Friday, September 23, 2011

A little bragging on our Bistro Des Copains

As those of you who have been reading my ramblings over the past few years know, I am co-owner with my good friend Cluney of a small bistro in Occidental, California called Bistro Des Copains.

We opened the bistro a little more than five years ago. For those of you who own or may have owned restaurants know, it is not easy to make a go of a restaurant especially the last few years with the bad economy. That certainly holds true for us.

However, despite the ups and downs of the economy and associated challenges that brings to the restaurant business, we have always tried to make sure we are serving up great food and good time for our guests who come to the bistro, many so frequently, they are now dear friends.

Every year, in major cities in the United States and some foreign countries, Zagat, who was just bought by Google, publishes an annual dining guide with ratings and lists based upon feedback they get from restaurant diners.

We have a very hard working and loyal staff and we are very proud to say that the just published 2012 dining guide for the San Francisco Bay Area included our little bistro in its list of Top Spots in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We don't do super refined cuisine like the other Top Spots. We just try to deliver fabulous bistro cuisine using the best ingredients we can find with a generous welcoming spirit.

So you can imagine, it is very gratifying to get formal recognition that diners appreciate what we do at Bistro Des Copains. Here's my wish to you that all of your dining experiences are great ones. Bon appétit et à bientôt mes amis.


  1. Congratulations, you must be feeling well pleased with that result. Diane

  2. What an awesome thing for you and your staff. Congratulations! I'll put this little tidbit in my back pocket for remembering so that if I ever make it back to that part of California I will stop by, have a bite and say hello!

  3. Hi Michel! This is great news and you are quite right to feel proud! Well done. As you know from Barbara (cuisinedeprovence), we have just visited Vaison! And then the next day we actually drove by Sablet!! If I had only known it was so close, I would have come and rung your doorbell!!! What a fabulous village! What a lovely area! No wonder you and Shirley love it! Till the next time ....

  4. Congratulations!
    I love the SF Bay area and provence, cool blog you have.

  5. Diane - Thank you so much!

    Barbara - Thank you, I really appreciate your nice feedback.

    Ashley - It would be a great honor to have you come to dine at Bistro Des Copains.

    Claudia - It would be great fun to meet up with you on a future trip to the Vaucluse. I hope you had a grand time in our area.

    Lemon - Thanks so much for checking in on my blog and posting a comment. It's tough to complain about life when you live in the Bay Area and in Provence; what's not to love.

  6. Michel: just discovered your blog after Google-ing The Bistro: great blogging! Also, congrats on the Zagat ratings, it's truly an honor to be a part of the talented, dedicated team you've assembled, and I am hearing one effusive comment after another from my excellent vantage point at the Pantry Bar! Here's to your continued success!

  7. Gabriel - Thanks so much for checking in on my little blog. We are very happy to have you on the Bistro team. You are doing a great job. I feel blessed to be surrounded by such a talented and wonderful group of people. See you soon.

  8. Félicitations! 27 is a great score! I hope to get a chance to dine there one day.

  9. Camille - Thank you so much, it would be a great honor to have you dine at Bistro Des Copains.