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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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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
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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Good for:
Casual Dining

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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Disappointing meal

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Maureen M
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Interior, British Columbia
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  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
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English first
Interior, British Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

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
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Halifax
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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San Diego, CA
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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Upland, California
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Okay, okay – enough with the alliteration! It was Hubby’s 69th birthday and we decided on a short-notice trip for a week spent in the beautiful, Oregon Willamette Valley. On the big day itself, I took him to the Crooked House Bistro in Salem. And we were not disappointed. The place is tiny. I mean REALLY small. You sit close... More 

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Salem, Oregon
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

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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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?