2221 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541944.912307 -93.308351
Neighborhoods: Southwest, Lynnhurst
True French restaurant in the Twin Cities – We lived many years in France and when my wife and I want to go back in time and experience French cuisine, we go to "Pierre's"! I wouldn't say we are regulars, but we certainly have several meals a year there. In at least a dozen visits in the last 5 years, we were not disappointed once. This is the real thing with very few compromises. If you are ready to forsake a fast-food type experience, try Pierre's - you will not regret the decision. As I am a French speaker, I had the chance to chat with the man... Pierre. He is extremely friendly, and like his bistro, authentic - a true Bourguignon. This is the only French restaurant in the Twin Cities I recommend to my friends.
Better Admired from Afar – I have been driving by Pierre's everyday for the last year admiring it from afar. I finally decided to give it a shot; perhaps my expectations were too high because my experience was a huge disappointment. The place has great curb appeal, but up close it's apparent it could use an update in the decor. The mussels we had as an appetizer were in a creamy tomato sauce and were delicious; unfortunately the wine I ordered to accompany it had gone bad. It was replaced without an apology. Our meals came out immediately after the server cleared our table- impeccable timing. Unfortunately, after she dropped off our entrees, she didn't return until she dropped off the check. Our entrees were mediocre and needed a little salt, unfortunately with our waitress out of site we couldn't ask for it. I would be more forgiving if the place was busy, but she occupied her time re-setting the tables instead of attending to the guests. I wouldn't recommend spending your money here, unless you're grabbing some mussels at the bar and even then I'd think twice about ordering a glass of wine.
Disappointed. – We had driven by Pierre's Bistro several times and they always seem to be closed. Then when we were driving one day, they finally were open so we decided to check it out. The prices and menu seem to warrant a fine dining experience but the atmosphere and service lead you to believe otherwise. It was surprisingly busy and maybe that was why we waited to receive the wine we ordered 15 minutes after we ordered it. We were sat at a small two person table in between the traffic walkway and it was barely big enough to accomodate our two water glasses, two wine glasses and dinner plates. The food was good. I rated my meal at about a six out of 10. My husband rated his at a 7. Their Puff Pastry w/ Brie and Apricot was yummy. Overall, I would not recommend this restaurant. Take your money and go someplace in the area where you are guaranteed to be taken care of and enjoy your experience. However, maybe with the spendy prices on their menu, they can train their waitstaff on how to give paying customers a pleasant dining experience and also bring in a good interior decorator to spice up the place a bit. It could use an update. Final verdict...find someplace else.
Neighborhood gem boasting authentic French fare and decor. – In Short
Tucked into a tiny storefront, Pierre's is cozy and very French (owner/chef Pierre Gardien hails from Burgundy). A well-chosen wine list and relaxed mood complete the bistro vibe. Stucco walls are simply adorned with French-themed posters, and petite hanging lamps over tables keep each discreetly lit. This is the place to dive into such classics as French onion soup, richly flavored meats, savory mushroom tart or silky creme brulee.
Never a disappointment. – In 4 visits this past year, I and one or 3 others in my party have been extremely pleased with every dish, (pork, beef, salmon, or walleye), every salad, the onion soup, and ohmygosh the desserts. The wait staff are real professionals who can and will answer any questions.
User review by margie21 – After reading all the good reviews, me and my boyfriend dicided to try this restaurant. We were in and out of the restaurant less than hour. We have the cheese plate, the goat cheese was old, we also tried the mushroom tart, it was made with some type of red sauce in the middle, the whole tarte tasted like mushroom pizza. Our entree was nothing special. Service was very fast. Overall we didn't have a great dinning experience.
Exquisite !!! – Pierre's is an unexpected delight ! I sampled several of the appetizers (le onion gratinee, baked brie in puff pastry, and the roast salmon olive). All too often I find poor copies of original French fare in the Twin Cities, but was delighted find Gruyere cheese on top of the gratinee (not Swiss or something else), a light broth, and all of it properly presented. The puff pastry was wonderfully flaky, betraying the labor spent making it. The salmon was also prepared and present perfectly. I teach cooking classes part-time and was delighted with the reality of the cuisine at Pierre's. Truly delightful !
excellent French menu – The menu is definitely French style, and a must-try. I tried the mussel appetizer, and I think it is a perfect opening for the main entree, you got to try this at least once in your life. The restaurant is small and quiet...perfect for dates. Also, the restaurant has a very vague store front, so you might have difficulty locating it the first time round.
Highly Recommended – My visit to Pierre's rates at the top of my restaurant experiences. The pheasant was prepared brilliantly, and the au gratin potatoes were something to remember. Plus, the staff was extremely knowledgable.
Feels Like Paris! – Charming, intimate, good food! We loved Pierre's Bistro both times we are there.
New Year's Eve was wonderful - a prixe fixe with 5 courses. We can't wait to go again. The wine menu is decent and affordable.
Be prepared to spending a leisurely time here - no fast food! It's all obviously cooked and served to high standards and both evenings felt like we were back in Paris!
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