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  • Bistro 238

  • 3.5 stars
    (7 reviews, average rating: 4.1/5)
  • Cuisines: Bistro
  • (905) 576-4688
  • 1413 King St. East Courtice, ON L1E 2J6
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Restaurant Details
Price range
$$ ($11-$25)
Formal/dressy
No
Outdoor seating
No
Reservations
Yes
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Foodie
4 Reviews
2012/08/15
  • Fantastic!
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • We visited Bistro 238 for the first time last night and had a great experience! The service, the food and the atmosphere were fantastic. We will most certainly be visiting again and telling more people about this find!

  • Order: Caesar Salad, Salmon, Beef Tenderloin, Pork, Chocolate Cake for dessert!
 
SteveN
1 Review
2011/12/19
  • Coming back for more
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • I'm a chef and I cook a lot of the things on this menu. The wild mushroom Risotto was spot on. The meat was cooked to perfection. The mashed was a little watery for my liking, but nobody is perfect. The dessert... oh the dessert! Simply delicious. It's about time I found a restaurant where they have a passion for what they prepare and serve.

  • Order: Glazed Beef Tenderloin filets
 
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Seriousfoodie
3 Reviews
2011/11/04
  • Fabulous!
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • What a wonderful meal!! Lovely atemosphere and fantastic food! Wine is so inexspensive. What a treat!

    The Bistro was very busy with pasta night (Thursday's) but we decided to splurg and have our favorites. Steak and Chicken! The prices are very fare, the service is efficient and fast, but with a dainty bistro flare to it!

    Phylo wrapped cheesecake was a dream!! absolutley reccomend for a nice evening out, or a celebration night out too!

  • Order: Steak, Pan Seared chicken, Cheesecake plus lots of wine! :)
 
DBF1954
1 Review
2011/09/11
  • Heard we were going to Bistro 238 for my Mother's...
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      1.0 star
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      2.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 9 or more
  • Heard we were going to Bistro 238 for my Mother's birthday an my anniversary. The reviews looked good so I was in.What a mistake! This so called creator of food should look for another job. The venue is plane at best but charges high end prices.Forget the venue lets talk about the food.I'm only speaking for 3 of a table of 12.First I ordered as an appetizer. Bruschetta was my choice . This consisted of 5 pieces of melba toast and a mixture on the side. I really didn't want to create my own bruschetta but i guess I had to . Whole lotta fun followed. Have you ever loaded up a piece of melba and tried to take a bite. Well i did and took a bite . One piece of toast turned to five pieces of melba and all my toppings back on the plate. FUN WOW! Say no more on to the main course. I picked Tiger shrimp linguine. How could you go wrong?Tiger shrimp? I got house cat shrimp and spaghetti in a very unsavory sauce. I asked about the spaghetti instead of linguini and was ignored.Now onto my wife's meal . She ordered the salmon. She loves salmon and it truly disappointed. Too salty and over cooked. My son's meal was a chicken dish that should have been priced at 6.99 tops and that's a stretch because the coating , and I quote tasted like BUGLES . For those of you who aren't familiar with BUGLES it's a very salty snack food in a box about 2 bucks add the chicken I'm not far off.I did hear other complaints at the table but I'll let them voice their opinions and I will never set foot in that place again!

  • Order: Bruschetta Tiger shrimp linguine
 
2013/02/06

Recent Comment by: Seriousfoodie

Yeah he sounds more like a king. How bout a Whopper?? Stay home next time. this place is amazing!

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SusanS
9 Reviews
2011/03/06
  • I have dined here on 2 different occasions & have...
  • 5.0 stars
  • I have dined here on 2 different occasions & have always felt a wonderful ambiance about it from the moment I walked in the door with how friendly everyone that works there is. Love seeing smiling faces! The food has been incredible from the appetizers thru to the dessert. I have found it very relaxing each time & love their menu & wine selection.
    One thing that would be incredible in that kind of setting would for there to be a live jazz player maybe playing softly on sat nights as a treat! The ambiance there is perfect for it! I will always enjoy going there. :-) thanx for a great place in courtice!

 
JoanD
16 Reviews
2010/08/23
  • Worth going back to!
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • Came back for a repeat visit and any criticisims on a prior visit evaporated. The dead bush has been removed from the entranceway but lovely flowers remain. In addition to the regular lunch menu there appeared an extra menu of worthy summer salads as well to round out the choices. The cauliflower and cheddar soup had heft and staying power but was not on the too heavy side at all. The Caesar salad was truly wonderful..........a rich garlicy dressing with fresh grated Parmesan cheese on top from a real bar of Parmesan cheese, not the powdered type, accompanied a delicious smoked salmon croissant sandwich with fresh English cucumber slices and just the right amount of dark green lettuce and a great dressing inside. The chocolate truffle cake was so fresh and to 'die for'..........a great way to wrap up a delicious lunch. We four will definitely come back again........and again... for another meal like the one we enjoyed last Wednesday.

  • Order: Cauliflower/cheddar cheese soup, decaf coffee, smoked salmon croissant sandwich, Caesar salad, & chocolate truffle cake.
 
JoanD
16 Reviews
2010/07/23
  • Slacking off now....?
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Maybe
    • Party Size: 7
  • I have eaten here before and always enjoyed the meals at this small plaza in Courtice. On this lunch visit, there were disappointments that do not bode well for future dining and the restaurant was about one third full as compared to being completely full for the times I have been here before. First of all, there is a tall planter at the front door containing a 90% dead, scraggy, burnt looking, and throughly dried out pathetic evergreen bush which creates a very poor impression upon entering the restaurant. (Owner: please get rid of this dead thing pronto! You should know better. Take it home and nurse it in your backyard but do not leave it out to 'welcome' diners. It is tacky, to put it mildly, and looks like you have stopped caring about appearances.) I ordered squash bisque and it was very hot but borderline awful........it was squash juice mixed with a lot of water this time. I have enjoyed the squash soup in past visits but this seems more like cutting corners now. The Caesar salad was quite ordinary and lifeless.....with powdered cheese and grocery store bag croutons, no less, which took away from the real bacon pieces with it! Real shaved Parmesan cheese in the salad would have been an improvement. The salmon pasta arrived nice and piping hot and was fine--no complaints here. The menu is mostly sandwiches and pretty well all chicken items and a squash soup--it is starting to look 'same old, same old' on the menu. There should be more variety in meat and soup dishes offered, apart from my salmon pasta and a roast beef sandwich. Though there were 7 of us, and the restaurant was 2/3's empty, it took 45 minutes for the simple entrees to arrive which were not complicated choices (mostly sandwiches, salads and 2 'specials'.) There is only 1 server to cover the restaurant. Because of the long wait, one diner was going into diabetic shock and we had to order a glass of orange juice 'pronto' from the bar to revive her. I hope things improve or Bistro 2 3 8 will be even more empty in the future and that would be really a shame as the owner ran the wonderful Gallery Cafe at the McLaughlin Gallery until last year. Let's hope it was just a bad day! I will give them another chance.

  • Order: Squash soup/bisque, side Caesar salad, salmon pasta in creamy tarragon sauce, and a diet Coke
 
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