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Bistro 197

197 W 1st St, Oswego, NY 13126
+1 315-343-2930
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“oysters” (5 reviews)
“duck wings” (8 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
197 W 1st St, Oswego, NY 13126
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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...More

Thank DragaMoreta
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
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
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...More

Thank TrvlngPrncss
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...More

Thank Scarlett1226
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Quaint atmosphere in this little restaurant/ bar. Unique drinks with cute descriptions make you wonder and taste! Limited food menu here but the food is tasty.

Thank Susanne A
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

We were in Oswego for the Sterling Renaissance Festival. We we're visiting the local farmers market and we were looking for light appetizers and drinks. Wow what a surprise. The Bistro is a lovely spot to relax. Very nice selection of wines and the appetizers...More

Thank Shelley S
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Am sitting here for second time this visit to NY. The menu has a seasonal blueberry Wellington that is as good an appetizer as I have ever had. The Bistro 197 martinis was super. The wait staff remembers us and the service is as good...More

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 19 July 2016

Excellent! In town, want someplace for a great meal, try them out. Loved the interesting menu of great Martinis & Craft beers. Hard to choose between the two. The food is very tasty, nothing ho hum about it! Great mix of Live music on the...More

Thank Debbie M
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Outstanding menu and beer list. Wine list only average. Great craft beers on tap. Wines are pedestrian at best. Food is innovative and well sourced- like oysters from Wellfleet (Cape Cod's best).

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 30
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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
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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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