Bistro VG French Restaurant, Roswell Atlanta Review
Bistro VG isn’t just a bistro - it’s a vacation from Atlanta’s sprawling strip malls and mediocre fare. It offers the kind of unique ambience and flavors I had become accustomed to when living in downtown Chicago.
My husband and I first went to Bistro VG’s for a standard lunch, looking for something neither rushed nor lingering, and for just over an hour we were so soothed and relaxed by the atmosphere and tantalized by the food that I ended up feeling like we had been on vacation.
• Style: European and French cuisine
• Dress: Casual to party casual
• Atmosphere: Intimate, romantic, relaxing
• Price Range: Dinner entrees range from $17 to $31
• Great For: Special lunches and special nights
• Specialties: Steaks, cheese sampler, wood-fired pizza
• Kids: Well-behaved, older children would enjoy this restaurant
• Vegetarian options: Unique and plentiful options
Hours: Open daily for dinner, and Monday through Friday for lunch.
Your first step into Bistro VG can be breathtaking. Their palette of white and earthy greige is so relaxing and sophisticated that I found myself wishing I could go home and paint my whole interior white in hopes of duplicating the setting. After I was seated and had ordered, I toured the whole restaurant, soaking up the simple art, chandeliers, and even rubbing my hands on the plaster walls. Even the ladies’ bathroom is artistic.
They have managed to insulate their patrons from their actual location on the corner of a busy street and have created a serene, light-filled setting. The view at night is lovely, with white twinkle lights framing the trees right outside the windows. The large bar and lounge area, complete with a fireplace lined with river rock, would be a comfy spot for you and your laptop by day, and fun and festive with friends at night.
We specifically came to Bistro VG to try the cheese plate and it was delicious. The delicate homemade crackers, made from thinly sliced rustic bread and baked with butter, melted in our mouths and were the perfect underlayment for our sophisticated cheeses and relish. Each time the relish has been different, but still a savory fruit concoction with lots of flavor.
I also ordered the Caesar salad with crisp buttermilk-fried onions on top and the pairing was so good, I was sure I’d need to eat all Caesar salads with onions from here on out. If you’re an onion addict like I am, this chef does amazing things with onions from the salad and cheese relish to caramelized onions on pizzas and cauliflower. One in our party is a vegetarian and there were plenty of options, and they don’t mistakenly assume that all vegetarians adore mushrooms.
On our subsequent visits, we have been very pleased with steaks, pizzas, vegetables, salads, and the waitstaff’s knowledge of wines. I do wish all restaurants would be specific as to whether you’re ordering a white pizza or a classic pizza with tomato sauce. I normally assume tomato sauce unless it says otherwise, but am often surprised when it doesn’t automatically appear on my pizza. If you’re not sure and this is something you are particular about, ask your server.
Our first lunch, after tip, was just over $50 for two people. It’s a perfect place when you’re looking for a little something special or relaxing for one, two, or large parties. If you’re celebrating and looking for a cozy, private setting, Bistro VG’s Lotus Room features a crescent shaped booth with quilted, white patent leather walls. It’s a FUN space and the perfect size for six to ten people. They also have a charming outdoor patio.
For dessert, we have tried the beignets with pots of chocolate and orange marmalade. They were very good, but different from New Orleans-style beignets being smaller and more dense. This is my only suggestion for improvement, that they perhaps call their pastries something other than beignets. But then I’ve never been to France, only New Orleans.
70 West Crossville Rd
Roswell, GA 30075
This review is written by Lolita M.