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1920 Bar and Bistro, Norwalk, CT

1920 Bar and Bistro

4.1
4.1
59 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Our name, inspired by the year the building was built, pays homage to its history as the first electric generation station in Norwalk, then a hat factory, and later a home to beloved restaurants. 1920 Bar and Bistro is a tribute to the past, presenting a fresh concept with classic cocktails, craft beer, and a diverse, seasonal menu inspired by contemporary American cuisine.

Prepared by a Mexican-born maestro, who enriched his culinary journey with a passion ignited by the finesse of Italian cuisine. Chef Lazaro has honed his skills in prestigious kitchens such as Pane E Benne in Westport, Paci in Southport, Blue Lemon in Westport, and Bridge Market in Westport. Drawing inspiration from his Mexican roots and a love for the flavors of Italian gastronomy, Chef Lazaro Alvarado brings a unique approach to 1920 Bar and Bistro’s 'New American' menu that is both inventive and rooted in global tradition.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Italian, Global, International
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Daily 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (203) 212-8922
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, South Asian/Indian
  • Executive chef
    Chef Lazaro Alvarado
  • Catering
    Indulge in global-inspired flavors crafted by Chef Lazaro Alvarado, who prepares personalized menus designed to delight and inspire guests using the freshest ingredients and seasonal produce. Chef Alvarado ensures a culinary experience that accommodates the unique needs of every individual guest.
  • Private party facilities
    Our distinctive events venue is nestled within the historic confines of a former Hat Factory. Whether its an intimate dinner or a grand celebration, our space is perfectly suited for both. Our dedicated team is poised to craft bespoke menus and create unique and personalized experiences.
  • Private party contact
    Vishal: (475) 259-4677
  • Neighborhood
    East Norwalk
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

What 59 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

59 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot in Norwalk. Good and service were amazing

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  2. JonathanC

    London

    15 reviews

    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I hardly ever do this, but this was an awful experience and we left before ordering food. 1) They were understaffed. 1 person at the bar 2) Amazingly unprofessional bartender. She moved us due to bar seats being too close to a table (why have bar seats there then?), took 15 minutes to serve one of my guests a Manhattan, asked for her tip to be in cash, and then, which I still find hard to believe, she did tequila shots with another customer, sucking on lemon wedges before serving the next customer 3) We had booked a table for 4. Even though we were at the bar for 20 minutes after checking in they showed us to a table for - and set for - 6 people. We removed 2 of the chairs and waited to be served. When no-one showed up to take our order for another 15 minutes we gave up and went to another restaurant I usually only do restaurant reviews on Open Table when I have something positive to say, but this was so awful I wanted to warn other Open Table members. As you can’t proceed with a review unless you score food quality, I selected a score, but cannot comment as we lost all hope of our order being taken.

    1 person found this helpful

  3. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place and the people!!! Excellent food, service, and fabulous ambiance!!!

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  4. Morjoy

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was terrible. Appears that there was no chef cooking in kitchen and food came from warming table. Rib steak listed with mixed vegetables. The plate came with barely warm limp broccoli Rabe and 5 tiny, tiny potatoes. The steak was warm not hot and tough. Can forgive young untrained staff but not bad food. Strange that "bar and bistro" does not have burgers which is why we ended up with steak.

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  5. WilliamD

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Writing a review for my third visit to 1920 bar and bistro, and once again, it was memorable and fun, just like the previous ones. This spot has become my new favorite restaurant. I particularly appreciate their ability to rehabilitate this old building after five years of closing with such a delightful experience.

    2 people found this helpful

  6. Xteen

    New York City

    122 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We wanted to like this place since we have eaten here at all the other restaurants that have been at this spot. All started out well with a good martini and some bread and focaccia brought over. We ordered a caesar salad and I got the seafood risotto and my husband got the rib eye steak. We arrived at 6:30 and at 7:40 our meal had not arrived yet. My husband asked our waiter and he said things were a bit chaotic in the kitchen but it was coming out. We noticed that the tables around us were getting their food, even though we ordered before them. At 7:40 my husband went and asked for the manager and he came over and apologized and said he would check on the order. Our food arrived shortly after this but my risotto was tasteless.. it was as though they had added the shrimp and clams and decorated the border with mussels. No seafood taste whatsoever. My hsuband's rib eye had no bone ( the menu did not say boneless ) and it was very thin and also tasteless. It was chewy and tasted more like a sirloin than a rib eye. We asked to speak to someone and a woman came over and asked and we said the ribeye did not taste like rib eye and where was the bone? she said it was boneless but I mentioned that was not on the menu. She said what do you want? I said I think we would like to leave since this is not what we expected. She billed us for the drinks and we paid and left. No apology or anything.. just goodbye as we left. Obviously will not be back.

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  7. Dave

    New York City

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Looks like a winner! Food, service, ambience all well above average. Owners treated us to delicious dessert. We will definitely return!

    2 people found this helpful

  8. Fundiner

    Connecticut

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is a true gem! From the moment you step in, you're enveloped in a warm glow from the tall candles that adorn the tables, setting the perfect ambiance for a memorable evening. Highly recommend for anyone seeking a combination of great ambiance and delicious food!

    2 people found this helpful

  9. Daisy

    New York City

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I think this place COULD be a gem however we experienced some issues. While waiting for another guest to arrive, we sat at the bar for a drink. It took 10 minutes for the bartender to offer us a cocktail and we were the only folks at the bar! I had a simple martini and it was delivered WARM. She explained that the during the previous evening, they had run out of ice so she used very little in the shaker! And this was on a Saturday night! She did "fix" my cocktail with more ice. Our waiter was nice and while the menu read interesting, the food was just okay. We were also told they were out of the filet and another main course. Very disappointing. The decor is very creative, the ambiance very nice. I just think they have some things to work on. I will give them another try in a few weeks.

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  10. BarbGNorwalk

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had been there only once before, also an amazing time with perfect service, delicious food and drinks. The bartenders are artists and take their work seriously. The owners are so welcoming, I came back a second time with my son and felt as if we were old friends. I love this restaurant, not only for those reasons, but the food is perfectly selected and prepared and they go above and beyond in service to create a very enjoyable night out. I will definitely be returning.

    2 people found this helpful

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1920 Bar and Bistro is rated 4.1 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

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2 Wilton Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851-4540

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    East Norwalk
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Daily 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Italian, Global, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, South Asian/Indian
  • Executive chef
    Chef Lazaro Alvarado
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (203) 212-8922
  • Catering
    Indulge in global-inspired flavors crafted by Chef Lazaro Alvarado, who prepares personalized menus designed to delight and inspire guests using the freshest ingredients and seasonal produce. Chef Alvarado ensures a culinary experience that accommodates the unique needs of every individual guest.
  • Private party facilities
    Our distinctive events venue is nestled within the historic confines of a former Hat Factory. Whether its an intimate dinner or a grand celebration, our space is perfectly suited for both. Our dedicated team is poised to craft bespoke menus and create unique and personalized experiences.
  • Private party contact
    Vishal: (475) 259-4677
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