1808 American Bistro
1808 American Bistro

1808 American Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://1808americanbistro.com/
  • Phone: 7404174373x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday

    Dining Room: 11am to 10pm

    Bar: 11am to 12pm.



    Saturday

    Dining Room: 4pm to 10pm

    Bar: 4pm to 12pm.



    Sunday

    Closed.



    Reservations recommended for the Dining Room. However, we cannot accommodate reservations for the Patio and Bar.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from 1808 American Bistro
1808 American Bistro serves classic American fare with the occasional Southern and Cajun twists. Steaks grilled to order. Shrimp and Grits with a bit of a bite. A delectable array of house made sauces, vinaigrettes, remoulades, tapenades, aioli and demi-glaces. Not to mention the pastas, burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and desserts, all of the mouthwatering variety.

Our full bar offers 48 cold craft beers on draft, and a delightfully tippling assortment of wines and spirits. Stop by for lunch or dinner or a beer, or any combination thereof that tickles your fancy.

Reservations recommended for the Dining Room. However, we cannot accommodate reservations for the Patio and Bar.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
1808 American Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)special occasion (28)fit for foodies (25)vibrant bar scene (17)romantic (15)good for groups (14)hot spot (13)notable wine list (9)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Best of delaware
    Robin
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant is the best in Delaware, Ohio. The menu has seasonal items that we enjoy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed!
    gardengal
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    After reading such favorable reviews, all four in our party were disappointed. The signature dish - beef short ribs were supposed to be "fall-apart tender". Couldn't cut them with a fork and after using a knife to remove the fat, only a few bites of meat were left. Definitely overpriced at $23! Everything was extra: the bread at $3 was a baguette so tough that it wasn't worth working our jaws so hard to consume it. One person ordered the beef medallions medium-well, which the server said would be browned on outside & pink throughout - there was no pink anywhere! When reported to the server, her answer was that it is difficult to get such a small cut of meat done correctly. She did offer to get another serving, but our party declined.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love 1808
    ladydusk
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great beer selection. Great, creative cuisine. Good for family dinner or date night as grownups. Consistent, friendly wait staff. The new floors are gorgeous, but echo-y when there is a big crowd like First Friday. Our favorite restaurant in Delaware.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prices
    Deysome
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Let me just say this. Food is always good. But prices (for small town Delaware) seem to be going through the roof. "Two sandwiches" and (1) salad and (1) house wine = almost $60 with tip! Burgers @ $16? Grilled cheese at $11? What is happening here? They need to offer something inbetween - smaller entrees or choices that are mid-range: $12 to $20? We would go more often! (Even Cols. Fish Market had a seafood special of lobster 2 weeks ago. And that was only $21.00!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a treat
    Beancounter
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is our third visit and we have never been disappointed. The filet medallions are to die for! Beginning our meal with a classic Manhattan, best by far around, always a great choice. Counting down til we are down again for a delicious visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This my my first visit to 1808. My wife had been there for lunch once before. I decided that this would be a great place to enjoy a meal to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. I had Filet Medallions which melted in my mouth along with mashed potatoes and asparagus. The presentation on the plate was outstanding. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. She was able to explain the entrees and desserts in such a way that made them come alive. Her choice for dessert was spot on...peach cobbler. It included FRESH peaches with cornbread style base and a heavy cream. It was sweet, but not too sweet. A perfect ending to a perfect meal. We would certainly return. It was nice to be away from the chain restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very enjoyable
    FinickyFoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went early for drinks at bar. We tried a specialty cocktail and a craft beer. Very nice. Then seated in dining area. We noticed the noise level. It was amplified twofold. Bar was much quieter, which was odd! We ordered salads and an entrée. Salads were large but delicious and very creative. Only wish we had had a chance to finish them and let them settle before entrees came. Don't like being rushed thru courses. Entrees were wonderful. I had roasted acorn squash and walnut pesto pasta. My partner had the chicken artichoke pasta. Both were incredibly flavorful and a generous portion. Loved them both. No dessert. Too full!! I'll be back and will manage my server's timing of the meal courses next time. Will make it more enjoyable that way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • all went well
    Marian
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was fine. However, I thought my almond chicken salad was alittle dry. Hubby reported that his steak was good. Sister said the crab roll was good as were the fries.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great experience
    luvfood
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Exceptional food and service every time we have dined at 1808. So glad to have an upscale restaurant in Delaware. We no longer need to travel to Columbus for this. We have celebrated many special family occasions here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Very limited food items and then you were out of two things that would have been are choice that evening. Salads where the only thing appealing on the menu that evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the trip
    Jeffrey
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We drove up from Columbus to Delaware to try this restaurant, having eaten at Veritas, a sister restaurant with an emphasis on cocktails. The evening started with a very personable and knowledgable server, who easily made recommendations based on my preferences. These were spot on. The calamari was simply the best I've ever had, not chewy and served with a sauce that did not overwhelm the flavor of the meat. My main course was shrimp and grits. The house made andouille sausage was excellent and the highlight of the dish. My only complaint was a preference for the dish to be served at a physically hotter temperature. My dining partner had the short rib, which she said was excellent. We share the banana pudding for desert.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Its REALLY Good!
    teedeeVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I'd hoped the amazing kale salad would still be on the menu, but alas, it was not. But other salads, equally good were!. Happy to report, 1808 is kid friendly w/Crayons, coloring paper, and kids menu and amazingly speedy service kept all very happy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KFC
    snackied
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had the Korean Fried Chicken and it was sooooo good! My husband had the Filet Medallions which are always a good go-to entree for us on their menu. We also started with the Summer Chopped Salad which was a nice alternative to a traditional lettuce salad. 1808 never disappoints with food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sophisticated menu and deeelicious
    teedeeVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    It is surprising & exciting to find such sophistication in food in this little town. Chef is New Orleans trained and his delicacies are fab. We will be back very soon again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    JpohVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We both had a flank steak with a wedge salad. (No potato needed on this plate). Not only was the sous vide cooked meat tender and flavorful, but the salad matched the excellence of the steak. A surprise in the salad were two "deviled" egg halves with the most creamy, mustardy centers that substituted for the normally hard cooked eggs that are crumbled on a salad. What a great creative twist. Order this entree before they take it off the menu. You will not be disappointed. The restaurant has a very fairly priced wine list and an extensive beer list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lucky
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Wait staff was friendly and attentive; calamari was excellent for an appetizer Skip the flank steak & wedge salad but salmon is a good choice
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back Street Gem
    bengee1
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Awsome food and Service. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Second visit but first time ordering steaks & loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • laneydineout
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The shrimp and grits and whiskey bread pudding are amazing. The best place to eat in Delaware.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but loud
    kacsong
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Made a 6:30 reservation on a Friday night at the last minute. Even though we were 10 minutes late they seated us no problem. To bad we were seated next to two couples with the loud guy facing us! Our server was great, very helpful, he knew the menu and wine list and we liked the bottle he recommended. I had the halibut which was a seasonal special, delicious, though I didn't love the beet puree and I love beets. The halibut was perfectly cooked. My husband had the 42 hour ribs which he said needed more seasoning, he was wishing he'd ordered the fried chicken. We ordered the banana pudding, which was enough for 3 or 4 people. It was truly outstanding, with a cute presentation. We will come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food excellent but disappointed
    gaglutenfree
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Went there as a party of 4 on a Saturday with reservations at 6:30 PM. The food was excellent, however I was a little disappointed due to the fact that I have a gluten allergy and was limited on the menu choices. The first entree I ordered, the waiter came back and said they were out of as was the second. Both times he came back recommended the most expensive entree on the menu that I could order. I was surprised that it being early on a Saturday evening that they were out of the entrees that I order, and that #1, the waiter didn't know they were out (both times), and #2, he came back and recommended ( same thing) something I did not want. So I just ended up ordering a side salad. The other 3 meals in our group were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Local Treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    1808 is our favorite restaurant now. The quality and creativity of the dishes are extraordinary. We are lucky to have such a wonderful establishment so close in Delaware, OH. We look forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 332 reviews are from the 1808 American Bistro reviews archive.
  • Nice Surprise
    FinickyFoodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Enjoyed checking out this place. Have been wanting to for quite some time but live 45 min away. It was worth the drive. Great location with plenty of parking nearby. Beautiful old historic building with lots of character. Server was prompt and perfectly attentive. An amazing craft draft beer selection was a huge surprise. And they also had some interesting homemade cocktails. The food menu was diverse and quite innovative. There was something for everyone. Preparation was spot on and the presentation was a feast for the eyes. The only criticism was that the mackerel dish was a tad dry and lacked moisture. Otherwise, I really liked this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • daughter's college graduation
    aragorn
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    this was our second visit it was excellent our first time it was very good the second time we were blown away on our first time so i suppose it was hard to top it the second time our server was great there was a mixup on my daughter's dinner so we were eating while she had to wait for hers but the food is great
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good!
    SNMc
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We have never had a bad meal at 1808, the staff and meal have always been fantastic. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Elle
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The best food I've had in a long time. Expensive, but beyond worth it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timers Will Become Regulars
    Beancounter
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    On a visit for Easter with our son who attends OWU, we wanted somewhere "nice" to take him and his recommendation was 1808 American Bistro. He hit all the marks with this one! From the character of the building, to the pleasant greeting by staff at the entrance to the Manhattan cocktail to start to the meal, we knew this was going to be delicious. And it did not disappoint. He ordered the salmon and my husband and I ordered the filet medallions. Outstanding! The reduction was amazing and the flavors melded perfectly in my mouth. We topped our meal off with the highly recommended beignets and oh my! Mouthwatering deliciousness! 1808 American Bistro will definitely be on our list of stops whenever we visit OWU.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top notch dining in Delaware Ohio
    SmokeyDeBear
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    As always, our experience with 1808 was an incredible one! The service is always good, the food is cooked exactly as expected/asked, and the beer list is great! All day Monday happy hour is a nice touch as well! Having moved to Delaware about 6 months ago, I think we've tried every restaurant in town, but this has proven to be our 'go-to' for a night out. We will definitely be going back, and are never disappointed with any aspect of the 1808 experience.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second visit was worth it!
    elway744
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    This was the second time that my fiance and I have eaten at 1808. The first time the food was pretty good and the drinks were great. This time I ordered the pork belly which was exquisite and she ordered the shrimp and grits which was amazing! The drinks were good but the service was a little problematic. I believe it was a result of us arriving at the beginning of the dinner rush rather than overall poor performance. This place is definitely worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    PSB1
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Dinner at 1808 is always an enjoyable experience. Good food, (although a somewhat limited menu), attentive service and a laid back atmosphere all combine for a wonderful evening with family and friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delaware Gem
    JKW421
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    1808 is a real treat! Beer list is extensive & food absolutely delicious! Chips & guacamole 1808 Salad Greek Salad Shrimp n Grits Short Ribs Banana Pudding Fantastic dining experience from start to end!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were there for dinner on
    ChicagovisitorVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We were there for dinner on a Friday night and the restaurant was very busy. 1808 has very good and innovative food. It also has a very acceptable wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly Good
    lindymac
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I do not get up to the Delaware area very often but had the opportunity to meet a friend for dinner up there. She recommended this restaurant and I must say I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food, atmosphere, and especially the service. I would definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Patrick
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We had a good meal. The seasonal items and selection of craft beers are awesome.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, cool town, priced right!
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Just moved to Columbus and wanted to check out Delaware...easy drive and cute, historic town. Downtown parking is a little tight, but we got lucky. The restaurant bar was full of energy (6pm Friday). The historic, high ceilings space has a cool vibe, but it is a little rough. We ordered wine by the glass, filet medallions, and short rib. The filet had a heavy sauce that I would have preferred less of, but my husband's short rib was incredible. Service was friendly, casual and attentive. Plates around $22 each...nice value for the whole experience. Next time we'll come back when it's warmer and walk around town.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A restaurant done right!
    buddy14
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    From the vibrant bar scene with signature cocktails and 48 beers on tap to the excellent service, this is truly a great place to eat. Whether you are entertaining friends or just on a family outing this is the place to go. We have eaten here more than once, and our experience has always been excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful once again!
    Melanie
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Delaware, you are so lucky - you have a fabulous restaurant!! Never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last visit
    Unhappy
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The server was not helpful at all. I asked about drinks the martini’s had been removed from the drink list, her comment “we took those all amount six months ago”, can you still make them, “NO”, not I can see. I wanted the flavored martini, this is one reason I loved the restaurants. Everything on the menu was bourbon based. We finally ordered a drink, it came in a hurricane glass that was only two thirds full, and most good bartenders would fit the drink to the glass. The tone of the service and quality has changed drastically. My husband’s pork was dry, my tournedos of beef was about the size of a table spoon and cooked to death, the reduction was tasteless.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AWESOME GEM!
    ambck5
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The food was fantastic !! It's obvious that they use high quality ingredients in their food. Everything was delicious and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I ordered chili for an appetizer.
    intotrackVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I ordered chili for an appetizer. It was some of the best chili I have ever eaten!!!! One of the specials of the day was a filet mignon with crab and hollandaise sauce. It was SUPERB!!!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet