closed. This restaurant is closed as of July 26. 2011
Great Food and teh best bis. Great Food and teh best bistro in this part of town.
Awesome Food, Outstanding Service!. I can't believe I didnt know about Bistro 88 sooner! Once inside the doors of Bistro 88 you feel like you have been transported to another time. The art and decor is very relaxing! They have great sushi and great food and the service cannot be beat! The staff definately makes sure you are being taken care of, Micheal was our waiter and he was great. Best service I ever had! My daughter and I visited Bistro 88 on Saturday and were both VERY satisfied with every bite of our meal. My favorite rolls are the Spicey Sara and the Tiger's Eye! I've also had the Jalapeno Chicken which was very tasty. Bistro 88 has become our new favorite place to go! Great Food and service.
Best Kept Secret in Austin Dining.
We love Bistro 88 because the service is great and the kitchen is always consistent. There are few dishes that keep us coming back (miso sea bass, spicy sara roll, carrot jalapeno soup) but we haven't found a menu item we didn't like, so far.
Great atmosphere. The waitstaff has turned us on to a number of great wines we now buy for home. We often bring out-of-town visitors here, and they are never disappointed.
All around fantastic!!!.
My first impression was feeling as though I was in a Sean Connery Bond movie, in Hawaii. The Japanese artwork, some black and white photos, the plants, music and just the overall decor and feeling.
It is a romantic, comfortable, restaurant. the food is well presented, with generous portions and the service is spot on. The wines are eclectic and the Sushi bar is wonderfuly fresh and well prepared-yummy!!!
And, you will not go wrong with anything from the main menu. Everything is great.Too much to mention. We will go back again, and again. The desserts are wonderful too!
And, to top it off you won't spend your paycheck. Well priced compared to a lot of other restaurants in Austin.
There is also ample parking so you don't have to fight downtown.
Actually, Bistro 88 is way better than pretty much all of the restaurants downtown. For ambience, service, food, etc.....Wondeful experience time and time again. Consistently great.
Cheers guys for making it memorable...We will pass on the news.
Love the Food & the Servie.
The service last night was great. The waiter gave excellent recommendations for the wine pairing with the food and was attentive without being overbearing.
Went back this past weekend (August 2009). Loved the Sushi Tuna Tacos. Relatives in from out of town. They loved it! It is always a great feeling when relatives from out of town like where you take them. We ordered from different parts of the menu and everything was great.
Great lamb, great sushi, great service..
My S.O. and I dropped by the Bistro at a family member's recommendation. We couldn't decide between the sushi bar and the dining room, but eventually we opted for the plush chairs and white tablecloths in the main room (you can get sushi anywhere in the place). There are, incidentally, some pretty excellent paintings on the walls, which don't exactly make sense alongside the blue aquariums of fake jellyfish and waterfalls, but whatever.
My S.O. and I both get easily overwhelmed by the size of entrees, and the Bistro's menu was so varied and long, we decided it would be a great chance to taste a lot of little things. We started backwards, in a way, moving from potstickers to the lamb chops appetizer (accompanied by a good glass of cab), then switching to the sushi menu (and sauv blanc). Apologies to food purists who would have reversed the order, but we just ordered what sounded good as we felt like it, and man, it was good that way. I especially recommend the lamb (!!!) and the spicy Sarah roll.
Our server, Michael, was extremely helpful and supportive of our unorthodox ordering. He was knowledgeable about the food and happy to offer recommendations and wine pairings and entertaining commentary.
All in all, it was a satisfying experience: some of the best sushi I've had in Austin and tucked away in such a surprising place. If you're tired of fighting for a seat downtown, I recommend giving Bistro a try.
One of the best restaurants (top 3) I have been to in US.
The food is fantastic, service is very nice, the ambience is very romantic and quiet. I reserved a table and inivited several friends to dinner. Everything went smooth. When we get there, the table was ready for us at a corner of the main dinning room. Among my friends, one does not like meat and another one does not like vegetables. At the end all of them enjoyed their food.
The dish is like French style with some Chinese influence, with a long Sushi menu. The list of entries could be a little longer though.
Overall, I think this is definitly one of the few best restraurants I have been to inside US.
Left The Grove because of their horrible non-existent service to come chill at Bistro. Love the lamb chops. Love the owner who is almost always at the hostess desk ready to greet you with a charming smile and a friendly handshake. And -- as always -- the wine was delicious. Forget The Grove outside the loop, it'll be a hamburger joint in 6 months.
Stick with the cooked items. The Chilean Sea Bass (Hong Kong Style) was pretty good but the mushroom risotto was bland and mushy. It had no texture at all and the accompanying eggplant side tasted more like an oil-filled sponge than flash-fried. At least they got the fish right. It was moist, flaky and seasoned perfectly. I had a few rolls of sushi but the rice was not like any rice used in Tokyo. The flavor and texture was off and I don't even think the proper grain was used. Stick with the cooked foods selection.
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