J Bistro Downtown
J Bistro Downtown

J Bistro Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jbistrodowntown.com/
  • Phone: (419) 502-2280
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jesse Harris
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is free public parking in a covered garage across Market Street, free on street parking and a free public parking lot on the west side of the building.
A word from J Bistro Downtown
J Bistro Downtown is a contemporary restaurant located in the beautiful Manhattan on Market building. The décor is sophisticated and warmly elegant. The vibe is just plain fun with delicious food to match.

We source local when we can and we feature sustainable produce from the iconic Chef’s Garden, in Huron Ohio. Our menu is fresh and vibrant with great artisanal cheese, a variety of fresh pasta dishes, seafood, crisp flatbread pizzas and man-sized steaks, chops and signature dishes. We buy in small amounts to insure the freshest possible ingredients. The menu is contemporary American food with a twist.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
J Bistro Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)fit for foodies (17)special occasion (15)romantic (13)good for groups (6)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (4)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great food and service
    joaopedrolopes
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I have had J Bistro on my wish list for a while. This week I finally made it over there. With a bit of bad luck an epic blizzard hit Cleveland precisely on that day. There was havoc on the roads, so it took me much longer than what it would usually take, but on a normal day this is an easy drive from Cleveland, if anyone is visiting the city or passing by. If you are going to Sandusky to have fun at Cedar Point you should also make sure to stop there for dinner after all those crazy rides. The food and the service were absolutely worth that difficult drive day. The service is flawless, the venue is very agreeable, and the food was amazing. I had the Prince Edward Island mussels with chorizo and tomatoes (perfectly done, the sauce is very well done), the oven-roasted mushroom pizza and the pistachio creme brulée. And would have loved to try so many more things on their menu, so I am sure I will have to go back. Five stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative menu, stylish atmosphere
    theatergoer
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The 'muscles with chorizo sausage' was wonderful and very ample. The omelet with salmon was also delicious. Liked the contemporary atmosphere, interesting menu and the location. Service was attentive without being annoying. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • date night!
    haley5289
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    As always superb service & creative, imaginative, and delicious food! Our favorite foodie destination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great time
    Gladwewent
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Our group of 8 ventured to J's Bistro for a birthday dinner. It was our first time there and we chose it because the menu looked interesting. Our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoyed our choices. Our only minor complaint was that we were seated in the main dining area and with 8and a large table it was hard to hear and follow conversation. We would return for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • top notch!
    hapydiner
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Me and my wife were glad we seeked out this restaurant based off reviews online. This is our first review ever for a restaurant. It was our anniversary and happened to be passing through the Sandusky area. Service was professional, food prepared with expertise. The brussels sprouts were a hit and the sea bass cooked perfectly and the flavors amazing. Both were recommended by our waiter. The special lamb shank was over the top. We were one of only two tables in the restaurant at the time. It was a shame. This restaurant should be packed and would be in a larger market! It was a chilly fall evening in the middle of the week though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome food!
    Matt
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Second time eating here, first was for lunch which was delicious, this time was for dinner. Band playing was nice but glad we were farthest from them as the room really carried their sound. Food was excellent this time as well, had the flat iron steak for dinner and duck fat fries as our appetizer. Steak was tender and perfectly cooked to my liking. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience!
    Dinner4two
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We tried this place a few weeks prior and had such a good experience that I made reservations to come back and try it again. Love the atmosphere and the service we received. Food was great. Will definitely be going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Foodislife
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The atmosphere, good and service were all excellent! Everything was clean, the staff was kind and friendly, the food was excellent! Great place for special dates!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Thought the beer prices were over priced $6 for a 12 oz glass is quite high, and $4 for domestic. food and service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food n service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was great, the waitress friendly, and the owners were very flexible with my party of 14.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st visit will definitely go back!
    Luvpuntacana
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Must try the brussel sprouts and pepper steak! Excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice
    Rick
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Tis is a very good spot in a smal town; would recommend that you go; we throughly enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Theresa1921
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We just got done dining at JBistro and had an extremely pleasant experience. We brought guests from out of town and they were very impressed. We were all surprised that we were the only diners in the restaurant at 7 o'clock in the evening. They should be busier. Maybe just an off night! It did not stop us from having a great evening though. We shared the Brussels sprouts and they were over the top! Also we had the Sea Bass, Chicken, and the Cod Special which were all recommended by our server. He led us in the right direction as all were tasty especially the Sea Bass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    princess28
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Food and Service made for a lovely night out with friends. Live Music was a bit loud but some people seemed to enjoy it. Other nights we have dined here they did not have it. We could of done without it. Other than that a pleasant experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch!
    Diner7
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We were in the area and decided to try this modern bistro. It was really great for a relaxing lunch. We tried the pickle martini, blueberry/jalapeno mojito and the expresso martini (they were all interesting, different and delicious). Wedge salad, mussels and crab pizza were also very good. Server was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday night date night
    Bridget
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    There was live music playing in the dining room area - we were in the bar, and found it to be pretty loud/distracting, so I can't imagine what the poor people in the dining room were experiencing. The service was slow - we started out with one server, then seemed that we were switched to someone else. Not very attentive. Food was good but not spectacular. They charge for bread service, which is fine if it was notably good .. but it was pretty blah. Would go back but wouldn't be my first choice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Nothing in decor to deaden noise making it hard to converse with elderly guests. But everyone was bowled over by the food. It was excellent. We went to J Bistro two Saturday nights in a row..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a business dinner
    Sheils
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a group for a business dinner. We were seated at the large front table seperated from the rest of the tables. It was perfect setting and food was top notch!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good
    duke
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Family favorite always friendly, good food, and an ever changing menu
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence
    Staceymarie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Overall excellent place to dine from the food to the drinks and dessert highly recommended !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 71 reviews are from the J Bistro Downtown reviews archive.
  • An almost perfect meal...
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a lovely dinner at J Bistro after a long day of of wineries and walking. The band was pleasant (although a tiny bit too loud), and we had a lovely table by the window. If I was a local, I'd be dining here all the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wine & Dine
    princess28
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    A perfect date night out with my husband. We loved the ambience, food was outstanding, service was friendly and attentive. Good job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very expensive food -
    Luvshealthyfoods
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband & I both didn't feel well after we ate. Food was too rich for our tastes. We won't go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A fine night of dining
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    J Bistro is always a special place to dine. The menu choices are varied and there are always interesting specials. The food quality is very good, and they always seem willing to accommodate diners wishes. The servers are very pleasant and attentive. We would recommend it for a relaxed evening of fun and great food. Prices are moderately expensive but fair and worthwhile for what you order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very impressed
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The staff was very nice. The restaurant very classy decor. The food was amazing. Very high quality, served professionally. Service was a little slow due to a back up in the kitchen, but will forgive once. We had Avery pleasant evening with friends. We are still talking about it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    mcannon
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great Food. Friendly Service. Spacious. Definite return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DougVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a group of 10 for dinner at J Bistro and had a great meal with very good service. J Bistro's owner is also the chef and he creates some unique items for dinner. The portions are reasonable size. The menu is not large, but there are normally several "specials" each evening. The owner's wife was our waitress and she did a great job for our table. This is a great restaurant for foodies. I highly recommend J Bistro's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back!
    ReneandTom
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We both had fish and it was very fresh. Having lived in the S.F. Bay Area for 25 years, I am quite spoiled when it comes to fresh fish. It was the first thing we looked for after moving to Sandusky without success. We ended up flying in frozen crab and shrimp from there. (Yes, I know that's not fish.) The portions should be larger on everything-entrees, salads, risotto, mashed potatoes, vegetables, etc.. We expect good value for our $. The half bottles of wine are a great way to go. The music was very enjoyable. So we will be back for everything and especially the wonderful, very fresh fish! I don't know how Jesse does it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Service and ambiance were great. Our food was terrible. Way too salty. The pepper steak was laughably complex and so salty as to be inedible. Oh and $3 for "bread and butter service" is really obnoxious. The high rating on review sites probably reflects the paucity of other options. We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great date night
    MalibuBell
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    J bistro is a great place for a quiet romantic dinner. The food and service was amazing. The menu is not very big, but the quality of the food makes up for it. I would definitely recommend this place
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as Always!
    haley5289
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Its unfortunate we are not locals because we are in Sandusky only a few times a year and always have to make a dining stop at JBistro. We have never been disappointed. Great food and staff! Another enjoyable evening out. We recommend the crispy Brussels Sprouts and the Pickle Martini is to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    CrateLady1dinerVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We have loved J Bistro in the past. They were totally unprepared for the number of guests. Our reservation was at 7:30, and all the specials had run out already -- that is just poor planning.The number of reservations should indicate the need. This was a birthday for my daughter and Father's Day celebration. 3 of us wanted fish, and that was gone. Only scallops is on the regular menu. Having to settle for something we really did not want is not an enjoyable dinning experience!! The server was very good, and this was out of his control.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great family dinner
    PamJacksonVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    J Bistro never disappoints! Our dinner was terrific, and the service was excellent! We brought 3 of our granddaughters with us, and they really enjoyed the experience (even though they were not too adventurous! All 3 had fettuccine alfredo!). It is wonderful to be able to have an excellent dinner while still appeasing a teen's palate! A huge thanks to the J Bistro Team!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Dinner I've ever eaten!!
    Sarah
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food was out of this world! And I thought Paris was the best meal I ever had, you guys topped it~ wonderful atmosphere and 5-star service!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Food4meVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We were in the Sandusky area and just randomly picked this restaurant . What a great find. We all loved it & decided we would make the hour drive again just to eat there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Place to Catch Music and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My husband and I have enjoyed dinner and music several times at J Bistro. Check their Events Calendar for small music venues. Intimate setting. No other upscale restaurant in Sandusky offers this. Very special!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would highly recommend J Bistro
    AndySmith
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    and we will definitely be back again soon! Upon walking in, the ambiance reminded me of an upscale restaurant in New York City. The service from our waitress Sarah was amazing, she was very tentative without being bothersome to our lunch "date". I had the Deviled Eggs Deconstructed to start and I'm still dreaming about the taste of them. The slice of smoked bacon to put on top is the perfect touch. Next I had Chorizo pizza which was on flat bread. Simply put it was one of the best pizzas that I've ever had. My wife had the Butternut Squash soup to start and then the Fish tacos, which she really liked both of them. I tried a bite of a taco and it was amazing! Thanks for the great experience and we look forward to seeing you again!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great night!
    haley5289
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Our first visit to jbistro was a few months ago when we were invited as guests with a group of friends. It was a memorable dinner so my husband and I came back for another wonderful evening just the two of us on a date night! We ordered the brussels sprouts that we are now IN LOVE! with and we shared a wedge salad which was also delicious. For entrées we had the sea bass which our server explained was the restaurants signature dish and the pork chop. The sea bass was out of this world and my husband seemed to enjoy his chop. Our server was attentive throughout our whole meal and all of the staff were friendly. It was a weekend evening and they had only a couple tables in the dining room. What a shame! We will be back for sure though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great anniversary celebration
    Lauren
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had a wonderful time here on Saturday when my partner and I celebrated our two year anniversary. There were only a few tables that were taken, so we were seated promptly and our waitress was always there when we needed anything. We started off with the brussel sprouts (HIGHLY recommend), and then she and I tried the lamb shank and the scallops, respectively. We were not super excited about the dessert selection (though their offerings did sound delicious!) so we went around the corner to find something else, but everything was wonderful. We'd love to come back when we're in the area again. Well done, Sandusky.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd times a charm
    princess28
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Food and service consistently excellent as always!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.