Bistro on the Boulevard - Saint Joseph

4.8
191 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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LocalDiner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Our meal and service was excellent. Sunset view of Lake Michigan from the patio was relaxing

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MitchellP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was good but the price on some items was too high. Our server, Ann, was tremendous.

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Bobc
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We ordered the Date night meal and it was fantastic!

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VKGPW
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. The patio with the fans going provided great atmosphere, are server was very attentive, and the food was phenomenal. Highly recommended.

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vipHappyToBeSurprised
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quite good food. Attentive wait staff. Good wine selection. Come early when it is not noisy and/or during the week. Well worth the trip.

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ChristineF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and exceptional service. Spectacular vow of sunset.

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steveb
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The recently renovated dining room creates a great atmosphere. Our martinis before dinner were generous, unlike those in many restaurants now. Chef Cheryl's food, as usual, was superb. For the first time ever I was offered gluten free baguettes, which tasted great and made my dinner that much more special. Our server was top notch, and, as icing on the proverbial cake, we got to watch a splendid sunset over Lake Michigan through the glass doors to the patio. I can't wait to make another trip to Saint Joe and stay at the Boulevard and eat at the Bistro again.

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Faith
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful menu! We are eager to work through it over the summer.

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ScottN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. The food was high quality, expertly prepared with superb ingredients and flavor combinations. We enjoyed our meal on the balcony overlooing the lake.

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vipFinMo
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner experience. The staff were all excellent - attentive and friendly. The wine was wonderful, both our entrees were tasty and cooked perfect. Had a crab appetizer that was also superb. A nice sunset view to boot! 😎 A+

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vipEllenC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not been there in 10 years and it was always a favorite. Thrilled to see it had been re-decorated and the food was better than ever. Large menu with a lot of variety. Will be back. Was really excellent. A stand out and one of the top restaurants in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very attentive and the food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended
Great place!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening with a great atmosphere.

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JoeW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love coming here for the food and the view! The people just add to the fun!

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vipHappyToBeSurprised
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great food. Plenty of seafood, interesting sauces, unusual garnishes . Also lots of heavy starchy stuff. And that's the story of this restaurant -- it is walking the line between serving local clientele (including babies, work groups, and noisy parties where you drink'till you black out) along with people who want a quiet, gourmet dinner. The decor has been re-done. The interior no longer looks like the set of the Lawrence Welk show. But it is NOISY. All sound buffers have been removed, all surfaces have been polished to a highly-reflective sheen. If you want to enjoy good food and converstion, best to go during the week.

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GailJ
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We've been loving our dinner dates at the Bistro. We started going there this winter and were so very pleasantly surprised with the wonderful menu selection. The halibut is my go to dish, prepared to perfection.

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MelissaG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Birthday dinner

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ElizabethL
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our waitress (and the waitress who was serving the table next to us) seemed to "forget" about us a lot. Our waitress said she would be "right back with more water" and visited the table twice before actually bringing the water. Our food was good, not great and overpriced. I'm a foodie and have no problem paying for good food, however; this is not the place to visit with high expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

35th wedding anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, it was very good. The cauliflower appetizer is excellent!

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RobH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great Service! Enjoyed our waiter. Everything was great except one dish seemed off to us. The waiter took care of us immediately and made it right!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booth seating is uncomfortable. Too low for the table. Waited for fifteen minutes after being seated. No water. No server. Sat at bar prior to dinner. Took forever to get appetizer. Which was tasty...but took too long.
Ended up leaving and going to another local restaurant. Pretty disappointed. We had been looking forward to a great meal.
May have been because it was Valentine’s Day, but not like they didn’t have reservations and forewarning it would be busy.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good experience, would definitely go back.

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Pearl
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

They have made a change in the area where I used to love to sit.....in the bar - there were soft cushion
seats......now, it is hard - simple chairs and tables. It used to be comfy feeling - the ambiance was what
I like - Now - not so much.
Our waiter was good - but he was the only one and things moved slowly. Also, the entire restaurant was
open - another group came in and they were placed right next to us....>>CRAZY! I was not happy with that.

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LynneB
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was great! One person in our party said the salmon was the best he ever had.

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EstherV
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Don't order Cesar salad if you want traditional Cesar salad. It's nothing like it.

Most salads have an imbalance of extra ingredients and greens, be prepared.

Bison was delicious. French fries are great. Spicy mayo is still too spicy for children.

Green goddess salad is nice but too much dressing.

Creme brulee is not up to standard

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JulieB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Excellent raspberry martini. Very sweet no much booze as martinis normally have but flavor was good
Steak sandwich was awesome, veal saltimbocca and halibut was a hard pass.

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lancee
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They have a very good selection of food and the drink menu is very good. Yes we will return.

Bistro on the Boulevard - Saint Joseph
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit at the Bistro. We are happy to hear you had a great experience. Hope to see you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Our actual server was very nice but we continue to get push back on food allergies. Seems like there is a chef in the kitchen that refuses to accommodate those that have allergies. The food was just ok overall. Really nice spread but both the pork and prime rib was well overcooked. Asparagus was soggy. Chilled crab and shrimp were fine overall.

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Windjammer
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful server! Great food. Nice ambiance. Only caution was that the staff did not take into account my online requests for away from kitchen and near window. Plenty of room in the restaurant, they just put us near the kitchen away from the window. Since the kitchen is open to one of the dining rooms, the bustle and bright white lights detracted from the lovely soft lighting and feel of the room.

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vipMiamiMom
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were both amazing! We were staying at the Boulevard Inn for the weekend so we decided to dine at the bistro, and we were so glad we did. The food is locally sourced and the desserts are all made in house
I would highly recommend it if you are in St. Joe.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience1

The dining area needs refreshed. It’s very outdated and the ceiling looks terrible. They could at least paint the tiles. It definitely does not match the quality of the food or the price tag they charge.

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JeffH
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place, been there before. Will ho back. Always a good waiter or waitress.
A favorite of ours...

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MaureenlA
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were supposed to get a 10% discount since we stayed in the hotel, but it was not offered or given to us which is disappointing. We spent a lot of money there for 2 nights and drinks at the bar. Can you reimburse us??

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AishaD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great! Very nice staff!

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vipcindiana
Indiana
112 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was very good but if outside be sure to finish eating before dusk cause the bugs (gnats I think) will descend en mass & help finish your dinner & swim in your beverage, quite disgusting, we left :(

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LaurieS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

My husband and I have loved the Bistro in the past. But not this time. The host barely welcomed us. We waited at least 10 minutes before someone came for drink or food orders. We had to ask for silverware. Never had my water glass refilled. And the food was just ok. Very disappointing. Not the usual Bistro restaurant we've dined at in the past.

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CourtneyK
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

One of my dishes was the calamari, which I tend to order everywhere it's on the menu. This was the first time it was served with a lemon type pudding to dip in. That really threw me off and was terrible to say the least. The scallops and New York strip were both very tasty though.

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vipMarc
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Must be having a fruit fly issue cause we had several eating with us at our table.

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 191 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.