Bistro 185
Bistro 185

Bistro 185

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistro185.com/
  • Phone: 2164819635
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ruth Levine
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Our catering division is "Ruth Levine Events" (www.ruthlevineevents.com). We are a full service catering company that prides itself on a personal approach to catering, with restaurant quality food & attention to detail. Our event coordinator will provide one-on-one attention through out the process. We provide upscale catering at affordable prices offering our stand-out food presentations along with our professional & attentive staff to make it a breeze for you to host an exceptional event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our restaurant is available for private parties on Sundays & is able to accommodate up to 80 guests with a minimum of 50 guests required.
  • Private Party Contact: Ruth Levine 2164040500

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Neff Road
  • Public Transit: In front of restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in our gated lot. There is also ample on-street parking including the Star Muffler parking lot next to us & available after 6:00pm.
A word from Bistro 185
Bistro 185 offers imaginative upscale Bistro food in a congenial atmosphere. Appetizers & entrees change nightly complimented by a dazzling array of delicious desserts.
The food at "Bistro 185" includes ethnic favorites with a twist such as multi–cultural cuisine from a traditional chicken paprikash to succulent lobster ravioli seared day boat scallops & shrimp in lobster sauce or Mediterranean style lamb shanks.
Appetizers include house cured gravlax, frog legs in butter garlic sauce, chicken potstickers pecan crusted goat cheese on greens, warm wild mushroom salad, creamed herring, Asian jumbo lump crab cakes to mention just a few. Featured items change daily based on fresh produce, meats, fish & poultry. We have a fully stocked retro-chic bar offering a variety of unique martinis, a dozen premium beers on tap & a list of 40 plus hand picked wines to choose from.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Bistro 185 reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (58)fit for foodies (51)special occasion (22)good for groups (16)great for lunch (14)romantic (10)notable wine list (8)vibrant bar scene (6)great for outdoor dining (6)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Great food in a casual atmosphere
    Karen
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Looks are deceiving here - really great food and a nice selection of wines and everything else at reasonable prices and a laid back atmosphere. The service was great too. My husband had the Hangar Steak and said it was perfect. I had the Scallops over Risotto and they were delicious. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    EatOutDaily
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Arrived early and they seated us immediately. Lobster Rangoon for app was very tasty. Lobster ravioli for entree came with scallops and shrimp. Delicious sauce. Dad had the salmon and loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food & service
    Sherrie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had an outstanding meal at Bistro 185 on 8/23/14. Our server was very considerate of my food restrictions - she substituted one item for another. My tuna was delicious. We also appreciated the complimentary dessert that the restaurant gave us for our anniversary. The only downside was the high noise level & the difficulty finding parking, despite the designated lot. My companions also had wonderful meals.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another wonderful meal
    topeyedocVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. The menu is inspired and well executed. The service is friendly and efficient. The bartender is affable and competent. What more do you want?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    aysmam
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Took advantage of a discounted offer for our anniversary and will definitely return for a special occasion. The mussels and lamb and pork and wine were memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday at 185
    Icaneat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We celebrated our son's birthday at 185. His choice for great beer selection, great wine selection. Barb our server was outstanding. Hard to choose from the 4 chef specials of the day. Compromise: Four people ordered one each of the specials and the remaining 4 people ordered a different item off the menu. When the food arrive, we portioned out the entrees, and every one had a sample. Not one bad choice in the lot. Food was so good 4 of us went back the next night. Just think of sauces and entrees made from ingredients grown on the roof or locally supplied. Don't forget the home made desserts. New Pastry Chef - - Outstanding Carrot Cake or Coconut Cream Pie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love Bistro 185
    HLittman
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    They have amazing drinks, food and desert. You must try the calamarie and key lime pie. They are the best I've ever had. Great service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another win for 185
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food was great as it usually is in this wonderful place. Ray is just a wonderful individual with great engaging conversation. It appeared they were a bit understaffed. The individual tending bar seemed overwhelmed in everything he was doing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    celebrationVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It was a very nice evening - food was good- nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced and poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    There were 4 of us at the restaurant on Sat. night. Our waiter was obviously too busy. He forgot to bring my friend her second glass of wine which she ordered. Water glasses were never refilled. We had to ask for more bread. They did not split the salads as we asked and they had to take both couples' salads back to the kitchen to split. Both my husband and I felt that the food was very ordinary for the prices that were charged. I ordered a chicken dish for around $20.00 that came laying on a bed of bland egg noodles. It was not very inviting. We will not return to this restaurant.
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  • great food experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our first time here. Have heard good things about the food for a couple of yrs so decided to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary here. We were so glad we did !!!! Great food and wonderful atmosphere for this special occasion. Would recommend it to everyone !
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I had the pan seared Canadian Walleye. It was dry, over-cooked and lacked even basic seasoning. Overall it was a disappointing dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    lovediningout
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    First time we dined at Bistro 185 and we both had great meals. Service was great starting at the bar, then being seated to being served our meals. The Reuben appetizer was great. Stuffed pork chop was great as was the chicken schnitzel. For dessert we ordered the chocolate roulade and we both were completely satisfied. Bistro 185 is for sure a Neighborhood Gem. We absolutely will dine there again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Group Dinner
    citychick
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Eight of us met here following our Pilates class for one of our usual girls' night out. We enjoyed the Bistro's great drinks, excellent food, warm hospitality, and attentive service (thank you, Melissa!). Portions were large enough to provide the next day's lunch. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sassycat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was my third time dining at Bistro 185. Each time we left impressed with quality of food and service as well. We will be going back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small table in the back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This table was a nice width, but the length had me sitting very far from my hubby. Also, it was practically like sitting with the next table over because there was only a one and a half foot gap between tables. Lack of privacy there, so it took away the romantic and intimate feel. The staff was notified, and since there were more tables available, they moved us there. From that point, everything was great! Staff was speedy with service, polite, and the food was awesomely!! Hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and friendly service
    Dovbaer
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    All dishes were excellent: braised short ribs, calamari (especially good), beer salad, steak frites. Homemade ice cream and homemade key lime pie were outstanding. Ate outdoors on a mild evening, and server Kim was friendly, unpretentious, welcoming. A neighborhood-type place with really good food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bistro 185
    Vault
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Very friendly staff and awesome food.The limoncello chicken was great, our waiter suggested it as his favorite, it was a good pick. Happy hour in the bar before dinner was fun, drinks and appetizers at reduced prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scorpio79
    Scorpio79
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Amazing! Best food and ambience is very intanament! Would highly reccomend
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birders
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We love to cook and respect quality food. Our dinner surpassed our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite neighborhood restaurant
    cleveareafoodie
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Bistro 185 offers sophisticated dining in a neighborhood setting. Excellent wine and bar list. Service was very personable, quick and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Both the Ahi Tuna and the Asian short rib entrees were excellent. Service was efficient and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It;s About The Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Make sure the waitress writes down the order. She messed it up. Then, she overcharged us on the bill for the messed up porder.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion
    EGA50
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The best ahi tuna I have ever had, yummy food, good service, will definitely recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    DianeOT
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    All three of us really enjoyed our meals! Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the both the menu and wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    citychick
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I return regularly to this cozy, friendly bistro, where I can count on good food and great service. Enough said!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good food and a good time
    silverspoon
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We love the great food and friendly service at neighborhood gem Bistro 185. Whether we bring friends from the west coast or just the west side of Cleveland, every one is impressed with this unassuming local find. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A good experience
    clevelander
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We visit 185 every couple of months. I was impressed by the bacon wrapped dates and dessert (key lime pie) but was not so much by the main course. I feel like the portion size has slowly diminished while prices have gone up. I tried the Hog Snapper, and though tasty, the portion size was small. I don't mind paying for the experience and fare, but expect to leave satisfied. As usual, the service is absolutely excellent, and the drink list is extensive. An overall positive experience.
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  • Disappointed
    Bonzai216VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Having not been to Bistro 185 in a couple of years, we were looking forward to returning. We got a last minute reservation on a Saturday night and were underwhelmed. The service was fine and the crowd seemed to be building when we left. We each ordered a Caesar salad, which was very good but big enough for us to split. I ordered Lemoncello Chicken, one of the evening's special. The sauce was over the top sweet and the veggies, snap peas (weird choice), asparagus and spinach, sparse. The portion was too much so I took half of it home. My husband had the hangar steak and frites which he enjoyed. The bread served with dinner was bland. Maybe it was an off night, but our experience left us both underwhelmed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Their food is an art
    CathyG
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    It began with a Pink Lady cocktail that was sweet, fruity and sugary and delicious. The Iceberg salad with homemade gorgonzola dressing was crisp and perfect for my husband and I to share. Then comes the art of the evening.I ordered the braised short ribs as I love them. The presentation of the glazed ribs over marscapone polenta topped with arugula was beautiful. I forked into the ribs which were sweet, delicious, cooked until they were falling apart and they melted in my mouth. The marscapone polenta was beyond something I had ever tasted. My husband had the pan fried walleye which was light, flavorful and delicious. The entire event was capped off with their homemade chocolate ganache cake that was a chocolatier's delight. 5 Stars!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • That pork chop
    Emme
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Took my sister and mom here for my sister's birthday, everything was amazing. My sister ordered the pork chop, best pork chop I've ever eaten. Wrapped in bacon, stuffed with cheese and apples, cooked to perfection. get the pork chop!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    ClevelandGem
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Just had my 2nd visit and they did not disappoint. Service was fast and excellent and the food and deserts are supreme!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    shuale
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    This was a great find! The food and wine was delicious and the wait staff very friendly and accommodating. I would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service!
    Dinerdelights
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We really enjoyed our experience at Bistro 185. The food was delicious and the service exceptional. Barbara was our server and she was personable and knowledgeable. Frequent refills of our water glasses and a nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    birthday14
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The food was decent. The service was prompt. The menu choices and prices, however, were very poor.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Easy On The Salt!
    Tasboom
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Bistro 185 is an very good restaurant with an interesting menu, but someone needs to corral the cook. He seems to have a real salt fetish! Last time we were there, we could barely finish a very good fish stew. The salt seasoning was just way too much. While I loved every bite of my walleye this time, the salt was still a little over the top. Salt is a good thing, but just like any good thing, too much can be too much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 609 reviews are from the Bistro 185 reviews archive.
  • dianeVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    excellent menu and food. mine could've come with a vegetable - was just polenta and short ribs with a bit of arugula. good portions. first table was under a cold vent, but they moved us right away. was not offered bread. richard was a great bartender. when offered dessert menu, was not told could go look in case to see offerings - only saw that when we moved to the bar after dinner.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All Around Excellent
    ALECVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We have been coming here for years, and it just seems to be getting better and better. The menu is more limited but still plenty to choose from, and everything is well executed. Wait staff is friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Portions are generous, and the food is great. Coconut cream pie - OH MY GOODNESS! Next time dessert might be our first course!!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back
    pinky
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Quality of food and presentation exceeded expectations. May take a while to get to the table but everything was cooked to order - if you ask for rare you get rare. The sides were prepared with the same level of quality as the main course. Desserts were outstanding! The best red velvet cake I've ever had. Only glitch was the service. The waitress forgot a beer order for one of our party and, while she seemed like she was phoning it in most of the night, she was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    datenightVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Decided spur of the moment to make reservation. We remembered how great the food was but the service, not so. Had an outstanding meal. The filet was excellent and the sliders I highly recommend. Our server was great initially, but after taking our order only came by to see how the food was once and then at the end of the meal to check for desert. Thank goodness for the hostess and the other servers!!!! Hats off to you!!! I also decided to take desert home and was exited by the thought of chocolate peanut pie. When I got home there was no peanutbutter pie!! Chocolate cake instead. A little disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic