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Angelica's Bistro

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Angelica's BistroAngelica's Bistro

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

863 Main St
Redwood City, California, 94063-1901
United States

(650) 365-3226 | map

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Added by largadeer on 06-24-2008

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Photo of easong
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Nice patio seating on any average day in the city which proudly advertises climate best by government test, something which locally at least only Sunnyvale and Berkeley might care to argue about. Cannot recommend the beer selection as it is the sort of place that would sub Firestone Double Barrel Ale for Union Jack IPA and then tell you it was IPA. Just sayin'. But the food is fresh and good and fairly priced, the management makes sure you are taken care of, and the scene is cool on a cool day. Still, there are better beer options in the RC, if that's your priority.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

We tried bottle shares here for a while -- outside of those, I have never been.

Good outdoor seating, but every single time I've been here (4-5 occasions), the place has been utterly lifeless and empty. This is relevant because it brings me to the next paragraph:

They charge a $5 glassware fee for everyone who attends a tasting, including people who don't drink, even if we buy food and beer. I don't want to get into an argument about corkage fees, but when a place is empty as often as this restaurant seems to be, the fee is just dumb.

Decent stuff on tap, but no better than a bar with a few craft taps.

The food is good (compared to bar fare), but it's not great.

I MIGHT stop here for a sandwich sometime (can't ever see it happening, but never say never). I wouldn't likely get a beer here and I'd literally never attend another tasting here.

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Photo of nickd717
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Pretty nice place in Redwood City. Great outdoor seating area with heat lamps and fountains, sometimes live music (albeit sometimes TERRIBLE live music). Inside area is decent too. If you come at the right time, you might be lucky enough to see a belly dancing show.

Beer selection is solid, but you probably won't find anything too out of the ordinary here. There are 14 taps and 50 or so bottles. Lots of international stuff as well as some local craft brews.

Food is reasonable, but not outstanding. Prices are about what you'd expect for what you get and for the area.

The owner, Peter, is a nice guy and really into beer. He appreciates the BA scene and runs the "Redwood City beer club," so if you go to Angelica's, make sure to say hi to him.

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Photo of oggg
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I went to Angelica's on a Saturday night for a musical performance. That can partly explain the horrible service, but I think it was really just our particular server. In retrospect we should've gotten the manager to get us a different server from the first horrible impression. (didn't write down our drink orders, lied about a drink being unavailable, 15 min before appearances, had 3 unlabelled beers in pint glasses on a tray and offered me one even though she didn't know what each one was, and didn't know what I ordered, then insulted me by offering the mystery beer as a free comp, fidgeting/ shaking like she was on medication/substances, trying to clear away my pint glass that wasn't empty, promising free comps and then billing us for them, etc), I highly recommend that you switch servers if you get someone that's horrible. It looked like the other servers were more professional.

I don't want to drag the service score that low just on one visit, so I'm giving it a 3, and I'll rereview if I go again.

The restaurant is quite large -- it looks like someone bought a two story antique store with its inventory of old dusty lamps, mirrors and artwork. Then make room for a little music stage and renovate just the back room into a tiny kitchen. They actually have an outdoor area w/heaters in the back and side yard, and that saves this place from what is otherwise a fairly ugly interior.

Beer list is impressive and pretty reasonable. They have 3 belgians (Kwak and 2 others) for 8.95, then all the other taps are 4.95 (Stone AB, Firestone Union Jack and Double Jack, 3 Devil's Canyon brews, Franziskaner, Blanch de Chambly, etc. Wines are $9-18 with no temperature control on a hot day (we had to request an ice bucket to cool down a HOT half bottle of red wine). A friend said the "Arnold Palmer" drink was not good. They also had a long bottle list and a one liner advertising the RWC Beer Club, which I will look into.

Food took a while because our server took so long with our drinks and then our order that we got stuck at the end of the food rush for the performance -- 2 hours for fairly simple food. Even if I don't take the time into account, I gotta say the food was pricey for what you get -- $14 philly cheese steak, meager on cheese and steak, $11 burgers -- this is reasonable only if 1)the food is excellent (wihich it wasn't) or 2) the ambience is excellent (which it wasn't, except for the music performance, for which we already paid $15ea for cover). They had pastas, grill items, and salads. We tried the yogurt and whipped cream crepe, and that was actually very very good.

Overall: the beer and beer prices look very good for a place on the Peninsula, so I can recommend this place for beer, no problem. Food is average. I'll have to come back on a non-performance night to really judge atmosphere. I'm hoping nobody else gets my bad experience with one of their servers

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Photo of largadeer
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Originally a large antique shop, Angelica's has a pretty unique vibe. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, with the outdoor garden providing the best ambiance. Covered in lush vegetation, old fountains and antiques, it's hard to believe this place is in downtown Redwood City.

Service is generally quite good; the staff is personable and friendly.

The beer selection is solid and improving. 15ish taps (and growing), with an emphasis on local micros. Stone Arrogant Bastard and Firestone Union Jack are a couple of the highlights. 50 plus bottles are available as well, along with a substantial amount of wine.

The food menu is diverse and pretty solid; everything from the salads to the burgers are good. The corned beef pie comes highly recommended.

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Angelica's Bistro in Redwood City, CA
Place rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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