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“A little taste of Paris on Oahu”
Review of Le Bistro

Le Bistro
Ranked #276 of 2,391 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
TX
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A little taste of Paris on Oahu”
Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I celebrated my birthday at Le Bistro and what a beautiful dinner we had!
From the chilled martini through the crime brûlée, everything was delicious.
We started with escargot and mussels. Both were outstanding - well spiced without the overriding flavor of garlic frequently found in these dishes. Hubby had the rack of lamb and I had the breast of duck. Delicious and appropriately rare.
Kudos to our waiter who was always nearby, but never intrusive.
Finally, the lovely decor. A strip mall outside and a Paris bistro inside

Visited February 2014
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Bobland
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Mixed Bag”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

One's first impression of an establishment is how one is treated upon entering the facility. Our experience was disappointing, as the woman who was at the check-in counter was not at all friendly. It is pretty common for people in this position to great guests with an up-beat smile and expression that they are glad you are there. She exuded non of the warmth that we get at most restaurants. Perhaps she was having a bad day?

But we did not come here for coddling, but for food. The salads/appetizers were fine, but nothing to write home about. One of our party had the cod, which was crusted with too much salt. Others in our party had salmon and a daily fish special, which were better received. The food that did excel were the deserts.

The place was packed, and while the wait staff were acceptable, it seemed that they struggled to keep up with the flow.

While the food was acceptable, it was not really special for the price-point.

  • Visited January 2014
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Chatsworth, California
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Another Fabulous Meal!!”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is the second year in a row we went to LeBistro for New Years Eve dinner. There were 5 of us & EVERYONE thoroughly enjoyed their meal. The service is great, the food was without fault, the glasses of wine were delicious. Close friends lives in Honolulu & they introduced us to this restaurant as it is one of their favorites.

  • Visited December 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“A must visit everytime we come to Hawaii”
Reviewed December 23, 2013

We found this place by accident a few years back. Located in a strip mall, when we first saw it we giggled to ourselves who would eat french food in Hawaii? let alone a strip mall?
However, after reading a few reviews we decided to give it a chance and it was AWESOME! The portion sizes are perfect, the service great and the food unbelievable. My wife and i have eaten at some great French restaurants in France, but i have to say this is the best French food i have ever eaten

We first wound this place 3 years ago and we have come back to Hawaii 3 times since and this is the top of our list to dine at. Well worth the taxi ride out of Honolulu if you don't have a car.

  • Visited December 2013
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Seattle, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Don't Let the Location Fool You”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

This place is in a strip mall. My husband and I were here to visit family, he grew up in this town and his family lives here. Both his brother and father (locals) recommended the place to celebrate our anniversary. We struggled with the "French" flair and the location even with the recommendations, even though we were staying in a rented beach house across the street because this was a special celebration for us. We have been to Alan Wong's a number of times during our visits and had great meals, but this was just a different experience in itself. White table cloths, big wine list (pricy but a lot of options you don't have to pay a ton for if you know your wines). Our waiter was very attentive and helpful We ordered the beef 4 ways and their version of a Caesar salad. First off, I'm not a big salad person but I couldn't stop eating the salad, one of the best I have ever had. The beef was out of this world tender and favorable. I can't wait to go back.

  • Visited December 2013
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