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Bistro 223

American, International, Contemporary
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223 W Water St, Elmira, NY 14901-2912
Thu 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2015

This used to be a place were you could get interesting food that was well prepared with fresh food and gracious service. Don't know where they lost it, but none of the above could be said. Staff is intrusive and seems either nuts or drugged. The food is inconsistent at best and the ambiance is definitely shabby and getting shabbier.... More 

1 Thank Elmiratraveller
Millerton, Pennsylvania
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277 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

You almost have to be walking right by to see it. We had tried to stop by a few months ago but they were closed for renovations. We had stopped by for desert on a Friday night as we saw cinnamon ice cream on the menu specials. The owner is a very nice man. His help called in sick for... More 

Thank YourMomLovesToast
valley stream
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2014

I read the rave reviews on Yelp so my wife and I decided to give it a try. We are from Metro NYC and let me tell you, this place is amazing! The food has a Middle Eastern spin at from the moment I tasted the Lentil Soup I knew we found a winner! We keep on saying we wish... More 

Thank rich l
Troy, Pennsylvania, United States
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

Sign in the doorway said "temporarily closed". We chose it based on the reviews from this site. We were really looking forward to,it.

Thank Donna W
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

Great place to have a nice lunch with a nice view, love the decoration and what I order was good and a good size plate!

Thank 2nd30
Florida, New York
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155 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Tried the Bistro 223 tonight. Two vegans and one meat eater and we were excited for a place that had options for all of us. We got there around 5:15 or so and some guy at the bar told us to have seat, the owner would be right back. I think he may have been the only one there at... More 

Thank mmosher
Elmira, New York
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

I stop at least once a week. It is quiet. Relaxing Chemung River view. Slow passed. Nice cuisine. Easy on off Exit I-86 Water Street EXIT Elmira, NY Street Parking ENTERTAINMENT district.

1 Thank SamuelDraper
Manahawkin, New Jersey
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117 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

The owner/chef/manager is a very interesting man and we were glad to have the opportunity to have a meal in his establishment. It is the sort of encounter that makes traveling fun. We had a little trouble locating the place although it is right on the river in the center of town. We didn't know the east/west address system but... More 

2 Thank CarlanneNewJersey
Columbus. Ohio
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272 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

My colleague and I were recently referred to Bistro 223 by someone in Lewisburg, PA. [The staff at the Elmira Holiday Inn had no idea where the restaurant was...but it's easy to find.] What a delightful surprise! It's small, with a combination Mediterranean and Indian dishes that are beautifully presented and flavorful. The place serves hearty glasses of wine and... More 

1 Thank peebs777
Towanda, Pennsylvania
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

Just had lunch at the Bistro and enjoyed it immensely. Max was a great host and even posponed his afternoon fishing trip to cook and wait on us. As an added treat he gave us some great tasting homemade ice cream on the house. Will be returning soon. Chevy and the teacher

1 Thank chevy t

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, International, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 223 W Water St, Elmira, NY 14901-2912
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Elmira
  • Phone Number: 607-732-0102

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?