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What do folks think of "Bistro Basia"?

Original post made by td, Midtown, on Feb 11, 2008

hi --
We've had 2 lovely dinners in this new place that's opened
on California Street (201 S. California street at the corner
of Park Blvd, I think it is).

Its opened very quietly and so far no official reviews have come out.

They've remodeled & decorated the space very beautifully.
(My only complaint is that when the place gets crowded the
noise level is just too high due to all the hard surfaces, I think).

Their potato leek soup is fantastic. Also their signature
apricot souffle for dessert which you have to order with
your meal as there's a long lead time for this.


Comments (7)

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Feb 11, 2008 at 3:59 pm

It's a superb restaurant, owned an run by someone who has operated a multi-star restaurant back east. It's easily one of the top 5 restaurants in Palo Alto, and very possibly the best.

Posted by Joanna
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 13, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Haven't tried it. The name "bistro" for a restaurant is running rampant. The insanity must stop!

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 13, 2008 at 11:41 pm

The name "Bistro" stirs up pictures of tiny, intimate, restaurants with maybe 10 tables at most, possibly wrought iron round tables for 2. The menu should be small and no wine list, but a corkage fee for bringing your own wine and they supply the glasses. Anything else would be a misnomer in my mind.

Posted by Rebecca Wallace
arts & entertainment editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Feb 15, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Rebecca Wallace is a registered user.

Thanks for the recommendation and comments. We'll be reviewing Bistro Basia in the Weekly a little later on. (Of course we don't want to say exactly when so we don't blow the reviewer's cover, but keep an eye out for the story!)

Posted by Jerry
a resident of Southgate
on Feb 15, 2008 at 3:26 pm

I had dinner there last night, with my family. Very good, though also pricey. For the same price, I like Bistro Elan better, but it is very hard to keep up with Bistro Elan, IMO.

I recommend Bistro Basia, and I will go back, on occasion.

Posted by george
a resident of Green Acres
on Mar 9, 2008 at 2:38 pm

We ate there two nights ago. The food was outstanding. I agree that it is one of the top 5 restaurants in the area.

Down side. Prices for entrees $25 plus and minus. Appetizers and desserts also $10 plus and minus. Most wines unfamiliar to me, but the one we had was from New Zealand and very good.

For some reason we always had to signal our waiter. It seemed to me that no one waiter was assigned to our table - perhaps each thought another was keeping watch. However the waiters were most attentive when serving.

Posted by Jenny
a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 22, 2008 at 8:32 am

I took my family here for a birthday dinner and we enjoyed our meal very much. I had the salmon, family members had both the lamb and chicken dishes and found we them to be excellent.

The appetizers and deserts were a bit pricey but for a special occasion it was great.

I like the new configuration with the main door into the restaurant moved to the middle. When you're eating people aren't constantly walking by your table.

I agree with the previous postings the only downside is the name "Bistro Basia" will easily get forgotten amongst all the other "Bistros" in this town.

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