Mistral Restaurant & Bar - Redwood City

4.4
712 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mistral’s California cuisine focuses on serving the best local ingredients available. Chef Tim Fabatz serves up an immensely popular daily fresh fish special and has excellent seafood and shellfish offerings on the seasonally current regular menu. Mistral is committed to being responsible to the environment and to the people around us; therefore our seafood is from sustainable sources, our beef is hormone-free Certified Angus, naturally-raised pork, lamb and chicken are of the best quality available, organic produce is used wherever possible, and no trans fats are used in any recipe preparations. Mistral is a destination restaurant for anniversaries & birthdays, and has an off-the-beaten-path ambiance with year-‘round patio dining and water views, an outdoor fireplace, and plenty of outside heaters. Two private rooms and the covered patio are available for private dining, business dinners, banquets, cocktail parties, weddings, and special events.
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EM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and prompt service, varied menu with delicious options. Good cocktails too!

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AM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Sunday Mother's day Brunch - good food for the $ value

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BF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great restaurant. Always a good experience.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 4

The quality of food has gone down dramatically. It’s a pity because it’s a lovely restaurant.

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s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Mistral. Perfect on the water location. Superb, well timed service that was friendly. The scallops were excellent. My wife had the salmon that was superb as well. Entres were perfectly prepared. We highly recommend and will be back for our date nights.

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f
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Don't forget to order the fried calamari which includes other goodies.
Service is very friendly and sitting outside is the way to go.

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EL
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was friendly, attentive but not intrusive. Hosts friendly & upbeat. While the food is always good, prices continue to rise. Great, energetic spot for an occasional splurge.

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BK
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Always like the place but this time, the service was a bit rushed and inconsistent.

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DT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Noise level was not "energetic" --- it was UNCOMFORTABLY LOUD coming from a large party'
I actually heard this party from outside as we entered the restaurant. It may be a while before
I return.

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DH
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly staff, easy to find and fillet mignon was very delicious. We will be going back and trying some other dishes.

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B
Austin
33 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, food was delicious and the service impeccable. Our waitress was very attentive but not bothersome. Great experience!

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S
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Scallops were OK, had a fishy taste to them, which means they were probably not fresh.

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RS
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Refill on my iced tea came in a glass w Lipstick on it. I pointed it out and they removed with no further acknowledgement or follow up.

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g
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been here for several years and did not know what to expect. Bar and restaurant were not crowded for a Friday night. Had made reservations for 7pm, but would not have needed it. Several tables open outside which we had requested. Ambiance and food were great. Waiter was friendly and attentive. Parking right in front of the restaurant. Nothing negative to report. Would visit again.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything would’ve been perfect however, there was a corporate even which made the noise level sky rocket!

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DW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in Bay Area. I highly recommend it. Food, service, ambiance fantastic.

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely! Great ambiance.

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DB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time with freinds. A+++++++++++++++++++++++++

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

My group of six enjoyed our night at Mistral, celebrating my 50th! Our waiter went above and beyond to make our night fun. After dinner we sat around the fire pit. It was so lovely with the water feature and warm fire. They exceeded our expectations! We’ll definitely be back.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening for our family dinner, delicious food, excellent service with great ambience!

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We used to love this restaurant but the last two visits with a span of two months proved the food quality has gone down recently. I will try again because I want to like this restaurant again but I’m not holding my breath.

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LY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Nothing for birthday celebration provided though noted

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NS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was salty this time.

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m
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

they accommodated my requests but my steamed veggies were lukewarm and the serving size was pretty small. but it's a great place overall.

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TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location and decor, excellent service. Right on a lagoon with a lovely outdoor patio area with fireplace. Food just okay. The bread was delicious but I had the Thai beef salad and it really should have been listed as just a traditional steak salad. Didn’t really have a Thai flavor or traditional ingredients. My friend has the crab sandwich and that was good.

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RF
San Francisco
169 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go-to lunch restaurant on the Peninsula. Food and service are always top notch! Excellent tuna nicoise!

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NN
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely luncheon at Mistral's. The food was very good, and our waiter was outstanding - attentive but not intrusive, and very personable. We will definitely go back.

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c
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Fish of the day was a hit among our friends

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JA
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been going to Mistral periodically for a very long time. The new owners kept the really wonderful things like the Tzaziki/hummus/red pepper appetizer and has added some new dishes that were delicious. Homemade soups were all good. Sitting outside on the screened in porch is wonderful as long as you are under a heater although when there are really big parties, the noise level can be quite high.

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J
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience that I highly recommend.

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R
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good food and comfortable. The outside space looked inviting but there were two large parties so inside was both warmer and more quiet. The place started to get crowded at the end of our early meal. Service was friendly, funny, and helpful. Will be back!

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SC
London
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow and pretty much inattentive. In server’s defense, we were seated next to a table of 12-14 and he was likely oversubscribed. Food was ok. Of the three of us, none raves about their meal. Had not been in a while, but I wouldn’t rush back.

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EM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and very good food. It was a very nice evening

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w
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A good experience all around. Food was very good but the service was exceptional. Jeremy was super a was the support staff.

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G
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. the scallops were amazing, cooked just right. It was quit full which is always a good sign for a restaurant. We ate outside which is covered and had heaters running since it was a cool day outside. Menu portions are quite generous as well.

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

It got really loud . My risotto wasn’t cooked well.i had to request to change

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B
Central Coast
47 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

So sad to have to say this restaurant has gone DOWNHILL! We used to come to Mistral at least twice a month. We moved away and yet when we would visit we would always make sure we had a few meals here with family and friends. Our local friends said they never come here anymore because of the service and the food. I still went ahead and made the reservation. I should have listened. We got there at 6:45 on a Saturday. The restaurant was empty. We had a party of 6 with a toddler and where seated. We had to flag down the waiter for every single thing. Water, drinks can you take our orders now? The food came out and the presentations where nothing, the flavors where bland. They have this great bread they used to bring out but now you have to pay for it. I get that times are tuff but at least other the bread and if people want more then ask that they pay for more. The drinks where watered down. The servers seemed bored and not interested in really doing much. We will never go back.

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J
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect except I had forgotten my glasses and because we had a group of 11 I figured it was easier to have them all just pay me to make it easy. I tiled the normal 20%. The next day the total didn’t add up and I realized the tip was already included in the total he gave me. And so he needed up getting one huge bonus. My fault for not bringing my glasses and also having and extra glass wine. Just to let people k ow the tip is included on bigger parties.

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GA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Wish I could give this place higher ratings. I want Mistral to do well because it’s a convenient location and easy to park (in contrast to many of our peninsula downtown areas).

Went (admittedly) on a busy Friday night but the food, service and ambience were just okay. Our food (skirt steak, pork chop and sea bass) were long to arrive and hardly warm when they finally got to us. The pork chop was tough, the teriyaki steak was flavorful but chewy. The sea bass was somewhat bland. The server was not particularly helpful in telling us our food would be out and then it want. Lastly, The restaurant itself was cold (we ate indoors) to the extent my mom had to put her jacket on to be comfortable.

I hope our experience was out of the ordinary.

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n
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful meal. The food was one of the best experiences that I have had all year. The staff was warm and receptive in spite of the restaurant be extremely busy. Good for them it was a Wednesday night! The service was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this experience for a special family event or a high stakes business meeting. Congratulations to Mistral for providing a wonderful experience.

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