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Bistro Bobette
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Ranked #39 of 1,660 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: South 12th
Description: Bistro Bobette, Richmond's first authentic French Bistro serving comfort food in Historic Shockoe Slip. Our atmosphere is lively,chic casual and we strive to provide our guests with the utmost in professional service and quality cuisine. We utilize local,organic seasonal ingredients.Menu includes classic French fare, steak frites, mussels, quiche, homemade soups, charcuterie, tartare, escargots, house made terrines/pate, salads, fish and meats, complimented with an expansive wine menu. All desserts are homemade. Specials change daily. Menu changes monthly . 3 course Chef's Pre Fixe nightly from 5-6. for 22. Special Bar Bites available nightly.
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Bistro Bobette is a perfect restaurant for a business meal or a romantic dinner. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxing with a low noise level that makes conversation easy. The food is delicious - our table shared several appetizers, all wonderfully flavorful. For lunch I had flounder with mushroom risotto that was light and flavorful. The desserts are a must as well. The service was attentive and professional. A very pleasant dining experience!

Thank Melissa W
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

The weather was great, the doors were open and I enjoyed dinner (spinach tofu miso salad) and breakfast (egg, farm cheddar cheese, chives sandwich with sliced apples garnish) a cup of joe. Friendly, casual and great food, smoothies, coffee made to order.

Thank Ryla_M
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

After leaving Chicago, have been looking for a quaint, country French restaurant in the South East. I think I found it here. Food is delicious, presentation elegant but simple. The kind of place you sit down with a loved one or friend, buy a bottle of wine, eat their great bread and much on simple, yet wonderfully created epicurean dishes. I love this place as it is reminds one a cafe in France.

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Thank wallpa
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Bistro B, Owner at Bistro Bobette, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2014

Thank you so much for dining with us and taking the time to review our restaurant! We are happy to hear you had an enjoyable time and look forward to your return.

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Thomas Jefferson asked himself, “In what country on earth would you rather live?” He first answered, “Certainly in my own where are all my friends, my relations, and the earliest and sweetest affections and recollections of my life.” But he continued “which would be your second choice?” His answer was “France.”

And Richmond you have France right downtown in Shockoe Slip, at Bistro Bobette. I am not sure why it has taken me this long to write a review for one of our favorite places to eat in Richmond … but our last Bobette meal was so fantastic, it has compelled me to finally write a review. To begin, Chef Francias and Wendy provide a perfectly orchestrated quaint, welcoming neighborhood French venue where you are greeted with the warmth of a local bar and served food of the finest quality. The typical Richmond architecture of high ceilings, wood floors and exposed brick walls covered with large, beautiful contemporary art pieces create the charming setting to experience Francias and Wendy’s passion for their customers and the food they serve with every dining experience.

Be sure to bring the wilder side of your palate. Chef likes to offer his customers fish and meats that might be considered “exotic” by Richmond standards. Also ask your server if the kitchen has specials not featured on the menu. Chef always has something extraordinary, fresh meats or fish from local farms, that he will custom prepare for you … just for the asking. The menu changes by the seasons so it is hard to recommend any one specific meal. Just know there isn't a bad choice on the menu and enjoy ordering wines and meals not offered anywhere else in Richmond.

It is worth noting that while Bobette is the ideal restaurant choice for a first date, an anniversary, a simple night out, or a party, Bobette’s inviting, friendly bar scene is a perfect place for out-of-towners, single eaters to enjoy a great dinner too. Olivier the bartender and the heartbeat of the restaurant allows you to immerse yourself in the intimate bar scene where you can enjoy a delicious meal and homey conversations with locals.

I know Thomas Jefferson would have thoroughly enjoyed the flavor of France Bobette provides to our town. Bon appetite Richmond.

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1  Thank Bambi_Kelley
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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

Let's start with the vibe. Awesome intimate bistro... the downstairs with the wine wall is a really comfortable dining atmosphere. Perfect for dates or business.
The staff- Wendy (host co-owner) is dynamic friendly and always willing to make your experience the best. John our first waiter very knowledgeable on the food but arrogance isn't the most welcoming feeling. However three other members of our service team were incredible! Ask for Ryans section he is one of the best servers we have had.. then there is Christy incredibly attentive kind and warm. On a side note her artwork lends to the charm of the bistro. Oli knows how to make a drink and creates a fun environment at the intimate bar. Next to chef is a great sous chef Dave from NY.... makes an awesome crepe. You need to save room!
All the courses we had were true to the French style of cooking. Perfectly executed across the board. Seasoned perfectly great flavor. You might leave your meal wondering how you found a slice of Paris in Richmond. Great find wonderful dining experience.

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