Many American bistros differentiate themselves from their European counterparts by serving region-specific dishes and replacing waiters with Bruce Springsteen. Satisfy a hungry heart with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $20 for $30 worth of bistro cuisine for dinner
- $12 for $20 worth of bistro cuisine for lunch
The dinner menu includes Angus burgers with pommes frites ($13.95), braised boneless short ribs ($18.95), and linguini with manila clams ($17.95). The lunch menu includes grilled chicken and hummus flatbread ($9.95), a grilled portobello and white-cheddar sandwich ($8.95), and roasted garlic escargot ($8.95).
Bidwell Street Bistro
When owner Richard Righton and Executive Chef Wendi Mentink opened Bidwell Street Bistro, they wanted to stay true to the definition of bistro by creating an intimate yet unpretentious spot. To perfect the bistro vibe, they drenched the walls in a shade of deep cream, stacked bottles of wine behind the granite-topped bar, and added a shady patio where jazz music entertains guests on Thursdays. Wendi designed a menu that ranges from sandwiches and Angus burgers served with pommes frites to market-fresh fish and new york strip steaks smothered in garlic butter. To complement meals, they filled the wine list with a sizeable array of French and Californian bottles.
Their efforts paid off. In 2011, Bidwell Street Bistro was voted second favorite overall restaurant and most romantic restaurant by the readers of Style. The spot also won the 2012 Best French award from CityVoter and a Best Smile award from a confused yearbook committee.