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

Bistro on the Boulevard - Saint Joseph

4.8
4.8
519 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 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

What 519 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Romantic

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    American

519 Reviews
  1. DavidM

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, the blackened cat fish was out of this world. Tasty, presented perfectly and the Mango salsa was knock out. My wife had the grilled striped bass on bed of root puree vegetables. Perfect. Ice tea was filled regularly and the bread service was spot on.

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  2. Paradisevalley

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal! It was the perfect place to celebrate my mom’s birthday. Good food, good cocktails and overall good experience!

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  3. RobertS

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent, the waitress had a good natured knowledge of the menu. She recommended items based on our general thoughts of what we wanted. Food was excellent. A little pricey but would definitely go again.

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  4. ThomasC

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food great service you will not be disappointed

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  5. PSFMDW

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Cheryl produces the best meals. We followed her from a previous location. The Bistro is our go to place for an exceptional meal.

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  6. RonS

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dining... chef was able to serve a Valintines Day Chateaubrian a day early. l was fantastic! Wait staff was a bit slow. l sat w an empty beer glass for quite a while, and had to get waiters attentin to grt a refill. Great dining experiance

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  7. ChadS

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I feel that the food has got even better this year, and the menu offerings are perfect and unique to keep coming back. Great work!

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  8. RandallS

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was wonderful, she made excellent suggestions. The food was prepared perfectly, seasoned well and cooked to the desired doneness.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    What a treat to dine here! Service was exceptional and the chef is doing unexpectedly creative and delicious things in the kitchen. Her specials are really special! Wine list could use a bit of updating but Chef's recommendation for our two different dishes was spot on. Looking forward to returning soon!

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  10. HowardS

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food again. The antelope was spectacular. Never had it before. Love. Bistro in the amazing chef.

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  11. NancyV

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy our visit to your beautiful restaurant/hotel. We love how friendly every person on the staff is, and feel very welcomed. Always, our 'go to' spot in St Joe.

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  12. Emily

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here from Chicago 2 years in a row for our anniversary. The food and service is always stellar! With living in the city of Chicago, we are always surrounded by amazing food - but this place is unmatched! Thank you, Cortney, for making our experience wonderful!

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  13. JonelenF

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is fine dining unlike anything in the area. Entrees are unequaled locally and on a par with “big city” dining. Must have an experienced chef in the kitchen! Wait staff ver knowledgeable, friendly and efficient.

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  14. TheBlackTruth

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent services and a superb menu with delicious offerings.

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  15. MrLeach

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This food is the BEST in michigan! This is my favorite restaurant to dine at as the Chef has the most amazing skills and the only close comparison was in Las Vegas

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  16. BenN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, food & everything was excellent! Thank you!

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  17. TomH

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the Bistro, location, ambiance, food, service. Disappointed with table. Made a reservation far in advance but ended up placed in the entry walkway by the bar. Other than table location, 5 stars

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  18. MarkD

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious and the envoy was comfortable, love going to this place rather breakfast, lunch or dinner

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  19. JoyceN

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time celebrating our first wedding anniversary at the Bistro. They made it a special occasion for us by providing Kilwin's chocolates, a card signed by the staff and Happy Anniversary dessert. Our meals were quite good and the staff was professional and friendly.

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  20. JimmieS

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and meal and the ambiance was great too.

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  21. foodiemom

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was great. Drinks, scallops and dessert delicious

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  22. CraigC

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meals were excellent! Service was good, our waiter forgot our salads which was fine as the portions were good sized. My Elk was perfect, the scallops the others had were cooked to order. The appetizer was the lump crab spread, very good! Overall it was a great dinner experience.

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  23. PennyA

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful experience. We were seated immediately, our server brought us water and menus right away. The place was very busy, and our server had several tables to attend too. She did an excellent job! Food was great! There was 4 in our party, we all had something different and we all enjoyed our dinner!. Such a nice time. Thank you to the staff and chef's for such a great experience.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The bistro should be a stop when you are in saint joseph. Food and service are best around and very consistent

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was Ann & she was absolutely wonderful! It was a special evening for us; and she made the night even more special. We unexpectedly had to dine with our two girls ages 3 & 5, and she was beyond sweet to them. The food was great, as were the drinks. But the true highlight was Ann!

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  26. RayI

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Appears like new staff that were just lovely, and of course Ann was there, that made it very special Food was good , presentation fair.

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  27. TerryB

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to the Bistro many, many times and keep coming back because the Chef is amazing and creative. We have never been disappointed. The staff is also very attentive, sweet and kind. Don't pass the Bistro up. You will be happy you went.

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  28. MichaelS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for dinner for our wedding anniversary, and everything was outstanding.

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  29. MindfulFrog

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love to eat at Bistro on the Boulevard and drive more than an hour for their delicious food and romantic ambience. The food quality is excellent as well as the service. But the presentation always far exceeds our expectations! We keep coming back for more.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Bar area was very nice. Bartender Neil was fabulous and made me an amazing drink. Unfortunately, our food and service in the restaurant were subpar. I’d go for a drink or cocktail but that’s about it.

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  31. BernadetteL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous ambiance at the holidays, and delicious menu all year long. Love the wait staff, love the location.

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  32. DanY

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Repeat customer, great food, no surprises Fritto Misto, Energizer Salad, Halibut, Bread Service, Scallops, Excellent Cocktails and Service

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  33. Fooled

    Grand Rapids

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Cyler was excellent in knowledge of the menu, checking on our tables needs and follow-up. My Halibut was delicious and my husband liked his Tornadoes medallions…all was good. The birthday card was a nice touch as was the Happy Birthday wrote in chocolate on our desert plate. Would definitely recommend.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my wife went here for her birthday and I placed that on our reservation. When we got to the bistro they handed her a hand written card. The food and service was great had the antelope and that was amazing.

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  35. MarkW

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Although there was an overly loud group, we greatly enjoyed our meal. I have never tried the elk at B o B. It was fabulous. Chef is very knowledgeable about the importance of sauces. I was treating my brother and sister-in-law from out of town. They were very impressed. Menu is almost too wide selections. It makes choosing difficult. Not meant as a negative!!

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  36. Foodieloves

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. The menu offer unique options.

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  37. DQ68

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, friendly staff, quiet atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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  38. RachaelA

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bistro has a varied menu with lots of seafood. The chef is imaginative and the kitchen produces 'clean your plate' dishes. But most of all, the staff are delightful.

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  39. NicoleM

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic and prestented a warm atmosphere.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Am was wonderful, food was outstanding, will come again

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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 4.8 stars by 519 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 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
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