Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.03mi
  2. Distance: 0.31mi
  3. Distance: 0.53mi
  4. Distance: 0.73mi
  1. Distance: 0.03mi
  2. Distance: 0.31mi
  3. Distance: 0.53mi
  4. Distance: 0.73mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.03mi
  2. Distance: 0.31mi
  3. Distance: 0.53mi
  4. Distance: 0.73mi
  1. Distance: 0.03mi
  2. Distance: 0.31mi
  3. Distance: 0.53mi
  4. Distance: 0.73mi

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
View Larger Map

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.8

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (15)
Romantic (14)
Worth the Drive (11)
See All
Good for Birthdays (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Business Meals (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Live Music (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Seasonal (5)
Cozy (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Authentic (3)
Casual (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Sort by
S
667 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Best restaurant in the Valley and the most beautiful

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, People Watching, Happy Hour, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2018

It was the worst food I have ate in my life .
We went for Valentine dinner with my wife and we were served food that was probably prepared the day before.
We left after taking one bite.
Shame on management that compromised for a quick buck which was very obvious
This experience ruined a night that I thought would be special with my wife

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2018

It was Valentine's Day and the menu turned out to be rather limited. For the same reason the place was packed and service suffered

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Pricey, particularly side dishes. Very good service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2018

It was a pre-fixe menu due to Valentines Day. So the meal was expected to be average instead of their usual GREAT!
As expected, the food was average..
The service was slow but everyone was very nice considering how busy they were that evening.
We will return when it’s not a holiday to enjoy their usual great food and service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service3
value3

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Sister in town They had never been to the valley restaurant. Loved it. I live the soufflés !

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Food was fine. Ambience still lovely after all these years. Service was way off, though. We needed to get up from the table to ask for menus after about 20 minutes sitting in a near empty dining room.
About two hours later we needed to get up again to beg for a check.
Eating dinner on a light Tuesday night at 6:30 pm with my 93 year old father in law shouldn't take more than two and a half hours for two courses.
Ugh.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service1
value2

vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 28, 2018

As always, food, service, ambiance were excellent. Great place to relax with friends over a meal.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Bistro Garden is a special place. Warm and friendly, with great food and service. Joe was our server again and he never disappoints.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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!!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

outstanding service and food
long time dependable favorite

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 10, 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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service1
value1

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service3
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service2
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service3
value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 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 ).

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service3
value4

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value2

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 29, 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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience5
service2
value2

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 6, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service2
value3

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value2

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value3

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.