K & L Bistro

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$30 and under
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French
Located on Main street in downtown Sebastopol, K&L Bistro offers fine food in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy seasonal menu items such as house made crab cakes, fresh oysters, and house made charcuterie while dining in an inviting dining room with exposed brick wall and original artwork. Guests are also welcome to enjoy a glass of wine at our granite wine bar. Zagat says K&L Bistro brings "a touch of France to Sebastopol"
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LynetteM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I only gave three stars due to my eggs being overdone and there was very little hollandaise. I had looked forward to the Benedict for days and was disappointed that the poached eggs were dry inside. My son's meal was excellent. He had the huevos rancheros. The service was nice and under the circumstances with the coronavirus, we had a nice visit.

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NeilE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Pleasant meal with friends. Good food, lovely atmosphere, good service.

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MARIEc
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was time for crews to change so it was a long time before the wait staff approached our table. Other than that it was a good experience at my favorite restaurant. Good for me anyway although not great for my vegan/gluten free husband even though I told them about him two weeks in advance through open table.

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rabman
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice Valentine's Day lunch. The sauce on the BBQ brisket sandwich was a little spicy, but the fries were great and the mushroom soup was too. The smoked trout salad was excellent and the ahi tuna tartare was very fresh, but a little bit bland. Non-alcoholic drinks are excellent. Service was friendly and very good.

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paulr
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The menu is not overly extensive, but doesn't need to be. I ordered the signature dish, chicken piccata, and my friend ordered the butternut squash ravioli. Each was delicious in its own right. I couldn't stop eating the kale salad accompaniment, simply prepared but a wonderful contrast to the piccata sauce, the tender chicken liberally topped with canapes. The ravioli was so flavorful, accentuated by the chanterelle mushrooms. The house wines are very good and a bargain; the wine list is quite varied and more than adequate. I had a glass of excellent French Sancerre. We split the dessert, a creatively prepared lemon tart accompanied by halved kumquats plated on a thin slab of slate. Perfect!

They have a separate bar menu with small bites and a burger, and they have a new late-night happy hour with $1.50 oysters and full bar, should you have the urge. I would go here again in a heartbeat.

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JasonE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

One of the best Happy Hours around. Oysters for $1.50 each and cocktails for $5.00. We went on Super Bowl Sunday and the restaurant was empty even with two tv's going at the bar. Food is very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner . Service is impeccable. Food was delicious and the ambiance was just perfect. Will probably be one of our regular restaurants from now on

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We eat at numerous Sonoma and SF restaurants, but this was our first time at K&L, and we were excited to finally give it a try. We both had the Petrale Sole, our favorite go-to fish dinner at most restaurants. However, the breading was pale and soggy, the sole was mushy, and the sauce had no flavor. It was served with over-cooked fries, no vegetables and no lemon garnish. This is a very basic dish, and we were disappointed that this seemed to be the best that K&L could do.

The pretzel was satisfactory, but not as good as Hopmonk’s.

Gravestein Grill has an excellent Petrale Sole, so there is no reason for us to go back to K&L.

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vipFoodlover
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Met my daughter there for some catching up so wanted somewhere we could get good food that was a little better than the usual daily fare. Also wanted to be warm and able to hear. We were not disappointed. The food was served hot and well plated. The French Onion soup was great and the Cesar salad crisp and fresh and not too much dressing. Both meat eaters we had the nightly special steak with fries and the cheeseburger - good list of cheeses to choose from. The fries were perfect and large portions. It was a lovely evening.

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vipSteph1818
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food, nice ambiance and overall fun experience. Service a bit slow but not terrible, and it was a busy Saturday nite. Would return for dinner for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience3

Please dim lights

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The fluorescent lighting on the ceiling in the main dining room is awful. I’ve asked multiple times for them to dim those - really they should change the bulbs.

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DinerDigh
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I remember the cozy experience K&L Bistro was when I first visited after moving to Santa Rosa in 2008. Sadly, that ambiance has changed to be like all the other popular restaurants: high ceilings and noisy. However, the food was great and we’ll be back!

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vipLamar
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Visiting Seniors from Arizona.

Remembered as a small sophisticated French Restaurant in the past. Now remembered as a noisy Sports Bar serving French food with a casual atmosphere.

Decent service with decent food, but not outstanding as a French Restaurant.

Yes, it has changed over time. 3*

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ThomasO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and everything was great.
We got there early for our reservation and our table was ready. We were seated immediately.

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JohnH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Very poor French fries; way over cooked ! .....and ambiance spoiled by far too high noise level.

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Whatthebeeb
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Amazing food!

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Marty
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Check in was screwed up with no immediate table available. Otherwise ok.

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Knowfood
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was delicious. The service did not come up to the level of the restaurant. The boys serving are nice but inept. They have obviously not been served in a nice restaurant and need some leadership. The main dining room was overly lit. It looked more romantic outside on the patio even though it was 45 degrees.

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ronbomb
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Impressive cocktails,service and onion soup. My wife wasn't thrilled with the calamari;my entre choice of sausages was unavailable and although I ordered my cheeseburger to be cooked medium,it arrived very well done.Also,although we ordered a side of creamed spinach,it never arrived.

Overall.I will have a tough time convincing my wife to return to try again.

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MichaelA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

With some caveats. I would avoid the Mac and Cheese as it has very little taste. Other things on the menu, mussels, steak and frites, onion soup are better than most.

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BrianL
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Somewhat disappointed, had expected more. I had been there for lunch sometime back and it was excellent, so my expectations were high. The service was slow, our waitress though very pleasant seemed overworked. The food was less than I had thought it would be, though our daughter enjoyed her mac and cheese. Great atmosphere, our cocktails were good, the food not so great. Oh well will give another try sometime in the future, perhaps we just got an off night.

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RobertaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was fantastic. The onion soup is out of this world. Calamari is always terrific. We've eaten their steak and it was delicious, hamburger is a great buy and fun to eat. We love eating here.

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vipTom69
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

First time dining at this restaurant. Big write up in local paper brought us out from Petaluma. I ordered the Chicken and fried kale. The chicken piccata was excellent. It was smothered with peppercorns. Maybe half the peppercorns would have been better. The plate and half of the chicken was covered with fried kale. The kale was flavorful but way too much. I would recommend about a third of the kale. It was just too overwhelming. That same dish with mash potato’s and a little kale would be superior. My wife ordered the raviolis and steamed spinach. The spinach was good. The raviolis were under cooked/tough. I had a glass of sparkling which was good. We finished it off with an excellent hot fudge Sunday. When we received the bill, I noticed that an additional drink was added to the bill which we didn’t order. That wine beverage was removed from our bill. Staff seemed a little overwhelmed and lacked awareness. Overall we were disappointed.

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vipMartymaz
San Francisco
146 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had discontinued dining here two years ago after three bad experiences in a row. We had a great experience this time. The food was delicious, the service was good and the ambiance has always been good. We will go back again soon.

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MikeF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We can’t say enough about the server we had. 1) She was attentive without being omnipresent. 2) She did not ask how our food was “tasting”!!! (There ought to be a law against this.) 3) She remembered our order when we were interrupted.

Drinks came quickly and food was prepared as indicated on the menu. A very enjoyable evening.

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Whatever
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

K and L continues to be my go to local restaurant. Always consistently good.

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vipLinB
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal here while visiting Sebastopol. It’s a favorite local place for us. Started with sumptuous butternut squash soup, on to amazing salads and then filet of sole meniere and lamb sliders, ending with chocolate peanut butter torte. YUM!! All was flawlessly prepared and service was excellent. We highly recommend for local and organic ingredients that are prepared quite finely with excellent wait staff.

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PatriceD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, friendly staff... Haven’t been there in awhile. Will return 👍🏼

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the service and the options and the ambiance.

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Sydney
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice little bistro, variety of food choices, and not too filling after a day of wine tasting!

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vipElisaC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and staff were especially helpful and friendly. Loved our experience.

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vipStuartR
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love this place. Every time we are in Sebastopol we come here. All the way from Philly. It is always good.

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JeannieK
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to K&L Bistro and all four in our group were exceptionally pleased with our experience. Great service and delicious food at reasonable prices. This was a great find and we’ll be back when we return to the area!

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Sami
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall, food was very good. French fries however were almost uneatable. If fact, we did not eat them and questions were not asked. Main entrees were pricey for lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was delicious. We especially liked the option of ordering from both the regular menu and the bar menu. We Will definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, delicious and delicate

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vipneetz
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent great food. Try the Branzino ! Great drinks and appetizers. Fabulous service. Our go to place.
Our friends loved it.

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TamiT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Great service by Jonathan. The burgers have been better. Meat didn’t taste top quality and SUPER salty. I’ve had better there. Side salad had just the greens which seemed from a Costco spring mix box. No toppings on top just plain greens. Interesting??? The bread prior to the meal was not good at all...dry

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vipJahjo
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The server made it for us. As always, the food was great but, she really took care of us, decanted the wine and generally made us feel special. This is why we Rayo it and this is whiner love K&L.?

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