35th Street Bistro

709 N 35th St
Seattle, WA (map)

phone 206-547-9850
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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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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 comment

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