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Bistro 41

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446 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

For an elegant food and wine bar, visit Bistro 41 in Fort Myers, Florida. The menu is diverse with a variety of comfort fare and Italian cuisine for patrons of all ages to enjoy. For starters, try the tomato bisque soup or Asian calamari salad to savor. Main dishes at Bistro 41 include the Cuban sandwich, caprese chicken sandwich, lobster melt, chili ahi tuna, grouper Napoleon, grilled skirt steak and filet mignon.

Add a homemade side to your dish for an in-depth taste of Bistro 41. The sautéed shrimp, poached lobster, grilled chicken breast and pan-seared scallops are hearty additions to any meal.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Lite Lunch Menu Daily: 2:30pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(239) 466-4141
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Heath Higginbotham
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Catering
Bistro 41 Caters! Chef Heath Higginbotham will personalize your catering menu based on price, size, and budget. Call (239) 466-4141 for a quote.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Daniels Parkway
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Parking details
Guests of Bistro 41 may park in any of the Bell Tower parking lots.
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Entertainment
Bistro 41 features live entertainment every Thursday,Friday and Saturday nights. Additionally, every second Friday of the month, Bell Tower hosts "Yappy Hour" from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm- bring Fido or Fifi for cocktails and shopping and then visit Bistro 41 for a bite to eat! Bistro 41 always welcomes dogs and their owners on our outside patios!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on September 19, 2014

Everything was excellent and we celebrated a birthday.

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1.0Dined on September 1, 2014

We wet to the restaurant at the scheduled time only to find out that they were closed due to power outage.

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2.0Dined on August 14, 2014

My entree was disappointing! I ordered the pork loin special. The pork was chewy and NOT tender as a pork loin should be. Considering the price of your entree's and everything else being ala carte, we probably wouldn't come back for another dinner.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2014

I feel like I need to qualify the "yes" to would I recommend to a friend.
IF good food is the main objective, then yes, I'd recommend. BUT, if a nice dining experience is important to you, then I'd have to give it a maybe.
Our first impression was not very good. We were seated rather quickly but the waitress, after bringing our water, never offered or asked for our drink order. Additionally, she had a very condescending attitude that left us wondering what kind of dinner we would end up with. We ordered our dinner and waited some more to see if she'd comeback for our drink order...she didn't. We had to ask for our drinks when dinner was brought.
On the plus side, dinner was excellent. For the money...Blue Point down the walk is better.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2014

Had excellent and nice presrentation and waiter attentive and polite

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2014

We tried the summer $42 special for 2 and enjoyed the food very much but as expected the portions were small. The pork dish was extremely tasty. Dessert Ok but nothing special. Loved the half off bottle of wine as Meomi Pinot Noir is one of our favorites.

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2014

Been here many times and always enjoyed it. This time for lunch food was not good. Soggy fries with the hamburger, and the French Onion soup wasn't very good. Soup lukewarm and the chesse wasn't even melted.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2014

This is the second time I have eaten at Bistro 41. The food has been quite good both times and they do have nice unique entrees and we love their truffle fries. Their entrees definitely tend to be on the pricier side and it would be good for them to be re evaluated as a $$ venue. I had a great wine and my husband the beer snob liked several of the selections on their beer menu. Our service was excellent and not over intrusive. Overall a very nice dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2014

Had a great dinner to celebrate another birthday. Will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2014

This was the perfect setting for friends to get re-acquainted. Food and wine were perfect.

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2014

I enjoyed our dinner. We let our server know that we were our way to the BB Mann for a show. She was hustled and was attentive. Dinner took a little more than an hour. We ordered 4 different entrees and everyone enjoyed their meal. We enjoyed a nice bottle of wine and then headed to the show. It was great.

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1.0Dined on June 5, 2014

We looked at their menu online, only to get to the restaurant and find that the online menu was not the menu being served. The online menu prices were substantially cheaper than the actual menu prices, certain "bait and switch" tactic. Server was terrible, knew nothing about the menu for food or wine. The menu was prepared horrible, food pairings that had no business being paired together. We didn't even stay, got up and left. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone! Wound up eating at a local bistro called Mad Fresh, right around the corner.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2014

Presentation and quality of the food was outstanding. The scallops were perfectly prepared and served over a mushroom risotto at the suggestion of the waitress vs. the cranberry risotto that was on the menu....a great recommendation! They came in individual scallop shells with an orchid accent. The people I was dining with had the port pork pot roast and special's swordfish. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food, ambience and service. We will definitely return.

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2014

Reservation was for 7 pm, but the restaurant was not at all busy so seating inside and outside was abundant. Began with a wine glass that had something 'crunchy' stuck to the inside and out. Filet was dry, over-cooked, and had an unexpected brown sauce over the top of it - - covering the burnt spots on the outside. Guest had flank steak which was excellent and pilaf which was also great. Outside music was very nice. The restaurant is over-rated, however, and prices too high for what is delivered. I would not recommend, except for perhaps a drink & appetizer.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2014

We come here often and can count on good food and service.

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1.0Dined on May 9, 2014

dining at Bistro 41 is always a special occasion. service and food presentation is always great.

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2.0Dined on April 12, 2014

The service was excellent in the outdoor area we dined. However, the food and ambience were below par. For starters the salads were too big and a waste of food. The waiter should have told us of their size so they could have been split. The special red snapper was dry and with little taste. Lastly, the music playing in the open mall area adjacent was so loud normal conversations at the table were challenged. We were there as an engagement dinner for our son and for the high prices ( red snapper $ 33) we would unlikely return to Bistro 41.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2014

We tend to forget about the good restaurants "hidden" in malls. I myself hadn't been to Bistro41 in several years. We ate outdoors, were entertained by a lovely musical combo and had a wonderfully tasty meal. I had the scallops on cranberry risotto -- wow. Give it a try; you'll be glad you did.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2014

I had a Angel Hair Veggie pasta dish that was very, very good. The Angel Hair was just "al dente" enough and the veggie's were fresh and crisp without being undercooked. The tomatoes were especially tasty and plump. I was sitting at the bar and the bartender was warm and friendly w/o getting in the way of the great conversation I was having with a new friend sitting next to me.. Bistro 41 has a good, reasonably priced wine list as well so if your in Fort Meyers and want a comfortable yet upscale dining experience, this is the place to go.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2014

This was our first visit to Bistro 41 and it was prompted by their internet offer of a free entree on your birthday. We will go again, regardless of such an offer. The service was first rate, the artisan bread with olive oil was pleasing to both eye and palate and the asian calamari appetizer was outstanding. The entrees were good rather than great. Prices are a bit rich.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2014

This has been a favorite restaurant of ours--it had been excellent food and a nice atmosphere. This time, the hostess was neither welcoming nor friendly. The server was friendly but did not bring our dessert-to-go before we had to leave for a concert. There was also an error in the kitchen and achovies (which I cannot handle) were put on my Bistro salad :-( :-( which also had way too many sun-dried tomatoes and salad dressing. I ordered my very favorite, the pork pot roast--but it had many fatty portions of meat. ;-( It will be a while before we even consider going back. The others did enjoy their meals and the wine was very good.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2014

We were seated outside immediately with our 5:30 reservation. Because we were there for an early dinner it wasn't very busy. Our server, Kristi, was excellent. We started with salads and wine and then we enjoyed a petit filet over garlic mashed potatoes and pork pot roast in demi glaze with mashed potatoes. Both meals were excellent. We would definitely dine here again if in the area and highly recommend this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2014

We have been to this restaurant a few times. They used to have a limited early menu with a bottle of wine for two at a reasonable price. The bottle has now become a glass, and the price has gone up. For the money, it is now no longer a great value. The service was great. Three out of four of us has a good meal.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2014

Food is very tasty. Especially enjoyed the vegetable black bean soup. Could really savor all the veggies without intrusion of heavy spices.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2014

Very good evening...great food and service.. highly recommended..

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2014

It was a special occasion for us visiting again a place where we had dinner during our honeymoon years earlier. Greeter was not warm.. Seemed put out that we requested a quiet table. Server, was not happy to be there.. Even rolled her eyes when asked a question. It was not very busy, but seemed to take a while to get drinks served.. No help with the menu.. Didn't mention the salads were quite large and could easily be shared.. Food was less than remembered from our previous visit. Overall, not sure if we would visit a next time.. Wish it had brought back to memories of old..

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2014

I have eaten at Bistro 41 many times, made online reservations for a group of friends and for myself. The food was delicious! and I will certainly come again. The service was not wonderful. Drink orders arrived at the approximate time of the salad. When I asked about bread (which has always come right away in previous visits) I was told that the amount spent weekly on bread and that it now must be requested. After my request for bread, we did receive it and I asked for some butter, too (which arrived when the meal was over and there was only a small piece of bread) I'm sure that the server was busy, but he certainly was not attentive or intuitive in any way. I was disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2014

We can always count on Bistro 41 for great food and good service. They offer "small" plates as well as the regular size and that's great since not all of us want such an abundance of food. We've never been disappointed with dinner at Bistro 41.

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2.0Dined on March 13, 2014

very disappointing for the cost of the meal. I had not eaten here since the same time last year and for the cost there are better options in Ft. Myers.

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2.0Dined on March 8, 2014

My wife and I have been coming to Bistro 41 for over ten years. We like the location and especially like the lunch menu. We've observed, however, that the manager, waitstaff, and kitchen staff CONSISTENTLY fall apart with large groups or when the restaurant is crowded. We booked a table for six, were seated promptly and had a personable server to take our orders; then things went downhill. We waited far too long for our food to arrive and two in our party said their food was lukewarm. We had to flag down a food runner to help us with the second round of drinks. Then one of the hostesses had to clear our table, since our server was not around.. No manager around either...Running out of patience with this resaturant; now a 3rd choice

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2014

We wanted a nice evening to catch up
with friends. Drinks were good and bar
tender was attentive. They loved the pot
roast and really appreciated the small
plate options.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2014

Service was great - Bert looked after us. Food - as always - superb

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2014

Recommended by several sites. Booked through Open Table Craig,our server was relaxed, low-key and did not make us feel we disappointed by ordering their small plates. I ordered the spring rolls with 2 sauces.Tasty ,but greasy.Husband's braised pork was a pleaser. Chocolate bread pudding exceptional. Craig, our server was great. Overall, a lovely evening out!

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2014

The restaurant needs to expand their menu. It never changes. It was been the same for theist 5 years.., I suppose that is why it was not crowd on Saturday night. Please update menu

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2014

We live in Naples but occasionally meet with friends & family in Ft. Myers. Bistro 41 is always my choice. The food is great for lunch or dinner. Service has always been prompt and courteous.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2014

Our guy was attentive without bing pushy, funny and seemed like nothing was too much trouble. We will look for him on a return visit.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2014

Bistro 41 is a great find in a mall area. It's one of the best restaurants in Ft Myers. I've dined there and met friends coming from north, south on 41 because it has such a good location for meeting up for lunch or dinner. Lately, however, I was very disappointed in the meal I ordered and also my guests. Could there have been a change in the kitchen staff - or was the lead CHEF not in the kitchen that day? Am sure it's going to be a one time event, but my disappointment was shared with my guests too and for me that was a sad time to have the kitchen on such a bad day.

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2.0Dined on February 23, 2014

The food was not even average. The quiche was dense and not tasty. The hamburger was not edible. The salads were just average. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on February 22, 2014

Placed at table near kitchen and service door to outdoor seating, when restaurant was about 20% filled. We asked for another table, good move. Spilt the large spinach salad but was served on one plate which we had to spilt ourselves. Our server was friendly and nice but needed more experience to serve in a restaurant where average bill is $l00 plus. She brought tap water that we asked for and then later when ordering sparkling water took the water glasses without even asking. While eating, with fork in hand asked if I was finished, a big no no. We tried the small plate black grouper, very small which is OK if the price reflected it. Overall food was good, great bread and the bread pudding not quite sure about.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2014

We vacation in SW Florida every year, and I look forward to lunch (or dinner) at Bistro 41 almost as much as I do to the warm temperatures. A friend from Fort Myers introduced us to Bistro 41, and ever since it has been at the top of our list. Food is excellent and service is impeccable, but relaxed.

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