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“Much To Be Desired...” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Bistro 71

Bistro 71
71 North Main St., Chambersburg, PA 17201, Chambersburg, PA 17201
717-261-0007
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Ranked #5 of 136 Restaurants in Chambersburg
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
MD
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Much To Be Desired...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

I have to admit, there is a lot to be desired from Bistro 71. The Bistro has been around a few years and is aiming to revitalize the downtown area, much like Frederick, MD has done in the past few years. However, Bistro 71 has got a ways to go. Here are my quick points:

• Atmosphere is very modern, and inviting. Interior is well decorated, especially if you enjoy a more modern look and feel

• The food is good, but not terrific. Requests can be taken, but do not expect them to be met.

• Bistro 71 is pricey. If you're looking to spend a lot of money on food, go to The Orchard's and actually get a meal that is worth the price.

• Small – if the place is busy, don't expect to find a room for you and eight of your friends. Remember, this is a bistro and not a family dining experience.

• Wait staff is amateur – two to three-star service should be expected.

Overall the food is good, but not worth the price or inexperienced wait staff.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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101 reviews 101 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Upscale for this small town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Food was fabulous. We reserved a table on the patio & it was so lovely with great music for a relaxing special night out. A bit more pricy than franchise but has a sophisticated atmosphere. As we left there were musicians setting up to do live performance.

Visited August 2012
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Virginia Beach, VA, USA
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165 reviews 165 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Great appetizers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

My husband and I went for drinks and appetizers. I had a chardonnay (sorry can't remember the name) that was good and my husband had Sam Adams summer ale. We shared an artichoke and goat cheese bruschetta that was very good. I had mussels that had a to die for cream saffron sauce with slices of grilled bread to dip in the sauce. The mussels were all good and small to medium as I like them. My husband had the spinach and strawberry salad with poppyseed dressing. The service was excellent.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Bistro 71 - Recommended!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

Love the cozy atmosphere and friendly employees. We always go for drinks but end up staying to eat. On our last visit we split 3 appetizers- 2 orders of the mussels and 1 plate of lamb sliders. We asked for extra bread to soak up the delicious broth from the mussels; the bread is warm and has a slight charred taste that's delicious with the creamy mussel broth.

The patio in the rear of the restaurant is open during the warmer months and offers a nice quiet spot to enjoy drinks and/or dinner. The owners are on-site and always greet us, they're pleasant without being intrusive. We feel like we're in a private, "special" place at Bistro 71.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Frederick, MD
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

Have visited this restuarant a number of times. Each time the service has been excellent and the food as well. The menu has a nice selction of items and there are nice specials that are offered.
The owners are frequently there to oversee the operation and to interact with the patrons. They are quite personable and make the visit a special treat.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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