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“Outward Appearance is deceiving - not recommended and would not return.”
Review of The Bistro at Market and Grove - CLOSED

The Bistro at Market and Grove
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $21
Cuisines: American, French, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Central Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Outward Appearance is deceiving - not recommended and would not return.”
Reviewed September 19, 2012 via mobile

It is an attractive restaurant from outside, especially cozy looking at evening with the golden lights shining brightly. Appears to be a jewel in Old Town Peterburg. We had lunch there at 1:00 Sunday. Very eclectic interior, but many of the seats were old and torn and were just scatterd about. It has a very interesting "artsy" feel. I object to the many painings of female nude torsos hanging on all of the walls. Why is this acceptable?

Service was good, but after explaining to waiter how a "seared" tuna steak is to prepared he returned and said they were out of tuna waiter reappeared after a lenghty wait with a basket with four small slices of a baguette served to a table of three (why do restaurants do that?) that were both cold and stale. Tasted like a frozen bread that had been allowed to thaw at room temp.

My reordered entree was a crabcake Napoleon. It was a shredded crab, not the lump crab we favor. Overcooked to black outside. It was sitting atop a marinated portabello cap. Good flavor but the gills has not been removed and it leaked juice all over the plate. Nice grilled asparagus and shrimp alongside it, but the bernaisse sauce had cracked (separated) and was cold.

I feel that at $16 it was overpriced and had no salad or accompaniment.

Overall, a pretty place from outside looking in, but highly disappointing both due to art collection and poor quality of food. There are better choices in Old Town that lack the exterior charm but offer good food at a better value for the dollar spent.

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English first
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great people and food”
Reviewed September 19, 2012 via mobile

Had my wife's birthday party there. Did a great job. Fabulous food and staff. Had about 25 people and everything turned out great.

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Chester, Va
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Gourmet Food at Reasonable Price”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

The Bistro has an eclectic style with attentive service but what really catches your attention is the food. It ranges from good to excellent. The sausage and grapes appetizer is suprisingly good and different. The entrees are both tasty and filling. The creme brulee cheesecake is divine as is the key lime pie and I very seldom order dessert out. I have tasted most items on the menu and have not been disappointed. The chef usually makes an appearance and greets his patrons. I like it and i'll be back.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank wopo10
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Farmville
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Hole in the wall”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

Hard to find, nice inside, but old and a musty smell. The waitress was good and attentive. The food was average. Salmon was a tad dry and overcooked, maybe 2 tablespoons of veggies (would have liked more), all in all was okay, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank KathyKathy2
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Wallace, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
206 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“great find a little off the highway”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

The Bistro at Market and Grove is in the historic district of Petersburg. We were travelling from NC to Baltimore and wanted to eat lunch somewhere in the middle of the ride, but didn't want fast/chain food. We went to Tripadvisor and searched restaurants in Petersburg and found the Bistro. The service and food are really good. We only had lunch, but our sandwiches were fresh and inventive. The dining room has an interesting feel, w/ southern charm. If travelling on I-95 or you are in Petersburg for some other reason this is a worthwhile stop.

  • Visited July 2012
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