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The Crooked House Bistro

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1142 Edgewater St NW, Salem, OR 97304-4048 (Gerth St NW)
+1 503-385-8851
17:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Salem, Oregon
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2013

Yes, it is funky. Yes, it is tiny. Yes, it is a strange location. Yes, it is expensive. AND YES, it is the best food I've had in a Salem restaurant in memory. It is all about the owner/chef and his expertise with quality, fresh food. Okay, he's French, I expect good food. He delivers.

Thank Suzanne O
Keizer, Oregon
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

A very small menu that keeps the quality at it's highest form. Most all of the ingredients are local and fresh. The owner Bernard is on the floor most of the time and guides you perfectly with outstanding wine pairings for his excellent slow cooked entrees. My wife always wants to dine where you can enjoy food you will not... More 

Thank william007_60
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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105 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013

Nice wine list. Had a 2004 Alsatian Riesling that was smooth and great price at $58. they can't be making money on their wines. Vichysoisse was popular. Chicken liver mousse was smooth and buttery. 2 had sturgeon and described it as great and meaty. Had the duck confit that was nicely done. Finished with a pots de creme again nice... More 

Thank lleichtman
Salem, Oregon
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

Just the most wonderful place to eat in Salem. If you can't go to Paris for dinner,close your eyes and you can easily pretend to be there. The service was very professional and non pretentious. And the food you may ask, keep your eyes closed and now you can pretend that you are in heaven. By the way, I have... More 

Thank Ami K
Salem, Oregon
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2013

As usual, Bernard outdid himself. Everything was fresh and the bread is to die for. Excellent food, charming atmosphere and simply a lovely experience every time.

1 Thank runningparis
Salem, Oregon, United States
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145 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2012 via mobile

I took my mom here for mothers day the first year he opened and we weren't that happy with the overall. They didnt even have flowers out for the moms or anything special like other places. The decore was cute. The food wasnt that great and the owner wasnt that friendly. I love supporting local businesses but I wont be... More 

1 Thank Shirin T
Salem, Oregon
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2012

This intimate spot was shared with us by our realtor when we moved to Salem. We were immediately greeted at the door by the owner Bernard and seated in a private cozy table for three, our 13 yr old daughter was with us as well. The menu is well laid out with 5-6 selections for the main meal. There are... More 

1 Thank Christine W
Salem, Oregon
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2012

We love going to this place. It's intimate, and feels like family. The cassolet is the best ever. Bernard cooked the best razor clams I've had- so tender. I thought I had it down- 30 to 60 seconds on a side but his were better. Let them suggest wine- some good local choices but larger more varied European list than... More 

2 Thank slits007
Austin, Texas
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162 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2012

This little house is full of personality, good smells, and great food. It's on the west side of Salem so easy to miss. Kinky neighborhood. Every bite we had was terrific. The wait staff is totally involved in the preparations, so they know about the fresh ingredients and can describe the cooking processes--which you will ask about, I'm sure. Don't... More 

Thank writingprof
Kotzebue, Alaska
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61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

This sweet little house holds a fabulous food experience. I am impressed that it can hold as many people as it does. Being faced with rabbit and octopus, duck and pork chops, I didn't know where to start! My friend and I love to eat so we started with quince and cheese for an appetizer. A great pairing and a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 29 - USD 31
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1142 Edgewater St NW, Salem, OR 97304-4048
    (Gerth St NW)
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: +1 503-385-8851
Welcome to the Crooked House Bistro, come in, have some good food and wine and above all enjoy a warm, cozy and friendly atmosphere.

Chef Bernard Malherbe is passionate about food and wine and puts his heart into every dish he creates. Using only the most fresh and wholesome ingredients available, he marries flavors into a balanced work of art.

"I believe that the experience of a good meal, paired with a good wine and enjoyable conversation, is one of life’s greatest pleasures. At the Crooked House Bistro, it is my pleasure to provide the food and wine to the equation."

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