Bistro San Martin

4.9
657 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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IG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, not what you would expect in a quiet remote Arlington. Delicious gourmet food prepared by a 5 star chef with unique flavors and amazing hospitality.

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BF
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My best friend and I have started a tradition of celebrating our birthdays here, which is perfect given we were born 6 months apart! All year long we dream about their fantastic crabcakes and they never disappoint. Each dish is expertly crafted and lovingly plated and presented at the table. If anyone is looking for a true Italian dining experience look to quaint Arlington and Bistro San Martin!

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RH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic as always. Had a table near the kitchen and Chef Martin interacted with us while cooking during our meal. Great time.

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TB
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for an awesome dinner. Never had a bad experience yet in 10 years of dining here

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LN
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! Always a wonderful evening of great food, great service, and comfortable surroundings. They never disappoint!

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AK
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Who knew this gem was in old downtown Arlington! The food was excellent. We had the bisque, halibut scallops and crab cakes. It was all wonderful, cooked to perfection. The Caesar salad could have used a little more zip but it was still good. We were greeted at the door and shown to our table. The server was very pleasant & cheerful. All the staff seemed to just mesh together. The atmosphere was charming. And to top it off, for dessert we shared lemon creme brûlée that was just right after a nice meal. Our son had the Naughty Chocolate cake, oh my gosh, I’ve never had anything like it (yes, I snagged a bite). This restaurant is spendy, but you get what you pay for, it’s soooo good!

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B
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is not the first time we have dined at the Bistro San Martin, but first time we have written a review. Frankly, I consider this to be the finest restaurant North of Seattle until you hit the Oyster Bar in Bellingham. For our latest visit, we were intrigued by their "specials" of that evening and chose to give them a try. A starter of asparagus with blue cheese, and a Golden beet salad. My entree was a Grilled Flat Iron Steak (cooked blue rare) with Maine Lobster. My wife had Scallops. The portions were generous, the presentation was beautiful and the items were cooked to perfection. It turned out to be one of the finest meals I've had in years. The only slight drawback was the Pinot Noir that we ordered. Of six offerings, the "Resplendent" 2015 by Erath was the only choice by the glass ($11). I was hard to identify it as a pinot and drank more like a merlot. We should have stepped our wine choice up a few notches. by the way, the owners are extremely friendly and the wait staff is efficient and professional. If you have not dined here, I highly recommend that you give it a try. (Maybe I shouldn't have said that. Now we'll be fighting for seating in this intimate establishment.)

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BL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bistro never disappoints! So wonderful to have such an incredible 5 star restaurant 5 minutes from home. Keep up the good work guys! Looking forward to celebrating there again soon!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone her often and the food, staff, and owners are all exceptional. Every bite is to be savored. Highly recommend!!

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RC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The Food was amazing, the steak and lobster melted in your mouth and the taste was something you must experience for yourself!

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AS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous ambiance. Host, Steve is wonderful. Martin is an excellent chef. This is my go to restaurant when I want to impress my out of town guests.

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RK
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful meal. Service was great. Can't wait to go back soon.

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LR
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!! We had the galette for dessert & it was amazing!

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BR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been going to the Bistro San Martin for several years now, and each time the experience is superb. First off the staff greet you as soon as you walk in with a smile. After being seated, staff is extraordinarily attentive to you, my water glass is never longing for more. Now for the food, you can tell that each and every meal is made by a person who loves what he does. My wife has tried many things, but the duck is her favorite. There has not been a single thing on the menu that I have tried that I didn't like. I will say my favorite desert is the Vanilla Muse Cake with fresh fruit. I am not a fan of fresh fruit in my cake, but this has changed my mind. I also have to say my wife and I love the atmosphere because it's not a typical fine dining everybody must be quiet type of restaurant, you can definitely tell people are enjoying themselves and the company around them by the abundant conversations going on around you. It's all around a great place to go, and to most people it will definitely surprise you because it's in a little town, glad they made their home in Arlington, Wa. Don't just take my word for it, go try it out!

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MG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always fantastic! Everything, even their desserts, are made right there. Fabulous food and a wonderful time. Always a great choice for any special occasion or whenever you want to enjoy a truly gourmet dinner.

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M
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our steaks were under done but we powered through them as we had evening plans. In hindsight we should have sent my son's steak back (ordered MW and turned out MR). Although this is not an exact science we would have expected the chef's to nail it or come closer to the desired temperature. Overall the restaurant was good along with the food and service- we will return.

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NB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to eat here. Never been to a better restaurant!! Martin is hands down the best chef.

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JD
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite place to go by ourselves or when we have company in town. The food is always perfect and the service outstanding! Try the baked feta!

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed Bistro San Martin for the very first time. We were thrilled to find a Gourmet restaurant, right in our own backyard. We were sad to think of the times that we drove a long way, only to get a meal of lower quality with the same prices. Our food server was excellent and the food was absolutely wonderful. We have already recommended this place to our friends, and look forward to our next visit.

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LB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another Wonderful Bistro experience.
Never disappoints!

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Culinary heaven, where you are treated like family and fed like royalty.

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KM
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my "go to" place for a celebratory dinner.
Always a great dining experience.

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HS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequently drive from Snohomish to have dinner here. We love this place! The servers are very knowledgeable and so friendly. A big shout out to Jen for always taking care of us.

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in Snohomish County. I’ve never had anything I didn’t just love. Will continue to go back again and again and again and.....

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D
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE fine dining in the North end. None better including the big ones. Best to have reservations on weekends. Casual dress. You are likely to see people in sweatshirts and baseball caps. All are treated equal. Food.....outstanding. Service......professional. Price.....not as high as you would expect for this level of dining. Experience.....very good.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!!! Always. Went with the halibut with mango salsa, the best I’ve ever had!!!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience as always!

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PJ
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu selection and all appetizers very tasty and unique and entrees excellent.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Food was not as good as my previous dining experiences. Felt very rushed by the server, uncomfortable.

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Online booking was super easy. We were greeted right away at the door, seated fairly quickly. Wait staff was attentive and friendly. Food was excellent! Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!

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r
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday. The food was out of this world delicious! The sauces were incredible and the service top notch. A small intimate restaurant with exceptional food.

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NV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the gem of Arlington. The food was excellent! Service was great with friendly and accommodating staff. Reserve well in advance. Very popular place and it’s easy to see why.

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TD
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

After dinner for my wife and I was delivered to our table during our first visit to BSM, our waitress stopped by after we'd had a chance to take a few bites and inquired "is everything fabulous?" While it truly was, never in my years of eating in restaurants around the world had the wait staff ever used just that phrase and yet it so completely captured what we would find at this restaurant time after time. This is a remarkable place for dinner and I'm so glad it's in Arlington... were it in Seattle there would be a 3 month wait for a table. The food is simply fabulous, the service always friendly and accommodating to dietary needs, and the wine selection very good. Take a chance and make the drive to Arlington; you won't be disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I order the flat iron steak and Lobster. The lobster was heavenly. The steak was fabulous. When this taste so good, that when you eat other things and they aren’t as good, it makes me wonder what kind of drug they put in it.

Sooo good!

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time celebrating our anniversary at Bistro San Martin. We ordered a four course meal and everything was prepared perfectly. The atmosphere was cozy and romantic. The service was exceptional and we left wanting to go back again.

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GB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We got a gift certificate for this place and I was very pleased with everything about it. All food was very well presented and there is plenty of it. Ambiance is great, staff was very friendly and took very good care of us. I would certainly eat here again.

I would have given the food a 5 star rating except my steak was tough. Tasty, but tough.

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a
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite all time places to eat. The owners and staff go above and beyond to make their guests happy. Food is absolutely amazing.

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OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding! I can't wait to return. The food and drinks were to die for. I'm a picky person so I worried the menu might not have something to suit me but it did. I had the filet and my husband had the crab cakes. Appetizers and salads were wonderful too. We will definitely go back.

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been our favorite restaurant for years. We’ve moved to Virginia, but every time we come back for a visit, we make sure to reserve at least one night at the Bistro. The food and service is always top notch. I would give 6 stars if I could.

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PN
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service, highly recommend !

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