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“Great place for a group” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lakeside Bistro - CLOSED

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Lakeside Bistro
Price range: $10 - $24
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: S 115th Place
Transit: West Hill Route 107
Description: Lakeside Bistro is a culinary destination featuring the cuisine of French Colonial Vietnam. Owner/Chef Michael Le presents exciting fare with personalized service, clever ambiance and a range of entertainment that attracts patrons, musical artists and aficionados worldwide.Drawing from his own French and Vietnamese heritage, Chef Le has developed original style steaks, seafood, soup, and salad dishes all prepared fresh to order. His wildly popular signature Garlic Filet Mignon Sizzling Hotplate, is a version of Colonial Vietnamese "Shake Shake Beef." Or, if you prefer, the same filet can be grilled to order and served with seasoned potatoes for more Continental tastes.The Bistro's bay-window Kiosque a Musique features the best of live music artists on Friday and Saturday evenings, specially suited to enhance your dining experience.
Kent, Washington
Level Contributor
459 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Great place for a group”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

We met up with a group of friends tonight for dinner, ten of us in all. The restaurant was very accommodating to us, happily doing separate checks, and making suggestions. Between us we sampled 8 different entrees, and everyone was happy with their choice. I had the seafood coconut curry, which was very, very tasty. We also ordered several appetizers to share; the lettuce wraps and fresh spring rolls were very good. The wine list is small, but the wines offered were very good. The wait staff was skilled and friendly, which is really appreciated when in a large group like this.

The restaurant surprised me with a slice of white chocolate cheesecake for rmy birthday (thanks to someone who spilled the beans, who shall remain nameless!). I've added the Lakeside Bistro to my list of restaurants to come back to... soon.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Lissa M
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  • English first
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English first
Washington State
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Outstanding food & service!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012 via mobile

Just had an amazing meal along with a nice, personable and attentive waitress. The shortribs were to die for! Limited but decent wine list. Will go back for sure! Nice find in north Renton, south Seattle area.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank NSW09
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OK
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice variety”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

Rented a house on Lake Washington for a week and wanted a good dinner nearby. Lakeside was a pleasant surprise as it had an interesting variety for somewhat jaded travelers.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank TravelerOK33
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silverdale
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63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Delightful Neighborhood Gem!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2012

I made a reservations thru Open Table w/special requests as my elderly father-in-law has some minor requirements. Arriving 15 mins late, we were greeted kindly & cordially, table was waiting & all requests met! The manager, Tim, came over to make sure all was in order for us even tho he was busy getting the live jazz musicians set up for the evening! Our waitress was absolutely adorable & knowledgable, helping with suggestions & answering our questions! A true delight, all service was impeccable!

We started with the excellent Fresh Spring Rolls, then dinner consisted of the Fire Roasted BBQ Duck with Pineapple (tender, tasty & great flavor combo!), Garlic Cubed Filet Mignon Hot Sizzling Platter (terrific flavor, cooked to perfection!) and the Basil & Coconut Curry Seafood Hot Pot (lovely flavor with lots of seafood!). It was all delicious & we made sure to tell Chef Michael when he stopped by to check on us! Wine list & pours were nice, music was enjoyable but not intrusive!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank cbabeej
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Nyack, New York
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice people, but utterly chaotic and unprepared....”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

Maybe its me, and maybe it was a bad day, but after 50+ years of traveling and experiencing different cultures and areas, I am confused why such a place as this would exist in a diverse city like Seattle.
There were 4 of us in our party. We made a reservation for Valentine's Day at specific time, 7:30pm; and received 2 reminder calls on the same day to confirm.
We arrived on time to a very crowded and confused staff and were told to wait in a small area adjacent to the kitchen. The ambiance was warm and cozy despite the large glass windows. There was a wonderful view of Lake Washington.
We were seated at a table with a white tablecloth covered with white torn off paper. Not much happened until all the remaining tables had been seated. As we read the small menu, It then became apparent that there were 2 seatings and we were at the 7:45pm. Why was this not explained when the reservation was made, and then confirmed twice for 7:30pm?
I will review the listed menu items as they were written and then as we received them:
Our places were set and we were served a Ceviche Style Prawn Cocktail, that was previously frozen shrimp with red cocktail sauce and some onions and peppers mixed in. We all enjoyed this, even though it did not really seem like ceviche.
Next was a Fresh Baby Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken. This salad was good, but not baby spinach, some random macaroni and cherry tomatoes and fried ravioli's that were dried and chewy. We are still wondering what happened to the chicken.
The servers seemed not to know what things were when we asked, especially the fried ravioli, which they looked at with pure puzzlement.
Entree Selections: Dinner choices served with Chef's vegetables and noodles. One of our party is a vegetarian and the offered vegetarian entree was appreciated. The other 2 choices were, 1) Prime Rib-cooked to order with savory au jus and creamy horseradish sauce; and 2) Super-Fresh Halibut Fillet, Grilled to perfection just for you. with mild dill & caper-pesto sauce.
Prime Rib came as stated but was weak looking and thin for this cut.
Vegetarian entree was "fake chicken" in a bowl with vegetables and a sweet sauce and a separate large plate with rice, pesto paste and half of a tasty croissant.
The halibut was tasty but a tad over done, on a plate with pasta pesto and half a croissant.
We saw plates served to other tables with different food on them.
Additional Accoutrements:
Cheesecake and Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
A Fresh-cut rose for your sweetheart!

We are still looking for the vegetables and the cheesecake.
The rose was lovely and the violin, guitar and vocals made the evening pleasant and somewhat romantic.
There is a small but reasonable wine and beer selection.
Its really about the company you are with and we all did have a good time being together, but for $95/couple I did expect a bit more organization and tastier food.

The advertised $5 brunch is something we will try to see if our Valentine's Day dinner was just a bad day at the Lakeside Bistro.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank midwyfeJKB
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