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“Best Restaurant in town - Not Big City Though, but Close!”
Review of Ludvig's Bistro

Ludvig's Bistro
Ranked #1 of 44 Restaurants in Sitka
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 23, 2010

Tiny restaurant in out of the way place named after the owner's dog! A very dark place and very tiny. We were going to see if another person could join us and they couldn't make it a 3 as no room between tables to place another chair. Fair enough!~ Waitress was very nice lady and service was timely and excellent.

Don't usually do bread but they had two kinds; both homemade and delicious. Butter was great as well.

Had glasses of Spanish Rioja. Wine was good. Nice wine list went well with the food featured in the restaurant.

Smoked salmond chowder was tasty but 1 tiny piece of fish in it. It was thick, creamy and tasted great but no real fish in it. lots of potatoes in it. Was good but needed more fish in it.

We ordered a starter of scallps wrapped in bacon. Bacon was nothing special and nothing to rave about. Would have preferred the scallops solo as they were sweet, very fresh and delicious OR if they used Mangalitsa pork which has huge amounts of flavor. This bacon was generic and tasted okay but nothing special. However the bacon was NOT salty which was good! so obviously a decent quality of bacon was used.

One main course we had was the White King Salmon in red pepper cream sauce. i thought was delicious. Frankly the white king salmon doesn't really even need a fancy sauce. It is delicious on its own. The sauce was good but a bit overpowered the fish. Just eat the fish without the sauce or use it sparingly.

Paella done with house made chorizo, scallops, shrimp, calamari, red and green peppers, red onions and saffron arborio. Hardly tasted the saffron though. I'm allergic to chicken so happy they use fish stock as the base and no chicken in it. Very tasty and huge portion; took 2/3 of it home with me. would order it again. tasted even more flavorful the next day.

Dessert flourless chocolate tart (tasted like dark chocolate browning icing) was very very good and flavorable. They could have served it with less berry sauce but that was delicious as well. Freshly made whipped cream.

Their coffee was great.

I am picky about tap water served in restaurants. They NEED a filter as Sitka florinates the water. It is a shame as they have the most fabulous water at a public Artesian well on the outskirts of town. I got empty water jugs and got a ride there and drank that delicious water. Ludwig's needs to use a filter on the tap water OR get their water at the Artesian well. Would make a big difference.

would recommend Ludwig's and I believe it IS the best restaurant in town!

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Reviewed August 16, 2010

Ludvig's Bistro is unimpressive from the outside, but serves fantastic food, the best in Sitka. It is small, intimate, so make a reservation. Expensive, but sharing is expected. The cuisine and decor is Mediterranian - excellent chef. This is for your special meal in Sitka and is not to be missed before leaving the island.

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Reviewed July 14, 2010

I was at Ludwig's Bistro last week, ordering the Cioppino. I thought the dish was poor at best. The sauce was too thick and too heavily tomato for the fish ingredients, which were non-standard - salmon and scallops. The scallops were over-cooked and both, especially the scallops were completely overwhelmed by the heavy tomato paste like sauce.

At $35 this dish was over-priced and poorly executed. I would have returned it to the kitchen, but we were pressed for time with a plane schedule.

As my first visit to Ludwig's - I cannot afford to go again for such a disappointing meal.

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Reviewed May 19, 2010

You'll need a reservation at this little restaurant for several reasons. It's the finest cuisine in town, it's already popular with locals, and it has limited space. This was our most expensive dinner for two during our 9 night trip to four regional towns, just crossing the $100 mark after paying for beverages, tax, and tip. The service was brilliant and worked with me on my dietary restrictions to deliver a beautifully constructed and tasty meal.

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Thank Cuzzie
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Reviewed March 18, 2010

Classy and Classic. Superb service. In spite of the small space, which is a bit concerning when you enter, it felt intimate but not claustrophobic. Excellent beer selection; nice wine selection. Going back before we leave town...still several dishes we have got to try!

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Thank CecilRM
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