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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (16)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Special Occasion (11)
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Good for Anniversaries (10)
Romantic (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Authentic (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Fun (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tapas (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Cozy (3)
Casual (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Live Music (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Louisville)·Dined 19 hours ago

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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 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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·Dined 5 days ago

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!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined 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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 (Indiana)·Dined 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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 (Indiana)·Dined 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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Louisville)·Dined 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!!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Tapas, Bar Seating, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Consistently delicious!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined 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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Vegan
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great evening, amazing dining experience and food for our NYE date. Will definitely be back.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Maybe my new favorite Lousiville restaurant, I loved everything on the menu!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fun, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant, all cities included!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Everything we had was exceptional. I liked the structure of the menu - it allows you to order smaller versions of dishes to try more options. My wife and I had the lobster hush puppy, seared diver scallops, duck confit strudel, the rack of lamb and the surf and turf special (lobster tail and filet). Every dish was outstanding and the bourbon list was stellar (which is expected in Louisville). Great experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This place is always on our short list of places to eat in Louisville for a special dinner. Being able to order small plates of many different dishes is so much fun! We're especially fond of the lamb tartare, escargot, Brussels sprouts, mussels, rack of lamb, salads, and all of the dessert selections. Also, top notch chef and staff as well!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

They treat you like you are the only diner on site!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 11, 2017

avoid food not good.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was wonderful and the service was excellent. On the evening we were there, a vocalist was performing and made it difficult for normal conversation. He was very good but louder than background music.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 27, 2017

One of the specials of clam chowder which was excellent. Wish I had ordered as my entre as well. I thought the salmon I ordered was not cooked enough. I should have said something at the beginning when I ordered, so it was my fault. I have been there in the past and I love their scallops, potatoes, and Brussel sprouts. Yummy!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great attention to detail. Creative food combinations. Wonderful sauces. Knowledgeable wait staff. Some of the best cooked lamb I’ve had in years.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Consistently the best restaurant in Louisville. Adventurous food, excilently prepared with a great selection of wine.

Tags: Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 7, 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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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 3, 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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 (Columbus)·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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 (Louisville)·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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 (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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 (Louisville)·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 22, 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 22, 2017

Food was very good but portion sizes extremely small.

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