We discovered LeBistro a few years ago on one of our many trips to Fallbrook. Since the, we have never been disappointed with the food or service. For the first time visitor, don't be intimidated by the stairs ( sorry,no elevator), or the prior-mentioned owner Robert; although he acts the part of a smart-aleck, he is actually eager to please. Besides, Caren the waitress makes up for his wish cracks with her sweetness and attention to duty. This is indeed a family operation. In business for 26+ years, the usual staff is just three people! Robert the owner/waiter/floater, Felipe the "new" chef (he has been the chef for the last 17 years!), and Caren his daughter. The atmosphere and decor appears to be that of what a French neighborhood restaurant should look like; two small dinning rooms lighted by real candles, white tablecloths combined with black, and pictures by the old masters on the wall. The food? Exquisite! My favorite is the veal. It's not often that you can hear (and feel) the room shake as the chef pounds the veal on site; it is not prepared in some food processing plant far away. Another favorite is the beef stroganoff , all fresh, and all good! One word of warning: the French onion soup takes a while to prepare, but it is worth the wait, with it giant puffed pastry top. And finally, an inside joke; there is no fried food on the menu, so be sure to ask Robert if he will serve fried calamari in the future. You will then see what a smart aleck he can be!
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