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Famous Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, European, Fusion, Gastropub
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102 W 2nd St, Owensboro, KY 42303-4111
+1 270-686-8202
11:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great service,have not had a bad meal here in 20 years, very nice brunch on Saturday,will season to your liking,excellent cook,they make you feel right at home

Thank trob450910
Budapest, Hungary
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had two lunches at the restaurant. The bread is made by them and taste delicious. The food portions are huge. The service is ok but during lunch, you need to make sure to have enough time. It can get slow.

Thank PeterLazar
Eagle River
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99 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We were not planning on coming here to the famous Bistro~ happy we did!!!! Logan was our server. He was SO nice~ great service! I totally forgot to take photos of the delicious food we ate. My salmon was so fresh and delicious served with caramelized Brussels sprouts and potatoes~ highly recommend! My husband~ had a delicious filet seasoned and... More 

Thank kathhicks
San Diego, California
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Great experience from start to finish - Cannot say enough about the Chef's choices in meats, veggies, sauces, etc. All top notch. We started with the spinach appetizer, and the wedge salad which I savored every bite. For the entree I had the Jumbo Scallops, and they were the best I've ever had. Small gem tucked away in a great... More 

Thank neights
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Famous Bistro is famous in the region for a reason - it provides a consistently good experience. The staff is attentive and well-informed, and the dishes range from inventive international to the basics. This trip (we go often) was no different. We had veggie soup thickened with peanut butter (really? you're going to laugh or gag without trying it? your... More 

Thank livefun
Owensboro, Kentucky
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130 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Had lunch here for the very first time. Reuben sandwich for me, club for my wife. Great portion, bread was excellent. We each shared half and half and enjoyed both. Service was fantastic and spot on.

Thank 2010RAV
Lexington, Kentucky
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

I visited Owensboro on business for a few days and tried this place based on the reviews. I sat at the bar or whatever you want to call it, facing directly in the kitchen which was a mistake. No one really came by after the order and seemed to want every one in and out of there to get new... More 

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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

I've only ever had the Gyro here but it's one of the best I've had! In the summer, they have great sidewalk seating with shade and the service is impeccable. The price for lunch per person is typically around the $10 range. This place is always busy and seems to be a very popular destination downtown.

Thank Matthew K
Owensboro, Kentucky
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

My wife and I ate here on a weeknight (I think a Thursday) for a "date night". The restaurant is fairly small with about 15-20 tables or so, so it's cozy. The food was fantastic. Big portions and terrific flavor. I had the veal parmesan and it was wonderful. We ate early on a weeknight so there were only a... More 

Thank nburke81
Owensboro, Kentucky
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Had dinner with some friends this past weekend and the food nd service was excellent. Food was fresh and served hot! Portions were huge, took some home with me. Thanks again to the great staff for a wonderful experience.

Thank John B

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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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 32
American, European, Fusion, Gastropub
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102 W 2nd St, Owensboro, KY 42303-4111
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Owensboro
  • Phone Number: +1 270-686-8202

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?