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“chefs create well crafted food”
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.
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Tiny spot, you'll need to be comfortable with sitting in the next table,s lap. Somehow that is not a negative here....you,ll meet some interesting people. Chefs are just that......creative types that serve classic cuisine, usually with a creative twist. Limited wine selections are well selected and inexpensive. Food well priced as well. Capable service. An interesting experience....mostly substantial Northern European influenced food....you won,t leave hungry. Sidewalk seating in summer...no longer serve lunch. One of the better area restaurants.

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Thank bflobear11
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Drove in from Toronto to meet some friends in Buffalo at the Bistro Europa. I was shocked at how tiny it was inside (make reservations) but when I saw the beer menu I was over-joyed. Thanks to the Liquor Control Board, variety does not exist in Ontario. I wanted to try all of the local and foreign beers. And the unique and tasty spin on the eastern European cuisine was worth the trip, not to mention the most interesting desserts.

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Thank Felsztyn
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Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

If you enjoy unusual food and tasty, here is the place to go. Bistro Europa always have interesting plates from around the world and they use local market products. I enjoy the variety of the international cuisine from homemade pierogi (yummy and filling) to plates that I cannot pronounce :) The place is extremely small ( about 6 tables) so reservations are encouraged.

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Thank Tochi4ever2000
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

After much planning and scheduling, we finally made it to the Bistro Europa. I'd read all the great reviews and was excited to try it for myself. You have to have reservations as the place is miniscule, so make sure to call ahead. The dining area is delightful and charming, though chilly. The food was good- yummy bread to start with (the appetizer came with three breads, one a raisin, and with two or three "spreads"- garlic something, butter, and olive oil. It would have been nice to have something special to go with the raisin bread). Our entrees were also good. My cheese board was delicious-served with three crazy good cheeses, honey, apples, quince paste (seriously good) and a selection of crackers and breads. I loved it! My husband ordered a scallop dish and, while it was good, it wasn't as fantastic as he expected it to be. It was expensive (I believe $26) for a rather small portion, and the flavors a bit bland. The real downside to the restaurant was the service. Both of the servers were a touch brusque, by no means warm and welcoming. Their attitudes spoiled what should have been a romantic evening. From the other reviews, I'm willing to chalk it up to a bad night for them, but I would be reluctant to spend that kind of money there again.

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

We had a chance to stop in Buffalo recently and ate at Bistro Europa, as we had in 2011. We were again delighted. We shared the charcuterie platter, with its homemade fare: luscious pates, cured hams, chutney and mustard. Then a whole black bass on a bed of faro with a robust tomato/leek sauce - excellent! And finally a rich, large house brownie a la mode - America's answer to the profiterole when done so well! The wines by the glass were excellent and moderately priced. Service super.

There are many excellent restaurants in every city, but finding a small restaurant that reflects the unique and wonderful vision of the chef/owner is still special.

Remember reservations are essential!

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