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The Crooked House Bistro

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1142 Edgewater St NW, Salem, OR 97304-4048 (Gerth St NW)
503-385-8851
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating
Description: Welcome to the Crooked House Bistro, come in, have some good food and wine...
Welcome to the Crooked House Bistro, come in, have some good food and wine and above all enjoy a warm, cozy and friendly atmosphere.

Chef Bernard Malherbe is passionate about food and wine and puts his heart into every dish he creates. Using only the most fresh and wholesome ingredients available, he marries flavors into a balanced work of art.

"I believe that the experience of a good meal, paired with a good wine and enjoyable conversation, is one of life’s greatest pleasures. At the Crooked House Bistro, it is my pleasure to provide the food and wine to the equation."
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fabulous French food in a cozy, warm setting

We have eaten here many times, returning again and again for the carefully prepared, unpretentious comfort food, French style. Everything is fresh and seasonal. Chef/owner Bernard will make substitutions on request and will also select appropriate wine for your meal if you wish. Some reviews have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
Kathy K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We have eaten here many times, returning again and again for the carefully prepared, unpretentious comfort food, French style. Everything is fresh and seasonal. Chef/owner Bernard will make substitutions on request and will also select appropriate wine for your meal if you wish. Some reviews have commented on the prices being high, but in our estimation the careful, delicious quality... More 

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Thank Kathy K
Salem, Oregon
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

I keep going back - the food is amazing as is the Chef/Owner Bernard. The food is always freshly prepared from scratch and perfectly seasoned! From Octopus to Rabbit it is all delicious. This is hands down the best place in Salem!

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Thank CMW97301
Portland, Oregon
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This is an over-rated (and over-priced) experience. While an interesting attempt, the cuisine falls flat -- even for Salem. The offerings are limited and not worthy of the reputation this place has gained. With the very small dining room, you pay for the customers that aren't able to fit inside. I am spoiled to have eaten at the best restaurants... More 

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Thank Tom D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed the fine cuisine, the seafood is amazing. The only downside was the prices were slightly too high. All in all, I still recommend it

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Thank Mike W
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in on a Tuesday night with a group of friends and were pleasantly surprised. We ordered appetizers, entrees and desserts, all of which were impressive. The carrot soup was delicious, but the sauces served with every entree ordered were outstanding. The atmosphere is laid back and casual. However, the entrees are such than can be found in top... More 

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Thank 52486
Interior, British Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Although the atmosphere is cozy and somewhat charming, the meal was disappointing and over priced. As another review mentioned, bread is extra. The food was not attractively presented. The entrees, whether beef, pork, lamb, duck seem to covered with the same sauce. Many of the wines on the wine list are not available.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Traditional small french bistro--seasonal cuisine with menu that changes with what is available. Worth crossing the Willamette to eat here.

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Thank BEIreland
Halifax
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63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Our first dinner at this restaurant 10.7.14 We had lovely snails and two glasses of wine. The soup of the day was very tempting, Onion soup, yum, but at $7.50, I couldn't justify buying it as well. We had venison and cassoulet both were very good and at $30 for each entrée I would expect them to be wonderful. Nice... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

We loved our first visit so much we took a larger party for a special occasion and were disappointed. The server said that she was serving the rabbit and gave it to the people who ordered rabbit. They started eating it and then the head waiter came out and said it was really the duck so we switched it to... More 

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Thank RHB52053
San Diego, CA
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70 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

If you've ever wondered what it's like to eat at a bistro in France – or you'd like to relive the experience – go to Crooked House Bistro. We sat at the tiny bar and were served by the owner, Bernard (who was also the waiter that night), a gracious host and highly talented French man who is truly in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1142 Edgewater St NW, Salem, OR 97304-4048
    (Gerth St NW)
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: 503-385-8851

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 29 - 31
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Welcome to the Crooked House Bistro, come in, have some good food and wine and above all enjoy a warm, cozy and friendly atmosphere.

Chef Bernard Malherbe is passionate about food and wine and puts his heart into every dish he creates. Using only the most fresh and wholesome ingredients available, he marries flavors into a balanced work of art.

"I believe that the experience of a good meal, paired with a good wine and enjoyable conversation, is one of life’s greatest pleasures. At the Crooked House Bistro, it is my pleasure to provide the food and wine to the equation."
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?