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Posted by Bonnie Janson on 04/04/2015
Had lunch on Friday at Bistro Citron which touts itself as a "true French Bistro Experience." When you walk in the door it is charming and feels as though you have truly stepped into a neighborhood bistro in Paris. But that's where the authenticity ends. First, the service was lack luster at best. Though relatively few diners -- only three other tables occupied -- we waited over 20 minutes before we were even asked for our drink order, had to ask several times for bread to be served with the escargot we ordered, and could not get the waiter's attention for additional wine during the meal, which, when finally ordered, he failed to bring. The "French Bistro experience" was further marred by the salsa [!!!) music blasting over the sound system throughout our entire meal -- salsa music, really?? But, in true French fashion, those could be tolerated if the food had been good. Unfortunately , that was not the case. The French onion soup two of us had ordered was burnt to a crisp -- the 'melted' gruyere a hockey puck of stiff, brown cardboard. The escargot were fine, but we had to ask several times for bread to be served to accompany the meal -- who eats escargot without bread for dipping into the sauce?? And, worst of all, the steak frites [a classic and simple meal of steak and fried potatoes, the mainstay of most French bistros] not only had meat so tough that it was difficult to cut, but was served with over-cooked and obviously FROZEN french fries -- not freshly cooked potatoes -- which had the texture and taste of Burger King rejects! When I mentioned the frozen frites to our waiter, he simply shook his head 'yes' that they were frozen, and then shrugged as if to say 'so what?' Sadly, what we had anticipated to be a nice, simple, and satisfying 'French Bistro experience', turned out to be a dud at best. Perhaps it was an off day? Perhaps the regular chef was off for Good Friday? Perhaps they simply no longer care. All in all, I would not go back.
Posted by anonymous on 09/15/2013
We were passing by after shopping at the Columbus Farmers Market. Food looked great. Wife got the French Toast. I got the Smoked Salmon w/Poached eggs. My eggs came with sausage, bacon, potatoes, and a drink. Wifie's toast came with 5 slices of ficelle with about half an egg between them and a soup spoon of chopped white fruit. Mine was great on the first bite, salty on the second, and too saline to finish by the third. The bill came to $40 for what usually runs $25 in this neighborhood. They could put something of value on the French Toast plate for $20. They could also cut the salt by 90%.
Posted by UWS Omnivore on 09/12/2013
We had a wonderful evening with a friend last night, arriving at 7:00 and not leaving until almost 10:00. The entire staff could not have been more charming and efficient. Water glasses never went below half full, cocktails were expertly mixed, and the food was superb and plenteous. Truly, it was like an evening in Paris on the Upper West Side. I would recommend Bistro Citron to anyone.
Posted by Sam on 06/18/2013
Went here at 9:30 pm and was told kitchen closed, I said the sign says open till 11pm, finally went for a birthday dinner months later, they were out of half the menu, and up-sold the wine to a bottle for $138, plus there is nothing "french" about anything in this place, esp the staff. Food was disappointing and service was poor.
Posted by Tony Y on 10/06/2012
The pate with bread is amazing and free. Just need to start off with that comment. That said the food items were okay depending on what you ordered. My friends and I shared all our dishes. The scallops and shrimp was quite delicious. Perfectly seared and not too buttey. The Saturday short rib special was tasty but under seasoned. It was lacking salt which was easily remedied and improved. That said, the duck was a failure. It was dry and chewy. My view is that it was too lean. French duck needs to be a bit fatty. We did end the night with an amazing creme brulee. I don't even like sweets and it was delicious.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/17/2012
Avoid at all costs. Came twice to eat arond 9:30 and was sent away because they "closed the kitchen early". Finally made it for dinner and was very dissapointed. Waiter was unfamiliar with menu or wine, manager stepped in to help and oversold us a 135$ bottle of wine instead of the 75 dollar bottle they were out of. Food was sent to wrong table twice and finally arrived bland, reheated dry, and still cold . I am a chef who worked in NYC for 22 years, and there is nothing worse than a place pretending to know how to run a restaurant. Let alone bistro style.
Posted by J on 03/01/2012
I have been to this restaurant numerous times, and just logged on to menupages to check the address to send to my friend who is meeting me there tonight. I can't believe that this place isn't 5 stars. The food is delicious, and a great value, especially considering the cozy atmosphere. The mussels are erfect, accompanied by a great bread (necessary for this dish), good wine selection, excellent salad nicoise, and lamb chops. Everything I have ever tried here has been flawless. I highly recommend it.