Bistro Vendome

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Bistro Vendome, designed to evoke the look and feel of a long-established, family-owned bistro plucked from a Parisian street corner, features a carefully crafted menu that contains a wealth of French flavors served in a comfortable and charming environment. Brought to you by the owners of nearby Rioja, Bistro Vendome is based a foundation of classical French with a lighter and more contemporary influence. This heartwarming bistro fare pairs well with the full service bar with more than 65 selections of French wine representing all regions of France. Every detail of the food, service and atmosphere guarantees a unique and authentic French dining experience.
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JK
Denver
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We sat waiting for service for 20 minutes until I got up to find someone. Food was horrible. Service was slow throughout the meal. Noticed that this was happening all around us. I would avoid this restaurant at all costs. Will never go back again!

GH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is always perfectly executed. Service is always attentive, and knowledgable. Bistro Vendome has it all right, everything. But the other restaurant-goers can diminish the experience. Is it too much to ask that cell phones be put away when at the dinner table? I prefer not to listen to one's cell phone videos while they share with their dining companions. A simple policy with polite enforcement could really up the level of class at this establishment and enhance the overall experience for those of us who have decided to immerse ourselves in the dining experience.

J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food! Something different in Denver. If you enjoy French food, this is a great option!

AS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We have been to this restaurant many times over the years and always been pleased. This time was a disappointment. Food wasn't great - odd preparations and combinations of flavors. One fish dish was a little overdone. The drinks and the hors d'oeuvres were the only good parts of the meal. Server wasn't very informative, and slow to come back to table to take our order.

BV
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We ate outside on the patio on a Monday evening. Spectacular setting. Aaron, our waiter, was great, friendly and well educated on the menu. The only downer was the sugary frites, too much too sweet for this classic dish. Portions were large, almost too much in the first course. Love the place and atmosphere on the patio!

s
Cleveland
24 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife had the Carrottes Roties followed by the Truite Poele and I ordered the Escargot and the Confit de Canard with a side of Pomme Frites. Delicious. The wine list allowed for a bottle of wine( actually two) that was within our budget. Split Pavlova for dessert. The service was excellent.

AC
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time and loved our meal! Merci!

J
Denver
221 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated immediately upon arrival. It was a lovely evening so we sat outside. We had ballet tix and we’re able to get to the theater in plenty of time

DM
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A far cry from days of old. I’m not rushing back. The duck was too salty and the onion soup lacking in taste. Even the bread is not as good. OMG

L
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the secret garden and fabulous food and service in the heart of lively Larimer Square!

HW
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've been to Bistro Vendome multiple times and it is always delicious! The Crepe Vendome is always a hit, and the Cofit de Canard is marvelous!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So welcoming and respectful. Food delivered hot and quickly. Excellent wine. Still my favorite denver restaurant

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Patio seating on a beautiful day was great and the food and service was solid.

RS
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was slow when we went here on a Saturday night at 7pm. We had four courses during the meal but the timing was off. We found ourselves finishing one course and waiting 20+ minutes for the next to arrive. The food was good and our server was attentive but kitchen timing could use a tune up. The location and ambiance were beautiful.

OT
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Kingfish bites (5 of them) were the equivalent of an appetizer but listed - and priced! - as a main course. Panzanella salad had a few tomatoes hiding among the sizable, numerous croutons. Trout was a reasonable portion, but all in all, there’s very little value for your dining dollar here.

E
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic brunch. Four stars for service only because the server forgot to bring coffee. Wonderful place.

K
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb.

TD
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Food and venue met our expectations.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! We had a great time.

KA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great spot in Larimer Square.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting in the square. Service and food were outstanding.

KP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome all the way! We will go back soon.
The Duck was perfect!

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner on a beautiful fall night. Food and service were awesome and the garden patio setting is perfect for a quiet dinner!

k
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just returned from France and missed the food so much. Bistro Vendôme offers a comparable experience. The food is incredible. Dine outside if weather permits!

TS
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in selection and ambiance. An old world secret in the center of Denver

Z
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and great ambience for being situated in the heart of Larimer Square. It gave us the feeling we were at a quaint bistro in a small French town.

V
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu changes slowly and prudently, currently even stronger than usual in seafood, absent beef and lamb. Young chicken now offered is outstanding. (I seldom order chicken in the US, but my trust in Bistro Vendôme was not misplaced.)

Wine list is French, ample and well selected, with some very good values. Mostly young wines chosen for accessibility.

We go there once a year. Among our 3-4 favorites downtown for many years.

SO
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was good but slow. Coffee selections were minimal for breakfast. First selection pastries should arrive to the table first with coffee not all at once.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations for 430 pm on Friday. Had the place to ourselves and felt very intimate.

F
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A mixup in the kitchen resulted in one of four entrees (mine—poisson entier) being served after the other diners had finished their entrees. I was comped a dessert by the waiter. Good gesture, but not quite sufficient.

JW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We have been dining at this restaurant for over 10 years. The food has remained delicious. Love the mussels! The service however has gone downhill. One small touch we miss is the yummy baguette that was served warm and wrapped in a cloth napkin. Now, we have to ask for bread and receive a few cold slices on a plate. Just not the same! We also have had to wait on both of our last visits a long while before the waitstaff took our drink order. Such a nice setting and wonderful French cuisine, do hope the staff works on improving the service!

J
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

A tasty French meal with outstanding ambiance (eat outside!) but very slow service the night we were there. Everyone was super nice and all, but we skipped dessert and another round of drinks because it would've taken ages to get either. Seems like there was confusion between the staff RE: who had what table. Other diners nearby had their orders mixed up (heard complaints of forgotten salads and no bread), so maybe they just had an off night.

JB
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The last two times we have been the food has been outstanding and we love the feel of this place. Unfortunately, the service has tended to be either a bit condescending or inattentive.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I decided at the last minute to dine at Bistro Vendôme for our 30 th wedding anniversary. The entire experience was wonderful, the food & wine exceptional. The wait staff was very attentive. Overall amazing and looking forward to going back!

B
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, romantic setting. Food was excellent, and the service was outstanding. Very impressed!

C
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Haven't been to Bistro Vendome in a while and have always had good experiences. This past visit, while the food was good, the service was less than stellar. We had advised that we had tickets to a play and our waiter indicated our hour and a half time frame shouldn't be a problem. Had to wait quite a while for our wine, then again a long wait for dessert. We finally had to grab the waiter to cancel our dessert order as we had to leave for the play. The waiter was apologetic, took the dessert off of our tab and gave us a coupon for a free dessert at a future time. Appreciate the compensation effort, but would have preferred avoiding the stress of a rushed departure.

GP
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

I would re-visit one more time or recommend it in hopes that the dismal service we received was a one-time Oops. The food was pretty good and reasonably priced at Brunch. The ambiance is spectacular, if only...

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb egg dishes. Beignets -- well, sugary dough balls are not beignets.

SS
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

I have to be honest here-- our most recent experience at Bistro Vendome was a pure disappointment, on a level that will be told in the future as part of an 'it was so terrible, it became amusing' story list. We are long-term Bistro Vendome enthusiasts, and have recommended the restaurant a number of times to friends and colleagues. As such, we were delighted to go to Bistro Vendome with friends who had yet to dine there. Our reservation was after a Miss Saigon performance, thanks to BV being open on a more EU schedule. However, when we arrived, we were told that we could NOT have any happy hour items, since happy hour is only served at the bar and not on the patio or in the main dining area, and that many items were no longer on the menu because we were there 'so late'. When we did order, the escargot tasted really bland, the food was served luke warm (duck confit and poulet roti), and the service could only be described as 'partially invested'. They seemed to just want us to leave. Now, I do appreciate that it was 10:30pm on a Saturday evening, but if you do not want customers to arrive at that time, I would highly recommend that you do not allow bookings for then.

Another item to note, and this is perhaps not the fault of BV-- the odors on the patio will remind you of the stench of Venice in a summer drought (what was going on, it was really putrid!!) and 11pm seems to be the glass recycling hour of the neighborhood...large quantities of glass were being placed in a skip nearby and the large crashes periodically drowned out conversation. At times, with the stench, the sound of breaking glass, and the really less-than-mediocre food, we all broke out into hysterical giggles...it was just SO BAD.

I do want readers to know that this was NOT the Bistro Vendome that we know and love from the past, and can only question if it is under new ownership/ management?

J
Denver
106 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was terrible. We arrived at 5:25 and were served our entrees at 6:30. We had theater tickets and informed the staff. Two of the dinners arrived about 4-5 minutes before the other two. The food was OK but the menu was restrictive(narrow). A disappointing experience. Will not return.

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