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“Fine French Dining!”

Saint Martin's Wine Bistro
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Ranked #13 of 3,749 Restaurants in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 25 - USD 100
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 1 August 2017

St. Martin's is certainly a diamond in the rough, found on Greenville's lower end, and within a sort of strip-center settings. Nonetheless, St. Martin's really shines as a beacon of romance and sophistication in fine dining while in Dallas.

We were greeted enthusiastically by the Maître D' who promptly seated us at a nice table. Silverware and glasses were perfectly positioned, and a small flower arrangement adorned the table. Lights were quite dim, setting the right amount of visual ambience for our dining experience.

As with most restaurants, there were the "Specials of the Day," ranging from beef to chicken to seafood. There was lobster bisque as well for the soup du jour.

For starters, we both had the recommended "La Brie Et Champagne" soup. All I can tell you is that you MUST try this. A rich and simple cheesy soup that was perfectly infused with brie. Not a single drop was left. For our appetizers, we decided on the "La Tartare De Boeuf" and the "Les Escargots St. Martin’s." The tartare was perfectly presented with just the right amount of herbs, spices, and garlic. Escargot was brimming with tasty mounds of goodness bathed in buttery garlic and shallots, and served with crostini. Both were simply divine.

For our meals, I ordered the Chateaubriand steak which was a listed Special of the Day. Presented in perfectly cooked medium rare with a subtle sauce and perfectly cooked asparagus spears. She ordered the Chilean Sea Bass that was accompanied by a savory sauce, asparagus spears, and served atop a mound of herbed mashed potatoes (I think). Both were simply outstanding.

For dessert, we shared the "Almond ball." a ball of vanilla ice cream that was rolled in toasted almonds and dressed with just the right amount of chocolate syrup. Simple, but very nice.

The only downside of the visit was actually the piano playing. I know..."how can that be an issue?" you might ask. Well, being a piano player for the vast majority of my life, I guess I'm just finicky about such things. First, please TUNE the piano you have in your restaurant. If you're not sure if it is in tune, just ask someone who plays if it is. At any rate, you can certainly afford to have someone come in on a monthly basis and bring it up to par. Next, the piano player had a relationship with the sustain pedal that beyond tolerable for me. Each note drowned the other throughout various melodies of dated Disney movie tunes, a Phantom of the Opera song, and old standards like "Misty" et al. The combined sustained and resonating sounds of the out-of-tune piano with some cliche' tunes were almost intolerable at times. At one point I was prepared to offer a large tip to just have the pianist stop, but I simply tried to ignore it. Sorry for being picky, but this is just one of my very few irritations when it comes to a house piano player.

Nonetheless, the experience was well worth it. Food and ambience was the perfect fit for a special occasion, and we will certainly be back!

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Reviewed 16 June 2017

We returned to St. Martin after a couple of years away and found it to be as charming as ever. Ask for a booth - these are the best seats in the house. but even in the bistro area, the seating is designed to give you privacy (unlike standard bistro seating). The pianist is relatively unobtrusive and very talented, the wait staff seasoned and professional and the food fantastic. Add to that a variety of specials each night, good wine list and romantic setting and you've got the recipe for a great night out. Starter was the pate de maison, which was sized for 2 but priced for one and delicious. Then a beet, apple and mixed green salad with a very subtle vinagrette and sprinkling of blue cheese (delicious as well). Their bread, I should mention, is crisp and tastes like a fresh baguette in Paris! My peppercorn encrusted tenderloin and my wife's chateaubriand were both cooked to order (1 level above the 'chop house' standard, but we usually order one level less cooked anywhere we go to be safe - meaning my rare was really medium rare) and quite delicious. Finally we wrapped up with their souffle - the grand marnier was to die for. Give them a try and revel in actually being able to speak to your date quietly - no shouting over the din!

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Thank Tag G
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Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Jazz pianist, Chateaubriand, what else do you need? Maybe dessert...great service, classic fare. No crazy gastronomy fads. I felt taken care of as a solo diner and very comfortable. Very nice elderberry champagne sparkler to start. Homemade raspberry sorbet to finish.

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Reviewed 16 April 2017

If you're seeking an intimate dining experience, St. Martin's is worth a visit. My wife and I enjoy dining here when we want a relaxing dining experience. Live piano music plays in the background and the staff is friendly and attentive. The food is good and the "must try" dish is the brie and champagne soup.

- Friendly, inviting, and relaxing
- Food is good but not 5 star... except for the brie soup

- Limited parking. Be sure to use valet on corner next to San Francisco Rose

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Reviewed 3 April 2017

The restaurant is warm and inviting. I had the steak Diane which was one of the best I have ever had, my wife loved her veal. Nice selection of wines by the glass. My only complaint was that the service was rushed, which is not normal in French restaurants. My appetizer arrived before my cocktail. They served my wife's salad before she was half done with her appetizer and the entree arrived before she was finished with the salad. The restaurant was less than half full. If not for the rushed service, it would have been a 5.

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Thank David N
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