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“Pretentious and overpriced”
Review of Bistro Liaison - CLOSED

Bistro Liaison
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 31 - US$ 40
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hearst
Transit: Downtown BART two blocks South of Bistro
California
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Pretentious and overpriced”
Reviewed 25 April 2012

Many people seem to find the Bistro Liaison chic and sophisticated because a number of the menu offerings are French. Big deal! They are still eggs and sandwiches and some traditional dinner entrees. In my opinion, the food is nothing special and is overpriced. The atmosphere, such as it is, is noisy and crowded. Some of the servers border on being brusque. Still, since you are sitting cheek-by-jowl with other diners, and the clientele includes a lot of Univesity types, you may catch some interesting bits of conversation.

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank SuzannaRoseanna
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English first
Tustin
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91 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great French Cuisine”
Reviewed 24 April 2012

We had a wonderful, French bistro lunch, mussels, seared tuna, salade nicoise, even macarrone and cheese, with of course, shaved black truffles, for our son. Excellent service, fine food and a charming, central location in Berkeley.

Visited April 2012
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Thank hikingteachertustin
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Berkeley, California, United States
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88 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Good French Food W/O the Attitude”
Reviewed 10 April 2012

Very generous servings in a charming atmosphere. Among the great dishes I have eaten includes: French Onion Soup, Steak Frites, Coq Au Vin, and Daube.
Full bar and very friendly service.

Visited December 2011
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Thank Raphael823
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Boise, Idaho
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230 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“French Soul Food”
Reviewed 4 February 2012

Exceptional petrale sole and veal sweetbreads in a crowded eclectic setting near the Berkeley campus.

Be prepared to walk for parking is very hard to find during the dinner hours.

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank Gary H
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Berkeley, California
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Among the best burgers anywhere. And the frites!”
Reviewed 31 January 2012

Why should an authentic French bistro be praised for its hamburgers? Because they're extraordinary. The frites as well. Everything else is also wonderful, including the setting and the service. We've never been disappointed at Bistro Liaison.

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Thank bradbunnin
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