K & L Bistro

4.3
1173 reviews
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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"
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Seafood, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4pm;
Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Brunch: Saturdays/Sundays: 11am - 3pm

Bar Menu: Daily: 11am - 11pm
Happy Hour: Daily: 3pm - 6pm
Oyster Bar - Year Round
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Phone number
(707) 823-6614
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Karen & Lucas Martin
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Cross street
Bodega Hwy.
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Parking details
allow extra time for parking on Friday and Saturday nights 6-8 pm
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Entertainment
Open Kitchen
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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WS
San Francisco
1 review
4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We actually wanted to have your lunch menu, but were there on a Sunday. The tuna tartar was excellent as were the Caesar and Cobb salads. The squash soup was very disappointing, very bland, no spices. It was vegan, so it needed a boost as summer squash doesn't have a strong flavor.
The waiter was excellent.

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L
San Francisco
11 reviews
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

On the whole quite good. Drinks were perfectly made. My friend had the tuna tartar..excellent and the Mac and cheese also very good. I had the homemade sausage which was a bit dry and not flavorful enough. The waiter was excellent and anything we requested he brought right away.

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LS
1 review
5.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We first discovered K&L several years ago and we continue to make it our go to place for our anniversary every year. This year was no different and we enjoyed another excellent meal. My wife started with an espresso and I had a half dozen miyagi oysters with a glass of Zin. As an entree, she had the sole and I had the evening's special, which was a rib eye. Both were served with an abundant helping of perfectly cooked french fries. Our meals were outstanding in every way. To finish, we shared our annual treat, creme brulee. Their added touch of decorating the plate in a script Happy Anniversary in chocolate was a big hit and much appreciated. We will be back again next year....if not sooner!

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OT
Chicago
87 reviews
4.0Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

K&L Bistro has a solid menu with the items prepared nicely. They have a good selection of items so it's easy to find something for everyone. Service was well executed, friendly and timely.

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BA
San Francisco
14 reviews
5.0Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife's birthday....and once again, she chose K&L for her special birthday dinner.
Thanks for the great food, service and atmosphere.
Bob & Becky Ankers

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JR
1 review
4.0Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Slow bar service. Dining room is very nicely done. Service was slow at the bar but great at the table for dinner.

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MA
San Francisco
5 reviews
5.0Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The sole meuniere is perfect and so is everything else I have had there.

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TL
Chicago
2 reviews
1.0Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was POOR.... food was average. Never again.

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DQ
1 review
5.0Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful choice for fine bistro fare in Sebastopol. The ever-changing menu is full of interesting choices, the servers are efficient and knowledgeable, and the chef/owners are fantastic. We also much appreciate Karen and Lucas continuing their quadrennial tradition of inviting the community in to share World Cup football matches, regardless of start times!

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BC
San Francisco
4 reviews
4.0Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been here before and return specifically for the Mussels. Beer selection is outstanding with a great variety of new and interesting ones. Usually very busy on a friday night but we were lucky this time and although the room filled up by the time we left it was very pleasant. Erin our server was attentive without being intrusive and was quite friendly.

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M
San Francisco
17 reviews
3.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good service, ok food, pleasant dining room, not likely to come back

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, and excellent food and wine selection!

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B
San Francisco
119 reviews
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service and delicious food at K and L. (We knew it would be a great night when we found a parking spot right outside the front door!) We shared a Caesar Salad which was fresh and very tasty. My husband had the steak and French fries; I have never seen so many French fries on one plate! So, of course I HAD to taste one....yummy and crunchy! I had the pasta with shrimp in a creamy sauce...and it was fantastic! For dessert, we shared the Cherry and Apricot Crisp! Another WOW!!! What an excellent combination and what a great way to end our delicious dinner!!!

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Z
San Francisco
8 reviews
3.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The last time we were at K & L was before the remodel, so it’s been a while. When we arrived the host was not able to find our Open Table reservation. Since the restaurant wasn’t crowded, they found a table for us. When I ordered a drink the waiter asked a question that implied he had no idea what kind of drink I was ordering. There weren’t that many people in the restaurant but it was still hard to hear our conversation. We had to speak in loud voices and the tables were super close together so we kept our conversation pretty neutral. The food was fine but nothing spectacular. Totally disappointed.....

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M
San Francisco
1 review
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Amethyst oysters from Hog Island were pristine and light. Fabulous martinis, made at the suggestion of our server with Benham's gin - locally made in Graton. Our wedge salads were a lofty heap of baby romaine, well balanced & not overdressed. He had the whole grilled branzini, filletted at table by our capable server. It was overcooked for me, but I like my fish rare. His side of spinach cooked with garlic & lemon was delicious & bright. I had the crab cakes, which came with a huge pile of crispy fries. I meant to ask them to sub some veges instead, but figured it was too late. When I mentioned this, I was given a nice plate of dressed greens. For dessert we shared a succulent chocolate peanut butter torte thingy with ice cream & salted caramel, then staggered happily home.

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LT
Hawaii
8 reviews
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a special find of a restaurant, as we drove through central California. I enjoyed the most delicious sole meunière I’ve had, and my husband’s home-made white sausages were very special. What a treat!

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f
San Francisco
6 reviews
4.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food is good, however there seems to be an emphasis on fried, for example, the chicken piccata was breaded and fried. Also, perhaps a little heavy on salt, but that is common in restaurants. They emphasize fresh and local.

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J
1 review
3.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

RESTAURANT AND SERVICE WERE GOOD. HALIBUT FAIRLY FLAVORLESS, SALAD FAIR, DESSERT GOOD. AMBIANCE NICE, BUT NOISE LEVELS HIGH FOR THE FEW CUSTOMERS PRESENT. SMALL PORTIONS AND FAIRLY PRICEY, BUT CONSISTENT WITH THE BAY AREA.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
1.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Took forever to get service. We ended up walking out.

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M
San Francisco
103 reviews
3.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had some major issues with our dinner. When our first course came, my wife’ soup had the chipotle cream fresh on top when she requested to leave it off. She decided to scoop it off and eat the soup anyway. She could not get it all off and it made the soup too spicy for her. We were done with our first course before we could get anyone’s attention to change it out. The second round of first course orders came and when we were done with those my wife’s soup was served. She refused it saying she did not want to rush through it and holding everyone up from their main course. No apologies were ever offered. The main course came. I ordered Bronzino on the basis that it would be de-boned for me. Our server, instead of cutting the fish and lifting the flesh off the bone, cut on either side of the bone, bulling the spine out leaving all the side bones in the fish. It was inedible with all the small bones. When my dish was picked up and most of the fish was left on the plate, no one ever asked me about my experience. The shame is the flavor of the Bronzino was amazing. All the food was delicious and our experience was quite frustrating. It’s a reminder for me that a good experience is more than good food.

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R
San Francisco
33 reviews
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Vodka martinis great, service great, so noisy could not talk to each other without yelling once place got full. French fries wonderful

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e
Sacramento
10 reviews
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in for lunch. Sat at the bar, where a smartly dressed young woman enthusiastically greeted and served us. We each opted for the" Impossible Burger". Very good. One of us will opt for double cheese next time. One of us had well drinks. The other enjoyed hand crafted cocktails made with in-house shrubs, essences, and syrups - stunning on the palled and delicious to drink. We'll be back soon. Worth the thirty minute drive.

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PW
San Francisco
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and friendly service

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O
San Francisco
36 reviews
3.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We eat at K&L regularly. Friday was an unusual experience. We were placed in a table which appeared to be next to the entrance to the bathroom. So people coming through from the bar were going past us constantly.

We ordered a Cesar salad. Th greens appeared fresh, but it did not appear as if whomever had dressed it had bothered to look at it. Most of it was undressed.

My main course the chicken, was a little different. The chicken was fine, but the kale salad did not taste very well prepared.

Coffee tasted like water. What I pointed this out to our waitress who was Asian, she said, "we have a lot of new people who just started and need to be trained". She did not apologize or offer to do anything about it.

We have had many many good meals at K&L and like it. Maybe Friday was just a bad night for them. But in some basic areas the restaurant appears to have lost quality control. Maybe we are too attentive to details, but it did feel a bit odd.

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BA
San Francisco
14 reviews
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our local favorite! We live in Santa Rosa and we always choose K&L Bistro for dinner or dessert.

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RR
San Francisco
11 reviews
4.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great, except don't order the steak au poivre rare. It's not a cut that works well in rare. Too tough. Sauce good though, and tuna tartare has a real 'kick." The atmosphere is very much a neighborhood, and very pleasant.

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H
Mississippi
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

French Onion Soup is some of the best we’ve ever had! Went two days in a row just for that!

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L
Central Coast
23 reviews
2.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Sad. What used to be a lovely lunch spot with the
BEST Salad Nicoise ever is now regular food with little content.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal!

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c
San Francisco
6 reviews
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and professional service. The food is consistently good. Highly recommended.

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GA
San Francisco
2 reviews
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

very disappointed with the food based with zagat rating and other reviews . Eggs were way undercooked. Homemade sausage pretty bland. Salad extremely oily. Mushroom Omelette super spicy (not specified on menu)
Service was great though
Will not come back

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JC
San Francisco
5 reviews
2.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

K&L is good for daily lunch and dinner. K&L has difficulty keeping up with holiday/Mother's Day crowd. We were first seating of the day, with main dining room 2/3 filled. Very friendly and attentive server. Ordered drinks, which arrived within5-6 minutes. Coffee did not. Placed brunch orders. Orders came out 15-20 min later. 3 of 4 orders were cold. Sent back 2 orders to reheat or? One order came back approx 10 min later. Since it was eggs Benedict, the order was split. Canceled the second order. 4th order had a side dish, which came after order was finished. Server canceled charges for the two cold orders. Had a similar experience last Mother's day, so we get it..good for daily uncrowded diing, not for crowded holiday dining.

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n
San Francisco
12 reviews
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was the best part of our Mother’s Day brunch. The doughnuts were amazing, too. Our entrees were fine, nothing spectacular. But we would try it again because of the service, for sure’

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p
San Francisco
2 reviews
2.0Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The only problem was how long it took to get the food, like 40 minutes.

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S
New Orleans
12 reviews
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at K & L Bistro was excellent. We both had fish, with oysters as starters. The oysters were fresh, and chilled with a wonderful champagne sauce. The Halibut, had a beautiful, Israeli
couscous and seasonal vegetables. I have to say it was the best combination I think I've ever experienced. K & L Bistro is consistantly good food, whether for dinner or a Sunday brunch!

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M
1 review
5.0Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

K&L Bistro never disappoints. My favorite restaurant in Sebastopol.

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OT
New England
32 reviews
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved this experience. Great interesting food, enthusiastic staff, super friendly bartender, hip vibe, inviting bar, local's fun spot. We started with fried tater tots accompanied by garlic aioli - (ok, so this is now my top desert island choice). Following (in big tater tot foot steps) we had the KFC - Korean Fried Chicken - yum - a good sweet savory balanced heaping of chicken wings. It was a polite but competitive race to see who could eat more. Having a bit more room, we finished off the trio with something cold and fishy - tuna tartare with sriracha, ponzu, avocado, & sesame crisps. A choice of meals when you want a little of everything and everything good! There was a lot more on the menu we would loved to have tried and on our next trip back to California we'll make this our first stop again.

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r
New York Area
32 reviews
5.0Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met a friend and business associate for lunch. The atmosphere was warm and friendly. We had wonderful wine from the area with lunch. We started with excellent tuna tartare with avocado. It was perfect. I had the quiche with a side salad and my friend had soft shell crab sandwich. Everything was wonderful and there were many other choices on the menu that I would love to try.

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SM
San Francisco
8 reviews
5.0Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant. New to the area so in discovery mode. This is definitely one we’ll be back to.

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PR
San Francisco
140 reviews
4.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Had our favorites tonight, French onion soup, caesar salad, ahi tuna tartare, and sardines. Wine was Pinot noir,and finished off with espresso

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