Bistro on the Boulevard - Saint Joseph

4.3
138 reviews
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The Bistro on the Boulevard in downtown St. Joseph, Michigan, located within The Boulevard Inn, consistently fuses local flavors with a new approach to create an unforgettable celebration of cuisine.

Think of our experience as a gastronomical journey. You may either adventure through the diverse menu to one of our feature entrées, or explore the vast list of tapas to create your own memorable meal. Our ingredients are personally chosen for freshness, and our food is a reminder of the simplicity of high-quality cuisine.

From the bar, you may indulge in craft cocktails created in-house by our sensational staff as we let the finest spirits from local distilleries shine. Our draft beer list features a constantly changing lineup of Michigan’s craft brewers which produce some of the finest beers available. Wine Spectator has honored us with its coveted award of excellence for offering “one of the best restaurant wine lists in the world.”
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MW
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming here for the last 3yrs during Krasl Art Fair on The Bluff. The meal and service is always very exceptional. Sat outside on balcony and enjoyed the off shore breeze on a hot day.

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PG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The restaurant was under staffed. This was surprising because the Art Show was going on and management had to know there would be an increase in patrons.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food is heavy, too many heavy rich sauces in every dish. They couldn’t find our reservation so they put us in the back room, very isolated. Out waiter maybe had too many tables because they must have him out unexpected party of 8. He was very nice but Service was slow.

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S
Northern MI
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was adequate. Service less than average.
We had expected a nice meal, but was disappointed.

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SG
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We got seated immediately but then had to wait awhile for our waiter to take our drink order. Bumpy start but ended up having great service and a delicious meal!!!

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was slow.. our salads were delivered AFTER the main courses came,, 1 guest in our party got his meal AFTER we had eaten, due to a mix up in the kitchen.. ordered a mule, which was horrible and had to be returned...the food was just OK.. very small portions,, definitely not worth the price..food was served lukewarm, at best..
Server was polite...the restaurant itself is nicely decorated, horrible parking situation..
Not worth a second trip-

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SR
Detroit
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Server was horrible. Missed opportunities for more cocktails as well as dessert.

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TK
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dined here the evening before a large art fair was in town. I was seated on the balcony outside, along the railing. This was the perfect spot to both people-watch and see the artists set up their booths. There was also a musician performing on the balcony, which added to the ambiance. My waiter, Chris, was very nice. He helped me select an appetizer, Hot Honey Cauliflower w/blue cheese mousse, and it was delicious. I would recommend sharing this as it was a VERY generous serving. I also had the Chili Rubbed Shrimp. You order these by the piece so you can get as many (or few) as you would like. This is one of my choice restaurants in St. Joseph and I would highly recommend it.

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ME
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful find in downtown St. Joseph! We’ve been there twice in the past month, and loved it both times. The “small plates” are delicious—don’t miss the gourmet Deviled Eggs!—and so are the salads. Fresh ingredients and friendly service and a beautiful atmosphere.

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N
Indiana
66 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The outside dinning is a great setting overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Beach. The food is very good, though somewhat limited menu. The service was very good and the cocktails are excellent.

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OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waited 30 minutes and still no service. Won’t go back

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ML
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

The Bistro is a nice venue with good food. Their salads are exceptionally good. Our second visit was to celebrate our son and daughter-in-law's wedding anniversary. We were seated promptly and our order taken for wine within about 5 mins. But then, we waited 35 minutes for the wine to be served. I was on my way inside to inquire when I saw her bringing it out. Told us she was waiting on her manager to get the wine... She did a lot of apologizing for delayed service that evening. Not great for 4th of July holiday weekend.

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PL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worked well for a business dinner with my international colleagues.
Compliments to the chef on the steaks - 'better than some Chicago steakhouses'

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K
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was excellent but, the service was sub par and it took over 2 hours for dinner. The excuse was this was their first busy summer weekend. We had to ask for more water, we had to ask to remove our appetizer plates. Appetizers took over an hour (which they comp for us). We orders desserts to go because we could not take the long pain of service anymore. They ended up giving on of our desserts complimentary too. Food was good. Service people were challenged by slow back of the house.

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VT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! We all ordered fish.....salmon, walleye, and catfish. Superb!

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P
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Bistro is a very good restaurant. Food is always very good and nice ambiance. Our service was OK, just not top notch; little things like not telling us about the specials and at times lengthy times not checking with us as to whether we needed anything. Overall though this is a restaurant that is under the radar and it shouldn't be!

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B
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved sitting on the veranda with a gentle breeze on a perfect day. Food was very good.

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JC
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great dining experience this past weekend. The food was excellent, service was prompt and we had a great table outside. This was a favorite spot of ours, but the food quality seemed to deteriorate at the end of last summer. Whatever changes they made over the winter worked perfectly! This is our favorite spot for a nice dinner in St Joe’s once again.

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EV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

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NB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, and hostess/waitress!

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BG
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Chris was amazing! Very helpful with the menu and drink questions. Very attentive! Food was good. We had a party of 11 and no one went without drinks.

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N
Indiana
66 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dinned here in the past and it was good, but not outstanding. There may have been a staff change, because the level of quality and menu selections has risen to a new level. Our starters were great. Our main course was a walleye and also the duck confit and both were excellent. The cocktails were also made perfect. We live a little over an hour from the Bistro, but we will drive back just to dine. The view is also beautiful.

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LZ
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Not the place to go if you’re vegetarian, despite their being menu options for vegetarians. Location is beautiful, unfortunate that food was lacking. Initially gave us old bread that was crumbly and cold. We then noticed the bread was all moldy on the bottom. They brought us new bread - it was also moldy. Third time they brought us warm, fresh rolls that should have been what was brought out to begin with. The view of the lake is spectacular, but I wouldn’t go back.

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SC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was indifferent and inattentive. We had to flag down the staff for water, coffee refills and the check.
I ordered the scallops with corn and shishito peppers and pork belly. The scallops were cooked perfectly, but the delicate flavor was drowned in a bowl of sweet creamed corn with small pieces of peppers and three small practically burned pieces of what apparently was the pork belly.

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JW
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, delicious food, super nice and attentive staff. Can’t wait to go back

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KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing service! Looking forward to returning!

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HA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Been going to the Mother's Day brunch here for many many years. Won't be going back. That was not prime rib--that was extraordinarily DRY roast beef. Crunchy even! And the crab legs were so saturated in brine that my plate was a puddle.

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TS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very quiet. Lake view. Friendly staff. Prices reflect the quality of food.

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K
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the menu and eating outside when it warms up.

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OT
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and wine pairing is amazing! They have an extensive wine list and are very helpful in working your way through it.

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly good food from a more unique menu. Good wine and cocktails. Had dinner here with very discriminating out of town guests; we were all impressed. Terrace seating when it is warm

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l
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great and the food was even better the food presentation was excellent. Will be back soon.

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special date night for my wife’s birthday. She had the chicken entree and said it was the best chicken she has ever had. I had a medium rare steak that was outstanding.

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M
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real gem in Southwest Michigan. Beautiful setting overlooking Lake Michigan in a beautiful dining room with lots of windows. The Tuna and Tapas appetisers are not to be missed.

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S
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro on the Boulevard has a new menu and it's excellent, from the small plates, appetizers to the entrees. We have been going to this restaurant for a number of years and the food was always good, but their new menu is outstanding. The service was great also. This restaurant is now a five star!

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KC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recommend bistro on the boulevard to everyone I know! It is my new favorite spot in my favorite town. The food is amazing, my favorite is the green goddess salad.

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EL
Grand Rapids
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Probably the best food I've had in this community. Great soups! "Deconstructed Beef Wellington" was wonderful! Extensive wine list, reasonably well priced. Beautiful view of Lake Michigan. Great long term servers- Ann & Reuben.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patrick was our waiter. I took his recommendation and had a excellent meal. It was a wonderful dinner for our 40th anniversary.

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DT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The view and Ana the waitress were amazing. The food was good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was "okay" - which is not what I expected or paid for, to be honest. Our food was fine, drinks were fine, service was fine - but that's the problem. With the look and feel and price of the place, I expected to be dazzled or at least to say it was "good." But it was just "okay" and for that I could have just gone to McDonald's, and paid far less.

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