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“fun, friendly, imaginative, good bistro food” 4 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 #3 of 134 Restaurants in Chambersburg
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Poughkeepsie, NY
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“fun, friendly, imaginative, good bistro food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stopped in Chambersburg by chance and looked for an interesting, good restaurant. Bistro 71 gave us exactly what we wanted. *So much better* food and atmosphere than a chain. Very friendly service. We seem to have arrived on pirate night -- a table of 10 dressed as pirates -- and they were friendly too. It was tapas night, and they had good dishes. Best were the batter fried green beans: lightly battered, fresh and crispy. (We were told the calamari was also delicious.) Shrimp was too sweet for our tastes, but scallops and Asian braised short ribs with roasted carrot puree were both delicious. We finished with a small tenderloin of beef with poached egg, holandaise, and fried procuitto -- delicious. Good martinis, too. And dates -- bacon wrapped, with goat cheese -- $1 a date, buy at least a couple. Fun & delicious.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
“Great place for a date.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

I just enjoyed a very pleasant evening here. It's not a 'restaurant' in the strictest terms. They only serve Tapas and dessert. The food is tasty but just overpriced appetizers. The atmosphere is really what makes it worth a visit.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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MD
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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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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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35 helpful votes 35 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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44 helpful votes 44 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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