K & L Bistro

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1240 reviews
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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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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was fantastic

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P
Sacramento
56 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

K&L is a wonderful place to dine in Sebastopol. We were staying nearby and made reservations for a Saturday night. Food was very good and priced well. Nice wine list which uncles one of our favorite Pinot Noirs. A little noisy which made conversation somewhat difficult.

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LT
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet, friendly yet professional and delicious! Our lunches of Ahi Tuna Tartare and Trout salad were delectable and eye appealing.

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KL
Naples
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had lunch at K & L after a wine tour (what else?) and were once again very happy with the wonderful food in Sonoma County. The oysters were fresh. The French Onion Soup was wonderful and the crab cakes are something you must try. We were told there were no fillers in the crab cakes and what a treat! Two beautiful patties of nothing but crab! The french fries were some of the crispest we ever had.

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CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressive service and delicious food! The three of us were new to the restaurant and all thoroughly enjoyed the fresh, well-orchestrated dishes.....we’ll definitely return!

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HR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in an attractive space. I have nor recommendations for improvement. Leave it as is.

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JS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

I’ve enjoyed K&L for 20+ years but it has been in steady decline since the expansion. The food is fine if you don’t compare it to the meals of it’s previous incarnation. The one VERY SIMPLE improvement that could be made is to LOWER THE LIGHT LEVEL! I get the “bistro” concept but it’s so brightly lit it’s uncomfortable. In keeping with the bright lights is the clatter level that’s off the charts! It was almost impossible to hear my dinner companion and the dining room was at half capacity.

This was my second disappointing experience. I didn’t write a review after the first time thinking perhaps it was an off night. This time I realized that sadly, the old K&L is no more.

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good restaurant. We will come again as we are moving near Sebastopol.

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GL
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Bistro experience in the North Bay! These guys have a fantastic touch with everything from the very simple Fair all the way to the most delicious, elaborate meals. The ownership seems genuinely concerned about not only the Ambiance of the diners, but also the well-being of their workers. We were able to see a number of Community people they're just hanging out at the bar. This is a great place both to be part of the community as well as have a fine dining experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional. We brought three people who had never been here before and we all decided that it’s worth more visits.

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S
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall the food seemed better than the last time we were there. Tomato soup was the special and it was pretty good. My partner had the octopus, which was good, but the portion was really small. The mussels were tasty and plentiful. Service was great and not intrusive.

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JR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with my husband. The food was delicious and the ambiance was lively. The menu selection offered something for everyone. Service was friendly and attentive. Not the first time I’ve been here and definitely won’t be the last.

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C
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and ambiance. It was a little loud due to high ceiling and acoustics, but overall a nice dining experience!

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MF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Convenient in down town Sebastopol. Good food - noise level was OK.

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CD
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and fun! Great vibes!

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ME
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

K&L has gotten quite a bit pricier over the years. While the food is very good, it doesn't feel like the same value now that it's so pricey. The Tuna Tartare was absolutely perfect, and probably my favorite part of the meal. Maybe the best I've had anywhere! The county line greens with warm goat cheese was excellent! For $32, my dungeness crab cake were good, but underwhelming. The breaded and fried presentation felt a little pedestrian. I was hoping for something a little more delicate and elegant. Still a lovely date night, and I'm sure we'll be back.

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NC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food just wasn't very good. Definitely not French!

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SR
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meals are picture perfect and always satisfying. I enjoyed a shaved fennel salad and seafood soup served with a perfectly toasted slice of sourdough during restaurant week. The calamari in the soup was the most tender I have ever experienced. K&L is my first choice for special celebrations. The dishes are beautifully presented and over the top delicious.

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JD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great little find in Sebastopol. Casual, west county vibe. High quality food served with classy, upscale presentation. This is the perfect neighborhood bistro that you will want to make a "regular".

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L
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately, I would no longer recommend K&L Bistro to a friend. I've been there periodically over the years and this time the quality had slipped. A core offering - the cobb salad - used to be something to rave about and this time was subpar - overdressed, and most concerning, the chicken was undercooked. I thought about sending it back - and should have - but was hosting a friend I hadn't seen in a decade and didn't want to dampen the mood. Her bottomless mimosa was so weak that she didn't even finish the first one. Don't know if it was just a bad day in the kitchen, but at $100 for lunch for two, I won't go back.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love K& L. We’re regulars!

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

There were only 2 people waiting on tables and the wait was slow for the food.
The in-house sparkling wine and cabernet sauvignon were not good tasting wines.
The noise level was extremely loud -I don't know how they can overcome the noise -perhaps
it is the clientele they attract not us older folks.
The servings of French fries for each of us was enough for 3 people -what a waste of
food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was fabulous. However, the restaurant did NOT have any record of this reservation. Even though I received confirmation messages from Open Table. I suggest everyone call to confirm their reservation. This delayed our plans by 45 minutes. I doubt I will use this app again for a reservation.

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BC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat out on the patio, under the heat lamps, it was a beautiful rainy evening. Our server was amazing and the Chicken Piccata was out of this world!

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MA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Winter Sangria and appetizers. Would recommend to a friend.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We prefer the bar.

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VW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

K&Like is consistently enjoyable. The service is very good, staff is friendly and informed. The food is tasty and well presented. Portion size is reasonable.

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F
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE K&L so much! You simply must go early for a cocktail and then have the mussels. They are outrageous! Hands down one of our faves in Sonoma County and we are locals!

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CV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Caesar salad was very disappointing
Lettuce now fresh
Chicken grisly
Oysters were ok
Three good and three not good
What's with the red minniotte

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K
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Often go to K&L and always have a real treat in the meal...the Cassoulet is amazing..enough for two...and the Pepper Steak with Frites is what I always get...am I in a rut? No...it's that good!!!

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NF
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We were very disappointed in our last visit to K&L. We live in Napa, but have gone out of way for over 11 years to dine here. We especially go for the Mushroom Omelet, with herbs of Provence and gruyere cheese. This time, there were very few people in the restaurant and only one server. Makes sense. However, we had a very hard time tracking down our server and she did not even pour our bottle of wine, except for the first pour. Also our tablecloth and several others were badly stained. We saw the server change the paper tablecloth on several tables without changing the stained ones underneath. The worst part was that we ordered the Mushroom Omelet and there were no herbs! In all fairness, they did replace the omelet quickly and admitted that a mistake had been made, but shocked that it could leave the kitchen without one of the key ingredients. Not our best experience here.

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DB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitperson, a tall young man with glasses, was not only intelligent but obviously cared about how we were. He is to be commended, paid well, promoted. I am sorry to say, the only thing I don't like about KandL is the two tv's. I know you have to amuse your bar patrons, but if I wanted to watch TV, I'd stay home. The food was wonderful, especially since we splurged on the oysters, which were beyond fresh.
Thanks very much. DDBowes

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EF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant is ok. Seems they serve their average tasting fries with everything. A real vegetable would have been nice, especially with a $20 plus crab cake entree. Drinks were good. If you’re looking to spend a little extra on average fair with descent service this would be a great option.

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

I was there to take my friend out for her birthday dinner. I mentioned that to the hostess and she said they'd do something special for her. That never happened. When we ordered a certain red wine, the wait staff said that they were out of it. When we ordered bread at the table, we were told that they were out of bread. Crazy! I felt like asking them if they ever heard of a store to replenish items that they're out of, like I need to do for my guests.

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PW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and a very convenient location to downtown Sebastopol.

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EB
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tuna tartare, excellent. Sauteed garlic spinach, excellent. Duck terrine, so so. Service was excellent. We would come again.

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LF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This visit was my first to K & L Bistro. We were able to park right out front, which started the experience off right. Service, from the moment we walked in, was superb - smiles all around! The food was very good, but not quite 5-star. I would definitely go again and recommend the restaurant to my friends.

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GJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

Our service was excellent and the food superb. However, the venue is a bit small and noisy. I was unpleasantly surprised when a quartet of singers with percussion appeared to sing holiday songs. This made conversation impossible. Then a band member approached our table asking for donations for some unknown and unverified cause. I did not come the this restaurant to listen to music or make charitable contributions. The ambiance suffered considerably for this intrusion.

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DF
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mussels were the best Ive ever had - beter than most I’ve had in Paris. For these alone, I would return without queston.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our lunch. Food was well prepared and presented.

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