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“Like Father, Like Sons”
Review of Brother's Bistro

Brother's Bistro
Ranked #3 of 76 Restaurants in Olean
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Years ago, there was a real "diamond in the rough" in Olean, NY. It was called Rafi's. Amidst an uninspiring sea of traditional American and Italian restaurants, Rafi's offered an eclectic, diverse menu of European, Asian, and American entrees. While visiting family in the Olean area, I discovered the family is back on the Olean dining scene. Brother's Bistro is a great and welcome option! There are items on the menu that can't be found elsewhere in a 60 mile radius, including an array of entrees: seafood, chicken, lamb, duck, beef. Very tasty soups as well. Like Rafi's, it's a mixture of European, Asian, and American cuisine. The atmosphere is intimate, with seating for about 50 or so, and even some live music (on the nite we were there, they had a single guitarist playing some soft rock and jazz). Also worth a mention is the very attentive service. When I return to the Olean area, this is my choice for a restaurant! One note. If you are not familiar with Olean, you will have to keep your eyes wide open to spot Brother's Bistro. It's a narrow footprint on a corner on the main street downtown, but the signage is inconspicuous. Watch the numbers to look for 188 North Union Street. There seems to be a reasonable amount of street parking.

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Reviewed December 15, 2012

I go to Olean usually twice a year to visit family. The Bistro is by far the best place to eat in Olean if you're accustomed to more refined fare than what you'll find anywhere else in town. The food is great; the menu usually has a Mediterranean to modern American range. The service is professional, competent, and low-key, which also describes the ambience. They know what they're doing here, but are neither showy nor patronizing about it. The Bistro would fare well as a low-key go-to place in a much more upscale and competitive restaurant scene and thankfully provides a haven for a cosmopolitan diner while in Olean, yet it's not at all so exotic that it seems out of place.

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

this place is a gem. Great menu with items you can only get at this place. Great wine selection and most important to me is that the service is second to none. The overall dining experience is first rate.

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1  Thank scooter1036
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

This place changed it's name sometime ago and is now known as Brother's Bistro. It's a gem and probably the best food within 60 miles.

The menu roams from classic American steak and potato dishes to seafood and (most delightfully) pakistani/indian. That last category is thanks to the Pakistani brothers who own and run the place.

Don't let the outside fool you. From the street it looks like a typical small town diner or bar but once you walk in you will find a modestly contemporary setting that's clean and welcoming.

The staff (Amber, Amber and Kevin) are attentive and knowledgeable. I'm not sure how many people in Olean have had chicken tikka or curried chicken but the staff can guide you through the menu with ease.

On my recent visit I tried the tandoor lamb chops. Although no real tandoor oven exits in the kitchen the chef deftly fools you with deliciously seasoned, richly moist cuts. The lamb was cooked to a perfect medium rare (the only way to eat lamb).

I can't wait to try more of the menu and can't believe such a gem is 'hiding' in quaint old Olean.

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