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Bistro Maison

4.6
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623 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
This authentic French bistro has been located in the heart of Historic Downtown McMinnville since January 2003. Owners operators Deborah & Jean-Jacques Chatelard have decades of solid success in the NYC landmarks of Cafe des Artist, Lowell Hotel, the Essex House Hotel, Russian Tea Room, & Ferrier. The huge success of this restaurant is largely based on repeat visits from the savvy food & wine centric local, Portland, Salem and coastal clientele. Providing a real "family" feel which the best restaurants foster is present and embracing from your arrival.

Jean-Jacques' emphasizes the use of outstanding locally sourced foods to prepare the bistro classics He also provides a modern twist to the market driven French-American daily specials. Items include coq au vin, moules or steak frites, cassoulet, duck confit, steak tartar, white truffle fondue, and his stellar repertoire of soup and sauces.

We welcome you to our Bistro & our Maison.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 623 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMargaretS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what you hope to find in a French bistro!

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vipBenNearSeattle
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We booked a table for 2 on OpenTable about 5p. Arrived for our 8p reservation, hostess had no record, I showed her email, she said she hadn't looked at OpenTable. But she had one table outside (Covid-19), and seated us next to a party of 7 loud Greeks (frat/sorority) aged ~30), who said "like" every 3rd word, bragged about famous people they had bumped into in bathrooms, and went on about streaming (TV) shows. It took a while to get our waitress' attention, we order pork rillettes, a gorgeous salad with butter lettuce, bacon, avocado, duck condit, and steak au poivre. Food was great, and portions huge! Apparently the forest fire smoke led many restaurants to close (Wed 9/9/2020), so they were understaffed for a full house.

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vipDebs
Miami
193 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So many great dishes here! We had the best mussels ever; so fresh and tender. Loved the pate and the escargots. The duck confit was the best I’ve ever tasted anywhere. Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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RodneyC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on wine trip for wife's birthday. This place came highly recommended by many. Went with a chef's pairing of wine and food. Everything was incredible! Staff and owner were delightful! Oysters were fresh! Mussels cooked to perfection. French fries a nice twist. Would not normally order duck, but was loved it! Smoked salmon we did not expect, but ate all of it. All wines were perfectly chosen for the meal. Great experience!

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PersonalConsumption
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

- Service declined throughout the evening
- Their “special” of a filet was one of the worst filets I’ve had in 10+ years ... very tough, undercooked (rare when I ordered medium), way too much sauce
- we expressed our disappointment and the manager never came to speak with us nor didn’t they adjust the bill
- very cute restaurant with a lot of potential but they fell woefully short

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful aperitifs and delicious food!! Great for special occasions or just when you want a great meal!

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MacFoodie
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at Bistro Maison! Food never disappoints, wine selection is top notch.

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LyndaP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful midweek meal. Nothing fancy, but it was a lovely evening dining alfresco. Watermelon salad, beet salad with burrata, and little sandwiches. Just perfect for a warm evening! The sorbets were delicious. The staff is lovely, the service impeccable, and it is definitely one of the very best places for ambience. A little Frank Sinatra never hurts! 💖

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barbarab
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best dinner we have had out in over 5 years. Very flavorful with nice sized portions and the fresh oyers with their secret sauce were heavenly

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vipSaldo81
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the ultimate French bistro. Lovely classic entrees you'd find in France, as well as creative seasonal specials with locally sourced ingredients. We had these oysters with a bloody mary puree that were outstanding. The fondu, salads, entrees, and dessert were amazing. The service was excellent, friendly, and down to earth. The ambiance was a nice blend of fine dining and cozy bistro. Great spot - highly reccomend.

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SusanM
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re on vacation and wanted a fine dining experience in an outdoor patio setting. Bistro Maison perfectly fit the bill. The secluded outdoor patio was intimate and shady. Our waitress was knowledgeable and friendly. The food was outstanding. The raw oysters were exceptional. I had a baked salmon that was perfectly done. Even the desserts were exceptional, though, we had them packaged to go because dinner was enough but the desserts sounded divine! The next time we come to Oregon, we’ll definitely be back!

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vipNanM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

We were seated in a hallway near a bathroom within arms reach of two other tables - it was not a socially distant restaurant at all. Most tables were much closer than 6 feet apart. Many tables were seated near a window, but ours was not. We tried to hurry up and get out, but our food took forever, while we had to literally dodge folks going to/from the restroom (often with no masks) as well as servers coming from the kitchen during our entire meal. We will not be back.

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LyndaP
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful evening on the patio. We had a lovely salad of watermelon and feta, followed by the truffle fondue. Just perfect. Thank you!

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vipChuckS
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent French bistro menu, with nightly specials. Went two nights in a row! Canceled reservation at other nearby restaurant and decided to return to Bistro Maison. Our party had the Steak au Poivre, Pork chop, Mussels Provencale and Filet mignon special. Everything was excellent, but the pork chop really stood out. We started with the kusshi oysters with a bloody mary granite both nights—fantastic! Utilize Deborah for wine selection as she knows her wine list and made perfect pairing suggestions for our entrees and desserts. Highly recommend!!

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2bigcats
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday, but we love going there just because the food and service is so fabulous. The hardest part of the evening was picking what appetizer to order. We love the Dungeons Crab Cocktail, but we decided on a beet salad with the most wonderful chevre and the watermelon with mint salad. We both ordered the pork chop which were the usual taste of perfection. We are so lucky to have this gem just a few miles from our house. We once ran into people from Florida who scheduled their vacation to come to Mcminnville and eat at the Bistro Maison.

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KenB
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our first date night during Trump plague. It was very warm (90+) so we dined inside. Good job of social distancing but not the normal bistro vibe. Food was excellent but service was slow -- i hate waiting for the bill.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Great food and wonderful staff. Highly recommend

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DaveC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so great to go out to a restaurant again! This was a special occasion and it was a great choice. The menu has many tasty choices. I have to say the onion soup is the bomb! I had ravioli and my dining partner had the halibut special. That was kind of pricy but was a very generous portion. I plan on trying the fondue on my next visit. I highly recommend it.

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vipFelipeO
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I have ever been to.

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RobertB
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. We had a great time visiting with minimal interruptions.

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LindaG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and wine were marvelous! The ambience is great.

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John
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in McMinnville. Very fresh local food. We especially like it during the summer when we can eat on the shady patio. Never had a meal here we didn't like. Great food, great service, great ambiance.

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DonO
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great, and the service is impeccable. It was a sunny evening, and our server helped us immediately with a patio umbrella to keep the sun from hitting our eyes, with a beaming contagious smile.

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MrTrw66
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aside from the other notes in this review - the Hostess (Debra) was able to suggest an excellent wine choice for the dinner.

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vipLisaR
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great spot - always go when in McMinnville and if open. The timing of food seemed off on our recent visit. Will be back!

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vipBradH
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went after an afternoon of wine tasting. The food was excellent as well as the service. We were recommended some delicious wine to complement our meals

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Eagles67
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An outstanding place to go for a special occasion or just a nice dinner out. The food is fantastic and the service was excellent. The duck and the pork chop were amazing!!
Cannot thank the staff enough for the great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food for a very reasonable price!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having dinner or any meal at Bistro Maison is always a treat. Such wonderful people and unbelievably amazing food. We celebrated my wife’s birthday there tonight, and it always feels like coming home everytime we visit. Hats off to Deborah, Jean-Jacque and their amazing staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a loud group and they were amazing with us! Private patio and all the bells and whistles for the birthday girl! We will be back!

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vipxxyyzz
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around!

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vipDonT
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, well crafted dishes all served in a lovely garden patio.

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MIchaelP
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We felt it was a bit crowded, not up to the social distancing. If social distancing was being followed in your eyes, my husband is very high risk with health issues.

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SamuelV
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! The service was absolutely outstanding. I believe Bistro Maison is able to stand out from other similar restaurants by its caring service to every customer. Lovely! The food was excellent and my wife and I enjoyed every bite and every course! Thank you so much!

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Alexis
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was friendly and the food was delicious! I highly recommend the truffle cheese fondue! The wine list was also lovely. Sitting outside was nice due to the wonderful temperature. Will definitely come back!! There was not a single negative about the experience!

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vipDallasEater111
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great and service was good, but social distancing measures were very poor. Restaurant was completely full, servers had masks on improperly

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BrianR
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, very delicious. Nice atmosphere. A bit pricey. Large wine list for those who drink.

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vipJeannetteE
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and environment. Pleasant staff

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HeatherD
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bistro is always amazing and never disappoints. We absolutely loved all the food though we had the pecan pie for the first time and it was to die for. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
39 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

1st day open after COVID, packed in like sardines. Just made the experience not what it should’ve been, stressless :(

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Bistro Maison offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (503) 474-1888.

Bistro Maison is rated 4.6 stars by 623 OpenTable diners.

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