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Bistro 41
Bistro 41

Bistro 41 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistro41.com
  • Phone: (239) 466-4141
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Lite Lunch Menu Daily: 2:30pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Heath Higginbotham
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bistro 41 Caters! Chef Heath Higginbotham will personalize your catering menu based on price, size, and budget. Call (239) 466-4141 for a quote.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private room is available for weddings, holiday parties, wine dinners and more! The gorgeously appointed room will hold up to 200 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Reiner Drygala (239) 466-4141
  • Entertainment: Bistro 41 features live entertainment every Thursday,Friday and Saturday nights. Additionally, every second Friday of the month, Bell Tower hosts "Yappy Hour" from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm- bring Fido or Fifi for cocktails and shopping and then visit Bistro 41 for a bite to eat! Bistro 41 always welcomes dogs and their owners on our outside patios!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Daniels Parkway
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Guests of Bistro 41 may park in any of the Bell Tower parking lots.
A word from Bistro 41
Located in the Bell Tower Shops featuring an array of quaint specialty storefronts, adjacent to the Bell Tower Cinema and just a short drive from the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Theatre. As a sponsor of the MLB Spring Training season we are close to both stadiums as well as the Southwest Florida International Airport, making the Bistro 41 perfectly situated near the best Ft. Myers has to offer. Bistro 41 ... Casually Elegant Bistro 41 is more than a great restaurant, it’s a great experience! Much has changed since 1997 and we've seen friends come and go. Thanks to our loyal following, we're still here, still striving to exceed expectations with consistent, culinary cuisine and accommodating professional service. So if you haven't been to Bistro 41, you should give us a try, or if it's been awhile we'd love to see you again!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was the perfect setting for friends to get re-acquainted. Food and wine were perfect."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I enjoyed our dinner. We let our server know that we were our way to the BB Mann for a show. She was hustled and was attentive. Dinner took a little more than an hour. We ordered 4 different entrees and everyone enjoyed their meal. We enjoyed a nice bottle of wine and then headed to the show. It was great."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We looked at their menu online, only to get to the restaurant and find that the online menu was not the menu being served. The online menu prices were substantially cheaper than the actual menu prices, certain "bait and switch" tactic. Server was terrible, knew nothing about the menu for food or wine. The menu was prepared horrible, food pairings that had no business being paired together. We didn't even stay, got up and left. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone! Wound up eating at a local bistro called Mad Fresh, right around the corner. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Presentation and quality of the food was outstanding. The scallops were perfectly prepared and served over a mushroom risotto at the suggestion of the waitress vs. the cranberry risotto that was on the menu....a great recommendation! They came in individual scallop shells with an orchid accent. The people I was dining with had the port pork pot roast and special's swordfish. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food, ambience and service. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We come here often and can count on good food and service."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Reservation was for 7 pm, but the restaurant was not at all busy so seating inside and outside was abundant. Began with a wine glass that had something 'crunchy' stuck to the inside and out. Filet was dry, over-cooked, and had an unexpected brown sauce over the top of it - - covering the burnt spots on the outside. Guest had flank steak which was excellent and pilaf which was also great. Outside music was very nice. The restaurant is over-rated, however, and prices too high for what is delivered. I would not recommend, except for perhaps a drink & appetizer."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "dining at Bistro 41 is always a special occasion. service and food presentation is always great. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The service was excellent in the outdoor area we dined. However, the food and ambience were below par. For starters the salads were too big and a waste of food. The waiter should have told us of their size so they could have been split. The special red snapper was dry and with little taste. Lastly, the music playing in the open mall area adjacent was so loud normal conversations at the table were challenged. We were there as an engagement dinner for our son and for the high prices ( red snapper $ 33) we would unlikely return to Bistro 41."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We tend to forget about the good restaurants "hidden" in malls. I myself hadn't been to Bistro41 in several years. We ate outdoors, were entertained by a lovely musical combo and had a wonderfully tasty meal. I had the scallops on cranberry risotto -- wow. Give it a try; you'll be glad you did."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I had a Angel Hair Veggie pasta dish that was very, very good. The Angel Hair was just "al dente" enough and the veggie's were fresh and crisp without being undercooked. The tomatoes were especially tasty and plump. I was sitting at the bar and the bartender was warm and friendly w/o getting in the way of the great conversation I was having with a new friend sitting next to me.. Bistro 41 has a good, reasonably priced wine list as well so if your in Fort Meyers and want a comfortable yet upscale dining experience, this is the place to go."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We were seated outside immediately with our 5:30 reservation. Because we were there for an early dinner it wasn't very busy. Our server, Kristi, was excellent. We started with salads and wine and then we enjoyed a petit filet over garlic mashed potatoes and pork pot roast in demi glaze with mashed potatoes. Both meals were excellent. We would definitely dine here again if in the area and highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Bistro 41 and it was prompted by their internet offer of a free entree on your birthday. We will go again, regardless of such an offer. The service was first rate, the artisan bread with olive oil was pleasing to both eye and palate and the asian calamari appetizer was outstanding. The entrees were good rather than great. Prices are a bit rich."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This has been a favorite restaurant of ours--it had been excellent food and a nice atmosphere. This time, the hostess was neither welcoming nor friendly. The server was friendly but did not bring our dessert-to-go before we had to leave for a concert. There was also an error in the kitchen and achovies (which I cannot handle) were put on my Bistro salad :-( :-( which also had way too many sun-dried tomatoes and salad dressing. I ordered my very favorite, the pork pot roast--but it had many fatty portions of meat. ;-( It will be a while before we even consider going back. The others did enjoy their meals and the wine was very good."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant a few times. They used to have a limited early menu with a bottle of wine for two at a reasonable price. The bottle has now become a glass, and the price has gone up. For the money, it is now no longer a great value. The service was great. Three out of four of us has a good meal."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Food is very tasty. Especially enjoyed the vegetable black bean soup. Could really savor all the veggies without intrusion of heavy spices."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "It was a special occasion for us visiting again a place where we had dinner during our honeymoon years earlier. Greeter was not warm.. Seemed put out that we requested a quiet table. Server, was not happy to be there.. Even rolled her eyes when asked a question. It was not very busy, but seemed to take a while to get drinks served.. No help with the menu.. Didn't mention the salads were quite large and could easily be shared.. Food was less than remembered from our previous visit. Overall, not sure if we would visit a next time.. Wish it had brought back to memories of old.."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Very good evening...great food and service.. highly recommended.."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have eaten at Bistro 41 many times, made online reservations for a group of friends and for myself. The food was delicious! and I will certainly come again. The service was not wonderful. Drink orders arrived at the approximate time of the salad. When I asked about bread (which has always come right away in previous visits) I was told that the amount spent weekly on bread and that it now must be requested. After my request for bread, we did receive it and I asked for some butter, too (which arrived when the meal was over and there was only a small piece of bread) I'm sure that the server was busy, but he certainly was not attentive or intuitive in any way. I was disappointed."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Can't go wrong dining here. Food was delicious and the service was excellent. Very convenient location also."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We can always count on Bistro 41 for great food and good service. They offer "small" plates as well as the regular size and that's great since not all of us want such an abundance of food. We've never been disappointed with dinner at Bistro 41."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "very disappointing for the cost of the meal. I had not eaten here since the same time last year and for the cost there are better options in Ft. Myers."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "My wife and I have been coming to Bistro 41 for over ten years. We like the location and especially like the lunch menu. We've observed, however, that the manager, waitstaff, and kitchen staff CONSISTENTLY fall apart with large groups or when the restaurant is crowded. We booked a table for six, were seated promptly and had a personable server to take our orders; then things went downhill. We waited far too long for our food to arrive and two in our party said their food was lukewarm. We had to flag down a food runner to help us with the second round of drinks. Then one of the hostesses had to clear our table, since our server was not around.. No manager around either...Running out of patience with this resaturant; now a 3rd choice"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We wanted a nice evening to catch up with friends. Drinks were good and bar tender was attentive. They loved the pot roast and really appreciated the small plate options."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Service was great - Bert looked after us. Food - as always - superb"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Recommended by several sites. Booked through Open Table Craig,our server was relaxed, low-key and did not make us feel we disappointed by ordering their small plates. I ordered the spring rolls with 2 sauces.Tasty ,but greasy.Husband's braised pork was a pleaser. Chocolate bread pudding exceptional. Craig, our server was great. Overall, a lovely evening out!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We live in Naples but occasionally meet with friends & family in Ft. Myers. Bistro 41 is always my choice. The food is great for lunch or dinner. Service has always been prompt and courteous."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The restaurant needs to expand their menu. It never changes. It was been the same for theist 5 years.., I suppose that is why it was not crowd on Saturday night. Please update menu"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Our guy was attentive without bing pushy, funny and seemed like nothing was too much trouble. We will look for him on a return visit."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Bistro 41 is a great find in a mall area. It's one of the best restaurants in Ft Myers. I've dined there and met friends coming from north, south on 41 because it has such a good location for meeting up for lunch or dinner. Lately, however, I was very disappointed in the meal I ordered and also my guests. Could there have been a change in the kitchen staff - or was the lead CHEF not in the kitchen that day? Am sure it's going to be a one time event, but my disappointment was shared with my guests too and for me that was a sad time to have the kitchen on such a bad day."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "While the food was great the service was a little suspect. It seemed that our waiter forgot us for a period of time. Otherwise it was a great lunch."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The food was not even average. The quiche was dense and not tasty. The hamburger was not edible. The salads were just average. I would not recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Placed at table near kitchen and service door to outdoor seating, when restaurant was about 20% filled. We asked for another table, good move. Spilt the large spinach salad but was served on one plate which we had to spilt ourselves. Our server was friendly and nice but needed more experience to serve in a restaurant where average bill is $l00 plus. She brought tap water that we asked for and then later when ordering sparkling water took the water glasses without even asking. While eating, with fork in hand asked if I was finished, a big no no. We tried the small plate black grouper, very small which is OK if the price reflected it. Overall food was good, great bread and the bread pudding not quite sure about."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We vacation in SW Florida every year, and I look forward to lunch (or dinner) at Bistro 41 almost as much as I do to the warm temperatures. A friend from Fort Myers introduced us to Bistro 41, and ever since it has been at the top of our list. Food is excellent and service is impeccable, but relaxed."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food varied from very good to disappointing for our party of 5. Service was great."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "With a review! Just don't bother going to this place"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We've had good experiences here before but this time the food was disappointing--especially for the price. We both ordered the fish special and it seemed overcooked and under-flavored. Hope they improve because we need a good restaurant in that area."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Good menu with large portions excellent service . Very nice food presentation and excellent quality"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food we had was good but felt it a bit pricy and was disappointed that there was no pasta dish that did not contain a cheese sauce. Prefer lemon/wine/butter/garlic sauces on some things. Did not feel there were enough plain food offered. We did the Earlier Bird Dining, which was nice because it gave us a salad with the dinner. The wine choices for the meal were only 2 - red or white and only such a very small amount of wine. The dessert was not good - the cake was very hard and appeared to have been frozen several times. The sauce was good, but would have preferred a choice. Glad we had a very nice server !!"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "For its prominent location next door to Saks Fifth Avenue and its premium-priced menu, Bistro 41 was a disappointment. Food presentation was creative; however, flavors were just "ho-hum" on both of the chef's daily special offerings. My wife ordered the filet mignon prepared "medium" which was presented to her jiggling and "bloody rare" (subsequent turnaround to remedy from the waitstaff and kitchen took too long) Table service was quite amateurish ... surely not commensurate with the type of upscale eatery that Bistro 41 is trying to portray. Al fresco dining area is pleasant, but interior ambience is, well ... nonexistent (surprisingly plain-Jane and boring decor for SW Florida)."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Service was EXTREMELY slow. We had to ask for water since none was provided when we sat down - our beverages were served first. The server returned to our table more than once to ask us what we had ordered. It took almost an hour to get our lunch which amounted to a simple salad and a half a sandwich. For a friend's birthday luncheon, it was very disappointing. The one redeeming feature was the complimentary birthday dessert. Food adequate, but not outstanding."
    Dined on 2/6/2014