Bistro St Michaels

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
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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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(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
Some hotels have free shuttle service
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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GB
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and great service, a little quiet as we went on a Monday evening.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on August 17, 2019

Thank you for your review!

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OT
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Portions were on the smaller size for the price although taste was very good. Service was excellent.
Overall it was a good dining experience.

JS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our dinner. The mussel appetizer was one of the best I have ever had! Had to order extra bread multiple times to enjoy the juice! Ordered the scallops for dinner they were so large and delicious. The sweet potato purée was a great addition too! My husband has the short ribs and they melted in your mouth! The wine list was top notch too! Highly recommend this restaurant while visiting St. Michaels!

OT
Washington DC
135 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable evening. Excellent menu, food and service. One of our favorites.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on August 17, 2019

Thank you for kind words!

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OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time, and we would return. Upon arrival, my wife and I were offered choice of seating downstairs or up (we chose upstairs), and had a quiet table for two. Our server was knowledgeable and provided helpful guidance. When waffling between the lamb sirloin on the menu and the special veal chop, she said the veal chop was "stellar" but then honestly pointed out the price difference. (I chose the veal chop, and it was worth every penny.) My wife enjoyed the other special, a crispy-skinned rockfish entree, and we shared the profiteroles with salted caramel ice cream (housemate, I believe). We matched wines with our meals, and had excellent choices by the glass. A great meal.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 18, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review! We look forward to seeing you again!

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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Phenomenal food, service - Bistro St. Michaels continues to dazzle us!

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 18, 2019

Thank you so much! We work very hard to provide an exceptional experience all the way around!

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DE
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We waited over 20 min just to order. The waitress said she would be back in a few min to take our order and then disappeared. It was not that she was working multiple tables. There was no comparison to the other waitress working the room. We finial said something to hosted but the service never really improved.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on August 17, 2019

I'm so sorry about you experience. I did have an issue with a server that evening, and she had to be sent home. I'm sorry I don't remember you approaching me about it. I did have another server come in to help with the situation, and I sincerely apologize that you were somehow lost in the confusion that evening. We hope you will give us another try when you are in town again, as that is far from our norm and well below our standards of care.

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c
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at Bistro St. Michaels. We had heard great things about this restaurant and it did not disappoint. The cream of crab soup was amazing, the rockfish was outstanding and the beef short rib was tender and delicious. Our waiter was great as well as the rest of the staff. The only minor criticism I have is that the cheese and charcuterie platter was a little disappointing. It was short on cheese and meat and heavy on fruit and for the money it wasn’t a good value.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 18, 2019

We took your comments to heart as it did seem that our cheese and charcuterie board was slowly morphing into a fruit platter! It is now where it should be and should have been on the night you were here, and we apologize for that. We do hope to see you again, and please reach out to me directly when you are planning your next visit!

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BS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent but the noise level was extraordinary. We were in a booth in the bar area and people seemed to congregate to talk and wait for tables to clear. Detracted from the experience.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 18, 2019

We are so glad you enjoyed the food and that our service was up to par, but we sincerely apologize for the noise level. The bar is a hard surface area, so noise tends to be magnified there on a busy night. I am looking into discreet sound-proofing panels, specifically for the bar area, to help combat this problem. Thank you for your review!

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HM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Bistrot St Michaels for our 60th wedding anniversary. Food was excellent and service was very attentive. This was our third time to eat at Bistrot St Michaels and would highly reccomend this restaurant.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 18, 2019

Thank you so much for your support and your kind review!

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AB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent server: Jane.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 18, 2019

Thank you AlisaB!

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MB
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We prefer to be seated back by the bar. It’s quiet and spacious. Experience was excellent as expected. Bistro hasn’t failed us yet.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 10, 2019

We are so pleased to hear that! Thank you for the review!

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H
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice small restaurant with very good service. Their Foie Gras which at $18 was a real bargain. Unlike a lot of chefs who serve it too raw, this was cooked perfectly so that it was crisp on the outside and creamier on the inside. Unfortunately they didn't have the oyster stew which we were looking forward to. The Seafood Gumbo was as good or better than any I have had in New Orleans or other parts of the South. Serving sizes were generous so we had no room for dessert. I understand that the CIA trained pastry chef is very good. Wine selections were very good and reasonably priced.

Make reservations because the small number of tables make make it impossible to get a table otherwise.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 18, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! Chef's award-winning oyster stew will be back during oyster season, which starts in the fall. I always recommend people return in October when kids are back in school, the weather is perfect almost daily, the crabs are fat, and oysters are back in season!

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GE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wondering meal with a delightful staff and attentive manager. We sat at the bar and watched the chefs work their magic! We will go back soon!!

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and thank you for the 5 stars!

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great mussels and beef short rib as the main course!

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it!

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s
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we went 2 nights in a row in fact. it was so good the first night we booked again! the waitress Theresa was superb, knowledgeable and provided excellent service. our new fav restaurant in St Michael's for fine dining in a relaxed upscale environment!

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 10, 2019

We loved having you both nights! Thank you for your great review!

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F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience, food and service was excellent.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you so very, very much!

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DG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We liked the food a lot. The problem was that it took approximately an hour for the waitress to take our meal order even though we were ready for most of that wait, and we were told they would not offer bread until we ordered. We were at the restaurant for over 3 hours after being seated, and that was with appetizers and main dish but no dessert. The waitress did take our drinks order promptly, and was very friendly. I don’t know if she was told to delay in taking the meal order or just overwhelmed, or if the kitchen was backed up for some reason. The restaurant was not packed. We had a 6:45 reservation. Had planned to eat and then watch fireworks. That didn’t happen - it was 10 by time we left. I wish I could say we would return but we definitely are not the type of people who enjoy 3 plus hour meals, especially for only two courses.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 10, 2019

We apologize for your displeasure. If you have an allotted amount of time for a meal you should always let the host or your server know, wherever you may be dining. Our standard dining time for 4 people is 2-2.5 hours, as most come in for a leisurely paced dinner, so I hope that won't dissuade you from returning. Our apologies again.

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v
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro has become our go to place for special occasions, and just for the heck of it too! Service and food are excellent. Every time.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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s
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in St.Michaels. The food was outstanding and our server was great.
I live right outside of St. Michaels and that was one of the best service experiences I
have had here.
And a very special thanks to the owners who accommodated friend's of mine by preparing
gumbo for them even thought it wasn't on the brunch menu.
Don't miss this place if your in town.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're so glad you appreciated every thing! We will see you nect time!

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A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice. Food delicious

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you for the 5 stars!

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LT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good we went back the next evening and had the same dinner again! We have been going for years and the food has gone from really good to fantastic! Highly recommend The Bistro and we will be visiting again soon

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on June 30, 2019

Thank you so much! We loved having you and thank you for your recommendation!

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JR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The soft shell crabs and wine were fabulous, and our server, Peter, was exceptional. Our guests said he was exactly the quality of individual they seek to hire for their own restaurants.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on July 10, 2019

Peter is a great catch! Thank you for your review!

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G
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed everything about our meal. Best cream of crab soup ever!

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on June 30, 2019

Thanks for coming in and thank you for the 5 stars!

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EE
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The hostess was welcoming and knowledgeable about the wine list. Our waitress was friendly. We never had to ask or wait for water to be refilled which is always a pleasure. The food was tasty and cooked to perfection.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on June 30, 2019

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual great dining experience... friendly & attentive service.😊

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on June 30, 2019

Thank you!

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OT
Washington DC
135 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of St. Michaels finest. Great food and service. Always an enjoyable evening.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on August 17, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review!

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OT
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef, the staff, the manager were all so incredible. I almost felt bad when I got the check and the bill was as low as it was. Big city food, small town price! Southern hospitality with east coast sophistication! Will return EVERY time I come back to St Michaels

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! I am looking forward to sharing it with the staff. We look forward to seeing you next time you're in town!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Bistro ! 💯

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CF
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Bistro! I had the crab cake and my husband always gets his favorite, jambalaya! Both entrees were fabulous. The staff is so friendly and welcoming.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on June 12, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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Z
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place and great food. Right on the Main Street in St Michaels so easy to get to via any mode of transportation. Our waiter, Peter was very helpful with suggestions and very attentive. Definitely a place to return to any time when in St. Michaels.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on June 12, 2019

We so appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review, and thank you for the 5 stars!

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A
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the BEST soft shell carb I have had this season...Keep up the good work...

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on May 31, 2019

Thank you for the positive words! Bistro St. Michaels

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MO
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was exquisite and the service was spectacular.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on May 31, 2019

Thank you for the review! Please let us know what we can do better to receive 5 stars next time! Management

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BP
Baltimore
58 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We’ve dined at Bistro many times and always enjoy the experience. The food was delicious 2 nights ago but the service wasn’t quite as good as usual. The wait staff seemed distracted- we had to ask for bread multiple times and an iced tea that I ordered never arrived. Since it was a holiday weekend and the start of their summer season, I feel they deserve a pass. But I hope that the next time we come the service is back to its usual level.

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on May 31, 2019

We are very pleased you enjoyed your meal and so sorry that your service was not up to our normal standards. We have been busy hiring and training new staff to help us through the busy season. Thank you for alerting me to areas on which I need to focus with all of our great staff, old and new! We graciously accept your pass, and look forward to knocking your socks off with an all around stellar experience the next time you choose to dine with us! Sincerely, Management

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go to St Michaels several times each year. Bistro is always on my list of places to eat. Always pleased with the experience. Good food, great service, nice atmosphere

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on May 31, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words and 5 star review! We look forward to hosting you again soon! Management

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OT
Washington DC
135 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable evening and look forward to our next visit!

Bistro St Michaels
Responded on August 17, 2019

Thank you for the 5 stars!

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s
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sunday buffet. I will be going back next weekend

JC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and impeccable service. Great seating on the first floor with bar seating at open kitchen. Wonderful!

LF
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and food. We had a wonderful birthday celebration.

V
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day Brunch, wonderful Menu, also the staff was flexible in the a la carte items. The wait staff makes you feel you are the only one in the restaurant! Lovely ambience, the food was excellently prepared and presented! Highly recommended!

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