Authentic French cuisine at Le Bistro

By Priya Hutner · 

Hidden away in Incline Village is a quaint French Bistro that’s been around for more than 24 years. This is where Chef Jean-Pierre Doignon, owner of Le Bistro, prepares authentic French cuisine. The restaurant is cozy intimate and the ambiance is that of a traditional French European-style bistro.

It was my friend Eric’s birthday, so I invited him to join me to celebrate. Gorgonzola Profiteroles, Cheddar Cheese Sticks and Olive Ratatouille Tapenade on light airy rounds were set on the table for us to start off the evening.


Seared Ahi Neapolitan with dill dressing and reduced balsamic · 

For appetizers we chose the Blue Crab & Lobster Cocktail with micro arugula, fennel shaves and asparagus and the Seared Ahi Neapolitan with dill dressing and reduced balsamic and waffle potatoes. Both were amazingly delicious. The Ahi was fresh and my love of dill made this dish for me ever so perfect.

For our soups we had the Tomato Soup En Croute, which was creamy and light and the puff pastry was perfectly puffy and fabulous, and the Roasted Onion, Potato and Celery Soup, which was delicious.


Baked Escargot Salad in a lemon and Parmesan dressing · 

Being in a French restaurant it seemed only appropriate we try the Baked Escargot Salad with Romaine served in a lemon and Parmesan dressing. We also had the Hydroponic Watercress with Bartlett pears with a honey, sherry vinegar dressing topped with roasted pine nuts. The flavors were excellent in both salads. I loved the lemon, garlic and cheese dressing on the romaine.

For our entrees we had the Tournedos of Beef Tenderloin in Pinto Noir and topped with Gorgonzola Cheese and Medallions of Venison in a Mushroom Duxelles and Onion Jus. The venison was excellent and the mushroom and onion jus gravy and was a perfect balance to the dish. The Pomme Frittes that accompanied the meal were lightly fried, airy and delightful.


Strawberry Mousse in a Chocolate Cup, Apricot Tulip in Frangelico Crème and an Almond Truffle with cappuccino · 

For dessert we enjoyed the Strawberry Mousse in a Chocolate Cup, Apricot Tulip in Frangelico Crème and an Almond Truffle with cappuccino. Each dessert was excellent.

Our server Jodi Distasio served a Muscat De Beaumes de Venise and a Warres Warrior Port, one of the oldest brands of Port, that was rich and full-bodied. Both were perfect to accompany dessert.

Le Bistro features an A La Carte menu and a Prix-Fix menu. Chef uses vegetables, fruits and salads that are organically grown and the Acme bread is prepared with 100 percent organic flours.

Le Bistro is at 120 Country Club Drive, #29, in Incline Village and is open for dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. For more information, call (775) 831-0800 or visit


Priya Hutner is a writer, health and wellness consultant, and natural foods chef. Her business, The Seasoned Sage, focuses on wellness, conscious eating and healthy living. She offers healthy organic meals for her clients. She may be reached at [email protected] or visit Visit to read more Tastes columns.



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Priya Hutner
Priya is a writer, personal chef and meditation teacher. Having moved to the mountains from Sebastian, Fla., she embraces the Tahoe lifestyle and loves to ski, hike, paddle and swim. Priya is the owner of The Seasoned Sage, a business that prepares organic meals and facilitates workshops that promote a health-conscious lifestyle. Priya writes feature articles about music, art, food and recreation. She loves to immerse in story. Whether jumping from a plane, eating obscure foods or hitting the Tahoe-Reno music scene, she is always up for adventure and experience. She is currently writing a memoir about her experience living on an ashram and working on a series of cookbooks.