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Bistro 223
Ranked #52 of 110 Restaurants in Elmira
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, International
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

The owner/chef/manager is a very interesting man and we were glad to have the opportunity to have a meal in his establishment. It is the sort of encounter that makes traveling fun. We had a little trouble locating the place although it is right on the river in the center of town. We didn't know the east/west address system but after a couple of u-turns we got to the place.

Max is very entertaining and a good cook as well. We had the place practically to ourselves except of one other couple (we came in at 5pm on a weekday) so we got the history, etc. He was surprised to hear that he had all the great reviews and was number one in Elmira! We enjoyed the view of the river that was enabled by a large mirror over the back tables riverside. Clever and silly idea. Unusually crafted furniture, and family paintings (wife of owner) were lovely.

I told him that he needs to get rid of his half dead indoor plants. Very negative first impression - dead plants in window. He agreed and said he really never noticed them before. I would perhaps skipped the place except for all the glowing reviews on this site. Now the food!

I do not like chick peas in any form and they were part of too many dishes for me. The lamb stew plate was good, and I think my husband liked his barbeque pork entree. The wine was very good as well, and although they have a full bar they seem to offer more of a wine bar experience.

Shouldn't have skipped desert - home made ice cream. Actually more of a performance than a dining experience but lots of fun.

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Reviewed 30 September 2012

My colleague and I were recently referred to Bistro 223 by someone in Lewisburg, PA. [The staff at the Elmira Holiday Inn had no idea where the restaurant was...but it's easy to find.] What a delightful surprise! It's small, with a combination Mediterranean and Indian dishes that are beautifully presented and flavorful. The place serves hearty glasses of wine and offers up an interesting view of the river

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Reviewed 30 August 2012

Just had lunch at the Bistro and enjoyed it immensely. Max was a great host and even posponed his afternoon fishing trip to cook and wait on us. As an added treat he gave us some great tasting homemade ice cream on the house. Will be returning soon. Chevy and the teacher

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1  Thank chevy t
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

Delicious - every single meal. Max loves to cook and gives care to each customer as if you were a guest in his home.

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Reviewed 8 August 2012

Went to Elmira for a wedding, and was starving from the flight. We found Bistro 223 right on Water St. down from the Holiday Inn and stopped in. Max the cook/waiter/partner was such a delight, he is very modest about his skills as a chef. The food was wonderful, sandwich with roasted turkey (homemade not processed), spicy pumpkin soup, and the BEST homemade ice cream. We had the ginger and the cinnamon. We had a great conversation with Alma and Stan two regulars, we had a great time. Wish we could have went back, but we will be planning another trip soon.

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2  Thank Angie R
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