C'est Si Bon! Bistro+Vins

4.9
268 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
C'est Si Bon! Bistro+Vins offers local ingredients sourced from surrounding farms here in Oregon. We specialize in thoughtfully planned French bistro fare with over 150 wines available. We have a small yet elegant ambiance that offers a chance to relax to tastefully prepared menus paired with wines that our clients have come to love. We also have rotating beers and ciders and offer a variety of dishes that change with the seasons. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(503) 935-3761
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Laura Della Rose
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Private party facilities
Our restaurant is small and cozy and is enjoyed by many of our clients for private events. The space can be reserved for a private event.
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Private party contact
John Esbeck: (503) 935-3761
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Catering
C"est Si Bon! is an excellent alternative to large catering companies. We create creative menus as well as pair them with wines and beers to be served. We work with our clients to meet every need and will work with a variety of different budgets.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Burnside & Couch
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Parking details
We are co-owners of the Burnside brewery parking lot and if the lot is full then street parking is available anywhere in the vicinity.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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MD
Portland
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

After a slightly shaky start getting seated, we had delicious food and a delightful evening.

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CD
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is likely my favorite dining place- anywhere. Do yourself a favor and just ask John (owner and greeter/server) what to eat and taste of wine. The food is amazing, as is the service. The place is fairly small, so tough to accommodate larger groups- and highly recommend reservations as it is usually full.

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P
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my sister because we love this place! John does a fabulous job. The food is always great as is the service.

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T
Portland
44 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Typical high standard of service and cuisine was experienced last night. As usual, I had the five course tasting option. The organic sweet potato soup starter was, as usual, a dining highlight as was the main entree ,braised rabbit on a pasta bed accompanied by a delicious, stuffing-like bread pudding. The signature lemon-filled, substantial crepe was an apt conclusion to a wonderful meal, a sentiment shared by my guest, who also vowed to return. Restaurant owner and all staff are committed to helping provide patrons with an outstanding night out.

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RR
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never knew this wonderful hide-a-way of a restaurant was so conveniently located. The food was assembled to be visually beautiful. The sea scallops with arugula and pomegranate seeds was a taste treat and the halibut atop baby lentils and black garlic sauce was tender and flavorful. The wine selections our server recommended were excellent. A very pleasant experience and an unforgettable dinner.

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SH
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'd been telling my son about this place and promised we'd go there the next time he was in town. It's such a cozy little restaurant. We both had excellent meals. He chose the duck and I had the halibut and both were perfect. We had the creme brûlée for dessert and it was flavorful and not too sweet. I definitely will be back.

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AB
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Can’t say enough how good our dinner was to include great service and intimate venue.

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KG
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This is exactly what a Bistro should be. Great food, wine, and service, but informal. There is a good wine selection, full a la cart menu, and a multi-course fixed-price dinner option. It is easy to understand why this place is popular and booking is essential, even midweek.

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T
Portland
44 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the restaurants defining characteristics relate to its people-centric management and warm, friendly staff. One always feels very welcome. The wine list is always interesting. Yesterday I enjoyed the fixed price “tasting menu (a bargain at $50, wine pairing less than $30 additional). All courses are full plate, featuring fresh local produce. The chefs routinely transform familiar dishes into culinary art forms, with rich natural flavors. The seasonal soup as starter, featured a delectable blend of 4 wild mushroom species, my only regret being that I wish the bowl had been bottomless. The lettuce salad was crisp and doused in a wonderful dressing. One of the 2 served appetizers was a delicious creamy. risotto The duck leg entree option lived up to high expectations, as did the signature lemon-filled crepes that concluded a memorable dining experience.

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TD
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John the owner is the consummate host and a superb sommelier. Leave your wine choices to him and you won’t be disappointed. Yum!
The food is stellar. Lovely examples of classic French cooking, well prepared and presented. Paired with the excellent and fairly priced wine list the dining experience is top flight and a real value.

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TB
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to C'est Si Bon for a girls night out. It was fabulous all around. We will make it our go -to place.

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OT
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience at C’est Si Bob! First time visitor to Portland, we truly enjoyed this dinner. The owner is very friendly and wonderful to visit with. Reservations are a must—we requested to sit at the bar top in our reservation. Great place, amazing food, and good wine!!

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SC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our fifth or sixth visit and each has been fantastic. The service could not be better or more personal. The food was delicious as always. Can't wait for next time!

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LA
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu, venue and food. Will definitely return.

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HH
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Charming, cozy, excellent food with a French flair, and a wide-ranging (but predominently French) wine list at good prices. Dynamic host is personable and engaging. It’s the embodiment of a French neighbor oof bistro.

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C
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exquisite. John the owner was gracious, attentive and very generous. It is one of the best fining experiences in Portland. From the cheese “Bon Bons”, to the wild mushroom bisque, the sweet potato gnocchi, the coq au vin and finally Meyer lemon crepe and creme brûlée every dish was amazing!!!
We will be back.

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s
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and daughter in law took us here the first time and we have been coming back ever since. John runs a terrific bistro - food and wine selections are outstanding. We love the personalized service and the lovely compact atmosphere.

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IL
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful Been there 6 or 7 times now and it is my go to with out of town friends.

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RZ
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific. John, the owner, was a gracious and attentive host. We let him steer the wine pairings, and they were completely on point. Fantastic little bistro.

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MB
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved every moment of our dinner from the food to the service. We cannot wait to return!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great hosts and intimate experience with great food

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TI
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great but being 6'3" the tables and leg room were tight to say the least. Could stand to take a table out. Bit other than food was magnificent and the service friendly

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LC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, wonderful food and great wine. A gem for sure!

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AF
New England
64 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very lovely and unique restaurant - the food is amazing, the wine list is stunning, the prices are very, very reasonable. It is a small and intimate restaurant - the proprietor is an active participant in every detail. Every time we go, we ask John to advise us on our food choices and he chooses the wines for each course. His knowledge about wine is unparalleled. Take a trip to an intimate bistro in France - try
C'est Si Bon! Bistro+Vins

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ED
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our dinner. The wine selection was quite good. Our host John (French speaker) was delightful!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner, wine, and staff. Will come back again, for sure.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we are so happy with the food and the amazing service, John, the owner gives to us! We feel like we’re in France. The food is rich in taste, but not heavy. We leave feeling satisfied. We celebrated our sons 21st Birthday and he couldn’t have been more pleased!! From the apps to the entrees and the amazing Lemon Crepe for dessert, we loved every minute of our experience at this rare gem! Thank you so much John!

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BR
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cosy. amazing food with personalized service from the owner John. Loved it

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P
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place!

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s
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

While the menu is limited, everything we ordered was very good - duck, osso buco, gnocchi, scallop appetizer, butter lettuce salad, and creme brûlée.

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CJ
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoy this restaurant immensely. The owner is very attentive along with the wait staff. The chef is outstanding. This is a great place and I would recommend this to anyone.

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C
Portland
42 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat, menu
Changed to include
A wonderful Butternut
Squash soup.
once again I had the Duck leg confit
Cooked of course to perfection.
Make your reservation
At this wonderful
Restaurant you will
Make it your new favorite place to dine.

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R
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little French Bistro - super host. Incredible wines. Loved the duck confit and lamb.. delicious Meyer lemon crepe with raspberry coulis. Don’t miss it!

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T
Portland
44 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Portland’s best restaurant. Fine imaginative cuisine; excellent wine selection; thoughtful service.
I chose the 5 course fixe price menu ($50). Optional wine pairing is $28. My only complaint about the scrumptious pumpkin soup starter was that it’s impolite to lick the bowl clean. The lettuce salad garnished with a light creamy dressing and hazelnuts was also memorable.
A scallop appetizer prepared my palate for the main course, slightly crispy duck leg atop somewhat earthy mashed potato.
No meal here is complete without a signature crepe, in this instance a lemon dessert masterpiece.
A wonderful meal, as usual.

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V
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was top-notch. Every dish we had from appetizer to desser was delicious. I’m still thinking back to that duck confit and how it was both so crispy and soft. Would definitely go back and recommend to friends.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you haven’t been here, you need to go. Amazing food and incredible service!

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KL
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just follow John s recommandations for wine and the night will be memorable

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L
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love C'est Si Bon! The food is superb and the service is always wonderful.

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s
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

good food well presented. very knowledgable staff. good wine selections

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BS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was unbelievable and we will be back

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