729 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Caterers, Family Style, French, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
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12/28/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I have travelled the globe. I have never experienced a better chef! If you like French food you will not find a rival. We all know that the French style is all about the sauces. Jean-jacques makes everything himself. From the Pate' to the ice creams and sorbets. The only thing he doesn't make himself is his wonderful breads. I have visited this restaurant several times. My favorite dish, not a usual find on his menu, is the Sturgeon. I have never had it prepared the way Jean-jacques prepares it. The tender, not over-cooked fish, is covered in some wonder sauce, that lets the flavor of the fish show through and sliced and served like small thin steaks. My mouth waters just writing about it. The Duck was another dish prepared like no other duck I've experienced. If you want an under-priced meal with over-the-top flavors, with a wine list to match, then this is the place for you! This place is all about the food! But nothing here is lacking. Some of the finest (best trained) service staff you will find any where! All in bistro style!!!!!
12/24/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Deborah and Jean-Jacques are an incredible pair and blessing to the area. Jean-Jacques foods are artfully prepared and presented. Deborah's wine pairing are extraordinary! Their carefully trained staff, makes certain that the service is unparalled. The synergy of their talents makes for a wonderful dining experience. We have been going there since we moved to McMinnville, and they opened in 2003. We spend every special occasion with them, and have NEVER been disappointed. The menu is varied, but never hesitate to take the ""chef's offering"". It may be off the menu, but it is outstandingly wonderful. Trust Deborah to find the perfect wine for the table, even if the entrees cover the range of fish, beef, pork and/or poultry. This is restaurant without peer in the Willamette Valley. If they allowed 6 stars....they would still be under-rated!
08/26/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Thank you Deborah and Jean-Jacques so much for such a wonderful rehearsal dinner! The food was incredible. We knew that it was going to be great, but it exceeded our expectations. We are still hearing from guests (we had nearly 40) about how wonderful it was. Deborah, thank you so much for being such a great coordinator. You really went above and beyond to make the experience so great. The garden worked out great as well--it created just the right mood. It was just an amazing experience from the food, to the setting, to the service, to your coordination. We highly recommend Bistro Maison for special events like rehearsal dinners!
07/02/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Bistro Maison is a favorite of ours. Each time we go it is memorable. I have never felt the urge to write a review of a restaurant before , but felt compelled to as each visit here is so consistently outstanding.
The service is impeccable, warm and welcoming. From the moment you come in the door it is like you are taking a bit of a vacation in Provence..the decor, the music and of course the menu transport you there.
We have for a long time shied away from ordering salmon out as we just are so disappointed each time. The salmon preparation we had at Bistro Maison recently was excellent, so moist and declious. My husband ordered the Steak au poivre and was equally happy with his dinner. From start (Kir Royales and Fromage et Charcuterie) to finish (the Chocolate flourless torte was heavenly) , and everything in between this most recent visit was every bit as wonderful as the previous ones.
Just to mention a couple favorites other than the salmon and Steak preparations : an incredible Coq au Vin ; and a deliciously comforting Cassoulet.
Too often, even when we go to restaurants that in the past have been ""reliable standbys"" we are disappointed with something we ordered or the service. So we wanted to applaud the excellent job that Jean-Jacques and Deborah and everyone associated with Bistro Maison do to make dinner at Bistro Maison out of the ordinary and a truly special dining experience.
02/18/2010Provided by Citysearch -
If you can find a place that manages to offer gourmet French cuisine without being pretentious, in a unique, warm 'Bistro' atmosphere that has been very welcoming to adults and children alike (even when they were smaller), while consistently feeling like we paid too little for what we ate/drank/experienced, you'll keep going back. Love the food, the atmosphere, the service, the hosts.
10/24/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Before the restaurant opens each day, I imagine Deb goes through the restaurant making sure each detail is as it should be. Not for the sake of pretense, but for the experience of the customer. She then spends the remainder of the day following through, making sure the atmosphere is matched by the food and people who help you experience it.
Because that is what the Bistro Maison is - a warm, intimate, and above all delicious dining experience. Clearly the people of Bistro Maison are passionate about two things - their food and their customers.
10/18/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We have been dining at the Bistro Maison for about six years now, and we have never been disappointed. We have been through most of the menu, from the mussels to the hanger steaks, the coq au vin, the salmon--everything has been beautifully prepared and presented. We've attended regular dinners, lunches, and special occasion parties such as wine dinners with local winemakers and New Years Eve, for which Deborah decorates the restaurant with celebratory panache. It is clear she and Jean-Jacques love what they do. They are both knowledgeable and eager to explain their dishes and advise about wine choices--Jean-Jacques loves to come out of the kitchen when he can to visit with patrons. He uses many items from local growers, including fresh vegetables from the Farmers' Market and meat from Carlton Farms, which makes his preparations fresh and timely. The staff is equally enthusiastic about the menu selections and eager to help out a hesitant visitor. We will continue to be regular customers and consider ourselves fortunate to have such a restaurant so near (we live in McMinnville).
07/10/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This jewel knows food & drink is but signifier of things far deeper & sublime. It embodies excellence. Much care is given to insure deeper things shine through. Joy, contentment, passion, simplicity_the lifeblood of Bistro. From arrival you are welcomed & woven into the ""terroir"" like you are both royalty & family. Deborah brings a gracious luminous delight as she welcomes you. Her heart of blessing & spirit of celebration make it axiomatic that everything be the best_food & drink quality, presentation, purpose, attitude, staff, nothing is allowed to be mediocre! This desire for excellence is what honours breaking bread together. Their food is their ""vision made flesh"", a culinary incarnation of the ""sacred."" Simple yet nuanced & balanced, tasty yet fresh & clean, never heavy & burdensome. Chef JJ matches Deborah's front of the house perfectly, a marriage that rends the veil of time & allows eternity to break in on the meal. Staff is an extension of the vision. A visit to the Bistro will be remembered as one of those magical ""time stands still for awhile"" evenings full of magic & delight! You depart bubbling over with the life, the fun, the company…restored & renewed & deeply content. If you are searching for exterior signs that confer status and importance, this is not the place for you. Go elsewhere and be dazzled by the inevitable culinary sophistry that is the inescapable result of seeking to make the ""road sign"" into the destination. If you are searching for flattery that inflates & infatuates, Bistro is not for you. You will be disappointed & unfulfilled. But if you love the essence of breaking bread__community, hospitality, contentment, satisfaction, joy, then this is for you, a Way Station to the Kingdom of Delight! It has my utmost recommendation & gratitude for being honoured with memories and experiences there that will outlast a lifetime.
06/15/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This is an email I sent to the owners of Bistro Maison after dining in their establishment. If you haven't been and love great food, service and ambience then you must try this restaurant. Impeccable does not begin to describe a dining experience here.
We were a party of 4 This last Saturday night and I wanted to let you know of the amazing experience we had at your restaurant.
First, the ambience was perfect. We decided to eat in your patio after taking a look... we usually don't like to eat outside at restaurants because it is usually an after thought by the staff. Not so in this case. Your patio was perfect- including your boxer. The tablecloths were pretty and matched the atmosphere, the chairs were
comfortable and the landscaping served as a pleasant backdrop.
Second, your staff was amazingly proficient, friendly and attentive without being annoying. They also knew their menu and were able to convey a sense of ""I've got to try that"" without being pushy. We never wanted for anything and were replenished with water a bread at
the right moment.
Third, your special drink of Aperol was delicious and perfect for an evening meal on a summer night. We intend to purchase some Aperol and share the drink with friends while we tell them of your restaurant.
Fourth- the food was beyond delicious. We all had fish at our table and it was prepared perfectly and presented beautifully. I must say that the green beans and carrot were also perfectly cooked. I get so
tired of the vegetables in other restaurants cooked to death and annoying. Yours were a great match with my Halibut in a Morel cream sauce.
Fifth- We got to ""dine"". there was no hurry to turn the table and we were able to savor our appetizers and dinner and enjoy great conversation.
Kudos to you and your staff for doing everything possible to make our evening memorable. Although I was the only one that had been to your restaurant before I felt as if I had discovered something new even
though my other experience had been just as wonderful.
I wish you the most success in keeping your restaurant the beautiful gem that it is. We will be back with friends in tow!