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The Bistro at South River

3.9
117 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Exquisite food. Extraordinary setting.
Avoid the hustle of downtown Annapolis and experience fine dining at one of Edgewater’s most serene settings. The Bistro offers the perfect getaway for family and friends. Located at The Golf Club at South River.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Wednesday
Lunch: 11:00am to 6:00pm

Thursday - Saturday
Lunch: 11:00am to 6:00pm
Dinner: 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday
Brunch: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Bar Menu: 2:00pm to 6:00pm


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Phone number
(410) 798-5865 ext. 2303
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Frederick Daniel
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Colony Crossing
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
4.6
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on March 27, 2016

Easter brunch review. Most item son the menu were typical breakfast fare -scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes- but some items were imaginative, like the salmon on toast points and. They also offered some salad choices, some well prepared and hot root vegetables, carved ham and Lamb in a demi-glaze with root vegetables. The lamb was tender and though I enjoyed it, I found that the demi-glaze overpowered the delicate "flavor" of the lamb and some of the vegetables. They also offered Coffee, Tea, soft drinks, beverages from the bar and an array of sweet treats including an ice cream sundae bar (vanilla & strawberry) with some sauces and toppings.
All in all it was enjoyable, the hostess accommodating and pleasant, despite a last minute change in our guest count on a very busy and booked day.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on March 24, 2016

It's all about management...the food is really good.
The servers were just OK. They need more training.

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embarrassed (Baltimore)
1.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

Most disappointing, we had made reservations and planned to take a friend to dinner. To our embarrassment the restaurant called 45 minutes before our seating and said they had a large party and could not seat us. In talking to a few other people it was suggested perhaps we were bumped by members of the club, we did not realize it but this is affiliated with a private golf club, beware if planning to eat here make a back up plan.

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vipMarylandTable (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

We had such a lovely Christmas lunch! . . .. Good friends, excellent food, lovely service!! . .. We are already making plans to return again next year!

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Sailor (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on October 29, 2015

We took relatives for a late lunch and there was hardly anyone else there, so seating and privacy were excellent. We sat outside on the deck and enjoyed the golf course scene along with very good and plentiful servings of crab cakes and a salmon "BLT" that was the hit for two of us.
The other member had chicken salad in a wrap that looked appetizing and was appreciated by our guest as well.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on October 9, 2015

Staff was friendly, however, the food was overpriced and average -- there are many other local choices I'd make for similar cuisine. It was also a cafeteria like feel because of the bright lighting.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

Waitress spilled a tray of mimosas on my boyfriends seat, luckily he was at the buffet. She then proceeded to wipe it down

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vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2015

From the fireplace behind us to the taste of the food, we loved dinning at The Bistro. The service was great and the ambience was just right for a cozy winter night dining out. We arrived for a late evening dinner and had the ahi tuna starter, knife and fork salad, the speciality fish of the night and braised short ribs. You must try the ahi tuna starter, it was delicious! We will be dining again at The Bistro very soon!

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Brau (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2014

We ate a random assortment of apps since Tuesday night's in the winter they just serve lunch, apps, and have a few specials. They were amazing. We had the scallops wrapped in bacon, seared tuna, crab ravioli, eddemome potstickers, and lemon chicken potstickers. Would highly recommend all. Our waiter Brian was fantastic and very personable. Nice and quiet atmosphere with a few big screen tv's.

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vipMarylandTable (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2014

My friends and I visited The Bistro during a Visit With Santa Claus Brunch . . .and, while we didn't visit with Santa, the brunch looked divine!! And the families were all having such a happy time! We were seated in a quiet booth, where we enjoyed a delightful lunch . . The Maryland Cream of Crab soup was the best we've ever had. We will definitely return to the The Bistro again . . .

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SRCBistroFan (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2014

We were all so pleased with our lunch at the Bistro! Erin set the table beautifully and provided service that spoiled us! The menu choices were amazing. We were celebrating a friend's birthday and it was a perfect experience. Thank you so much!

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vipSaunders (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 23, 2014

We have been going to the Bistro since they did an extensive renovation about two years ago. It a beautiful venue with stone and mahogany accents. This was, however, our first visit in the summer. I need to preface that we don't golf, and have never been here in the daylight. That said, this is a restaurant on a golf course and we were there in the evening after a rainy Saturday in August. We were the only people in the restaurant. At 8:00. On a Saturday. When the restaurant called us to confirm our reservation that afternoon, I assumed it was because they were busy. It was actually because they were dead empty and wanted to close early. We had a wonderful meal. The chef even stopped by our table. We never felt rushed and will return soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on August 16, 2014

Nothing special about this place. Very limited menu and very pricey. Waiter graciously offered up the bar's appetizer menu which has far more choices and more adequately priced. Perhaps they should just go with that. I can't imagine going there for a $35 entree. The view isn't that great. We had window seats but still could not see the golf course hardly at all let alone any golfers. We were happy with our appetizers and our waiter was quite nice.

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Cher (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2014

A small group of ladies had lunch. Wait staff was very pleasant and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on July 11, 2014

Nice table outside with view of the golf course, trees, ponds and geese. Waiter was very nice and attentive. The Bruchetta appetizer was soggy and overdressed with balsamic. The Sea Bass was good but the spinach and risotto sides, though nicely cooked, were oversalted & inedible. The fajitas were pretty good, but the flank steak tough.

Wine was good and list average.

I would not dine here again due to the disappointing food.

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vipLucky (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2014

First time dining at this location. Sat on veranda overlooking the 18th hole. Magnificent view of sweeping trees, ponds and walking bridges. Martini just the way I like it (shaken not stirred - tiny slivers of ice, very, very dry - no vermouth, and 3 big juicy olives - no olive juice). Excellent meals. Recommend the lamb chops. Now only the second restaurant in the Washington DC metropolitan area I will order them. Next time I'll order the Chilean sea bass just to be different. Topped off with chocolate/hot fudge cake. Looking forward to coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on June 21, 2014

We took advantage of the OpenTable 1,000 point promo and went to the Bistro at South River for an early dinner. The place was very quiet with only a few golfers enjoying the outdoor deck. The service and food was just fantastic; we felt like royalty. The recommendations were very helpful and spot on. The menu is somewhat limited in terms of the total number of items but the variety was good and both of our entrees were memorable. The steak served over cheesy, crabby potato wedges is even better than it sounds.

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Elizabeth (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 6, 2014

This place was great! My boyfriend and I had a date night out, that we were way over due for, and it was the perfect fit! The food was fantastic and the service was wonderful as well. I'd definitely recommend this place to friends and family.

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DougInLaurel (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on May 22, 2014

My wife and I had dinner at The Bistro at South River on the occasion of our 38th wedding anniversary. We both love seafood, and it came highly recommended for that. It's basically a restaurant/bar at a country clubhouse - not a bad thing, as it is a beautiful building with outstanding views and ambiance. We reserved for two at 6 pm on a Thursday evening in late May and would have had no problems getting seated without the reservation. My wife ordered the sea bass and I initially ordered the crab meat ravioli, which it turned out they were out of - that seemed odd to me for so early in the evening on a week day. So I also ordered the sea bass, and was not disappointed.

We shared a brownie sundae for dessert, which we both enjoyed.

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cjdurand (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 11, 2014

This was an accidental find on my part to take my Mother-in-law out for brunch on Mother's Day. I was taking a chance since I hadn't been there before but the food was perfectly cooked, it had a great variety, and for $30 it was a bargain. I wish they did brunch all the time as it was one of the best I have been to!

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vipSteveinANP (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on March 14, 2014

It's in a private golf course and the restaurant is the clubhouse. While my friend and I were there, the staff were polite and accommodating, but the other patrons were obviously curious who these people were sitting at their bar having dinner. I had to retrieve something from my car and walked back into the establishment feeling a bit uncomfortable as everyone obviously stopped to see who I was before returning to their conversations. Dinner choices were good and the prices were okay but you can eat at Ruth's Chris for almost the same price and not feel like you're an intruder.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

The food and service were not bad however for the price I would have expected better food. The food is priced like a high classed restaurant and I feel the food was lacking that quality. However you are paying for the fact that it is on a golf community.

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vipWinks (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 12, 2014

Too expensive for a so so brunch. Nice club house atmosphere and pleasant helpful staff

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Sammyc (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2013

We had a very enjoyable evening at the Bistro. A great table near the fireplace, very good service and food that was well prepared. Chef had a great menu for the evening. Our table had everything from seafood to prime rib. All was tasty and the beef was exactly as ordered. Thank you Bistro staff and chef.

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Bluesfan60 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on October 25, 2013

I was there for a early afternoon meal with a friend.The food and service were acceptable but nothing special.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on September 21, 2013

I got the caesar salad and it was all croutons...kinda disappointing. Everyone else enjoyed their food greatly!

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vipRonMar (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on August 31, 2013

The food was marginal and overpriced.

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vipBlackcloud71 (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on June 8, 2013

Food was alright, but nothing to write home about. Seems a bit pricey for the type of restaurant. It is at a golf course, so don't expect a "fine dining" experience. Lots of families with kids from the surrounding neighborhood, so was a bit loud.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2013

An exceptional brunch buffet of entrees as well as an omelet bar (with crab among the ingredients) and very tempting desserts. The service was outstanding and the mimosas we a real treat

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on April 12, 2013

This restaurant is in what used to be the clubhouse for a golf course. It is LOUD! It's basically filled golfers and their wives who just shot a round of golf. The food was mediocre at best but priced like a restaurant of much higher calibre. Menu selection is limited to just a handful of items in each section, but they had quite a few specials. However the waitress read the specials directly off a list so fast it was hard to understand what she was saying. Don't go there expecting a quiet dinner, food and service average.

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