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Leon Bistro

817 Main St, Chico, CA 95928-5707
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Ranked #2 of 277 restaurants in Chico
Price range: $10 - $28
Cuisines: Bistro
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: One of Chico's finest dinner restaurants.Open for dinner Wed. through Sat. at 5 pm.
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90% Recommend
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English first
Hayward, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Two other women friends and I stopped in on a Friday night without reservations. They were able to find a table for us right away, although they did say they were full. Our food was excellent. We had the grilled nectarines and coconut shrimp for appetizers and I had the Salmon Wellington and my friends had the Calimari for the... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Fourteen of us gathered for Chef Ann Leon's cooking class. The attendees were seated within arms length of the "kitchen" and were treated to a multi course dinner and Ann's recepies. As each dish was demonstrated we were served by attentive waitstaff and enjoyed eating what Ann prepared and described! Adult beverages designed for the theme were available! Class, food... More

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Chico, California
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

First - the food here is phenominal! Much more than you would expect from looking at it from the outside. The combination of ingredients, flavors and textures are something that you would expect from a high-end Bay Area rest. Second - Understand that this is a fine dining experience. I expect a meal of this caliber to take some time... More

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Nederland, Colorado
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

You can tell that the Chef here was trained by Alice Waters and others as well. The food is very good. I felt Cosseted and pampered by the food and the service. I feel a little bit stylish is a treat when I left. I think you will have the best Chico has to offer.

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Grass Valley, California
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Evidently the evening we dined at Leon Bistro there was a serious problem in the kitchen. We waited about an hour for our meal to be served. The waitress apologized several times for the delay, and offered more bread. We did not care to fill up on bread as we anticipated our entree. Once the dinners arrived, we found them... More

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Redding, California
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We are very happy that we decided to try Leon Bistro last Friday night. The food was as good as any five star restaurant in Vegas or NYC. I had the rack of lamb; that was perfectly prepared and the flavors were exquisite. My wife had the lamb shank and it was also done to perfection with very subtle and... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

The menu, flavors and presentation (picture-worthy!) are extraordinary! It was difficult to decide what to order, and THEN the waitress described several specials! The bacon-wrapped shrimp (large shrimp wrapped in meaty bacon with a tasty sauce) and the mushroom crostini appetizers were delicious. We ordered lamb shanks and wild calamari steaks…both beyond delectable, and the portions are large. The lamb... More

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Nortre Califonkneeonee
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97 reviews 97 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Chef formally from Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Has brought a reason to brave the dangers of downtown Chico- the homeless shelter of Northern California. Food is outstanding and well prepared. I am a meat eater- but her vegetables are remarkable. I have eaten there numerous times, and the whole menu is outstanding. She holds marvelous cooking classes. Wait staff is... More

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Orinda, CA
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Very vine dining evening. The crostini with mushrooms, goat cheese, and very light balsamic glaze was a great starter. Wife's filet was excellent, although not quite as rare as she ordered it; daughter's rack of lamb was terrific; and my lamb shank in Mediterranean sauce was great. Varied wine list with good California wines, and a few Italian selections. Friendly... More

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Chico, California, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Amidst beautiful, quiet surroundings, my husband and I enjoyed a delicious feast. I had the Calamari and he a steak. Love the creative vegies surrounding my calamari and I prefer to eat Paleo style so she dipped the calamari in coconut and almond flour I believe. What ever it was on the outside, it wasn't wheat flour and it was... More

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