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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 email@example.com
$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
Wonderful place to eat, we go for special occasions, the food is delicious, the people are attentive and very nice and the atmosphere is relaxing and intimate. We both had the pork chop which is 2 inches thick, the strawberry sauce was amazing. I have never had anything but great experiences at Bistro Maison!
Our group of 12 vacationing selected this well recommended place for our special dinner out. Authentic French food and good comfort food. Debra did a great job of taking charge of our group, selecting our appetizers and giving menu recommendations. Loved the duck and loved the scallops. We very much enjoyed our experience!
We loved our meal at Bistro Maison! Located inside the cutest bungalow-style house with a gorgeous garden, this cozy bistro did not disappoint. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable about both the food and wine selections, and the service was impeccable - there when you needed them, but not hovering in any way. It reminded me of some of my favorite French bistros in New York City. They were easily able to accommodate my gluten free diet and provided helpful suggestions. We had a wonderful roasted beet salad, escargot (not gf because of puff pastry, so I did not have it but my husband loved it), mussels with frites, and duck confit. Every bite was delicious, as was the wine. Next time we're in McMinnville, we'll dine here again!
Bistro Maison continues to offer very high quality food and service. The menu offers a large number of options but still relies primarily on local ingredients. The wine list is excellent, and the restaurant manager is an expert on its contents. Portions are generous; come with an appetite for rich, authentic French cuisine with a Pacific NW twist.
My wife and I decided to dine at Bistro Maison on a trip to the Willamette Valley because it was recommended to us by the owner of the B&B where we were staying. My wife had the Confit de Canard and I had the Coq Au Vin. While my wife's meal was prepared very well she felt she ordered the wrong item as she very seldom orders duck. My meal was prepared in a completely different way than previous Coq Au Vin meals I've had......it was similar to a stew and I was pleasantly surprised when it was delivered by our server. It was very good and I wouldn't hesitate ordering it again. Along with our meal we ordered a bottle of Oliver Savory Chablis which was a brand I wasn't familiar with. It turned out to be a very good bottle of wine and it complimented our meal very well. The service was very good and I would patronize this establishment again the next time we're in McMinnville.
Every time I go to Bistro Maison, to gather with close friends, anniversary dinner with my husband, or a special birthday lunch for a friend, it is such a beautiful memorable experience. It is like stepping into Europe, The food is wonderful with a delicate and complex mix of seasonings, sauces and visually delightful to behold! The host and the servers are friendly and fun without being intrusive. My favorite dining experience in McMinnville, because it is so much more than just a place to eat!
We celebrated my sister's birthday outdoors on a sunny afternoon in perfect weather. Fresh Dungeness crab cocktails were superb, and the entrees were delicious. Would love to have sampled dessert, but we had an evening celebration coming up yet. Wait staff explained the menu well (which offers many choices). Some people might be bothered by the train rumbling past on a nearby railroad track, but we were having too much fun to be troubled. I'd love to return!
The food was exceptional, had the hanger steak, escargot, and a very good pecan pie.
The peach spritz was also very good. The server was very friendly and helpful as we made our food decisions. On a hot day, the shaded outside seating was very comfortable. We will be back.
Excellent menu and VERY French, as one would expect. Delightful garden setting as a useful adjunct to indoor space. Coterie of servers highly knowledgeable and solicitous. Portions sizeable and borderline too-large. Ownership might benefit from more conspicuous street sign age. All in all, tres bien😀!
Absolutely outstanding French cuisine. There is both indoor and outdoor dining, and the patio is a lovely oasis. It was very hot on the day we ate dinner, so we chose to eat inside. I started with a violet spritzer and my husband had a sazerac; We shared an order of escargot which was accompanied by some crusty French bread. I had a shrimp special as an entree, and my husband had the salmon. Everything was delicious. We finished our meal by sharing a dessert of profiteroles stuffed with vanilla ice cream that was topped with a chocolate ganache. Everything we had was perfectly prepared. Our service was excellent.
Table for 4 outside on a beautiful Saturday evening. Luscious spritzers for the ladies, craft beer for the men. All great!! The fresh halibut, the cassoulet were scrumptious. Served with veggies and of course the white beans surrounding the duck confit. A true taste treat. Very attentive service throughout. We left st 9:30, totally dated. Cannot wait to return on our next visit to McMinnville.
Bistro Maison is our go to place for celebrations and any time we want outstanding food. It's always a pleasure to sit out on the patio, but the inside seating is cozy too. The wine list is terrific and Deborah always does an amazing job recommending wine to pair with dinner. Wonderful place!
Nice atmosphere. Dinner was slow paced. Not hurried. Ordered a bottle of the local wine that was recommended. It was great. Wife had a Dungeness crab cocktail. I had escargot. Both were great. Cocktail was loaded with crab meat and avocado. Each escargot was topped with a pastry.
Wife had the halibut special , I had a steak. Halibut was perfect. The steak, not so much. Little tough but tasty. We finished the meal with two great desserts. Mine was a lemon cake and she had the Napoleons. If you are in the area, it is definitely worth checking out.
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.
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