R Bistro & Pastry

4.7
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$30 and under
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American

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Misty and Joe Rider, the "R" of R Bistro, are originally from Birmingham. They spent 15 years in Tulsa, Oklahoma before returning to the great state of Alabama and settling in Fairhope. R Bistro & Pastry was opened in March of 2011 and is now the local hot spot for lunch, dinner, and sweet treats. The Bistro is most well known for its crawfish gravy, the not so secret ingredient for the amazing shrimp and grits. Since its opening, R Bistro has won two Silver Spoon Awards at the annual Taste of the Rotary, become the top rated restaurant in Fairhope on TripAdvisor, been voted the best brunch in Southern Alabama, and landed in the Top 5 Most Favored Restaurants in all of the state of Alabama.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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VirginiaS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every way

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MERoth
St. Louis
64 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal service was great food was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service. We were going to be about 8 minutes past our reservation ... which was their very last seating time. I called to ask if that would be ok and they alerted the kitchen that we were coming. Shrimp and grits was amazing. The staff was so friendly and engaging. Loved it!!

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eli3
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was some of the most delicious food I've ever had. The crawfish gravy and biscuits were heavenly. I went twice within 3 days because they were so good. The bread that came with dinner was amazing.

It's a small restaurant- if you don't like noise and crowds, I suggest going at during week days. Good, prompt, friendly service.

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WeEatOutAlot
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a fabulous unique little spot with fabulous unique BIG magic. Highly recommend for a casual lunch or dinner and also for any special occasion. The food is fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful as usual!

JL
JoeyL
Mobile
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I will be returning again.

JT
JeffT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Fairhope for a funeral and decided to revisit R Bistro since we had such a wonderful experience there previously. A perfect place to reflect on our deceased friend who had taken us there 2 years ago. Great food, service (Jacob), and ambience!

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VanP
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent and was a very nice evening.

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Patricia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Very disappointed. I had tried to resolve my concerns with the manager but she did not get back to
Me.

It took 75 minutes to get our food ( 6 people) and slow slow slow on the appetizer, drink refills, and bill) over 2 hours in the restaurant.

Two of the 6 entrees were cold and the bun and meat on the sliders was overheated.

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Scruples
Tallahassee
16 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are visiting Fairhope from NC. The R Bistro came highly recommended by our local friends. We actually came in early for a drink and were treated royally from Josh at the bar and our server for our entire experience. We had the grouper special, the fried oysters over risotto and the blue crab appetizer, all delicious. But the bread pudding was the best part of the meal. The restaurant was full and busy but we weren’t rushed. A fine evening!

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vipCochise
Mobile
19 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

My meal had do much salt on it that is was like I were to eat a salt slick. I sure it was off for such a nice establishment. I sent it back and the did the correct thing and did not charge me. Watress was OK. She was busy and blew my table off until we had to track her down. Overall a so so experience. Been to better and been to worse.

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VanP
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the beef stroganoff and the gumbo...excellent...and service was as expected...excellent.

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VanP
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Have been to r Bistro many times..always came away happy..but this time was not good..I suspect they were overwhelmed due to Mardi Gras parade...the service was terrible...food was not what we ordered...the whole place just seemed confused and in disarray...we had reservations and we wi return...just not n a busy night.

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RayT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small, intimate restaurant- perfect for celebrating pour anniversary. Food and service was excellent as usual.

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ElizabethB
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of my favorite places to eat in Fairhope, R Bistro is always delicious. My latest choice is the Nicoise Salad with seared tuna, and on my last visit, I celebrated a birthday with a chocolate roulade for dessert. The staff is always friendly and helpful.

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ryand
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anniversary

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vipLloyd
Mobile
28 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On of My favorite restaurants on the Eastern Shore . In Fairhope. Great menu, wine list and Bar

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vipKPrince
Mississippi
22 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and service. One of local favorites!!

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AnnieY
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The acoustics are very poor, main dining room is small, cramped and very noisy. We had difficulty carrying on a conversation with our table and difficulty communicating with our waitress. The fresh bread is delicious! The barbecue shrimp is very salty .

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JoeyL
Mobile
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Entrees and dessert were all fantastic! Our server was also great.

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vipGigi
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is beyond fabulous, the service outstanding and the owners make you feel like family!

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vipRobY
Mobile
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met special friend and had a great experience

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SusanW
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started off with the crab claw appetizer. They were small but tasty. My glass of wine was $15! I'm glad I liked it. My son enjoyed his gumbo and crawfish gravy over biscuits. My husband liked his shrimp and grits but was disappointed that the grits were not creamy. It was a fried grits cake served along side the shrimp in the sauce. I loved my artichoke salad. I would go back just for that and I am not one to rave about a salad. I ordered the duck. The duck leg was fall off the bone tender and delicious. The collards and cubed roasted root vegetables that came with it were also a wonderful compliment to the duck. All this came at a price that is above what I expect for fine dining in Fairhope.

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DonaldB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance, food and service. This is an excellent restaurant for special occasions or any occasion. Lots of attention to details and you don’t feel rushed to leave. Five stars

TM
TomM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal Food, atmosphere, and service!
My only negative comment that I could say, and I think this applies to all restaurants in Fairhope, is that it is a bit overpriced. But, for a special occasion, this is definitely a place we will go back to!

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HowardJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome evening with my heart on date night.
Although we had a reservation for a high top, we elected to sit at the bar and were wonderfully entertained by Patrick thought our dinner. Food, crawfish beignets, french onion soup and seafood pasta were all outstanding. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

JA
JoAnnA
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Shrimp & Grits!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was decorated like a NYC bistro! Beautiful. Food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best experience we've ever had!! Everything was so good!! The service was excellent..

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DavidZ
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My French onion soup was very good and the grouper was very good, the Cobb salad was ordinary and the caramel cake disappointing, also I think $6.00 for two cups of coffee a bit ridiculous!

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Jojo
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little spot in downtown Fairhope! Good food, quick service, cozy atmosphere!!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with solid service. The salmon dish was amazing. Has 2 soups that was definitely made from scratch and delicious.

Pastry is made in house.

Overall great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food

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SherryB
Mobile
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place......the food.....never disappoints. One of our favorite places to take out of town guests.

TM
vipThomasM
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I’m presuming the waitress was a new hire. She was uncomfortable and awkward with simple tasks such as opening a bottle of wine, presenting the taste and then pouring. ....actually picking up the glass from the table to pour. Spilling a soup appetizer and so on. I’m less critical of her than I am of management of putting her in the situation where she would fail.

The food was good but not 4 or 5 star. The ambience was fine. The chef came to the table to inquire about food which was a nice touch.

Overall it could have been a 4 star with a appropriately trained waitress.

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Heinz
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good but not fine dining even though they pretend to be. French baguette should be served crunchy not saggy! Loved the scallops and house salad dressing. Had to return the horrible Chardonnay and ask for Pinot noir. Waiter was cute and friendly but not knowledgeable about beverages.

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vipMorningflower
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tint, very cute restaurant in the heart of Fairhope. If you ask locals, EVERYONE tells you to go to R Bistro. Food was good, service was very good. My ONLY criticism is that the drinks are TINY. And, I mean teeny tiny. Other than that, it's worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it- will go again

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vipSwills
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Sloppy duck...found everything to be over priced based on portion size.

FAQs

R Bistro & Pastry offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (251) 928-2399.

R Bistro & Pastry is rated 4.7 stars by 150 OpenTable diners.