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Bistro 33

170 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch

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Bistro 33 in Davis, California is a cultural gathering spot that offers guests a chance to experience Pacific Northwest cuisine and a friendly atmosphere that is inspired by local history. Enjoy paninis and wood-fired pizzas outdoors on the three-tiered patio or sit inside by the fireplace to enjoy a glass of wine, one of the many craft beers on the menu and more.

The menu at Bistro 33 includes ahi tuna poke and butternut squash tortellacci as well as sandwiches and burgers. Try shrimp cigars and a cast iron rib eye and dinner and be sure to watch the menu for the symbols that denote the many gluten-free, vegetarian or extra-spicy dishes offered at Bistro 33.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Sun: 9am - 10pm Mon - Wed: 11:30am - 10pm Thurs - Fri: 11:30am - 12am Sat: 9am - 12am
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Phone number
(530) 756-4556
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Fred Haines
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Private party facilities
Please contact the restaurant for more details.
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Private party contact
Michelle Heber: (530) 756-4556
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Cross street
3rd Street
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PUB QUIZ:Every Monday Starting @ 8:30 COMEDY:Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday Starting @ 8:30 POETRY Night:Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday Starting @ 9pm Mojito Night:Every Thursday Starting @ 8:30
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Special events & promotions
PUB QUIZ:Every Monday Starting @ 8:30 COMEDY:Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday Starting @ 8:30 POETRY Night:Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday Starting @ 9pm Mojito Night:Every Thursday Starting @ 8:30
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.7  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on July 5, 2014

I made a reservation through Open Table but when we got to the restaurant they did not have the reservation and said they do not use Open Table any longer. So, do not use this service to make a reservation at Bistro 33!

NMS53 (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on June 20, 2014

We had an eight pm reservation and were seated promptly upon arrival. We were seated outside near the front entrance. Weather was perfect and they had live music which was loud enough to hear and enjoy, but we were still able to talk comfortably at the table. The tomato soup is a must-probably the best I have had, and the salmon dinner was very good. It came with rice, which had cilantro and other spices,very tasty, and broccolini which as also very good. Other standouts at the table...the Pikes Market panini and the Banh-Mi Style sandwich. Long Island ice tea was also very good. Will definitely be back again.

vipmenlo (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 16, 2014

The outdoor seating area at Bistro 33 is excellent for lunch or dinner when weather permits. The indoor ambience is a little dark and dated for my taste. Service is good. The food is good and reasonably priced. Bistro is a solid choice.

Nemka (Sacramento)
2.0  Dined on June 12, 2014

The patio here is so lovely, probably the best in Davis, which is why it is so particularly disappointing that the food is so terrible. I ordered a simple salad and it was barely edible - too much dressing, ingredients not fresh, and, the worst part: there was a black hair on it. Revolting. The service was also mediocre: the waiter was fond of juvenile tag lines like "Is everything delicious over here?" I have been here before and had better food, so perhaps the chef was just having a bad day, but this salad cost $10 and it was horrible. I wish Davis would finally have some adult dining options, with consistently good food and service, but I've lived here for 5 years and am still looking. In the meantime, avoid Bistro 33.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
1.0  Dined on June 2, 2014

Dirty cloth napkins, chicken breast on the burger was small-hidden in a large bun, small amount of fries cooked in old oil. I was disappointed to say the least. Happy to see the college have lots of money to pay for food like that.

BZgolfer (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on May 21, 2014

I love Bistro 33 and eat there regularly. It was my friend's birthday - We sat on the patio and it was lovely evening! Love the new furniture around the fire pit.
We had a great server (sorry! forgot her name but not her good service).
She brought the BD girl a lovely birthday dessert that we shared.
I love your Chop Chop Salad!

LLDewe (Sacramento)
2.0  Dined on May 8, 2014

Bistro 33 used to be my daughter and my favorite lunch spot, great food and service. This time it was only average with the menu change and price increase making it much less desirable. We'll be finding a new spot...

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
2.0  Dined on April 20, 2014

Overpriced for mediocre quality food. Portions were half of comparable places in town.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 7, 2014

We have been here many times and have not been disappointed at any time. Their hours of operation have often fit the flexible times that we have needed.

Foodie1234 (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on March 30, 2014

Nice array of fruits and baked items at the bar (unlimited). Good choice of breakfast entrees and nice presentation. Unlimited mimosa's were delicious! All for $16.95. Worth the price!

Terri (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined on March 28, 2014

Nice ambiance. Very attentive service. Let us hang while the 3rd couple arrived aboutv45 minutes late. Only thing lacking was food quality. Meatball appetizers seemed to have spiciness to disguise dull flavor. Same for tagliatelle bolognese. Sweet potato fries a hit. Lobster ravioli with scampi had no trace of scampi. Dish was sweet when a savory red sauce with garlic and basil would have been better.

Holly (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2014

We were searching for a new place to stop en route from Grass Valley to East Bay..what a find! We ordered too much because the portions were generous , next time we'll make dinner on a selection of appetizers. Definitely get the tuna appetizer!

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on March 22, 2014

The food was terrific, as was the service. There were five of us in our party, and it was a perfect location for catching up with old friends.

viptable42 (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on March 15, 2014

After being seated no one ever showed up to the table for 10 minutes---- we left without eating.

Paula52 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2014

Had to increase our reservation by two and the staff was very nice about it, no problem. Beautiful night on the patio with family and friends!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 2, 2014

We have visited Bistro 33 many times over several years. The menu has varied over time but has always remained very good and well prepared. The service has veried but generally been very good. We highly recommend it.

Becky (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on February 23, 2014

Love 33rd St bistro in Sacramento so tried the Davis one. Same great food but a much larger place. Great decor, love the outdoor space. Will go again.

northerncaliforniapoet (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 22, 2014

My husband and I live 1/5 hours from Davis so when we go to an event at the Mondavi Center we always have to eat first someplace in Davis. Bistro 33 is our hands down choice for our pre-event meal. And this time we returned after the show for dessert and coffee to fortify us for the late night drive home.

The food is consistently excellent. My husband's favorite is the fish & chips. The wait staff is very accomodating when we tell them we're on a tight time schedule and have to make it over to the Mondavi (only 5 or so minutes away).

The restaurant's noise level is "energetic" especially late at night but again there are quieter places towards the back of the restaurant and all you have to do is ask.

A great place to eat!

IMIM (Sacramento)
1.0  Dined on February 20, 2014

I rarely go to Bistro because the service has ALWAYS been bad.

iowachild (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2014

We enjoyed dinner with out of town friends. There was something on the menu that met everyone's needs. The service was good, it was quiet enough that we could talk easily and we were not rushed. I had the crab cakes and a side salad. The salad was excellent. The presentation of the crab cakes was excellent with two sauces covering the plate. However, one of the sauces with cayenne was a little spicier than I would have liked. I thought the sauce overwhelmed the crab cakes. I used very little of that sauce and more of the tomato sauce.

I would definitely come back here. I would enjoy sitting outside by the firepit or on the patio having a glass of wine before dinner next time.