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Review of Artisan Bistro

Artisan Bistro
Ranked #4 of 75 Restaurants in Lafayette
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Transit: Close to the Lafayette Bart Station.
Description: From the time you are warmly greeted until the moment you depart, Artisan Bistro's "casual elegance" will make your experience memorable. Enjoying fantastic food and wine, along with their staff's genuine friendliness and attention to detail, makes a journey to Artisan Bistro a must. At Artisan Bistro we take pride in offering you contemporary California French Cuisine that is wholesome and innovative... The seasonal menu is prepared fresh daily with locally grown, sustainable ingredients. From earth to table, we strive to deliver an intimate, delicious and unforgettable experience, offering top quality dining at affordable prices. Our aim is to give you a truly memorable experience each time you visit Artisan Bistro.
Denver, Colorado
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154 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2013

We took our family here to celebrate our son's high school graduation. He was off attending grad night so we got to experiment with dishes. We had sous vide octopus for the first time and it was amazing. Everyone at our table (including some hard core foodies from LA) enjoyed the meal and we spent a lot of time exchanging tastes. Excellent food, attentive service, relaxing ambiance. Perfect for a special occasion/celebration or a good solid meal after a hard week. We will definitely return!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank JHugener
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Walnut, California, USA
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65 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“hidden treasure”
Reviewed October 23, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Brentwood corn soup - delicious! no thickeners, sweet fresh corn
tempura halibut tacos - fish arrived warm and crispy but tender, tacos were excellent
sweet potato fries - a MUST for every meal!
trio of sorbets - each flavor true to its fruit, wonderful!
service is outstanding as is every bite of food!

Visited September 2013
Thank Barbara U
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not up to reviews”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Over cooked and not flavorful. I brought a party of five and was seriously disappointed at dinner. Heard burgers at brunch were great. But John Dory, tiny ribeye with oxtail hash and the farro risotto were all disappointments. Pork tenderloin was better.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank Meryl M
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Walnut Creek
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59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Lovely, casual atmosphere with very good food”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

Having read positive reviews, I finally made a reservation a few days in advance and wasn't disappointed by the experience. The restaurant is a converted one story house with a series of three dining areas around a central service bar. The wooden floor and ceiling height might make the noise level an issue, but fortunately the restaurant was not full at the time we were enjoying dinner. Our waiter was very attentive and had a good command of the menu.
We split a prosciutto and melon salad. I would like to have seen a little more melon on the plate. I ordered the rack of lamb which was quite good, but only contained 3 points.
We were glad we followed the advice of our waiter and had one order of a la carte french-fries. They were excellent and served with aeole.
The restaurant has a lovely outside patio which we would have enjoyed had it not been for the yellow jackets circling the table after we were seated.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank BillyTraveler
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Walnut Creek, California
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61 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Anniversary dinner”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Selected Artisan Bistro after reading all the reviews and based on Diablo magazine rating. Definitely did not disappoint. Converted old house feels awkward at first, but by the end of the evening we found it to have a certain charm. But you come here for the food, and it was fabulous!. We enjoyed the off-bone rib-eye and the Day boat Scallops, both were fabulous. But the real winner was the rolled avocado and Crab roll appetizer - simply incredible! Size of the servings was spot on, not too large, but we were sure full upon leaving.

Banter with our waiter was appropriate, just enough to be fun, but not overbearing. They did not comp the wine corkage or the dessert, but they gave us a coupon for either when we come back next visit. Smart on their part. Well done Artisan Bistro!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank ricksteveswannabe_11
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