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“Fun, funky little gem.”
Review of Village Bistro - CLOSED

Village Bistro
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: American, Italian, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Reviewed December 19, 2013

This little neighborhood spot has a deceptively huge menu (huge, and sometimes confusing). But I've always loved what I had here. The fish in particular is very fresh and good. What stands out most is the service, though-- boisterous waitstaff make for a great time. This is definitely a spot with some personality.

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Thank fenchurch128
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Three of us ate there on 12/3/2013. Ever though it was a Wednesday evening the place filled up after we got there, and there were also people eating outside (it was really warm for December).

The staff recognized one of our party and greeted him warmly, and also made the other two of us feel really welcome. The staff is really good at the right balance of good attention without being overbearing. Things like water glasses filled as soon as they need it, and drinks refreshed promptly.

The menu is heavy on seafood, they call themselves a seafood and steak house, as well as a "French and Italian Bistro",and there is a very Mediteranian influence.

Two of us had appetizers of escargo and the plate was really generous with the escargo mixed with sliced button mushrooms and spices that were really good. The other appetizer was a salad that was also very good.

They were offering a special of Short rib of beef that we all chose to order. When it came there was one short piece of rib bone with a great big piece of really perfectly done meat still attached to it on each plate. It had been slow cooked to perfection, and was really tender and flavorful. Came accompanied with Couscous and vegetables that provided well balanced taste.

They have a nice complement of deserts, and the Creme broulet was excellent.

The only negative thing I could say about the evening there was that with all the tables filled the noise level is a little high.

The atmosphere is very nice, well decorated, clean and attractive.

They feature Hawaiian seafood brought in by FedEx daily, but we were in the mood for beef.

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Thank Perkpark
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

We dined at Villa Bistro this week and I was much impressed by the breadth of the menu offerings, especially the seafood. Our gracious host (presumably, the proprietor) was knowledgeable and effusive about the many available dishes. The food was delicious, including my Hawaiian blue shrimp over capellini and our guest's mahi-mahi. The wine list was adequate and commendable. Other reviewers have found the service wanting, but it was fine on the evening we visited. The restaurant consists of a single room, and my only negative is that two large groups were enjoying noisy celebrations. Quiet conversation was thus impossible, and led to our early departure. Perhaps the last is unavoidable, but something to consider if you're looking for a tranquil dinner experience.

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Thank Gyrfalcn
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

A first rate bistro kitchen with a French-Italian vibe. Try the Bouillabaisse, it will not disappoint. It's so rare to see it on menus that you should take the opportunity.
Our server was very good. However, he was working too many tables. There were enough runners and bussers on staff, just not enough servers, especially for a Saturday night & a full house. That's my humble opinion, based on 10+ years in the restaurant business.
The noise level was high, but hey, it's a bistro. Comes with the territory.

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1  Thank Paul C
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Food was fine, a touch overpriced for what it was. Service is disorganized and spotty. We had multiple waitstaff serve us at various times. On two occasions I had to leave the table to order. We were given menus only after ten minutes. At the 15-minute mark I received a drink (that wasn't on the house).

1  Thank Ralph W
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