Bistro de Leon

Bistro de Leon’s french cuisine fits right in with St. Augustine’s multicultural dining scene.  Every dish is freshly prepared & attractively plated… satisfying to all the senses.  While the food would shine at a white tablecloth restaurant, Chef Jean-Stephane Poinard’s vision was to make his bistro a place to gather with friends & the ones we love.  Bravo, Chef Poinard!

Chris and I enjoyed our first dinner at Bistro de Leon over a year ago. I still remember the beef tenderloin with candied shallots & red wine sauce Chris ordered- tender, flavorful, comforting.   And the mashed potatoes were amazing… for this Southern girl to say someone’s mashed potatoes are good is truly a compliment!

Lunch last Thursday with the children was delicious as we now expect from Bistro de Leon.  The restaurant has enough room to easily accomodate 7 of us, and our server, Maureen, smiled broadly when we ordered dessert first!  (The fruit tarts were topped with such fresh berries & citrus, it surely counted as a salad, we laughingly reasoned.)

My favorite for lunch is the smoked salmon sandwich- tomatoes and dill creme fraiche spread on a house-made baguette ($8.50).  We also had a brie and walnut on baguette (tasty but caramelized or spiced nuts would make it amazing!), sandwich provencal with goat cheese & pistou and a linguine.  Yes, linguine.  My 4 yo begged for kids’ pasta at the french place- there’s one in every crowd!  (That kids’ meals come with house made ice cream certainly sweetened the deal.)

Maureen insisted the breakfast (Saturdays & Sundays)  is worth a special trip, so Saturday we finally made it in.  If this is a French breakfast, I don’t know why I was born in Florida.  Incredible!  The chocolate & toasted almond croissant was certainly the best I’ve ever had… that title previously belonged to Croissants de France in Key West. We also tried the brioche toasted and spread with homemade apricot jam, and a pear bordalou.

Bistro de Leon carries illy coffee, which was better than the Mocha. We pulled our treats out of our to-go bag as we rode the Old Town Trolley around town and were the envy of the car!  Dining in for breakfast is still on our to-do list- but I’d wager any amount that it is memorable.  {Did I mention what an amazing chocolate croissant I had?}

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GPS Address: 12 Cathedral Place, St Augustine, 32084
Hours: Open 10 – 10 weekdays (closed Wed) and by 9 on weekends for breakfast.  Call to confirm.  810-2100

Comments

  1. Seth Rosen says:

    I have had many defining culinary experiences in my life. From my first slice of NY Sicilian pizza to my first bite of Thai green curry. Traveling the world I have tried many things, but few land on the “defining” list. This last Tuesday, on the advice of Allie at Simply St Augustine, my wife and I visited Bistro de Leon . We had a quaint table in the front window and began with some lovely Grenache. And then it happened – that moment that hits the senses and memory and joins the database of unforgettable experiences – the Onion Soup! This soup is out of bounds! A large croc of broth, handmade French bread and so much cheese that we thought we had closed our eyes and woke up in Wisconsin. There is not much more I can say besides, get the soup! At all costs get the soup! No, I am serious, get the soup!

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