Bistro on Main

4.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

Bistro On Main is an American food outlet serving contemporary flavors. Within walking distance from downtown, the place has a country style charm with warm ambience and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant has a casual setup and comfortable seating arrangement with cozy corners. Bistro On Main is a good place to dine out with friends, family and go on a date.



Bistro On Main has a full alcohol bar to enjoy the fine selection of drinks with a diverse palate.


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AnneP
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at the Bistro on Main. The food was excellent as was the service. The folks at the restaurant are very friendly. I had gumbo (with shrimp, chicken, and andouille sausage), and my husband had salmon with sweet potatoes and spinach. We both had a garden salad to start with homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing - the dressing was thick and creamy and very good. We finished with a slice of key lime pie - the pie was creamy and very tasty with a homemade crust. Overall, we enjoyed our meal - everything was prepared very well with excellent service.

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StewartR
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall experience was great! The flow of the meal may have been the best experience. We got apps, then our salad, then our meal. Each part of the meal was served after we were finished. Our server was attentive. It was unusual due to the Covid 19 but the staff and food was top notch!

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MariaP
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful and delicious dinner. The salmon and the trout special were A+. The homemade beer bread is always a favorite.

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DanielleK
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Our water glasses were never empty and Medea was an excellent server.

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Kathryn
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual, easy vibe, with seriously good food. Daily specials and rotating menu items mean lots of chances to try new things.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable experience. Did a great job with Covid-19 safety precautions. Food was delicious and our server was really funny and attentive. Definitely going back soon.

NJ
NaniJani
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and staff incredible. Everyone safely distancing!!

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RevCatherine
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bistro on Main always has outstanding food and service. We've been coming here for over 10 years and have always loved it. Even under COVID-19 restrictions, our experience was wonderful. I have never had a negative experience here! Can’t wait until our next visit!

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ElizabethG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual our time at the Bistro was wonderful. It was our 25th anniversary and totally enjoyed the meal and service. Someone arranged for us to have the whole room to ourselves. HA! It's just because we got there so early. And the special request for the catfish dinner was honored. Just the best restaurant ever!

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vipdawn
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A gem on Main Street!

I've never been here before, and I tried it for an early Saturday evening dinner. As the sun set, I enjoyed the coconut-water, curry, mushroom soup. Very tasty. The scallop special was lovely, and the canteloupe and ginger ice cream topped off a lovely meal. I was very pleased!

I don't get to Lexington very often, but will remember this for next time.

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KenL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Second time eating there and will return again. Excellent food and service.

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vipThomasS
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was our 3rd time at Bistro, and we expect to return again. A somewhat limited menu, but the choices are diverse enough to suit most diners. Decent wine list and more craft beers on tap than I had expected. Friendly hostess and staff, and I rate service as above average. Some portions are on the smaller side, but we thought satisfying enough. The shrimp & grits and scallops have been our favorites. Only disappointment was the brownie ala mode. Small and dry, with only a tiny dollop of ice cream and slight drizzle of chocolate sauce. Not worth $7, so we wouldn't order this again. Overall though, happy with Bistro on Main.

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KeithW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good service and menu...food cooked to perfection...cocktails also very nice along with wine list. Priced appropriately Will be back.

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FredK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Slower than normal/expected service before receiving orders. Almost constant noise from area just off dining room where staff congregated/cleared dishes/who knows what they were doing but food was good and price was appropriate.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious
Will definitely return

EG
ElizabethG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful time at the Bistro. The food is consistently great with special options. The servers are always prompt and pleasant. And it's quiet so we can hear each other. Not easily come by in these days. Our favorite place! So favorite we have decided to make a point to go every month, at least.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for Sunday brunch. Delicious menu, fabulous mini cheddar biscuits to snack on. Staff was efficient and we did not feel rushed.

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Kimmie
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Quaint. A great evening to spend with friends. Highly recommend this gem of a restaurant

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LillyLou
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro on Main is a quaint, clean and delightful restaurant in downtown Lexington, VA. The luncheon portions were more than adequate (I couldn’t eat all of the fish and chips) and the prices are very reasonable. Our waiter was efficient, friendly and not obtrusive. I would highly recommend this eatery.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
63 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Quaint downtown location. Overall food was very disappointing, as over half of our parties’ meals came out ice cold. Would not recommend.

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vipWnLMom
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. I have never been disappointed at the Bistro on Main. The spinach salad with citrus dressing and chicken is a wonderful lunch.

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Hank
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We had dinner on Friday night and had an 8 pm reservation, driving from Richmond following work. The wait person was friendly, but seemed a bit distracted and I'm sure very tired toward the end of his work day - just didn't seem very interested in serving us, only to basically get it done. However, the atmosphere was very nice and their beet soup was very good. My wife had salmon and I had the Mahi-mahi. Both meals were about 4 out of 5 stars. Having gone there once, I think we'd be more apt totry another restaurant rather than return again.

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Cindy
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bistro! upon our daughter’s graduation from a local college, we may need to visit Lexington to go to our favorite places❣️

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DoctorB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The meal was outstanding. We both shared the fried oysters with the roasted red pepper remoulade sauce which were excellent in all respects. We both had the grilled salmon with maple gaze, spinach, and substituted mashed potatoes for the sweet potatoes, which was also excellent. The orange blossom (basically a margarita) from the bar was top shelf. We will be back soon.

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KimP
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The beer bread was outstanding but the entrees were both ruined by drowning them in a sour lemon sauce. My trout was not crisp on the skin and who puts lemon sauce on a filet????

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ElizabethG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bistro is our favorite go to especially for special occasions. The only thing different this last time was the little breads served at bruch on Sunday. Not as wonderful has they have been in the past. Good and tasty just not wowie.

JM
JimM
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Lex, Va for casual dining. Terrific staff. Lots of good menu choices. Local produce. Super value custom meals.

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SD123
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Wait staff seemed inexperienced and short handed. We ordered salads and it took an hour to get our food.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a late brunch at the Bistro and all 4 of us were delighted. We've been multiple times before but it was not so overcrowded this time. Dana, our server, was delightful! I had a smoked salmon omelet hollandaise, 2 of my dining partners had crab cakes hollandaise and the 4th had the Bistro eggs. Everything was delicious!

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Shorelin
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous enjoyable brunch - never have we not had a delicious meal and wonderful time here. Welcoming staff, Bistro eggs, omelet, breakfast platter, all cooked to perfection! Friendly service, always there at the right time. Fresh fruit and Biscuits, and Mimosas for the finishing touch. A visit to quaint, beautiful downtown Lexington is not complete without a visit to Bistro!

MJ
vipMelissaJ
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food in Lexington can be hit or miss, with some of the places that can accommodate larger groups not having as high of quality of food; this wasn't the case at Bistro on Main. The overall seating area is not large but we were able to comfortable sit six at a large table and had prompt service with excellent food. I wouldn't categorize the food as remarkably creative but of solid value for the quality and size of the portions. A great place for a family or group of friends that are looking for a cozy atmosphere with good food.

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vipKeydet74
Wilmington
45 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Bistro on Main. There were 9 of us attending a college reunion in Lexington. Service top notch and food was too. I had duck breast which was great. Others had salmon and steak. Ceasar salad fine. Very reasonable wine prices. We asked if splitting the bill would be possible expecting not, but our server said no problem and bills were split by couple and the one single within a minute. Great food, great service and fun - whT more do you want? Highly recommended v

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SofTimonium
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch b4 cousin wedding

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AnnW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute restaurant in the middle of downtown, surrounded by local shops and galleries. Food was great, as was service.

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vipKarl
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I arrived and there was no one at host stand. Over the course of 10 minutes or so of waiting I asked the bartender and two of the wait staff about being seated. They said the owner was the host and went looking for her. When she arrived she said something snarky about me asking her staff about seating. Once seated the service was slow for the first few minutes. Eventually things started working and there were no further problems. It was a nice facility and the meals were delicious.

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Shagger2
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The chicken was tough and a little undercooked. I did not finish it. Others had the gumbo and salmon and were pleases

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HaroldF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience
Service was great. Friendly and helpful
Would definitely like to return.

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ChadP
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a friend on a brunch date, we were a bit rushed due to class but it was still really fun. The food was fantastic, and the servers were very nice and accommodating. I have a milk allergy, and our stewardess was happy to help me find something without dairy. We were both impressed by their music choice -- trendy, chic smooth jazz. It elevated the "class" of the place quite a bit, but it didn't feel stuffy or imposing. If you're worried about the bar, don't because the restaurant is divided into two sections, a bar side and a dining side. I would particularly recommend the artichoke dip. I paid for it a bit later (cream), but I couldn't resist trying a bite and it was heavenly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family enjoyed a wonderful Sunday brunch to wrap up our Washington & Lee Parents weekend. The atmosphere, food and service could not have been better!

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Bistro on Main offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (540) 464-4888.

Bistro on Main is rated 4.6 stars by 152 OpenTable diners.

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