Bistro St Michaels

4.5
609 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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

RESTAURANT WEEK MARCH 19-25, 2018

Winter hours listed below
BRUNCH :Saturday & Sunday 10AM - 1:30PM
DINNER, Monday , Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - 5 PM to 8 PM
Friday & Saturday 5PM - 9 PM
CLOSED FOR DINNER Sunday.
OPEN ON SOME HOLIDAY SUNDAYS (Night)

Gluten Friendly Menu





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Phone number
(410) 745-9111
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Payment options
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
Some hotels have free shuttle service
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 609 People Are Saying
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AM
Washington DC
3.0
Dined 7 days ago

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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San Francisco
3.0
Dined 7 days ago

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
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful meal and outstanding service from Krisztina!!

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EM
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

What a wonderful evening to celebrate our 59th wedding anniversary! Food was excellent and the staff was just so friendly and professional. They made us feel very special on this special evening. Four years ago we celebrated our 55th anniversary at this same restaurant so it was like coming home again and delightful that it was just as wonderful an experience.

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TB
Baltimore
4.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

The Bistro remains on of our Eastern Shore classics. New owners have enhanced the menu while staying true to good local farm to table fare. Convivial and welcoming. Nothing better in the county. Reservation usually a must on summer weekends

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RK
Atlantic City
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Wonderful meal. Would go there again if in St. Michaels

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s
Richmond
4.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

We had a great meal, great service, and friendly atmosphere. We happened to stop in on the hottest day of the year, and the air conditioning was working full speed ahead, but it was a bit warm and humid. We knew the prices would be a bit on the high side, so it was no surprise, and it was worth it in our opinion.

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MG
Toronto
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

Waitstaff was very helpful. The entrees were creative and outstanding!!

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l
Denver
4.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Anniversary. Nothing special done or mention made to us

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AT
Atlantic City
4.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Very nice ambience with good service. A bit pricey for the portion size but everything was well prepared.

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Baltimore
4.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

My husband and I had eaten brunch here before and remembered it fondly. We asked to be seated at a booth since the tables in the dining area are very small. Our server was attentive. The drinks refreshing although small. My husband enjoyed his cream of crab soup with large chunks of crab meat. He ordered eggs Benedict with crab cakes. Eggs cooked perfectly and crab cakes were nicely prepared. My croque madam was delicious with the egg nicely over easy that added. Nice creaminess to the sandwich. It was huge and quite filling. Half of it went home with me. Overall a good meal and a place were willing to enjoy again.

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Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

The waiter was excellent, offering suggestions and making recommendations. We shared the cheese plate to start. The cheeses were delicious and the extra fruit and condiments were wonderful. The entrees were excellent, the scallops cooked just right and the butternut squash flavorful. Didn't have room for dessert.

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e
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

Romantic bistro with excellent food & service. The staff is very attentive and the menu varied with choices for everyone. When in St.Michaels it’s a must especially for a special occasion or a romantic dinner.

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MK
Baltimore
4.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

We had a reservation at 7:30 PM and arrived on time. We were told our table( the only one available) was in the corner next to a screaming child on one side and a 3 year old "kicking child on the other side. When we asked if we could please sit elsewhere she said only the bar, which was small,and in the same room across from screaming child. We sat at our table assigned and the mother took the child out for a few minutes. He came back in only to crawl around the floor.
Our service was fair after that. The Bread person served everyone in the room but us. We had to request bread. Our waitress was nice but gave her other tables far more attention and forgot our ketchup and ice.
The food was hot, and very good. Offered a "veal chop" for $45., a little pricey, but I had scallops and they were great!
Probably would try one more time, but might first try 208 Talbot.

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

First time since the new owner/chef arrived👍
Had a drink first at the bar, fun!
Then sat in a booth opposite the open kitchen, more fun!
We ate light, ordered several starters, perfect. Everything was delish!

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BP
Baltimore
4.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

We had a very nice dinner at the Bistro Saturday night and will definitely return soon. The ambiance is always great and I think the food has gotten even better since the new ownership. Kudos on generous wine pours and hot yummy dinner rolls. I’d like to see a little more creativity on the menu-hope to be able to give Bistro 5 Stars next time.

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BM
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

WE were 45 minutes late due to horrible traffic. I called to let them know and they graciously offered to hold our table until we arrived. The restaurant was busy, but you'd never know it from the service or our food. Definitely recommend!

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JM
4.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

Delight meal, good mix of privacy and energy and ambience.

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MA
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

The food was excellent. The service friendly.

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F
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

My only complaint was the tight seating. I have long legs and I was very cramped sitting at a table for 4.

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KT
2.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

A very limited menu if you do not eat seafood. I used Open Table to make a dinner reservation and had two choices, 6pm or 8pm. I choose the 6pm. We arrive on time and the place was empty! They sat us upstairs. We were the only couple in the room the entire time! I felt like an outcast, lol . My steak frites dish was okay, but meat was not sliced and very dry. My husband loved the seafood gumbo. We left the Bistro around 7:30pm and I noticed many tables were empty. Will not return next time I visit St. Michael's.

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e
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

We had a great time from start to finish. Our meals were fabulous would definitely recommend to everyone

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GG
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on May 16, 2018

Great food, service and ambiance. Everyone enjoyed their meal and are looking forward to their next trip back. I live in St. Michaels and it was the best dining experience I've had in town.

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t
Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on May 15, 2018

Food was very good and service was outstanding. However, the restaurant wasn't very full, and they were out of the first two things I wanted to order.

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BT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

This has been our favorite restaurant since we moved to the shore three years ago. They never disappoint.

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MM
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent food and service was good - we were there on Mother’s Day !

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DH
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

One of our all-time favorite restaurants, and the list is very short!

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B
New Orleans
5.0
Dined on May 11, 2018

The food was fabulous, as always. We’ve been coming to Bistro several times a year for several years now, and have always had great meals from an ever-changing menu. We just learned that there’s been a change in ownership as the executive chef assumed control. The kitchen didn’t miss a beat, although there might be a little learning curve for the front of the house.

Highly recommended.

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MO
Baltimore
4.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

Really excellent service with good food. Friendly. Local beer options available.

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 21, 2018

Awesome evening...best cream of crab soup I have ever had! Service was great and all around enjoyable dinner.

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TK
Richmond
4.0
Dined on April 14, 2018

Had a wonderful meal at Bistro St Michaels! A $40 credit per person was provided to my sister and I as a part of the package we purchased at the Harbour Inn St. Michaels. We enjoyed a delicious charcuterie and cheese plate and glasses of Rose before digging into our entrees. I had the BEST crab cake served with mac and cheese au gratin (baked mac and cheese, basically) and asparagus. My sister had the pasta of the day, tagliatelle with shrimp and crab. I would certainly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or simply a meal that is a step above your average restaurant.

PLUS our waiter, Tom, was wonderful! It seemed as if he really made an effort to make a connection with each of his tables.

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RE
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on April 12, 2018

We happen to visit on the first night of their new Spring Menu and found the selections and quality to be terrific 1 Thomas ,our server, was there when needed and not buzzing around our table at other times.
Mushrooms on toast was the best for an appitizer and the veal chop was delicious my wife had the shrimp and crab scampy and loved it. Creme Brulee finished a wonderful evening and meal.

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B
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on April 8, 2018

Great service!!!

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AH
5.0
Dined on April 7, 2018

Come here every time I visit St Michaels. Have been for brunch and dinner. Exquisite food, service and atmosphere.

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MC
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was so fresh and delicious. Presentation and service was fabulous. We enjoyed the foie gras, very tasty. We split a wedge salad and they brought it on two plates! Great service! Then we split the shrimp and grits and the croque madame, which was lukewarm and the shrimp and grits had too much tabasco on top, which overpowered the dish. I had a dark and stormy drink which was delightful. We enjoyed the creme brûlée for dessert! Light and delish! A great place for a birthday meal and a wonderful addition to St. Michaels.

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HN
Savannah
4.0
Dined on April 6, 2018

We dined at The Bistro on a Friday evening. The chef was kind enough to grill oysters for us and they were great. I had the steak and frites and every thing was very good.

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JH
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

We had Sunday brunch and it was lovely. We both had Eggs Chesapeake which is a Benedict with a crab cake added to the ham. You can always tell when food is extremely fresh. The crab cake tasted as if it was made just for this meal. The hollandaise sauce was delicious and also home made. The downstairs reminded us of a french Bistro and the upstairs was more like a restaurant. This was a lovely place and we highly recommend it.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on March 31, 2018

Lovely bistro. The food was delicious and the staff was attentive and pleasant. We will definitely be back.

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OT
5.0
Dined on March 22, 2018

Restaurant week special dinner deal was well worth trying this restaurant.

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KR
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on March 18, 2018

We had brunch here on a Sunday as a party of 6. We were seated quickly and the food was great. I appreciated that the servers kept an eye on our water and coffee cups to make sure we didn't go thirsty! The smoked salmon Benedict was delicious, as was the shrimp and grits starter.

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