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Bistro Elan

2363A Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1602
+1 650-853-0667
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good22%
  • Average11%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible0%
11 Feb 2017
“Intimate with about 6-8 tables, wonderful staff, very good dinner”
9 Jan 2017
“Terrific cozy dinner”
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2363A Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1602
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

I love the intimacy of this location. California Street district of Palo Alto, consistently good food, VERY friendly and attentive staff which makes for the intimacy. It's a friendly, neighborhood bistro. I had a great Caesar salad and skipped the entrees, although the lobster salad...More

1  Thank Coastman3
Reviewed 9 January 2017

We just had a great meal here with friends. It is a tiny cozy restaurant on a side street. It was a bit hard to find because they have a tent like structure added onto the front to give them a couple of more tables....More

Thank jlg3000
Reviewed 11 December 2015

I have eaten at Bistro Elan at least 50 times over the years. The chef is creative and the food is consistently good. The flavors are enjoyable and they use fresh ingredients. The staff is awesome!

Thank Mary V
Reviewed 26 October 2015

If we want to give ourselves a treat, we go to Bistro Elan Birch Street. It is a small restaurant, with some seating outside. The food is consistently delicious, as are the wines. The chef and his staff are friendly and attentive, without being intrusive....More

Thank fietsen
Reviewed 16 January 2015

I know many locals swear by this place, and it was certainly filled with young professionals the night we were there. But the food was pretty ordinary, the menu limited and uninspired (particularly for desserts). The chicken soup was really good, but our duck confit...More

Thank joerussin
Reviewed 20 December 2014

This was my fifth or sixth visit to Bistro Élan and I was disappointed. The pommes frites are no longer freshly made but partially precooked and then heated for the order. I could taste it with the first bite and confirmed the change in preparation...More

Thank moretrips51
Ambjorn L, Owner at Bistro Elan, responded to this review

We have been making the french fries exactly the same way for the last twenty years. Our fries (like all good fries) are cooked twice. The second fry is "to order" for the customer, that has always been the case. We are sorry that you...More

Reviewed 18 October 2014

Bistro Elan on California Avenue and the chef is now running a delightful smaller restaurant, called Bistro Elan by some, but now also called Birch Street. Definitely worth a visit, but the change may be confusing to people who don't know what's up.

Thank Wanderdogs
Reviewed 22 November 2008

I live in Palo Alto, and my office is on California Avenue. I get to eat in the neighborhood all the time for both lunch and dinner, and Bistro Elan is consistently one of the best places in town. The menu is short, and the...More

1  Thank JRandom
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile
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06:30 - 22:00
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  • Address: 2363A Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1602
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-853-0667