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About Bistro Garden at Coldwater
Descibed by Zagat as a "classic garden-like setting,The Bistro Garden is modeled after a European Wintergarden with 30 foot ceiling, glass latticework and expansive skylights. Piano entertains nightly in the bar area.
Studio City, CA 91604
Continental, French, French American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Sunday Brunch 11:00am - 2:00pm
Van Noord Avenue
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Piano in the bar 7 nights a week starting at 6 pm
Full on and off-site catering available
Valet parking available in the rear of the restaurant @ $6.00 per vehicle
Private Party Facilities:
The Fireside Room with its 19th Century Scottish Marble Mantle, Crystal Chandeliers, Private Bar and Baby Grand, seats 60 with a dance floor, 80 without. Standing room allows for 120 guests. This room opens up to the main dining room for events up to 300. This is an ideal spot for private parties, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and corporate events.
Private Party Contact:
Gregory S. Pappas: (818) 501-0202
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bistro Garden at Coldwater Ratings and Reviews
This is really a lovely place. However, on this occasion it was really noisy as I put it down to the piano playing. I don't recall this being the situation on previous visits. May be it was the season. It was extremely difficult to have a conversation with the person sitting next to you.
Had to insist strongly on a larger table. We had 5 people plus gifts for the holiday. The " table for four" with 5 chairs could barely accomodate bread plates next to dining platters, and NO ROOM for elbows. In addition, we suggested that the piano player stop giving a performance, and stick to "background "music. Didn't happen. He was not only too loud for conversation but not a very apt musician as well. Food and service good, ambience lovely. But the seating problem and overly loud music left a bad taste (figuratively ).
Bistro Garden has always been a great place to celebrate and enjoy fine dining in the valley - sadly, our last visit was underwhelming, to say the least - the menu needs updating, and the service needs a polish. We want to go back but it's hard to justify the expense without some TLC from management.
We were at Bistro Garden at Coldwater for Thanksgiving dinner. Because we were unable to be with family this year we decided to try the special holiday option. We were seated for our reservation promptly and were impressed with the quick and attentive service, as well as the quaint and charming ambiance of the restaurant. For appetizers we both had the risotto with grilled prawn. It was fairly good but the risotto was on the dry side. You could maybe allow for the kitchen staff preparing risotto ahead of time and trying to manage the texture as delicately as they could. While this might explain things, to be fair, it does not excuse it. We both had the turkey dinner for entrees. The turkey was tender, moist, and delicious. The sides- mashed potatoes, stuffing, red cabbage, and candied sweet potatoes- were all delish! And, again, we both had the pumpkin soufflé for dessert. Funny, we never order the same food. The soufflés were hot, light, and very tasty. The biggest disappointment, however, was the very long wait for dessert after they cleared the table. We watched tables on two sides of us receive their dessert before us, and we finished our entrees before them. Unfortunately, our server never once checked in with us while we were sitting there with an empty table. Eventually, I got his attention and told him we were waiting for dessert. To his credit at that time he returned shortly with the soufflés. But, no word about the delay, which you do want after such a wait. Well, I do, at least. And, we sat there at least twenty minutes, probably longer. It's a good thing we had many things to talk about to bide the time. Still, having dinner at such a beautiful restaurant with a packed house made up for a scaled down Thanksgiving this year. We will definitely be back.
I used to come here all the time as a child when my dad worked here. I have memories of being down in the restaurant with a German Apple Pancake in front of me while my dad would be working. I have NEVER forgotten the taste of that pancake it's the most nostalgic plate of food I've ever eaten. I hardly ever go, maybe once every year because it's so far but I always get the same thing that damn pancake. They've changed it a bit but it still tastes damn good.
I took my friend there for her birthday and the waiter seemed extremely rushed. We had to ask for our menus. When he brought her the birthday cake there was no well wishes or anything and all other tables the waiters sang happy birthday, we didn’t need him to sing better at least say happy birthday , we just felt so left out it was kind of weird. I am not sure I would go back
We go to this place frequently. It's a small menu, classic style, live music. What's positive that it has high ceiling inside. It creates a feel of large room and it's significantly more quiet than places around.
Service is good, place is clean and appealing. Designed for better-dress occasions. Jeans and beach shoes are not welcome here. Many places have been changed and simplified. This place stayed classy for over 10 years we know it.
It's very good for family dinner as well as for quiet "randevour", business meeting, or any reception.
I love the restaurant because of the service and the ambiance but my dinner was terrible.
I know that sounds like I’m over reacting but I’m in the restaurant business and I give a lot
of leeway My food was bad I ordered the Special steak chard rare not only did it come over cooked
but I could not even eat it because of so much gristle and my vegetables were hard and under
cooked. The only reason I did not want to send it back was we were entertaining and very
special guest. I wanted to take my daughter there but not sure. Ive been there so many
times before but I'm upset. Thank You Penny Perkins
Dinner was ok. I was hoping for awesome but this fell short. It's a nice space, but they're going for fine dining in wicker chairs, sooo.... yeah. Onion soup was good. Entrees were decent. Soufflé was good and came with a nice touch In that the live pianist played happy Birthday as it was coming to our table. Service was laid back but competent.
I have been here many times for business lunches. The food is always very good and the service is top notch as well. With that being said, the prices on the menu are on the high side. If you are dining on an expense account, this is the place for you and your clients.
Very friendly professional staff and had a pianist playing when we were there. Food was very flavorful and portions were good. French bread and olive bread came with pate and butter. We ordered French onion soup and lobster bisque both delicious. Our filet mignon was tender, the asparagus was grilled perfectly, and the gratin potatoes were good. The place has spacious high ceiling and an open atrium garden room made it a very pretty and relaxing atmosphere. There is a bar area too. Had early dinner on a Sunday evening and had only a few patrons there which was nice because it was low key and romantic. Price is reasonable for the quality. More people should go here for the food, service, and great atmosphere.
Bistro Garden is one of the few remaining restaurants with enough space between the tables so you can actually talk to one another! A delightful gentleman plays the piano softly in the background and the restaurant is just lovely. You can be guaranteed a beautiful evening at this restaurant!
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