I've been to lunch there twice, once with my fiance and again with a friend. When I went with my fiance, we had a 1/2 off coupon from the Sac SN&R. The waitress took too long to refill his drink, but the rest of the service was great. I'm a vegi (10 years) and they had no problem making me a special Rainer sandwhich (heaven!). The fries and sweet potato chips are great! As is the chocolate pate (best shared). When I returned with a friend, all the staff were great, even with my friend's talkative two-year old. They had a salad with shrimp and ham/pea soup, which they said was great. I had the house salad (not your typical house salad), which was excellent. Haven't been during a really busy period, but I'll definately go again for brunch/lunch.
I don't know if the restaurant got on a high horse because of all the 4-star reviews, but a group of us went there for dinner last week (Tuesday night)and we all felt the service was terrible!! Plus, if you're a vegetarian, you might as well skip this place. They make no accommodations if you don't eat meat or fish. I had the paella salad, which was okay, but on the bland side. Maybe they were short of help, but we didn't get refills on our ice teas and when it came time to pay (18 % gratuity added), it literally took me 10 minutes to flag our waiter down.
I am from the Pacific NW, so the menu at Bistro 33 makes me feel right at home. I have never been disappointed with anything I have ordered here (and believe me, I think we've ordered everything off the menu over the years). They have a Mediterranean salad with grilled radicchio (which is excellent), Oregon blue cheese salad (which my husband orders consistently), and a great vegetarian sandwich with pesto, artichoke hearts, grilled veggies on their yummy focaccia bread - delicious! I would also recommend their turkey burger and their fries (some of the best in town). I would not hope to be seated or fed quickly at the prime dinner time or on a Friday or Saturday night.
Don't listen to the person giving the review one star and telling you not to bother. If their table was too small they should have waited for a larger table. I bet they didn't want to wait, and then slammed Bistro 33. If you are looking for a quick in & quick out place, go to Denny's. This place is about great food and good conversation. As American's we've forgotten to enjoy the experience. Go to another country and you'll see that they won't bring you the bill until you ask for it. It's rude. It takes time to prepare your food, but it's well worth it. The staff is friendly and the menu is awesome. I highly recommend going for a cocktail or an espresso late at night and order their bag of doughnuts. The doughnuts are similar to bignets but donut hole size. As far as cocktails go the bistro bomb knocked me out - but it was a good strong mixed drink. I highly recommend the brunch menu served until 2pm on weekends. All of their panini's are delicious, we both love the Rainier. We have many favorites. I have a tough time ordering between the Chilaquiles and the breakfast panini --- My hubby loves the Eggs Benedict. The toast they serve is awesome. The staff is friendly. We've quickly become regulars and we are not the type to stick to just one thing. We go nearly once every weekend. We've been attended by Ben & Natalie and both are great. Natalie is sassy & fun to tease. Ben is the All American boy. Both have been great servers. Also we enjoy eating at the Riverside and 33rd Street Bistro, owned by the same people. However, we like this place the best and are glad it opened.
I've been here twice in the past month, and the food has been really good. The cocktails left a little to be desired, however. But overall this is a cool place to hang out or grab a bite to eat with some friends.
We made a dinner reservation about one and a half weeks prior to going to the restaurant. We had a party of five adults and they tried to squeeze us into a four person booth. My sister was falling off the one side and my husband was falling off the other with me squished in the middle. When we told the manager on duty that it just wasn't going to work, he looked at us and said that they did it all the time. We noticed that there was a six person booth available and asked to be put at that table. He told us that that table was for another party of five at 7:00. Well, our reservation was at 6:00. When I asked why our reservation, the earlier reservation could not be sat at that table he told me that they didn't want to rush us through our dinner by trying to have us in and out by 7:00 so the other reservation of five could have that larger table. I asked why their reservation was taking precedence over our reservation and I was told that it wasn't. Well, if it wasn't, then why wouldn't he just sit us at the larger table and try to pawn the teeny booth off onto the party of five coming in at 7:00? The manager on duty did not apologize once to us and really seemed to think that it was reasonable that five adults would be squished into what was a table made for four adults. The reality is that there are plenty of other restaurants in midtown Sacramento and I'm perfectly happy to never go to Bistro 33 again and just keep my money.
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