BISTRO 13

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$30 and under
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Italian
is a family - run restaurant in camarillo we are proud to serve exquisite and authentic italian cuisine to the area. The combination of our amazing pastas along with our casual atmosphere allow us to welcome many regulars from the camarillo area.
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4.7
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The moment we walked in we were greeted with smiles and our table was ready for us as per our reservation request. The service was great and we really enjoyed talking to our server as well as the owner.Food preparation was quick and delicious. We will definitely be back in the near future!!!

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Bistro 13! Great food, service, and atmosphere!

MA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Handling a party of nine to celebrate a birthday went down without a hitch. As always, the food was ezquisite and the service superb.

BK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service is exceptional!

g
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Needs more ambiance.. great service.. food good value ok

RI
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice casual/semi-formal restaurant---excellent food and service. Giovanni always accommodating and provides an excellent menu.

A
Palm Springs
68 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

What a great meal. Food and service were excellent! We brought my parents here who live locally. They were very impressed and said they’d be back. Sadly, we will have to wait for our next visit to Camarillo.

JH
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant in the Mission Oaks area of Camarillo. I had made a reservation for a birthday gathering using Open Table. The owner greeted us with open arms. He made sure we were all taken good care of while there. He visited with us and made us feel special. The food was very yummy but a bit on the expansive side. Most of us took home a "doggie bag" and had another good meal.

I did learn that Open Table charges a fee for reservations, and even if the number in the party doesn't show, the fee is charged for the full amount. I had two party members who had to cancel the last minute. I felt terrible that I hadn't made my reservation directly with the restaurant. I will never use Open Table again!

MA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their chef's talent for food preparation and presentation, the table service, and menu variety are in keeping with expectations of a high quality dining experience. Our party of three savored the flavors of mushroom risotto with filet mignon, blue cheese crusted filet mignon, and Bolognese lasagna each of which were pleasing to our respective palates. Pricing is commensurate with hallmark dining.

Z
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Giovanni, the owner is extremely accommodating, he will do whatever he needs to make your dinning enjoyable!!!

MS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

For the price, service and food was okay. Noise level seems loud based on the space.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great! Our favorite local restaurant

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JW
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great little find in area truly lacking good restaurants. They know how to cook.

FJ
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience! A local gem. Greeted by Giovanni at the door and escorted to our table. Also greeted by staff along the way. Wine served almost immediately. Food was delicious. Our server, Lexi, treated us like friends and was very helpful. Low lighting and noise level create a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere that encourages diners to really savor their food. Highly recommend!

M
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Sorry we looked forward to this, first time there for a birthday. My husband is Italian. Only thing we enjoyed was the caprase salad and the rolls. Spent a lot of money there and we wish we could say we can’t wait to go back, but doubt it. We really wanted to like this restaurant. Service was great, food was not 😕.

C
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The only reason I didn’t rate the restaurant higher was because of its poor wines by the glass list, and a mistake with Open Table. The food was excellent, the service was good, and the ambiance was nice and not noisy, after a few loud people left. The restaurant has some sound proofing.

The wine list looked like it was put together by the local distributor and offered uninteresting, basic stuff, including White Zinfandel, which is a terrible relic of the past. They definitely need to up their game to provide a better selection to match the quality of their food, which is excellent. We had the soup, Gamberi penne, (gluten-free option, a nice touch) and the Salmon with Beurre Blanc sauce. Both were well prepared and tasty. We ended up sharing a small bottle of Prosecco. We know wine very well.
More choices of Italian wines by the glass (by region) would be the way to showcase Italian food and wine.

Unfortunately the restaurant was late in submitting that we had been seated, according to Open Table policies. When I phoned the owner, he referred me to the manager, who preferred to argue, rather than just check with the hostess to see if we were marked as seated with Open Table. He insisted that I was wrong - they just click a button when the reservation is made, not again when the client is seated. Restaurants use Open Table to keep track of no-shows! He told me he would call OT Mon and great back to me. I sent an email to Open Table customer service, explained the problem, and got the matter resolved on my own. This morning, the points showed up in my account, with a response from OT. I use OT a lot, (15K pts over time)and have not had a problem, even during their acquisition of Top Table in London, when they were combing UK points to OT’s USA accounts.

On the bright side, the restaurant has free corkage on Weds, so we can take our own wine. I’ll make sure to check with the hostess that we are marked as seated, and hopefully enjoy their cuisine again.

n
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We wanted to find some place different to dine that was in between Simi & Ventura. Our friends live in Simi & we are in Ventura. My friend did a little research & decided on Italian. What an awesome dining experience. The only complaint was from my husband. His dish had too much oil. Oh well. What did he expect? That is why everything tasted so yummy! We will be back.

LO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't wait to go back...

The Chilean Sea Bass was outstanding and the Risotto (side dish) was the best I've ever had, not to mention the excellent Caesar salad we started with. I have to mention the Lemon Drop Martini which Giovanni (the owner) made with fresh lemons from his tree. It was the best Lemon Drop Martini I've ever had.

This is my new favorite restaurant even though I don't live in Camarillo.

JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Every time we go to the restaurant we really enjoy everything. My only complaint every time we’ve gone the dinner salad is SUPER small..... 4 bites.

c
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service. Great local restaurant!

MA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Hot rolls, salad, and clam chowder were number one starters. Jorge was most accommodating. Kudos to entire staff. Only criticism was mushroom risotto with filet mignon ~ meat was not as tender as expected. May have just been the cut. Flavors were worthy of reordering during next visit.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Food was excellent but a little overpriced. Only thing I didn’t like about my meal was having my plate being hot but my veggies being cold

MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Feels like home! Giovanni, owner, welcomes you with a handshake or a hug. The staff are attentive and always smiling. The food is consistently excellent. I love the high quality pasta dishes and they often have my favorite, Sea Bass, on special. Also don't forget to ask about the Cioppino which, while not on the menu, is always available and probably my favorite Bistro 13 dish. Also we love the cozy atmosphere of the bar but no matter where you sit, you will have a great meal and a great time!!

CD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

They try to compensate for poor food with good service. My salad took forever and looked old. I had grilled veal that may have been ok but they drowned it in sauce . For the price a expect service and good food.

B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a dinner group of 8 that go out every Wednesday evening. Bistro 13 is one of our favorite
restaurants. Giovani welcomes us and treats us like we are guest in his home.
The food and service are outstanding. He makes it a point to go to every table and make sure every guest
feels the same way we do.

S
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the mushroom risotto, cooked to perfection. Also the special of rack of lamb. Perfectly prepared to medium. Excellent wine-pairing suggestions as well.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice and quiet for a business meeting with good food-

HM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Started out with week old, or so it seemed, brown and flimsy salad. Inedible, possibly harmful. Entrees were acceptable, but nothing to write home about. Service was quick and courteous.