The Barrel Bistro & Wine Bar
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The food was TERRIBLE. Beet salad with prawns—salad had very odd “dressing” that was more like a salsa but had strange flavor and no salt. The way the beets were prepared was strange— slices with goat cheese in between. My friend had chicken parm and had to send it back bc the chicken was rubbery. They replaced with sliders which were overcooked and dry. Won’t be going back for a third time as the first time was also terrible.
Very attentive service! Great wine collections. Beautiful food presentations.
warm cabbage salad was so overdressed and vinegary that it was inedible. the calamari was good. ordered medium rare hamburger and the middle of the hamburger was so rare that it was purple similar to steak tartar. the skirt steak was very good.
I had Lobster & Seafood Rissoto & it was delicious!!!
Tried this restaurant for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. Food was good, generous portions, good wine selection . The clam chowder was a bit too watery and not enough clams. The fried calamari was fresh and tender. Short ribs was tender and tasty. Just a tad expensive but it's probably worth it.
Good neighborhood place with an interesting menu. Our group enjoyed it but for being a bit loud.
The wine tasting was fun, and the food was good. Definitely would return.
Took over 40 minutes to get served. Food was not creative and not fresh (stale crostini, questionable shrimp). Infomercials on TV are distracting. Meh.
Nice for V day. Balloons and given.a rose. Really nice
Food is always great and definitely plentiful!!! Always fresh Andy cooked to perfection!!!
We love it here! Great food, service and atmosphere.
Great pasta and service.
Excellent ambiance, friendly, helpful service and fantastic food. An excellent addition to eating on B-Street in San Mateo. Highly recommend an evening here!!
Very nice place to shout! at your friends. Anything less and they won't be able to make out what you are saying.
What a treat to discover the Barrel Wine Bistro and Bar. The food was delicious, a wide variety of menu items, and lively atmosphere. We will definitely be back!
I really like the atmosphere at Bistro. Hip without being too much. The service is great and overall very friendly and inviting.
The food is good but I’m finding not as consistent.
I like the ribeye salad, but the ribeye came out med instead of med rare. The Brussel sprouts were tasty but over done. The cannelloni special was very good.
The short ribs were tender, the garlic potatoes were
Unremarkable. The escargot was good, tender, just needed a bit more garlic.
The wine selection is good. Their “flight” selection is decent and pricing is not outrageous.
All in all a good place to go on the grid!
Our waiter was great, very friendly. The shrimp appetizer & short rib pasta were delicious. The salmon flat bread & beet salad were just ok. The sticky toffee pudding was not so good - way too sweet & some of the fruit had a moldy taste. The pinot noir we ordered was yummy. We did ordered the pinot wine flight, but two of the three served were not so good. One was great. Overall our experience was pretty good. I’d go back, but... we felt that the staff wanted to clear our plates way too quickly and way too often. It was bothersome. In addition, staff filled our water glasses way too often. After taking one sip they were filling our glasses. Once in a while is fine, but not every two minutes. Again - it was very bothersome and totally unnecessary. It was also very loud so we had to scream to each other to talk. Worth a try though & we’ll go back. :)
We had been here once before and enjoyed a better experience. Unfortunately, many aspects seem to have gone downhill. Multiple items arrived differently than described on the menu, service was lacking and uninformed, entrees arrived while appetizers were still at the table. To top things off, we reported that the bathroom had run out of soap at the beginning of our meal. Using the restroom again before we left, we found that the soap had still not been refilled. Sorry to see a promising restaurant decline.
Great food and great wine!
we would have liked to get a better location - we were seated at the end of the restaurant. But the service was excellent. our server made up for the fact of being seated near the bathrooms.
Easy reservations, great service and relaxing evening made for a nice evening out. Great service! Thank you!!!
We made a reservation for 7:30, and they didn’t have a table for us so they asked if we wanted to wait at the bar until it was ready (which is the same thing you have to do even if you don’t have a reservation). They finally seated us around 8, and by 8:25 they still had not come to take our order. We got the check for the drinks we ordered at the bar and then left and got dinner somewhere else.
Nice place, good food and service. We enjoyed our brunch.
I was pleasantly surprised at the creative, delicious, contemporary cuisine! The wine flights were excellent. The service was wonderfully attentive!
Always amazing service and food!! Thank you!
Great service and the food was good. Fun place to hang out with friends or group celebrations.
Tremendous level of service here. Friendly, unassuming, no attitude, just a commitment to keep you happy. Our server made a couple of great menu item and wine suggestions. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the entire evening.
We have eaten here many times. Very good good and service. This was so disappointing. We arrived on time
Told they were behind because of difficulty with parking that evening. Actually it appeared they overbooked and did not have enough 2 top tables. They got a table from outside set it down and seated us near the kitchen in an active aisle. Our server was not very professional, brought the salad before the appetizer and then rushed us the entire evening trying to clear away plates before we were done. The restaurant is not a fast food place. Not going to recommend the restaurant as I have been doing unless you want to eat on a slower night when they have a table for you. Our rushed meal was very good.....too bad the experience was not.
Great food and service.