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About Bistro Maison
This authentic French bistro has been located in the heart of Historic Downtown McMinnville since January 2003. Owners operators Deborah & Jean-Jacques Chatelard have decades of solid success in the NYC landmarks of Cafe des Artist, Lowell Hotel, the Essex House Hotel, Russian Tea Room, & Ferrier. The huge success of this restaurant is largely based on repeat visits from the savvy food & wine centric local, Portland, Salem and coastal clientele. Providing a real "family" feel which the best restaurants foster is present and embracing from your arrival.
Jean-Jacques' emphasizes the use of outstanding locally sourced foods to prepare the bistro classics He also provides a modern twist to the market driven French-American daily specials. Items include coq au vin, moules or steak frites, cassoulet, duck confit, steak tartar, white truffle fondue, and his stellar repertoire of soup and sauces.
We welcome you to our Bistro & our Maison.
McMinnville, OR 97128
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Bistro Maison accepts limited OpenTable reservations. If you would like a dining reservation for a time that is not available online, please call us directly at (503) 474-1888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
$31 to $50
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From intimate dinners to special celebrations, we provide our critically acclaimed cuisine paired with personalized service attending to every detail of your entertaining needs. The Paris Suite or the magnificent outdoor dining options of the garden and camellia patio accommodates up to 45 people for lunch and dinner or 80 for cocktail reception. It"s a perfect setting for both private and corporate celebrations. Please call us to arrange a tour and menu options.
Private Party Facilities:
Call Deborah at 503-474-1888 to arrange tour and menu planning options
Private Party Contact:
Deborah Chatelard: (503) 474-1888
Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bistro Maison Ratings and Reviews
Bistro Maison was excellent. My friend is gluten and Daury fre and they accommodated her diet perfectly. Loved how we were given several choices for a glass of wine with entrees Service was perfect. Only dish that wasn't excellent was gazpacho- not enough flavor. Rest of choices- duck, salmon, and oysters were perfection.
We might have been suspicious of the plastic chairs and tablecloths. As our table was in the courtyard we accepted the accommodation to nature. Or, we might have been concerned about the proximity of seating at the tables - much too close for our comfort. Or, we might have wondered about the lack of wines by the glass in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley - just a single mediocre Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. While the menu proudly announced the dishes en francais, the wait-staff were not in the least French enabled.
We persevered, hoping that the meal would be worth the thirty minute drive from our hotel. We decided to share a Caesar salad. My wife ordered the halibut while I opted for the scallops, both served in a tarragon sauce.
The salad arrived: a mountain of butter lettuce - not romaine - slathered in a milky white dressing, reminiscent of bottled versions found in the isles of Safeway. A whole, not quite soft boiled egg perched on top with two lonely anchovies. No croutons. Not a good sign.
Our entrees were served with a small puddle of mashed potato and a combination of unremarkable green beans and asparagus. The scallops were barely average; the halibut flavorless. Very disappointing.
For $120 (with gratuity) we expected much, much more. We lamented after the meal that we'd been better off heading to the brew pub a few doors down for a burger. If you're looking for a French experience in McMinnville, avoid the Bistro Maison at all costs.
We sat outside under the trees in the patio/back yard. It was quiet and enjoyable. The food was good, but not anything extraordinary. I ordered the beet and goat cheese salad. There were only four cubed red beets, lots of lettuce and goat cheese. The salad was fresh, but I was looking for more beets. My entree was hangar steak with French fries. It was finished in a wine shallot reduction. Nothing about it was outstanding. The fries were vover salted. The meat was good, but not outstanding. When I eat at a restaurant that it on this level with this pricing I want a cut above what I can prepare at home. I could easily have prepared this meal and better. I would have carmelized the beets. I would have added nuts for crunch. I also would add fresh herbs to the salad like tarragon. Thd ambiance was very good, but would have liked some french music playing in the background. I did not have any dessert. I would be willing to try this restaurant again.
Bottom line: Eat here you will enjoy it!
This restaurant is my personal local favorite. Eat outside if the weather permits, the decor always reminds us of eating in Provence. They serve some of the Parisian bistro standards, as well as specials created from local seafood and produce. There is a well balanced wine list with plenty of local pinot noir, as well as a good selection of French. Service is a non-rushed and friendly.
Bistro Maison never disappoints.
5 of us enjoyed a wonderful meal the night before Linfield graduation.
The entire town of McMinnville was packed with grads and celebrating families. Bistro Maison was not perfect, but they pulled it off with kindness and grace.
Their recommendations are always spot on. It was a truly unforgettable evening.
Had a lovely couple's dinner on the garden patio this early Summer evening. While quite busy, the ambience was relaxed. The meal was delightful and we both opted for some French countryside food accompanied by a bottle of delicious Oregon Pinot Noir, of course. Servings were large enough that we took a box home. We'll be back again.
The entire dinner experience was wonderful. The ambience on the outdoor patio is intimate and cozy; it is quiet enough you can converse with your dinner partners easily.
Debra always helps you pick the best wine. The wine list is extensive and covers a broad price range.
The starters and appetizers are delicious and creative. The entrees are so well done and the sauces are the best.
All finished off with the best desserts. I like the way they naturally pace your evening; no rushing; and there when you need something.
Bistro Maison is hands down our favorite place for exquisite food and atmosphere... anywhere... period. We've been coming here for the last 10 years or so and it's always like coming home. The food is.... absolutely amazing and always new. Culinary artistry. Deborah and Jean-Jacques and all of their staff are simply second to none and go out of their way for all their guests. It's truly humbling. Perfect.
We just came in tonight for our 3rd or 4th Mother's Day celebration and everything ... the service the food, the wine and the cocktails... was amazing.
If you have never been, you must go and experience this amazing McMinnville jewel. Your palate will never be the same.
Thank you Bistro Maison for another perfect evening.
We chose to come here for Mother's Day and it was absolutely a terrific experience! It was very busy as most restaurants are on this day, however staff took good care of us and provided a very enjoyable time. They even had an area upstairs for our 6 year old to paint pictures for his mom! The food was delicious and we look forward to going back to enjoy the usual menu.
I ate at Bistro Maison a few years ago on a trip to McMinnville and loved it. I was looking forward to a return visit, but alas, the Maison is not keeping up. The menu seems tired -- same old French bistro fare you find anywhere, a duck confit that really isn't duck confit (it's two duck legs in orange sauce), a cassoulet that one of the locals warned us not to order, etc. Most distressing, the wine boom has affected the whole town and this restaurant. Everyone has their palm out, everything is an upsell ("Would you like fois gras on that?"), especially the wine list. The Bistro is in need of a makeover.
Everything was excellent! The food was perfectly prepared. The hostess was very engaged with ALL customers whether 1st timers or local customers. Loved the atmosphere & especially the personal attention. One would think the cost would be outlandish for such quality of service, atmosphere, & excellently prepared food, surprisely, prices were not!!
This was our 2nd visit. Our first was during the summer and outdoors. This visit was at the end of winter and both visits were great. Both meals were great and the venue and food choices were perfect for a gathering of out-of-town / out-of-state folks.
The on-line reservation system worked perfect. Too many restaurants have sloppy or non-existent reservation systems.
The six people at our table could actually have a conversation. Too many restaurants have fallen victim to the belief that "noise" makes people happy.
I have had lunch with friends at Bistro Maison several times and always was impressed. This time, my husband and I took our nieces to dinner and we were very satisfied with the meal. We ordered several bottles of wine and the advice of the owner was spot on! Excellent wines, truly French food and warm ambiance. We will plan to go there more often!
Great... well prepared, presented and served. Quality from start to finish. A real joy.
Had some trouble making reservations. Had not known you were closed in January.
Web site, out of date, and I did not find your holiday schedule was not reflected.
The reservation service did not reflect closure as well. Thanks again and see you again.
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