The Bistro at Lake Chelan

4.8
172 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro
After five years in Chelan, it is not without a healthy dose of sadness that the Bistro will bid farewell for now and close, at least seasonally until spring on Monday September 27. We have immense pride in the space we have built and shared with all of you and your support, kind words and shared experiences together will always be remembered. Any future news will be communicated through our website at chelanbistro.com.
Au Revoir and Merci
The Bistro at Lake Chelan

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 172 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!! If you are a foodie, this place should be your first stop!! Divine…

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant in town - a delight for all the senses. Elegant, beautiful and DELICIOUS!!!! It will be sorely missed in the valley ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say enough good things about this place! Amazing food,
amazing “house” wine selection (Succession) and overall a great place to have a meal. Super Cozy! Adorable decorations and cozy patio.

Must try’s: their house made lavender butter (phenomenal) - comes with the Baguette & they have an amazing burger

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DeeK
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Bistro is always a lovely place to dine. The romantic charm and ambience is great. Service can be a tad slow but understandable given the small staff so be aware and you won't be disappointed. The food is good and some meals were even great! The Bistro Burger is always good and one of our party had the steak salad and absolutely loved it. I had the Croque monsieur and the taste was great but a bit dry. I thought the salad Verti was awesome though so it made up for it! All in all, a good choice for Chelan.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this little gem in DT Chelan. Charming and delicious.

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HollyL
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! The drinks were very strong, but overall we had a great time!

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DanielleK
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Limited menu. Waitstaff courteous and friendly. Open table experience online isn’t the best. Food wasn’t up to the price paid.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the crab cakes and tuna for our entree and can’t sY enough about the flavors. The burrata is a must appetizer!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful and the service was fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, place was recommended by a friend and we were not disappointed.

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Toni
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent friendly staff! Great cocktails and food. A must stop when visiting Chelan.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Decent. Service was eh. Small table felt cramped. Servers didn’t know what was on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious food in a lovely courtyard . Not a large menu but what they offer is very good.

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Always
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

PROS
-good basic food. Delicious salads especially Cesaer!
-great and friendly service from Tessa
-typical pricing for Lake Chelan ($19 for burgers, $30 for fish dish, etc)

CONS
-need more wine selections especially being in wine country. Don't serve California wines. Serve our local wines especially Chardonnay like Karma, Fielding Hills, etc...
-too many chicken dishes... I think there were like 4... include a salmon dish especially when they are running!
-lots of noise outside - many cars and motorcycles. Maybe put some tall plants to hide the street
-move the 2 seater tables from the entry way- any idea is to move waiting area in the middle vs putting diners close to hostess stand....

First time and really enjoyed. One of the better ones for Lake Chelan!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner at the Bistro! Food and drinks were delicious and service was excellent! Can’t wait to come back

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TadD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing food, have been there for diner and brunch.

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vipbjgiff
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great steak frites and the salad verte was outstanding

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vipHeatherW
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice while in Chelan. Yummy food and drinks with great service too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great restaurant! We were in from the east coast and had trouble finding restaurants in the area. A booking became available and we jumped on it! Pleasantly surprised by the entire experience. Great service, amazing food, and the ambiance was everything we wanted for a quieter evening out. Can’t wait to go back when we visit the area again!

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MichaelL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All entrées except mine were delicious. I had the Catalan Ed Cavaletti and it was Very different spices than I was experiencing from Italy. Valencia style is garlic onion tomato base and this one was a totally different spices. I was disappointed that it didn’t go well with the red wine that I brought for the meal. However, five out of six entrées were wonderful and the service was great.

The Bistro at Lake Chelan
Responded on September 3, 2021

We serve a dish called Catalan Cavatappi, we are assuming this is what you are referring to. This is not a dish from, or inspired by Italy or Valencia as you mentioned in your post, rather it is from Spain. We also cannot well match our menu items to wine that is brought from outside the restaurant as we do not know anything about it or its condition. We do appreciate your visit.

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PeterL
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sat outside, great food as always, relaxed atmosphere

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PDBFOOD
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining at its best, well thought out simple menu allowing quality over complexity plenty of choices. Ingredients merged perfect not overpowering each other, staff prompt and knowledgeable truly a destination not to miss

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bistro is the best restaurant in all of Chelan county no doubt. It is a rare gem. The food and service and drinks are all outstanding and the value is exceptional. We went to brunch and had the chicken and waffles, breakfast sandwhich, and chicken club. All fresh and tasty. We had mimosa pitchers as well, so fun! We highly recommend both for every day dining and special occasions.

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vipJulesyB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab cakes are great on their brunch menu! Their food, drinks and service are on the best list in Chelan in my book. We are scheduled again for next Sunday! :)

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LauraH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were warmly greeted by the staff and ordered their crab cakes eggs benedict and their chicken and waffles and both were absolutely divine! The owners are lovely and welcoming and the atmosphere and little design and service details make this a special spot we will recommend to others and come back to again!

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DavidG
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch at the Bistro. Excellent French pressed coffee. Try the Brioche French Toast. Really good. My wife loved the Crab Cake Benedict and the outdoor patio was very nice. Great weather for us!! Very nice setting for Sunday brunch!!

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vipPamK
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

First time dining here-live locally. It’s difficult to be critical of service during this time and small businesses are struggling. However, it doesn’t take a second to stop and say hello and to let a table know that they are coming. Server was definitely kind-but clearly overworked. Not entirely certain what the hostess did all evening-she should have been refilling all of the empty water bottles around us. We sat for 15 minutes with no one saying hello, no water etc. Finally brought a bottle of water for four that was small and gone in a minute. We waited all night for everything-asked for more water no less than 5x. Ordered one cocktail-would have loved another but never had the opportunity to order again and didn’t want to wait forever for it. Good news: cocktails were delicious, and all of our entrees were hot and delicious as well. We will definitely try again and hope for a tiny bit more attentiveness.

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PeterL
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great. Sat outside, weather was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was incredible and the cocktails were pretty good. The hostess was not at all welcoming and the server was very slow to bring the check even after asking several times. I didn’t care for one of the cocktails (super sugary) and they never came to check and see how things were. Probably won’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in Chelan. We are locals, have been to all the dining options. Bistro is the best.
Nice environment, great staff, and the best food in Chelan..
Their drink options are great, and skillfully mixed.

A greatly enjoyable experience.

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SusanR
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Can’t wait to go back!

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NicoleT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best hamburger I've ever had. I usually will not order a hamburger from any restaurant, because I am very partial to my husband's. But this was very good!

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LeslieH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our food could have been warmer, but we do understand they are short staffed so it is tough to get food out right away.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Very windy and hot outside and the umbrellas kept blowing over. Server didn’t check on us often, had to go into to get her to pay but food was ok.

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MansonD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 4 having breakfast. I person in our group needed gluten free options but the only thing they offered was a salad. However, our waitress spoke with the chef and they were quickly able to accommodate us by offering an option not listed on the menu. Staff was pleasant and attentive. We had a very enjoyable 1st experience and are looking forward to trying the dinner menu on our next visit

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JoanS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Book in advance and enjoy! Food was lovely and service excellent.

JR
JasonR
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pretty good food. Those that ordered the steak were happy. I got the poulet frit and it was good, but the prosciutto was a little over cooked and had a burnt taste.
Overall, great dinner and service was spectacular.

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Norine
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place ! Everything inside was nice and clean. Fresh flowers on the tables made the place smell beautiful ! My friends and I sat inside, we liked that there weren’t so many tables inside so nobody was yelling to have a conversation.
I highly recommend you try the baguette as an appetizer. Super warm and crispy from the outside. The butter is crazy good. I believe it had a hint of lavender and rosemary.
All three meals we ordered were exceptional. Beef burger was cooked well, chicken was moist, and the pasta didn’t disappoint.
I have nothing to complain about this place. Definitely worth my money and time!

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PaulV
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic evening. We have been several times The food is always amazing flavors and the staff is like dining with friends.

Great place will be back again aoo!

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The Bistro at Lake Chelan is rated 4.8 stars by 172 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.