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K & L Bistro

4.4
1121 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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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 1121 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Orlando)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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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DonnaR 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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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AuntBead (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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Lorrena (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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PeteC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Had a wonderful waiter Very attentive
Great meal

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Mark (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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vipKenG (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined 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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Steve (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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vipSBartlett (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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vipSallycmc (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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LeAnn (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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Joe21 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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vipElleElle (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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IwineIdine (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food
My wife loved the salmon

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 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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vipGene (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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SouthCityTravelers (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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vipLarry (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 9, 2017

The service was excellent. My hamburger was delicious and so were the fries. The sole needed a little more seasoning. Wine was good.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 7, 2017

K&L is a restaurant that we will continue to go to on occasion. We find at times the food to be a bit inconsistent. Some of the entries are too heavy on the sauces and the french fries, or pommes frites. My brother-in-law's fish entree was swimming in a cream sauce that he remarked had little flavor. The plate was laden with french fries. My brother-in-law, who has a healthy appetite, did not eat too much on his plate for these reasons. My soup (I believe was the butternut squash soup) seemed to lack flavor and was heavy on the olive oil. On the other hand, my husband, and his friend ordered the salmon which they both enjoyed, although my husband thought the salmon was a tiny bit overcooked. Since Karen and Lucas are now less involved in the kitchen, the attention to culinary details may not be quite up to what it was previously.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2017

Delightful and one of only two places to dine in Sebastopol with consistently good food.

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Gastrogeeky1 (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on July 4, 2017

Food was great. Service was excellent. Nice dining room and a decent selection of wines. Went for lunch yesterday with my husband and parents. There was something for everybody - both healthy and indulgent options. We started with some oysters - clean and fresh and tasty mignonette. We then had Ahi tuna tartare, French onion soup - both delicious. My husband had the Cobb salad - fantastic. Other items we ordered were the chicken sandwich with green chile, smoked trout salad, and the shrimp salad. All were quite good.

Noticed in the way out they have nice happy hour specials. We'll be back.

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