Transport yourself to Paris at this local French restaurant from Chef Erin Willis! RM 12:20 Bistro is a treasure for an off-the-beaten path date night option, complete with wine and French fare, with a touch of Southern ambience! And there’s some great weekday specials too.
Updated January 2022
Opened by Willis back in 2018, she’s also the head chef and aims to bring the neighborhood a place where they can enjoy conversation for hours, over plates of French inspired foods and wines. If you’re curious about the name, it’s a bible verse from Romans 12:20 “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink."
The blue-walled, white table-clothed restaurant offers a seasonal menu, which currently features a lobster risotto, braised short ribs, honey and lavender half chicken & more. They also have an amazing brunch menu with a brie board, quiche, poutine, and more French breakfast items! Pair brunch with one of a dozen Aperitifs/Digestifs for $8 including an Aperol Spritz, Lillet Blanc or Rouge, Suze, Amaro and more!
TUESDAY’S HALF PRICE BOTTLES OF WINE
The wine list at RM 12:20 Bistro is spectacular. Tuesday night’s you can score your favorite wine—or try a new one— and get half of the bottle! Their patio is a cute, shady spot to enjoy a wine night! If you like chardonnay, make sure to try the Cave De Lugny Macon.
WEDNESDAY BURGER SPECIAL
Make sure to stop by on a Wednesday to get the $9 Burger & Frites Special! The burger has brie, arugula, and caramelized onions for that French flare and is delicious. Great option for a quick dinner to-go.
ADULTS-ONLY DATE NIGHT SPOT
Whenever people ask us for kid-friendly restaurant recs, we send them over to Lake Highlands...it’s one of the most kid friendly neighborhoods with many restaurants offering toys, playgrounds etc but RM 12:20 Bistro takes a different approach. Leave your kids at home for this dining experience that airs more on the formal side! It’s a nice escape for parents, but also for anyone looking for a sophisticated ambience.