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“All Around Deliciousness”
Review of Bistro Europa - CLOSED

Bistro Europa
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: European, Ukrainian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: A small, quaint farm-to-table bistro focusing on preparing the majority of the food on premise. We make everything from our butter to our bread. We work diligently with local farmers and other food producers to attain the best quality ingredients available to us. We butcher the majority of our meat in-house utilizing every edible part of the whole animal when it is available. We procure a whole Heritage Breed hog every two weeks from T-Meadow Farm in Lockport, NY. It is butchered in-house, by hand and processed into various products such as prosciutto, lardo, cappocolo, sausages, bacon, roasted pig heads, pates, and country hams. We also regularly acquire all of our poultry, rabbit, whole lambs, and a variety of bird eggs from Painted Meadow Farm in Franklinville, NY. This enables us to work closely with the farmer to ensure that the animals had a happy, healthy life and were not mistreated in any way prior to slaughter. We are adamant about using every part of these animals as a sign of respect for the life they have given up in order to nourish our guests and ourselves. The majority of our produce is also procured locally and in season. You will not see asparagus on our menu until late May or early June. Local, fresh picked veggies are much more nutritious than their mega mart counterparts. This approach also ensures a minimal environmental impact for the simple fact that they do not require a long journey from thousands of miles away, thus burning valuable fossil fuels. The effect of keeping our money in the hands of small local farmers is one that can be felt throughout the region. There is a lot to be said about doing business face to face with the people who produce your food. They are very proud of what they do and will hold themselves accountable for delivering sub-par products. That fact is a very refreshing change from ordering from a stranger over the phone and hoping that the cello packed veggies from who knows where. Our farmers who supply us have become our friends over time, and it is great knowing personally everyone who touched what goes on a plate and out to our guests.We are also fortunate to be acquainted with one of the country's premier fishmongers located in Boston. They are located right on the Old Fish Pier in South Boston, a very prestigious and vital location for fresh seafood. This company supplies some of the best Chefs in the US. They will also custom cut or process the fish any way that is desired which is usually not the case. The quality, freshness and variety available to Europa due to them is very apparent on each plate we produce. You will be hard pressed to find better anywhere in the region.Reservations are highly recommended for all parties who plan on dining with us. Due to our small size, we fill up quickly. Out of out 28 seats, 10 are at the bar. If you are travelling, don't leave it to chance to get a seat. We will do all we can to accomodate anyone. If you are vegetarian, vegan, or have a food allergy, please do not hesitate to call us and let us know a few days prior to your visit. Doing so will ensure that you will get what you want and not have to worry about what you will be able to eat. We are more than happy to make you whatever your heart desires within reason. We are in the Service Industry after all, and at the end of the day our pride rests on your fulfillment. We hope to see you very soon. Thank you to everyone for your continued support. We are nothing without you.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“All Around Deliciousness”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

I really enjoy going to this place when we are in town. There are things that you have to know:

You HAVE TO HAVE A RESERVATION. Seriously people - just make one. It seats so few people, and that's part of the charm. If you can't commit to a reservation, then I would show up early (5 - 5:30) and promise to not try to hang on to your table for the entire night. The other thing is that it takes a while to eat here. I would leave 90 minutes in your schedule for a full meal, 2 hours is even better.

Anything is worth being able to eat the food. The specials are really special. I love the bread basket - something you don't see often on a menu, and the herb lard is fantastic. The flavors are Eastern European, not to be confused with Continental European.

Whoever is coming up with the menu and executing it is doing a great job. See you again next time for sure!

  • Visited July 2012
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English first
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Polish-Ukrainian with a twist”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

It's not just Polish-Ukrainian, but those feature prominently on the menu with home-made huge pierogi (varenyky) and golubky (holubtzy). The pierogi were potato/ham/chard on the night of our visit - not a traditional combination, and pan-fried after boiling, but very good, with dollops of sour cream. The Golubky were different from what I am used to, but a very filling portion - I had the "small", and it was huge.
The night we were there, the "Caprese" salad was reinterpreted with mozarella (local, would have preferred a true buffalo mozarella from Italy), with lightly grilled Peaches replacing the tomatoes, and a balsamic reduction (slight, but enough). The basil was pan-roasted until cripsy - very nice.
My partner had peach gnocchi - also very good.
The wine selection was limited, but perfectly acceptable.
The only complaint - service was rather slow to begin with - we waited 45 minutes for our first appetizers to arrive.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Twinkieboy
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“Tiny, tiny, but a gem nonetheless”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

Just got back from Europe and "jonesing" for some cassoulet, pierogi, steak frites, moules, or tagliatelle? You've come to the right place! The European-inspired food here is the draw. While you'll love the food, you'll also need to at least like your neighbors at the next tables because this is one tiny restaurant!) But grab a table outside if you prefer a little privacy and air. Superb wine list and attentive, knowledgeable servers.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank celticquill
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“Tasty but pricy. Prepare yourself to be sitting and waiting if the intent was to grab a quick bite.”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

Decided to drop by this cozy little restaurant in midst of our day trip to Buffalo, NY. It was my fathers birthday treat to take him for a short shopping trip to the galleria mall and grab a bite just before we headed to see the American side of the Niagra falls. Unfortunatly we didn't make it to the falls until it was dark.

This restaurant is well established and is within a stone throw away from many others that perhaps have much better food for the price we paid. The food was tasty but the service was super slow. We sat for 2hrs and within those 2hrs waited for the desert portion of our food to be served for 45mins. Immediately as you walk in it is obvious that they don't have much room. On this Saturday and every Saturday from what we gathered from the bartender is that you must have a reservation otherwise you will be seated and served at the bar. That is of course if there is any space to accommodate you and your party. We were a party of 3 and our bill total including tip came to $115USD. Food is tasty and well prepared visually. But portion for price is a bummer and not worth dishing out what we paid and walking away unsatisfied. Overall a seemingly unpleasant experience being that we are from out of town. This place didn't quite meet the 5 star rating unfortunately. Would say that 3 to 3.5 stars at the most.

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Thank Jedi-Onur
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

What a find! We just had perhaps the best lunch we have ever had anywhere at this little cafe in the Elmwood Village section of Buffalo. Incredible. I had e lobster PLT. Absolutely amazing. My husband had the homemade corned beef sandwich and he is a die hard New Yorker and said it was the best he has ever eaten. The service was perfect and the selection of wines and beer were outstanding. I cannot say enough. I really can't believe they are not rated number 1...but give them time. This is a small, intimate place, so in the evening, make a reservation. Tremendous!

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank artgaldm
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