Awards & Press
Free Lance Star
"Restaurants like this are few and far between...sublime food in a very special setting."
Virginia Living Magazine
Best of 2012: "One of the best bistros in central Virginia."
Virginia Living Magazine
"Classic and cosmopolitan."
Northern VA Magazine November 2013 - 50 Best Restaurants
"...the best use of an herb [sorrel] this year."
Garden & Gun Magazine October/November 2011 Issue
"Soulful, seasonal cooking with a Southern accent...#1 must-visit place in Virginia" - Chef Cathal Armstrong
- Rappohannock Sierra Club 'Living Green' Award 2011
- Wine Spectator: Award of Excellence 2005-2010
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine: Award of Unique Distinction 2005-2006
- Best of the 'Burg
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May 15, 2012 - The meal I had at your restaurant the other Friday was the BEST meal I've had since I moved to Fredericksburg. I had the special - it was London broil with crispy Shiitake mushrooms and potatoes. I was a little hesitant to try bone marrow, but it was completely delicious! For drinks I had the fresh grapefruit margarita (heaven) and a Pinot Noir. For dessert I had the chocolate pot de creme with peanut brittle that I can't stop thinking about. My husband loved his shortribs and strawberry crisp dessert. The next time we have a babysitter, we're definitely heading back to your restaurant!... [Our waitress] was very poised, attentive, and helpful in making selections. Thank you for the perfect meal and service and for making me feel more at home.
May 6, 2012 - Your passion for quality food and the love of serving to your customers came through loud and clear in all the dishes we ordered...we thank [our server] and the Bistro Bethem kitchen staff for a GREAT lunch! We will be regulars at the Bistro from now on.
Jan 19, 2012 - Ingredients as fresh as a slick teenager, and unsurpassed devotion to his craft put Bistro Bethem atop the must-experience dining spots in the ‘Burg! - Rob Grogan, Editor of Front Porch Magazine, frontporchfredericksburg.com
Dec 14, 2011 - Thank you so much for the outstanding dinner and service the evening of December 10, 2011. The food was superb and the personal touches were absolutely special. The bride and groom were thrilled, as were my wife and I. The server was excellent, personable and professional. Your recommendation for the champagne was on the mark and the wine I ordered with the meal was exquisite. Our meals were well prepared, delicious and the presentation was fabulous. Well done to Bistro Bethem! We shall return.
Oct 27, 2011 - The service and dining experience was exquisite. The Bistro Bethem staff was very pleasant and accommodating. My fiancee and I enjoyed our date night out.
Sep 30, 2011 - The restaurant is conducted very professionally from the beginning to the end. The decor is original and pleasant. The food was exceptionally tasty, with good quality ingredients and presented artistically.
Aug 5, 2011 - After eating, my fiance said, 'food should not be this good.' The food here is out of this world. We love that the menu is ever changing. They also have an expansive drink menu that we enjoy as well. This is our go to spot for date night. The service is remarkable and the ambience couldn't be better. This is a place we will always return to.
Aug 5, 2011 - The food was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. Our server was polite and attentive, talkative but not intrusive. We LOVED the overall experience; Bistro Bethem will definitely be our regular spot when [my mom] comes to visit!
Aug 5, 2011 - Bistro Bethem offers the highest quality ingredients and the highest caliber of service possible for their price range.
May 22, 2011 - Should you go? Not just yes. YES! The service is top notch, the wine list is extensive, the food is unique, presented beautifully, and delicious. -- Diana Mencel
Mar 24, 2011 - The overall dining experience was just that - an amazing EXPERIENCE! The quaint atmosphere just added to a very nice evening out!
Jan 10, 2011 - My husband and I had dinner there on Saturday night. We requested a special table to for two .When we arrived it was waiting for us. I can’t rant enough about the service and the food. It was a very special evening and we will come back.
Apr 22, 2010 - The best dining experience in Fredericksburg. The superb quality of food, creative menu and level of service are unmatched in the area. I appreciate their use of local, organic products and love that everything is made fresh there! I recommend this restaurant to everyone I know. -- Irene T Hagerty
Apr 15, 2010 - I like the fact they showcase local artists, the quality of the fresh foods they use, and the family story of the restaurant.--Virginia O. Smith
Mar 25, 2010 - My husband and I traveled through Fredericksburg and ate at the Bistro for our anniversary dinner. We could not have been more pleased with the special treatment we were given and the delicious food! We started with the cheese platter, which was just perfect for two and had a lovely variety. I had tuna, which was perfectly prepared, and my husband enjoyed his steak and ate every bite. Our desserts and coffee were excellent as well. The service was wonderful -- not intrusive, but always there if needed. We would definitely return again! Thank you so much for a wonderful evening. And now, if you would just consider sending along your recipe for Walnut Brittle…my husband loved it and is begging for me to try and make some for him for his birthday on Saturday! J Cheers! Amanda Croushore Springfield, VA
Feb 15, 2010 - My wife and I really enjoy your restaurant. We have had four meals at Bistro Bethem during the past 10 months, although we live in Falls Church. At home we have easy access to the entire D.C. metro area, which has many excellent restaurants. Still, we enjoy your bistro as much as any restaurant in our area. Your ambiance, service, and food are excellent, and your wine list always delivers delightful surprises. Last night, we enjoyed your Valentine's Day Dinner, which was wonderful. With the art on the walls and the lights turned low, my wife and I felt as if we were having dinner on Le Rive Gauche in Paris. Thanks so much! --Rich
Oct 30, 2009 - I own Pennie Rose Massage Therapy on William Street. We have quite a few couples, from out of town, that come in for Couples Massages. Most times they will ask for information on good places to eat after their massage. I’ve sent them to your restaurant, and they’ve always been very happy. My husband and I eat there as often as we can and have friends join us there. We’ve never had a boring or bad meal. The service has always been outstanding, and it’s so clean. The food speaks for itself.
Apr 29, 2009 - Wow! Finally a F-burg restaurant worth every penny! Cuisine is fresh, local, organic and mouth watering. Owners and staff CARE about all the details of your dining experience! Accommodated special food allergies with call ahead! Owners are amazing!
Feb 21, 2009 - I love that Bistro Bethem is chef owned and family operated. I love the wedding and kids pictures. I love the rotating local art as decorations. Great organic and local food.
Oct 7, 2007 - My husband and I just celebrated my birthday at Bistro Bethem tonight and it was one of the best meals we have eaten in a very long time. The complimentary champagne to begin the night was a delightful touch! Thanks for cooking an amazing meal for us!
Oct 6, 2007 - Dear Bistro Bethem, My name is Mackenzie Self, I'm Blake and Aby's niece. I love them very much. I love when they cook for me. We all love when uncle Blake cooks for us. Love you guys. I'll visit soon. - Mackenzie
Jul 3, 2007 - A friend introduced me to Bistro Betham for my birthday a few weeks ago. My only dissapointment was that I hadn't found this place sooner! You are my new favorite restaurant and I am telling ALL my friends! So impressed with both food and service!
Jun 6, 2007 - Tom and I stopped in to have a few glasses of wine for the evening of my birthday. I loved the ambience and the service was magnificent. Bistro Bethem is special to us because he proposed to me that night. We plan to visit soon! - Charlottesville, VA
Feb 19, 2007 - Bistro is as pleasing to the palette as it is to the soul!
Dec 24, 2006 - We had dinner at BB last evening after doing some Christmas shopping. This is our second visit. We visited New York last weekend, and even in the trendy restaurants there, we did not see your level of service, presentation, and atmosphere.
Sep 8, 2006 - Bistro Bethem is the best place for a couple to eat in the Fredericksburg area. Their wine menu is amazing and the chef is one of the best. What a great honor to stumble in.
Aug 17, 2006 - The Bistro can hold its own with any fancy restaurant in the DC area. The food is creative and delicious, the atmosphere classy and hip, yet very comfortable, the staff delightful. We live in DC, but this is our "special occasion" spot.
Jun 27, 2006 - There is no other restaurant in this region that combines the quality of service, atmosphere, and menu the way The Bistro does. Thank you all for making every experience wonderful and memorable. I anxiously await my next Bistro Bethem experience.
Jun 4, 2006 - What a great atmosphere. We are new to the area and it was such a great treat that we do not have to drive to DC to have such an upscale but relaxed dining experience. We feel more at ease in our new city with dinner at your restaurant. Thank you.
Feb 23, 2005 - Dinner And A Movie was one of the most delightful evenings we've ever had here in Fredericksburg and another example of why Bistro Bethem was voted the Best Restaurant in Fredericksburg. The menu, the service, the hospitality are all second to none.
Feb 16, 2005 - We recently dined at Bistro with a group of friends and had a great evening. The food was excellently prepared and presented, and the different courses were served at timely intervals -- we didn't feel rushed or ignored.