K & L Bistro

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1251 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"
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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

The welcome was better than in past experiences. Service was good, a bit strong at the beginning and then almost nonexistent when the room filled. Wish I could say some thing great about the food, but it was fair. We had full entrees which were unremarkable and pricy. Next time we will stick with apps, which were a better experience in the past.

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TB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Already recommend the restaurant to friends. It was wonderful and the food sole was perfect. Thank you so much. Good to return to places we love and enjoy.

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TB
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I haven’t been here for a number of years so I was excited to visit it again after having so many great experiences previously. While the space and the staff are just as great as always overall the food was just not what I’ve experienced in the past. Some of the quality and finesse seemed to be missing and in its place was large portions and too heavy a sauce. Just a fluke I hope.

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RJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is always good and the staff is outstanding.

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AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, nick was awesome. I came in with my three grown daughters. We just had so much fun! The food was awesome and we just laughed a lot! We, for some reason, began speaking with an English accent. Not sure why. My daughter proceeded to order dessert with that accent and our waiter, nick, responded with an English accent too!! We died! He was awesome!! Just a great place overall!😊

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D
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was pretty slammed for a late lunch on a work day and the World Cup was on. Lots of yelling and screaming with a TV in the bar 15 feet away. The food and service was great but it was really noisy. Might have just hit it on an unusual day.

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San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, but service was not so good. We had brunch. Huevos rancheros in quesadilla form was really good. Breakfast pizza was good, but it was not as described in the menu. It was salmon and cream cheese, not avocado and eggs. Our server did not bother to tell us it would be different, but we heard another server tell another table after we already got ours. The Bloody Mary was very basic with little flavor. Sangria was good. I waited a long time between drinks before I finally got my server’s attention to order another.

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I hadn’t been there since it expanded and were pleasantly surprised at how much bigger it is and WOW what a bar!!! What a fun place to hang out. Bar menu is great and happy hour was fun! Will definitely go back!

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YY
Seattle
113 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great server, excellent food, proper pacing. Magic French Fries - excellent except too noisy

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n
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant with excellent service and food

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a
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was fantastic

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P
Sacramento
59 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal at KnL.

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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
17 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
6 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
8 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
29 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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