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George's Bistro - Valencia

4.1
71 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
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  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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GeorgeÕs Bistro in Valencia is a family friendly restaurant that serves traditional Italian cuisine and New American dishes. The dining area is spacious and cozy and the staff is friendly, accommodating and efficient. GeorgeÕs Bistro is a great place to meet for business, a casual date, a relaxed meal with friends and family or to celebrate a special occasion. The menu offers a variety of innovative appetizers and unique entrŽes and desserts.

Guests can enjoy a basket of complimentary fresh baked bread while they place their orders. Try appetizers like flatbread with steak and white bean dip, grilled calamari steak, clam chowder or insalata bella. Choose from entrŽes like scallops with wild rice and Brussel sprouts, sea bass with vegetables, rice and chimichurri and the double cur pork chop. There are plenty of pasta dishes at GeorgeÕs Bistro as well, including ravioli, penne alla puttanesca and sausage rigatoni.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00 - 9:00 & Friday - Saturday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM & Sunday: 4:00PM - 9:00PM
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Phone number
(661) 257-7860
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
George Rifold
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Entertainment
Check our Facebook page or share your email address with us to be updated about our Friday evening musical entertainment (weather permitting) and other events.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
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4.2
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3.8
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on January 4, 2014

This restaurant is located in our neighborhood. How lucky are we? The ambience is that of a higher end restaurant, as is the menu. The only thing is that the prices provide a very good value! We have recommended George's Bistro to many friends and none of them has been disappointed.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2013

It was New Years Eve & we wanted to have a nice dinner at a place we have enjoyed in the past.

We ordered a nice glass of wine and a martini. The wine came in a minature wine glass & the martini in a wine glass. Both the waiter and bartender said they had run out of martini glasses & miniature wine glasses are being used because they are using the larger wine glasses for Martinis. Is this restaurant doing so poorly they can't purchase more barware? We are of the belief that the wine glass is part of the experience of a nice glass of wine. Typically we would have had more wine and another martini. They were understaffed and the owner just stood in the corner drinking a beer offering no help to his unhappy staff.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2013

The food and service were excellent. The menu was a little limited for my daughter of 10.

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2013

Most of their entrees are very good, but some just didn't feel like they come out of the same kitchen. The misses are calamari salad, chicken piccata and penne bolognese.
Also they often run out of red wine glasses!! Really??!!

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1.0Dined on December 14, 2013

I will never return to this restaurant and neither should you. I have been to the Santa Monica restaurant it. When, on Yelp, I checked out the menu, and being vegetarian, found a number of items that I would enjoy. I was stunned, when I opened the menu and found that it was less than twenty percent of the Yelp menu. I approached the manager, Mobile in hand, and asked what was up. He told me that they had updated the menu months ago, but Yelp refused to make the changes. I replied that he pays to be on Yelp, that did not sound credible. He shrugged his shoulders.

This was my single worst experience at a Yelp / Open Table estaurant. I felt the restaurant lured me there fraudulently. The restaurant was practically empty. For good reason.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2013

We are a couple that if we like a restaurant we go there over and over again and frequently until we get burned out, which is what happened to us a few years ago. So, ee went back to George's Bistro last week and remembered why we liked it. We both had pasta dishes which were excellent. The bread is freshly baked out of the oven and is very good.

Tuesday is Pasta Night, so will be returning for pasta probably every week until we get burned out again.

I hightly recommend George's Bistro, as the ambiance is nice, the service is excellent, has a great bar area and we can get our dining points with Open Table.

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3.0Dined on November 7, 2013

The food was good, the waiter was fine, but the loud talking lady next to our table was irritating to say the least. We had made reservations through open table indicating it was our anniversary. When we got to the restaurant the gentelman in the front just looked at us, not referring to his book said can I help you. I said we have reservations at 8 he never asked who we were therefore wasn't aware it was our anniversary. Had to sneak around to tell the waiter!!

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2013

Nestled in a shopping center, This restaurant could easily be overlooked. But the ambience, food and service will bring it many referrals and keep it busy. I have already referred friends to this location. Loved it- will go again when near Valencia.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2013

My long-time woman friend and I met at George's Bistro after a 3 month absence from each other's company due to summer vacations. It turned out to be a delicious spot for us to catch up with each other over two glasses of fine wine and splitting two tasty entrees. Taylor, our waitress, was a helpful delight with just the right amount of guidance & consideration. We'll meet there again.

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4.0Dined on October 5, 2013

Overall George's was a great restaurant. I don't like mushrooms so I found the menu a bit limited because everything had mushrooms, but I ordered the butternut squash ravioli (with no truffle oil) and it was very good. My husband had the chicken picatta and also enjoyed it. They have a nice martini menu as well. I had the Bridget Bardeau. My one complaint isn't entirely George's fault but worth noting. The restaurant is quiet and dark, mostly couples, yet there was a 6-8 month old who cried and kept tossing a hard plastic toy on the floor.It was irritating and George's didn't do anything about it. There aren't a lot of nice places in SCV so hopefully they will decide to be fine dining establishment and discourage the kids.

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4.0Dined on September 12, 2013

OK, perhaps I would have written, It's good but predictable. Don't get me wrong here, the service was GREAT (as always). I've never had an issue with the service. The drinks are fine and I have no complaints in this area. The food...OK, I'm not trying to be too critical here. The menu does change frequently but it's...well..predictable. I had steak and my date had chicken. Both were good and I have no complaints. It's just not...WOW! I'm not sure what suggestions I would make to kick it up another level but I almost certainly will visit again.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2013

We went there for the first time for our 26th anniversary and food was great, even though it was little pricy. They gave us deserts for free as we were celebrating the 26th anniversary.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2013

At 5 PM with no one except a couple at the bar, it was a nice quiet meal. The server a bit too attentive, but better than being invisible. The food was great. Mine lasgane, his penne and sausage. We'll be back.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2013

My husband wanted to take me out for Mothers Day but wanted to go somewhere we hadn't been. I found this special place & it was wonderful. the food was beautiful. the ingredients were top notch. I love to cook so I look at ingredients were ever I go. That was the most impressive things about the menu. Excellent food! Cooked to perfection! I had salmon coucous w/ asparagus. amazing!

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2013

We were disappointed that most of the items listed on the menu we found online were no longer on the menu at the restaurant.

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2013

Good food but mediocre service. Went on a Saturday night at 8:30 and the place was dead - only 2 other tables full. Yet still took them over 10 minutes to come to our table for a drink order. Nice ambiance but kind of dull when no one is there. They used to have better appetizers than what is now on their menu. Not sure I'll be back.

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1.0Dined on April 13, 2013

Here is the yelp review written by my husband. This was the worst experience ever! My wife wanted to try something new, with a slight Italian twist for her birthday. After reading reviews for a few places here in Santa Clarita, we decided to give this place a try. After all, they've got a location on Third Street... if you can survive in Santa Monica, you can survive anywhere, right?We've got a 18 month old daughter, so we made a Saturday night early reservation to have her home in time for bed. 5:30. Not overly early, but yes it was on the early side. As their hours on the door say, they're open 11 am "till the party ends".We were, initially, the only people in the restaurant. Three other tables had been sat by the tim

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2013

The restaurant was cozy and quiet. The filet was cooked to perfection, the garlic mashed potatoes were absolutely delicious. My wife had the garlic and basil pasta and loved it. Can't wait to go back and try some other dishes.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2013

George's Bistro is always a go-to for any occasion. A nice evening out with your special someone or for a fun night out with group of friends. The staff is friendly and accomodating. Food choices and selection of specialty cocktails are excellent.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2013

This is the second time my husband and I went to George's. It was not as good as the first time. The Chicken Mac and Cheese had no observable chicken, but good mushrooms. My husband ordered a Wit beer and got something different than what he expected. We didn't complain. Nothing was so awful we couldn't live with. The penne was good. The creme brûlée was superb, far better than most. The service was attentive. We'll go back.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2013

George's Bistro is one of our favorite places. We are greeted with a friendly face and feel cared for. They make a great martini and you can request changes to the food as needed. Very accommodating. We go there for romantic evenings as well as family get togethers. They just added a Sunday brunch for Easter and it was very resonable compared to other places in town. It is nice to sit on the patio during the summer and listen to the fountain.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2013

Tucked away and with poor directions from MapQuest, this is a nice little place I will certainly come to again. I had the risotto and my husband had fettuccine alfredo. I had the tiramisu for desert. I'd recommend all of the items. The service was attentive and the owner himself asked how everything was.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2013

We had a wonderful evening. Service was just a little slow but the food was great. I hadn't been here since shortly after they opened, and I was happy to find they were still here and just as enjoyable as I remembered. Sorta surprised they weren't busier on a Friday, although we got there early (6pm). Price is reasonable for the quality of the food, I would definitely recommend this charming place, look forward to going back again soon.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2013

Reserved a table for 6 for a work-related lunch. The staff was very accomodating when 9 of us showed up. The food was good, orders were taken correctly and service was friendly, fast and inobtrusive. Great place for lunch.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2013

George's hums during lunch and again, it was a good experience.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2013

Good service, attractive decor, wine list was good.
Very good tiramisu

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2012

Went back for my Birthday, twice in one week, food, service and ambiance was amazing. Even owner George came to wish me a Happy Day, and asked how our meal was. This restaurant is a must go to for our family and friends.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2012

had a lovely evening with my husband, yummy food!

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4.0Dined on December 19, 2012

Another good dining experience...

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4.0Dined on December 11, 2012

A great lunch spot with good food.

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2012

A good find in Valencia-good food and friendly staff. I''l be back.

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3.0Dined on October 23, 2012

Had a group of 7. Service and food was good.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2012

In the midst of fast food type eateries, this sweet restaurant stands out. The service is very accommodating, the atmosphere is fresh, the menu offers some interesting items, and the food is very good.

We just moved into the neighborhood and we are quite pleased that George's Bistro is so close to our new home.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2012

The best place in the Santa Clarita Valley for Pasta!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2012

Always a bit leery when we try a spot in a modern strip mall, but once we walked through the door, we were in a different world. Slow night and the staff could have blown us off, but we were treated like their most important guests. Personal attention and good conversation. The pasta dishes were extremely well prepared and quite good. Obviously attention is given to each order, right down to the degree of spice. We loved the wine list as well. Not sure when we'll be back through town, but it will always be on our list when we do. Congratulations to the staff!

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2012

Most likely won't go back. Food was mediocre at best and the prices we high. We got the lasagna & the ribs. The lasagna, couldn't eat it after 1 bite, but tried another just to make sure. Simply bad. The ribs were decent but not cooked to "fall of the bone" as described. Really no biggie. They were nice ribs, hearty amount of meat. Only saving grace. Got the mashed potatoes & streamed vegies, again simply bad. Mashed potatoes looked like they came out of one of those cake icing bags and tasted weird along with the vegitables that tasted like they had just been unfrozen from a long winters nap. After all of that was the bill of course which definitely outweighed the quality of the service & food. Don't depend on this place for fine dining

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2012

We Love George's! We come back again and again! Great food and outstanding service - what more xan you ask?

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2012

Overall, food was not good. Halibut was rubbery,and the mahi mahi was bad.
Although the server told us the "potato wrapped shrimp" appetizer was actually wonton wrapped, the wonton was doughy.
The Greek salad was not a "Greek", more like Italian.

The overall decor of the restaurant is bland and needs updating.

Valencia needs more nice, "couples" restaurants. This restaurant needs to improve their cuisine and amb iance to be competitive.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2012

We went here for Valentines Day & had a very nice meal. Some tables are fairly close together but over all very nice restaurant . The bruschetta is awesome! I ordered a pasta dish which was ok, my husband had the chicken Marsala which he said was very good . We took our own bottle of wine & just paid the corkage fee. Great service! We would recommend it & will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2012

Love the food. Our server, Gardenia, is the best server ever. We love her.

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