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Leon Bistro

817 Main St, Chico, CA 95928-5707
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Ranked #3 of 275 restaurants in Chico
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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49 reviews from our community

89% Recommend
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Nederland, Colorado
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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Chico, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

First thing to mention is, make a reservation. We waited 35 minutes for a table at their quaint bar. They only serve beer and wine. Our server was Lizzie and she was knowledgable about the specials for that eveing only. My husband was going to order the Surf and Turf "Hanger Steak and Halibut", but once he heard the Scallop... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Comfortable, unpretentious atmosphere with great ambience. The wine list is heavy on reds but has a full selection of whites to please anyone. Our waiter was knowledgable about the selections and helped us narrow our choices with great results. The food was beautifully prepared . My artichoke crusted haddock with green Thai aioli was one of the best dishes I... More

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Paradise, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

After experiencing some of the best restaurants in the world, El Bulli ( Roses, Spain ) & Noma ( Copenhagen ), we have a top standard to compare other restaurants to... When Leon Bistro opened in Chico a few years ago, we had a great meal and then forgot about it for awhile. It's among the most expensive places in... More

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