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Bistro 185
Bistro 185
  • Address:
    991 East 185 Street
    Cleveland, OH 44119
    Neighborhood:
    Cleveland East
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Bistro 185 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.Bistro185.com
  • Phone: (216) 481-9635
  • 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: Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • 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 (216) 404-0500

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
Diner Reviews
  • "We love to cook and respect quality food. Our dinner surpassed our expectations."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Bistro 185 offers sophisticated dining in a neighborhood setting. Excellent wine and bar list. Service was very personable, quick and efficient."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Both the Ahi Tuna and the Asian short rib entrees were excellent. Service was efficient and friendly."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Make sure the waitress writes down the order. She messed it up. Then, she overcharged us on the bill for the messed up porder."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The best ahi tuna I have ever had, yummy food, good service, will definitely recommend"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "All three of us really enjoyed our meals! Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the both the menu and wine list."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    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!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Just had my 2nd visit and they did not disappoint. Service was fast and excellent and the food and deserts are supreme!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food was decent. The service was prompt. The menu choices and prices, however, were very poor. "
    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. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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!!!!"
    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."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We sat at the bar and the server couldn't have been friendlier or more accommodating. We were able to taste 2 samples of wine and then decided on a third which was by the bottle only. The service was attentive but not rushed even though it was a crowded Friday night. We had walleye and halibut, both prepared perfectly."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "One of the most varied and creative menus I know of Lobster sea food combo was terrific...smartly spivey I called ahead for their bone in pork chop and was once again treated to a terrific meal It is a slimmed down version and still filling in a more readinable way Will return next occasion!!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Checking out a place in a different neighborhood. Tables were so close together I could not get up without disturbing the people next to us. Service was nice, but spotty. My meal (salmon and gnocchi) was quite good as were the appetizers. Other dinner meal (pork chop) was very dry. Dessert was incredible- Key Lime Pie. Huge piece- very good quality. Definitely save room for dessert. Very glad I went there and would probably go again if in the area."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Exquisite food in a casual neighborhood setting. Attentive, friendly service. Generous servings. Food isn't cheap but is a great value. Good choice of wine, very well priced. We all had fish dishes last Friday and they were all marvelous."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The IPA beer dinner was great. the PEI mussels in saffron sauce are still on my tastebud and on my mind But what I am really thankful for was that the restaurant worked with me through all me foibles prior to the dinner -"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Well blended flavors in each item we ordered. We started with the dates wrapped in bacon and they were wonderful. Food was cooked well. I had the bay scallops and my fiance had the steak which were both amazing. You try to save room for the home made dessert, but even if you take it home its well worth it! We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I have been to Bistro 185 before and am always happy with the food and atmosphere. I was very disappointed this Saturday when we wound up being seated at 9:00 for an 8:00 reservation. For our inconvenience they gave us one drink. Should have bought a round for the table. I have since heard that they are know for this."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Very positive experience from start to finish. Very nice wine and beer list, excellent calamari, unbelievable bacon-wrapped stuffed pork chop, and the Key Lime pie was great. Our waiter was knowledgable and friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Brought my brother from out of town loved it already wants to return. Everyone ordered something different and only one doggy bag Key lime pie is fit for kinky! B day celebration you don't turn 60 more than once."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This was a great place to go, they do not have vegan on the menu, but if you ask, they have a dish prepared. It was nice being able to go out and know I did not need to sub my meal choice or eat a salad. My husband got Fish n Chip, he's not big on seafood, and he though they were great."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We have been to Bistro 185 many times and have never been disappointed. Food is excellent, service is friendly and efficient. They have a nice wine list and the menu has variety which keeps us returning. Recommend this for any event."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Carrot cake was dry Veal Marsala the only tiny dish in the house. Veal was tough Short ribs dried out Miss the pork chop Been there a dozen times... Might be the last"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "At least our 15th visit This time took larger than normal group [ 6 ] Celebrate my wife's birthday Calamari appetizer was very good Meals were all excellent as were three desserts we tried [ Choc& peanut butter / strawberry tort , and coconut cake Only disappointment was our favorite salmon dish [ Scoonie Bay Salmon ? ] was not available the night we were there but salmon we had was very good"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "There is very little parking, the menu is all over the place (in a bad way), the food looks and tastes like the chef is trying way to hard to be cutting edge, and the chef also has a very heavy hand on the seasoning. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Im all about seeking out The Gems of Cleveland and this is definitely a gem. Very quaint and intimate atmosphere. Food was Great! I had the Lobster Ravioli dish. The only thing I would comment on is the amount of food presented. For the price I wish there was a little more on my plate! :-)"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Was able to make 9:45p reservations then was told the kitchen closed at 10:00p. Not a good idea at all. Was rushed the whole time. Probably won't ever go back even though it's very close to where I live."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Excellent food and the server was very knowledgeable about the food choices and wine/beer list. A very satisfying dinner experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was everything we expected and more, the atmosphere was perfect for a romantic evening, and the drink selection is impressive. I took gamble just browsing urban spoon and the gamble paid off!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a terrific meal with outstanding service to celebrate Valentine's Day! We will definitely enjoy coming back now for another wonderful meal."
    Dined on 2/14/2014