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.
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: 5034741888x
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
Our experience was colored by a group of ...
Our experience was colored by a group of 5 who were loud. Tables are tight, so go late if you want quiet. Food was excellent; service good although someone else's first course was delivered to us in error. Nevertheless, we've been before and will go again.
We were in Willamette Valley chasing Pin ...
We were in Willamette Valley chasing Pinot Noir tastings. All of us (4) from out of state. Good to very good dining in wine country is often found, and Willamette Valley is no exception. Bistro Maison was recommended and it was over-the-top, delicious. From the mussels, to the cheese fondue to the cassoulette.......to the great recommendation of a rose de pinot noir champagne, everything was just perfect. Well worth adventuring to McMinnville from the Alison Inn.
This restaurant is a great find. The foo ...
This restaurant is a great find. The food is amazing, and I love the ambiance and decor. The food reminds me of being in France, and the chef makes an effort to search out local and seasonal ingredients.
Bistro Maison is our very favorite resta ...
Bistro Maison is our very favorite restaurant. Too bad it's 1,000 miles away from our home in California, but dining at this fantastic, charming establishment is the highlight of our yearly trip to McMinnville. The cuisine is consistently and deliciously beyond expectation, the ambience so cozy and welcoming, and Deborah's professional yet warm presence is just another highlight of this wonderfully special restaurant. We look forward to our next visit . . . even though it's a year away. If there is a way to give over five stars for a restaurant, my husband and I would give it ten!
Though our bill was substantial (ordered ...
Though our bill was substantial (ordered salad, soup, pork chop, mushrooms, dessert and wine), the owner refused to take a cocktail, which I found distasteful and returned, off the bill. This penny wise, pound foolish behavior, left a bad taste in our mouths.
As an example of the owner's lack of integrity, she cancelled our Open Table reservation after we dined there, paid the bill and left the premises. She did this in order to try to prevent us from leaving a review on Open Table.
They were out of the drink I ordered, an ...
They were out of the drink I ordered, and my wife was extremely disappointed in the Coq Au Vin she ordered - just one very small piece of chicken. We were so looking forward to a nice anniversary dinner, but sadly, were very disappointed. They did comp the Coq Au Vin after we asked.
This was our second visit to Bistro Mais ...
This was our second visit to Bistro Maison. Our first was in August 2016. Very busy but quiet evening, exceptional attention by the staff. The food was done to perfection and very authentic. Our second visit was October 1, 2016. We had taken my Mother-in-law there for her 70th Birthday. The Bistro was totally booked and every possible table was occuppied! Even though we were seated at a table right inside the door, it kind of muted out the noise from the other guests so that was a great benefit since my Father-in-law wears hearing- aids. After we ordered, we waited over 30mins before before our appittizer of french fries came and at least 45 mins after that before our meals came. Our meals were good but you could tell they were rushed and were only warm not hot. I heard how well they treat those that have special occasion there but my Mother-in-law and my husband and I felt like an afterthought. It was crazy busy and everyone was running around like crazy and you could tell everyone was doing their best. Not the special celebration we had been hoping for but nice regardless. A crazy busy full resturant is a good thing, right? We will go again and continue to recommend friends. It is a lovely place in a wonderful town!!!
All was very good except the size of the ...
All was very good except the size of the salad. It could easily have fed a family of five. And salad is not a good item to put in a to go container. The escargot were nicely prepared and served, the fresh oysters were excellent. Service was very good.
We came and celebrated my daughter's 19t ...
We came and celebrated my daughter's 19th birthday with ease and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. It was wonderful that the owner called us when we made a mistake on our reservation date, also. She made special menus for us and even had a cute bday hat for our daughter to wear and take pics in. It made her feel special and made the occasion elevated with presentation and class.
The unfortunate thing was they were out of several menu items. we had to adjust our reservation to a later time because it was a busy Saturday night. We could not order from the special menu created for our daughter, but that was ok because there was plenty of other wonderful options. Our drink orders were delayed and information kind of scattered. It seemed we were secondary to whatever was going on with the few other guests in the Restraunt - which could have been because it was busy in the restaurant only an hour before we arrived (we were told). Perhaps that could have gone a little better, but it ended ok and with some consumption of some amazing drinks!
We wanted it to be a special occasion for celebration - and it was! The service was genuine when we ordered and received our orders, the food tasted divine, and in spite of the minor concerns, we had a wonderful time.
Thank you Madam Debra and Bistro Maison for all you do - the time you dedicate to make French cuisine amazing in Yamhill county is so appreciated!! Merci Beaucoup!!
Found this gem on the internet and it di ...
Found this gem on the internet and it did not disappoint. Lovely spot and delicious food!!! Sat outside in the beautiful garden on a beaufiful September day. Would definitely recommend to others and come back if out in Oregon again.
We were outside, very nice even though w ...
We were outside, very nice even though we were right on Third St. you felt you were in a country setting. The environment was nice, the food was fantastic! We both had the pork chop, it had to be two inches thick. Cooked perfectly and just thinking about the taste makes my mouth water.
Excellent food. Service was lacking. Unf ...
Excellent food. Service was lacking. Unfortunately we were there on a Sunday night when the co owner and chefs wife, who we have heard usually oversees the front of the house, was not there.
The wait staff acted like we were a burden and even forgot to turn in our desert order until we asked almost 30 minutes later
Very good French cuisine prepared by an ...
Very good French cuisine prepared by an experienced chef and presented by courteous staff. Chef uses local fresh ingredients and made to order courses and sauces. That coupled with a great wine list adds up to a restaurant to visit if you are in central Oregon wine country.
Have been here 3 times in the past 8 mon ...
Have been here 3 times in the past 8 months (live locally) and am baffled by the inconsistency in service . Food is good, however, you want to at least 'feel' like they are happy you chose their restaurant instead of being an intrusion. Not sure we'll go back.
This restaurant is a true gem. We were ...
This restaurant is a true gem. We were a group of 10 and sat outside on the patio. Enjoyed oysters, salads (especially liked the watermelon and Caesar salads) and wonderful entrees (salmon, pork chops, shrimp). Everything cooked and seasoned perfectly. Deborah's wine and food knowledge is outstanding. Not only did she outline from where virtually everything we ate was sourced, she expertly (but nonchalantly) guided us through their excellent menu and wines. She recommended great wines that were also great values. You absolutely cannot go wrong here. We loved it!
We were seated in the outdoor garden whi ...
We were seated in the outdoor garden which was perfect in the summer evening. Staff was welcoming and friendly and extremely helpful. I had difficulty deciding on entrée and staff was very helpful. Food was fresh, and excellently prepared. Salmon was very fresh and done perfectly. Wine list is mostly local, with some French offerings, and is reasonable. We were very happy overall with our dinner here. My only complaint is that one of the staff began clearing table settings toward the end of the evening while we were still eating, and wiped down the tables with cleaning solution. This is an absolute no-no while guests are still at table. Had the owner come back to our table I would have brought this up to her at the time. This table cleaning can wait! Except for this error, we had a wonderful dinner at a quiet restaurant in a wonderful garden on a summer evening enjoying great food and wine.
We have been coming back to Bistro Maiso ...
We have been coming back to Bistro Maison for 15 years, and have never been disappointed with our experience. Deborah is always welcoming and knowledgeable about the food and great wine pairings. The sauces are outstanding, the food is fresh and exquisitlely prepared, and the menu always has something new and delicious. If you love French cuisine and wines, you will not find better in the Northwest (and they have a great selection of local Pinot Noirs also).
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