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The Bistro

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1129 College St, Bowling Green, KY 42101-2618 (Barren River Health Department)
+1 270-781-9646
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:30 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on the recommendation of the owner of TylerAdamsHouse-- where we were staying and literally walked 100yds to the front door of the establishment. You can tell as you enter --that the original building had to be close to 100 years old It was very tastefully remodeled , keeping with the integrity of its past history. They have a... More 

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North Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

After reading the other reviews I guess I'm not as enamored with this place as others. We were there on a night that wasn't very crowded - I'm not sure if it was crowded where everyone would park. Seems like a lot of street parking and some from the post office if it's not operating. The building was pretty unique.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner from start to finish. The service was wonderful and attentive! The food fresh and the specials were delightfully different. I had the chicken with a grit cake, another had the pork belly with corn compote and cabbage. I highly recommend eating here when you have a chance.

Thank Pockets253
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

I'm just going to start this by saying I'm a big big fan of The Bistro in Bowling Green Ky. We have enjoyed many meals there dating back to the original location on Russellville Rd. It is truly fine dining with a friendly family feeling. Chef Sasha Mandropa is a master of all types of cuisine . I have never... More 

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Fredericksburg, Va
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The meal was good, but we had to wait more than an hour for the entree to arrive. The service was good, but also rather slow. It may not be fair to judge a restaurant by a group event, but based on the experience, I would not go back.

Thank Geographer08
Sherwood, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This is a special place. First the atmosphere is very upscale, old brick and lots of wood, with real paintings, for sale of course. My waitress was knowledgeable and attentive. I prefer seafood, and there are many great choices. I did a special seafood baked appetizer and a salmon special entree, both excellent. The house chardonnay was quite good. Wouldn't... More 

Thank z0607
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

I just have to say I value The Bistro more each time we visit! I've always loved the atmosphere and the choice of entrees is always varied and interesting. This evening my husband had the Ribeye which is one of his favorites and changes according to the Chef's selection. I loved the Filet which is pricey at $35, accompanied by... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Went for a special lunch. It's a fancy place, deep wood tones everywhere - and seems like where the local well-off ladies like to have a nice lunch. My companion and I both enjoyed our meals, so it's reputation is earned. Just a bit pricey for me to go out of my way to get anything here. Service was fine... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We will SO be back!! Quaint and beautiful place! Started off with the New Fashion cocktail!' YUM! Then, must have, bacon wrapped dates! To die for! Then, my hubby and I each ordered separate specials: beef tips and catfish.. We always do that so we can share... Delightfully perfect. Then, Bailys Cream Chocolate cake... Mmmmm!! And the adorable wait staff... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

AMAZING food but terrible service. Definitely worth one try to see if the service gets better. I ordered Mediterranean Tilapia but swapped out for salmon. Holy moly, it was so good! Fried catfish was exceptionally delicious.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 15:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1129 College St, Bowling Green, KY 42101-2618
    (Barren River Health Department)
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Bowling Green
  • Phone Number: +1 270-781-9646
Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky's historic downtown district, The Bistro welcomes you to one-of-a-kind dining. The two-story restored 1893 Fletcher House plays host to both first rate meals and service whether you are enjoying dinner for two in the restaurant, drinks with friends in the bar or a private function in the upstairs meeting space.

The Bistro menu features Mediterranean-inspired dishes with a unique twist. From perfectly grilled ribeye to moist stuffed salmon, our menu has something that is sure to delight even the pickiest of tastes. Be sure to also enjoy craft beers, wine, and specialty cocktails from our full bar.

Wedding receptions, office parties, birthdays, whatever the occasion, let The Bistro make it memorable. Private dining is available upstairs in a 1,800 square foot space that seats up to 50. For elegant outdoor functions our private courtyard is the perfect setting. We offer full-service catering and will help you plan a menu that fits in your budget.

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