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Date
Thu, 4/26
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10:00 PM
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K & L Bistro

4.4
1135 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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"
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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Neighborhood
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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
What 1135 People Are Saying
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4.4
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

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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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Our favorite place... can’t beat the service! Food never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

It was very slow the night we went which we loved because it is usually very loud during peak hours and difficult with a party more than 2.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Fantastic service and best sauteed fish Ive ever had in a restaurant

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Crab cakes and cocktails were good. Chicken piccata underdone and had mealy texture. Pan fried duck breast overdone, especially end pieces. Steak cooked to rare rather than medium rare.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We had an absolutely wonderful meal (as in past visits also).. The French onion soup rivaled the best I have ever had, and the duck breast was excellent. My only complaint is that they don’t update their website enough, I went in drooling for the duck confit as described on their site , only to find that they change their menu every few days, and it wasn’t available.
My disappointment only lasted until the first course, though. Everything was delicious. Highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Our server, and I regret I didn’t catch her name, was efficient, warm and funny without being intrusive. Made our evening. Food was very good, but Inwill remember her smile longer than the risotto.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was fine.
appetizer special of salmon sliders
beet salad
sardines
brussel sprouts
asparagus salad
apple/huckleberry crisp

Service was good.

A tad pricey for what you get.

But the noise level was bad. I was there on a Saturday night, so the place was crowded. And noisy.

I would not go back at a busy time because of the noise.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We went to K&L Bistro for Restaurant Week (RW) this year. Previously we've been to this restaurant for our 10 year anniversary. On that occasion I was disappointed but my husband was satisfied. We thought we'd try it again this year for RW, however the menu was not available. We trusted they would be doing something special for RW. But when we arrived the offering was an Arugula salad with an Artichoke Crostini, Asparagus/Artichoke Risotto, and Lemon Gelato for dessert - no meat protein. Still trusting they would do something special, I ordered the RW offering. In hind sight that was a mistake. The crostini was delicious but the salad was sparse. The risotto had fresh, al dente vegetables but none of the savory qualities that you would expect from a risotto. It was NOT creamy. No broth flavor. Needed SALT+. Just rice with steamed veggies. Very disappointing since this was supposed to be the signature dish! The gelato was delicious and served to save the meal. Service was slow. I don't think we will go back since there are so many other good restaurants in Sonoma County.

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3.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Our 35th wedding anniversary, but seated at a tiny table with bright spotlights in my face. Other tables were available that felt better and we were allowed to move. The macaroni and cheese was this highlight of the dinner, but enormous as an appetizer. Duck breast with veggies was good, not great. Sole meurnier was too rich, then served with French fries. Ramey Cabernet was an unusually good value. Server asked if we wanted more bread, which we didn’t need more bread, but we were surprised she took away the two pieces we had remaining. We didn’t say we didn’t want our bread. 😕 Overall we left feeling a bit let down. The original K&L was a much more enjoyable atmosphere and better food.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We had a good time with the family for my birthday. The food was good. The waitress was exceptionally helpful without being intrusive in any way. The portion sizes were large. My husband likes his vegetables softer; and my broccoli was tough. We had no complaint. The only reason I wouldn't go back is economic. It was a bit pricey for our budget

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food was pretty mediocre. Mussels were mealy and soft. Hamburger was lackluster. This is a hit or miss place. If not busy, food can be excellent. Too often it is just mediocre. Restaurant is a shell of its former self.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

The appetizers (rabbit roulette; FOI's gras) were OUTSTANDING. The main courses served with French fries: the fires were like eating cardboard. Obviously not freshly prepared, not just overcooked - tasted like yesterday's food. Really sloppy.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

My son has very high standards. He has hosted food pairing dinners with local craft beers. He loved it all for his early birthday dinner. He had the duck breast, I had the grilled hangar steak, and we enjoyed the Caesar and the wonderful Marrow Bones. A close friend recommended K & L as the best restaurant in Sebastopol. Glad to have found it.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

K & L has been one of our go-to places whenever we are in town.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

We love going to K and L. The food is always wonderful, especially their tuna tartare which I have to order every time. The wait staff are consistently efficient and helpful.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

I have had many many meals here over many years and this was the only time that I would complain about the food. The fish was served very simply and just not very good with fries that were not very good, the chicken was good enough but the side of kale salad was just kale (not chopped or torn), tough without anything except dressing. The restaurant tends to get loud and we know that.... and loud it was!! Very hard to talk. There was nothing special about the service, it was "fine". One glass of wine, one cocktail, 2 entrees and a Ceasar salad over $100.00.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Had a wonderful waiter Very attentive
Great meal

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

K & L is one of our top 'go-to' choices for a special occasion or treating out-of-town guests. The food is inspired and delicious, and have gotten outstanding service on every visit. The extra reason we love this restaurant is their amazing support every year for Food For Thought on Dining Out For Life. It's the icing on the cake to make our strong recommendation complete!

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was exceptional- the French Onion soup , oyster selection and Mac and cheese was our favorite!

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Nice atmosphere with restaurant convenient to bar area. Outdoor patio looks like good place for summer dining

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Waitress didn’t pick up the clues about when to order and seemed a bit miffed we were not ready when she asked if we were ready to order.
Having French fries as the side to Petrale Sole was a poor choice. Had to ask for bread and butter. Brought a bottle of Pinot Noir and had to ask that the wine glasses fit the varietal. Not very sophisticated considering their pricing.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Another awesome meal and time at our favorite neighborhood bistro. Richard was awesome (as usual). Karen and Lucas (the “K&L” of the place’s name) have set up a great place.

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3.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Had to ask our server to turn down the overhead lights - they did, and ambiance improved. Burger was great but not a great value at a base of $14.00 plus $2.00 for each add-on.
Brussels sprouts were undercooked.

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3.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Food and service were excellent, but it was so noisy we 3 couldn't hear one another..

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The service was excellent. Our server helped with recommendations and the courses were properly timed. Food was generous and tasty.

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2017

I'm not quite sure how to review this. I have been here before and always liked it. The ambiance is great, the wait staff is great, and usually, the food is great. Last time however, I ordered some fish (Sole Muniere) that came with fries. The fish was mediocre, and the fries were terrible. My husband had a burger and fries. Burger was pretty good, fries terrible. The oysters were excellent, and happy hour drinks reasonable. The entire meal was around $100, which can be expected with drinks and oysters but NOT worth it at all. I would like to see something interesting with a fish dinner. Maybe pureed root veggies, flash fried brussels sprouts, salad, really, anything but those dried up over-cooked very stale fries. I am willing to give this place another chance, but I'm hoping it's a lot better next time.

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3.0Dined on December 17, 2017

We were particularly unhappy with the service. Our waitperson was pushy, harsh, and seemed to be in a great hurry though there were very few other customers. She wanted our drink order as we were sitting, tried to order us appetizers before we had seen the menu, and was generally not service oriented. The food was fine, though way expensive for the quality.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

We go here often, as we enjoy the food & service. My only complaint this time would be that they never do anything extra..such as a complimentary dessert for a birthday. I stated on my reservation it was my husbands birthday..a special one too! Most nice restaurants provide a small dessert as a treat. Oh well. I bought him a nice dessert. Otherwise, still one of our favorites!

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

K & L is tried and true....consistently good. Not out there and edgy tho. The mussels were superb....the steak au poivre (sp) a little over -cooked and not particularly memorable. Great service overall.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

We were fans of the smaller K&L before the remodel and expansion, and just hadn’t bonded with the newer version. Maybe it was growing pains as the kitchen adapted to the larger space, but we were disappointed and fell out of the K&L habit.

This week K&L was convenient after an event at the Center for the Arts, so we gave it another try, and had one of the best meals we’ve ever eaten there. Both the food and the service were spot on. Their oyster selection was good, our Caesar was classic, the grilled sardines a treat, and the lamb shank with risotto was swoon-worthy.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

Great happy hour deals and excellent food, nothing better than oysters and crisp white wine. The mushroom bisque was incredible .

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food
My wife loved the salmon

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1.0Dined on September 24, 2017

Setup the reservation online. Received an email back which was great. We had a 7pm reservation on 9-24-17. We arrived to a half full restaurant and were seated in the back corner with other people (not spreading people out). We asked to be moved outside since there was only one couple out there and not busy (shortly before we went out to the patio the couple finished). We were moved outside and sat there for over 20 minutes with no service at all. No water or drink order. We left and went to another local place that took care of us! This was a 10th anniversary dinner and they were aware when the reservation was scheduled online. We were not greeted with a congratulations or even a smile from the lady at the front desk. I own a service company and this establishment couldn't spell "customer service." Very upsetting since we came from OHIO.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2017

Our lunch today was a business lunch. We happened to be clients this time. Our host has been there before and being from San Francisco, was again very pleased at the service and food.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2017

Excellent food and service. Seated promptly (had a reservation). Our waiter Stav was attentive, friendly and engaging. Went with the Mac and Cheese as an appetizer (a little comfort food). I thought is was an "interesting" choice for an appetizer but it was great selection by my table mates (best shared among 3-4 or a meal by itself for younger picky eaters). We had the sole, a burger and salmon. All top notch. My daughter, who is very particular about salmon, gave it her highest marks. It was a relaxed, memorable meal.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2017

Long standing, remodeled local .. should try if in the area.

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1.0Dined on July 11, 2017

The service here was so bad that I am actually writing a review. If it wasn't for the bus boy ( who was excellent ) we would have walked out as no server came to our table for the first 20 minutes we were there. He finally realized that no one had come to our table so he was able to summon one for us. Our server came and took our order and that was the last we saw of him. Throughout our dinner random servers came by our table with things we didn't order asking us if we had ordered them. Everyone who worked tonight seemed confused and like they had no idea what they were doing.

The food was decent but nothing spectacular. Our rare date night was a huge disappointment and we will not be recommending this restaurant to anyone.

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