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The Crooked House Bistro

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1142 Edgewater St NW, Salem, OR 97304-4048 (Gerth St NW)
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Portland, Oregon
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45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

While I try to avoid negative reviews, the overall experience and expensive meal left me wondering why this restaurant stays open. Very small with no room to eat (you're basically sitting all together with no privacy). Offerings seemed interesting, though expensive, but turned out to be mediocre at best. Wine list was sad, considering it sits next to the Amity... More 

Thank Tom D
Salem, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

We love this restaurant and dine here several times a year. The food is always excellent and authentically French Bistro. They have a good selection of French Burgundy wines and we generally just have Bernard (owner/chef) pick one for us. We've also brought our own wine and paid the corkage. The restaurant is small, but we think that creates an... More 

Thank Beth W
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121 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

We had a great experience and a delicious dinner at The Crooked House Bistro. The server was very friendly and personable. We were offered indoor or outdoor seating. We started with the chilled tomato soup and a salad. The soup was very good with lots of basil. The salad was also very good with a perfect, light vinaigrette. The bread... More 

Thank Dovie
Keizer, Oregon
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016

Good thing we had reservations because the house doesn't accommodate many tables. We ordered 3 entrees for 5 people which was just the right amount food along with everyone getting salads. We ordered the lamb, the rib-eye steak ($49.50) and the seafood. All were good but the lamb was excellent. We also ordered some wine. The first bottle was a... More 

Thank Travelintam42
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016

A great little spot, little being an operative word, with very good service and very good food. You expect french food to be expensive, but $49.50 for a large T-bone steak? Excellent lamb stew and very good seafood stew. These were $29.50 each. And the wine was good but over-priced, we thought. The cheapest bottle on the menu around $40--but... More 

Thank SnowGooseCalifornia
Willamette Valley, Oregon
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016

I respect the number of reviews of this little place that describe experiences questioning whether the food, drink and their prices are always in an ideal relationship. Yes, items are comparatively expensive, with only a few entrees closer to $20 than to $30-40; and with fewer wine bottles in the $30 neighborhood than in the $40-60. So, for many guests,... More 

Thank Caleb2gen
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72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

The food was very good and the wait staff was very attentive. The only things i didn't like were the prices were very high and the seats were very crammed together.

Thank nikki1218
Salem Oregon USA
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2015

We have eaten here many times, returning again and again for the carefully prepared, unpretentious comfort food, French style. Everything is fresh and seasonal. Chef/owner Bernard will make substitutions on request and will also select appropriate wine for your meal if you wish. Some reviews have commented on the prices being high, but in our estimation the careful, delicious quality... More 

Thank Kathy K
Salem, Oregon
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2015

I keep going back - the food is amazing as is the Chef/Owner Bernard. The food is always freshly prepared from scratch and perfectly seasoned! From Octopus to Rabbit it is all delicious. This is hands down the best place in Salem!

Thank CMW97301
Portland, Oregon
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45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2015

This is an over-rated (and over-priced) experience. While an interesting attempt, the cuisine falls flat -- even for Salem. The offerings are limited and not worthy of the reputation this place has gained. With the very small dining room, you pay for the customers that aren't able to fit inside. I am spoiled to have eaten at the best restaurants... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$29 - $31
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1142 Edgewater St NW, Salem, OR 97304-4048
    (Gerth St NW)
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: 503-385-8851
Welcome to the Crooked House Bistro, come in, have some good food and wine and above all enjoy a warm, cozy and friendly atmosphere.

Chef Bernard Malherbe is passionate about food and wine and puts his heart into every dish he creates. Using only the most fresh and wholesome ingredients available, he marries flavors into a balanced work of art.

"I believe that the experience of a good meal, paired with a good wine and enjoyable conversation, is one of life’s greatest pleasures. At the Crooked House Bistro, it is my pleasure to provide the food and wine to the equation."

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?