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“Noisiest restaurant where I have ever dined and very overpriced” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Bistro

The Bistro
Ranked #85 of 300 Restaurants in Hayward
Cuisines: Bar, Pub, French
Dining options: Dinner, Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Seating
San Lorenzo, California
Level Contributor
112 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Noisiest restaurant where I have ever dined and very overpriced”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

My companion and I dined here only because of what appeared to be a great deal from a major national coupon service which offered a three-course dinner with champagne with a retail value of over $100 for only $49. The restaurant is only a few miles from our home and I was curious about what seemed to be a nearby high-end restaurant.

At 5:30 on a weeknight, we were the only diners. There were about six customers in the bar which is separated from the restaurant by only a mesh curtain. The noise of recorded music in the bar made it impossible for people there to talk in normal voices, so they were almost shouting at each other. We would have left before being seated if we had not purchased the coupon. The music was turned down after our request to our waitress, but the bar patrons continued to shout.

The food was of good quality, thought certainly not of gourmet level. However, the bar patrons continued to shout. Fortunately the service was fast and and we left this unbearably noisy environment within an hour. There still were no other restaurant patrons when we left at 6:30.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
NorCal
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The Bistro is not a Bistro”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

First of all, don't expect to eat at the Bistro, at least at 9pm on a weeknight. I'm not sure they even have a kitchen. What the "joint" has are friendly customers, live music, and a great choice of beers. This is a local bar, but I didn't get any sort of vibe that I was not welcome. Have a beer or two, then eat at one of the nearby restaurants, and then come back to have a beer and a shot and listen to some music. Great way to pass an evening when you're on the road.

Visited December 2012
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Hayward, California
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Belgium Beers!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2011

What a great find.... Standard bar atmosphere, but was shocked to see they have extensive list of Belgiums to pick from.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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“Great beer, not much else....”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2008

Great beer, not much else....

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