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Bistro 45

My friend chose this for the 2006 Dine Out benefit. What's the chowpinion?? Worth the efforts or should we opt for another place in the Pasadena area??? It's his B.D. And, restaurant must be accessible as my friend is a wheelchair user.

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  1. I was unhappy with my one experience at Bistro 45. The food was good, but not great (not as good as other similarly-priced restaurants on the Westside), and the service we got was absolutely terrible. We don't plan on going there again.

    1. I was happy with both the food and service when I was there. I believe the restaurant can handle wheelchairs, but you should contact them.

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      1. re: raytamsgv

        To elaborate, I don't think they have consistently bad service, but I personally received bad service there--maybe because my husband and I look young (and hence he thought we wouldn't tip well?). Our waiter was very rude to us and did not even tell us the specials, while he was very nice to the table of four older patrons next to us (that's how we found out there were indeed specials--we heard him tell them after we'd already ordered!). Maybe I would excuse the poor behavior of this one server and return again if the food were excellent. But it just wasn't. It was pretty average food for above-average prices.

      2. I've been for lunch and was pretty happy with my meal (sorry, I can't remember what it was). The best part, though, is the chocolate soup for dessert!

        1. Last I heard, owner Robert Simon is planning a move to Napa Valley. Your dining experience depends somewhat on where his heart is.

          1. I've hosted a holiday party for my husband's office there for five years and always found them to be accommodating and gracious. I personally haven't had a bad dish there and I think the rooms are romantic.