To perfect a French accent, linguists recommend either learning the language’s complicated system of diacritics or speaking with a mouth full of escargot. Seize the opportunity to ooh-la-la with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $10 for $20 worth of French cuisine and drinks for lunch
- $20 for $40 worth of French cuisine and drinks for dinner
The menu spotlights escargot de burgundy ($9.50), new york strip steak au poivre with shallot-parsley butter ($23.50), and grilled pork tenderloin ($18.95).
An unassuming strip-mall storefront belies Retro Bistro’s cozy dining room, where wall murals painted by a local artist and white-draped tables set the scene for elegant French and Tuscan cuisine. The menu, which pleased Zagat’s tasters, balances upscale plates of seared foie gras or wasabi-crusted ahi tuna with more casual options, including sandwiches and Alsatian-style flambeed pizzas.
“I think that’s what people realize when they get here—how affordable it can be to get out for dinner,” said Christopher Barth, who owns the bistro along with his wife, Lorraine. “We have so many regulars.”
The couple took over the business from Lorraine’s father, Dominique Legeai, in 1997. Lorraine cites the pair’s love of food, people, and wine as the passion behind their business, and the amply stocked wine list features plenty of budget-friendly bottles, as well as reserve vintages to toast special occasions, such as an engagement or a piñata making it to retirement. The eatery’s bar and lounge area also facilitates revelry, as mixologists blend specialty martinis with a focus on fruit-infused and chocolate-flavored options.