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Bistro 197

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197 W 1st St, Oswego, NY 13126
+1 315-343-2930
Mon - Sat 16:00 - 21:00
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elbridge, ny
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

It was very busy so maybe that was a factor. I was so excited to try the duck wings. After waiting 40 minutes I was told they ran out. I can understand some things run out but why did it take them 40 minutes to let me know. My second choice was also sold out. The place needs better management.... More 

Thank kathyinelbridge
Syracuse, New York, United States
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Have been here a handful of times and the food is always great. Love that they have different items on the menu and great drinks. Service has always been good and sometimes there has been live music. Cant wait to go back

Thank Gooberlicious3
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Thank you for another evening of food and drink. Christies service was as always spot on any she made our night. 🎄☃❤️

Thank Tracy T
Oswego, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Have been there many times, until we sat for about 45 minutes waiting for our server to get us drinks, so we left and went to another establishment. Gave them another try with a large party, three ordered Red Snapper and all agreed it was horrid. Fish was sliced far too thinly and extremely overcooked (very, very dry and quite... More 

Thank badbikerboy
Oswego, New York
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Bistro 197 is the best restaurant I've been to in ages! The food was excellent and the atmosphere is upscale casual. The waitstaff was right on point - attentive and helpful. And the food..... wow! The menu is inventive with quality fresh ingredients. I highly recommend saving room for dessert; the fall harvest créeme brûlée was AMAZING! We ate here... More 

Thank itsroey
DC Metro Area
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

There are several restaurants I like to frequent in Oswego and Bistro 197 is definitely on the list. The menu changes seasonally and is an eclectic mix of upscaled comfort foods and really unique dishes. One of my favorites here is the beef tournedos with mushroom duxelles, mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli. The Osso bucco and Beef Short Ribs are... More 

Thank DragaMoreta
Oswego, New York
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Went there two times. Both times ,as we waited paitiently to be waited on, The SAME bartender assisted others that came in AFTER us. We are DONE!!

Thank bkeene1
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Terrific. Great food. Good folks! Highly recommend. The food is imaginative and the wait staff and bar staff eagerly welcome you. Try the short ribs!

Thank Maggie B
Oswego, New York
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64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

I was very pleased to see that the Bistro had started lunch hour operation again this summer. I went with my mother-in-law for a ladies day out and had a wonderful lunch. The caprese sandwich was quite delicious with just the right amount of pesto and mozzarella on a very crunchy french baguette. We also ordered the fried ravioli salad.... More 

Thank TrvlngPrncss
Oswego, New York
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

I have been to the Bistro many times, mostly for a drink but occasionally for lunch or dinner. Can't remember a bad meal. Writing today about a recent lunch visit which was great. There were 4 of us and everyone enjoyed their meal. I had a delicious Basil Pesto BLT. It had great flavor and the bacon was thick and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 30
American, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 197 W 1st St, Oswego, NY 13126
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Oswego
  • Phone Number: +1 315-343-2930
We are a causal European style storefront bistro, specializing in comfort food with a flair. We pride ourselves in only using FRESH ingredients, available organic products, the best cuts of meat, and everything is made from scratch; every sauce, every dressing, every dessert. We use preservative-free food from its rawest form, and our seafood is wild-caught and additive-free. We have craft beers and a great selection of wine. We encourage a leisurely approach to eating, taking your time, eating in courses, and enjoying company and the conversation of family and friends. Come check us out and see what comfort food done right is all about.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?