Bistro San Martin

4.8
571 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.
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BA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Our visit was absolutely horrible! This was our 1st time there but went with a couple who goes there often. First, our waitress completely ignored our table. Drinks sat empty even when we placed them at the end of the table. We eventually got another waitress to get us drinks after about 30 minutes. Our first couple drinks were flat and we had to send them back. No big deal but the waitress kept trying to give us an excuse. Just replace them and dont make excuses or try to make us keep them. The crab cocktail was very tiny, not worth $16 for 2 shrimp and a teaspoon size of crab. Once we got our meal everyone dug right in since we waited nearly an hour for it to arrive. My niece had steak,hers was way undercooked for what she asked for and made clear it was a health precaution. I got duck and it was super overcooked and rubbery. Our waitress never returned after our meal was delivered. They came by and cleared our table as the dishes were set aside, so for that the people bussing them did the best job. Once the waitress came back, she placed dessert menus on the table and walked away. When she did come back she reached over my niece, took her plate and silverware and walked away. She wasnt finished eating and took the remainder of her meal! In conclusion we only got 1 drink refresh because they ignored our table, our food wasnt good at all, the waitress was beyond rude and we wont br going back. I'd rather spend my $150 at El Gaucho or Daniel's Broiler and get great service and perfect quality food.

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OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro San Martin is one of our all time favorite places for fine dining and Chef Martin excels in every course. Tonight we had the wonderful surprise of venison chops on the menu which were fabulous as only Martin can do them. I had had them here four years ago and still remembered them. They were moist, perfectly grilled and flavorful with a luscious juniper berry red wine reduction pan sauce. We all four had the venison and were thrilled. For dessert we enjoyed a delicious rich chocolate cake with fresh raspberries. The service, presentation and every course a delight.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding quality and presentation! A little expensive if you include drinks and desserts but worth every penny.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great and our all time favorite restaurant.

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s
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Worth the trip to Arlington! This chef owned restaurant is a gem. We went a little crazy - ordering a variety of menu items - all were delicious. Save room for the Naughty Chocolate Cake!

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SG
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place for a celebratory dinner with friends. Everything was perfect as always. Love this restaurant.

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JH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. The beet salad was really good.

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SH
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not as good as I had expected, very noisy. If I lived nearby I would go again maybe I would think differently but too long a drive.

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AG
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro San Martin remains our favorite spot for special occasions and date night. Thanks yet again for great service and superb food!

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TW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service as always. We invited friends who had never been before and they were impressed.

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DH
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all were very satisfied. Took our friends who had never been. Had cocktails and wonderful meals with a bottle of wine. Service was top notch. The specialty cocktails were all a hit (Manhattan's were excellent). My husband had the Sea bass special and said was cooked to perfection. I had the chicken, because I love the dish so much and it never disappoints. We will be back, just wish we lived closer!

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B
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First let me say, I love this restaurant. The only reason I didn’t give this a 5 star was due to the noise level we experienced during dinner. Perhaps it was just this night, since I haven’t experienced this problem before. The food is delicious and the owners make a special effort to make the rounds with their guests. Definitely make reservations since this is a very popular restaurant.

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I
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
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 on December 7, 2018
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 on December 7, 2018
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
12 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
7 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
35 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
2 reviews
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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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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