35th Street Bistro: CLOSED (Fremont)

709 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-9850

Categories: Restaurant

Restaurant Details

  • Serving Hours: Tues-Fri 11 am - 3 pm Tues-Sun 5:30 pm - 10 pm Sat-Sun 8 am - 3 pm
  • Price Range: $$

Bar Details

  • Hours: Tues-Fri 11 am-3 pm, Tues-Sun 5:30-10 pm, Sat-Sun 8 am-3 pm
  • Happy Hour: Daily 3-6:30 pm ($5 wells and select wine, $3 seasonal beer, $3-$8 food menu).

The Stranger's Reviews of 35th Street Bistro


Average Rating:
  • 2.51000/5 Stars.
Reviews/Comments (43) RSS

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We made the mistake of complaining about incompetent service.

We were told, "don't come back."

Don't worry about that!! Consider yourself warned. This restaurant stinks.
Posted by strangerreader on July 31, 2009 at 12:54 PM · Report this
I read all of the reviews of the Bistro and have to say I was up for an adventure.We had been one time in the past and it was...well...not that great. A friend had told us that it is under new ownership so we figured worth a shot at least.
The service was better than we have had in a long time then some. I had questions about the wine list and got a mini-education. I asked questions about the menu and got the details, not just some practiced descriptions. I was actually impressed. I had the halibut on the prix fixe menu ($25 for three courses) and it was cooked perfectly and very well balanced. My wife had the special (Jidori chicken with truffled corn) that we both actually liked better. The lemon napolean was AWESOME!
All in all it was a wonderful experience and we will be back. I am glad it has changed, so much for the better.
Posted by lafoodie on July 23, 2009 at 8:45 PM · Report this

the food is mediocre. unoriginal, and very small portions.

overpriced. notoriously bad service.

Posted by seattlefoodie on June 26, 2009 at 8:03 PM · Report this

  • 5/5 Stars.

Wonderful longtime favorite!

My family and I have been going here for years and it remains constantly excellent. Living in Paris has not changed my opinion about the quality and authenticity of this French bistro. The food is classic, simple, seasonal, and always high quality. The prices are very reasonable and better than most of the "gourmet" restaurants in Seattle.

The portions are perfect, and for those who don't agree perhaps they'd be happier at the Old Spaghetti Factory or an all you can eat buffet.

The wait staff is attentive without being overbearing. They always make the dining experience pleasant.

I would recommend this restaurant to anybody, visitor and local alike.
Posted by frenchfoodie on April 26, 2009 at 2:44 PM · Report this

you've been warned

this is not the place to go if you expect, you know, an actual server who knows what they're doing. this place is staffed by a bunch of amateur kids who could not keep a job at mcdonalds. not so funny when you're dropping $200 on a dinner for two.
Posted by ballardbride on January 14, 2009 at 9:28 AM · Report this

terrible restaurant

Everyone knows the service here is bad.

If you can get over that prepare yourself for disappointment with the food. Unoriginal and overpriced.

In addition to quoting Alice Waters (HA!) the reviews on their own website are several years old and the chefs have changed many times by now. This place has basically devolved into a tourist trap for people who think they're somehow getting some type of authentic Fremont neighborhood experience. But locals avoid this place because they know better.
Posted by doggie on December 10, 2008 at 1:55 PM · Report this

Love this place!!

I really don't get all the bad reviews for this place, i've been there a few times and LOVE it. The menu is always changing, the service has been AMAZING. The only complaint would be waiting for a table, but thats what you get for not making reservations.

I'm actually about to make reservations for tonight.

piece of advice - if you're looking for somewhere to dine, go and form your own opinion, don't listen to mine or any of the other negative reviews here by disgruntled consumers!
Posted by smactley on October 18, 2008 at 3:27 PM · Report this

Bad Experience

We had a terrible time at this restaurant. First, they sat us at the table by the kitchen (my view was into the kitchen). We asked to move, since there were 5 other tables available (one by the window), and the waitress said they couldn't move us to any of those tables. Why? Reservations maybe? NO! NOBODY came in after us, not a single person. I had the lamb (one star because the meat was very good), but the gratin was undercooked (crunchy potatoes). The portions were also ridiculously small. We hardly saw our waitress, even after waiting forever for the bill (the bus girl picked up our credit card from the table). The bus staff definitely deserved the tip, although one bus girl was like a zombie, lurchingly refilling our water, but never talking to us or looking at us. I would not recommend this place at all, the atmosphere is not that great.
Posted by Visiting Seattle on October 9, 2008 at 8:28 PM · Report this

we don't go out often, but...

We liked it. The service was great when we went, and it was fairly busy as well. The portions were nice and not-too-big. Sat outside, nice because that street doesn't have too much traffic.

Posted by bsvreview on October 4, 2008 at 3:25 PM · Report this

Bad service & bad food

This was some of the worst restaurant service I've ever had. I'm an ex-waitress (and a pretty bad one, at that), so I usually give people the benefit of the doubt. But this was truly horrible. It took forever to order, it took forever to get the food, the order was wrong, and the food had obviously sat under the lamps for quite a while.
One star for the scones! Those were yummy- and free!
Posted by Ethylene on September 17, 2008 at 8:22 PM · Report this
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better than ok

I have to admit - the service was 'off' - I ordered my Dry Soda about 4 or 5 different times. But the person I was with put it pretty well: even though the service is spotty, he comes for the 'vibe', the atmosphere and the food. The service is not 'professional' dry dock service, but the food is good and the whole experience is pretty nice. We sat outside and didn't have that noisy experience the person below me had...
Posted by jorts on August 18, 2008 at 4:36 PM · Report this

not enjoyable

they wouldn't seat us right away even though there were a lot empty tables that didn't fill up the whole time we were there. we were told ten minutes so we got a drink in the "lounge" which is this weird section on the side of the dining room behind windows and not the least bit lounge-like. as soon as we got drinks they seated us and came twice to ask our order it felt very rushed and, as if we somehow owed them gratitude by showing up without a reservation and expecting the same service. it was like they were doing us a favor. the appetizer we ordered arrived in under two minutes and with the drinks half remaining we decided not to order wine. this place is not cheap and yet the whole timing was off, maybe they have a new staff now that is the only explanation we could think of.
Posted by francis on August 11, 2008 at 1:44 PM · Report this


we were disappointed. cheese plate was good but it ended there. appetizers were not all served at the same time. 'crispy' fries were cold and greasy. thin skinny strip of steak looked sad on my plate. risotto was very bland, less flavor than trader joe's boxed variety and for $27 (!) very few scallops.
Posted by Sasha on July 18, 2008 at 12:41 PM · Report this

short staffed

hire enough help or don't seat all your tables. what a terrible meal we had.
Posted by ballard on July 2, 2008 at 9:59 AM · Report this

buses and trucks

Don't sit outside, 35th St was unexpectedly very loud and non-stop buses and trucks really ruined the experience. As for the food we thought it was just ok and overpriced. I think the rave reviews below are inside jobs.
Posted by Aven on June 30, 2008 at 1:35 PM · Report this

35th Bistro new lounge

35th has a new lounge people. Went in last night with a few people and we ended up staying for dinner. It's a cute space that opens up to the dining room. Great cocktails for around $5 and some very nice wine for up to 1/2 off. We were able to order the Spring Pea Risotto, white bean lasagna and organic chicken breast off the main menu. I'm not sure if this is standard but they were happy to accommodate our 'charm'... Great lounge. we'll be back. Nothing quite like this in Fremont / north of downtown.
Posted by james on June 17, 2008 at 8:38 AM · Report this


I went to this place last Thursday and I dont get all these nasty reviews. I had the scallop app. Deelicious. Then had a Salmon special with gorgeous pea vines and mushrooms. It was cooked a perfect medium rare to medium. Deeelicious. For dessert we had this fruit tart with lemon curd and a meringue top. Should I say it again? As far as inattentive service, that was not what we experienced at all. Our waiter was knowledgeable, entertaining and quick. I'll definitely go back.
Posted by Wallingford Mo on May 20, 2008 at 4:04 PM · Report this

Burger proves the point

When the best reviewed item on the menu is the burger (at the most pompous restaurant in Fremont) that is exactly the problem! Been twice and it's true the servers have no idea what they are doing. Asked to recommend a good wine we were told "wow, hmmm, they are all really good." Gee, thanks. Food was at best mediocre.
Posted by Sounder on May 1, 2008 at 9:11 PM · Report this

good burger

one of the tastiest burgers on the planet er fremont er earth. great drinks. fun restaurant. great for the outdoor seating breezy lifestyle thing.
Posted by bunts on April 24, 2008 at 4:10 PM · Report this


i just didn't think the food was good. they cover all the bases for a restaurant like this. there are mussels and fois gras and escargots and tuna carpaccio ... and beet salads and "famous" french fries. but nothing we tried had any real ZING, no 'WOW this is good!' inspiration. to my companion and i everything just seemed bland... flavorless... lukewarm (literally, in the case of the rainbow trout). attention to our table was sporadic. very slow on drinks, immediate on starters and then a long long pause waiting for dinner. it's a shame this is the type of restaurant that passes for high quality.
Posted by very disappointed on April 23, 2008 at 6:55 PM · Report this

Love it or Hate it

This restaurant tries hard to be something it is not. And a lot of people fall for it. Look at the reviews here -- nearly all of them are 1 or 2 stars or 5 stars. I've spent a lot of time and money in the Seattle restaurant scene, and I agree with the less favorable reviewers. You can get a "just OK" meal at 35th St Bistro but it's not a true stand-out. Especially once you consider the high prices and their reputation for spotty service. There are just so many better choices and I think that's why this restaurant doesn't really belong on the list of "must visits." If you're in Fremont, try Asteroid or Brad's Swingside cafe -- much better choices for a bit less money and more genuine atmosphere.
Posted by Richard on April 20, 2008 at 8:32 PM · Report this


This is one of the top 15 restaurants / bistros in Seattle on most days. Great "room", great, fresh food, nice wine list and they're building a new bar. (Coming soon - don't know when - next week or two). Anyway, apparently very under rated on The Stranger - this place is way, way above 2.5 stars. 4.5 stars!
Posted by jr. league on April 14, 2008 at 1:17 PM · Report this

Town Favorite

35th st is one of my favorites in Seattle. I consider it a sister to Zoe. I have been there a half dozen times and have never been disappointed. The Short Ribs are so melt in your mouth amazing with such delicous depth and bredth to the flavor. I had a Wild Boar Ossobuca that was amazing. The app's a good. The only thing that has made me hesitate is the young staff. When I want a martini, glass of wine and a nice meal I don't want someone looking blankly back at me. I want someone who knows a martini isn't a vodka shot. But everytime they have impressed me with good cocktails and knowledgable wine recommendations. The staff is well trained. Always a good choice.
Posted by chowdown on February 23, 2008 at 8:49 PM · Report this


I was recently, in the last week, at 35th bistro w/ a date and it was great. Very cool music, great service (needed to speak up and assert herself more in the busy environment, but that's it) and the food was fantastic. The atmosphere was great - busy, fun, buoyant. Yes, I used the word buoyant. It was alive! The scallosp and gnochi were awesome. It's funny - the crowd here finds the highly negative reviews w/ no critical, objective information "useful"...reviews like "this place just sucked..dont go there" - oh yeah, useful. not. And the ones with actual information that lean towards the positive (see "fangfuckingtastic" review above) actually are deemed NOT USEFUL. How's that again? They mention menu items and other specificsa and that's NOT USEFUL. It's funny because it's one thing to be indifferent, but for it to be NOT USEFUL and for obtuse, reactive and actually not useful reviews (see genius review "not good - very very bad" are actually deemed "useful". funny. More facts and information people. Thanks...
Posted by local beets on January 23, 2008 at 8:59 PM · Report this

Don't eat the steak! They don't know medium rare from burnt.

I ordered steak medium rare. It arrived well done to burnt. I asked to have it redone. It came out so rare that is was bloody on the plate. I said I was full and politely asked to just have dessert. The manager came over and gave me a very evil eye and wanted to know if there was something wrong. I was very polite and said no. Then I received the bill and noticed that they had overcharged me for several items. It seems they wanted to make up for what they lost on their bad steak. You could not pay me to visit this place again for any reason.
Posted by Mr. T on November 7, 2007 at 11:55 PM · Report this


I've heard wonderful things about 35th Street Bistro and was let down big time. We booked online and could only get an 8:15pm rez but when we walked in the place was empty. The famous fries were served cold. Our waiter wasn't confident in recommending wine. I think for a place to get rave reviews, it needs to be consistently great with service and food. Perhaps it was an off night??
Posted by Miles Momma on October 29, 2007 at 12:26 PM · Report this

Hate. This. Restaurant.

All the bad reviews below made me laugh out loud. I hate this place and refuse to go there.
Posted by Fremont Guy on October 9, 2007 at 6:53 PM · Report this


As one reviewer noticed below the Stranger's review was from over two years ago. We just had a terrible dinner here. It drives me crazy to be served COLD FOOD. Lousy service, soggy frittes, COLD FOOD. And the tables might as well be shared, if that kind of thing bothers you, they are so close together.
Posted by Dan on September 4, 2007 at 7:15 PM · Report this


As someone who works in the restaurant industry I tend to be highly critical, I did not expect much from first impressions at 35th St. However I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. The wine list is one of the best in town, lots of eclectic choices w/ a low mark up. The food was fantastic as well, nothing groundbreaking, but quality ingredients treated w/ care. The service was personal and not overbearing or too aloof ( a big problem in Seattle. I will definitely be back even if to just enjoy the cheese collage on the patio, w/ a bottle of wine.
Posted by Ginny K on August 25, 2007 at 12:38 PM · Report this

Not Good - Very Very Bad

Well the review by Countdown sums it nicely. Everyone hates this place except the neighborhood guy who hangs out at the bar twice a week. Well for the rest of us this place is simply not worth the trip. The service we got was the worst I've had at any Seattle restaurant and it's nice to see that others concur.
Posted by Bryan on August 18, 2007 at 1:01 PM · Report this

so good

i live in fremont and consider myself to be a regular at the 35th st bistro, usually i'm in there twice a week or so, (sometimes just at the bar). I was just shocked to happen upon some of the terrible reviews. My experience and that of my friends has always been great, friendly knowledgable service, great food and plenty of wine to choose from. That's all, just defending my neighborhood haunt.
Posted by countdown on August 15, 2007 at 4:49 PM · Report this

Embarrassing date

Went here on a first date and was totally disappointed. The service was very inconsistent - long long wait for drinks, starters cleared before we were truly done so already-cold entrees could be rushed out. Stodgy atmosphere, didn't seem the least bit cool or fun.
Posted by William on August 13, 2007 at 12:29 PM · Report this

I'll Never Go There Again

My friend ranted and raved about this place. So, we went. I ordered the recommended kobe beef burger with bleu cheese. It was too rich and too salty to even eat - and it was expensive!
Posted by MAS on July 31, 2007 at 9:21 PM · Report this


My fiancee surprised me with a birthday dinner at the 35th St Bistro last Friday and despite the fact that they were very busy, we had attentive nad intuitive service throughout. Our server went so far as to send out a cremant toast for my birthday, and helped us choose an amazing bottle of burgundy to match our dinner. We started w/ a crispy pork belly appetizer that paired w/ a grilled peach puree, so good. then we moved on to escargot, and delicious ahi 2 ways, my fiancee loved his lamb, and we finished w/ the cheese board. It's huge and beautifully presented. I will definitely be back.
Posted by Diner23 on July 29, 2007 at 3:01 PM · Report this


Nothing will take the place of The Still Life Coffeehouse that used to be there. 35th St. Bistro is like every other joint in town. The Still Life was one of the mainstays of old Fremont.
Posted by Meh on July 9, 2007 at 3:54 PM · Report this

Beware! The Stranger's review is over 2 years old!

Maybe the food and service used to be "excellent" but it is certainly not the case anymore. This place is quite underwhelming -- for those who go for the food, I would advise against it.
Posted by Andrew on July 9, 2007 at 10:30 AM · Report this

bad date

I agree with below reviews all along. I wanted to have a nice surprise for my boyfriend by taking him in a yummy-fancy restaurant. I decided for 35 bistro because I read great reviews on gourmet magazine. What a bad decision. We order risotto which was nothing more than regular boiled overcooked rice with almost no flavor. The meat was two bites big and with no side dish. The wine was badly store and overpriced as really everything else. We tried tiramisu at the end…I wanted to scream! I’m originally from Italy and it was a real shame for me to taste that risotto and tiramisu. This place is French as it gets when speaking of portions and price (to small for those big money) but no special atmosphere, service or taste.
Posted by La brava on July 5, 2007 at 1:51 PM · Report this

Disappointing and Over-hyped...

I was joined at 35th Street Bistro by a friend from San Francisco, and was embarrassed at the over-priced, borderline-inedible food. The wine was not stored properly, the duck was gamy and my companion barely touched his steak with frites. I was surprised because it had been written up with rave reviews in several magazines, including Sunset and Seattle Metropolitan. The service was o.k. but I felt rushed to order, eat and get-the-fuck-out. We were put at a tiny table where I was less than 18 inches from other diners on either side of me. It was definitely not a place to linger over dessert and coffee while catching up with an old friend.
Posted by Annabelle on June 28, 2007 at 10:57 AM · Report this

Mediocre at best

Totally overrated. Relatively high prices for mediocre food and dull atmosphere (plenty of nice little old ladies in the crowd tho), the seating is cramped, people were constantly bumping my chair. With a reservation we still had a long wait and there's no real bar. There are higher quality restaurants in Fremont.
Posted by Aaron on June 20, 2007 at 9:54 AM · Report this

Horrendous service & bad attitude

We live only a few blocks away and would love to see more restaurants in this range in Fremont. But after trying 35th St Bistro several times, we have given up. You can get better service at almost any other restaurant in Fremont, even the ones that cost half as much. We've waited for 20 minutes for a drink order; another 20 minutes for the drinks. We've had our order messed up twice. We've had cold fish. We've had two plates arrive well before the others. The place is so busy that the attitude of the staff is complete indifference. Several of our neighbors have also learned to avoid this place.
Posted by Ruth on June 18, 2007 at 10:10 PM · Report this

Mangez ma Viande

Agreed. The place is classy, not overpriced, not overbearing. Go there before they get spoiled! Highly recommended. This place has yet to be 'discovered'....
Posted by Mangez ma Viande on May 26, 2007 at 6:56 PM · Report this


This place by far exceeded any and all expectations that I had. I'll admit that they were fairly low, but they blew me away. The food, perfect. The atmosphere, exactly what you'd expect in ctue little bistro. The cheese plate was by far the best I've had, and they weren't skimpy either. Go there, you won't be disappointed!
Posted by foodlab on May 16, 2007 at 12:08 PM · Report this

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