Bistro 1860 Wine Bar & Spirits
Bistro 1860 Wine Bar & Spirits

Bistro 1860 Wine Bar & Spirits

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistro1860.com/
  • Phone: 5026181745
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (bar opens at 4pm), Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm (bar opens at 4:00pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, French American
  • Executive Chef: Michael J. Crouch
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Custom Menu's available for a minimum of 25. For more information contact restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Ron Kayrouz 5026457945

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brownsboro Rd/Story
  • Public Transit: On bus line & Trolly Hop.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot in rear of restaurant. Parking on Story Ave. (both sides) just North of Mellwood.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Bistro 1860 Wine Bar & Spirits reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (77)special occasion (68)neighborhood gem (47)great for outdoor dining (45)romantic (44)notable wine list (44)good for groups (20)hot spot (16)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (6)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Love this place!
    RKS612VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Innovative food, delicious, great portion size options, something for everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a wonderful place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The service was excellent. The food? Omg!! The special was the mussels which were huge and cooked to perfection. Lobster hush puppies. I'll let you drool over that one. Scallops were like butter and cooked to perfection. Octopus was delicious. Drinks were perfect and we felt very cozy in our corner table. This is definitely a place we are headed back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic date night
    NatiTiger
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Took my girlfriend here for a rare date night without kids and was very pleasantly surprised.The ambience was very comfortable and trendy. Would love to have sat outside because it was a gorgeous evening and would recommend requesting reservation ahead of time to do so as it was a busy night. We had escargot, oysters, rabbit and kale salad, and salmon with black lentils. With the exception of the rabbit being a little dry everything else was extremely good. Very unique and complete wine list. Add an Oregon Pinot new war that was exceptional. Service was very good as well though our server seemed overwhelmed with too many tables.he kept apologizing for lack of better service which really wasn't required because he was still attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 90 minute wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I cannot comment on the food because we left after waiting for 90 minutes. The cheese plate and escargot we ordered arrived fairly quickly but we were disappointed by the delays and excuses. There were patrons who arrived before us who had not been served anything but a salad and a cheese plate.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Just moved from Lexington and Bistro 1860 was our first local restaurant to try and we were not disappointed. As with all other reviews we have read we tried the Lobster Hushpuppy to start and everything we read was true, it was awesome. I also ordered a Brujo cocktail that was very good. The only slightest complaint I have is we sat in a back room and next time we will try to sit up front or outside those areas were a lot livelier. Cant wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Find!
    bikerchick
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Bistro 1860 delivered! Extensive food and wine menu. Nightly specials may be a little overkill given the regular menu. Everything was very good. Server was efficient as well as bartender. Loved the concept of having three (à trois niveaux) portion sizes. Bite size, appetizer or entrée size. It really gives you an opportunity to try a lot of menu items and not break the bank. Loved it enough to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food good, service less so
    Kdanielk
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food fantastic. The options for portions are fun. The service did not live up to reputation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mrs.Jonh Willaimson
    Bander
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Loved this place. Our waiter, Marty. made the evening for us. He was wonderful and I love to laugh, be with friends, and eat great food. I would recommend Marty to anyone who enjoys a great waiter with a great personality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Foodie2VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Enjoyed our meal very much. A special capese salad, escargot,salmon crquettes, parpadelle. Waiter friendly did not hover. Decor of dinig very pretty. Outdoor patio with live jazz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tommy31
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Everything was delicious: crab cake, lobster hush puppy, scallops, ahi tuna, ribeye, busses sprouts and red potatoes were all awesome. Seems like you can't make a wrong decision here. Their outdoor dining is great, but the weather was bad and I was just as impressed with the inside. I would definitely recommend to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food poor service
    paul15
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I looked forward to dining at Bistro 1860 because I had heard positive comments about the food. My wife and I tried six different courses and we enjoyed what we ordered. There was a problem when I specifically asked for the duck dish to be served medium well and it was served rare. (management did remove the cost of the dish from the check) We had to ask three different waiters to bring side plates because our waiter was no where to be found. Bottom line, the food was very good, the service was poor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional food, great service
    Archie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My wife and daughter recently dined here and raved about it. Since my wife and I were going to be in Louisville for a meeting, I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. The quality of both food and service were great. Our server (Erica) was both personable and knowledgable. I now put this with Jack Fry's as my favorites for fine dining in Louisville.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gdmeal
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a very pleasant experience. Lamb chops was the best entree at our table. Cozy decor. We definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blew me away!
    Datenightrules
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I loved the different portion options as well as the actual food choices. There were many fresh and interesting combinations of flavors, and Chef Mike was so available to answer questions and make sure that we were happy that I teased him, wondering who was cooking the amazing food?! I was particularly happy we saved room for dessert, as this was the best part of the meal. Hubby had the ice cream flight and I had some chocolate almond thing that can only be described as pure awesomeness in a little cup. The staff was fantastic. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro 1860
    Lisa
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    First and foremost, the service was outstanding. Awesome wine list! Loved the three portion sizes and prices. This way you can sample several of their tasty dishes. Lobster hush puppies are a must! The night we were there, they had mussels on the menu and they were described favorably by my friend. I had the scallops and they were delightful! A little on the pricey side but all in all a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!!!
    chiefPA
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I chose this restaurant for the outdoor seating for a dinner with a group of friends. Turned out to be such a hot,muggy night that we sat inside. The ambience was so comfortable, the food was beautiful, tasty, and the service was wonderful. My friend had a sleeveless top on and must have been rubbing her arms so someone came and wrapped a fleece shawl around her shoulders. We were invited to look at the upstairs before we left. It is such a cozy, colorful space, perfect for a small party or group of friends to have an intimate space. The only thing I regret is that we missed sitting outside under the trees with cool lighting to set a beautiful mood. I will definitely be back and have already recommended it several times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bistro at its best
    dinnerdate
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were a party of five on a Wednesday evening celebrating some of our many good fortunes. I decided that We should try the Bistro 1860 which had been recommended by several friends. We were not disappointed! One of the finest restaurants I have visited in my 81 years and we are a family of global living. To be with two of my four daughters and their spouses is always a special event and to complete the evening with such fine dining was a memory maker. We will indeed be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good, But...
    GretaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everything at 1860 was very good, but for the prices it should have been over the top. Thirty-six dollars for three scallops should have come with a few something elses! There were too many specials, they ran out of the specials we did want by 7:30 pm and it was so loud in the dining room you could not hear table conversation. The bar man whipped up a great speciality drink that sang of summer and the place was packed. Fun, loud, great wine list and every knew everyone else. It was Louisville after all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food
    Fancyfeast
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Amazing food, the waiter was very helpful, and the owner was seating people so our needs we're very attended to. We tried the App portion of most of the meals and that seemed to be the best way to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    ben9035
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I took my girlfriend for her Birthday. The staff was exceptionally courteous. We were given a thorough overview of the menu along with specials and personal recommendations. The Marlin sashimi appetizer was insanely good, as was the Lobster hush puppy and Oyster on the halfshell. The crab cake was a little doughy for me, but good none the less, though out of the four appetizers we sampled, it was our least favorite. We then got the house version of a Caprese salad, which we split. The huge plus this dish offered was the 20 year balsamic along with very juicy and ripe heirlooms. I had the Rack of Lamb, and she the Diver Scallops with roasted potatoes. We also got chocolate almond and sea salt desert, and some peach ice cream. Fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DW1943
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Has been a good restaurant for fairly long time. Under new name in recent years the quality of the food has moved up to very good! Plan to keep coming from time to time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    Mommabird224
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Amazing food, great atmosphere and the best Bloody Mary I've ever had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in Louisville.
    amealandasong
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Having relocated back to Louisville, from NYC, we were missing having that "go-to restaurant" when really pining for some top-notch cooking. We've now found it. The tiered pricing options give one a chance to experience everything the chef has to offer, and believe me, you WANT to experience EVERYTHING. Romantic atmosphere, excellent staff, and a good spirit list are all accompaniments for this marvelous meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Blew The Top Off!! This spot is SUPER LEGIT!! They do a great job of giving you the opportunity to try every menu item in specific sizes. This place is a must so please treat yourself don't cheat yourself!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impromptu dinner for two
    MissB
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    An impromptu get together with a friend and we really enjoyed the whole experience. A well informed and enthusiastic server , Lauren, was clear about her favorite food items as well as about our ( 1/2 price before 7.00 p,) wine selection. We both like the small bite portions ... The opportunity to try a wider range without feeling stuffed. I had a grapefruit and avocado salad with delicious dressing and not too overloaded. Then I got persuaded to try one of the seemingly endless " specials" an upscale corn dog or as our server put it " sophisticated fairground food" it was delicious' a light batter with a pheasant sausage inside. We finished our meal sharing a heavenly chocolate/citrus pot du creme, topped with sea salt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Highlands78
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    First visit to this restaurant. Liked how the options are set up so that you can choose how large of a portion you want. Works out well to be able to try more dishes ... There were many more that we want to try next time we are there. Good was delicious! We sat inside but the outdoor patio area looks very nice, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable Find!
    LouisvilleFoodie1
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This Resteraunt rocked my culinary taste buds and left me wanting to lick my plates clean!!! The Lobster Hush Puppy and the chocolate and blood orange pots de creme were absolutely breath taking!! Definitely will be returning very soon!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice dinner spot!
    Brody
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Service started a little slow, but turned out to be great. Very friendly staff. I enjoyed the choice of 3 differenct sizes for most items. Great tenderloin filet that cut with a fork. Salmon was good too. Group next to us was pretty loud, but having a good time. I'd suggest seating groups of more than 4 away from the 2 party
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well worth a try
    Kingcatrocks
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Had a great meal and the menu had three prices far every item, taste, appetizer, and entree. Everything we tasted was outstanding. With 1/2 price wines on Monday and great weather it was nice to sit outside. The only shortcoming was the traffic noise, but that is to be expected in an urban setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tiger
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It was a great evening. Danny was great. Food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint and Cool
    lky4greatfood
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This is a great fine dining experience. Wonderful new variations on traditional American cuisine. it well deserves the high ratings it's gotten in the media. Historic home setting blends in with a great restaurant experience. Eat the great bar for a more informal experience. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    tazia
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    greeters were very friendlie our waiter Charlie was great the food was wonderful and the chef came around to see how we like the food. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    Mike
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was our first time eating here since our previous favorite restaurant in Louisville, L&N Wine Bistro closed. I went in trying to not compare the two and I walked away pleasently suprised. I had the Lobster Hush Puppy to start and let me say next time I wll definetly get more than one of these best thing I had all night. For my entre I got the Crab Cake, Pork Belly Taco and Roasted Red Potatoes. The Crab Cake was perfectly cooked with plenty of crab, the Pork Belly Taco really wasnt for me. I am not a huge fan of salty food and this was just a little to salty for me, again this is just my taste preference. The Roasted Red Potatoes were out of this world when paired with the bone marrow butter. Cant wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Food was excellent & the service was very good. The waiter was very knowledgeable of all the sizes & foods. His recommendations were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One if the best in Louisville
    Lvillefoodlover
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We've eaten here twice so far and each time it has been outstanding. The food is creative, interesting, and impeccably prepared. I love the three size options. I've gotten two small, a medium, and a side each time. The toro sashimi is outstanding -- I'm a sashimi snob and I haven't had better sashimi anywhere in Louisville. My husband had the pork chop special and he can't stop talking about it -- the best thing he's ever eaten. It's also worth noting that the owner and hosts are Great! Very accommodating and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scheibel
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Pricey, pretentious and overly ambitious. The menu would make Proust tingle but didn't translate from page to plate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but slow
    wandw
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Service was okay. The food was very good. However, it took a very long time for the appetizers and dinners to arrive. It seemed like a lot of the time, the waiters were standing around waiting on the kitchen which was surprising since a chef was out walking around in the dining room on three occasions while we were there
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 10/10
    BRD1
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Lobster hush puppies and the duck were insane good.
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  • spectacular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Started the moment Daniel, our waiter, arrived. The best food ever - vast menu choices, and I love the small, medium, dinner portion sizing. I shall return soon! I have high expectations and they were exceeded. Well done Bistro 1860!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 1860
    Joseph
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was excellent, but the portions were too small for prices charged.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate