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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
  • 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 WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "The food at this wonderful, trendy Bistro is fabulous and the house made desserts are the best ever!! I highly recommend Bistro 185!"
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "I had the ahi tuna, which was very good. Others around the table had steak and fish and all were happy with their choice. It was a little loud, but they seem to do a good business. Overall, a good experience, and I would return."
    Dined on 10/17/2014
  • "food was ok....waitress was not very attentive....food was not served at the same time"
    Dined on 10/14/2014
  • "service was great, I had the tuna and it was very good, it came with some peanut noodles that were bland and did not taste like they were freshly made I left them on my plate after only one bite and when the staff took my plate away nothing was mentioned about the untouched noodles. my husband had the veal scallopini and said it was tough but the sauce was good. I would not recommend this restaurant and we wont go back. this is the second bad experience we've had there."
    Dined on 10/13/2014
  • "1st time there, server really knew the menu (big) in my book. Appetizers calamari and Brie The calamari was great and different the Brie could have been a little hotter as I like my cheese oozing but good. The sparkling wine paired well. Entrees well plated and delicious when I return I will definitely get the ahi tuna, one of the guests ordered it and she said it was delicious, I got the salmon it was wonderful I'm very picky about farm raised salmon but this was Faroe Island paired with a Pinot Noir and the real bomb of the evening was the Pumpkin cheesecake probably the best I've ever eaten A Must! Paired with a Muscato A Great evening!"
    Dined on 10/11/2014
  • "This is my favorite place to go as a couple or with a foursome. The food is fabulous - familiar favorites with foodie presentation and flavors. The atmosphere is lively without being too loud - you can have a pleasant conversation - and comfortable. You can be a little dressed up or really casual and feel equally comfortable. The portions are enormous. The prices are an excellent value for the portion and quality. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They have wonderful cocktails and a good wine list and a number of beers available. It's an eclectic mix of neighborhood folks, foodies, and all ages. In short, it's my favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 10/10/2014
  • "I love this small, friendly bistro. The food is consistently good, the staff is cordial and welcoming, the service far above average. On this occasion, it was a simple birthday lunch with a friend. We each had the Friday fish and mac special and shared a bottle of wine. A complimentary slice of key lime pie arrived as we finished eating (two forks). Bottom line: two happy customers."
    Dined on 10/10/2014
  • "This place looks like a neighborhood tavern but the food is quite wonderful and gourmet."
    Dined on 10/9/2014
  • "The four of us enjoyed the Glavco (home smoke salmon) and Duck comfit on potato cakes, fresh flavorful salads, not swimming in dressing, tender, well presented rack of lamb, flavorful crab-stuffed Rainbow trout, tuna over noodles and Limón cello chicken breasts. The wine list was extensive, catering to a full range of price points. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, patient and efficient. It all made for a splendid meal."
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Bistro 185. I was prepared for a bit more ambience, but it was comfy and clean. I love a booth. The service was fantastic. Our waitress was warm and thoughtful. The menu had so many delicious sounding choices. My dining partner, my 84 year mother, and I both enjoyed our entrees and the calamari app which we shared. It was a quiet evening, a Tuesday. I would like to return on either a Friday or Saturday to check out the scene."
    Dined on 9/23/2014
  • "For special attention that you would get with for a special occasion try Bistro 185."
    Dined on 9/22/2014
  • "Loved this place, staff was very friendly and the food was amazing, the wine and beer list was extensive and had lots of choices. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "Best service you can get! Food is amazing and fresh! Homemade desserts."
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "It was a very nice evening - food was good- nice atmosphere."
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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 !"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I had the pan seared Canadian Walleye. It was dry, over-cooked and lacked even basic seasoning. Overall it was a disappointing dining experience."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Amazing! Best food and ambience is very intanament! Would highly reccomend"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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
  • "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 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
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