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Bistro San Martin

4.8
4.8
790 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are CLOSED until further notice!

Our fine dining menu is best described as World Inspired Regional Cuisine consisting of fresh and local seasonal products.

In addition to high-quality meats and poultry, we also offer sustainable seafood, amazing soups and irresistible desserts.

Vegetarian and gluten-free entrees are created upon request.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Northwest, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (360) 474-9229

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Martín Estrada-Perez

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Cross street

    E 3rd St

  • Parking details

    Street parking and public parking lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 790 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. C

    Charlie

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As usual, the service and food were outstanding. We have had dinner at Bistro San Martin several times and the food has always been excellent. The waitstaff is also outstanding, being there when you need them but not hovering around your table.
  2. SD

    SuzanneD

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A little spendy, but worth every penny. Will go back many times in the future, highly recommend. A surprising little gem in an out of the way place. Food is fresh, chef is talented!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time to the Bistro San Martin & we were not disappointed! The food was delicious! Our steaks and lobster were cooked perfectly! We will definitely go again!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always very well done service and food is amazing.
  5. MF

    MicheleF

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food4service1ambience3
    My husband really enjoyed the food but I was very dissatisfied with the service. Wait staff was very snooty.
  6. JG

    JeffG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent dinner experience. Food was delicious. Employees are very professional.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent although tables were close proximity and noise level was moderate.
  8. DJ

    DavidJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited this restaurant once again for our anniversary and it was a wonderful and memorable experience! Chef Martin lets the flavors of the food come out on their own with delicate seasoning. Flavors of the food were very rich. All of the food was excellent! We enjoyed how the waitress and staff were not hovering, but there when we needed them. Manager Steven and Chef Martin had an enjoyable conversation with us at the end of the meal while we were enjoying our dessert and port flight.
  9. C

    Ccrab

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Excellent food, menu, and ambiance was very good......However, service was terrible.
  10. J

    Jack

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful meal for my wife's BD. She had the halibut and I had the lamb chops with spinach salad. The salad was perfect and enjoyed the dressing and the halibut was wonderful as was the lamb. We had the chocolate cake but did not care for the bite from alcohol. And service was pleasant and attentive from the minute we stepped in the door to when we left.
  11. NO

    NancyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful! Service is fantastic and the food is amazing. We are always greeted warmly and enjoy the ambiance. Our number one go to for ourselves and visitors.
  12. EC

    ErvC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you love French cafe's, really good food and being with people who are enjoying their dinner, then this bistro is for you. It is pricy but so worth it. My wife started with the gnocchi in a tomato bisque sauce that was "lick-the-plate" delicious. I started with the crab and prawn thing. So good. Her flat iron steak and my lamb were cooked to perfection but the star of the dinner was the chocolate dessert which was the dessert special of the evening. For chocolate lovers, it rocked. I enjoyed the wine offerings which were reasonably priced. All in all, we went home talking the praise of San Martin Bistro.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Martin and Staff are fantastic. Truly fun watching him at his craft.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Love the Bistro it would have been 5 stars for the
  15. LN

    LisaN

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, as usual!
  16. a

    awbfoodie

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I celebrated Valentine’s Day early at Bistro San Martin. The food was excellent! I could have eaten a whole pot of the seafood bisque alone. I had a wonderful white wine flight chosen by our server, who was very nice and accommodating. This is our favorite restaurant to celebrate special occasions.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Food was amazing but very expensive. Bistro San Martin is a small place and it was packed I don’t like being 2 ft away from 3 other tables where every conversation can be heard in the entire place. With that said for 2 people you’re going drop about 170.00 for dinner and drinks and even more for a nice bottle of wine. I will be back though because the food like I said was amazing. If I could say one thing I wish bistro San Martin would spread the tables out a little it’s a restaurant not a sardine can it’s hard to have a nice romantic dinner when you’re right on top of everyone else.
  18. MR

    MichaelR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dining.
  19. K

    Krisa123

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent meal at Bistro San Martin! The food is always wonderful, the service is great, Steve is always friendly and has a happy face. Arlington is blessed to have such a wonderful restaurant. There's nothing of this caliber nearby... sad but true. Not sure what we would do if Bistro left!
  20. DK

    DebK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, staff and atmosphere. The food was cooked to perfection with the most delicious sauces. Looking forward to dining there again
  21. T

    Taradise

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved how you could see chef Martin cooking in the front section of the restaurant. Everything I ordered was absolutely exquisite. We got the crab cakes as a starter and the filet mignon with the lobster, which is the best steak I’ve ever eaten. I will most definitely be back for it again.
  22. K

    Karen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal! We love going to the Bistro!
  23. J

    Janita

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always, never been disappointed here. The food, service and ambiance is excellent and everyone is so gracious.
  24. RH

    RobinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Great sauces with the entrees. I had the duck which was a full 1/2 duck not the usual small breast served typically. We had the ahi poke appetizer , very tasty and the calamari.....very good, not breaded. came in a red sauce. Filet was cooked perfectly. Passed on desert this time, too full. Have been to this restaurant dozens of times and it never disappoints.
  25. EL

    ELLENH

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We always enjoy the food and the service, but this time it was quite noisy because of a company's Christmas party. The next time I think I will ask if any large parties are in the same room before booking.
  26. MH

    MikeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I have been to Bistro San Martin twice now and absolutely LOVE everything about it! Food and service is unparalleled. A little pricey, but you get what you pay for, world class cuisine costs a little more. This is THE PLACE for special occasions and when you need a fantastic dining experience. Mike H
  27. SK

    SharonK

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service is impeccable, the food excellent. The restaurant itself is warm and inviting. We enjoy it immensely every time we go.
  28. DC

    DebbieC

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We love this restaurant! Would recommend anytime! The food never dissappoints!
  29. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been here a total of 5 times and every time it's spectacular. Awesome food and staff-owner is amazing. Lisa and Ken
  30. EC

    EvanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bistro never disappoints! Steve, Martin, and the rest of the staff are great!
  31. DM

    DandM

    Seattle

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this hidden gem in Arlington! Everything about this place is wonderful! Can’t wait to celebrate an occasion there again!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is always a special treat to visit Bistro San Martin. Martin is an extremely talented chef who continually surprises and delights! Steve in front of the house is warm, welcoming, providing expert guidance and recommendations. The wait staff are wonderful and we always enjoy coming back with friends and family
  33. j

    jamieg

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to restaurant for any special occasion. Always the best meal ever!
  34. DL

    DaveL

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bistro San Martin is always our first choice for special occasion dinners. The food preparation is top notch and very tasty. The staff is friendly, well trained and professional. Highly recommended!!!
  35. TH

    ThomasH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was outstanding. The couple that went with us made reservation for next month as well
  36. JO

    JeffO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! The portions weren't over the top like you get at other restaurants. They were just right. I did get really full with desert. Everything was great about our experience and I will be going back when I get another chance and every year with my wife on our anniversary.
  37. MF

    MichelleF

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bistro San Martin, was outstanding. I am so impressed. The chef was amazing and his co-owner and wait staff were so friendly. This was my first time here and I have worked in downtown Arlington for Dr. John Dykstra for 10 years. I will definitely go again.
  38. w

    wendy

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food and servers.. Can’t wait to come back..loved our dinner at San Martin Bistro and looking forward to our next visit..lovely food and a fine wine list
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, great service, and the owner was personable and attentive. We had a lovely time
  40. c

    crystal

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Delicious food as always. Best place for all my special occasions. We love the Bistro.

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Bistro San Martin is rated 4.8 stars by 790 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    E 3rd St

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Northwest, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking and public parking lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Martín Estrada-Perez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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