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About K & L Bistro

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"

119 S. Main St.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Seafood, Californian

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

Cross Street:
Bodega Hwy.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 823-6614

Website:
http://klbistro.com/

Entertainment:
Open Kitchen

Parking Details:
allow extra time for parking on Friday and Saturday nights 6-8 pm

Executive Chef:
Karen & Lucas Martin

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

K & L Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
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Cozy (5)
Fun (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Romantic (5)
Business Meals (5)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
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Great for Brunch (3)
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Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Had a wonderful waiter Very attentive
Great meal

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fun, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·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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vip
 (Palm Springs)·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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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·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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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food
My wife loved the salmon

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 (San Francisco)·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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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Healthy, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Central Coast)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (Cleveland)·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.

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Not very good all around. With only one night in Sebastopol, my boyfriend and I were disappointed that we chose to eat here. Service was bad since a busser didn't show that night (but the staff was very apologetic and they comped our dessert). Food was mediocre, and the menu was set up badly. I ordered petrale sole & the only thing it came with was French fries. My boyfriend ordered mussels and literally all he got was a pile of mussels with French fries on the side. No pasta or anything to go with the clams, and no vegetables with either of our dishes. I can understand bad service due to a no-show, I work in the restaurant industry myself and it happens quite often, but the dishes in general weren't given much thought when they were created and are not well-rounded at all.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Normally we love the service at K&L, but on this evening the bus service was not good.
The bus person, a young Asian women was most of the the problem. Our water was re filled once. The temperature outside was 102 that evening. I had to wave a server over for a refill of water. We were also not given a basket of bread until I asked our server for one, after being there for 20 minutes, while other tables were given bread and water around us. She apologized. It was the bus persons responsibility. Also, We were never asked if we would like another drink, while my empty wine glass and my husbands empty cocktail glass sat on our table, empty! Our bread plates sat on our small table, dirty the whole time, after we finished our shared appetizers. This was very annoying, too. Our server was great, other then not checking on our drinks to be refilled at all. We will come back and try again. If this type of service ever happens again, we will complain to the manager on shift. We were so disappointed that we didn't even want to stay and have dessert. On a good note, our server and the food was great as usual!

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Best Cobb salad I've ever had. And our waiter, who has been with K&L for as long as we've been dining there (7+ years), is awesome.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2017

We were a party of three. There was a woman reading in the far corner of the restaurant, and our wait-person sat us close to her. I think this could have been finessed.....why not seat the people (on a Weds.) who will be "talking", furthest away from the other customer?

The tall guy with the beard was a genial and professional, friendly, waiter.

We wish that the guy in the dreadlocks on his cellphone had not been occupying the bar. Was he the owner? What is with that? Thumbs down unless he is a major investor. UGH.

Food was excellent. Five thumbs up!

Tags: Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Excellent dinner and service. Wonderful find. Anxious to try for brunch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Great.
Fresh, local, intelligently prepared with respect for the ingredients and the diner. Knowledgeable but non pretentious server, interesting and well thought out combinations of flavors and textures.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

I love this reaturant. A hiccup today but a long history of amazing gastronomy. The only place that has ever felt exactly like one does in france. Just go. It's amazing. We all get hiccups.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

All four of us had a wonderful lunch here. The food was both delicious and interesting. The service was impeccable. We will definitely return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

First off, our server Adam S. was just great. He anticipated, was cheery, knows the menu and even split one glass of wine between the two of us. The food was excellent. My husband loves the sole and I am all over the menu. Had the roasted shrimp "Louie" which was far better and different than the usual gloppy mess! Our Manhattans were also perfectly balanced and interesting. All staff is warm, attentive and friendly. A great place for almost any occasion. (I would hesitate to bring children under 9 or 10 here tho.)

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Staff very friendly and knowledgeable . Open bright space. Great bar and bar menu.

Tags: Business Meals, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Casual, Great Beer, Fun, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Probably our favorite Sebastopol restaurant always good always reasonable and a great spot to go for dinner lunch or any occasion the service is always great and the food impeccable

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 1, 2017

My wife and I have been going to K & L for many years. Since the expansion and reopening, while we like the ambiance of the new dining room, the food has suffered, it's not anywhere near the quality and consistency it was before the expansion. It's still good but not as good.

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