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For 2
Date
Sat, 2/24
Time
7:00 PM
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Bistro Garden at Coldwater

4.4
667 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Continental, French, French American
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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
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Phone number
(818) 501-0202
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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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.
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Private party contact
Gregory S. Pappas: (818) 501-0202
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Catering
Full on and off-site catering available
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Van Noord Avenue
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Parking details
Valet parking available in the rear of the restaurant @ $6.00 per vehicle
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Entertainment
Live Piano in the bar 7 nights a week starting at 6 pm
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
What 667 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.8
ambience
4.1
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLoretta (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Best restaurant in the Valley and the most beautiful

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vipjacomo50 (Los Angeles)
1.0  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

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MichaelV (Los Angeles)
4.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Pricey, particularly side dishes. Very good service.

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vipBobcat (Los Angeles)
3.0  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.

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vipForroz (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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vipBlaineG (Los Angeles)
3.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

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vipJan876 (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

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vipSheryl (Los Angeles)
5.0  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!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

outstanding service and food
long time dependable favorite

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vipOpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
1.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

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vipwolfeman (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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winetaster (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

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AniZ (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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!

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vipOutofTownFoodie (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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lawdog798 (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

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vipMarlaPR (New York Area)
5.0  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!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

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vipcloth (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  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 ).

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  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.

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Matth53 (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

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