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“OMG delicious” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mistero Bar And Italian grille

Mistero Bar And Italian grille
18 Market Space, Frederick, MD 21701-5424
240-457-4480
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Ranked #39 of 314 restaurants in Frederick
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Indianapolis, Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“OMG delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We didn't know what to expect. Here is this little restaurant, with maybe 12 tables and a bar on the main floor, behind a parking garage. But it looked pretty intimate and that's what we were looking for. So, we cancelled reservations at another Frederick Italian, one on a more prominent street, and booked Mistero (Italian for Mystery I guess).

Wow. What a great decision.

We were first greeted by Ken, the manager. He seated us, engaged in some brief, albeit friendly conversation and went about his business. He didn't hover, but his eye was everywhere in that place and it ran like a Swiss watch.

We ordered a 2011 Kenwood Pinot Noir and an appetizer of Bruschetta with marinated tomatoes with a balsamic glaze. We brought some of it back to Indianapolis with us. It was not only palate pleasing, but eye pleasing as well. It was the first of several perfect dinner moments.

For dinner, I reluctantly turned away the special that night of salmon with a raspberry glaze and opted for the Fettuccine Giotto (egg noodle/char grilled chicken/fresh broccoli with a parmesan alfredo sauce.

Probably the best Italian meal I've had in at least five or six years.

Everything was perfect. The chicken was expertly seared. The broccoli was tender and lit up the dish. The sauce obviously wasn't born of a jar. I was very sorry I was getting full about 3/4 of the way through. My goodness it was absolutely delicious.

My wife opted for the spaghetti meatball (spaghetti noodle/ tomato sauce/ Italian meatballs).

She's not a very big person, but....she ate it all and eyed the droplets of marinara left on the plate when she was finished.

We really aren't beef/pork eaters, so the meatballs (2) were in a separate dish. I at least tried them (ate half of one) and thought seriously about becoming more of a carnivore.

The service? Spot on. One time Debra looked around the corner for our server (who was in the kitchen) and another one was there in a moment asking if she needed something.

As we were fawning over the chef, our server told us it was her husband...and she brought him to the table.

I gave him a standing "O".

This is a well run, well orchestrated restaurant. The food is excellent. The people are friendly and engaging, but on a mission to serve well and make you happy.

We'll be returning to Frederick one day and the first thing we'll be doing is making reservations at Mistero. If we lived close (we live in Indianapolis) we'd be there once a week.

Congrats to them. Outstanding.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Frederick, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Lovely Atmosphere, Food and Drinks!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Mistero is one of our favorite restaurants in Frederick. It is tucked away in a quaint building. They have great drink specials (mostly on beer) and an amazing specialty drink menu (I cannot get enough of the mojitorita!). The food is absolutely delectable and at a great value! We are having family in town in a few weeks and will absolutely be taking them to Mistero for dinner.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Quaint and delicious”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

Visited Mistero's for the first time with two other couples, and we all enjoyed the experience. The restaurant is in town, but away from the crowds. Quaint and comfortable; we sat upstairs in a large cozy booth. Our server was friendly and efficient. The owner was warm and made the effort to check on us and to thank us for dining there. The food was authentic and delicious. We all got something different, and all seemed happy with our choices. We like to share, so I got to taste several dishes...all yummy. It was a fun night out and we will definitely go back again.

Visited May 2013
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Middletown, Maryland
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“Nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

This was the first time we visited this restaurant and we won't be returning. We were there a bit early for dinner around 5:00 but the restaurant was not really ready for service. They sat us upstairs which was odd since you would think they would want us in the front window. When we approached we thought they were closed. They had a wine list but no drink menu which I thought was strange since everyone seems to have one of those. The bartender was still setting up the bar (keep in mind they open at 11:00 for lunch so this should have been done long before this) and throwing ice into the buckets. It was quite loud with that and all of the servers standing around the bar talking about their adventures from the night before.

The food was just average and for the price I was expecting something more. We didn't order dessert since I didn't want to spend any additional money there.

There are far better restaurants downtown in this price range so I will spend money there instead.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Walkersville, Maryland
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“Evening with Family”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Stopped in for dinner and was pleasantly surprised as how good everything was. A bit pricey on some items. Food and service were very nice. This is another good restaurant in downtown Frederick.

Visited April 2013
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