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Sep 30, 2005 09:09 AM
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Beer Bistro or Bier Markt?

  • j

Help, please. I'm trying to distinguish between these two. I seem to recall that one is popular with this board and the other is not. I did find a thread about Beer Bistro that was positive, but didn't see any threads specifically about Bier Markt. Which has better food? Which has the better selection of beer? TIA.

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  1. I would go with Beer Bistro. Food is MUCH better, and the ambiance is nicer.

    You can't go wrong.

    1. p
      pinstripeprincess

      there's a HUGE difference between the two and you'll notice it if you end up at either at some point.

      while many complain that BierMarkt is bad because it's a chain. it's just plain not good period. they over stuff the joint, the food is mediocre, but the worst thing is the service i'd say. the atmosphere is too.... frat party for 30 somethings. so unless that's what you're going for, don't bother.

      beer bistro... is great! the selection of beers isn't as international as biermarkt but they're very good quality beers. they even have a nice blueberry one that's got blueberries in it. the food is great, although a touch more expensive. i'd suggest the ribs, smoked arctic char and chocolate cake. mmmm........ the atmosphere is more upscale casual and it's a great place to relax, enjoy a meal and some great beers.

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      1. re: pinstripeprincess

        Ah, thanks. That's exactly what I wanted to know. I've got all my business colleagues coming into town and I'm putting together a list of places for them to go. A meat market/frat party is NOT where I want to send them! Thanks for the insight.

        1. re: Jo
          p
          pinstripeprincess

          i'm glad that helps.

          if it's business colleagues then i'd say that anywhere in the bay/front/king st areas will be more than adequate. some places do turn a little lounge/clubby at a certain hour, but it's better than frat boys.

          1. re: pinstripeprincess

            Thanks again. My entire company and spouses/partners are flying in for our annual Christmas party in early December. Party is Saturday night, but most folks will come in on Thursday or Friday to make a weekend of it. So I'm just putting together a little "guide to T.O." with lots of different dining options to make sure they don't end up drawn into a nasty tourist trap. Beer Bistro seems like a good mid-range option for people who want good food in a casual setting, but not pub or diner.

            1. re: Jo

              Don't go to Beer Bistro on Saturdays 9.00pm-12.00pm if you want to talk to your friends. The very live jazz group that is playing then makes that impossible.

            2. re: pinstripeprincess

              Thanks again. My entire company and spouses/partners are flying in for our annual Christmas party in early December. Party is Saturday night, but most folks will come in on Thursday or Friday to make a weekend of it. So I'm just putting together a little "guide to T.O." with lots of different dining options to make sure they don't end up drawn into a nasty tourist trap. Beer Bistro seems like a good mid-range option for people who want good food in a casual setting, but not pub or diner.

        2. A few weeks ago, I had forced to have lunch at the Bier Markt (group lunch with co-workers...no choice but to attend!) I was served a glass of soda water and, when I looked closely at it, saw some crud on the rim. I pointed this out to the wait-b!tch and asked for a fresh glass of soda. Her response: "Oh, don't worry, it just looks like lipstick." My response: "Perhaps, but it's not MY lipstick." She gave me the evil eye before sullenly (and oh-so-slowly) fetching a fresh glass. Unbelievable.

          The Beer Bistro, on the other hand, is great. Be sure to have the steak tartare!

          1. I agree with the other that the Beer Bistro is nice. I will point out one negative, however. I find it kind of noisey.

            1. I ate at the Bier Markt once and only once--We got the fondue, which had obviously not been nuked enough, and it was a solid chunk. We asked them to reheat it and they did. While we were waiting, we decided to save our mussels so we could eat them at the same time, and the waitress took them! We let her know that we hadn't finished those yet, and she just walked off. I got my pasta main, and it was also cold, but the plate was burning hot--I told the waitress, and she got the manager, who proceeded to argue that the plate was hot, therefore the food must also be hot. I told him to touch it, but he wouldn't. Finally he brought it out too hot to eat with another serving of mussels--we told him we didn't want them, but he wouldn't take them back!!! BAD service...