Bistro Sociale

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$41 to $100
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Contemporary European
European/French style restaurant based in the southern highlands with adjoining Berida Hotel.

Stylish Bar and Restaurant with lounge seating and bar tables, great vibe and European/French Cuisine.
What 32 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
4.0
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RG
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience4

Dinner was just acceptable because entrée and main were good. However service after this point was dreadful - waiting an age for dessert to be delivered. Further the dessert quality was really below standard with stale strawberries being served in one dessert and cocoa powder being used to attempt to disguise the look of it! The remaining ingredients in the Eton Mess were also terrible. Stale meringue in a soupy disaster.

Wait staff were also not available to top up drinks, neither were we offered a second round of drinks. In general, when it was obvious the kitchen were having trouble sending out desserts on time, the waiters were going out of their way to avoid diners (walking through the bar to get to the kitchen so as to avoid customers!

TM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Have enjoyed two very nice lunches here. Menu is always interesting and food executed very well. And very well priced. Service is casual and attentive.
Decent and affordable wine list and very comfortable surroundings. A nice room with leafy aspect and views across gardens. When the doors are open and the lovely Bowral air sails through, it's a really nice space.
A very Bowral place (without the mega price tag).

SC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

We found the food either over salty or over oily. It is a lovely place to eat, but they need to think about more flavour and the cooking of the food. The steak was dry and lentils salty. The gnocchi was dripping with oil. A real shame.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely evening - good ambience, lovely wait staff, good menu choices and good value. Unfortunately the quality of the food wasn’t as good as it used to be under old ownership. My steak was fine, but the others felt the fish was not tender and the prawn chili pasta was too bland and creamy. I hope you can keep upgrading the quality of food as Bowral needs a restaurant like this one!

JB
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and a lovely atmosphere. Happy to recommend Bistro Sociale

RB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Our evening Dinner booking was perfect. All of our tables guests enjoyed the food, wine, service and atmosphere.

However, we attended the Breakfast sitting the next morning as hotel guests and were extremely confused by the terrible service and chaos that unfolded. The breakfast buffet line was slow, cluttered and annoying! The toaster was in the way and held up the line. Many hot food items were missing. The scrambled eggs were watery. The fruit was scarce. The coffee was so slow to get to the table and the orders were incorrect. We can only assume that the bistro was understaffed!

SW
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The ambience was ok. The drinks menu excellent. Noise level absolutely ridiculous. I believe staff need to ask patrons to quieten down. Food sounded wonderful on the menu. The entrees were acceptable. Main courses a disaster. The Pork Toulouse aka pork sausages was inedible. The blame was directed at the supplier rather than the way it was cooked. The rib was so dry (was ordered well done) my partner nearly choked. Once again inexperienced cooking. My course was basically snags and mash and my partners was steak and chips. The bar staff very inexperienced. Need more staff to provide a better level of service. With the prices chaged this is affordable.

AS
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything about Bistro Sociale was fantastic, not a fantastic as my date though.

P
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Plenty of character, warm, cozy atmosphere. Great choice of gin!

BB
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Had a great night, great ambience, lovely and warm. Food was excellent, cocktails super yummy but overall the night was quite pricey. Would come again!

JP
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Interesting, tasty, well presented food, welcoming atmosphere, gorgeous open fire and great service. Would recommend x

S
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious, we dined here for two dinners. The service is welcoming and very attentive. I would recommend the Bistro and will return when I am in Bowral next visit.

JF
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My first visit to Bistro Sociale was a great experience. Food was delicious and well presented and the staff very attentive. The atmosphere was warm and the dark colour furnishings add to the ambience. No bright glaring lights or noisy floor. Would definitely go again.

K
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The paella dish was very disappointing, it was all rice! A few tiny muscles and no whole prawns. The prawns were cut up into tiny pieces, they were the same size as the rice and were virtually non existent. So our most expensive dish for the lunch was basically a plate of rice. Also our bread was burnt.

Otherwise the service was great and our experience was good.

DB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really lovely meal in a delightful space. We enjoyed a drink by the fire prior to eating and it was perfect on a cold winter night. Service was excellent and the staff went out of their way to make a particular cocktail for me. The meal was very good. My friends had steak cooked as requested, medium rare, and I had gnocchi and mushrooms with just enough smoky flavour to lift it to extraordinary. I would highly recommend Bistro Sociale.

D
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience5

The bar is everything you would want on a cold winter's night. The barman's skills are world class. The service for food is extremely slow despite the restaurant being empty. The food is ok. I would not go back for the food but I would definitely go back for cocktails in front of the fireplace. The drinks were sensational.

AM
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Exceptional value, great local produce and wines. Will be back!

E
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love coming here, we love the journey that the food here takes us on. Staff are always lovely and we love the decor and vibe that this venue gives. Always a fantastic evening and we have already recommended this restaurant to many people. Thank you.

LP
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

Poor service. An empty wine glass as well as dirty plates were left on our table for over an hour. No one came to check in on us and it was only a Thursday night (not so busy). Need to improve customer service.

KB
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We enjoyed our food and wine a lot, and the place was beautiful. They have a lot to improve on in terms of service but the wait staff were definitely trying their hardest. Overall, not a negative experience and would probably try it again if we stayed in the hotel in the future.

RL
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience4

Great place for dinner and drinks. Aesthetics were fantastic. Staff were friendly and helpful, however were lacking experience. Had to ask three times for simple table water which we only received after our main had come out.

EL
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a beautiful experience here.
Restaurant was nicely decorated, food was devine with sophisticated flavours and service equally great.

Highly recommend.
Eton Mess for dessert is a must.
The gin offering was also quite impressive.

H
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely food, service and atmosphere. Would definitely recommend them to family and friends.

MO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A very pleasant evening. Staff were friendly and attentive. Service was good and wine selection excellent. The menu was very good with plenty of options and the food was prompt and delicious.

HD
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice food. Except Meringue too soft. Service friendly but slow.

SZ
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

The duck wasn’t cooked well. The dessert was served in a small glass which our spoon didn’t fit into.

E
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner at Bistro Sociale. Great food, amazing service and a beautiful atmosphere. Thank you for our time, we will be back soon.

WA
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

Went on a saturday night, easy to get a booking and seemed to be a quite night. Unfortunately the food took an hour to come out however it was delicious when it came.

RB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Unfortunately the food was nothing to write home about. Substantial amount of food given the price per head. Cheesy love songs, cliche valentines hits on repeat. Booking process was difficult given trouble with phone lines. Wouldn’t rush back.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

Limited menu but food was good. Service ok but had to wait a long time for desserts & coffee bought before desserts...not good.

KJ
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great place this turned out to be … OMG the house cooked bread with the hay smoked butter… delicious. My pork cutlet & my husbands rib eye were cooked perfectly. Thank you Chef. Our waitress engaged with us, which was lovely as we were not just another customer and our host/manager of the restaurant was very welcoming, very knowledgeable about the produce that was cooked in the kitchen & certainly had great bar skills and made an awesome Negroni.
Would definitely go back, especially for the bread & butter.

SH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great food at a great price the wine list showcases local Highlands vineyards. The staff are lovely with a sense of humour and the restaurant space is stylish bistro style. Highly recommend for a casual dinner without stuffiness.