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“Salem's Best!”

The Crooked House Bistro
Ranked #59 of 533 Restaurants in Salem
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Gerth St NW
Description: Welcome to the Crooked House Bistro, come in, have some good food and wine and above all enjoy a warm, cozy and friendly atmosphere. Chef Bernard Malherbe is passionate about food and wine and puts his heart into every dish he creates. Using only the most fresh and wholesome ingredients available, he marries flavors into a balanced work of art. "I believe that the experience of a good meal, paired with a good wine and enjoyable conversation, is one of life’s greatest pleasures. At the Crooked House Bistro, it is my pleasure to provide the food and wine to the equation."
Keizer, Oregon
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Salem's Best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

A very small menu that keeps the quality at it's highest form. Most all of the ingredients are local and fresh. The owner Bernard is on the floor most of the time and guides you perfectly with outstanding wine pairings for his excellent slow cooked entrees. My wife always wants to dine where you can enjoy food you will not take the time or effort to prepare at home.
Crooked House is the perfect choice. Call ahead for a table as it is usually quite busy.

  • Visited April 2013
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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106 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“A French gem in Salem Oregon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

Nice wine list. Had a 2004 Alsatian Riesling that was smooth and great price at $58. they can't be making money on their wines. Vichysoisse was popular. Chicken liver mousse was smooth and buttery. 2 had sturgeon and described it as great and meaty. Had the duck confit that was nicely done. Finished with a pots de creme again nice chocolate. Recommend.

  • Visited May 2013
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Salem, Oregon
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Small but wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Just the most wonderful place to eat in Salem. If you can't go to Paris for dinner,close your eyes and you can easily pretend to be there. The service was very professional and non pretentious. And the food you may ask, keep your eyes closed and now you can pretend that you are in heaven. By the way, I have eaten in France and this place is just as good, but the service friendlier.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Ami K
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Salem, Oregon
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Dinner with my Daughter”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

As usual, Bernard outdid himself. Everything was fresh and the bread is to die for. Excellent food, charming atmosphere and simply a lovely experience every time.

Visited January 2013
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Salem, Oregon, United States
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145 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Not impressed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012 via mobile

I took my mom here for mothers day the first year he opened and we weren't that happy with the overall. They didnt even have flowers out for the moms or anything special like other places.

The decore was cute.

The food wasnt that great and the owner wasnt that friendly.
I love supporting local businesses but I wont be back to this one.


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