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“Bravo Bruno! Best New Restaurant in Merida!”

Bruno Bistro Gourmet
Ranked #42 of 777 Restaurants in Merida
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
texas
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Bravo Bruno! Best New Restaurant in Merida!”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

I am pleased to see Bruno's Mediterranean Bistro included now! we discovered it soon after they opened a few months ago, and we have been back often since then. Located on "restaurant row" along Calle 21, and just across the street from another favorite, Aqua (see my review), and across from Villa Italia that i also just reviewed (not so favorite anymore); this i mention so that anyone can see that i don't pump up restaurants and i try not to be overly critical. I now remember that our first visit was on New Year's Eve with another couple; we laughed about how they didn't have a liquor license yet but served you wine in coffee cups! The food was truly gourmet and delicious, and we were won over.

Bruno is a French Chef from Paris, and his lovely wife is from Quebec. They work together well as a team. Bruno had other restaurants in Mexico, in Cancun i think, and also had a TV show. It's a small place, with a limited inside area for Merida's warmer months, and a nice terrace for evening dining. The staff is well trained; Bruno told us he recruits from the local culinary school before they learn anyone else's bad habits; a good tip for others. So service is genuine, friendly and professional.

The only slight criticism i would make is that the menu is somewhat limited; otherwise we would be there even more often. But we've never had a dish that wasn't top notch. The baby lamb chops are outstanding, in wine and fruity sauce. Several other meat dishes, fish and seafood, and naturally some wonderful French desserts.

Restaurants open and close in Merida quite often.. many times with an obvious heavy investment. We think Bruno will be around for a long time, and they certainly deserve success.

  • Visited July 2012
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Merida, Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
218 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
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“Best of the Best in Merida”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

We have been here twice within the last two weeks! Although more expensive than several places, this is well worth the little extra. The atmosphere is wonderful under the night sky outdoors. Indoors is equally lovely. The owners/hosts Bruno and Fran are always on site, with very capable waiters! It is billed as Mediterranean cuisine, but, of course, Bruno is French!

Both times we had the escargots in phyllo which are exquisite! That is why we went back a second time. One can make a meal of escargots and one of the signature salads, which can be difficult to find in Merida. For entrees our group(s) had a variety of equally great dishes - duck, lamb, shrimp, filet Mignon - all very interestingly prepared and exceptionally well platted!!!

If you are really hungry, start with the escargots, followed by the pear salad, and then the duck. Save room for an incredible dessert as well. $$$ but worth every dollar!

  • Visited July 2012
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