Bistro St Michaels

4.5
646 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
Welcome to Bistro St. Michaels. We create food that is rooted in
traditional culinary styles, yet modern. We source the highest quality
local ingredients, purchase sustainable seafood and free range eggs, work
with people who raise their animals naturally, as well as partner with local
farmers for the best organic vegetables. All of this comes together under
the hand of Executive Chef Doug Stewart, a native of the Eastern Shore
whose “creative American” cuisine is prepared with a European flair
.Many of our items are already gluten free or can be served gluten free.
Thank you for taking the time to dine with us.


Doug Stewart, Executive Chef


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–1:30 pm
Dinner
Mon, Tue, Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(410) 745-9111
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Doug Stewart
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Parking details
On street
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. And are looking forward to going back ASAP. 🙂

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KB
Key West
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christian was a most welcoming and well-informed server. I ordered the sea scallops with squash and cauliflower garnished with pine nuts and a few very thinly sliced radishes. It was spectacular! Christian confided in me that Chef Doug Stewart’s secret on this dish—among other secrets—was sautéing the pine nuts in butter. For dessert, I enjoyed pastry chef Morgan’s pumpkin bread pudding . More delicious! As I had done on a previous occasion, I brought my 11.5 year-old Portuguese Water Dog with me. Christian brought her a water bowl and a few treats for me to dole out at my pace. A special treat was a visit to my table on the front porch by Chef Doug himself at the conclusion of my dinner! This place is a must-visit; the best restaurant by far in St. Michael’s—creative and inspired menu, the freshest of ingredients, excellent preparation, a welcoming and hospitable staff, all in the very heart of town.

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MN
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When we're in St. Michaels, we always dine at Bistro St. Michaels...and we have never been disappointed! We dined recently, just after they changed the menu. My wife and I shared the wild boar terrine. It came with pickled red onions, a variety of crackers and crostini, olives, whole grain mustard and honey, and the serving was ample. My wife had scallops with cauliflower and I had halibut over long grain rice with Brussels sprouts. Both dishes were very good (we had bites of each other's entrees) and were the right sized portions for dinner.

While we only had coffee for dessert (we were traveling back to The Tidewater in Easton where we enjoyed after dinner drinks), the offerings looked enticing.

The setting is cozy, and the noise level was just fine. As usual, we had a great dinner in a very nice setting.

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

An excellent find. Only flaw we found was variability in quality between the two steaks we ordered. Otherwise a delight.

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KB
Key West
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beth was my server, and she was very helpful, knowledgeable and welcoming. I had halibut coated with caramelized butter, grilled Brussels sprouts, and wild rice; it was spectacular! I arrived on time with my 11.5 year-old Portuguese Water Dog; Beth brought her water immediately, asked if she could have treats (I said yes), then brought a Mason jar of treats for me to hand as I wished. A male server (I did not get his name) brought me warm bread and butter and my main dish; he was most welcoming and hospitable. My dining experience was so positive that I have already made a reservation to return later this week.

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro has been in St. Michaels for a number of years now, and it has always been good. However, under the chef/owner, it has become superb! The food is fresh, creative, and delicious. The atmosphere, service, everything is extremely well done. I would say that Bistro is by far the best restaurant in St. Michaels.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The bread and crab cakes were good, but not special. Everything else was wonderful; the wines and sides were all excellent, as were the scallops. The creme brulee seemed a bit pudding-like rather than custard, but was very good with a great crisp topping. The service was efficient, but not rushed or intrusive. We will be returning!

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r
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service. Really an enjoyable experience.

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M
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice venue, excellent service, overpriced

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BS
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There wasn't much of an option for a vegetarian who doesn't eat dairy, but my husband (a meat eater) and I, at the suggestion of our server, both got a pasta dish with veggies. The pasta is hand made and you can tell the difference. We enjoyed our pasta dishes and were pleasantly surprised at our bill, which was very reasonable for an upscale restaurant. I highly recommend this restaurant for everyone!

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GB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here everytime when in st.michaels. My wife had the scallops which were awesome.I decided on the gumbo which was rich,spicy and yummy. Service is excellent.

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z
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely experience, great food and perfect ambience

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at the Bistro in St. Michael’s. The mussels and the scallops were delicious! We love the intimate dining atmosphere. We recommend making reservations ahead of time. Also they only serve brunch on Sunday (no dinner on Sunday). The service is excellent.

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BP
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been to the Bistro many many times over the years and have always enjoyed a good meal. I think that with Chef Doug Stewart, the menu is at its most delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal there Monday night.

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed eating at this lovely French Bistro. The server was friendly and very efficient and the seafood that we ordered was delicious. You won't go wrong, if you choose to visit this establishment.

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EJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

St. Michaels Bistro was ok. Crowded tables and high noise level. Service was excellent and food mediocre. We have been to lots of French bistros and comparing I would say it was in the middle. Not great but not awful.

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SS
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fresh food. Deceptively simple preparations delivering on flavor and presentation. Friendly attentive service without the hovering or attitude. Their take on the crabcake was perfection. Even the baguette and snowflake rolls were fresh and tasty.

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DO
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our server was excellent- professional and attentive:

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g
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The Bistro was a little off Saturday night. Two side dishes came out cold and one in our party had a steak that was too tough. The Bistro gladly replaced it with another entree and everyone was happy. Overall we had a great time and will return.

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B
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a good find. Bistro has that warm and friendly feeling a small restaurant usually hopes for and this time it is spot in. Our server, David, was knowledgeable and thoughtful , no rushing us, helped with the really terrific wine list and led us to one of our new favorite pinot noirs. Good job, David. We told him our reason for being in St Michael's and that led to meeting the new owner of Bistro, Cadman. A really wonderful woman with local knowledge and food knowledge that is making this restaurant so good. My friend and I always share our meal. so tonite we shared a nicely done Caesar salad, good croutons too. Our main was lick your bowl good short rib. The braising was perfect and the sauce was topnotch, We talked to the sous chef, Morgan, who gave us the time to write down how to make the braising liquid, really. I can believe how fab the food is because of her enthusiasm alone. But she is a trained chef and boy is she good. Morgan, is the pastry chef and we shared her profiteroles with salted caramel ice cream and home made whipped cream. Need I say more?
My friend and I were searching out places in St. Michaels to bring our food and wine club, this one is at the top of the list.

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M
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Bistro is a regular stop. Everything we had was very good including the scallops, french onion soup, and a delicious gumbo. The cream of crab soup was the only slight disappointment. Both the cheesecake and the monthly changing bread pudding were superb. I do think they need an espresso machine.

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p
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The crab bisque had very little crab and was thin.
Our waitress Marie was excellent. Mussels were very good.
Need more pasta options for those that don’t eat seafood.

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A
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The service was OK, but the food was awful. The chicken breast was overcooked and dry. Under it was mushy kale and a baby carrot that was mushy. The salmon was awful -- it was raw in the middle and inedible. The soggy carrots were also mushy as was the kale -- or whatever the greens were. The chef did not cook or arrange the dinner platter well. Wait staff was very good.

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LF
Baltimore
57 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the Bistro for Sunday brunch. The menu selection is excellent. I had a hard time deciding among the many wonderful sounding choices. Five of us dined and everyone was pleased.

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SS
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was a little disappointed. Ordered the special for the day of shrimp and crab over pasta. Had hardly any crab on it, and the shrimp had tail on, which made it difficult to eat when covered with oily sauce. The pasta was 1" wide noodles, which were heavy and wet and not very flavorful. I ordered a side of green beans, which was a small serving and overcooked. But the wine glass was a big pour!

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SJ
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very comfortable evening with friends and the food was excellent.

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AL
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming fine dining sort of place. Very good Bloody Mary, OK Bellini. Charcuterie plate had good accoutrement, berry jam, stone ground mustard, slivers of cornichon, dried fruit and a trio of cracker breads. Husband enjoyed field greens salad with almond and feta, I thought I was ordering a smoked salmon plate, menu failed to mention it was a sandwich, also failed to mention it came with a mountain of fries, not what I hoped for. Other than that, our experience was great and we will return.

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MU
Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Overrated! The good points: a restaurant on two floors in a small, charming house, with old fashioned interiors - but a pleasant ambiance overall and a wide menu of fairly standard upscale bistro fare. The service is quite good and the meal starts off with warm sourdough rolls. The menu and kitchen aspire to something more than just a casual French bistro, and the prices reflect this ($20 to $30 per entrée) . But the food just never lives up to the promise or the prices. French fries at a recent dinner could have been delicious but were undercooked. A salad had a completely tasteless dressing. A pappardelle entrée was overcook so the pasta was just a glop of congealed noodles with a insipid sauce. Nothing terrible, but if I'm paying over $100 for a dinner for two (without wine), then it should be pretty special - and this is just "okay".

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b
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall, food was great, service was lacking...I had the spareribs and they were great. My husband had ‘seafood stew’ special and raves about it. Our friends said mussels and cream crab soup were great also. Definitely recommend!

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A
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We have a home in St. Michaels and had been told that the new chef at Bistro St. Michaels was excellent so we took out-of-town friends for dinner. While we really enjoyed our food, the service was really sub-par. We had to ask our server twice to bring our bottle of wine, we had to ask another waitstaff for rolls, and our food was so delayed that we had to ask the server to check on it. Other tables nearby had arrived long after we did, but left before we had paid our bill. When the manager came by to ask about our experience, we mentioned that the service had been very slow. She made multiple excuses about number of courses served and a busy holiday weekend...never seeming to accept responsibility for the poor service. In fairness to our server, she was harried with multiple tables, but we felt we did not get good service. Our food was delicious so it was really a shame that the poor service put such a damper on our evening. We will consider trying again, but the management's response was not encouraging.

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RR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The theme of this evening was "going through the motions." For price point, considering both the service and food, this was a poor value. The occasion was an anniversary, which my spouse and I noted in the reservation, along with a food intolerance. I don't think these notes got to anyone beyond Open Table...

Dealing with a food intolerance or special request is a good test for a restaurant, I think. In this case, we spoke to the server about it, and about what looked good on the menu, and she took those two bits of information and had a conversation with the kitchen about one dish my spouse mentioned. (For comparison, other restaurants, alerted on the reservation form, have notated the menu as to what was doable and what was not.) In this instance, the server's role began limiting our choices. A promise to check on the ingredients of a starter and let us know never materialized (we assume she checked with the kitchen and then dropped it), and the important point is we weren't given an opportunity to order a different starter.

Other things rankled. After giving our wine orders (by the glass, mine a medium-bodied malbec, my spouse had a white), the server tried to upsell us on a compromise bottle. I know that's the job, but our orders were pretty far apart. Then the wine came late, after the salad course, and the wine server sloshed it into our glasses with out the opportunity to taste it.

The food: The field green salad was good. There was no other appetizer, as noted above. My spouse's order, a veal shank, came without the offending ingredients, which were in the sauce. So it came dry, without any substitute to dress it up. This included her potatoes and asparagus, which came dry as well, without even any butter. My own order, beef shortribs, was cooked perfectly, but the sauce tasted like onion gravy made from dehydrated soup mix. It was pretty bad. I enjoyed the meat though. Finally the creme brulée was good.

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

The atmosphere at the Bistro was perfect for dining with my husband and daughter. We were greeted with a smile and friendly face at the front door and seated right away. The service was fast and friendly. The open kitchen concept was wonderful along with the food. I am looking forward to dining there again soon.

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JG
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience. Very welcoming and warm atmosphere. Food was absolutely delicious well prepared well seasoned. Would definitely come back.

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YJ
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Celebrated our one year anniversary here. It was very nice to be greeted with two glasses of champagne for the occasion BUT to our surprise, it wasnt complementary and found out once I got the bill. Kind of felt taken a back by that move. Our cheese board order was messed up twice but was very delicious once they got it right. Get the crispy mushrooms from the side menu, totally worth it. Steak and scallops were very good. Overall, experience me was good but not great but still recommend it.

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New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a return visit, with the new chef and owner, near disappoints.

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GB
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great simple food with friendly atmosphere

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JG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding, and the service, great! Drinks, salad/soup, entrees, and dessert were fabulous! I also enjoyed that the dress code seemed pretty open—we were dressed fairly casually after exploring all day, but we felt welcome, and saw a mix of casual to dressier patrons. We’ll definitely return next time we’re in St. Michael’s!

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AM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The appetizers were very good. Main courses a dissapointment: overcooked beef & tasteless pasta.... Coffee at the end of the meal came tepid.

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S
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It took more than 10 minutes for our server to greet us. She did not do a good job describing specials or answering questions about the menu. For the prices - I would have expected a more seasoned server - uniform or all of the servers dressed similarly. The person who delivered our food was nice - and many people who sat at the bar for dinner seemed pleased. The mussels appetizer was wonderful - skimpy on the bread though - not even close to being sufficient for the delicious sauce, much if it left with no way to eat it. The steak frites was fair - steak was chewy - fries lacked seasoning or appropriate salt and the ketchup was in a small metal container and again too small a serving. My husband has the pasta special with scallops- the pasta was bland and the scallops were cooked well but not outstanding. Portion was generous. The bread offered was delicious- but not offered again. The dress was casual - some people in shorts and flip flops and some women in dresses - seemed confused about how fine a Restaurant it really was. I am not planning to return - no thrills or anything memorable. So disappointed!!!!

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BT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and outstanding service from Krisztina!!

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