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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.

12950 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Van Noord Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(818) 501-0202

Website:
http://www.bistrogarden.com/

Entertainment:
Live Piano in the bar 7 nights a week starting at 6 pm

Catering:
Full on and off-site catering available

Parking Details:
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

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
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Special Occasion (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Live Music (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for a Date (10)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Business Meals (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Casual (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Seasonal (4)
Authentic (3)
Cozy (3)
Fun (3)
People Watching (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Vegan (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

I took a dear friend to Bistro Garden to celebrate her birthday. The food was delicious, the restaurant, as always, looked lovely & inviting, the pianist played a creative assortment of pieces and the waiters were very attentive. When they brought the birthday soufflé, the pianist played happy birthday & she was thrilled. I have never had a bad experience at Bistro Garden and will return very soon.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and service. AND they get the most important aspect of fine dining just right - they provide a QUIET and beautiful ambiance so that friends and families can visit and hear one another! That is rare and very much appreciated!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2018

outstanding service and food
long time dependable favorite

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Unfortunately we had a very disappointing evening. We were celebrating our mothers 86th birthday. for many, many years Bistro Garden has been a family favorite for many special events, even large private parties we have given. First of all we had to ask for menus, the first bottle of wine ordered was bad. after about 1/2 hr they told us they didn't have the 2nd bottle we ordered. when they brought the 2nd bottle we had to ask for new wine glasses as they didn't remove the glasses with the bad wine. 3 of the meals were wrong and had to be returned. the vegetables and rice were cold on every dish. I don't have any idea what is going on the this lovely restaurant but it will be a long time until we return and then only if people we trust give us a good review. Such a shame for what should have been a wonderful 86th birthday celebration.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

European restaurant, nice feeling great service. The food is very good.
They gave me free desert for my birthday, which was delicious.
We been there many time and will return again.
Not too many classic restaurant like that in San Fernando Valley.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Elegant and delicious. Lovely piano music with romantic surroundings make for an excellent date night

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I like to come to the restaurant during the holiday. The ambiance made the restaurant. The soufflé was a special dish that I went there for. It’s the only place where I can find the grand marnier and chocolate souffle in the San Fernando valley. Love the piano player which made the dining experience so romantic and made the ambiance more along with the decoration. Very classy and old traditional New York style dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

i Always liked to dine at bistro garden it’s one of my favorite restaurants

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Bistro Gardens has been a family favorite since I was a child. The ambience is the same, though its time for a few upgrades. The fire was roaring, the carolers were amazing but, the staff wasn't on point. I asked for a dinner salad for my four year old and they brought me a prix fixed salad from my dinner (charged me $15 for it). I would have sent it back but, the waiter dropped it and ran. If it wasn't covered in a lemon vinaigrette, my daughter would have consumed some of it. They also only offered chicken tenders or spaghetti for children??? I'm not at a chain restaurant and my daughter doesn't care for either. We tried to change the pasta from vermicelli to fusilli or Orecchiette with some broccoli and pink sauce but, it showed up as vermicelli (aka spaghetti with marinara). They should have taken children into account seeing that it was Christmas Eve and it was a "Caroling Prix Fixed Meal." Still, it's close to home and has a great Holiday Feel to it. Well be back, just hope they consider the kiddos next Christmas Time.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Surprisingly the waiter was inattentive. We usually have superb service but not this time

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Old classic dining spot. Fun watching seniors not afraid to wear their furs that were purchased when it was the fashion status rage!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Lovely place to meet, dine or just share a meal! Never disappoints!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The Bistro Garden has long been a family favorite, both the original in Beverly Hills and the current one in Studio City. It is by far the most festively and tastefully decorated restaurant just about anywhere for Christmas. The staff is well trained and the meals are always perfect.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Took my staff to Bistro Garden for our annual holiday dinner. Food was wonderful. Ambiance great. Excellent service. Excellent food. I've eaten here before and Bistro Garden never disappoints.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The restaurant is absolutely stunning and perfect for a ladies holiday lunch! The food was delicious and even though very busy the waiters were attentive. A real treat!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We enjoyed the attractive setting, the variety of good food, the excellent service
and the relaxed and friendly overall atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

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 ).

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This restaurant is charming. Good food, good service, expensive. Great for a special occasion. Be sure to order a souffle.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Three for dinner. Everything was well prepared and delicious. Service was attentive and very good. The Bistro Garden at Coldwater should be on your short list -- it is definitely on mine.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

As always, The Bistro Garden was spectacular! The food was fantastic and there is not a more beautiful room in Los Angeles to have a meal. Also, the service was impeccable.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Delicious French cuisine in an elegant garden-like atmosphere. The pianist then adds abundantly to the ambiance. Attentive staff and wonderful desserts as well. Highly recommended!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I love The Bistro Garden. It is a classic wonderful restaurant with delicious food. The service is excellent and the owner a special man. It is comfortable and beautiful with lovely lighting and a relaxed elegance. The parking and valet is perfect.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Food is good but it is simply too pricey for the food quality

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Bistro Garden has been my favorite for decades. I appreciate the established and beautiful surroundings, and service. It's a treat for the eyes during the Holidays...and always a treat for the taste buds. (They make a great martini too!!)

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Fun, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Live Music, Vegan, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The ambiance of the restaurant is wonderful for lunch. The dining room feels like you are in a lovely outdoor patio setting. It is so bright and cheerful and lots of fresh flowers. The food is great! Be sure to order a chocolate souffle!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Unexpectedly lovely setting off of Ventura and Coldwater. Fresh orchids everywhere, delicate piano medleys, and even "Ella Fitzgerald" serenading one in the restroom. Who could ask for more?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Live Music
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always enjoyable. A great place for lunch if you want to talk, as it's usually fairly quiet at lunch time, as compared to dinner where it can get very noisy. Service and food are always very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We LOVE Bistro Gardens! Romantic, beautiful setting, no kids, awesome service & excellent food! That’s our place for special occasions!

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great food and service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

A beautifully decorated restaurant.

If you like your food soggy, this is the place for you.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Fabulous food, impeccable service, wonderful piano player. Went for an anniversary dinner Sunday night, October 1st, with friends and couldn't have had a more enjoyable and relaxing time. 5 stars!

Tags: Romantic, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Bistro Gardens has been around a very long time. If you are looking for quiet conversation, good food and outstanding service this is your place. It's a special place and not your typical over the top "hot spot".

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Overall it was a good experience. Service was a little slow but servers were very polite. Great atmosphere. Food lacked flavor for the price, a little bland.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Good for Groups
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