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Bistro San Martin

231 N Olympic Ave, Arlington, WA 98223-1336
360-474-9229
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Ranked #1 of 74 restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $15 - $29
Cuisines: American, European, Seafood, International
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Seattle, WA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Arlington, WA ----Really?????? Yes REALLY! This place is amazing, and word is sure getting out. You see all kinds of high-end cars parked outside this place because - yes - it is just that GOOD! The food is fresh, fantastic and beautifully presented. The drinks are amazing, and the wine list is top notch.

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Bothell, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Martin is the best chef ever. He uses fresh ingredients, many when they are in season. So while there are some things that stay on the menu every time we go that are ALL yummy, you never know what surprise he may have in store for your taste buds! So well worth the drive and just a few minutes east... More

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2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

On our way back to Seattle from Vancouver traffic on I-5 was slow and the treo looked long. We decided to get dinner while the traffic worked its way out. This restaurant came up as #1 nearby so we got off the road and settled in for what turned out to be a fabulous meal in a lovely setting. The... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Visited here for a friends birthday and that enabled us to sample a variety of different appetizers. The calamari was great, not fried which was different but allowed to really taste the flavor. The black bean and bacon soup was my favorite. The spinach salad dressing was excellent, though the salad was basic. The gnudi ravioli was great. I ordered... More

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Mill Creek, Washington, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This was our second visit to Bistro San Martin--and it won't be our last! We are tired of fighting traffic to get Seattle area restaurants and Bistro is a wonderful option. Beginning with a warm, friendly greeting at the door to the final sip of freshly brewed coffee while we savored the hand-crafted dessert, the experience couldn't have been better.... More

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Naknek, Alaska
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

My wife and I have been here many times and the food and service has always exceeded expectations. No need to head downtown Seattle or any of the nice places east of Lake Washington when you have this jewel in your back yard. Small and intimate, probably not the best choice for your large groups unless you can afford to... More

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Marysville, Washington, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

This Bistro in Arlington was recommended by a yoga teacher years ago. We made reservations which are highly advisable as it is in a small space. The chef is visible from all seats wearing his chef's toque with a feather in it. The wine list is fantastic given the size of the restaurant and wines are also available in flights.... More

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Seattle, WA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I heard of Bistro San Martin in Arlington, WA from a friend of mine. It's about an hour North of Seattle, but worth the drive. There were four of us in my group. We had 5:00pm reservations and were seated right away. One of the owners, Steve, warmly greeted us. After a complimentary appetizer, we shared one of the special... More

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Mary Esther
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I have visited here dozens of times and never had anything less than a superlative meal. You can't get a finer meal if you drive to Seattle, and everything about this place is first rate. Steve and Martin are excellent hosts as well.

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Arlington, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Some of the best food you will have ANYWHERE in the state of Washington. Tucked away on main street in Arlington, WA, it is one of the best experiences you can have. Everything about it is perfect.............honest! Dinner only! Tuesday thru Saturday and don't forget to make a reservation.

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