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

Bistro on the Boulevard - Saint Joseph

4.8
4.8
294 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Wed, Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 3:00 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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 294 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Best Value

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Notable Wine List

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Outdoor Dining

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Romantic

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Scenic View

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    American

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  1. JK

    JaneK

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    My husbands ribeye was completely filled with gristle, he couldn’t eat it. My sable fish was excellent . Our server was on the ball as much as he could be but we could tell you were understaffed like everyone. He comped my husbands steak, overall it was a good experience

  2. DZ

    DaleZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    excellent staff and service. wonderful balcony dining experience at sunset. diverse menu suitable for an "upscale" restaurant. Highly recommended.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Bistro on the Boulevard has really stepped up there game…Great Food Great Service!

  4. AN

    AmyN

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is always a sure bet. The menu is ever changing and the staff is always exemplary.

  5. RS

    RichardS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent choice for a great dinner in St Joseph, Mi. Nice assortment for dinner, great appetizers, reasonable priced. Would recommend this restaurant

  6. BK

    BKT20

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    It's always great, but weekdays are far better for a relaxed quiet meal.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first time to dine @ the Bistro. We had a wonderful experience, the food was fabulous & will definitely be returning soon.

  8. T

    Tamjoy

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Very nice great place! Kind waitress Ann so sweet and awesome service!

  9. SM

    SMSK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The halibut was amazing! Everyone very much enjoyed their dishes. Our server, Anne, was gracious and attentive! Will definitely be back soon!

  10. F

    Familydiner

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Where to start had reservations at 7:30 didn’t get seated until 8:00pm. Then sat and sat we didn’t get served our food until 9:27pm with missing condiments, a wrong entrée, meat not cooked as requested it was a whole shabackle. In the end we gave the waitress a hug for she didn’t appear to have the support she needed to make her evening a success. We ended up with meals in bags to go and our drinks and desserts were comped. Manager needs to support the wait staff, didn’t come over to apologize or explain anything just left waitress out to dry. Sadly we raved to a friend who joined us about this place after our girls performed and was embarrassed to have raved and this place fell so so so short.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5

    Exceptionally poor service - no organization or leadership over wait staff - would not recommend

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent. Blackened catfish with heirloom tomatoes and mango salsa on a bed of mashed potatoes was amazing. Halibut was excellent along with the Tuna and shrimp apps. Highly recommend. Ann was super sweet and always paid attention. She was awesome! Hostess was very friendly and happy to see us. Overall very impressed!

  13. H

    Heath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent. Very good service. The prime filet was well worth it.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bistro has the best food in the city. Specials always fantastic as well as their main menu. Can’t go wrong.

  15. KB

    KathleenB

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a wonderful experience!

  16. MF

    MindfulFrog

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our second time eating here and it was fabulous! From the seating, serving, cleanliness, and ambiance to the delicious food we were more than impressed. The red wine suggestion complemented our shared meal perfectly. We had two appetizers on this visit; Humboldt Fog Brulee and Fritto Misto (calamari, shrimp, bay scallops, asparagus). Everything was absolutely delicious!

  17. SK

    SheilaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Bistro excels at everything! Our food was perfectly prepared and delicious, and the wait staff was just the right amount of attentive.

  18. SB

    StanB

    Grand Rapids

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One word...EXCELLENT!

  19. t

    trisha

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious innovative food and menu. Top of my go to list right now.

  20. CK

    ChristinaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tyler, our server was very attentive and personable. Everyone enjoyed their entrees. The special sea bass was especially tasty. We didn’t pass on dessert and were very glad because the puffs and Carmel pie were delicious.

  21. M

    Michiganders

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is the best restaurant in Southwest Michigan. On St. Patrick's Day we had Shephard's pie and Salmon. Both were delicious and beautifully presented. Our server, Ann, was friendly, knowledgeable and helped make this a fun evening.

  22. O

    Ollie

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Wonderful food. Great service.

  23. MF

    MindfulFrog

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were celebrating my husband’s birthday. It was our first time eating here. I liked the reviews I’d seen online and the menu was what I was looking for. We were there when they opened at 3:00 pm so it was quiet. The decor is beautiful and our waitress was extraordinarily good at her job. The food far exceeded our expectations. The Denver Sole was exceptional, as well as our appetizer. We will be back.

  24. BS

    BrandonS

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent experience as always! Took some friends there for their first time and they were blown away!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great experience, we love Ann. She is the best server you could ever want!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tasty! We enjoyed it.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and great food. Be careful with the Shishito peppers, they are potent.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect warm environment with low lighting to enjoy a quiet dinner out. Comfy chairs to relax. Very friendly staff to greet, seat and attend to us. Excellent Walleye! My new favorite drink now is their St Joe Sour. It looks cool and tastes excellent! Our waiter treated us well and remained attentive to us from start to finish. He even ran our take home container out to us as we walked out of the restaurant with out it. Thank you Cuyler! Well done.

  29. KW

    KevinWarren

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have only been to this restaurant twice but I loved every moment of it. The waiters/waitresses were wonderful and made it really feel like they saw the place as more than just a job. The food was fantastic and the steak was so tender it required almost no chewing. I loved the atmosphere and plan to book a hotel with my wife in the near future. Yes, it is a bit pricey but I would say it is worth it.

  30. MP

    MichelleP

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and excellent service!

  31. MS

    MarkS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every time we eat at the Bistro, we're always impressed. Great service, awesome food! It may be the only restaurant in the area that delivers well-prepared, top-notch food and service every time.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is the first time my husband and I came here and we come to St. Joseph a lot. This is now our favorite place! The staff and the food are amazing! The pistachio cheesecake is definitely a must!!

  33. MC

    MattC

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed all of our food and especially enjoyed the bread service appetizer and pistachio cheesecake. The portion sizes were perfect and we received good service.

  34. LB

    LynetteB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is a hidden gem. Beautiful dining room, lake front views and the food is amazing. Everyone who works there goes above and beyond. Never disappoints.

  35. DK

    DavidK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We took our granddaughter to the Bistro for her fifteenth birthday. She wanted to go somewhere special and had been to the Bistro before, so we knew that was the place. The food, from the appetizers to the dessert was delicious - very well prepared. The waiter was so nice and accommodating and fun. We had a leisurely dinner and made some wonderful memories!

  36. DH

    DaveH

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice place. Attentive staff but not "too" attentive. Great menu offerings, nice atmosphere. Our waiter Tyler was exceptional. Make this a have too stop in the St Joseph area.

  37. C

    Connoisseur78

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience overall. Amazing meal. Food was well-cooked and presented. Solid service. The only issue was a lack of local wine options on the menu. Otherwise we loved our meal!

  38. SB

    StevenB

    Grand Rapids

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    This restaurant never disappoints. Great food and ambiance.

  39. P

    Phil

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great cocktails in the bar, followed by top notch Caesar salad and Shrimp and Scallops with pasta and red sauce.

  40. BH

    BrendanH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about our stay from the moment we checked in Patrick took great care of us, and our waitress was absolutely wonderful and Greg the bartender was personable Beyond his years! Love the location and really enjoyed the holiday lights right out our hotel room window as well as it extraordinary view of Lake Michigan! I cannot use enough glowing terminologies to describe our stay! I will recommend to others and in fact friends of mine will be staying there from about the 28th of December until the 3rd of January celebrating their first anniversary

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 294 OpenTable diners.

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

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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 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 3:00 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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