

We has a new server; service was very slow and had to ask for refills on beverages, bread, etc. Food was excellent!

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Anonymous (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2014

Our party of five shared 2 appetizers (oysters with Texas pete aioli and steamed mussels)- both delicious and well presented. Then two diners had the miso sashimi tuna, one had the grilled pesto salmon with risotto, the fourth diner had a filet while the fifth person ordered 2 portions of the mussels as an entree and I will say there was not a shred of food left after we were done. Bistro 42 is always delicious and always reliable. The menu offers plenty of variety for all tastes. Servers are consistently pleasant! Bistro is also a favorite lunch spot offering the design your own salad and other sandwiches and paninis. Highly recommend!!!

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tc4real (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2014

I’d never been to Asheboro before, and I confess I did not have high expectations for a nice dinner. However, a little searching revealed a number of well reviewed places (and a lot of bad ones!).
We chose Bistro Forty Two mostly because it was easy to find—and I’m glad we did.
Don’t let the strip center location fool you. While the decor is nothing special, it’s clean and comfortable.
The menu was diverse, the wine list reasonably wide ranging and nicely priced. Good selection of beers too.
The food was outstanding. I had one of the evening’s specials, a roasted rack of lamb. Done to perfection, excellent reduction sauce with it. Other dinners at the table included shrimp and grits, a grilled steaks, fried oysters (great presentation), caesar salad, and awesome creme bruelle. All six of us really enjoyed our dinners.
Service was quick, knowledgable and friendly. Our server did a great job throughout the evening.
Although it was a Saturday night, alas the restaurant never filled up. I hope the area gets behind this gem.
Really enjoyed our evening, this spot gets a great recommendation.

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JBC27 (Greensboro)
3.0  Dined on October 10, 2014

I made the reservation on-line, which was a great help. Our table was ready when we arrived although why one setting was facing the wall, I didn't quite understand, or why our server didn't give me the silverware when I took another seat. We ordered a bottle of wine, but when it was brought to me for inspection, I noticed that it had already been opened...it was replaced. Disappointed in the bread selection and service. When one has oil/vinegar, it should be served with a bread that will soak up the liquid. I had the shrimp & grits and although it was tasty, the presentation was off-putting. My friends were quite pleased with their entrees. I also tasted their dessert (the one I ordered wasn't available) and expected better flavor.

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DonnaLBH (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2014

Was on a business trip in Asheboro and wish I was going to stay the rest of the week so I could have another opportunity to go back again! Pizza was out of this world. Hummus dip - ditto! Excellent menu and wide variety. VERY good food!!

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vipwineandine (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on September 24, 2014

This is a comfortable place to dine and everyone is friendly and welcoming.

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diningdoc (Greensboro)
3.0  Dined on September 23, 2014

The food is consistently good but the restaurant has a tendency to book large parties into a very small dining room. The noise level at our most recent visit was so high that conversation was virtually impossible and it spoils the dining experience. Prospective diners looking for a romantic evening might call the restaurant first to see if large parties are expected that evening.

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vipwineandine (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on September 23, 2014

Having traveled between Raleigh and Charlotte on route 64 many times, finding a good place for dinner has always been a challenge. Bistro 42 is the perfect place - good selection of dishes with fresh produce and friendly and efficient service. There were a number of diners including some larger parties, which is a good recommendation in itself. Wine list offers variety at a reasonable price.

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Krag (Greensboro)
1.0  Dined on September 20, 2014

We've been to the Bistro 42 many times since it opened and have always been extremely pleased with the food and the service. For many years it was the only "quality" restaurant in Asheboro and it has improved with time. Whatever you do, don't miss the fried oysters!!!

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Myreviews (Greensboro)
2.0  Dined on April 25, 2014

Our server obviously didn't know what she was doing. We asked her about the two prices on the appetizer and was told the higher price was a double appetizer (which we ordered). When it arrived, it was made up as a meal with a small amount of meat for the table of 5 to share. She also asked me when I ordered my meal if I wanted the beef tips (appetizer) as well. The appetizer order had not been put it to be cooked yet. We had ordered the appetizer at least 15 to 20 minutes earlier. After the appetizer, we again waited a very long time, and we had to ask for our salad to be served. I have been there many times before and this was the first time such poor service.

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OpenTable Diner (Pinehurst)
3.0  Dined on April 23, 2014

Food took way too long to get to us causing the overall evening timeline with my customer to go too long.

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