Ogden >Food & Dining > Bistro 258
258 25th St, Ogden, UT | Directions 8440141.220845 -111.974293
Service so bad, we walked out – My husband and I made a 7pm reservation at Bistro 258 last night for one of our infrequent and highly anticipated date nights. We showed up at the restaurant at 5 'til seven and were shown to a table and given a basket of bland, chalky bread. We sat there for TEN MINUTES while waitstaff bustled around the more than half empty restaurant. We watched the manager greet the table next to us and chat with two women. We were completely ignored until five after seven, when I told my husband that we're leaving. I cannot imagine why a nice restaurant would completely ignore a table during those first crucial minutes it has to impress. We will not be going back there and we would never recommend it to anyone we like.
Excellent food, cheery atmosphere – I am saddened to see so many negative reviews for this establishment! However, I can understand the frustration that comes with poor service. I have frequented this restaurant for the better part of a year and have been through both owners. The food is great with choices for everyone (portobella ravioli... YUM!) and although the service can be trying at times it has improved considerably! In addition there are servers that have been there for a very long time and it is easy to request a server that you enjoy!
My new favorite restaurant! – I was pleasantly surprised upon first entering Bistro 258. Frankly I didn't believe a restaurant like this could exist in Ogden. My wife and I were seated and serviced promptly. I had the Princess Penne and my wife the Seared Ahi. Both entrees were amazing, as was the soup du jour (Creamy Potato w/ Leek) and the seasonal dessert (Pumpkin cheesecake w/ gingerbread crust!)
I will return to Bistro 258 as frequently as possible. It is a charming restaurant with excellent food and friendly service. It also offers ample parking, which alleviates the stress that can accompany eating out.
A diamond in the rough of Ogden – I was recently introduced to this restaurant by a business associate about a month ago. Since then I have returned more than six times, with various family, friends and collegues at work, each of whom has been equally satisfied. The atmospere is fantastic, as is the food. Each time I have been to visit, I have tried something new and have been thrilled to find that each entree is not only unique, but tasty.
My favorite thus far has been the Chicken Christine: Grilled Chicken with artichoke hearts, mushrooms and a cream sauce served with criss-cut fries. I was also impressed with a NY Steak on the lunch menu. It was a perfect cut, cooked to my liking, both tender and juicy.
My wife and I live in Centerville, and while we have been tempted to eat out in Salt Lake, we find ourselves returning to Ogden to eat at Bistro 258. It has the kind of ambiance that one seeks in a restaurant without the chore of having to deal with the hustle of Salt Lake. My wife is allergic to gluten, and often times eating out is a hastle for her. Our server was very helpful and accommodating to her needs and the cook even threw together a gluten free halibut fillet with roasted veggies and garlic mashed potatoes. She was thrilled at their ability to make eating out an enjoyable experience for her. We have even brought our young children who not only enjoyed the atmosphere and historic 25th street, but were satisfied with the kids menu that is offered.
I will continue to frequent Bistro 258 and recommend it to others.
Below average food and service at an above average price – I was told about the Bistro by a friend and thought I would see what all the hype was about. I was unfortunately disappointed by the experience. Our server was lacking in knowledge about the specials, the wine list, and the ingredients of the menu items. I ordered a fillet mignon rare, ($23), which is my absolute favorite cut of meat only to be served an overcooked and gamy steak that had the texture of a sirloin and the consistency of a london broil. My wife had the salmon special, and although the server told us that it was wild caught, we both agree that it was farmed and not very tasty. The owner was working on the floor that night and he approached us after the meal to ask how everything was and what he could do to make it better. After explaining to him the aforementioned critique of his cuisine, he assured us that he would get to the bottom of the issues and blamed the his restaurant's faults on the fact that he had just bought the business and was in the process of reshaping it to his liking. I understand that the transition is probably difficult, but after hearing the praise that my friend gave the restaurant, I can't understand how it went downhill so fast. Perhaps our food was prepared by a new chef in training and our server didn't yet know the menu, but I can't excuse such poor service or an overcooked fillet. When all was said and done, my wife and I had spent over sixty dollars on a meal that neither of us enjoyed, and although the owner promised to make it right, he never offered to comp us a meal or even our appetizer. I can't recommend this restaurant to anyone. Rooster's right across the street has an excellent wait staff and better food at a better price.
By far, the best restaurant in Ogden – I've had the pleasure of eating at this restuarant on several occasions, and have been impressed every time. The waitstaff is knowledgable about daily specials, and deliver the food relatively quickly. The restaurant is aesthetically pleasing, quiet, and intimate (a great place for a romantic dinner). The food has been excellent each time I've visited. I'd recommend the seared ahi tuna (is a bit on the salty side, though) and the mediterranean pasta. The soups and salads are appetizing as well. The wine list is limited, but includes many decent options.
Green servers – Went there with my in-laws on a Friday for lunch. This online review says they have a respectable wine list. That's true, if you want one type of wine. Our waitress said she'd never taken a wine order before and was totally flustered. My husband ordered a syrah and she brought a glass with a tiny tiny pour. She said that was the last of the bottle but she would try to find more. She then came back and said she didn't think there was any more. My husband ordered another type of wine. She came back, this time with another glass and a huge pour. My husband tried it and asked her if that was what he had ordered. She said "no". When asked what it was, she said "I don't know, it was just an open bottle." Now, I know everyone is going to say, "but you are in Utah, what do you expect." This is what I expect; if a restaurant has a wine list, respectable or not, I expect there to be wine. I also expect the wait staff to be able to provide the wine in a professional manner.
The food, was quite average. I recall it being better the last time we went there. Would I go back, probably, since it one of the few hip restaurants with interesting ingrediants in the area.
User review by imastory – Great service and fantastic food! There is something for everyone!
A local favorite in a historic district offers a consistently excellent culinary refuge North of Salt Lake City. – In Short
The sizeable menu features solid offerings at both lunch and dinner. The 258 Burger served on ciabatta bread is packed with flavor from roasted garlic pepper. Sandwiches come with soup, salad or fries. The rice bowls are a bargain at $4 with succulent chicken over a heap of steamed rice. For dinner, the menu expands and showcases the popular Bistro lemon chicken and maple bourbon pork chops.
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