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Solo Bistro
Solo Bistro

Solo Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.solobistro.com
  • Phone: (207) 443-3373
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Saturday
    Lunch: 11:30 - 2pm, Dinner: from 5:00pm
    Brunch 10-2pm
    Closed Mondays
    Live jazz every Friday from 6:30 to 9:30pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Raymond Franklyn
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: From party platters to full off site catering.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can serve private parties either in the wine bar downstairs or, for larger parties, in the new dining room at 132 Front Street.
  • Private Party Contact: Pia Neilson (207) 443-2464
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz every Friday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Private parties up to 35 people. No room charge for dinners.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Park on Front Street or turn left after passing the restaurant to curve around behind the buildings and park in the public lot there.
A word from Solo Bistro
From the simple to the sophisticated, Solo Bistro serves up delicious dishes made from scratch, with an emphasis on fresh, local and organic ingredients. Winner of the Sante Magazine Innovative Culinary Hospitality Award and multiple Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence, Solo Bistro is a leader among the small but growing number of restaurants outside Portland that are attracting national attention to the culinary possiblities in the great state of Maine. We strive for quality in everything we do with food, wine, beer and spirits at Solo. Great food and drink served in a modern setting in historic Bath, Maine, home of the Maine Maritime Museum.
World class cuisine in the City of Ships!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "This was our second time at Solo Bistro, and I ordered the salmon. It came and was absolutely black on top. I took one bite and it was completely burned. I honestly cannot believe a restaurant of this caliber would let something leave the kitchen looking like that! Did they think I would not notice? I sent it back, and two people apologized to me and told me the chef was sorry. I just feel it was unacceptable to present something that was obviously burned. Yes, the new one was fine, but it really made me not want to return."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Highest quality, imaginative, delicious food served by friendly, knowledgeable staff in pleasant, unpretentious surroundings. Our very favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Enjoyed it so much that we returned for a second night. Duck breast was amazing, as was the butter-poached lobster. Highly recommended. Indeed, if you're near Bath, Maine, don't miss it!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Met a friend for brunch who had not been to Solo Bistro before. Got an email from her later saying she had been raving to her husband about her meal all afternoon. Good job!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had heard good things about Solo Bistro and were disappointed. It took about 45 minutes to prepare the food we ordered - the price fixed special and a fancy hamburger -not food you would expect to take this long. The house salad was nothing special, although I did appreciate that it was dressed lightly. The tomato was not farm fresh. The coq au vin was fair - not particularly flavorful. The fancy hamburger was ordered medium rare and was served rare to raw. It was returned for further cooking and after about 15 minutes was re-served as rare as before. For a restaurant of this caliber this should not have happened. We welcome creative restaurants in Bath and hope Solo Bistro finds our review helpful and improves."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We love Solo Bistro but we're disappointed they were out off two staple menu items, swordfish, and creme brûlée. That was for a 6:30 resi and a place known for ships, sea, and fish? Eggs, cream, sugar? Hello"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We enjoyed an early evening (6 p.m.) dinner on a Tuesday night so things were quiet. We had salads (the house and the Ceaser) and both were delicious and fresh- the foccacia bread was tender and excellent. For entrees we had the scallops and the swordfish and both were perfectly cooked. We asked the waitperson for wine recommendations for each (glass) and she came back with two whites for us to taste, both recommended by the owner as good with our meal choices. We ended the meal with the chocolate mousse tart (we shared) and that was outstanding as well. We will definitely add this to our small list of favorites."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "On our way Downeast to Lubec from NJ each summer, we meet longtime friends for dinner at Solo Bistro. The food is always wonderful, the service relaxed and congenial but professional. The menu is full of enticing options so it's hard to make a choice. We're sorry we can only go to Solo once a year!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We enjoyed a last minute dinner here, while travelling through Bath on a Sunday evening. What a wonderful menu and delightful place! Solo Bistro has been on the food scene for many years but it was a first for my husband and a second time for me. We started with a cheese board and enjoyed the variety, presentation and flavors. My husband had the steak frites (a very generous serving). I had the salmon - it was deliciously prepared with a squash puree. Our meals were attractive, tasty and inventive without being too edgy. For dessert we shared a mango sorbet and a key lime pie. While the mango sorbet was on the prix fixe menu, the wait staff accommodated my request. Highly recommended great restaurant in wonderful downtown Bath."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We have eaten at Solo Bistro twice. The food is outstanding, the service is excellent, and the experience has been great both times. I had the fish special (redfish), my wife had steak frites, and my daughter had the salmon. The oysters on the evening we had dinner there were from Damariscotta, melted in your mouth. Don't miss this place if you are anywhere near Portland. It's worth the short drive to Bath."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "There are no negative comments to make about this restaurant. This restaurant is solid, delivering food that is tasty without being trendy, well done without being overdone. In a town that has local charm to spare but that is a permanent state of culinary draught, it was a pleasure to discover Solo Bistro. The service was attentive, the setting lighthearted with bright color furnishing and the food delicious. Those that "are from away" as Mainers call us will recognize food they have tasted before. No big discovery but much appreciated for a thoughtful execution. May Solo inspire others to join them in giving Bath a bit of a restaurant scene to convince folks heading to Portland to stop here instead."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Some places strive to look good but fall short when the food arrives. We have been wanting to dine here for some time. The decor is very nice, modern upscale with attention to detail like glassware and utensils. The food and presentation were up to the task and obviously got as much attention in both the planning and preparation. A nice affordable wine list was quite welcome."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "What an awful dining experience this was in every way….I had been to SOLO BISTRO several years ago for dinner with family members….I was very unimpressed with the SMALL portions and EXPENSIVE prices….It was much ado about nothing….All five members of our party were disappointed and shocked that prices were high and the quality and quantity of the food was awful…..We decided to give SOLO BiSTRO a second try on Tuesday afternoon June 17th….My low expectations of SOLO BISTRO were met…..We all felt like victims of a rip-off….Firstly, we had a surly and pretentious waitress who disappeared, never to be seen again..She was replaced by another waitress….Small portions of stale food was served…Awful experience!!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food and service were both outstanding, and the night I was there with guests the music was provided by saxophonist Ralph Norris and keyboardist Mickey Felder. What a great treat to hear one of the great saxophonists in New England while enjoying such a wonderful meal."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had a superb meal (swordfish) at Solo Bistro. The flavors blended well, but each item on the plate had its own delectable essence. For conservation reasons we hadn't eaten swordfish in about 20 years, so we were particularly excited to try this former favorite that has made a fair recovery in the Gulf of Maine."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Cozy atmosphere. Our scallops and the swordfish were outstanding. Creative combinations of complementary sides. Service outstanding as well. Special notice of our anniversary was taken with a perfect table and surprise treat at the end. Loved the music. Definitely will be back. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food, drinks, service, and atmosphere were all lovely but the brunch portions were quite small. The French toast came with one piece and the goat cheese crepes left me ready for a second breakfast. Order some affordable sides to go with your meal. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Food and service were outstanding. The restaurant was very busy and unfortunately we were seated next to a large party, which made the noise level high and difficult to easily communicate with each other. A note for anyone with any vision problems, the lighting is limited so while this adds to the ambience, it makes it very challenging for those with any vision issues."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Went to Solo Bistro for our anniversary. Ambiance more like a cafeteria than an upscale restaurant. Cheese plate ($14.00) literally had two pieces of cheese each approx. 1''x1 1/2 inches with one bite of salad. My Grilled Duck Breast was very good, but my husbands Mushroom Risotto had so many different herbs in it, you couldn't taste the subtlety of the mushrooms and rice. Our Parfait dessert was different and very good."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Wonderful lunch and service! I hope to visit again soon for dinner. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "It's been almost a year since we went and Solo Bistro still remains in the forefront of my memory. We had a great meal, scallops and swordfish. Both entrees were perfectly cooked. The ambiance was great, service was perfect, and I felt right at home. I would recommend this to a friend and an enemy...why should anyone miss out?"
    Dined on 8/11/2013
  • "We had a great time, the service was outstanding as well as the food. They even remembered our anniversary from when I booked on line. They wrote "Happy Anniversary" on the dessert plate."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We were looking for a casual night out to celebrate a birthday and the Solo Bistro was perfect. The menu was interesting, the food very good, and the service was also. To top it off we had a great table in the window to enjoy the view of historic downtown Bath and a pleasant stroll along the river after dinner."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Our family had a great Sunday brunch on Mother's Day. The menu was varied with reasonable prices and the food excellent. We have also had great meals here in the evening. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Have been here several times and always had a good experience. Food is great; service terrific; menu selection creative; and a great addition to the few Midcoast restaurants with style and great food."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We've been to Solo Bistro a few times and it always offers excellent food and nice folks. We'll be going back for sure. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "One of our favorite restaurants in the area. The food is always innovative and delicious. Service is great. I highly recommend Solo Bistro to anyone who cares about quality dining. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Solo Bistro is a place to go if you want something a little special, a little different from the ordinary. On the Friday night we visited, the place was packed and the staff was working hard to make sure the diners were having a good experience. We ordered the scallops and they were delicious, as was everything on the plate. We started by sharing a salad of greens I didn't recognize but they were fresh and good. For dessert we split a creme brûlée that we enjoyed but the topping could have been crisper. A very moderately priced chardonnay was a good accompaniment to the meal. On Friday nights they have live jazz performers. They weren't terribly loud but I was happy to be in the next room. I'll return in the future."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We have been to Solo Bistro numerous times. This is the second time we went on Wednesday evening - they have a prix fix 3 course option that changes every week and it was most enjoyable and a great value. Only problem is once you get there, it is easy to be tempted by the other menu items. Usually I get the 3 course meal & my husband orders from the menu & we share. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Solo Bistro always delivers superior food with grace. The artesian cocktails are delightful, as is the selection of appetizers. Don' miss the local oysters- a breath of the sea. Love the infusion flavored sauces! The lamb chops were perfectly prepared & the scallops were divine"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Our first visit for brunch, and we loved the interesting selections, our own choices (delicious omelet and poached eggs with grits) and the quiet, modern decor. Definitely a wonderful addition to Sunday brunch options in the Bath/Brunswick area."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "One of the many delights about Solo Bistro is Chef Ray Franklyn's Wednesday night $17.99 three course specials, in addition to the regular menu. Since I was dining alone, this week's special ( chipotle sweet potatoe soup with honey creme fraiche; Portuguese chicken with green olives, bastmati rice & steamed kale; orange cake with chocolate whipped cream) was truly a winner! Service, as always, was outstanding too."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Solo Bistro is one of the best restaurants in Maine and close enough to Portland to compete with its excellent restaurants. It ranks with Street & Co on our favorite list."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Party of four had a very nice Sunday brunch. Food was quite good, service was attentive and we were able to spend as much time as we wanted to in a quiet corner table looking out on Front Street. Our waitress was nice enough to take the time to take a couple of pictures of our group. A good time was had by all."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We went for a 2015 reservation on a Thursday. Waitress had 2 tables. Felt totally rushed through dinner, although salad was stellar. Had the special- meh; both for main course and dessert,"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I have eaten at Solo Bistro several times and have never been disappointed...the food is beautifully presented, the staff is friendly, the atmosphere is tasteful but not stuffy, and it is convenient to events at the Chocolate Church. I have significant dietary restrictions and yet the owner and chef have both been very willing to present me with a creatively delicious meal every time. I look forward to my next dinner there!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I have wanted to go to Solo Bistro for years. I went for the first time two days ago. It was the best meal I've had in a long time. The three other people with me all agreed it was succulent. Every bite was delicious. The atmosphere was pleasant. I would go back again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Found this restaurant on Open Table when we were looking for somewhere to eat in the area. What an amazing find! Everything from decor (Angela Adans wall hangings), ambience, food and service were exquisite. Pia has done an outstanding job articulating her vision and no detail has been missed."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Food was excellent, though the portions for the Wed night special were quite small (and we are very modest eaters). We supplemented our meal with a salad -- which we thought was a bit pricey. Dessert was heavenly. A dark roast coffee choice would be an excellent addition to the dessert menu."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Easy to get to in Bath with a hip decor and some yummy lunch choices. We had 3 different items and they all were good. After 2 out of 3 of us ordered the cream brûlée we were disappointed to hear it had just come out of the oven and was not ready. So we just shared our companions chocolate mouse. It was very good and actually plenty for us to share since it was rich. But it was well done with a dollop of whip cream on the top and a delicious crunchy sweet element in between that & the mouse. The staff was good. One woman was maybe in charge and never smiled. She cast a gloom over the table each time she visited. She was nice, maybe in a bad mood? The bathrooms are on the lower level, very nice soap & lotion. Cool bar down there too."
    Dined on 3/11/2014