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Review of Beaujolais Bistro

Beaujolais Bistro
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Ranked #72 of 934 Restaurants in Reno
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 1st Street
Description: Chef Bill Gilbert's charming French style bistro in downtown Reno celebrates authentic French cooking as well as modern interpretation of French cuisine. We serve Niman Ranch beef, lamb, and pork, Liberty Duck, and much of our organic produce is sourced locally including wild and exotic mushrooms from Connie Green. Our extensive bar and wine list is available early for your pleasure. Outdoor seating is also available seasonally. Private dining arrangements are available on request. We are proud to be voted "Reno's Best French Restaurant" for over a decade, and "Reno's Most Romantic Restaurant" in 2014 by the Reno News & Review.
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Find”
Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

In Reno for a week, we thought we had exhausted the city's linen tablecloth restaurants and then on our last night found this gem! French bread baked with rosemary was just the beginning. Our group enjoyed tapenade and French onion soup as appetizers and beef burgundy, vegetable phyllo, fish of the day, and steak frittes. Portions are more than generous. Definitely recommend to Reno visitors.

Thank Jan G
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Reno, Nevada
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Rustic French Atmosphere”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

I thought the atmosphere was charming; it had a rustic French chicness. The service was pleasant, if a trifle slow given we mentioned we were heading to a show after dinner when we were being seated. The French Onion soup was excellent! The steak (with the Steak Frites) was tough with boring flavors - the fries were excellent - and there was a big pile of them. My salad with pear was ok. I had the duck entree. The potatoes on the side were excellent, the duck was just ok. Overall I think its between average and good; some of the food was very good and some so so. For the prices they're charging, the food needs to be spot on with every dish. It was $145 for 2: We had wine and my husband had soup and an entree and I had salad and an entreee.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank pjj89511
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great food in a cozy restaurant”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

The appetizers were outstanding! We shared the mushroom cigars, the rillets and an order of sweetbreads. I had the duck and it was very good, everyone raved about their meals. And a good selection of wines too,

Visited February 2013
1 Thank ADwerker
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State College, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“An exceptionally good neighborhood bistro in downtown Reno”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

We’ve been to Beaujolais seven or eight times in the last couple of years. It is small, quiet, and unpretentious. We’ve never needed a reservation. It serves genuine classic French food (with occasional forays into the more adventurous bits of contemporary French). The menu changes regularly, though some items are usually present, at least in the right season. There will be six or seven starters and about as many mains, usually with a special or two. We generally order four or five starters to split as our dinner, or two or three starters plus a main if not enough starters appeal to us.
On our next to most recent visit we stopped for an early supper. We ordered onion soup (which they do really well: lots of Gruyere plus really chewy French bread), a pan-seared foie gras dish (they have always had at least one foie gras item on the menu, and it has always been a real pleasure, eliciting purring sounds across the table), a mango-shrimp-sweet potato salad that seemed a bit weird: the components did not really cohere, though the four huge shrimp were very tasty. The rest of the starters did not appeal, so we ordered a cassoulet main, which was perfectly ok but not inspired. As usual, we ordered a bottle of Trimbach Gewurtztraminer (very dry, almost flinty) which we love. The price has crawled up from $35 to $45 for a bottle (now 2009 vintage), but that’s a pretty decent price in a restaurant. On our most recent dinner there we had some favorites and tried a foie gras and mushroom tart (imaginative and tasty, though maybe not the best way to use superb foie gras) and a nicely judged leek and blue cheese salad.
Looking back at our notes on past meals at Beaujolais, here are some observations on what we’ve had. Really Excellent dishes include: mushroom “cigars,” chicken liver and foie gras mousse; squab and foie gras; pork trotter spring rolls; shiitakke mushroom tempura; and sweetbreads (a main we have ordered at least three times). Very Good dishes include trout tartine; rillettes of rabbit, duck, and pork; and a crab and smoked trout tartine. The vichyssoise is good, but thinner and less creamy than we prefer (and make at home). We found a trout tartine a bit bland and salmon tartare not very interesting. Breaded clams seemed ordinary; stonefruit and aragula salad rather bitter; a tapenade plate undistinguished. They do snails competently (if one likes garlicky bits of rubber to chew). We do not usually order sweets, but they offer good versions of sorbets and profiteroles (and, we presume, other standards). We did think a frozen lemon soufflé genuinely first rate.
The wine list is limited but has some range and is fairly priced. If you want a bit of grappa or calvados to finish, they offer decent versions at reasonable prices.
Service is friendly/ informal. The wait staff are friendly, cheerful, and know their customers, though they are not very polished and we have twice had to send a waiter back to get the correct bottle of wine.
In sum, this is an exceptionally good neighborhood bistro in downtown Reno (in easy walking distance from El Dorado and other major casinos). We’ve never had any trouble parking on the street. We like the place—obviously, or we would not keep going back to it. They vary the menu, and their best dishes stand up to well-rated restaurants in San Francisco, New York, and Washington. Two people can eat a highly varied meal here for $60 to $100 (plus wine and tip). Not haute cuisine, but a good restaurant and one we return to with pleasure.

  • Visited January 2013
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Things are different”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

in Nevada and Reno for the first time. for comparisons, with my native state Connecticut there are non. But some things FOOD, you can compare.
Walked from the Wold Mark, where we are staying for the week to this little Bistro. Entered and immediately felt at home. The atmosphere was as welcoming, as any of the nice little Restaurants we have found all over Europe. The prefix menus, 5 coarses, ending with good cheeses and apple tart, was way above all expectations. Mussels in wine sauce, lamb loin encrote,Creme of leek and celeriac root soup, come on, how did heaven get here. Wines of the region, wonderful personal service, lovely atmosphere, it does not get any better than this.j

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank win0warren
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