|James having a pre-dinner beverage.|
By the looks of his face, it's not Beverly.
Bistro de Paris was James' birthday gift from me because he loves French food. We were on the dining plan, but it isn't accepted here. So I was paying cash. In fact, when we checked in for our ADR, the first thing the hostess said to me was, "Are you on the dining plan?" When I mindlessly replied yes, she immediately retorted, "We don't accept it here." I realized my mistake and awkwardly replied, "I know" before she agreed to check us in. It seemed a little rude, but as Colette says in Ratatouille, they are French. (No offense to all the lovely French people out there. For all I know, this hostess was having a terrible day.)
Bistro de Paris is located directly above Les Chefs de France, and you have to essentially go to the back of the building to enter the Bistro waiting area. You wait downstairs, and someone comes down to get you when they are ready for your party. There were quite a few stairs, which my knee wasn't fond of, but I'm sure there's an elevator for those who can't make it up there easily. Once upstairs, the restaurant is pretty small, and it's very cute. It definitely looks upscale, but I didn't feel like I needed to be wearing a gown or anything. I mean, we were a little dressed up, but the table next to us had regular park clothes on.
|Grilled beef tenderloin|
|James wouldn't use the flash while taking this picture.|
Overall, I would say Bistro de Paris didn't wow us, and we probably won't be back for a while. Compared to our meals at California Grill and Le Cellier, it didn't even come close. It certainly wasn't a bad choice, and I would encourage anyone to try it once. I've also heard great reviews about it, so maybe it was just what we ordered. Just keep in mind that they don't accept the dining plan, and the dinner can get quite expensive. If I remember correctly, the bill came to almost $150 after the tip. And we didn't even get any alcohol! It was a nice birthday present to James, though, and I certainly don't regret the visit there.
Have you ever been to Bistro de Paris? What did you think? What did you order? If you haven't been, why haven't you tried it yet? Let me know your thoughts in a comment, on Twitter (@discollegeblog), or on Facebook!