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The Crooked House Bistro

1142 Edgewater St NW, Salem, OR 97304-4048
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Ranked #4 of 414 restaurants in Salem
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Gerth St NW
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."
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84% Recommend
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English first
Salem, Oregon
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Crooked House is very small so it can be crowded and loud. The tables are also very close to each other so everyone can hear your conversation, BUT, it is worthwhile because the food is excellent. Nice French wines to pair with authentic French cuisine. We will definitely go back.

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Lodi, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We often stay in Salem as we travel from California to Washington and it is a special place. This little restaurant located in West Salem along the Willamette river and in a very small house. The chef, owner and waittress were very friendly and made the option of choosing the food very easy. The Sea Bass had been caught that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This is by far my most favorite restaurant in Salem. The food is truly delightful and delicious. The ever changing menu provides an exciting experience every time we visit Bernard and his Crooked House Bistro.

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Salem, Oregon
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Food, admittedly one of the more spendier places in Salem, is always good value for money spent. Always feel warm and welcome.

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Portland, Oregon
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Spent a lovely evening with my family. Decidedly French food, paired with wine suggested by the host/owner/chef. The restaurant is somewhat difficult to find in the dark , but definitely worth the effort. Cozy and relaxing atmosphere ( not suitable for small children). Decor and music are very nice and are nicely complemented by the owner' conversation. You will be... More

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

This tiny treasure seats about 30, has reasonably priced French and Oregon wines that Bernard will happily pair with his ever-changing menu built from farm fresh ingredients including local lamb, diverse seafood, duck, some game meat, and seasonal specials. He'll gladly create vegan or vegetarian too. If you are unable to make a choice, or want a decadent meal, simply... More

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Salem, Oregon, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This quaint little bistro never disappoints us. The changing menu always has dependably great flavors and meats are always prepared exquisitely. The house made baguettes are tasty too. The owner/chef is French. If you enjoy wine, be sure and ask him for a wine pairing suggestion. He is always spot on.

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Ellensburg, Washington
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37 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

I've eaten here twice on trips to Salem and love it! Great wine list. Chef Bernard who is also the owner is very friendly and accommodating. My wife wanted a vegetarian meal and he made something up that she loved and wasn't just the usual pasta and sauce that most places come up with. Instead delicious vegetables and much more.... More

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Salem, Oregon
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

To start with the good, the service was friendly, prompt and courteous. We felt the food was overpriced tho. Each coarse is priced separately and high. Including a small basket of bread and butter for $2.50, not included as in most restaurants. The bread was good - French baguette . The menu is apparently French Cuisine, which neither of our... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

After many months of passing by this place, my husband and I decided to make reservations here for dinner. We both loved the interior, it was very cute and cozy and had an inviting atmosphere to it. We ordered the escargot to start and were not disappointed, they were delicious! We made use of the bread served with the escargot... More

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