1808 American Bistro

4.6
982 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
1808 American Bistro serves classic American fare with the occasional Southern and Cajun twists. Steaks grilled to order. Shrimp and Grits with a bit of a bite. A delectable array of house made sauces, vinaigrettes, remoulades, tapenades, aioli and demi-glaces. Not to mention the pastas, burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and desserts, all of the mouthwatering variety.

Our full bar offers 48 cold craft beers on draft, and a delightfully tippling assortment of wines and spirits. Stop by for dinner for a beer, or any combination thereof that tickles your fancy.

Reservations recommended for the Dining Room. However, we cannot accommodate reservations for the Patio and Bar.

Specials

$20 Cocktail Pitchers!

Enjoy our cocktail pitchers at a new low price on Sunday's and Tuesday's!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 12, 2019

Ends: June 13, 2118

Availability: Sun 4:00PM-9:00PM
Tue 4:00PM-9:00PM

Half Price Beer All Day!

Half price on all of our 48 craft draft beers! All day!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 12, 2019

Ends: June 13, 2118

Availability: Tue 4:00PM-10:00PM

Wine Wednesday!

All of our wine bottles are sold at state minimum pricing!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 6, 2019

Ends: June 7, 2118

Availability: Wed 4:00PM-10:00PM

Best Happy Hour in Delaware!

Half Price all of our 48 craft beers, $2 well liquors, and $1 off glasses of wine!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 6, 2019

Ends: June 7, 2118

Availability: Tue-Fri 4:00PM-7:00PM

What 982 People Are Saying
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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noah was excellent. Meal was great. Keep the blackened red fish on menu. Along with 14 ounce prime rib.

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DD
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall 1808 was just an average meal and service. Positives were standard dishes on the menu served as written and tasted good and desserts. Negatives were bad bottle of wine server noticed had bad cork, but bartender said due to laying on side but was definitely turned when tasted (sent it back for different bottle) and Ribeye steak special that definitely was not prime and was overdone. Not sure worth the drive again from Dublin.

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BT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in town. Love coming here. The food is always amazing the the specials are usually very intriguing. Excellent brunch too.

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RB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Megan was an awesome host/waiter, food outstanding as usual.

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K
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to 1808 and we can't wait to go back. The food was great, the atmosphere was too and our server was the best. We have already recommended it to several friends. Keep up the outstanding work!

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J
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service are both great. Glad I made a reservation as there was live music playing, so the restaurant was very lively for a Thursday. The food is a bit pricey, but nothing too crazy for eating out. Overall, I'd definitely recommend! I had their short rib and it was so tasty.

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MG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! Their food is great, the service is great, and the location is great. It’s quiet enough to have a conversation. They generally have good music, too. They have a terrific beer and wine list, too. And the whiskey bread pudding is outstanding!

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BH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice, quaint place off the main drag of Delaware. The menu is quite small, but the food is fresh and good. Waitstaff is very attentive, the cocktails are delicious and the atmosphere is really nice. I sometimes wish for a bigger menu, but then I know quality is going to drop. Not interested in that.

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ME
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this charming restaurant in downtown Delaware. Have been twice for brunch (the maple French toast is amazing) and once for dinner. Excellent service each time!

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CO
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1808 American Bistro is our favorite Delaware restaurant. The filet medallions are consistently delicious and cooked as ordered. The whiskey bread pudding is a favorite dessert, along with the beignets - so light and amazing. No complaints. Worthwhile every time.

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b
Columbus
56 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We've always had a great family meal and excellent service whenever we've eaten at this neighborhood gem.

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OT
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Father’s Day dinner

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K
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at 1808 and it won’t be our last. Loved the food and the service too. Great kids menu Can’t wait to go back

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SL
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been to 1808 many times and my husband's 50th birthday dinner did not disappoint. They were great with our reservation and accommodating with the food order. The dinner was delicious and they remembered to bring out the bread pudding with a candle at the end...per my request at the door. We have been happy customers of 1808 for years and don't hesitate to recommend this restaurant.

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was amazingly delicious, excellent service in a simple, aesthetically pleasing ambiance. I would highly recommend 1808 American Bistro.

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New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food. Brunch is outstanding.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was great! Plans changed after arriving at the restaurant and we went from 2 adults to 2 adults and 3 children. Not only did the waitress get us a new table, but she handled the energetic kids with ease. We also left a toy behind, and the hostess ran to catch up with us to return it.

The food was wonderful - tried a few dishes and they were all great. The French toast and biscuit service was a hit with the kids, too.

I am looking forward to a return visit soon!

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B
Columbus
31 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere. I ordered the chicken and biscuits and it was large portioned and yummy. All my friends enjoyed their food. I love the beignets as well! The service was great. One of my friends ordered a mimosa with pineapple juice, but wasn't able to get it d/t lack of pineapple juice in the kitchen. I'd love to see the weekly donuts come back!

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RM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Ran out of 2 items on menu. The menu overall was lacking. Service less than average. Server appeared uninformed and misstated on several occasions that he had certain things on menu. Just a very poor experience. Food not cooked properly. Restrooms while clean didn't have a blower or air freshener and given the price for the night rediculously over rated and over priced.

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OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great! Would definitely recommend!

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JK
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was our first time there. We were celebrating our anniversary. No one asked if we were celebrating anything.
We chose the fillet which was excellent. One of the best we have ever had. The side of mashed potatoes were not very hot, but we did not complain. We ordered the bread, that was extra cost, and it was wonderful.
We were too full to order dessert.
Service was very good.

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R
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu could include few more options, sandwiches and entrees.

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T
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I had the shrimp & grits which was good, however after arriving home I had diarrehia all afternoon. My husband had the strip steak, potatoes and eggs. His steak was tough and grisly.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it l! The food was delicious and the wait staff were terrific

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LL
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food was extremely salty and the service was slow. We don't plan on returning.

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OT
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Caught up with old friends. Enjoyed the food and wine. Server was very helpful

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RT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time here, my wife and I anniversary, the waitress was great, so that I can’t remember her name, the only thing that we can remember is that she could not bring drinks (under age) but she was great, the food was great, everyone that we talked to was very friendly and can’t wait to go back, thank you

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KS
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The filet and the risotto were amazing!! I've never had a bad meal here....so awesome!!

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AT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th visit. Shrimp & grits excellent. Salmon well prepared. Appetizers very good. Great bread pudding for dessert.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, the service was impeccable, and the atmosphere is very nice too. The short ribs and shrimp & grits are two personal favorite meals. I also love that the restaurant is in downtown Delaware, which is very walkable city with other bars, restaurants, and shops to explore.

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Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at 1808. I haven’t been able to get anything besides the shrimp and grits! Awesome! My wife had the almond crusted chicken and she was very satisfied. It was my wife’s birthday and we got an order of beignets. To die for! Always enjoy our experience!

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m
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

I have been a resident in Delaware for three years and use to eat at 1808 at least once a month. But over time the food has stayed great ! But the service staff has become awful. so rude that it ruined our entire night. We had a mistake on an entree and when we notified the waitress her remark to our table as she walked away was " Guess I have to eat it" referring that she had to pay out of her pocket for the meal. So I paid for the meal and the one the staff made the mistake on. The rest of our evening was met with staff glares... Not once did a manager offer assistance. RUDE people! Rude Staff! Go get trained by Bone Fish staff . We went there the next night and it was great and the staff was over friendly!!! Get some manners you snobs!! You lost me and a table of 25 Former NFL players for a October reunion party!

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M
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been, and always be THE spot, that my husband and I go to for our dates. The food and drinks are unique and phenomenal! I always recommend 1808 to family and friends!

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AW
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wish I’d have found this place sooner!!! The food was exceptional. The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. Our waiter, Noah, not only knew the menu and food preparation well, he described every dish we had perfectly. Great bar selection and specialty drinks.

Furthermore, I had a special request on my reservation and Kelsie called me to ensure my needs were met. She was very helpful.

We’ll definitely be back.

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MB
Columbus
79 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Gordon, was excellent! The food was phenomenal...it is 2 days later and we are still chatting about the selections we each made. Wow.

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F
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Noise level is ridiculous. Food and service are great, but i’ll think twice before I go back. Conversation was nearly impossible. Hardly worth it!

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S
Columbus
24 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the third time we have dined at 1808. It is located in a historic building in Delaware, Ohio. It is a beautiful drive down 315 from our house. There are three or four dishes on their menu that we really enjoy. This time I had the 1808 Burger and Rosemary Fries. It was delicious with caramelized onions and horseradish aioli sauce. My husband had the Shrimp and Grits which he said were the best he had ever had. This restaurant is like a hidden gem!

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LB
Columbus
33 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How was our trip to 1808 American Bistro?! GREAT! Thanks for asking! There was no morsel uneaten. I had the small fillets and my husband had the shrimp and grits. We topped it off with the bred pudding. We loved everything. Noah was also a great server! We can't wait to come back!

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JM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1808 was recommended to us by a friend. My wife and I had dinner there for the first time this past weekend....and we were not disappointed! The atmosphere was excellent and the food was outstanding. The menu offered a wide variety of options - we both had a salad and filet. Salads(house and wedge)were excellent! Filets were cooked to perfection- loved the Bernadine butter topping! The desserts were excellent- I highly recommend the apple cinnamon bread pudding.

Service was excellent as well! Marissa was our server and she did a great job of describing the menu choices.

We look forward to our next date at 1808!

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RP
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great blend of complex food and flavors in a relaxed and personal atmosphere. Lots of attention to detail on the cocktails...love this place.

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