The Quarter Bistro
Parties larger than 8 please call to confirm your reservations.
The Quarter Bistro and Tavern, or the “Q” as the staff affectionately terms it, is pleased to welcome you to their restaurant. A first of its kind in Ann Arbor, the Q aims to deliver a unique and exciting dining experience by marrying European Bistro dining with a Cajun/Creole twist. The cooking style features only the best ingredients. To highlight its unique style of cooking, the Q looked to Cajun/Creole methods for inspiration. A class of cuisine unto itself, Cajun/Creole cooking reflects a proud and strong heritage that features an abundance of fresh, native ingredients.
I've been hearing about this place for years, and since it is nearly impossible to get a reservation on a weekend, we decided Monday might be a good day to go.
The bread arrived with something that none of us could identify. Spread of some sort, strangely flavorless and a bit old tasting. Butter? Not sure.*
The fried appetizer was so greasy the batter was falling off before it could be eaten.
My mom ordered the Steak Diane. The steak was tough, and the mashed potatoes contained big chunks of uncooked potato.
I had the po boy. Usually the contents of one of these sandwiches is crispy but it was cooked to mush and swimming in oil, making it impossible to eat. When the manager came over to see us after we complained to the waiter, I pinched one of the grease nuggets to show him all the oil that came out and he looked as horrified as I had been. The day after and I still feel like I could shave my tongue to get all the oil off of it.
My husband had the seafood portofino, and said it was pretty tasteless. It strikes me as odd that a place calling itself a taste of New Orleans had bland, almost non-existent spices.
The only thing I'd recommend is the garlic greens. They were very good; the rest is a hard pass.
*in reading other reviews, apparently it was supposed to be hummus. As a person of Middle Eastern descent I can say it's as far from hummus in taste as you can get. Again, not a whiff of spices to be found.
The food and wine was awesome!! Service was also very timely.
Easily the best service I have ever experienced. Food was great, and was tailored to our dietary requirements. Price was a bit high, however we had drinks and dessert, and it was worth it for the ambience.
We went with out of town friends for a pleasant dinner. The service was very good and food just fine.
Love this place - the menu selections, the atmosphere, the service, and the food are all top notch. It's a reliable restaurant - always on their game!
My birthday. Great brunch!
Perfect Friday night dinner location and ambiance. Just a little loud. Excellent menu choices including salad options. Reasonable beer prices. Delicious desserts!
This restaurant was a great surprise. We picked it as it was close to our hotel and the food was delicious. Great specials and prices were very reasonable.
We had a group of 10 for dinner on Saturday night. Darcy was fantastic and we enjoyed our dining experience. We came early for happy hour and then moved on for dinner. Highly recommend it!
We enjoyed our dinner and evening. The service was very attentive.
A quick acknowledgement that the crab cakes here are really good-not too much spice or an over abundance of bread crumbs. Surprised me. I’ll have them again.
Our dinner was exceptional. The food was well prepared & presented & very tasty!
Our server, Cathy, was especially attentive, very knowledgeable about the menu & the wine list. She made our evening very special!
Actually tried to give them a second chance because they have somewhat a unique menu. Service is good, atmosphere is fine but the food on each occasion was EXTREMELY bland like it was not seasoned at all. It was cooked correctly, looked great but had no taste at all and though not expensive when you pay more than $20 an entree you would expect something decent tasting. Each time we salted and peppered our whole meal just to get some taste. Chain restaurant food is better and I have plenty more options in Ann Arbor and surrounding area at same price point or less, All with much better food. We WILL NOT eat here again.
I can't believe I'm actually about to post this review but here it goes. This restaurant used to be my families go to spot for birthdays and mothers day but the food quality and taste have diminished substantially.
I don't know if there is a new kitchen staff, new recipes, new management or all of the above but it was an sub-par experience at best.
The Catfish nuggets had bones in them and the "lateral/grass line" (the thick slimy grey stuff on the bottom of the fillet/fish) dominated the nuggets - there was barely any meat to eat and they were dark in texture and were not light, fluffy and airy. We also ordered the Chicken Marsala which was not very tasteful and had a poignant taste to the sauce. The one thing we thought we knew would enjoy was the broccoli cheese soup (soup of the day), but was told that they had run out (although there were only three parties (10 people max) in the entire restaurant.
Hopefully if you go, your experience will be much better. My course has ended with this restaurant.
Great service, was not overly impressed with the food. Pretty pricy for the taste
We were graciously served by Kira. Kira was an excellent server, attentive and engaged. She made great suggestions as to food and drink, several of which we heeded and appreciated! We've been to the Quarter Bistro many times over many years, but honestly, Kira was the best server we've ever had. Thank you, Kira, for making our fun evening even more enjoyable.
92 year-old birthday celebration!
Food was fantastic. They were very busy and a bit understaffed. Fun place, I’d go back.
Pretty disgusting dinner. The crab cake was dry . I got NY steak with mashed potatoes cold and veggie pretty wet!! The wine (#251) was supposed to be a French wine but end up to be a Merlot from California and not a good one.........The key lime pie was obviously frozen and defrost overnight with the chantilly still solid, the cream did not stick to the crust !!! The service was OK except the fact that the appetizer arrive so fast no time to enjoy one cold beer.....and then wait and wait for the main course. The best part of the meal was the Grand Marnier that you guys did not cook.
A couple of Lyonnais , from the gastronomic capital of the world
Avg service, good food, good atmosphere, nothing extraordinary.
Great food and a great experience!
The food was absolutely delicious. Every single plate that was order was way above expectations.
Sunday brunch once again does not disappoint. It was amazing. The shrimp and oysters were fabulous.
Nice vibe waiter very cool food was great, I enjoyed myself
The shrimp etouffee was Not worth $25. No salad, no side dish.
The crab cake dinner was Not worth $34. Same as above.
Overall, we will not be dining at QB anytime soon.
Food and service were excellent!!
Food was undercooked. Waitress was not friendly.
Valentine's day early dinner was fantastic. Our waitress, Kira, was a beautiful, sunny soul that lit up the restaurant.
Good food! Friendly Attentive wait staff! The Manager was very accommodating and on top of things as well! They served warm bread and fresh hummus to start. I do not like hummus, but their hummus was delicious. You could tell it was freshly made. We will definitely go back!
We celebrated a family birthday with a party of 6. We were given a table off the the back and it was wonderful. There was room for presents, we were able to talk and could hear each other. The food was wonderful as it always is and birthday boy was treated with a free dessert that was decorated with Happy Birthday. We were celebrating a day early. Thank you all so much for the relaxing dinner, wonderful service and delicious food!
I would recommend to a friend for the main dining room or happy hour.
This is our "go-to" place when we want to enjoy a wonderful dining experience. We first tried The Quarter Bistro for Easter brunch last year and found the buffet selections diverse and delicious. Every dish was flavorful and fresh. We have since enjoyed dinner there numerous times and have never been disappointed. The servers are pleasant and helpful: they know how to assist patrons with making menu selections by being well versed in the seasonings and flavors of each dish. Finally, there are a variety of dining rooms, all of which are warm and beautiful.
The food, as always, was delicious. We were highly disappointed in the speed of service, though. For only being 4:05 when we arrived for our reservation (for 5 people) and ordered fairly quickly, we didn’t leave until after 5:35. The restaurant only had a handful of tables, so this was a bit frustrating. Will definitely be back, but hope for quicker service in the future!
Hung with family had a great time going back the next time I need to get grounded
The chicken parmesan was ok at best. The spaghetti that cam with the chicken was in a lump and when I mixed it with the sauce. The sauce was basically a butter sauce no alfredo. I done like butter, so the spaghetti was for me, inedible. The waiter focused on the Male companion I was with and I had to ask if I could order a beverage. I had been there prior for a retirement party and enjoyed myself. This time. Not so much.
Have been here many times in the past, but this time was a disappointment. Food was good, as always, but service was very subpar--e.g., waited over 20 minutes for menus and water, another 10 to make the order, and waitress was easily confused by simple requests. We had reservations (made on line), but the wait-staff was slammed with two very large groups (20 plus each) that came at our same time. Our time slot should not have been availalble, given that those groups obviously made pre-arrangements. Also, we were seated exactly next to one of the groups which was very loud (not inappropriate, just loud and having a good time.) We had to work at hearing each other at our table of 4. I will go to The Quarter again, as this was likely a one-off, but it was disappointing, none-the-less.
Also--it is a pet peeve of mine, maybe not of others--unless I am at a diner getting the blue-plate special, I find it inappropriate to be asked, "So, how's everything tastin'." Checking with me to see if I have any further requests, if there is a service need (e.g., fresh sugar packets, or a napkin to replace one that is dropped, etc.,) is customary and expected, but the "tastin'" question is tasteless (pun intended), and I hear it a lot. It is a new feature of dining out---I wish and hope restaurant managers will train their waitstaff in more appropriate interactions.
Our waiter was superb!!!!!! 25 stars!! Do not remember his name. He was from Kosovo. Keep him!
We invited friends to join us for the special NYE menu. Unfortunately, both of them ordered the prime rib and the restaurant had run out of that item. They were satisfied with substitute items offered them, but had really looked forward to the prime rib. Other than that, we totally enjoyed our meal and evening together.