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Bloomsbury Bistro, Raleigh, NC

Bloomsbury Bistro

4.8
4.8
402 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American

Located in Raleigh's historic Hayes Barton District - Five Points, Bloomsbury Bistro has been serving French-inspired New American cuisine since 1995. The bistro’s chef-driven menu rotates with the availability of fresh local ingredients. Cozy up to the bar for a casual night out, plan a romantic date night for the dining room or host a large event in one of the private dining areas. Bloomsbury Bistro strikes the right balance of charm and sophistication for any dining occasion.

Private rooms are available for groups of up to 65 people.

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Booked 11 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Bistro, French American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 834-9011

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    We have three different sized dining rooms that provide the perfect venue for private events! Our small room can accommodate up to 20 guests. Our medium room can hold up to 35 guests and our large room can comfortably seat up to 65. Please contact us at 919-834-9011 or events@bloomsburybistro.com to check for availability.

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Cross street

    We are located on W. Whitaker Mill Rd right off Glenwood Ave

  • Parking details

    Parking is in the Five Points Shopping Center parking lot.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

To Start

  • Oysters on the Half Shell*$15.00

    Fresh Shucked Oysters, Herb Mignonette, Cocktail Sauce, Flash Fried Sourdough (6 per order)

    • Wild Mushroom and Leek Soup$8.50

      Smoked Gouda, Sherry Gastrique, Spiced Ciabatta Croutons, Chives

      • Caesar Salad$9.50

        Romaine Hearts, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Robust Lemon-Garlic Dressing & Herb Croutons

        • Seasonal Greens$11.00

          Artichokes, Golden Beets, Spiced Pecans, Mimolette, Sherry-Mustard Vinaigrette

          • Roasted Beef Marrow$14.00

            Apricot Mostarda, Persillade, Elderwood Smoked Salt, Truffle Crostini

            • Deviled Eggs$12.00

              Salmon Gravlax, Peppadew Relish, Asparagus, Citrus Caper Vinaigrette, Chives

              • Feta Mousse$11.00

                Toasted Ciabatta, Green Olive Tapenade, Balsamic-Glazed Sundried Tomatoes & Rosemary

                For Dinner

                • Pork Shoulder Cassoulet$27.00

                  Wilson, NC Country Sausage, Navy Beans, Roasted Tomatoes, Brussels Sprouts, & Parmesan Herb Crust

                  • Chicken Gumbo$24.00

                    Pulled Roast Chicken, Cajun Trinity Gravy, Wild Rice Pilaf, Andouille & Pickled Okra

                    • Meatloaf$21.00

                      Cheddar-Potato Gratin, Pickled Red Cabbage & Onions, Bourbon Bacon-Fig Jam

                      • Pan Seared NC Trout$27.00

                        Cheddar Grit Cake, Cider-Braised Collard Greens, Black Eyed Peas, Roasted Red Peppers & Shrimp Beurre Blanc

                        • Parisian Gnocchi$23.00

                          Pecorino, Sweet Pea Puree, Baby Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Saffron Cream, Spring Truffles, Preserved Lemon

                          • Grilled Mahi$28.00

                            Indian Coconut Curry, Braised Green Lentils & Basmati Rice, Tamarind-Fig Chutney, Almonds, Mint-Cilantro

                            • Ribeye "Filet"*$39.00

                              Roasted Garlic-Whipped Russet Potatoes, Asparagus, Port Wine Demi Sauce, Gorgonzola

                              • Bloomsbury's Original Cheese Burger*$15.00

                                House Ground 8oz Burger, House Baked Challah Bun, Sharp Cheddar. All fixings served on the side with French Fries

                                Last updated: April 17, 2022

                                What 402 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                4.8
                                4.8 based on recent ratings
                                • 4.7Food
                                • 4.8Service
                                • 4.7Ambience
                                • 4.6Value

                                NoiseModerate

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                                • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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                                1. M

                                  Mbsoz45

                                  Raleigh

                                  29 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  29 reviews

                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                  Our second time was almost as good as the first. The vichyssoise, my salmon with curry sauce, and the carrot cake were delicious. Our lower rating for this visit is because my wife’s flounder was only ok - a little bland - and the service was a bit inattentive. Overall we recommend this restaurant and will be back again.

                                2. S

                                  Shadai

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                  overall5food3service5ambience5

                                  The food was okay but the experience was amazing. They have great customer service and they take pride in their plating.

                                3. g

                                  golfnut326

                                  Raleigh

                                  8 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  8 reviews

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  They helped make Mother’s Day a great day!

                                4. T

                                  Tartan

                                  Raleigh

                                  16 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  16 reviews

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                  Only hiccup was a glass of not-so-good Pinot Grigio. My wife switched to Chardonnay.

                                5. S

                                  Sisterofachef

                                  Denver

                                  11 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  11 reviews

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                  This is our go-to place for brunch. Even on mother's day both food and service were excellent.

                                6. m

                                  mbkc

                                  Raleigh

                                  5 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                  Excellent food! A friend recommended this place and I’m glad she did- everything was delicious! I had salmon in a coconut curry sauce - wonderful flavors. My husband had gnocchi and loved it! Appetizers were deviled eggs and the feta cheese spread on crisp bread. We even had dessert - carrot cake was scrumptious! You won’t be disappointed At Bloomsbury Bistro!

                                7. m

                                  michaely

                                  Western NC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  High quality neighborhood gem. Great cuisine and awesome people. Every time I come here I continue to be impressed. I can’t wait to try brunch!

                                8. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Raleigh

                                  4 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                  overall4food5service3ambience3

                                  Nice evening

                                9. AS

                                  AndrewS

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Very good food. Genuinely amazing service. Food is not cheap though.

                                10. FD

                                  FineDiner

                                  Raleigh

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Bloomsbury Bistro continues to be a favorite dining experience - delicious food, lovely atmosphere, attentive staff even on busy night.

                                11. I

                                  Ihate2cook

                                  Raleigh

                                  21 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  21 reviews

                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Food and service were top shelf. We will be back.

                                12. KD

                                  KeithD

                                  Washington DC

                                  8 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  8 reviews

                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                  overall4food5service4ambience4

                                  The atmosphere of this restaurant is wonderful. It's tastefully decorated and the staff is professional. The menu is interesting and the food is well prepared.

                                13. JJ

                                  JayJ

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 29, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  As always, excellent food, superb service, friendly staff

                                14. A

                                  Andrea

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 23, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The NC Trout was absolutely amazing!! The service was exceptional.

                                15. SH

                                  SHaziaK

                                  Charlotte

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 21, 2022

                                  overall5food3service5ambience5

                                  The mahi entree lacked salt and there was no salt shaker on the table. The coconut sorbet did nit have much coconut flavor. The quality of all the ingredients was satisfactory and the presentation was nice.

                                16. JK

                                  JKKOK

                                  Raleigh

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on April 21, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We can always count on Bloomsbury Bistro for an elegant, relaxed and delicious meal!

                                17. CW

                                  CWolf

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 20, 2022

                                  overall3food2service4ambience3

                                  The food was beautiful but unfortunately a little bland in my opinion.

                                18. R

                                  Ryan

                                  Raleigh

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on April 17, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Went for brunch…every dish was delicious, cocktails were tasty & our server was friendly & knowledgeable

                                19. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Raleigh

                                  11 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  11 reviews

                                  Dined on April 16, 2022

                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                  The atmosphere and service were impeccable! Unfortunately, with a garlic allergy there was only so much they could do to accommodate, but the food was tasty.

                                20. NC

                                  gardenerfromNC

                                  Raleigh

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 16, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  terrific place - they have some tables outside as well. Uniformly good mood, unobtrusive serivce, quiet as well.

                                21. LS

                                  LauraS

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 15, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Absolutely perfect meal in every way! Great food and service!

                                22. j

                                  jonih

                                  Raleigh

                                  5 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on April 10, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We enjoyed our experience at Bloomsbury Bistro! The food was yummy !! Drinks were good too !! Service was very good and quick !! We will go again soon !! XO

                                23. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Raleigh

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 9, 2022

                                  overall4food3service4ambience4

                                  This was my third time dining at Bloomsbury. The oysters on the half shell were very small for the price. The NY strip was very chewy (fatty) for both of us. I didn’t say anything about it hoping that it was just mine, but my date made a comment on the way home about the quality of the steak too. Just a bit disappointing. The desserts were both great, and our server Allen did a good job, in spite of being a new hire to the restaurant.

                                24. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Savannah

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on April 9, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The food was really delicious and the service was outstanding. Great dining experience!

                                25. KD

                                  KellyD

                                  Raleigh

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 9, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The wait staff, food, and ambiance were all amazing! We can’t wait to go back again! Highly recommend!

                                26. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 9, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Fantastic service and food. Timely delivered but not a hurried experience. Great evening for our dinner

                                27. C

                                  Clark

                                  Raleigh

                                  5 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on April 8, 2022

                                  overall4food4service4ambience2

                                  Service was good, food was acceptable but far from remarkable. Lacks atmosphere- too old school local. Jazz it up a bit and we’ll come back. Appreciated the wine selection.

                                28. DF

                                  DFWfoodie

                                  Dallas

                                  6 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on April 5, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Great visit and excellent service. Allen was our server and he was exceptional. Food was superb.

                                29. j

                                  jdmom

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 3, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We hosted a group for Sunday brunch. Everyone loved their entree choice. The bread basket with butter and fruit spread is a nice touch - and delicious. The table cloths and cloth napkins and beautiful arts all add to the appeal. Great service, too.

                                30. TC

                                  TomC

                                  Baltimore

                                  5 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on March 29, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  I have enjoyed Bloomsbury Bistro since shortly after it opened in 1995. It has consistently been a "go to" place for fine food in a quiet refined atmosphere, with superior service. It is one of my very tip-top restaurants.

                                31. LG

                                  LauraG

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 26, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent food and service. We Had chicken gumbo and the trout, with a Caesar salad to start. Dessert was a delicious toffee date cake bread pudding. Highly recommend this restaurant.

                                32. WA

                                  WillAllen3

                                  Raleigh

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on March 26, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Food and wine were excellent! Billy is always the tops.

                                33. JR

                                  JeffreyR

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 26, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We had a great meal in a wonderful atmosphere! Food was delicious. Service was friendly and very professional. We really like it there. We should really go more, but that is on us. Thanks for a great evening!

                                34. DA

                                  DavidA

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 25, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Always great food and friendly atmosphere in the heart of Five Points.

                                35. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Western NC

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on March 25, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great! Wonderful food and ambience!

                                36. CO

                                  COLLINSC

                                  Raleigh

                                  6 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on March 23, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent service and quality of food. Great neighborhood feel!! Very accommodating. This restaurant is definitely at the top of our list and have options to eat as fine dining or casual. So glad we went.

                                37. PB

                                  PamB

                                  Raleigh

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 23, 2022

                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                  Oysters are amazing. Entrees, the mahi was quite delicious, though could have been warmer. Will definitely be back!

                                38. LT

                                  LindaT

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 22, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Service was excellent, food was delicious. We had 2 entrees but based on those I think anything on the menu would be well prepared, balanced and tasty. I appreciated that it was a quiet and calm atmosphere; many restaurants these days have a high noise level but this was very relaxing. It's a splurge but we'd definitely try to go back sooner rather than later.

                                39. D

                                  Doug

                                  Raleigh

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on March 22, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Singles “foodie group” event. Wonderful food and service. Event was a success!

                                40. MK

                                  MichaelK

                                  Charleston

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 22, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  My wife and I had a fine dining experience at Bloomsbury Bistro. The food was superb and the wait staff did an excellent job of providing exactly the level of attentiveness that made our dining experience so enjoyable. Although we are not residents of Raleigh, I'd be happy to recommend this restaurant to anyone who lives in the area or who is visiting. You will not be disappointed.

                                FAQs

                                Bloomsbury Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 834-9011.

                                Bloomsbury Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 402 OpenTable diners.

                                Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                Booked 11 times today
                                Google Map for Bloomsbury Bistro

                                509 W Whitaker Mill Road Raleigh, NC 27608

                                Dining areas

                                Additional information

                                • Cross street

                                  We are located on W. Whitaker Mill Rd right off Glenwood Ave

                                • Neighborhood

                                  Raleigh

                                • Hours of operation

                                  Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm

                                • Cuisines

                                  Contemporary French / American, Bistro, French American

                                • Dining style

                                  Casual Elegant

                                • Dress code

                                  Business Casual

                                • Parking details

                                  Parking is in the Five Points Shopping Center parking lot.

                                • Payment options

                                  AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                • Additional

                                  Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                • Phone number

                                  (919) 834-9011

                                • Private party facilities

                                  We have three different sized dining rooms that provide the perfect venue for private events! Our small room can accommodate up to 20 guests. Our medium room can hold up to 35 guests and our large room can comfortably seat up to 65. Please contact us at 919-834-9011 or events@bloomsburybistro.com to check for availability.

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