We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Bistro 1491

$$ - $$$
American, Contemporary
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1491 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706-2147 (Curtis St.)
+1 510-526-9600
08:00 - 15:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun 08:00 - 21:30
Mon 08:30 - 21:30
Tue - Fri 08:30 - 15:00
Sat 08:00 - 15:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

16 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 16: English reviews
Albany, California
Level Contributor
87 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Parking: We walk the two blocks from home, but street parking can be difficult. Use the side streets on the north side for easier parking. Ambiance: Tile floor, wood chairs, plain set tables - nothing special there. Booths are pretty comfortable if a bit dark. Service: Only OK - sometimes they're good but most often they're indifferent and lack any... More 

Thank russandmarti
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Service was extremely slow and poor. Had to chase waitress to get order in she came back to say they were out of my 1st choice (salmon) ... I gave her another (buttermilk chicken) ... she came back again and they were out of that, too. I settled for garlic chicken. Then after waiting half an hour for a salad... More 

Thank oaklandexplorer2016
Berkeley, California
Level Contributor
413 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

I'm still giving 4 our of 5 for this dinner despite some of the misses. Since our last review we have been back twice and as a recent reviewer noted there is a name change to Bo's California Cuisine though the owner-chef remains the same and the credit card receipt still comes out as Bistro 1491. This review encompasses a... More 

Thank flashncrash
San Francisco
Level Contributor
45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

When the current owner-operators took over the long-time North Berkeley institution known as Walker's Pie Shop, they named it Bistro 1491, refreshed the dingy interior, and revamped the menu, offering reasonably priced seasonal and classic American dishes. Now the same team has changed the name to Bo's, but still offers the same high quality, impeccably prepared and personably served meals... More 

Thank Kai-Ala
Berkeley, California
Level Contributor
85 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Hosted a large group of YMCA Members last Tuesday night. The fpood here is very good. Diners had a choice of NY steak, salmon, duck confit and a delicious veggie Mushroom dish. Salads were big and tastey...and ice cream for dessert. The owner and staff do the best they can. Our group numbered 42 so it was a bit of... More 

1 Thank 784michael
Level Contributor
30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

I haven't had anything I didn't like. Brunch is good and the duck hash is one of my favorites! We had potato leek soup that was delicious and prices are reasonable. The place is busy on weekends so plan accordingly.

Thank Brandi O
Berkeley, California
Level Contributor
413 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2015

dinner for 3 mid-week. service was very good. decor is simple and done nicely. they have booths or normal tables/chairs and even a combo of both. 2 connected rooms, one looks into the kitchen. we ordered the Buttermilk Fried Chicken that has a beautiful pan-fried batter. Bistro 1491 uses thigh meat which was to our liking as we prefer the... More 

Thank flashncrash
San Francisco
Level Contributor
243 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2015

We went for dinner in conjunction with a local promotion. The decor is nice and the restaurant was clean. The servers were courteous and friendly. The Good: We really enjoyed: Sticky ribs small plate (two ribs, very tender and flavorful) Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and apple small plate. Nice selection of beer and some table wines by the glass... More 

Thank Double64Double
Spokane Valley, Washington
Level Contributor
168 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

A good place to eat breakfast. Nothing remarkable but all was good. I had the french toast which the menu described to be different than others. It was basically the same that would be served in almost any restaurant. The bacon was wonderful.

1 Thank Marcia S
San Antonio, Texas
Level Contributor
481 reviews
353 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2015

When I think of the thousands of restaurants competing within any given metropolitan area, I wonder how they make a living. I guess by establishing a reputation, a following, and good reviews. This is such a place. I can only give four stars because of certain failings, including a very small selection of dishes on the menu, but don't dismiss... More 

1 Thank Robert F

Travellers who viewed Bistro 1491 also viewed


Been to Bistro 1491? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$29 - US$31
American, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:30
08:30 - 21:30
08:30 - 15:00
08:30 - 15:00
08:30 - 15:00
08:30 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1491 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706-2147
    (Curtis St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 510-526-9600
Bistro 1491, a casual dining, contemporary American restaurant located in the heart of the Bay Area, takes full advantage of the fresh, quality, and organic ingredients that surround us. We offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus that are comforting yet with a touch of inspiration. The concept of our menu is simply unpretentious food using only the freshest and the highest quality ingredients. Our model here at Bistro 1491 is "Extravagant Food at a Causal Price!"

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Bistro 1491 staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?