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“Great meal in Salem!”

Bari's Resturant and Bar
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Ranked #216 of 585 Restaurants in Salem
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

I was looking for a place for a good meal around Salem, OR and found this place!

It was pretty quiet when I came in, but it was pretty late so I guess that's understandable. It's a cute place with bar seating, various tables, and an additional section of seating in the restaurant.

I stared out with the Pinot Gris and steamed mussels. Their bread was really good - too bad the mussels had less sauce than I hoped for!

For my entree, I had the clams linguine with white sauce. The clams were fresh and the linguine was cooked perfectly. Once again, I was hoping for a bit more sauce in the dish, but I guess it was made sauce - light.

It was a filling meal in and I was pleasantly surprised!

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Reviewed January 1, 2018

I had a recommendation for Bari’s from another foodie so we made a rez for a belated birthday dinner for hubby. When I made the reservation I asked if we could bring our own wine and pay a corkage fee (hubby’s in the biz) and received a yes. When we showed up for our 5:00 pm reservations – there was only one other couple at a table in the back. We were greeted by Bruce, the owner; charming and warmly welcoming. Nice Spanish instrumental music, quiet ambience. At first glance, the space seems very small, with a massive beautifully carved wood panel on the wall behind the bar, highlighting the extensive and first-rate, top-drawer collection of premium and rarely-seen (in Salem) whiskeys, scotches, liqueurs, Mezcals, Tequilas; alcohol of every ilk. The small front space is deceiving as there is another dining area that is rather more spacious and private.
We ordered cocktails first – the white port with tonic and lime. Perfect starter drink – light and refreshing for the feast we were about to begin. First….appetizers. We had been salivating over the bone marrow in the on-line menu – never tried it before – but had watched Anthony Bourdain treat it with absolute reverence on a few of his shows. We HIGHLY recommend the Luge experience! You are served a large split bone with all the decadent fat and marrow easily available for slurping with crusty bread pieces. And slurp we did. THEN! Our lovely, smiley server, Jessica, luges or pours, whisky of your choice – we chose Rittenhouse Rye – down the bone marrow channel and into your mouth, bringing with it the morsels of marrow and fat left in the bone. Food porn spoiler alert! We also ordered the Carpaccio, which was tender and flavorful with mouthfuls of arugula, capers and duck fat mustard.
Service was constant and consistently efficient. Bruce was very much present in all the action. He offered to decant our wine – a 2001 Clos Mogador, and at first, hubby declined. Bruce was offered a taste, and suggested that we should decant – wine still a little tight. He was RIGHT! After the decanting – the wine opened up and was right on the money.
On to the entrees….hubby ordered the beet salad and rabbit stew. I ordered the romaine salad with horseradish dressing and duck confit with fig demi sauce, with beautifully seasoned and roasted winter veg. I have had duck in many and varied forms – including at the Emeril’s Restaurant at Universal Orlando – this duck I gnawed to the bone (see pic). The rabbit in Mirepoix was silky and savory. As Bruce explained, the rabbit takes three days to bring it to its’ luscious state of being.
It was, after all, a birthday celebration, so we ordered dessert to share; Pot de Crème – yummy. Bruce then said he had something special for us and when Jessica brought over another dessert – he leaned over and whisked it away….took it back to the kitchen for some magic….ABRA CADABRA…presto chango! We were presented with a beautiful French pastry (something like a beignet) covered with French Vanilla ice cream. Oink-Oink! I ordered a Spanish Coffee – which Bruce executed perfectly with burnt sugar rim, and hubby had a Fidencio Mezcal.
Then – we people-watched. The bar began to fill quickly at about 8:00 pm with a lively interesting assortment of Salemites. There were a few tables filling with larger groups of people, most of who appeared to be regulars and received warm hugs from Bruce, and servers.
The success of this elegantly-executed fine-dining establishment will ultimately be achieved, I believe, due to the hands-on, obsessively-coordinated implementation, and charisma of and by Bruce, the owner. We finally groaned to our feet, leaning on each other for support, and reluctantly left one of the most delightful and delectable dining experiences we have had in a long while. Kudos, Bruce!

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