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The Bistro

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1103 E Front Ave, Bismarck, ND 58503
+1 701-224-8800
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Bismarck, North Dakota
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Upscale Comfortable atmosphere. Hostess dressed in jeans. Very propr server. Expensive plates. 36$ bucks for a ribeye plate and walleye plate. Non flavored side dishes accompanied the meat. 7$ soup. Food was mediocre at best. For that price in this town i would expect more. So many other restaurant options in this town with more enjoyable food for my taste... More 

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Minot, North Dakota
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181 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The chef's soup of the evening was a sweet potato with caramelized apple and oh my but it was delicious. I could have stopped right there and skipped the entrée. Well done. But once my entrée came I was happy too, as I had the ribs and they were done perfectly. The entire dining experience was quite positive and I... More 

Thank Questovia
Buchanan, Michigan
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286 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Whenever we are in Bismarck, we always try to stop at the Bistro. The service ranges from good to superb, and we have always had a wonderful meal. They also make above average mixed drinks, mine is a spicy Bloody Mary. Rather than detailing the menu, just know whatever you select will be perfectly prepared to your request. Enjoy!

2 Thank Martin R
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I was hoping for an enjoyable evening out but not so much. For the price a person would expect a better surrounding. It turned out to be loud and food was average at best. Basically it's the place to go to when you want others to see you.

Thank Glen S
Bismarck, North Dakota
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Went there for a nice dinner. The food and the drinks were great. Our server was very good. It wasn't noisy and we could visit with each other without all the noise

Thank Aljohs
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

I've never had a bad meal at this unique restaurant. No run-of-the-mill meals here and the service is top-notch. The bar menu is also very good and their bleu cheese burgers are the best in town.

Thank comgoddess
Bismarck, North Dakota
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82 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Enjoy the many items to choose from at this higher end restaurant. Prices vary depending on what you choose. The pasta has always been exceptionally good. So are the ribs. Save room for desert, they don't disappoint. I suggest that you call for reservations. Plus check out the menu on line.

Thank RetiredWatchman
North Dakota
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63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

very nice environment and great food, the bar area is a fun spot to have lunch or casual dinner, the dining room is as formal as you want to make it. Great place.

Thank NDtraveler92
Lafayette, Colorado, United States
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Nice, almost formal dining, but it's casual with a professional staff that can also help you choose a wine; full bar. The menu has dishes that include wood-fired entrées, pizza, pasta, pork and steak. We choose this place because they had a Cobb Salad on the menu but didn't order it... I had a rib-eye 'tasted' good but it wasn't... More 

Thank MsKaren50
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

We sat on the patio, party of 4. We had variety of food the Lobster Ravioli was delicious. My husbands burger was very good and and served with fries. I had a bowl of lobster bisque it was the best I have ever eaten.

Thank Beehler

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1103 E Front Ave, Bismarck, ND 58503
  • Location: United States  >  North Dakota (ND)  >  Bismarck
  • Phone Number: +1 701-224-8800
The Bistro 1100 – An American Café was established in November of 1996 and is currently under the sole ownership of Gerard "Mo" Schmidt a native North Dakotan.The Bistro defines the difference between eating and dining. Widely known for its regional Italian cuisine and modern dishes cooked over red oak on an open grill, the Bistro truly offers unique menu items that go beyond what others can only claim to provide.Our goal is to provide each of our guests with warm, friendly hospitality and the finest food in the region.Whether you are just looking for a delicious lunch or dinner, a private party in our Board Room, or are in need of our full-service catering services we are the premier establishment in Bismarck to meet your dining needs.Eat well, laugh often, live long!

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