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About Beaujolais Bistro
Chef Bill Gilbert's charming French style bistro in downtown Reno celebrates authentic French cooking as well as modern interpretation of French cuisine.
We serve Niman Ranch beef, lamb, and pork, Liberty Duck, and much of our organic produce is sourced locally including wild and exotic mushrooms from Connie Green.
Our extensive bar and wine list is available early for your pleasure. Outdoor seating is also available seasonally. Private dining arrangements are available on request.
We are proud to be voted "Reno's Best French Restaurant" for over a decade, and "Reno's Most Romantic Restaurant" in 2014 by the Reno News & Review.
Reno, NV 89503
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Sunday 5-9p.m. Bar open at 4pm.
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Validated Parking at the Parking Gallery
at the corner of 1st and Sierra
Private Party Facilities:
Private dining room
Private Party Contact:
Bill Gilbert: (775) 323-2227
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Bastille Day, July 14
Beaujolais Nouveau on the 3rd Thursday in November.
Beaujolais Bistro Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I found this place on a trip through Reno when it was still located downtown and were wonderfully happy to find such wonderful cuisine. We have been there a few time now including this last visit on our 41st anniversary "tour". The new location is beautiful and has enhanced the dining experience marvelously. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone.
I have to start by saying that this has been one of our favorite restaurants in Reno for over 4 years. This time our reservation requests were not honored, because of the inept host, and we were also quite disappointed in the menu. The host (very inexperienced and awkward) was terrible. Our server was excellent, and he helped get us settled at a nice, alternative table.
Do not order the soft shelled crab! It was not fresh and contained very little crabmeat. That being said, the date appetizer and the radish appetizer were both good, as was the beet salad.
Pro: Nice ambiance, steak was very good and cooked medium rare as ordered.
Con: Steak was served with stringy French fries and no vegetables (oh sorry one cold cherry tomato cut in half) ($35); duck was served not fully cooked, not pink but raw red; even though we had two appetizers and soup we had to wait over half hour after the soup for the entrees.
Not recommended. Not going back.
Overall the experience was very good, as we have come to expect from Beaujolais bistro. The service was a bit lackluster; the server seemed distracted. Despite being told twice that it was a birthday celebration nothing special was offered… a small thing, but typical in many establishments. The food, overall, was excellent. The liver and fois gras pate was lacking flavor but the duck and halibut entrees were delightful as were the desserts.
The food was fantastic. There were a couple of minor issues ( an ant crawling on the table, a piece of plastic wrap in my cocktail). The server took $6.75 off my bill. I'm not sure where that figure came from but I suppose something is better than nothing. With the cost of the meal, I would've expected more.
The building and atmosphere are really charming and pleasant however it does not make up for the less-than-decent service or the salty food. For $35 a plate, I feel like the meal could have tasted like something other than salt. There is no depth to the food or complexity to the flavor. Like I said, salt. I cannot emphasize how much it really just tasted like salt. I wouldn't be so adamant if it weren't for the price.
I had the Duck Confit and Braised Lamb, she had the Steak and Frites. Both plates were over salted. The dip that came with my wife's plate tasted like it had coconut oil in it, which the server assured us it was the tarragon. Considering that she couldn't remember what Ghee was called and we figured it out for her, (supposedly in the sauce) I wouldn't be surprised if it was actually coconut oil and she just doesn't know the difference. I'm not accustomed to tarragon, however, so to be fair I honestly don't know if that spice tastes like coconut oil. Sounds suspicious to me. This is only important because one: we neither one like the taste of coconut oil especially for a dip for fries and two: it's a good example of the odd service we received. It sounds like I'm being picky but I only mean it as an example of the type of knowledgeable service. Add in that they only had ketchup as their second dipping sauce, and you have a good idea of the lack.
If you like salty food and a great atmosphere, this place is for you. We spent just under $100 for something I could have put some lemon and pepper on at home.
On a good note, the cocktail was delicious. I should have just had that.
Very strange and unsatisfactory experience. We won't be back.
Ate dinner at Beaujolais to celebrate our anniversary. Requested outside seating in advance knowing that it is very limited (accommodates only ~10ppl). Great view of Truckee river and quite, lush surroundings. Affordable fine dinning menu with many unique and traditional selections to choose from. We started with escargot, and for main entree had the Salmon with Lemon-Ginger Lobster sauce and Duck Confit with Lamb Shoulder. Wines by the glass are quite pricy but cocktail menu on par with other establishments so we went that route. Delicious and will return!
Always have delicious dinners here! Fantastic duck confit, delectable lamb shoulder. Also enjoyed buttery escargot served in the shells, as well as an inspiring strawberry gazpacho that I almost got an extra serving of to take home. My date very much enjoyed their halibut served with lobster tail atop, absolutely perfect texture.
Have been to Beaujolais Bistro numerous times over the past 15 years, both at their original location on West St. and their relatively new location on the river. Although our last visit was about 2 years. This was an evening with very close friends which we have not seen in a year.
Food was acceptable at best, but certainly not anywhere near the quality that I would expect based on their prices.
Brussel Sprouts appetizer was exceptional as was the service. Unfortunately, that's the only positive thing I can say about our dining experience. My French Onion soup was not very good at all. Mostly bread soaked in broth with lots of cheese. Never saw or tasted any onions. Served boiling hot such that I burnt the roof of my mouth. It's now 2 days later and my mouth is still very sensitive.
For the main course I ordered the Filet Mignon which was covered with a sauce that overpowered the steak. For the ~$45 price tag on this entree I expected much more.
My wife had as salmon dish. She is a salmon aficionado in that she orders it at restaurants 90% of the time. She was not impressed at all. I believe the price tag for the salmon was in the mid-$30s range and she expected more.
I can not speak for the other two people dining with us, but they were not raving about their dinners either.
Total bill before tip and corkage fee, we brought some world class Pinot Noir with us, was $316. For 4 glasses of white wine with our appetizer, 1 shared appetizer, 3 salads, 1 French Onion soup and 4 entrees.
Based on their pricing, they are attempting to compete with the other top restaurants in Reno. Like Lulou's and 4th Street Bistro. Both of these restaurants are 5-STAR and way ahead of Beaujolais Bistro in terms of the quality and preparation of their offerings.
We're not rushing back to Beaujolais Bistro any time soon.
Incredible food served in a beautiful setting. Our waiter was very attentive and extremely flexible, he arranged to allow us to eat our multiple plates family style with no fuss. He also accommodated several dietary needs (gluten and dairy free) for our large party. Definitely worth a visit for the service and the best food in Reno!
We go there every year for my birthday. We requested an outside table and was assured we would get one. We arrived on time and we're told they did not have an outside table for us. It would be an hour. We decided to have wine and h'ours de vours at the bar while we waited. It was quite hot and noisy inside but the bartender was friendly while we waited for our table. Our table became available about 30 minutes later. Once we were outside it was quiet and cool. Just what we like. The filet came out luke warm but was good. The soft shell crab was incredible. It was recommended to us by fellow diners and we recommended it to the table next to us. The fruit sorbet for dessert was so fresh and refreshing. Our server was fabulous and very friendly. I'll make sure our request for an outside table is taken care of when we return next year.
Beaujolais Bistro offers traditional French cuisine in a cozy old house atmosphere in a beautiful and largely unknown location near the Truckee River west of downtown. The food is usually excellent. We've been 3 times. I marked it down a little this time due to the exceedingly salty duck confit. But the bacon wrapped date appetizer and the strawberry gazpacho were absolutely excellent. A wonderful and different option from the casino dining in Reno.
What a fantastic meal! Our party of four each got something different, and we were all very impressed, even my food snob father! I put 4 stars for ambiance only because it was chilly, and we were even sitting by the fireplace. They said something was wrong with the heater. But the view is beautiful and the house itself is charming. We were treated very well, not rushed at all even on a busy Mothers Day evening. This is my favorite Reno restaurant thus far.
This was a great place to bring my French girlfriend for dinner. A little bit of home for her. The food was wonderful....service was a 10....beautiful decor.....all made for a special evening. I rarely write reviews....but I was impressed by the whole experience.
When this bistro was located on West Street I found the service, ambiance and especially the food to be just what I expect from a French bistro. The move to nearer the river has improved the view and added more room between tables. I had a duck breast, which was accompanied by broccoli and scalloped potatoes for the main. There are so many ways to destroy a duck breast while it's still in the kitchen, but it came to me at the perfect temperature and doneness with a gentle sauce that did not distract. Wonderful dining experience.
Booked here for an anniversary dinner and was extremely happy. Food was amazing from the bacon wrapped dates to the lamb and stuffed pork chop. Service was one of the best and the river out front of restaurant was perfect to sit at after dinner. Would love to come back when in the area.
We love both a romantic dinner at BB , as well as gathering with friends for sharing the incredible apps and vast wine selection. I like to start with the mushroom cigars and brussels and my most recent entree, the pork chop, was delicious! The ambiance is cozy and classy; the lighting is just right.
I also enjoy meeting clients at the bar for their happy hour small plates and unique array of cocktails. If you haven't been, go and be delightfully surprised!
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