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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.9

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (18)
Romantic (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
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Good for Anniversaries (15)
Special Occasion (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Live Music (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Casual (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
People Watching (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Seasonal (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Business Meals (3)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Authentic (2)
Cozy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We sat in the smaller room because of a private party in the main dining area. It was fine and we had a pianist entertaining the patrons.
The food was wonderful and the full bar made our drinks to order.
Great place!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Excellent food and great service. I would highly recommend this place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 12, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Everything was superb, an excellent restaurant for a variety of occasions.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great atmosphere, with great quiet piano music in the background.

Good food...great service.

Tags: Live Music, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 4, 2017

A true dining pleasure.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Never been dissatisfied here, ambience, the room, service food consistent and reliable. Even the parking guys are great!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 30, 2017

I loved my lunch here. The restaurant is beautiful and elegant and the food excellent and generous portions. Great service and an altogether lovely experience

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We had an 80th birthday party for our friend. Everything was great! The wAiter Isaac very helpful and accommodating . Thank you

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Excellent food in a traditional ambiance. Outstanding service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I’ve been there 3 or 4 times and will keep coming back. You can’t find restaurant’s like this any more. LOVE LOVE LOVE it .

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The water was great the food was good we had a very wonderful time. I have made reservations for next week to bring friends.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Wonderful experience

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