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About Bistro 1860 Wine Bar & Spirits

Bistro & Wine Bar with a focus on Small Plates.

1765 Mellwood Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (bar opens at 4pm), Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm (bar opens at 4:00pm)

Cross Street:
Brownsboro Rd/Story

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(502) 618-1745

Website:
http://bistro1860.com/

Parking Details:
Parking lot in rear of restaurant. Parking on Story Ave. (both sides) just North of Mellwood.

Public Transit:
On bus line & Trolly Hop.

Executive Chef:
Michael J. Crouch

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bistro 1860 Wine Bar & Spirits Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for a Date (23)
Creative Cuisine (20)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Special Occasion (15)
Romantic (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Tapas (7)
Authentic (6)
Business Meals (6)
Cozy (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (5)
Seasonal (5)
Casual (4)
Live Music (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Healthy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Always enjoy Bistro 1860.
We had a different server from usual - though he has been there a long time. He was great!
Food is interesting, different flavors and very high quality.
My only grumble is that I felt my two tiny pieces of salmon were overpriced, particularly since they come with absolutely nothing on the plate other than a sauce.
Cocktails are always good.
Not a cheap option but we feel the quality is worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I can't wait to go back and try other small plates! We had a curry coconut soup to start which was slightly spicy and had the perfect combination of broth to cream. We both had duck strudel which is wonderful. Hubby had lamb, perfectly cooked and sauced. Hollandaise on lobster hush puppy light, creamy, lemony, perfect. Julio our server personable, friendly and helpful. Thanks for a great meal all around!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wonderful evening with terrific service. My husband ordered the short ribs because the Wagu steak wasn’t available. He said it was in the top 3 beef dishes he’s ever had. Lobster hushpuppies were delicious as well. Scallops were good but not excellent. Live music on the patio was top notch.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Bistro 1860 is one of my favorite restaurants in Louisville. We find ourselves there again and again- everything is always fantastic. Chef Crouch is creative and there are always abundant specials to choose from in addition to a really diverse seasonal menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Love that the menu offers different size servings of many of the items.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Slow service, premium price for average food. Many entrees were "unavailable " making a short menu microscopic.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We've been going to Bistro for many years now. When we visited last, we had three dishes. The mussels were absolutely perfect. Plump, succulent. The lobster hushpuppy was off. It was over cooked. The pommes frites were soggy and cool. As always, the service was superb. Hope the kitchen can get things worked out.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great Dinner and Small Bites, great service! - Recommend the Mushroom Wellington.
Noise level from a large party was a bit high but what does one do about that? Will definitely return.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 7, 2017

A wonderful dining experience!!! We are from Indianapolis and this was our 3rd visit!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Road work surrounding the area makes it difficult to get there😥

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 5, 2017

This is a FABULOUS place! Impeccable food, service, wine... just spectacular!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent food and great service. The fish of the day (halibut) was extraordinary!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Wow! We had a great meal. The service was wonderful and the small Jazz band made the night.

Tags: Live Music, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We always leave with the best experience! The food and service can not be matched. We celebrated our wedding anniversary during our last visit and received a complimentary dessert and many well wishes.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Groups, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Bistro 1860 with a phenomenal meal, great service and good music! Our server John provided helpful suggestions and even served us coffee out on the patio well after our meal was complete.

We love that the menu allows us to try multiple small bites and explore all the menu has to offer. The sashimi was amazing. Highly recommend the scallops. Best brussel sprouts I have had in Louisville. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food selections were varied and excellent, service was also professional, polite and informative. This occasion was not the first time for dinner. The only problem was the unusually long wait on the main dinner selection - it was over an hour. The server twice apologized for the delay and checked with the kitchen. The restaurant was busy but no full, so there is no apparent excuse. Hopefully the next visit will be better.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was very good but portion sizes extremely small.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Everyone was super friendly our was awesome and had great suggestions. The short rib was so good as well as the salmon and everything else we had. The chef was awesome and came out to see how our meal was as well.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 29, 2017

This review is pretty simple. The food options are excellent, and we really enjoy the small plate options allowing us to try several options from the menu. The cocktails were really well made and quite delicious. The service was by far the best - very prompt and friendly.

If you are willing to spend a little more ($100 easy for two) then this is a great foodie/date/special occasion spot.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Simply fabulous! The food, service and atmosphere was outstanding.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Selective & imaginative menu (w/portion size options for most dishes) in a warm, well-lit historic setting. Delightful!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food was good. Our server was good but the service was a bit slow for the restaurant not to be crowded at all.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We have eaten at bistro 1860 numerous times but it seems like every visit gets better. Our server Lauren was beyond exceptional, the food was amazing especially the short rib and the pasta bolognese.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Healthy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

The atmosphere was nice, but the food was way over-priced. They have 3 prices on most entrees. I ordered the medium size of the Diver Scallops. My $25 entree consisted of TWO Small scallops! Not large scallops, 2 very small ones. Needless to say, we were shocked. The others in my party ordered the med size and had very small portions as well. NEVER AGAIN!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 24, 2017

The most adventuresome menu in Louisville. I go there often and have never been disappointed. The food and service always has always been first rate.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Enjoyed our first visit to Bistro 1860. We really enjoyed our meal. We stuck to the small plates to share. It was hard to settle on a few they all looked amazing. We had the flight of ice cream for dessert and the Possum Old Fashion to finish off the evening. Our server was very helpful and she was very enthusiastic about the menu! We will definitely return SOON!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Delicious meal, wonderful service.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Fabulous food and service. Great drink options. Amazing as always.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Dinner at 1860 was delicious, comfortable and a pure pleasure

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Fun, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Tapas, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Good was great. However one piece of the short ribs was burnt. It was an end piece and should not have been served when you only get two pieces for 4 oz.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The small plate offerings provide the opportunity to sample a variety of dishes. We were pleased with every choice, and our server was exceptional!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great birthday dinner. Excellent food. Wait staff was fun, happy, very attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Very disappointed as this has been one of our favorite restaurants in Louisville.
I had the rack of lamb mid size 2 racks. My lamb was fatty and grizzly. They redid did it and instead of mid rare it was seared. Dark red center.
My wife always got the small ribeye and loved it. Now they replaced it with pricey Wagu.
It appears the menu is more upscale. Too upscale for us. The good news is our server was excellent and they took the lamb off the tab so I had 2 oysters for dinner.
If we ever go back (doubt it) I will definitely check to see if the menu is less Foie Gras and a little more reasonable.

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Wonderful gourmet flavors. A great place for any occasion. So thrilled to have found this awesome place! The drinks are as delicious as the food.

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Service was awesome, food was delicious and the atmosphere was very inviting. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Gluten Free Options
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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Waitress had no desire to work. The food quality over price was ridiculous- outrageous actually. 6 oz beef for $72 😳 and it was half fat?!?!? Wow- won't last long.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Wonderful location for a special occasion!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 19, 2017

We have never anything less than a perfect experience at Bistro 1860. We had our rehersal dinner there 4 years ago and enjoy going back often. This last trip we were able to introduce it to a friend who has fallen in love with it as well.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 11, 2017

I love this restaurant's chef, staff and ambiance. Never disappointed and always some great dinner specials!

Tags: Tapas, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Food and service were excellent! Love sitting outside on a mild summer evening and enjoying the scenery. Looking forward to coming back and trying other items on the menu. The duck confit and lobster hush puppies were fantastic!

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