I was a little concerned when I read some of the reviews on this restaurant, however once I visited it I was hooked. I usually rate a restaurant on 3 counts, food quality, service and surroundings. Bistro 71 is a small upscale restaurant in downtown Chambersburg. While the location isn't what I would consider the fanciest it is easy to get to and plenty of local parking. The restaurant is rustic and rather small the surroundings are very well appointed, clean, and interesting. There outdoor seating at the back of the facility looked particularly nice. The service was fantastic, Jeremy, our server, was very good. He was prompt, knew the menu and had really good suggestions on wine and of course the food. We didn't have to wait long for our drinks, ordering and delivery of the food. Now for the food, while the menu was limited, all the selections looked interesting and well defined on the menu. My favorite meal is a filet, however not many restaurants really get it right for me. Usually there either too big, too small, not done the way I like it, tough, tasteless etc. I must say the filet at Bistro ranks as one of the best I have ever eaten. Portion size was perfect, meat was cooked rare and the blue cheese topping was fantastic. The corn side dish was also fantastic. Overall I feel this restaurant is definitely on my to do again list. If your looking for a cheap, heaps of food and salad bar type of place, Bistro 71 is not for you, go to Bonanza or Ryan's. If your looking for a great dinner, friendly surrounds and great service then my advise is give Bistro 71 a try.
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