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Bistro on the Boulevard - Saint Joseph, St. Joseph, MI

Bistro on the Boulevard - Saint Joseph

4.7
4.7
376 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (269) 983-3882

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Cheryl Bernacchi

  • Neighborhood

    Saint Joseph

  • Parking details

    Parking may be difficult to find in during the summer months, please take into account time needed for parking.

  • Entertainment

    Live entertainment from 7:00-close on Thursdays.July 6th, 13th, 20th.August 3rd, 17th, 24th.Live entertainment from 5:00-8:00 on Fridays. June 9th, 16th, 23rd.Live entertainment from 7:00-close on Saturdays.June 10th, 24th.July 8th, 22nd.August 5th, 19th, 26th.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

What 376 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Great for brunch

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Healthy

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Good for special occasions

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    American

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  1. GC

    GregC

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints! Excellent blackened catfish and chicken thighs with custard potatoes!
  2. A

    Abw03

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love the food and the atmosphere, our service was above and beyond our expectations. The appetizers were amazing and we could almost make a meal out of them!
  3. P

    Pearl

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    The Wall Eye Was terrific - very tasty. The Server was there all alone - it took forever for us to get service and we were celebrating a birthday and wanted to have a glass of wine and relax. I had to ask for the server - she did her best, but it took forever. Then she offered us some bread - and I found out later, that was charged!?!? When do you start charging for bread and butter - Thank goodness I insisted that my guest take it. home and freeze it for further use. I don't eat bread, but my guest did. The service was really slow and even though I appreciate this lady and her years of service - it doesn't make this trip to The Bistro top on my list anymore. Good food - lousy service! Very very sad.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Retirement
  5. JW

    JWB1106

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands-down, some of the best food I have eaten in years! We had the Seabass and scallops four entrées. Both were absolutely unforgettable dishes. The service was first rate. Never wanted or needed to ask for anything. Would be highly recommended to anyone traveling to Saint Joe’s.
  6. GG

    GlennyceG

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    For the most part this was a delightful evening with just a few glitches. A larger selection of NA beers and drinks would be appreciated. My whiskey sour needed less sour and more whisky. I felt like I was drinking a sour patch candy. Escargot were delicious and the variety of bread for the bread service was good My husbands Sea Bass was excellent. My lamb while well prepared was WAY too salty to the point I could not eat it it was so over salted. It was inconsistent with some pieces being inedible and others being just right. No one checked back with us so I didn’t have a chance to express my concern with the dish. We had Key Lime Pie for dessert and it was a a great key lime! The ambience was perfect and it was a nice evening in a beautiful location
  7. f

    fdianea

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend!! Beautiful room, atmosphere….food is amazing!!
  8. CH

    ClaudiaH

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and service! Enjoyed our time with friends.
  9. S

    Susan

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meals, festive drinks and gracious service!
  10. DL

    DavidL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    On an evening that wasn’t even 15% capacity, we waited 50 minutes for a steak entree and a walleye entree. The waiter didn’t inform us that it would be that long, nor did he ever update us on the status of our meals.
  11. DR

    DawnR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server was fantastic! The appetizer was awesome, and our meal was delicious! I was chilled sitting next to the window. However, the view was pretty and the interior was pleasant. We will visit again. Thank you.
  12. M

    Mark

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bistro consistently delivers wonderful food with some of our favorite staff in the area! Even when dining here regularly, the menu provides variety so you can always find something and trust it to be great. Always try the specials if they are available - they never disappoint!
  13. H

    Hawkeye

    Grand Rapids

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Bistro offers excellent food options directed by Chef Cheryl! And the view of Lake Michigan is spectacular from the outdoor seating or specific seating indoors!
  14. SL

    StephenL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food choices and taste. Wish more people came with the idea that jeans and flannel shirt is inappropriate and just too damn comfortable. They should have gone to Chili's or Applebees then. We choose to dress "dress casual" as there are very few local restaurants where dressing up seems to be more acceptable than not. Could you have a least one good quality non-alcoholic beer?
  15. C

    Chitownfoodie

    Chicago

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local find! Food, Service and Views when you are able to sit outside are fantastic!
  16. H

    Highlander

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat on the balcony, one last time before the weather stays cold. We both had white fish dishes ... excellent as was the service.
  17. SS

    ShawnS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Really a lovely time. Food was tasty, service was good. Everyone was friendly from the hostess to the waitstaff. Definitely will go back!
  18. CK

    ChristineK

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Bistro is a great place for a nice romantic dinner. The food was top notch and our waitress, Anne, was extremely accommodating and knowledgeable. She is an excellent server and deserves all the kudos. We try to stop in to this restaurant whenever we are in town or nearby and it is worth it. Highly recommend.
  19. MW

    MarkW

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our bartender and hostess were great! We sat at the bar and had a lovely evening of dinner and drinks!
  21. JJ

    JJ2013

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    We ordered 3 burgers and waited over an hour for them. We were told that the kitchen is short-handed. Food was average.
  22. LA

    LisaA

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent, never disappoints. This Resturant is something special! Every bite, delicious…every time. Things we recommend: Chili rubbed shrimp app, broccolini app, sea scallop w/ cheesy risotto app, open face steak sandwich, blackened catfish dinner. And don’t skip dessert!
  23. PN

    PaulletteN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Recommend highly. We have come back several times and always enjoy our experience. The view from the front porch of Lake Michigan is priceless.
  24. PM

    PatriceM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    This is the 3rd time visiting the Bistro. The food never disappoints! I was with a party of 4 and we were all extremely satisfied with our entrees. Service was extremely slow, however I do not think it was the kitchen or bar that was behind. We also had breakfast there the next morning as we were staying in the hotel. The food and service was excellent for breakfast. We will be back again and again!!
  25. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful night. Hostess had a great sense of humor. Everything smooth on check in. The meal was 5 star. The halibut was out if this world. My wife had Dover sole, perfect! A celebration was topped off with a free Anniversary desert.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were outstanding!
  27. HS

    HeatherS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything ❤️ Food atmosphere waitress.. will definitely be bavk
  28. v

    valey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    friendly, but slow service, had to ask for utensils.
  29. j

    jeffc

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our Anniversary dinner was perfect. Highly recommend!
  30. LA

    LindaA

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely outdoor patio. Food was delicious. Server was really friendly
  31. RR

    ReneeR

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular fish dishes. Wonderful display.
  32. RB

    RobertB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go back every summer and I can say enough about the fantastic food and service. Never ever have we been disappointed in anything we have tried. Last time I had the steak and french fries, the beef medallions were so flavorful and tender I could cut it with a fork.
  33. M

    Michluvs2dine

    Chicago

    251 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    251 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Here for a wedding weekend. Outdoor patio was super. Not very remarkable indoors. Great varied menu and nice drink and wine list. Reservations are a MUST. Ask for patio but it’s first come first served out there so no guarantees
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience! Food and service was fantastic! Look forward to our next visit!!
  35. LA

    LisaA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was a 10 out of 10. Anne, our server, was wonderful! The food was literally the best thing we’ve ever eaten. We had the scallop app, chili rubbed shrimp, broccolini, open face steak sandwich and salad. Everything was outstanding. Highly recommend!! Also, the view…perfection.
  36. TM

    TomM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location overlooking Lake Michigan. Amazing seafood.
  37. BC

    BrianC

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing, make sure you request outside seating for an amazing view. The service was outstanding !
  38. H

    Hawkeye

    Grand Rapids

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bistro offers terrific food options and a patio ambiance with views of Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph pier! Chef Cheryl is a wonderful Chef with great creativity with farm to table options and delicious foods!
  39. v

    vegcook

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Menu has a great range of options including vegetarian, seafood, sandwiches, and kid-friendly. The dessert and appetizer choices were imaginative and unusual and certainly shareable. We really enjoyed the goat cheese and honey. The service was very slow even though we were there with a 5;45 appointment. Our waitress was most attentive and apologetic, so it was hard to mark “service” further down. The kitchen was especially busy.
  40. JB

    JanetB

    Orlando

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Fantastic food but extremely slow to come out. Server failed to communicate with us on the delay and wasn’t very personable.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Bistro on the Boulevard - Saint Joseph offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (269) 983-3882.

Bistro on the Boulevard - Saint Joseph is rated 4.7 stars by 376 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Bistro on the Boulevard - Saint Joseph

521 LAKE BOULEVARD, St. Joseph, MI 49085

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Saint Joseph

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking may be difficult to find in during the summer months, please take into account time needed for parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Cheryl Bernacchi

  • Entertainment

    Live entertainment from 7:00-close on Thursdays.July 6th, 13th, 20th.August 3rd, 17th, 24th.Live entertainment from 5:00-8:00 on Fridays. June 9th, 16th, 23rd.Live entertainment from 7:00-close on Saturdays.June 10th, 24th.July 8th, 22nd.August 5th, 19th, 26th.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

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