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“Nice change of pace”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Le Petit Bistrot - CLOSED

Le Petit Bistrot
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: FRENCH CUISINE. BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNERMONDAY TO FRIDAY: 11:00AM TO 3:00PM AND 5:30PM TO 9:00PM SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: 9:AM TO 3:00PM AND 5:30PM TO 9:00PM
WEST DES MOINES
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“Nice change of pace”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Quite, intimate, tasty all describe this French restaurant. We went with another couple, each of us enjoyed a different meal, and each of us was pleased. Smaller, but not too much smaller, portions appear to be the norm but the amount of food is adequate for most adults. We went early, when it opened at 5:30, and were by ourselves until 7:00 when the place began to fill up. Our server was prompt and knowledgable and the owner/chef was on site to add input if needed. As others have noted, it is located in a historical building in downtown Venice. Dining here is, in fact, dining and definitely worth a visit.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank johnthig
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“GOOD coffee”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

This is indeed a haven from the large portions of fried food found in other restaurants. Would like cappuccino to be on the menu but the coffee viennoise which is expresso and cream is excellent - chef is French. the quiche is warmed up by microwave which means crusts soggy and croquet monsieur not toasted well and cheese very chewy but salad and dressing and service is excellent and very good vibe - also in same road as farmers market on Saturday - with a little more attention to detail, it could be the best in the area

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank DeborahELondon
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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Serendipitous Steps”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

Most of the restaurants on Venice Island are on the south side of Venice Ave. But just a few steps across the downtown parking lot on Tampa Ave. is this gem of fine dining. Tucked into a historical building we found this small but delightful French oasis. The menu, like the seating, is limited but this allows them to specialize in freshness and excellence. Our waiter Doug could not have taken better care of us, but any staff member who passed by would check to see if we needed anything. There is even a Prix Fixe menu with some significant savings. And to add to the ambience there was a young Frenchman with a softly lyrical voice performing guitar-accompanied songs in his native language. The food was well-proportioned, outstanding in flavor, and obviously prepared with love of the craft. What a fine treat! We will be back.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Dennis F
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397 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Ooh La La !!!!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

A small in size, but large in quality presentation. My wife and I had lunch here today and were very pleased. Although the facility is small, there are about 15-20 tables on two levels, plus outside seating. When we arrived there were about 4 other tables being served. My wife had a French Crepe with fruit, and I had a French Panini Sandwich with cheese and parisian ham accompanied by a side salad. We enjoyed our meal very much and will most likely try dinner at Le Petit Bistrot.
Try it and enjoy.......

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank dave2840
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“Flavorfull...........BUT!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Ate here a few months ago and at first glance was very hopeful. The waiter/owner took care of us although he was a bit overwhelmed because it was very busy that night. I ordered the beef bourgeon and thought.......French, Julia Child's signature dish, yummy right?? Well, it was yummy BUT......where was the beef???? I swear to you, I had three little pieces no bigger than a quarter, for over twenty dollars!! No wonder the French are so skinny!!!! Won't go back any time soon. Sorry!

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank LDoyle1128
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