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“Great Food, service & atmosphere lacking”
Review of Rob's Bistro - CLOSED

Rob's Bistro
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Waverly Place
Transit: Madison Train Station is only one block away.
Description: A French Bistro located in downtown Madison
Reviewed 12 April 2014

It was our first time dining here and only because we had received a $25 gift card. The food was wonderful. The beet salad was delicious. My husband had the steak frites. It was authentic and perfectly cooked. I had the salmon which was equally well prepared and just the perfect portion. However, we were quite disappointed with the atmosphere or lack thereof. The tables are quite cramped making it loud, once the restaurant gets full. It seems they have two seatings: 6:00ish and then, 7:30. We had a 7:30 reservation. Because of how small the restaurant is and the wood floors and tables, the noise carries. By 8:00, all the tables were full except one and it was quite noisy. There isn't décor to speak of except for some paintings hanging on the wall; all of which were for sale. I even commented if all the painting were sold, there would absolutely no decoration. While all the food was delicious, we were disappointed with the service. Although we weren't rushed, we also didn't feel the staff was very attentive. There were 3 servers including the hostess. There didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to who was doing what. As a result, service was quite slow. No one came to ask how our meal was or if we needed anything. No one offered fresh ground pepper, especially since there wasn't any salt or pepper on the table. We would go back for the food, but this is not at all a special occasion kind of place.

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Thank cmartinangelo
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

When my wife Googled gluten free and Madison, she found Rob's Bistro. Best fois gras (in orange/squash puree), excellent scallops and tender steak and frites. We will return.

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Thank howard1117
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

We love this restaurant. The food is authentically French. The frites alone are worth the trip but they have a lovely menu with something for everyone. Daily specials are always good. My personal favorites are the seafood dishes and the roast chicken, while my husband prefers the steak or modules frites.

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Thank cabonini
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Reviewed 16 January 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is absolutely wonderful from start to finish! It is consistently the best dining experience in this area and beyond.
Upon entering the dining room, the staff is knowledgeable & pleasant. The servers have a clear understanding of the food and are able to assist with any menu questions and make helpful, informed suggestions.
While the staff is lovely, the food is the star! Each dish is thoughtfully prepared with each ingredient celebrated & married perfectly with the other components on the plate. There is a clear commitment to food quality as the menu changes to highlight seasonal & local ingredients.
Rob's is a wonderful restaurant for weekday dining as well as special occasions. It is not to be missed...Chef Rob & his staff are truly incredible!

1  Thank njgeorgefam
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

just dined at this spot. holds promise, but falls short. the atmosphere need to be improved. it's neat and clean, but devoid of any personality. service was fair. my partner and i each ordered an appetizer- his was very nice-beet salad. my soup was the wrong one. he ordered the duck which was excellent. i ordered the saturday special, which was prime rib. the meat was just awful- very fatty, and i was served the wrong side dish- just was not my night. the dishes that were good were very good, but the dishes that were bad were equally bad.

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Thank lisa h
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