Bakersfield

4.4
1170 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Locally owned yet globally inspired, our Modern American restaurant showcases the talent of Standard Market’s accomplished culinary team.
Crafted in our striking open kitchen with views from throughout the restaurant, everything you are about to enjoy on our menu is made right here—by real chefs.
Anchored by our signature hickory and oak Wood-Fired Grill, BAKERSFIELD delivers a culinary experience unlike any other. Featuring ingredients ranging from 28-day-aged, hand-cut Midwestern Angus beef and fresh whole fish flown in daily and filleted in house to scratch baked breads and hand-hewn tortilla chips, our singular focus is to bring you the freshest, most delicious experience possible.
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M
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Most delicious food and beyond excellent service. I highly recommend for lunch or dinner.

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BE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Let me 1st state that with out a doubt we will be coming back to Bakersfield. The situation was a tough one but, in case this is read by Bakersfield I wanted to make a suggestion. Our waiter hurt himself and had to go to the hospital during our visit. Feel bad for him but, I would suggest mentioning this to the patrons and not leaving them sitting there with no service for a very long period of time. To Bakersfield I apologize for my 91 year old mother in laws handling of this situation. Again, my wife and I have enjoyed Bakersfield over the years and will be back.

Dave Doyle

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Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We have been here often. Tonight we ordered fish. Menu did not indicate that it was blackened (quite spicy) nor did waiter mention it. It was not tasty to us. We had hardly had wine served when food arrived—-too quickly. I will return but I will be more assertive about questioning.

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T
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You can always count on Bakersfield to have quality food and service.

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Z
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening at Bakersfield. We were late for our reservation, due to a play that we had attended ending a bit late. They could not have been more understanding and accommodating. Upon arrival, we were greeted by our server, Chase, who was thoughtful and informative. The overall timing of the drinks and food was done well, along with attention to water refills and periodical checks on our table for any additional needs. It was a very good meal and we would definitely return to Bakersfield again.

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

Unfortunately, the dish 3 out of 4 of us had ordered had no flavor. We ordered the White fish stuffed with crab over rice. However, 1 of our guest ordered their pork chop and he said it was good. The service was impecable. I do feel that, if I had told them about it, they would've probably made us something else. l

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OR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

We went there for restaurant week. The selection was good, but it really lacked flavor. I ordered the crab cake appetizer, it was 4 fried small round cakes. Sauce lacked flavor and the cakes had quite a bit of filler. My second course was the salmon, it was good, nothing outstanding but ok. There were four of us and none of us were impressed. One member of our party did not get his entree at the same time as us and in fact we had to wait 10 minutes for 2 beers. This was a Monday night. I had heard good things about this restaurant but were were not impressed and frankly will probably not return.

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P
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great! Restaurant menu was limited but sufficient.

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MM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was very good all around - Cauliflower appetizer, smoked pork chop was great, french dip sandwich, cheese cake dessert.
Nice ambience and recommended if you like to talk (not yell) at the person across the table.
We will be back.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place. Excellent service and great food.

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g
Cancun
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

We had the guacomole & chips & a few glasses of wine to start. Then I'm thinking just should have ordered my initial thought, but I didn't. I order the Korean Bowl, for something different, I guess. Steak was tough, too much rice, never had kimchi so I can't critique that, but loved the ginger carrots. It was kinda dry, suppose to have a Korean BBQ sauce. My friend had the Ribeye which she liked, only complaint was it was fatty but tasty. Our server was attentive and helpful.
Been there before and enjoy the atmosphere especially the booths for privacy and low noise level. Would go again but I would order something else.

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S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Service was mediocre as was the food. They have changed there menu and I’m not as attracted to the new items. Had the stuffed white fish tasted a little fishy the crab was not seasoned as was the risotto had to add lemon and pepper to have myself come to eat some of it.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and great experience

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JP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Service was good, food was great and I love the space.

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BT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Unadvertised limited Prix Fix menu, poor service

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JM
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, great service, a really cool place to dine!

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CP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were excellent! Our server was very polite and attentive. We did miss the great brownie sundae that’s no longer on the menu.

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RB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Dined there Saturday evening. The restaurant interior (and exterior) is attractive. The inside has a clean and open appearance. Tables are spaced nicely not bunched together. Service was very good. We were seated right away and our server Kelly was excellent. She was very attentive even though the restaurant was full and she had several other tables to wait on. The wine offerings by the glass were limited but Cab I chose was very good. My only negative comment would be regarding the food. The food was the usual sports bar variety, greasy burgers (so, so) and fried chicken (good). I guess I was expecting a little more. I ordered a rib eye steak (Medium) that was over done and I will leave it at that.

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c
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Atmosphere and service are excellent. Quality and tenderness of meats is very inconsistent

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j
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Love this restaurant for the atmosphere. Been there a couple of times. Food is great but I thought the service lacked a little this time. We received out appetizers about 2 minutes before our main meal. It also took a long time just to get our soft drinks. Other that they experience was good

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GF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

An enjoyable dinner. The only thing that prevented me from going with 5 stars is the menu could use some changes on the entre section. They added bowls since my last visit but I did not really understand what they were. Banana bread pudding was excellent.

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L
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great server and food tasted pretty good too. I’d go again.

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Y
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

This is the 3rd time in a row of absolutely terrible service. The chicken bowl was very light in chicken! Burger was ok but really you have a problem here. Used to be great. Fell apart about November

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A
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Lamb chops portion was four bites. Tasty but small. Good thing I ordered a salad.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Horrible service. They need to get better wait staff because the food is great but the service was terrible. Our waiter did bring our drinks, everyone else got theirs. Then brought salads with no dressing, couldn’t find him for 10 minutes. Then did bring the dressing. We ordered baked potatoes with butter they never brought butter. We asked 3 people including the waiter to bring and no one did. We had to physically get up and go to the kitchen station to get the waiter. Lousy service will ruin any meal!

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d
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Caprese steak salad is huge. 3 pieces of filet. 1/2 avacadi. Good value. Delicious!

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F
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for a family dinner on a weeknight. Food is consistently good there. We usually buy a bottle of wine across the street at Standard Market to bring there. Service is friendly and attentive.

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SR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Semi-Upscale. Had a nice horseshoe shaped booth that we all fit in nicely. Staff was friendly. Everyone had something different from the menu. Good place to go and relax.

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c
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service. Quality and tenderness of meats very inconsistent. Sometimes mouth watering. Sometimes too tough to cut

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

First time @ restaurant. Place was empty for a Friday nite. Didn’t need reservations. Waitress was very friendly. Food was served quickly, almost too quick, and taste was so-so...hers butternut squash ravioli & mine filet—undercooked for medium. Rather pricey for a “grocery store” off-shoot. In & out in <1 hr.

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s
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Haven't been here in awhile and after dinner was wondering why we don't come here more often. The appetizers were very, very good. There were 5 of us and we all had different entrees that we all loved. The desserts were out of this world. I will be back soon for the Knife and Fork Fried Chicken...amazing!

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TB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere,
service .... Always a terrific experience!

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OT
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Tasty food served in a very nice ambience accompanied by a very good wine list. Very good value

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

New Year’s Eve 6 pm. Our party of four was seated near the kitchen, which of course was rather noisy. We waited entirely too long for our waitress to appear, and were close to asking the hostess to send her our way. The lobster bisque was tomato soup and the lobster was nonexistent. We did get up to ask kitchen staff for plates to eat our appetizer with since none were provided and the wait staff disappeared. Two in our party had fillet and they were different sizes. The crab stuff white fish was very good. However it was spoiled a little for me since the waitress came and took the dessert orders for the rest of my table before I had finished with my entrée. !?! Bakersfield has the potential to be a very fine dining experience. But they need to step it up, especially in the service department.

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VL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We were welcomed at door and taken right to our table Our server was friendly and the food was outstanding. My wife had the sword fish it was delicious and cooked perfectly I had crab stuffed white fish served atop risotto,it also was very good. Both were very nice portions. Our only slight complaint was that we had to wait for our drinks from the bar an abnormally long time.

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NB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

We’ve been to Bakersfield many times. We went for New Year Eve dinner and I was a little disappointed that they had a special NYE menu, since I was planning on ordering the fried chicken and it wasn’t on the special menu. So I settled for the Filet, which I have had before and it is usually pretty good. I ordered it medium, but it came out very well done. The waitress was so sweet (Terri), she brought it back to the kitchen and said ‘this is too expensive to not have it cooked the way you want it ‘. The next filet came out raw! So it was set back again! They cooked it long and it was now edible. The manager came over and was very apologetic and of course took the filet off the bill. And they also gave use free dessert. My husband had lamb chops and they were very tough, but he just ate them and did not say anything to waitress. Although the food was not good the waitress and manager were so nice about it. I’m hoping it was just an off night because I normally like this restaurant.

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CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

We made New Year's Eve reservations @ Bakersfield for 5:30p.m. We were hoping for a quality, leisurely dinner. On arrival we found a VERY limited special menu with none of the normal menu items. We ordered drinks and placed our dinner orders. We had barely had time to enjoy our drinks when our entrees arrived-- probably 7 minutes. The food was only so-so. It must of been pre-cooked to come out so fast! It was certainly not the quality I had remembered from past visits. We were literally in and out of the restaurant in 30 minutes. I am not sure we will ever return after this experience!

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SG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service. First time here. Very busy 12/31/18 for brunch. Both hostesses were stunning as well.

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W
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

I received a email from Bakersfield in early December advertising that for Christmas Eve they would have a special pre fix Dinner.
The menu sounded great as well as a realistic price. I immediately made a reservation for 5, this Seoul’s be approximately 3 weeks prior to 12/24. A day or two prior I even received a confirmation phone call from a woman named Michele.

We arrived exactly at 6:pm, the hostess immediately says to me that the previous reservation is still at our table finishing up...
We patiently wait for 20 minutes, the hostess takes us to a small table for 4!!!!! Our reservation was for 5 & then she says we can pull up a chair???? I go & find the manager who seemed challenged by the entire evening. She puts us at a booth (again for 4!!!) in the bar section (not what my reservation was for) & pull up a chair to the end for my husband to sit in ??????
Then they had to bring a server over b/c that section was handled by the bartenders.
I asked the manager why would they ever accept our reservation if they weren’t staffed for it. Also I felt as though they were accepting walk ins when my reservation was made 3 weeks prior?!!! Yes, at the end the manager tried to compensate & purchase our drinks but Christmas Eve dinner was a disappointment!

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RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, food was divine and service was friendly and attentive. I love this restaurant! Ideal to celebrate any special occasion.

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