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“Restaurant.com Rip Off”
Review of Sophie's French Bistro - CLOSED

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Sophie's French Bistro
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Camelback East
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Restaurant.com Rip Off”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

We purchased the restaurant.com certificate which was valid for lunch or dinner. When menus came to the table, the waiter proceeded that only the dinner items on the menu were valid for the restaurant.com coupons. The prices started at $19 and up. We went for the lobster bisque and they had no soup. What a disappointment. I think they need to redo their coupon on Restaurant.com to state that only the dinner items are valid. Service was extremely slow and there were only 4 tables filled at lunch time. I won't return.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank AmyBethPhoenix
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16 reviews from our community

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English first
Sedona, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Perfect little Bistro Ala France”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

Sophies is a hidden Gem in Phoenix ,Az the food is to die for service is excellent wine list is great and the decor and vibe is small french bistro in Paris. We tried a little bit of everything from Escargo, to great soups, salads, and fantastic deserts topped off by a great expresso. The wine list was very good and during happy hour 4pm to 6pm daily is outstanding wine, apple martinis, and much more for $6.00. very romantic setting or great dining for friends and special nights out. This is a very down to earth Bistro were regulars go and people who know food will continue to go too. We have eaten in french Bistros all over in Beverly Hills, San Diego, Miami, St. Martin, and in Paris and enjoyed this place as much Highly recommend a visit for lunch or dinner or just happy hour. Also not overly expensive the owner is French and that is a plus for a french bistro.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank pmlm
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New Berlin, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

We really enjoyed the Lobster Bisque and both had salads - the bread was something you could each all night and likely not finish your dinner!

Visited August 2012
Thank Mark F
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“French food without the snobbery”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

Our party of four tried Sophie's for a special occasion after many years of hearing good things about this restaurant and we were glad we did. With paintings on the wall, linen tableclothes, and cloth napkins in quirky napkin rings, it's a fun place to eat without that overly formal feel. You'll want to wear nice clothes, but you won't feel you have to wear the height of fashion, or order the priciest wine to impress the waiter. The server we had was very nice and answered all our questions. When one person ordered steak and fries, he didn't blink an eye. He also paced each course perfectly. Our meal began with a tasty roll we could dip in oil and vinegar--and not the kind that seems stale on the outside. We were glad to split one brie appetizer among four people (the cheese and pastry are as creamy and rich as you would desire). Skip the baguette slices--save your carbs for that roll or the dessert crepe. The garden salad's dressing will spoil you for other dressings, as it tastes pure and homemade. For the main course, my scallops were tender not chewy. They came with a faintly-licorice flavored fennel slaw that complemented the scallops perfectly and the whole meal arranged elegantly on the plate. Midway through the meal we were already planning to return and try the quiche and crepes. My husband's steak and fries were not as pretty (no garnish of rosemary there), but the bite of steak I tried was deeply tender and cooked to perfection. Complimentary port in honor of the occasion was a fun way to celebrate, too. Whatever variety it was, its sweetness and warmth made me vow to celebrate other occasions with an after-dinner drink now and then. The dessert crepe was a gorgeously glamorous affair, set afire by the waiter with our choice of grand marnier liquor. It tasted light with a sweet sauce--but not cloyingly so, and the perfect ending to an absolutely fun and fantastic meal.

Visited July 2012
Thank PhoenixBelle
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“A charming room, great atmosphere”
Reviewed May 10, 2012

I have noticed the small bistro on Osborne for many years though never found the opportunity to dine there. For a birthday dinner I was searching for French cuisine and narrowed my search to Sophie's and another well know eatery. Yelp reviews for both where about equal, the deciding factor for me was the preference a smaller quiet room, that would be more similar to the small bistros one finds in Europe. I called for reservations and I was also notified that wine was half off (with 2 entries) on Wednesday.
Upon arrival the gentleman sitting at the bar came around to ask 'table for two?', no hello or welcome did you have a reservation, no problem but didn't feel terribly welcome.
Our server stopped to say hello and check on us. We did start with a bottle of wine, and then asked for two appetizers, the moules and escargot. We where then advised that the restaurant was out of moules, and the waitress suggested the pâté. The pate was about bland for our tastes, though the Dijon mustard on the side added a nice flavor, and enjoyed the crisp gherkins. Escargot where fine.
When ready to order entrees we asked our server which she recommended, the pork or beef Bourgogne, she quickly responded that she recommended the pork, and then also shared that she had never tried the beef.
The pork was well prepared, presented and very tasty, our second entree the house special Duck Cassoulet was perhaps not quite as well prepared. The duck was cooked nicely, crispy skin, didn't taste as though there was much seasoning, the beans and sausage where nicely done (not overlooked as reported by another reviewer).
We choose not to try a sweet, though I was somewhat surprised that knowing that we were celebrating a birthday, that a small something didn't appear.
Not surprising that when the check was delivered the wine was not half off as mentioned. The waitress was quite pleasant about the error, but she did need help and had to find someone that could adjust the bill.
We enjoyed our evening, though will not be in any hurry to return.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank tryingfor100
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