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Bistro 1491

) #51 of 75 Restaurants in Albany $$ - $$$ American,
1491 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706-2147
+1 510-526-9600
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good43%
  • Average17%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (4 reviews)
“cobb salad” (2 reviews)
Open Now
08:30 - 15:00All hours
American, Contemporary
$$ - $$$
1491 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706-2147
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1 - 10 of 17 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We met some friends here for dinner last week. They'd been to Bo's before but I hadn't. I was terribly surprised by how bad the service was. First, they didn't bring us menus. We had to get up and get them ourselves after about 15...More

Thank Dana O
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Parking: We walk the two blocks from home, but street parking can be difficult. Use the side streets on the north side for easier parking. Ambiance: Tile floor, wood chairs, plain set tables - nothing special there. Booths are pretty comfortable if a bit dark....More

Thank russandmarti
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Service was extremely slow and poor. Had to chase waitress to get order in she came back to say they were out of my 1st choice (salmon) ... I gave her another (buttermilk chicken) ... she came back again and they were out of that,...More

Thank oaklandexplorer2016
Reviewed 19 November 2016

I'm still giving 4 our of 5 for this dinner despite some of the misses. Since our last review we have been back twice and as a recent reviewer noted there is a name change to Bo's California Cuisine though the owner-chef remains the same...More

Thank flashncrash
Reviewed 13 August 2016

When the current owner-operators took over the long-time North Berkeley institution known as Walker's Pie Shop, they named it Bistro 1491, refreshed the dingy interior, and revamped the menu, offering reasonably priced seasonal and classic American dishes. Now the same team has changed the name...More

Thank Kai-Ala
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Hosted a large group of YMCA Members last Tuesday night. The fpood here is very good. Diners had a choice of NY steak, salmon, duck confit and a delicious veggie Mushroom dish. Salads were big and tastey...and ice cream for dessert. The owner and staff...More

1  Thank 784michael
Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

I haven't had anything I didn't like. Brunch is good and the duck hash is one of my favorites! We had potato leek soup that was delicious and prices are reasonable. The place is busy on weekends so plan accordingly.

Thank Brandi O
Reviewed 10 November 2015

dinner for 3 mid-week. service was very good. decor is simple and done nicely. they have booths or normal tables/chairs and even a combo of both. 2 connected rooms, one looks into the kitchen. we ordered the Buttermilk Fried Chicken that has a beautiful pan-fried...More

Thank flashncrash
Reviewed 14 September 2015

We went for dinner in conjunction with a local promotion. The decor is nice and the restaurant was clean. The servers were courteous and friendly. The Good: We really enjoyed: Sticky ribs small plate (two ribs, very tender and flavorful) Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon...More

Thank Double64Double
Reviewed 1 July 2015

A good place to eat breakfast. Nothing remarkable but all was good. I had the french toast which the menu described to be different than others. It was basically the same that would be served in almost any restaurant. The bacon was wonderful.

1  Thank Marcia S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 29 - USD 31
American, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:30
08:30 - 21:30
08:30 - 15:00
08:30 - 15:00
08:30 - 15:00
08:30 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1491 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706-2147
    (Curtis St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 510-526-9600
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Bistro 1491, a casual dining, contemporary American restaurant located in the heart of the Bay Area, takes full advantage of the fresh, quality, and organic ingredients that surround us. We offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus that are comforting yet with a touch of inspiration. The concept of our menu is simply unpretentious food using only the freshest and the highest quality ingredients. Our model here at Bistro 1491 is "Extravagant Food at a Causal Price!"
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