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All reviews halibut stuffed chicken the flat iron steak fine dining small restaurant taken aback cooked perfectly
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Reviewed November 11, 2023

A favorite of ours due to consistent quality and service. I have eaten solo with salad, appetizer, dinner entree, dessert with two glasses champagne and coffee for $80+tip and last night, the two of us, no limits in place…$380 out the door. Worth every penny....If you don’t drink alcohol, you could enjoy linguini and a salad for $32+tax and tip. Don’t waste your money on doing take out here…you need to make a reservation and enjoy the full service aspect of dining in at this place. They do not have a dress code, but it is a restaurant worthy of getting fancy for. We recommend…everything. Never had anything bad. What we love…escargot, linguini, duck, diver scallops, flat iron steak, panna cotta, shrimp and crab cocktail, filet, and their coffee after the meal is to die for…rich, strong, delish. Perfect end to our week. Strongly recommend. If you read any reviews less than 5 stars, they do not know what the heck they are talking about. This is an owner operated restaurant and their pride of ownership shines like no other. We are locals and enjoy it often, but worth an hour drive no question about it.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed August 30, 2022

Ignore the negative review by Vern C. This is a fine restaurant and to be honest, the prices are not that high compared to what I pay in Denver, San Diego, or Maui for a dinner. It is a small restaurant and I do recommend...you get reservations. My daughter lives in Arlington so we took her here for an early birthday dinner. She had the stuffed chicken and she was kind enough to give me a taste. It was awesome, the flavors mixed together well. I had the flat iron steak with mushroom sauce and my wife had the halibut. Both were cooked perfectly and tasty. Yes, cocktails are overpriced, but they are overpriced at every restaurant anymore. We will return here again when we visit our daughter.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 20, 2022

We have had two relatively unimpressive experiences with this restaurant. We were given a gift certificate just before the pandemic and when we arrived, we were treated almost rudely when we were quite curtly told that there were no tables and that they probably couldn't...even get us in the entire night. Then came the pandemic and they were closed for nearly three years. Today we went back, this time with reservations. Making the reservation did not leave us with a good impression. The restaurant answered the phone with just a "Hello." They didn't identify themselves as the Bistro San Martin, so I was taken aback. When I asked for a reservation, I was treated almost with as if I were bothering them by asking. If it weren't for the gift certificate, I would have hung up on them. We were treated better when we arrived, however. Service, however, was only mediocre and this restaurant is very pricey. It was NOT worth the money. The cocktails are overpriced and the food is not any better than you can get for much less elsewhere. Yes, the food is good, but it certainly is not worth putting up with their better-than-thou attitude and mediocre service. We will NOT be going back.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed March 20, 2022

Fine dining in Arlington???? Its real folks. I was somewhat aware of the San Martin Bistro from long ago visits to the area so my wife and I found it, made a reservation and were not disappointed in the least. Service is great, not rushed,...wine list good also. Our meals were delicious and the atmosphere is just what you want in a bistro experience. Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 16, 2020

We were given a gift certificate to this restaurant as a Christmas gift. We went out to their web site to get a little more information but it didn't have a lot of information there other that the menu items. Last night, we decided to...go. When we got there we immediately saw that it was a very small restaurant and that it was packed. We went in anyway hoping that we might be able to get a table even with a little bit of a wait. After a bit of a wait, we were approached by the hostess who greeted us with quite curtly with this, "What's your name?" There was no greeting, no welcome to Bistro San Martin, nothing but what's your name? We gave it to her and she looked at her reservation list. We had not made reservations because we had no idea it was going to be so small or so busy. She then turned her attention to the couple behind us who did have reservations and took them to their table. She then returned to us and told us that they were completely booked and that they would not be able to accommodate us. A couple of things would have helped. One would be to give people who go to the web site a heads up about the place being small and that reservations are recommended. Secondly, they should teach their hostesses to be a bit more customer friendly. We were really turned off by the experience and may not goo back even though we have a gift certificate.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 2, 2020

I love when we have a chance to go to the Bistro. It is always a treat. We love their mushroom pastry appetizer. My husband loves the bacon wrapped steak and my favorite dish is the ruhbard prawns, made into an entree with risotto. My...mouth is watering just thinking about it.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed January 22, 2020

hard to believe this little gem is in tiny Arlington. The food is what you would expect to find at a Michelin 5 star restaurant. All food is prepared on site- no pre-packaged pre-prepared franken food. You can even watch the chef working the kitchen....They can accommodate the palate of young diners. my teen loves going there and trying new things. It is not your run of the mill chain type restaurant atmosphere or food. Defiantly a place to impress a date or have a special occasion meal. Foods are from all over not just american. i believe i saw some meals that were vegetarian- not sure if they are vegan.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 29, 2019 via mobile

Bistro is without a doubt the best food in Arlington if not Washington. Everything is cooked to perfection and Steve makes every visit memorable. One of the nicest people you will ever meet.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed December 1, 2019 via mobile

The four of us really enjoyed our time last night at the Bistro. We had salads, main courses and of course, dessert. The portions were perfect. Everything was great! Our waitress did an amazing job.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed August 28, 2019

We have stopped at this restaurant whenever we are in the area over the last 15 years or so and it is so reliable! Our latest stop involved a couple of glasses of wine to go with our meal which started with a shared appetizer...of prawns with a strawberry and rhubarb sauce. So, sooo good! We followed that with crab cakes and the daily special of halibut. Both dishes were excellent and were of the quality we have come to expect from this fine establishment. We have seen the restaurant grow over the years yet they always manage to please and provide the same consistent quality. Service is always pleasant and there seems to be very little turnover in staff. Put this on your list of places to go!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 2019

Everything is delicious! Our favorite is the seared jumbo prawns and the lemon creme brûlée is a must try! The staff is friendly and always remembers us!

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 13, 2019 via mobile

Bistro San Martin is truly a special place with expertly prepared dishes in a warm and cozy environment. What a gem hidden in little downtown Arlington. We celebrated my birthday here and the entire experience was absolutely perfect. The Bistro has mastered the balance of...upscale but not pretentious! We started with drinks (the lemon drop was wonderful), followed by the best Caesar Salad I’ve ever had, and then we ordered the filet mignon and stuffed chicken. Both were perfectly prepared and we had to stop ourselves from licking the plate clean. We will continue to find reasons to return and explore the rest of the menu!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 3, 2019 via mobile

This masterful accomplishment in a small Pacific Northwest town about an hour north of Seattle has for years been a hallmark of classic French cuisine. With an excellent wait staff, a varied and value priced wine list and the masterful output by Chef Martin aided...by his partner and manager, Steve, time after time makes return visits inevitable. No matter what menu items ordered including in-house created desserts this is a fine culinary experience that is always repeated. BRAVO to the entire bistro teamMore

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 2, 2019

Why drive to Seattle when we have the best meal in our backyard and treated more like good friends. The Bistro in Arlington is one of those special places. We go for romantic dinners, bring friends, send friends and come away each time ready to...make a new reservation to get back for another meal. We're thankful we have such a gem here in Arlington.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 29, 2019 via mobile

This was a 5 star celebration! We were greeted by the owner at the door with a smile. We were a party of eight and were seated in a private part of the dining room. The waitress that took care of us was outstanding. She...made sure that drinks and appetizers were served promptly. The cosmos were delicious. My husband and I ordered steaks and they were cooked to perfection. Several of our party ordered the steak and lobster. They also commented that it was exceptional. The celebrating couple ordered a cake that was out of this world. It was a light white cake with fresh fruit and a light vanilla mousse frosting. Delicious! The cappuccino was perfecto! We were very satisfied with the portion sizes and the quality of food. Well done in all areas of service by all of the staff!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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