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West Plains Bistro

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133 Plains Rd E
Burlington, ON  L7T 2C4

(905) 333-9449

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July 06, 2015

Specialties

We specialize in unique bistro fare. For lunch we offer everything from quiche of the day to steak and frites and everything inbetween. Our chicken pie has been flying out the kitchen.

For dinner we kick it up a notch and offer halibut fish and chips to a Filet Mignon and we have exciting chefs features daily.

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June 13, 2015

Specialties

French inspired cuisine

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October 15, 2011

To Make A Reservation call (905) 333-9449 For More Information Visit: www.westplainsbistro.com

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4 star rating
October 01, 2014

Last night I went here for the first time in 7-8 years, and was once again impressed. It was a bit chilly inside, but had a nice ambiance. It seemed like lots of the patrons were loyal customers who frequent there.

Our waiter recommended the beef bourguignon, and it did not disappoint. It was incredibly tender and served with delicious mashed potatoes. I also had a taste of their soup special:... more

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4 star rating
One of the best
May 20, 2014

This restaurant made dining out a lovely experience. The food, the atmosphere, the staff and overall experience was excellant. I would definitely go back!

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4 star rating
haven't missed yet
May 09, 2014

We went to the WPB for a post-internment get-together ... for coffee/appetizers .. maybe dinner if things lasted that long. Not the most pleasant of circumstances and then we arrived - a varied bunch that included gluten-free folks, picky wine people, tea-totlers ..there were just 6 of us (thankfuly, eh?) And yet, everything was wonderful. Everyone was happy. The staff... more

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4 star rating
another good meal
May 06, 2014

Last Friday we took friends to the Bistro with no fear that we would have a bad meal - two people had excellent Lake Erie pickerel, another the pasta of the day - a mild curried dish, and lastly, an order of the pork tenderloin. All the meals were attractively plated and the appetizers - pates and salads - were... more

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4 star rating
A great discovery in Burlington
May 01, 2014

After an 18 km. hike in Burlington, my friends wanted to have a beer. We drove around Plains Road looking for a pub and my eyes espied West Plains bistro. And what a great discovery this was!
Small, clean and tastefully decorated, and it comes with an excellent wait staff. Nice ambiance.
I thoroughly enjoyed the split pea soup and... more

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4 star rating
Consistantly Good
April 30, 2014

Great restaurant with reasonable prices and consistently excellent service and food. Super nice patio when the weather is co-operative.

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4 star rating
Best Caesar Salad With Chicken Ever (Seriously
April 14, 2014

After some Saturday afternoon motorcycling a friend and I dropped in at the West Plains Bistro. Very clean and well appointed restaurant and not what you'd expect from outside. Exceeded expectations. I have to say that the grilled chicken on my Caesar salad was undoubtedly the best I've ever had. Salad was fresh and just the right amount of dressing... more

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4 star rating
The overall warmth and attention to detail we're my faves
April 08, 2014

On a dreary night this winter we decided to cheer ourselves up with a visit to this resto which we've been meaning to try for months. We were taken aback with how warm and cosy it felt and the food was superb. Wait staff were just right with their attentiveness and knew when to leave us be. So all in... more

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4 star rating
Always outstanding
March 16, 2014

We needed an upscale restaurant in our section of Burlington (Aldershot) and were elated when West Plains Bistro opened its doors many years ago. I have been an on and off regular over the years and love the food, the décor and the service. We meet for drinks, lunches, dinners, meetings and any other special occasion. The staff are always... more

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4 star rating
Cute spot
March 01, 2014

I came here with a friend for the Taste of Burlington pre-fixe lunch. The place itself is small and cozy. I would have loved to sit on their European inspired patio but it was closed because it was winter. The server was new, so at times he didn't seem too knowledgeable on the menu although he was very nice. What... more

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4 star rating
Outstanding Bistro Meal
February 28, 2014

Excellent service without being annoying; fine French bistro dining in a casual setting. Beautiful patio in the nice weather. Definitely one of my faves in the area.

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4 star rating
January 23, 2014

First time back in a few years. suitably impressed! My first review stands. friendly service, reasonable pricing and above average quality, prep and presentation of entrees. Worthy of the positive reviews noted elsewhere and certainly a cut above similarly priced local venues.

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4 star rating
Excellent food, cute patio and friendly service
October 09, 2013

Great Bistro. The service was fantastic - friendly and down to earth. Informative and welcoming. The food was spectacular; displayed beautifully and tasted great. Good menu selection with great specials. Delicious home made desserts, good coffee and wine.
The patio is secluded and adorable.
We would highly recommend and will be returning soon!

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4 star rating
Great Lunch On A Fine Patio
August 26, 2013

Recently had lunch at this establishment in Aldershot (a western suburb of Burlington). Great food, good service and awesome little patio made for a great time. Limited though selection of wine although we were able to find a nice Pinot Grigio to go with our meal. Worth another visit!

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4 star rating
Good food, service and ambiance
July 19, 2013

Had dinner here last Saturday, the food was good, well presented, service was prompt and helpful and the atmosphere was pleasant. I will come back again! A nice change from the chain restaurants such as Kelsey's and Montana's.

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4 star rating
Amazing
July 15, 2013

We went for a family dinner with 6 adults, including some who had been there before and raved about it. Everything we had was absolutely delicious. Menu items we tasted that were especially yummy included the pasta special, French onion soup, strip loin (served with beets,string beans, and mashed potatoes), chicken supreme, salmon, surf and turf (filet with scallops and... more

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4 star rating
A great dining experience
July 14, 2013

Very small Bistro and you need reservations even for lunch.
Food is excellent. Parking a problem but can usually be solved if you look around. Never had a bad meal here.

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4 star rating
Second time was fine, not spectacular
June 29, 2013

This is my second visit to this cozy little restaurant. As before, it was quite busy and reservations are required.
There seemed to only be two people serving and as a result service was slow.
Our appetizers took a while to appear, but the bread and butter were very good and we filled up on it.
We tried the pate... more

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4 star rating
Good food with cosy atmosphere
June 17, 2013

Excellent choice for a relaxing meal in a non-rushed atmosphere. The restaurant is small and reservations are recommended. There is a patio but it fronts onto a busy street so it is not quiet.
The service is top notch and timely. The food is of a high quality and portions are perfect. We highly recommend the bistro for couples looking... more

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4 star rating
Great Food with a wait
June 15, 2013

The food at this restaurant was fantastic! Even the bread was great...really great! The ambiance was romantic and cozy even though it it was very busy. The outside patio also looked nice.
The service on the other hand I had mixed reviews about. The staff were very friendly and were running around working very hard... too hard in my opinion... more

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4 star rating
Great service
June 01, 2013

My husband and I dropped in with no reservation from a local recommendation. The food was good, a little over priced, but still good. My meal was a little small for the price. Our waitress was outstanding, she did not make us feel rushed, even though the restaurant was full. My special requests were honoured. Unfortunately the owner was in... more

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4 star rating
We'll be back
May 31, 2013

Visited there last week (May 25), had the specials (venison in red wine reduction with a risotto and 5 shrimp pasta special - yeah only 5 shrimp). But that said the portions were sufficient and food was impressive. In fact I've had venison at some really good restaurants, and I have to say this was comparable if not better than... more

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4 star rating
I was disappointed
April 29, 2013

This Bistro has a good reputation, so my expectations were perhaps to high or perhaps I am not keeping up with the "nouveaux cuisine".
$8 for a soup du jour for lunch is more than I expected.
I had a hard time finding an entre that suited me.
But the service was good, the quality good, but no 5 stars... more

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4 star rating
Great Little Bistro
April 14, 2013

I've visited West Plains Bistro on several occasions, and have never been disappointed. Most recently, I went with five friends, and all but one ordered from the specials. Everything was delicious. Salads are reliably fresh and imaginative, bread is plentiful and excellent quality, wine list is decent (especially appreciate the quality choices by the glass - not the usual cheap-o... more

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4 star rating
great halibut and chips
April 02, 2013

Loved it. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Have been several times now, but our favourite is the Halibut and fries.Highly recommend this place. Make reservations though...Small restaurant.

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4 star rating
GREAT food, service and atmosphere
March 28, 2013

We have enjoyed West Plains Bistro twice now. Its a three hour drive for us, so you know its
got to be good to go back a second time and planning more. It IS on our way to Toronto, as
are many many choices to eat. .. The food both times was delicious, presented very nicely and
served graciously by... more

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4 star rating
First visit won't be our last
March 22, 2013

My wife and I went to this restaurant as a result of a promotional coupon. We were there during the half price appetizer hours (3-5PM). Rather than have a main course, we decided to try several appetizers, as well as a salad. The bruschetta was very good, as was the arugala salad, but the hit was the crab cakes with... more

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4 star rating
Lovely bistro
January 26, 2013

My husband, father and I were there to celebrate my father's birthday. We had two soups, French onion and curried carrot; each were very good. I ordered a special, a trout with an almond butter and raisin sauce, accompanied by risotto. Delicious, especially since the freshness of the raisins cut the richness of the buttered almonds. My husband had the... more

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4 star rating
1st visit and impressed
January 17, 2013

My wife and I went for an early dinner at aroung 5:00 pm. The restaurant only had one or two other couples at that time, but it filled to capacity later that evening - Friday. We both really enjoyed our meal. Good portions. Perfectly prepared. Reasonably priced. Good service. We have since told our family and friends how much we... more

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4 star rating
Creepy pricing
January 11, 2013

A friend and I went to lunch; had soup, fish & chips and 1 glass of wine for both, no dessert. The bill was just under $100.00 - the soup was a thick mush with undistinguished flavor and fish so-so. Recently I compared the value when we visited Prince of Whales Restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake same exact thing for less than... more

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4 star rating
It's all good ... VERY good
December 15, 2012

Thankfully, the only thing lacking at the West Plains Bistro is the pretentiousness that is usually found in places that have this high quality of food and service.
It's very close to our family home and is our first choice for get-together's that don't take place around the matriarchs dining table. But we have to remember to make reservations because... more

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4 star rating
Consistently good
December 12, 2012

Have never come away from this cozy, small restaurant feeling disappointed. The food is not too exotic or daunting, you won't feel out of place here, but the quality is always high. The home-made soups are particularly delicious. Space is limited, but in the summer months there is an attractive patio. Service is courteous and friendly, not overwhelming. Whenever we... more

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4 star rating
Cozy and Friendly Atmosphere
December 10, 2012

Always enjoy the food and friendly staff at the Bistro. I have been there on numerous occassions and have had excellent food. The curried mussels are usually our appetizer choice. Can't go wrong with anything including there home made cakes for desert.

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4 star rating
Great Lunch Place
November 28, 2012

Went here once by accident and enjoyed half price appetizers and a glass of wine.
Returned again a few more times and always enjoyed it.
Extremely reasonable for lunch during taste of Burlington
The place is a little small so the early bird gets the best table.
One of my favourite places to eat.
Comparable to Spencers in terms of... more

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4 star rating
Great leisurely lunch spot
October 28, 2012

The bistro is very quaint and cozy. I arrived a few minutes to noon on a Saturday and there were already a few tables, luckily I was able to secure the last booth for my Mom and I.
We both started off with the very flavourful soup of the day which was Roasted Red Pepper. For our mains, we both... more

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4 star rating
Friendly staff and excellent food
October 18, 2012

I went on a Thursday night for dinner with 3 friends. We made a reservation for a booth or I am sure we would not have been able to get this seating. It was very busy.
I enjoyed my vegetarian stuffed spaghetti squash dish....very unusual and tasty. We felt welcomed, not rushed and well attended.

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4 star rating
Happy Hour
October 13, 2012

I love going there between 3 and 5. The appetizers are half price, and the wine is resonably priced. What a nice way to spend a weekday afternoon.

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4 star rating
Very Bistro
July 30, 2012

Go for lunch every couple of months. Like the bistro food especially the mussels. The outdoor patio is cute and not too close to the road.

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4 star rating
Excellent Service, Fair Price
July 27, 2012

This bistro is a bit like stepping into a European restaurant, old world service and menu.
We had the Pickerel which was fine, the others had the pork and it was a a bit overcooked. The wines are somewhat overpriced. If you go, phone ahead to reserve a booth, otherwise, you'll wind up sitting on very high chairs in the... more

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4 star rating
Excellent Lunch
June 11, 2012

Had lunch with two friends today, ordered the daily quiche special with salad and had lemon cheesecake for dessert. It's a little on the pricey side but the food and service was superb. The quiche was light and fluffy with a tender crust. The salad was a small side dish with the quiche and was very good. The cheesecake, well... more

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4 star rating
The Place to take your special friend
May 29, 2012

Excellent service, fine unique menu and cozy. Meant more for an adult clientele, my wife love to go here for a fine meal and good wine. Not the cheapest place in town but still good value. I recommend you make reservations.

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4 star rating
just okay
April 12, 2012

Thought the food was just average and the dessert was lousy

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4 star rating
Nice atmosphere, great value
February 19, 2012

We visited on a weekday evening for the early bird special from 4 - 5:30, great value at $20.00 or $30.00 for soup or salad, main course and dessert. We ordered beef bourguignon and chicken pie and both were excellent. There was a nice variety of dessert choices and generous portions. It is a small restaurant with a pleasant decor.... more

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4 star rating
Glitches added up to our unenjoyable experience
February 04, 2012

Made reservations to eat here on way to a show in Hamilton.
Outdoor patio is closed this time of year; interior seating is limited at this smaller restaurant. No real division between dining and bar area. Bar area tables and chairs are taller than average & our chairs were a little wobbly.
Restaurant decor was great, with a neat bar... more

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4 star rating
Great food
February 01, 2012

A nice night out with a friend or 2 or your significant other. Food is great and atmosphere is cozy.

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4 star rating
Easy to Miss but Worth the Effort
January 21, 2012

Because this restaurant is a little off the beaten track in Burlington I tend to drive right by it even when I am going there for lunch. It is worth seeking out. The service is great and the food is always delicious. It is busy at meal times but if you hit the end of the curve they let you... more

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4 star rating
Tonight told a much better Tale
September 12, 2011

We decided to give West Plains Bistro a 2nd try. Tonight was a much better experience than our first visit in every way. Being a Monday night it wasn't as busy as on our first visit. We both ordered from the day's specials. I had the cod dish and my husband ordered the Beef Tenderloin. I love the vegetables at... more

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4 star rating
Mmmmj very good
August 27, 2011

My husband and I went to this restaurant with our financial advisor. The atmosphere is very nice, great service, friendly service and the food was wonderful. I have tried lamb on many occasions and have never liked it, BUT my husband had the Lamb shank at this restaurant and I tried it !!! WOW it was delicious ! I will... more

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4 star rating
What a disappointment
June 07, 2011

I decided to try this restaurant because the online menu looked interesting. We both ordered the Arctic Char with Pineapple/Mango Salsa which was one of the daily specials. The "salsa" and the fiddleheads were the best parts of the meal. The fish was dry and there wasn't enough "salsa" to go around. The risotto was gluey. The room is nice... more

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4 star rating
Very Disappointed
May 09, 2011

I don't think I will ever go back to this restaurant. My lunch was terrible. I had their celery soup which tasted worse than canned soup and a croquette which was cold inside. The service was unbelievably slow, and the waitress never once checked in. We finally had to flag her down to pay the bill.

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4 star rating
Great Food, Great Atmosphere
January 25, 2011

The food was delicious, and the restaurant features early bird choices for dinner. Definitely try their soups.

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4 star rating
The best restaurant in Canada
October 17, 2010

During a recent first trip to Burlington we found the West Plains Bistro by mistake. We normally don't go to Bistros, but were hungry and just turned in by chance. During the five days we were in Canada, this turned out to be the best food we ate during our trip.
A nice selection of food to choose from. Ours... more

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4 star rating
Bad Service
March 13, 2010

Went for a romantic dinner with my husband. After poor dinner service and below average food, the owner came to our table to tell us people would pay us to have our table. She rushed us out before our dessert arrived. Considering we had reservations and our dinner was by no means leisurely, I thought it was extremely RUDE of her to tell us people were waiting for a table. Won't go back.

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4 star rating
A repeat visit and not our last...
February 24, 2010

Had the fixe prix Taste of Burlington: salmon and short ribs, and a strip steak for the third entree. Plentiful, no rush to order, served cheerfully and promptly, and preparation was excellent. Lots of juice with first course of NZ mussels in a curry sauce - finished every spoonful of sauce. Red pepper soup was very flavourful... breads beforehand fresh and warm... desserts of creme brulee and... more

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4 star rating
Best Bistro
January 09, 2010

What a unique gem of a spot. Hidden in the Aldershot area of Burlington we enjoyed everything about this place. The service, atmosphere and the food were outstandng

Brought back such great memories, and they did not disappoint. The sauce was delicious, atop of this traditional classic

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4 star rating
December 09, 2009

Went to this restaurant by chance as a visit to our first choice was so noisy we couldn't stand it. This place has a nice atmosphere, pleasant music, and great food. The rack of lamb was just about the best I have tasted. The breads are very nice. The wine is pricy, but I find that at most places.

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4 star rating
We were looking forward to dining out for our...
July 15, 2009

We were looking forward to dining out for our Anniversary and chose the WPB. Great service and pleasant people. Lamb shank with mashed was OK... mashed was warm rather than hot but tomato sauces added a lot of flavour and warmth. My wife enjoyed her salmon and also the salad. Breads were fresh. Both coffees were weak, the cappucino OK but a strong chickory flavour in my decaf which I wasn't use... more

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4 star rating
July 12, 2007

Love it, love it, love it

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4 star rating
October 13, 2006

Have been here a number of times and yet to be disappointed

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August 16, 2013

West Plains Bistro offers these services: coffee, restaurant, caterer.

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February 21, 2010

West Plains Bistro is a restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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