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Bistro 1860 Wine Bar & Spirits

4.5
701 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Bistro & Wine Bar with a focus on Small Plates.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French American, Fusion / Eclectic
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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)
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Phone number
(502) 618-1745
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael J. Crouch
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Brownsboro Rd/Story
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Parking details
Parking lot in rear of restaurant. Parking on Story Ave. (both sides) just North of Mellwood.
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Public transit
On bus line & Trolly Hop.
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
What 701 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Quiet
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Perfection every time we visit.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

They employed a combo in the bar area. Music was fine at first but louder songs were to follow. Could not hear yourself. We finished up our meal. The other patrons were complaining too.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I was looking forward to eating at Bistro 1860 for some time. My girlfriend and I made a reservation to celebrate her birthday. We are so glad we did. They have a convenient parking lot next to the restaurant. The menu choice is limited but they had several specials, everything looked delicious. The meals come in 3 sizes, appetizer, medium or full dinner plate and that was great for us because if ordering a salad, finishing a full plate is too much. We each ordered a salad, I had the endive salad and my friend had the greens salad, both delicious. We split the Lobster Hush Puppy, and I had the tenderloin and my friend had the scallops, both were really good. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fabulous food and server was great. EVERYTHING we tried was excellent.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Celebrated Mother's Day at 1860 and were easily seated on the patio even though we'd not reserved a spot outside. Superb service and delicious food, as expected.
The big treat was when the owner passed by and overheard me saying how I loved my omelette, though with about a thousand extra mushrooms, I'd have REALLY loved it. Moments later, I had a plate of sauteed mushrooms to enjoy. Service & attention to detail like that is exactly what makes a restaurant special and I'll keep coming back. I'd heard great things over the years while living in Chicago, and now that I'm back in Louisville I'm thrilled to get to enjoy Bistro 1860 whenever I want to! Thanks for making my Mother's Day extra special with those mushrooms!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The atmosphere was amazing. We sat outside and the shade provided plenty of relief from the sun and there a nice breeze. However, the menu was pretty pricey for the amount of food you received. The menu has 3 options based on 2 oz increments, except for scallops. I ordered 2 scallops for $25 and they came in a bowl that fit just two scallops, probably about 4 inches wide. It made it hard to cut the food and the presentation of the scallops was disappointing. The food itself was great, but the value and presentation lacked.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

AS always Bistro 1860 is excellent. There versatility and range of options are amazing. And for Derby weekend they do NOT stop offering their great menu. I have been here many times and have never had a a dish that wasn't delicious even on a very busy night. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The food was delicious and right sized. I highly recommend to try at least once

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Exceptional! Meal did not disappoint. Server was very nice but didn’t really talk about foods or options as our last server did. It was really cold when we first got there and I think someone complained as it was warmer. Great restaurant for date night or girls night out. I love to sample all the different options. The lamb and escargot were outstanding. Steak was perfectly cooked-my 10 year old son ate the entire thing. He said it melted in his mouth. I will return!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First time at Bistro 1860. Food was phenomenal! Very cool interior. Loved the idea that most of the offerings can be ordered in different sizes. Lobster hush puppies-so good. Lamb chops, filet and salmon were cooked perfectly. Drinks very inventive. Server was Erica-amazing! We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Bistro 1860 is always a treat and we come here for just about every special occasion.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Considering the many good reviews, we were expecting a lot - probably too much. We loved that we could get most of the entrees in appetizer/tapas/entree sizes, that was a nice opportunity to try out the menu. There were a few interesting items on the menu (lobster hush puppies, duck confit., foie gras), but apart from that, the menu could have been more creative. The food was OK. Their slow-cooked short ribs were out, the lamb was close to burned, baked red potatoes were dry and everything was prepared with way too much fat, Brussel sprouts were swimming in bacon grease. Service was very friendly but slow initially, it took them a long time to take our order, although the restaurant was not completely full. Probably not going again soon.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

When we arrived at 630, there was no one in the restaurant . We were the only table & it still took a very long time for someone to wait on us & get drinks. As more people showed up, the service got better. I guess they just weren’t ready for diners.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The servers were very pleasant, and the service was very timely. The chef came out the check on us as well. Everything was prepared very well. The beverage service, particularly the wine selection, is always outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Always enjoy bistro 1860. Food is great (lobster hush puppies are a must!!) and it has a great vibe. Took friends visiting from out of town and they loved it!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was very good. It was a little noisy but there was a crowd of people celebrating. I'll go back.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Bistro 1860 has two rooms, and both of them were pretty noisy on a recent Sat. night. It didn't help that we were in a room with two large tables! However the food was outstanding- I love the three sizes of plates; for instance the King Salmon came in 2, 4, or 6 (I think) oz. portions, the lamp chops, one, two or three chops! Both were excellent!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food was delicious, as always. The service was a disappointment, unfortunately. Usually we have outstanding service. Perhaps the server was new or was overheated. We spent a lot of time waiting....to place our order, for the food, & for the check.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We visited to celebrate a birthday, and thoroughly enjoyed our meal from beginning to end. The ambiance is really nice for a romantic meal, although we did see several larger groups enjoying their meals as well. Our server did an excellent job with suggestions and taking care of everything during our meal. We were seated in the back room near the fireplace which was a bonus from our point of view.

The multiple serving size options is great if you'd like to explore more than one or two items on the menu, which we highly recommend. Save room for dessert, it is also excellent!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Bistro never fails. Every time I dine, it is outstanding. The Duck Confit and Lamb are truly unique and excellent. Finishing with the made at Bistro ice creams is great fun. John was a fine server with many good suggestions for pairings.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We love the fact that you can get most of your entree in appetizer/tapas/entree sizes. Gives you flexibility. We haven't had a bad meal yet. Everything is top-notch. Well, it does get a little loud when it's full. That's our only complaint.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

As always, very delicious!!!!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

This was a great meal! Everything we tried tasted so good. The salmon was cooked perfectly, as were the potatoes and ribs. All in all, a wonderful and delicious dining experience

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Hunter and John took great care of us, at the bar and at our table. Thanks guys!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great food and service but pricey

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Birthday for a BFF and, as always, Chef and his amazing staff knocked it out of the park. Thx for such a memorable and delightful evening!!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We can count on the team at 1860 to provide us a thoroughly enjoyable, low-key and enjoyable dinner experience. The menu is a perfect size and the food is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Service and food were fantastic!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

1860 did it again. Always our go to spot. We were pleased to have it our valentines dinner. We were greeted at the door by our all time favorite server Hannah. She has been promoted- well deserved. Erika took care of us and was excellent. A great bottle of wine, some of the lobster hush puppies, the salmon, a filet and the Brussel sprout rounded out an excellent visit to 1860. Highly recommended

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent as always. Love the portion options. Had lobster hush puppy, 3 oz filet, nice drink all good.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Best spot in town for a nice date!! Food is spectacular and the place is in a beautiful historic home. Monday’s have half off select bottles of wine which is a huge incentive!!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Hands down the best restaurant in Louisville! The food is amazing and their unique order size options lets you sample, which is great because everything on their menu is amazing! The chef and staff are wonderful.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Lovely decor. Nice menu selection. The food was delicious. Salads and sides were shareable.

What took this from being perfect was the noise. We were seated in the back room. Two large groups were seated there after us and we couldn’t have a conversation it was so loud. Ruined the meal.
Ask to be seated in the front room.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I had an amazing experience at Bistro 1860. Our waitress, Lauren, was wonderful and I know we will always request to be in her section from now on. We will definitely repeat the experience. The food was phenomenal and the experience was unforgettable. Will recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The food and service was incredible! Julio was our waiter. Most of the food selections offered small and medium portions. The flavor blew our taste buds away!

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Bistro 1860 is my favorite restaurant! The chef is fabulous, the flavors are out of this world, the ambiance is lovely, there's nothing to dislike!!!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Consistently delicious!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Everything was really good except I asked for us to be seated in the room with the fireplace. Turns out all rooms had fireplaces, but ours was the only room that it wasn't lit, which is why I asked for the fireplace- for ambiance.

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2018

Excellent service as always. And the food was exceptional. We are vegan and are always in for a treat at 1860!

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