Bistro San Martin

4.9
518 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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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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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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't had a bad experience at the Bistro. I don't know if it's possible.

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K
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 2nd trip here and was just as wonderful as our first visit. Very good food! Wonderful service and a quiet location.

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CL
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here on previous occasions and are always impressed with the quality of the food and service. This is a fantastic restaurant. The chef, Martin, is creative and amazing. If you love high quality food, give this restaurant a try, especially if it’s a special occasion to celebrate.

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AZ
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful place that we love every time we go in. Steve is a great host and walks around visiting all the tables. Martin never disappoints making some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. Entrees are creative, beautifully presented and flavorful. Don’t skip dessert!

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c
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bistro San Martin is close to my home in Arlington, but if I had to travel from Seattle I would still come. The restaurant has a very warm ambiance, the choice of art work on the walls is very taste full. But I did not come to admire the art, the food is as always a treat for the pallet. Martin, the head chef is a world class saucier, what ever soup that Martin is offering, by all means have the soup. The rainbow of flavors is always a treat. The steaks and seafood never disappoint. And the crab cakes at Bistro San Martin are my benchmark for comparing with any other restaurant. In the Puget Sound area, this is the top of the mark.

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KS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s my favorite!!! Amazing food! Amazing service and warm cozy atmosphere with beautiful art!

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FN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steve is great and good is amazing agin! Keep going back due to just a great place. See ya soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and a great staff. It was our anniversary and our waiter brought us chocolate cake with a candle wishing us a happy anniversary! On top of that, the cake was complimentary! Amazing place, we will definitely be back again.

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OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal for Arlington. Chef was attentive and asked about our meal. Wonderful fresh sheet very seasonal.

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HN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love SAN Martin And always celebrate our Anniversary or special occassion
The best food around
Love it when the owner always is friendly and sees how everything is.
Highly recommend and it’s a hidden treasure for sure

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, will definitely be returning!

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RB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful evening with my lovely wife. We were greeted and served warmly. Our server was gracious and enjoyed sharing some tips and suggestions off the menu. Dinner was wonderful and might I recommend the rack of lamb?

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PF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like to go here for special occasions. This time we took friends of 48 years to celebrate 100 years of marriage--49 for them and 51 for us. They are still talking about how much they enjoyed this evening and all four of us had exemplary food. We will be guests here again in a couple of weeks with other visitors.

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h
Houston
92 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A memorable experience dining at Bistro San Martin. Fantastic restaurant experience because of the superb staff and owners. This was my second visit in 2 years because I live out of state but I will return every chance I get. All the dishes were great. Calamari, escargot, steak and lobster, etc, etc. The wine list is impressive and I tend to go for the pricier choices just because it showcases the best producers in Washington for not much of a mark up. Also because I instantly feel that it’s a special occasion to be there. How lucky that little, ol’ Arlington has this gem.

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner on Saturday Night 09/01/18 and we enjoyed our 18th wedding anniversary in high style. This is our favorite restaurant and will come back again.

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R
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Bistro San Martin with my girlfriend. Ordered NY steak and she tried the halibut. Food exceeded our expectations and our server, Rebecca, was first rate. Good coffee and a special apple tart with caramel sauce and ice cream finished off our wonderful dining experience!

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G
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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WE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As always, the food was very, very good. The service was impeccable. I will go here for any special occasion as the whole experience beats most other restaurants in Snohomish county and beyond.
Unfortunately, the escargot appetizer was not as flavorful as we expected and the flat iron steak that came with the lobster was flavorful but extremely tough. The waiter offered to give us a different flat iron steak, but by then it seemed like too much food.

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RA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and staff. Wine menu is extensive. Food specials are always very good. The menu is varied and everything is wonderful.

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GC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesomeness personified. Seamless accommodation for my father on his 91st birthday. Great food and fabulous service. What more could you ask for?

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A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Our dining at the Bistro on August 25th was for our 34th wedding anniversary, my husband had the steak and lobster which he enjoyed but my order of the crab cake dinner was awful...my dinner was COLD and the crab cakes were very strong...when they are that strong it could be the crab was not fresh or was frozen, ultimately I could not eat my entree...it was on a Saturday evening so the restaurant was packed and the waitress did not check on us till my husband finished his dinner, which the waitress did remove the charge for my dinner so my 34th wedding anniversary dinner consisted of a salad and a desert. I had planned our dinner in advance and I feel cheated out of the experience it should have been, I’m not sure if I’ll return to the Bistro again.

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T
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely the best value in fine cuisine in Western Washington. Consistently excellent taste and temperature.

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KD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Really enjoyed the service and the food, very enjoyable.

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MM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. I prefer the later dinner hour that provides a quieter atmosphere to chat and linger over dessert and a cappuccino.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I said during the reservation it was for a birthday, no one asked if dinner was for a special occasion. Food was great but not spectacular.

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JT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have gone to the Bistro San Martin 4 tines now for special occasions. Every time the food and experience is amazing!

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S
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Wonderful food, friendly staff and comfortable ambiance.

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LL
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Every bite beautiful and delicious! Unique flavors. Attentive but not intrusive service.

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DK
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best I have ever tasted of my meal selection. Every time I have eaten here it has been the best.

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GM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I’m a very tough critic of food, service and beverage. Had a great time with outstanding food, drink and service. We were really impressed by the creative menu yet traditional style and flare. Just a quaint little gem in a great town. This was our first time here and we will be regulars. Chef Martine and Steve are a delight and know how to make you feel at home.

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BM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just amazing and I can’t wait to eat here again

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JW
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been to the Bistro for awhile, but decided to go for our anniversary at the last minute. The food was spectacular, the service excellent and the ambiance was great for a special occasion. It made for a very special evening. We plan to go to the Bistro more regularly from now on.

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

I could praise every 1st course and entree we had. And the manager and server were eager to meet any desire we had. We had high expectations and they were absolutely met.

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m
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening with our friends seated at the only table on the patio!! Lovely greenery, fountain, umbrella with lights and blooming jasmine made it the perfect spot for friends conversation! Request it a month or so in advance!! Exceptional food and service! The desserts are to die for and the lemon drops are amazing!

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EG
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My husband and I have been here several times for our anniversary. We always enjoy the food and drinks. The service was very good.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here several times. The service is good; attentive but unobtrusive. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. It is well worth the drive to Arlington to dine here!!!!

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WW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always enjoyed this gem which is right in our home town. Recently went there to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We would go there more often but sometimes forget to make reservations, and because they are so good, it's highly recommended that you make reservations. Pricing is more than what you might spend for an average weeknight dinner, but is very reasonable for a weekend or special occasion considering you are getting high quality cuisine (comparable to some of the best restaurants in Seattle) and it's doesn't break the bank. Plan on around $40-60 per person for a delicious meal including appetizers and dessert. We don't drink wine, so that would be extra, depending on your drink choice. The service is always top notch and super friendly!!!

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DK
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must visit if you’re in the northwest. Words can’t do this place justice. Must experience first hand. Chef Martín is incredible and his husband is an amazingly sweet host.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful.. Never disappoints... Steve the owner, more than welcoming and friendly... Love it..

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M
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Bistro San Martin never disappoints. The food is always excellent, the service terrific, the choices creative and delicious, and I always leave happily satisfied. Can't give this place a higher recommendation.

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