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

Bistro 185 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.Bistro185.com
  • Email: Mlevine105@aol.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 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
  • "Bistro 185 was a great choice for our evening. The food was delicious. Very creative and well executed. Really good service - server was attentive and cocktails delivered in a timely fashion. Props to the bartender for a very good martini. Pork Chop and Scallop and Polenta dish - off the hook ! Best key lime pie. Looking forward to a return visit."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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
  • "Parking so tight and snow maintenance so awful my girlfriend panicked and asked me to take her home. Went back to eat alone as she never joined me. Eggplant and venison was great. Service annoying and inconsistent. It was all about the server as I felt I was in her way. Not going back. Sorry experience overall."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It's 25 miles one way from our home, but a trip to Bistro 185 is well worth the time and travel. The servers are attentive and friendly, making the dining experice more pleasant. But it's the food that draws us back. Wonderfully prepared meals with portions that meet or exceed what one would expect for the $ fare. Our lunches, a Chicken Cordon Blue sandwich and Turkey platter -- the day's special feature -- were simply excellent. Well worth the drive."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Excellent food, Great Service and a very very friendly staff..Cant ask for more than than.."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I have dined several times at Bistro 185 and have been delighted every time. The food is consistently delicious, the service is friendly and competent, the atmosphere is cozy and congenial. Every time I go, I say the same thing..."why don't we come here more often?" The answer is that it's a bit of a trek from Solon, but it is definitely worth it! Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This was our first time at Bistro 185 but it won't be our last. We really enjoyed everything about. Great menu selection, excellent drinks, food and service, and terrific ambiance. We came from Rocky River and it was an easy 20 minute drive. Our east side friend recommended it and we're so glad he did. We can't wait to return to Bistro 185."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Richard the bartender was friendly and made the best Pomegranate Cocktail around! Excellent happy hour prices! Kim our waitress was friendly, knew the menu and made excellent recommendations and was very attentive. We had the Walleye with Orzo entre' and the special of the day 'Lobster Newburg". Both dishes were served hot and prepared perfectly! We also had the homemade ice cream for dessert! EVERYTHING TOO DELICIOUS FOR WORDS! Go visit this neighborhood gem! Great value for the quality of food. You will not be disappointed and I know you will be back for more:-) Thank you for making our birthday celebration so special!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We wanted to find someplace between Eastlake and downtown. Settled on Bistro185, best decision we have made in a long time. Barbara was our server, she said that she had been there since the restaurant opened and it showed, she had incredible knowledge of the menu and what to pair with what. We started with a very nice bottle of wine that was well priced, then pair it with bacon wrapped dates (Barbara's suggestion). I then had the duck three ways and my wife ordered the Day Boat Scallops. The food was so good it was as if the each bite got better and better. We joked that often we look back on a meal and say how good it was, but at Bistro 185, we were amazed at how incredible each individual taste was."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Have been going here for years and are always pleased with everything starting with well made cocktails great menu choices and fine wine list. If there's still room for dessert, the choices are delicious. Cozy atmosphere on a cold, blustery evening."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This is the #1 meeting place for a special friend and me. We meet for lunch return over and over again because the food is well-prepared and delicious, the atmosphere is cozy and comfortable, and the service is friendly and efficient. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Bistro 185 is great for lunch. The food is fantastic and the prices are very reasonable. I love sitting on their patio in the summertime too. Dinner menu is very inventive and luxe, but doesn't have the price tag to match. It's a budget friendly place with 4 star dining."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Consistently good food options well prepared with a "comfort" appeal. Love the specials, the portions,the prices and the casual atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Bistro 185. On each occasion our food has been terrific. Although the noise level was a bit high, it was obvious that everyone in the restaurant was having a great time. We brought friends for a first time visit and they were very complimentary about the food and the experience. We will be back!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Great hearty food. Friendly service. Pub atmosphere. Moderately priced. Tables tight together. Recommend."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "This is our new favorite spot and we will be going back this week for husband's birthday! The food was outstanding!!! The online menu had some things that we didn't see on the menu at restaurant, but when we asked, they were able to accommodate. They were great."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Easy to make reservation. Cosy and welcoming. Happy I was in a booth as it was very noisy . Food choices varied and quite delicious. Parking was dicey as it was snowing and space was very limited."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "we arrived at 5:15. well before the dinner crowd arrived. The bar was full. The server was attentive and helpful. The food was good /very good. It was a bit expensive but not too bad."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "I would describe the restaurant as being more a fine dining experience that is extremely comfortable."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The lunch menue was not as appealing as the dinner menue but was qiite good. the service was teriffic. the noise level was way too much, so much so that we could barely hear eachothers conversation."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "we were a group of six, Christmas Eve. The food was very good. But it took 45-55 minutes between our appetizers and salads to our main entree's. The service was not good. We have eaten there many times before and never had that experience."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We were both impressed with the food and the service. The food was really delicious and the waitress and kitchen made every effort to accommodate special requests. The service was exceptional. It was friendly without being obnoxious or intrusive. All the staff made you feel welcome and very-well taken care of. I would recommend it and hope to go there again in the near future."
    Dined on 12/21/2013