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“Favorite Lunch Place!”
Review of Bistro Cultural

Bistro Cultural
Ranked #33 of 899 Restaurants in Merida
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Cafe
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed May 18, 2014

This cafe is still excellent. It is a favorite of my wife, myself and many friends. The lunch- salad, entree and at least one side is only $60 pesos. The daily menu is always changing. There are three entrees and various tarts and quiches- all delicious. Chef is always adding to the daily choices. The lasagne is the best in town.

Recently appetizers and homemade bread are new additions. I don't want to forget dessert. Johann is starting to make more desserts. He bakes a killer flour less chocolate cake. He also has desserts from Patrice's- mostly chocolates.

It is a cafe where you can go everyday! The small staff is very attentive as is the chef/owner. It feels like a French Bistro cafe.

It's the best lunch place in Merida.

Thank morrislegal
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

I live in merida and i would definetly eat here much more often if i had been living closer to it, i love the atmosphere, the way they show you desserts right after having quiche or whatever they prepare always with attentive love , nice sitting in the porch outside, unpretentious and definetely one of my favourite lunch spots

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Thank fabiofort
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

Our airbnb host recommended we try Bistro Cultural for a tasty lunch, located only about five blocks from the apartment we lived in during the month of April. After two visits my wife and I decided there was no reason to eat anywhere else in Merida. Their set menu of 60 pesos was consistently excellent with the freshest of ingredients and the food was obviously prepared by a chef who took his job seriously. The two owners (managers?) who welcomed and served us have that spark of passion and cordiality that diners look for in a restaurant.

What makes the food so delicious aside from the freshness is the sophistication of the French-inspired sauces that graced either the seafood or meat. The ratatouie that accompanied the dish was excellent as well. Given it was so hot in Merida we appreciated the fact that one of the dining areas was air conditioned. Also, Bistro Cultural is both dog and child friendly and often we had mothers and their children sharing our dining area--everyone so friendly.

I only wish Bistro Cultural had a meal ticket!

Remember this is a lunch spot so come before closing around 3 (or 4).

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Thank Bijougirl1441
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

OK. As a rule I do not like French food - too rich - too much butter and egg etc.

My good friend kept telling me about Bistro Cultural so I had to go. I have been there 4 times now and feel it is time to write a review!

The food is average at best. I am not sure what makes this place a French Bistro! The atmosphere is dull at best. The tables are not even public school cafeteria quality and the chairs are really NOT comfortable. I have ordered the fish each time and my friends with me have all ordered pork or chicken. All you can say is that the quality is OK and you will not get sick from eating there. However, there are many many places in Merida that offer the same food and in a much better atmosphere.

Service is first rate (one reason that I like the place) and it seems to be a meeting place for North Americans.. and I think that is the main reason that I have returned. It is NOT for the food…. other than for the deserts. [with one exception - their creme brûlée is REALLY not very good! It is more of a creme de soup and taste like tapioca - NOT very french!

So, I have to say the food is jot that great, the service is really good, the place looks kind of depressing but it is a good place to run into fellow North Americans! I guess I will return just for the chocolate cake!!!!!!

The cost is cheap but then, you get what you pay for. I also do not like the idea of walking into the restaurant and you pass through the kitchen (it is an open area 5 feet from the entrance door). I like a LITTLE mystery to how it is done!

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3  Thank L0calO
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seb94200, Chef at Bistro Cultural, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2014
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Bonjour,
Je prends le temps de vous répondre car vous avez pris du temps pour donner votre avis sur mon établissement.
En premier lieu, j'aimerais vous remercier de votre franchise, j'ai pris beaucoup d'attention aux remarque que vous faites, j'entends bien que ma cuisine ne vous plaise pas plus que cela ; en revanche j'aimerais apporter plusieurs petits détails à votre attention:
Tout nos plats sont préparés avec des produits frais et surtout la majorité sont bio, chacun de nos plats sont équilibrés, je porte aussi à votre attention que notre cuisine ne se résume pas juste à du poisson, du poulet ou du porc ; nous offrons aussi du canard, du lapin, des quiches, des lasagnes et des tartes végétariennes, etc...que chaque jour "les plats du jour" changent
et cela pour juste $60.00
Pour ce qui est du mobilier et des chaises, que vous dire ? Les tables sont artisanales et non industrielles. Par contre, pour les chaises je vous l'accorde volontiers.
Pour ce qui est du décor, celui-ci change tout les mois et demi au fil des expositions de peinture ou de photo.
Merci pour mon gâteau au chocolat, et navré pour la crème brûlée. (Essayez un jour la Tarte Tatin !)
Merci aux amis et aussi de vos multiples visites au Bistro Cultural (c'est aussi pour cela que l'on revient )
Amicalement,
Yohann Chauvineau

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Reviewed April 5, 2014

The food was amazing. Fresh, beautifully presented, generous portions. So hard to chose! Lovely spot, not too far from paseo Montejo , definitely worth the 5 minute walk! In an unassuming spot, but there is a large sign, can't miss it. Save room for dessert! The young owners are gracious, and provide a lovely experience. The prices are so low for the quality, hard to comprehend how they do it. You wil visit Bistro Cultural again and again.

Thank juleskTucson
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