Quaint place but my dish, though not bad, was nothing special. Ordered the Seafood Linguine that had lots of average marinara type sauce. My partner had the Louisiana Linguine that was supposed to have blackened chicken...which was everyday chicken cubes. We've had blackened chicken before and this was not blackened chicken.
When we moved to Burlington recently I was surprised by the number of fine dining choices in the downtown area. I'm glad we tried the Downtown Bistro because it certainly exceeded my expectations. The server suggested the daily special which was beef tacos. Nice beef tenderloin with salad or fries. We chose the salads and both the tacos and salad were excellent. Excellent presentation and a great server who made us feel very welcome. The rear patio is a great addition. Very relaxing. Well certainly be back soon .
Just had take out from here last evening and it was all simply delicious. Highly recommend the jumbo shrimp linguine and grilled vegetable salad. My hubby enjoyed his breaded schnitzel and Caesar salad too. Owner even brought it out to us curbside. Was still piping hot by the time we got it home. So nice to be able to still take out high quality food to eat at home during the pandemic. Highly recommend!
it's a charming restaurant near the lake in burlington - more like a bistro than a grill... the food was superb and the service excellent... we lingered after lunch and never felt rushed... it was a great afternoon and I would definitely go back...
Food is great. Excellent quality and consistent. Good prices since you are getting quality cuts. Cooked to perfection. It's a treat as my budget can't take it regularly however I've never been disappointed. Great staff cater to what ever you need. Friendly and attentive. Following really good protocols so felt very safe.
We had a wonderful time there sitting outside in their heated "COVID" tent. It was very quiet, but it was a Wednesday evening. The food was excellent as was the service. A very small and quaint place. Will gladly return.
October 15th 2020 update. Another fantastic meal last night! All in the heated comfort of the tented front patio. Candles, string lights, ambiance..........The Taste of Burlington Menu is new, original, unique and delicious. It was difficult to narrow down our choices. Thank you Mike and Andrea and team for making our first dinner out in almost 8 months so memorable.
I really wish I could remember my servers name from last night.... For that I am sorry. This was my second time dinning with the Downtown Bistro, and once again I was not let down. The service was on point, the food came out perfectly timed for the pace we choose to dine at. I find the menu to be well laid out. The ingredients, plating, and taste all have a touch of flare. I really like this Bistro and I am happy to have a place like this in our downtown core. The prices are more then fair. I would highly recommend the Bistro as a great choice for an upscale dinning experience. Once again amazing service, great taste, nice presentation on the plates. I have to mention it was very noticeable that the establishment has gone to great lengths and measures to keep the guest as safe as possible with the updates for COVID. I also just wanted to add to anyone who sees this review..... If you do have an issue with a restaurant call them directly rather then write a negative review. Lets do our part to keep home grown well established business safe and thriving in these hard times. Cheers to the Bistro we will see you again!
First visit but it won't be the last. The restaurant had all necessary Covid protections in place and we barely noticed. We were there for lunch. The lunch menu is expansive and affordable with entrees under $20. I had Shrimp Linguine and my two friends both opted for the Salmon Crepe. Excellent presentation, very flavorful, and suitable portion size. Great dessert selections too. All made in-house. Speaking of house, the restaurant is located in an old downtown house which certainly adds to the interest and ambience. Covered patio on the porch.
Excellent experience all 'round. Service was above and beyond especially considering the times we are in. Lovely patio out back with servers who were "on" both technically and personally. The meal was terrific with generous portions and beautifully presented. A full house so reso is a must but well worth planning ahead!
I believe this owner and/or chef have got it right.
Was walking downtown looking for somewhere to eat and saw downtown bistro patio pretty much empty so went in and sat down for a few minutes before a server came out and said they are fully booked and no space at all tonight.
Top-notch in every respect: menu, design and preparation of every dish, wine list, service, service, service and overall vibe.
Their street-side porch is perfectly set up for social-distancing and every staffer was not only unfailingly helpful and polite but was wearing a mask at all times (unlike the mostly mask-free staff witnessed outside at their neighbour restaurant!).
A first visit to their porch/patio but it won't be our last!
I enjoy downtown bistro because of its amazing homemade taste and feel. Every time I dine in, I feel comfortable and relaxed. The staff is amazing and I highly recommend the grilled calamari and the mussels are exquisite.
This was my first time, and will not be my last! Great food, decent wine list that covered the grounds. Amazing prices 50% off wine on Mondays... Can you go wrong? No you can’t! Taste of Burlington menu $40.00 plus a few bottles of vino less then $200 how can you do better? Not fine dinning but who needed that? Bistro right? Well it was all done RIGHT upscale, clean, tasty, well presented, amazing service. Thank you Courtney amazing server, great product knowledge, made us feel welcome from the get go. Super chill crowd, the dinning room brought me to a place of happiness! What an experience keep doing your thing. Bravo to the Bistro
Lovely little restaurant, great decor and ambience. Food was delicious and portions good size. Staff were very pleasant and service very good other than we felt we were being rushed. We asked to slow it down a little which they did. Also dishes were removed before everyone at the table had finished. Much better to wait til everyone had finished eating.
Would recommend it though!
Loved the smoked salmon rosti, although the rosti is missing something, lemon perhaps? The lamb ragout was just ok but would be fabulous if it was New Zealand lamb, unfortunately Ontario lamb is void of any lamb flavour. The pear sticky toffee cake is good... the "custard" is so sweet it I took the cake out of the bowl - adding sweet really does not enhance any flavour it just makes things sweet!
We went here to celebrate a birthday . It was our first time at this establishment and certainly won’t be our last . It is the cutest restaurant in a lovely area of Burlington . We were there early so it was really quiet. The server was so friendly and efficient . The menu had a nice variety of food . We particularly loved the warm Brie as an appetizer .
This is now one of my favorite restaurants. I highly recommend it!
Went to the downtown bistro in Burlington for a New Year’s Eve dinner (2019) and it did not disappoint!
Most places for New Years dinner rush you in and out and serve you some over priced slop.....not this place, we had amazing scallops topped with a bacon jam appetizer followed by a rare treat, a perfectly cooked beef Wellington on mashed potatoes with some carrots and turnips, the server poured the piping hot gravy at the table and it was all delicious!
For desert we had the the house made cheesecake, maybe not the best, but certainly very good, it was the perfect ending to a delicious meal.
Service was well paced, leaving just the right amount of time between courses, my water was always topped up and she made sure we were enjoying our meal.
The restaurant is small and intimate, great for a date night out, not really for kids or families.
Parking is located behind the house or across the street at the municipal lot. It’s also within walking distance of lakeshore, the park and walkways for a stroll after or before your meal!
Will definitely come back, the location is great, the atmosphere cozy and the food top notch!
This restaurant is my favorite restaurant. Of all restaurants I know I love it most. I never miss an opportunity to go to this restaurant. Whenever I I need a superb lunch, this restaurant comes straight to my head. superb and varied food and a large menu.well mannered staff members, and great mood. Also, the expence is affordable. I recommend this restaurant with no hesitation.
Went with a friend/colleague and had a lovely meal. We shared the brie baked in a pastry and the berry salad. The salad comes with blue cheese which we both didn't care for so they replaced it with goat cheese. Both plates were amazing. We both had the blacken Salmon which was equally amazing. All dishes were served at a nice temperature and the staff was really nice and accommodating. I've eaten here before and have never been disappointed. It's a small place though so it can get loud. Our reservations were for 715pm and the place was packed and loud but definitely would recommend this restaurant!
The food here is absolutely fantastic. Fresh ingredients and meticulously crafted. The wait for your food in unnecessarily long but well worth it. Excellent date - night location. Very small and cozy location.
We love eating at the Bistro. Food is delicious, cozy atmosphere, great service! Never disappointed...we are frequent eaters here for the past 6 years since we've lived in Burlington and have celebrated many milestones here. Love!