Bistrot Leo

4.3
39 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
BRIAN LOIACONO, a former chef for Daniel Boulud at Bar Boulud and DB Bistro Moderne, will take over the kitchen at John McDonald’s restaurant, Sessanta, in the Sixty SoHo, to be renamed Bistrot Leo. His menu, in place starting in April, will represent a shift to French bistro fare from the original Italian approach. - New York Times, Off The Menu
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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Tasteless food. Good waters but slow service

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was too hot inside. Everything else good

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EA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best experiences I’ve had so far in New York. The place is beautiful and the staff was very friendly and fast. All the dishes for restaurant week felt very special, and the wine was delicious!

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v
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Made reservation through Open Table, but BL never confirmed. Had to call them to find out if we're on. Looks like a beautiful restaurant but seated outside the dining room. Food was so-so, Restaurant Week desserts - creme brulee and chocolate cremoux were fantastic. Charged $20 for a glass of wine, third one was refrigerated. The following day the restaurant emailed to say that we cancelled a 10:30 a.m. reservation. I called to complain to a barely listening hostess. BL corrected mistake and got our points but will never come back.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Loved the vibe, good service, but the food left a lot to be desired. Was with a party of 5 so I got to try a handful of dishes. The tartare and mille feuille were delicious, as was the cauliflower and the chicken, but the steak frites was average and the fagotini was sadly underwhelming (especially given the presentation). Great place to grab a drink and an appetizer, but plenty of superior French food at the same/a better price in the city.

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CC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The food was very good. The service was atrocious. They have a area near the entrance where they seat all parties of 2, and then a main dining area down a hall from there. Most of the servers focused on the main dining room and ignored the front area. For example: our waitress gave us a wine menu and never returned to get our order, so we just asked someone else for our wine. We had to resort to flagging anyone walking by to get any service at all; the front area is not anyone’s priority. There are no tables for 2 in the back area, so a party of 2 will always be sat in the no service couples ghettto. We loved the food, but would never eat there again.

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MD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to find a nice Sunday brunch place to head to with friends, Bistrot Leo fit the bill, especially with their Restaurant Week deal going on. The mushroom soup of the day most of us choose was delicious, as was the steak frites, croque madames, and the mealball sandwich one of my friends chose. For the croque madame I had, it was the right amount of cheese to bread, and even salad to meal ratio portion to fill me for the rest of the day (if one wanted to eat sensibly). The steak frites said friends had were the right temperature too, and of course, delicious. The red wine that was suggested also paired well. Not too bitter, but also not overtly sweet either. It was just right!

Separately we even picked up a small charcuterie order to share as we waited, and that too was pretty good. Would definitely bring in friends again for breakfast/brunch time (ideal to make reservations but not necessary as there was plenty of tables available).

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JT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Overall, the food was mediocre. The mussel appetizer was more flavorful than our steak frites entree. It was dry for a medium and medium rare. Service was in attentive . No attention was given to us when we told them we we were done with our appetizer plates. They paid more attention to the tables next us with occasional follow ups. Took them at least 20 min to serve us our entree even though we were had occasionally tried getting attention. One good to at about to say about this place is the beautiful and cutesy decore styled here. Other than that I will not recommend this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious! Restaurant week menu was very well put together. Courses were perfectly timed and service was good. Ambiance was very cozy and charming.

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G
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

First put-off was that the restaurant has a “Grade Pending “ evaluation from the Health Department, apparently, according to the server, because they just changed from an Italian restaurant to French and the Health Department needs to visit. The second put-off was the portion size. I don’t like to leave a restaurant hungry after a Main course and a few spears of lettuce, two tiny potatoes, a few pieces of asparagus and a matchbook sized portion of lobster in their Salad Nicoise for $28 leave me feeling ripped off and definitely still hungry. Oh, of course the place was pretty but the main event is the food and they didn’t make the cut on that score

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Q
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food tasted great but was not filling.

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Girlfriend had a bone from “boneless branzino” stuck in her throat and instead of comping us part of the meal, they gave us garbage dessert wine, which was ridiculous. At least offer dessert too

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Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Dover Sole this side of the Atlantic. Don’t miss the steak tartare. For dessert pain perdu is scrumptious!

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EA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The hamburgers were fine, unfortunately everything else was disappointing.

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. We definitely enjoyed the night.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Impulse reservation - Sat night. Empty.
Food over priced.

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CI
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here it was absolutely fantastic. I had the whole branzino which tasted like it was poached in butter. It was extraordinary! My only criticism is that they charge you four dollars for a few slices of baguette and butter. I can understand not wanting to waste bread in a day and age where people vilify and demonize every carbohydrate known to man. So just offer it upon asking. To charge four dollars for it is highway robbery.

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TB
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Service. Staff was very attentive. Food was great!
Marcus greeter was fantastic. Loved the conversation with him as I waited for car service

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SB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food design and service.. one of the best under the radar spots in soho

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Top notch service and excellent food. Fausto at the bar is the best! Cocktail maestro that we knew from his prior bar. Food was excellent and service from our waitress and the som top notch. Will be back!

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T
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

ordered mussels and they were terrible.........but they did give us a new entree

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DH
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good but I think I coulda got more for my money. Service was excellent and the place itself was very nice.

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

My creme brûlée was curdled. Thats not the end of the world, but it was a little disappointing. Starter and main dish (a salad and risotto) were good, but there are better French restaurants in town with better value and atmosphere.

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ML
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate brunch here, quiche, croque monsieur, french omelette, etc. Very classic preparations, with the omelette perfectly, slightly underdone, croque monsieur crisp and flavorful, and the quiche dense with flavor. We sat at the outdoor terrace on a drizzly morning, very peaceful and quiet. The restaurant is co-located with a hotel and near to, but a couple blocks off 6th Ave., thus it was a very quiet street.

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A
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The Service and the hosting were very good, just nice people. Lunching outside on a beautiful day was very pleasant and relaxing. The food was more French Carib. than that of any particular french Provence.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Bistro Leo is one of our stable of regular SoHo restaurants. We especially enjoy the steak frites which are usually cooked to perfection. This time, however, on a Sunday night, 4 out of 5 of us had to return them for being overdone. Unfortunately, the second round was not much better. We’ll chalk it up to going to a NYC restaurant on a Sunday night, but it was still disappointing.
The waiting staff was very attentive and did try to make up w some comps but there is only so much they could do....

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D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Bistrot Leo has a lovely setting in Soho with a pleasant outdoor dining area. It's a pretty place both inside and out. But the food was extremely disappointing: skimpy portions, failed recipes (for example the crème brulée). We thought the prices excessive.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food is awesome best chicken. But service is soso

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, the chef and his team are a talented bunch. Service was professional and courteous. All in all a very good experience and we will definitely return. Highly recommended.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Ordered a side of bacon, came towards the end of my meal after I asked for it three times. No one cared to refill our waters.. we asked for some lemon wedges, the women who brought it literally yelled at us. Our coffee was just sub par. The eggs benedict was good but we couldnt enjoy it after all of this. Had a good experience the week before for breakfast but this week my experience was really really bad.

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FI
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. The Salmon en papilotte was perfectly cooked and accompanying cherry tomatoes, quinoa and broccoli made a harmonious and balanced plate of heaven.

The chocolate cremeaux is fantastic, with a deep richness of chocolate that is memorable.

Service was excellent and ambiance special enough for romantic dining or a business meal.

Truly enjoyed our time here!

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dining experience. Food was delicious. Tried several apps, salads and desserts. Loved all of them. The pork rillons, steak tartare and potato mille feuille were our top favorites. Don’t forget the desert... banana pan perdu was out of this world. Cocktails were also up to par. Would definitely return here again. I give this place a huge thumbs up. Perfect!!!

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k
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and our server was wonderful!

We had dinner outside on the patio but can't wait to come back again and sit inside in the back - the decor is gorgeous.

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was perfect! Staff was friendly and helpful.

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a
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Bistrot Leo is expensive but definitely worth it. The foie gras was exceptional and the wine list has a good range of choices and prices. Going to a hotel for a good meal may be unusual we will definitely return

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Miami
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The beginning was great to have a table outside. Drinks and waiter service were extremely sporadic and seemed as if we had been asking a favor to see when things would come to the table. The busboys were attentive. Place wasn’t crowded and waited an hour for entries. Host was trying to help but was clear the wait staff sitting around had focus on larger tables and others and overall a real disappointment. The place is really cool but clearly alot of issues for a new restaurant.

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D
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent new place. The GM and bartender were excellent. The Steak Tartare was outstanding. The Foie Gras had great flavor but a little too chilled. The Filet Au Poive would have been a 5 star for the sauce alone but unfortunately some of the peppercorns in the curst of the steak tasted burnt. The short rib was massive and delicious. NOTE: The DOH was there for an inspection which I am sure did not help matters in the kitchen (Ex: Foie Gras temp) but they still did an incredible job. Looking forward to a return trip. Thank you.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible service
Food took forever, unfriendly stuff, over cooked steak
Never again

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal! Decor was amazing! Outside seating was great!

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