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Solo Bistro
Solo Bistro

Solo Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.solobistro.com
  • Email: info@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 WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "We wanted to splurge and also be entertained...we love music and knew that there was jazz on Friday night, which is why we chose Solo Bistro. The music was wonderful, we actually sat at the first table upstairs, directly in front of the two performers, one singer and one on guitar....their melodies were from the swing era so enjoyable , lively enough but not too intrusive into our conversation. It was a very enjoyable experience and would do it again... Portions are just right.and you leave feeling satisfied but not stuffed. My order of Duck was tender as could be, and I had more than enough to share some with my dining partner. My husband got the steak which he said cut like butter so we both felt satisfied."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My husband and I went for Valentine's dinner and the restaurant was booming due to many cancellations from the night before caused by a snowstorm. Solo Bistro was doing all they could to accommodate what would be a busy holiday night without the overload created by Mother Nature. We had appetizer, wine, entrees and dessert; all of which were beautifully presented and most pleasing to the palate. My hope is to return on a less busy occasion and perhaps find seating in the upstairs dining room when they have live jazz playing through the dinner hour. Solo Bistro is a real delight, and definitely on my list to revisit!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was very busy, as would be expected on Valentine's Day. We had a reservation for 7:30 and we were seated by 7:40. We had a glass of wine in the bar downstairs for the 15 minutes or so we waited....there was plenty of room and we were served almost immediately. The only complaint that we had, was that the singer was too loud for such an intimate environment and on an evening when most couples would prefer something softer and less grating, making it easier to have conversation."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Spectacular food and service on a very busy night-will return often"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A celebratory mid-winter lunch hit all the right notes at Solo Bistro. Attentive (but not hover-y) and knowledgable service & great food. The mussels and daily quiche were standouts. The vanilla creme brûlée was divine. The brussell sprout salad needed a touch more seasoning. The kale salad was decadent with the macadamia nuts. A great time."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "With our shared appetizer of Bangs Island Mussels , we knew we were off to a an evening of fine dinning. The Grilled Duck Breast entree and dessert more than confirmed it. Service, as always, was attentive and friendly. Bottom line: with Chef Ray Franklyn in the kitchen, Solo Bistro automatically becomes a destination !"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "As always the food was superb. The Service equally outstanding! It was a very cold snowy wintry night in early February in Bath Maine and one wondered if the restaurant would even stay open. They DID and it was warm and cozy with great ambiance and the staff were delightful in their enthusiasm to serve us. It was a great night! Rather than be grumpy about having to work on a stormy night they seemed very pleased we were there and made the evening delightful."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Comfortable atmosphere with fantastic food from start to finish! Shredded Brussels sprouts salad was unique and wonderful, light and just right. The oysters app - perfect. We had a fish night, Hake with a white bean sauce for my husband, Salmon with mashed sweet potato and Bok Choy for me. Awesome mix of favors on both plates. :). We're return diners and I would highly recommend Solo Bistro to anyone who loves great food!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Service was good. Menu selection disappointing. Food preparation was uneven -- cheese platter had minuscule portions of cheese for the price, vegetables were too highly salted. Menu description of vegetables didn't include all ingredients, such as anchovies. Wine selection was very good. Overall, a disappointing meal, especially for the prices charged."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Food was delicious, especially the cheese plate and mussels. Went here for a dinner with my boss after work and we had a lovely time, with a great scene view of the quaint town. If I am ever in Maine will stop by again!"
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "We spotted this restaurant while walking around Bath after breakfast at our favorite spot up the street and decided to give it a try during our annual visit to mid-coast Maine. So glad that we did as it was a marvelous experience that we thoroughly enjoyed. Very pleasant atmosphere, wonderfully attentive staff, great food and the icing on the cake was some really nice live jazz. An altogether very pleasant experience and we're looking forward to future visits, hopefully on an evening when it's not raining so that we can sit outside."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Solo Bistro is worth the stop in Bath, even if you don't feel tempted by the galleries, coffee shops, or various stores."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The service and food is consistently good at Solo Bistro. The menu offers a totally different selection of food from what is usually offered in this area. The selection may at first feel small, but there is something for everyone and the meals are delicious. Portion size is perfect; you can have an entree, and feel full but not overstuffed. Leave that for dessert. Decor is funky chic. It can get loud when things are in full swing, but that can be part of the ambience. I wouldn't go here for an intimate dinner for 2, but it is an appropriate place if you want a fun night out (for 2 +). We once went for a small party and the owners went out of their way to provide a special plate of hor d'oeuvres and a place to have cocktails and mingle."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Excellently prepared seasonal local food. Squash risotto and fish were cooked perfectly. There are two rooms with bar downstairs. We were in the room which includes the chefs stations. Kitchen noise wasn't noticeable. Off-season it wasn't crowded on a Friday night. I would rate it one of the top five restaurants in Bath/Brunswick area."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our experience again. The food was great and the restaurant even made sure our food came out as quickly as possible since we told them we had plans which would be causing our dining experience to be a bit rushed. Everything was great and our only complaint was that we were unable to stay for dessert."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "My wife and I have been there three times in the last several months and have really enjoyed it each time."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I really wanted to like this place since it is close to home and offers more than fried fish. That said I can not recommend it. As soon as we sat down the waitress was wanting to take our order, please give me at least five minutes to read the menu! Little did I know this would be one of the last times I would see her! A table mate spilled a drink and used the napkin to stop the liquid from landing in their lap so they needed one to use during dinner. Would you believe it took more than five requests to get one? Water glasses were never refilled after the initial filling even though requests were made. As you can see the wait staff was horrible and it does over shadow the evening. Chicken curry should have chicken in it too."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "We think of Solo Bistro as a special experience! This time we were sharing a surprise birthday dinner. We reserved an early time, as it was bad weather, and we were the only ones in our dining area, for some time - therefore it was quiet. Delightful! Our waitress was knowledgeable, attentive, and our meal delicious, from beginning to finish!! *(the evening's scallop appetizer, focaccia, roasted beet & carrot salad, baked hake - which was a real treat!! - and my husband's pork tenderloin was equally delicious ... and since it WAS a birthday, we "over-finished" with the chocolate mousse AND the balsamic poached pear!! We left, as VERY happy diners!!"
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Tell your friends and family to experience the fine dining."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "This was our first time here. Food was excellent. We received coupons as a gift so it gave us a reason to try you out. So glad we did. We will return."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "Portland ME is our home and Bistro Solo is part of our Maine journeys. To put it in context, Portland has enough restaurants for our eating out occasions, yet getting away to Bath to dine at Bistro Solo is worth the trip. Good food, great service and jazz. What more could you ask for?"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "I expected the food, service and ambience to be better. It was all only "okay". Not worth going back for the price."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We had been away and wanted to treat the person who picked us up at the bus stop. We knew this would delight and we had a wonderful dinner and time with our guest. We both had the hanger steak, both were cooked to our different specifications perfectly and was beautiful and as tasty as could be. One of the things about Solo Bistro that appeals to us is that the portions are not enormous. It's good because the food is always so tasty that we always clean our plates. It's nice to have room for a bit of sweet at the end. And we both appreciate the decaf cappuccinos at the end of dinner. Thanks agin, Solo!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • ".We ordered halibut in a miso reduction. The seasonal vegetables were a roasted root mash and kale. The halibut was perfectly seasoned and cooked. The root mash had the homey familiarity of mashed potatoes but with the interest of turnips and sweet potatoes added. The kale was perfectly cooked, respecting the characteristics of kale but seasoned with the liquor from the halibut marinade. We drank a fantastic wine, Dr. Frank's dry Riesling. For dessert we shared the best creme brulee I have ever eaten. An extraordinary meal in a special place!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Solo Bistro is the best dining choice north of Portland and south of Rockland. Superb chef, imaginative menu, lots of different foreign ingredients, but always different. When combined with superb jazz (on Friday nites), Solo Bistro is unbeatable."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Good food, a pleasant place, good service, reasonable prices. What's not to like?"
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "Think bacon wrapped escargot in an exquisite sauce as an appetizer... Absolutely delicious! Our party of four enjoyed a variety of main courses, including steak, halibut, lobster meat, and gnocchi . Each prepared as the main ingredient in sumptuous dishes as only Chef Franklyn and his talented staff can create. There is no rush, no hurry as the cheerful, caring waitstaff ensure a memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "I eat in NYC regularly. I agree with other reviewers that Solo will satisfy foodies who know good food. Don't expect the earth to move but do expect high quality, creativity and intelligence. Get the mussels if you like them. The broth was amazing. The only criticism I have is being a New Yorker I like a good artisanal crusty bread. It seemed a shame not to have some like that instead of the soft bland bread they offer with their outstanding "butter of the day" - ours was apricot ginger and it was lovely."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "I hadn't been to Solo Bistro in many years, but was curious to see how it had evolved since its opening. I was dining with a neighborhood friend who also hadn't been in for years so we were both excited to give it another try- we were not disappointed! Everything we ordered was wonderful from start to finish- we were both pleased with everything that came out of the kitchen. As well, the prices are reasonable and the portions just right. I would definitely return and recommend Solo Bistro to family and friends."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Food was fair a little bland and the fish tasted like it had been frozen. Other then that was good."
    Dined on 10/14/2013