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J Bistro Downtown
J Bistro Downtown

J Bistro Downtown Details

  • 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 - 9:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • 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 (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: We have a great musical line-up on Friday & Saturday evenings beginning at 6:00pm. Local guitarists,Keyboard players & vocalists. 6pm-9pm

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Family favorite always friendly, good food, and an ever changing menu"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A perfect date night out with my husband. We loved the ambience, food was outstanding, service was friendly and attentive. Good job!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great Food. Friendly Service. Spacious. Definite return!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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!!!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food and service consistently excellent as always!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "A little pricey for small servings. $24 for three. Small scallops. Tasty but I thought at least one or two more would have been more typical. $3 for bread service. First time we've ever paid for bread at a restaurant. server never even asked if we wanted more. Service was attentive, friendly. Again just ok."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This was our third time to J. Bistro. We always opt for one of the high-top tables for two in the bar area. Each time the experience has been the same. The staff is friendly and efficient, and the food is very good. Portion sizes are just about right for us. Some people not experienced in fine dining may consider them a bit on the small side, but that's how we like it. The menu is very simple but well planned, with not so many choices as to confuse. The wine list is a little lean, but you'll find something nice to pair with your entree. Our last visit the noise level was low to moderate, but on a busy night it could be considered "energetic'.....never really loud. J. Bistro is the best restaurant in Sandusky. We'll be back for certain!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated Valentine's at J'Bistro....it was perfect!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We highly recommend the Brussels sprouts appetizer to share and The sea bass entrée is outstanding. The service and atmosphere are the best!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We were in on a quiet evening in January but our server sarah made us feel warm and comfortable so my husband and I were able to enjoy a relaxing romantic evening together. The food and cocktails were amazing as always! We recommend this restaurant to all of our friends and anyone just stopping through the area. Its an experience not to be missed!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "The food, service, and ambiance were all exceptional. I can't say enough about this restaurant. It was all just perfect."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "The menu is worded in a confusing manner so it's difficult to get a feel of how the dish will taste. For example, the steak comes with pickled onions which is probably good but doesn't sound appetizing. Most descriptions are just series of words seperated by "/", no actual description of how it was prepared or presented. We ended up ordering the hamburger and pasta as "safe" choices because most other descriptions made it difficult to visualize how the dish would tasts. Food was good but probably won't return due to the confusing menu. Maybe the regulars are used to this but this first time visitor suggests they come up with a less confusing menu."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "The wine, the service, the food, couldn't have been better! Would highly recommend it to all."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We were so glad to be able to take family to J Bistro as a surprise when they came to town! They were very impressed and pleased! Not only with the food and atmosphere but also by the ambiance provided by the guitarist."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We had a quiet dinner to celebrate our anniversary. The food was excellent, the service perfect, and the whole experience what I've learned to expect from J. Bistro."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "J Bistro is a nice combination of perfect decor, excellent service, outstanding pianist and of course wonderful food!"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "I'm from the area and its nice to have such wonderful restaurants like this one at our exposure! Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable! The food was amazing! Brussels sprouts and Sea bass were out of this world! It was a very busy night & staff was very attentive & everything about the experience was spot on!"
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Outstanding food, service and music. Best oysters in the area"
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "We had dinner with friends before the Firelands Symphony Orchestra concert at the State Theater. J. Bistro offer real, fine-dining, something that's hard to find in our part of Ohio. The food and service were great, as always."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "This is my favorite place in downtown to eat. The food is delicious. The wait staff is very attentive to your needs. I love the ambiance. We always feel comfortable when we eat here."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Nice little fine dining spot in my hometown..on par with other fine dining places I frequent. I stop in once a year, primarily to see my uncle who has been playing there on Friday nights...perfect compliment to my meal is great music:)"
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "We ate outside for lunch and it was gorgeous! the service was great, the food was fantastic, as always! Unfortunately it was a bit noisy with downtown traffic during the lunch hour, but that cant be controlled... We were conducting a business meeting and the staff was courteous and outstanding!"
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "After having the clams for an appetizer (which were excellent), we both had the salmon. It was cooked to perfection and delicious! The service was terrific. The atmosphere is good, with a jazz guitarist providing a nice ambience. The only criticism I have is the noise level with everyone talking. I don't know if it has to do with the room acoustics or what, but it was uncomfortably loud and at times difficult to carry on a conversation. Overall, though, a wonderful evening. Very impressed."
    Dined on 8/17/2013