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“Poor service. Good food”
Review of BISTRO 157 - CLOSED

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BISTRO 157
Price range: USD 29 - USD 31
Cuisines: French, Fusion
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Lafayette Street
Transit: V Line Downtown Valparaiso
Description: Located in historic downtown Valparaiso, Bistro 157 serves an internationally influenced eclectic menu in an upscale, but casually "hip" ambiance. Chef Nicole trained in France 5 years and brings to your table gourmet cuisine paired with wines from a Wine Spectator Award Winning list.
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Called and asked for a reservation. Was told to come in an hr and would have to wait at the bar for another 15 min
Got there an hr later as requested and sure enough was asked to sit at the bar,
Saw a table open about 20 ft from where we were at by the bar but could not tell if it was clean or not. Ordered a round of drinks and 15 min later we were seated. AT THE TABLE WE SAW 15 MIN ago. Why did we need to wait 15 min for a table when one was already open?? Maybe to sell some drinks? Gee I wonder
Ordered our food. 1 hr and 15 min later we got it. Wow! Did they have to find and kill the lamb??
Our waiter NEVER came to check on how our food was or if we needed more drinks nothing...
Had to waive down the manager to get the bill. We thought maybe our waiter went home for the night. The food was good but I don't know if it was worth the wait or having to put up with the terrible service. Needless to say that will be the last time we go there.

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1  Thank spenkala
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3 - 7 of 42 reviews

Reviewed 9 March 2014

The meal was good, but the service was horrible. It is a crowded, noisy little place with the bar right along side the diners. Our elderly male server acted as if he were doing us a favor by serving us - never gave us the specials, never asked if we enjoyed the meal and didn't ask us if it were a special occasion although he did ask the young couple near us if they were celebrating anything when he offered them dessert. We weren't even offered dessert and frankly, we wouldn't have stayed. Food is only part of the dining experience - atmosphere and service are the other components.

2  Thank Rae Ann P
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

Exceptional: beautifully crafted cocktails, fresh ingredients, imaginative seasoning, impeccable service.

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Thank 573ThomasR
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

This converted retail shop on the main drag in Valparaiso's small downtown offers a fresh and changing menu of contemporary American cooking. We've eaten there a number of times and have always had the same very satisfying experience. It is a large open room so along with the dining there is the bar scene. This actually adds to the ambience. It is lively without being noisy.
The food is excellent and carefully prepared and presented. The specials and first courses are especially creative and above all, tasty! The wine list is good without being pretentious. This restaurant has Chicago panache with out the Chicago prices.

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Thank NotRealHoosiers
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

My husband and I went to celebrate Valentines Day and were treated to a fantastic meal. This is has been my favorite special occasion "go to" restaurant since we moved to this area three years ago and we've never been disappointed. The food offered is delicious and creative in its conception, execution and presentation. The wine list is excellent and the staff is happy to make a fitting recommendation. The cocktails are tasty, made with quality liquors and fresh juices. The wait staff is professional and attentive. I would recommend making reservations as the Bistro can fill up.

1  Thank DebraSam
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