Bistro San Martin

4.9
559 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Northwest, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(360) 474-9229
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Martín Estrada-Perez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E 3rd St
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Parking details
Street parking and public parking lot
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Seattle
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We were there for a birthday dinner. We waited 40 min for appetizers. There was a large chip and crack in a drink that was ordered. Service was extremely slow. We tried to cancel dessert because it took so long. The food was delicious, but won’t be returning.

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KS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 20 year anniversary at the Bistro.
The meal (from the fresh prawn & crab cocktail to the rich seafood bisque to the sweet, buttery sea bass entree to the melt-in-your-mouth ‘naughty’ chocolate cake all the way to the warm, delicious cappuccino) FIRST CLASS, the service (friendly, attentive Becky) FIRST CLASS, the ambience (romantic, candlelight)...ALL first class! We had a WONDERFUL, special evening!
Can’t wait to return!

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L
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is our third visit to Bistro San Martin. We really like this restaurant. The ambiance, service and food are outstanding and we have always had a great experience. We invited some close friends to dinner. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is this: my friend and I both ordered the prawn entree and we agreed that the prawns were a little over cooked. The duck and steak entrees were excellent.

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MH
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an awesome restaurant in downtown Arlington. There are always wonderful seasonal specials. The main menu has something for all taste and they will accommodate dietary needs. The service is friendly and professional. My go to special place.

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PH
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, great food,romantic or business environment. The food is amazing and the customer service is very nice and friendly. We will be back!

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D
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was amazing. They work well as a team. We could see that the Chief is doing all of the entrees and there is 2 assistants. This is out in the open and easy for patrons to see if there is any problems. It was clear to both my husband and I that the staff works both efficiently and as a team. The food was wonderful as well. Scallops prepared just perfectly. The food was fresh and the menu reflects local ingredients. There was a bit more noise the night we were there. There was an office party going on in the banquet room. The staff was very aware of this and offered multiple times to move us to a quieter table.

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J
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Has an upscale feel in a small town. Definitely will be back.

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S
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything is outstanding. The staff and owners are friendly and the food is great. This is a true gem. Thanks

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JU
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in Snohomish County!! We always go there for special occasions

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S
Las Vegas
34 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place for a special night out
Steven makes you feel very welcome and Chef Martin is a master at micing flavors
NY strip was done perfectly and the vanilla mousse was outstanding
My favorite place to eat while in the NW

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J
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The Bistro is a steadfast, reliable place to go when you want an above average meal in the Arlington. That said, I've been going for almost 10 years and the menu never changes. It's good food but it's under seasoned and not exciting at all. The chef appears to be talented and I'd love to see him be brave and experiment with something new. Especially with the vegetarian options- pasta with veggies? It's insulting.

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DT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five star experience all the way!!

From the appetizers through to dessert, each course was absolute perfection. The menu has something for everyone, and they have an exhaustive list of wine and spirits.

The service felt personal. We were made to feel welcome by the friendly and dutiful staff, and wanted for nothing during our visit.

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GY
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was, as always, excellent. the service also wonderful. We just wish it was a bit more quiet...once the restaurant fills it is most difficult to hold a reasonable conversation due to the din.

But...we will be back.

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EA
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding! A local treasure. Can be a bit pricy, but well worth it.

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JW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well-prepared food. Consistent. Staff is always great. Steve is a great host. Martin is focused on making great meals. Nice and close to home. Just as good as any Seattle restaurant at much lower prices. Will keep coming back.

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MV
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable as usual. Food was perfectly prepared. The owner Steve makes u feel very welcomed. Worth the 30mile drive.

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j
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The majority of the dishes served were excellent. The halibut and pork tenderloin were 5 star, however the crab cakes were mediocre and a 3 star dish. Appetizers and deserts were all 5 star. Service was excellent as usual. There were several groups there and the noise level was quite high. We have eaten here previously and the noise level has always been higher than we would care for and certainly higher than one would normally expect from a fine dining restaurant.

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DT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited for our anniversary. Great service. Awesome [seasonal] menu. Some of the desserts are huge - be prepared to share. We're looking forward to going back.

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SS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best quality and detail go into each item prepared. Gracious host. A local gem. We are sorry it took us so long to go. The duck and crab cakes are perfection

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m
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Bistro San Martin!! Best food and service in Snohomish County! The honey glazed chicken is tender and flavorful!! The desserts are amazingly delicious!

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l
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bisrro San Martin is never a disappointment, each course is full of distinctive interpretation.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my second time at this place and I absolutely love it . It is my favorite restaurant for sure!

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JD
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and fantastic. We never get tired of coming here and introducing to our friends. Great staff and amazing food. Every time.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. The service is first rate and the food is superb.
It is a bit crowded and the nise level is rather high but everything else makes this a worthwhile stop.

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C
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is always amazing, but the service hardly visits your table.

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e
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Filet & lobster and poached pear salad was DELICIOUS! Also, enjoyed the wine by the bottle selection.

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ET
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a little trek for us and absolutely worth it. Fabulous in every way from the greeting at the door to the departure, with stellar service, and first class food. Whenever we are in the area, this is a stop for us. Everyone that we have referred has thanked us and has the same response afterword; awesome!

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My family has been going here for special occasions for years. The food is always prepared in a visually appealing way, and it always tastes of quality and freshness. I have no serious complaints, other than when we arrived to a mostly empty restaurant on our date that I made reservations for, we were offered a choice of very small tables both right next to the only other couple in that area of the restaurant. It made it a little cramped and uncomfortable for us, as we prefer to have some space (especially when there was plenty of space elsewhere, and when offered we always prefer the larger room on the left side of the entrance). Other than that, the food was good and we left content - and will be back!

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p
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their food and it is so beautiful! I always order the chicken because I love it. My husband loves the prawns

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DM
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience was very pleasant from the service, cocktails, appetizers, main courses to dessert. The steamed clam appetizer and pork tenderloin with blueberry sauce were delicious!!
We will be back!!

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JJ
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we want to enjoy a special meal out, we often come here. The food is always great and the service friendly and accommodating . Highly recommended.

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RB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bistro San Martin is the best restaurant in the county, some of the best food in the Puget Sound area.

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GM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, delicious food and presentation. We celebrated out 55 anniversary here. This is a real treat, since we don't splurge often.

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H
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

These folks are consistently excellent. I’ve dined there countless times over many years.

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z
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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L
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem in Arlington. Rivals any high end restaurant in Seattle. Great food, service, and ambiance.

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BC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fresh ingredients exceptionally prepared. Beet and chevres salad-beets were the star of the plate. Prawn and crab cocktail was very sweet. Both entrees-fillet mignon and roasted half chicken were perfectly prepared.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner for my girl! Thanks again!

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B
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic menu. Would always choose this place for a very special dinner or to take guests for dinner.
Love all the staff!

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem in out-of-the-way Arlington, this casually elegant restaurant is our go-to place for special occasions or anytime we want a real treat. The extensive appetizer menu, specialty cocktails and desserts are faves of ours, (especially the chocolate cake) and the entrees are creative, flavorful and most importantly, consistently excellent. Add to that the cozy, yet sophisticated decor, the welcoming host/owner Steve, cheerful, attentive waitstaff and of course, the talented owner/Chef Martin, the Bistro is well deserving 5 stars in every category. I have mixed feelings about giving this review, because it is a little stretch to get a table when we decide at the last minute to treat ourselves, and sometimes (rarely) we can't get a reservation exactly at the time we want, but if you plan ahead - it's worth it!

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