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1808 American Bistro
1808 American Bistro

1808 American Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://1808americanbistro.com
  • Phone: (740) 417-4373
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday

    Dining Room: 11am to 10pm

    Bar: 11am to 12pm.


    Dining Room: 4pm to 10pm

    Bar: 4pm to 12pm.



    Reservations recommended for the Dining Room. However, we cannot accommodate reservations for the Patio and Bar.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Second visit but first time ordering steaks & loved it!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The shrimp and grits and whiskey bread pudding are amazing. The best place to eat in Delaware."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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 "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We have never had a bad meal at 1808, the staff and meal have always been fantastic. I highly recommend it! "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The best food I've had in a long time. Expensive, but beyond worth it. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Good food, great beer and cocktail list. Solid food, worth the trip to Delaware from Dublin"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had a good meal. The seasonal items and selection of craft beers are awesome."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Delaware, you are so lucky - you have a fabulous restaurant!! Never disappoints!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was fantastic !! It's obvious that they use high quality ingredients in their food. Everything was delicious and the service was outstanding."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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!!!!!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We had to change our reservation from 5 to 6 just a few hours before our reservation and they had no problems accommodating us. The ambience in the restaurant is nice with darker lighting and rustic interior decor. The only complaint I have is that the table we got was a little wobbly and we saw they tried to fix this by placing bill folders under the legs. The food was delicious! The beignets are delicious! I haven't been to new orleans, but I imagine they taste just like that! All 6 people were happy with their meal. I like how they always have something different on their seasonal menu. The service was a little slow at first but was great over all. They gave me a free dessert since my food was brought out too early!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "1808 was the perfect place for my girls night out! There were 4 in my group, and each of us had a phenomenal dining experience. We each ordered something a little different, and every entree was delicious. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at 1808 and it is worth the trip back to Delaware. The food was spot on. The beet salad from the seasonal menu for excellent. My husband loved the crudo hamachi tuna. Our dinner guest said the salmon was the best meal he'd had in a long time."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "If you haven't tried 1808 American Bistro, take a trip to downtown Delaware. Make a reservation so you don't have to wait, or be turned away. Inventive drink & food menus; our wait person quite willing to add an opinion when asked. Lots of beers and IPAs; a cocktail list with many old standards, like a Moscow Mule served in a hammered copper cup. Two food menus, one favorites, one seasonal specials, allows choices based on appetite: sandwiches, entrees, appetizers, sides, salads. The beet salad is divine! Salmon steak, beef short ribs, smoked chicken, all exceptional. No matter the choice, leave room for dessert! The beignets are better than in N'awlins! Also don't miss whiskey bread pudding or banana pudding. Thank goodness for sharing!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This was the second time we dined at 1808. The food was excellent. We had visited 8 months ago and since then the menu was different. I have a feeling that the owners rotate the menu and that is a plus if you enjoy variety. Highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great place to eat as a couple, with family or friends. This downtown hot spot requires reservations and a little extra time to find parking. That just tells you that this restaurant is in demand. Food is excellent. You will not be disappointed. We've tried beef cheek ravioli, filet mignon, pork tenderloin, bread service and chips and dip. All worth checking out!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I have never repeated a menu choice. I plan to try all of the entrees at least once. Each menu selection is outstanding in its own way. The beet salad was exceptionally tasty. Service is responsive, informative, and appropriate. I have had excellent dining experiences in both couple and group settings."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Not only did the six of us each have an outstanding meal but we had a really happy evening, full of conversation and laughter. This is a restaurant to celebrate with friends!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great food and service on a very busy Saturday night. We'll certainly be back!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We have been at this restaurant 3 times,the food has always been outstanding.The best calamari we've ever had in Cols and area. Even 1 of our friends with,who's not a calamari fan,liked it. From the extended beer list and good selections of bottled wine, to great apptz and soups, a perfect portion size entree. The beef cheeks are fabulous, the salmon was a bit salty for my liking but was cook to perfection (I'm particular, needs to be med/rare for me).even though the bread is xtra charge, it's worth it! My husband and I love to cook, he's an amazing cook, he's so impressed with the menu,too. Reservations are needed to sit in dining area, but if you get there early you can sit at the high tables in the bar, which is fun, too."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We love the 1808 American Bistro! This was our fourth visit, and they always deliver great food, good service, and lots of ambience. My husband's steak was prepared just the way he likes it, and I enjoyed my salmon. They have an outstanding beer list, good wines by the bottle and by the glass, and some interesting cocktails. The bread service is a small extra charge and well worth it. We'll be back again and again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food is always tasty and cooked to perfection. The servers are knowledgeable about menu selections. My husband was set on getting the fish he had a couple weeks ago but it was not on the menu. The server explained that it changes frequently as the chef gets the freshest available for that week. She made an alternate suggestion that she had sampled. Great variety of cocktails that are fun to try. Good beer selection. Overall fun place to dine."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had a delightful lunch at the 1808 American Bistro. I had eaten dinner there a couple years ago and I think that they have improved the ambiance. Everything was very nice and the service was very good. We each had a cup of seafood gumbo and a sandwich, BLT and chicken panini. We agreed that everything was great. This is a great restaurant in Delaware."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "My husband and I frequent 1808 and never once have we received bad service or been served a bad meal. The chefs and wait staff are beyond amazing. ❤️ this place."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was very good however I felt that for the price, there could have been a little bit more. Only 4 sprigs of asparagus and a medalion size piece of meat and a heaping scoop of potatoes all of which were very good but would have preferred a bit more vegetable and a bit more meat. The atmosphere was nice but geared towards groups the floor needs fixed because I was sitting on a Loose floorboard and every time someone walked by our table I bounced which was very uncomfortable."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "my daughter is a college student in the area we came down to see her she said this is where the students take their parents when they visit we had a great time wonderful food wait staff was very knowledgeble as we were ordering we thought the prices were a little high for a college town but we enjoyed everything goat cheese pasta filet mignon and the short ribs were all excellent we will make this our go to restaurant when we come down for special occasions well worth the trip"
    Dined on 2/21/2014