Bistrot Leo

4.5
87 Reviews
$50 and over
French
BISTROT LEO, a French restaurant by John McDonald in the heart of Soho. Outdoor cafe dining and Private Room available.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 87 people are saying
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vipBuddy
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good food.
The Branzino is wonderful and the bread amazing.
I recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

The service just for that day was very poor. We were greeted and seated with a cup of water and was told the menu options. Took an hour for someone (only because we stopped someone and he was kind enough to help us) to write down our order and get us a glass of wine and then they brought out our entree's first before the starters so that was a little disappointing. But none the less the place was amazing and id definitely come back on a regular occasion and not when its chaotic especially like valentines day!

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Veronica
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day dinner was great! They seemed understaffed which was a bit sad (not the staff’s fault of course ). although I had requested indoor dining on the reservation, they placed us outside— and the tables were a bit crammed out there and sadly, my BF and I were right next to a very loud table. The VDay pre fixe menu was not at the table so we had to ask for it but it was worth it! The food was so delicious, the wine pairings were delightful and our server was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. 4 stars just because the understaffing lead to some slow service and the lamb shank was nothing to write home about at all— but the rest of the food was amazing

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Yuliya
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, except for the drinks from the bar. Stick with the wine which they have a great selection.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

The food was great! The music didn’t match the ambience.

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GaryP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere and service were great. The food was decent. Unfortunately, the Valentine's Day menu posted on their website was completely different from the actual Valentine's Day menu, which was disappointing. I might've enjoyed it more if I knew the actual menu and didn't get my hopes up for a different selection. The dessert was not good at all. It was chocolate pudding with some crumbled peanut brittle on top.

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vipBlakeyCakes
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Waited forever for our meal and between courses. The kitchen lacked organization.

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JackM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Weren’t seated until 30 mins after our res. Took 15 after that just to get water...that continued for 3 hours. Food was ok but didn’t match price

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vipBleeckerFrank
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great French restaurant and bar in SOHO. Great staff and marvelous menu with very good wine list.

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Jane
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cozy friendly neighborhood gem, we go here often i the early evening

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was meh but the outdoor seating was a delight. Heat lamps covered all the tables so it was nice and warm.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice spot for off the street outdoor dining. The absolute game changer for the evening was our waiter Fabricio, outstanding service.

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vipNajee
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been here a few times and this place is super solid - never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Very nice ambiance in a very nice setting. They've done a really really good job with their outdoor seating. I'll start with the good stuff. Amazing desserts. Unfortunately I found their the entrees very very underwhelming. They have a special tomahawk steak that was just of terrible quality meat, but I could tell that it was cooked perfectly and with care. That's really too bad because bad quality meat will always rule the day. A little more expensive than I would have liked. So in general a good spot but I'm not sure I'll go back because of the quality of the ingredients. One last thing, the service was really wonderful. They are good people. They just need new suppliers...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was just okay, food was mediocre, won’t be going back here again

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Waited 30 minutes past our reservation before being seated. Then they overcharged for the meal. Weak showing.

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vipVictoriaA
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing

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vipTK719
New York Area
224 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so happy to see that Bistro Leo had reopened, as I had always wanted to dine there. They have really nice outdoor patio seating, which is much better than sidewalk tables. The food was delicious. I had the caesar salad with salmon. The salad included Brussels sprout and boiled eggs. The salmon tasted fresh and was cooked to perfection. I also had the pommes frites, which are always a treat. They were limited on dessert options, but I was able to order the fresh baked chocolate chip cookies which were delicious. The service was great and the prices reasonable. An awesome dining option in Soho.

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LesM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The restaurant satisfied our needs. Nice romantic environment, good ambience. Comfortable seating.
Food excellent! The only disappointment....we asked the waiter the price of the Lamb Chops special. He wasn’t 100% sure and guessed $35. When the bill came, it was $48. They were delicious but we should have brought that up to the mgr.

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vipVicki
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Very disappointed with my trip here. The food was mediocre and overpriced. The waiter, who was nice at the beginning, completely forgot about us as the place got busier. We couldn’t get our dessert or a check; packed items to go were packed poorly. Will not return.

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vipLevay
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place. Quiet, tasty food, friendly professional service...

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vipYukoP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Everything is Very silty

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vipLongIslandLady
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience1

It is NYC Restaurant Week so I like to try places I haven’t been before. This choice was not a good one. First, the cleanliness of the seating banquet was horrible. It was filthy.I asked for bread to accompany the salad course and was told 2 baguettes would be an$8 additional charge. The green salad with a small amount of crab was good. My entree of risotto and prawns (2) was disappointing. Two prawns- very stingy. It tasted good, but nor great. My friend had the chicken which was shredded and included pieces of bone. Dessert was extra and we ordered a chocolate dessert and a banana bread dessert. They were good. I felt this was a very poor value for the lack of bread and poor ness of the entrees. I will not be back.

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HowardK
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food were fine. Had the $26.00 Restaurant Week brunch. My wife had a mimosa ($20.00) and I had a bloody mary ($19.00). Drink prices were way too high.

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OpenTable Diner
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good, but nothing outstanding. Desserts were actually really good. Had the New York week menu.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

From the hostess hospitality to our last server attention the experience was great. They attentiveness helped us celebrate a special birthday. Thank you!

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vipElyssaA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

What a lovely room and wonderful staff. I’m amazed that it isn’t more crowded. Maybe some music on the weekends to liven it up. Would definitely come back. Great for groups.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, ambient and served.

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vipdowntowndenizen
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I always enjoy Bistro Leo. The atmosphere is lovely and the service is always charming. I do find it appalling that they charge for bread. I find this ludicrous, especially considering the price points are not low. And on this last occasion I did have a great deal of fine crab shells in the salad. That's disconcerting and should not happen. I was foolish not to send it back. That said, it was an isolated incident.

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vipmmsr
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff very kind, awesome food and great sound track!!

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Lulufaymi
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a very quiet evening and a few things on the menu were unavailable but they offered us a few things complimentary to make up for that. The service was excellent and a fantastic wine was recommended. The food was really great and we enjoyed everything we had. As s bonus it was quiet and we were able to talk and linger. Highly recommend Bistrot Leo.

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RobertS
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Hotel restaurants need to be great in NYC, but the competition on Thompson Street is pretty severe. A block around Bistrot Leo are several fun and outstanding restaurants. Sure no-one like to pay for bread and butter but the 4 dollar baguette and butter are delicious. The menu is standard brasserie stuff pretty well executed, but the prices are a little higher than the food might merit. A roasted cauliflower sitting in melted brie is tasty, but as a $21 appetizer it should be eye-rollingly scrumptious. Paying 18 bucks for a cocktail is the new NYC norm but really...

However, sitting out front on the outdoor patio on a gentle August evening it is hard to complain. The service was uniformly conscientious and the ingredients were of good quality and well handled. Little more imagination and a little rethinking of the pricing would make this a perfect place for a casual dinner.

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vipMartaS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This place was sadly just meh. My deviled eggs were too salty and the risotto was undercooked and not exactly all that tasty. Restaurant week is a chance to try places at a discount in hopes you’ll return for a full price meal...and we often have. This isn’t one of the places I’ll be going back to.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for restaurant week and it was great. Everything we tried was delicious and the portions were large. The restaurant week menu had a nice array of options, we were just a little disappointed that the menu was different than what was offered on the restaurant week website. Overall, great place

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vipECHTX
Houston
57 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I don't understand any of the negative reviews about this place. Food is great, service was great except for one hiccup which was attended to immediately amid multiple apologies. The front room that one reviewer likened to Siberia is a very nice room and about equal in size to the other one. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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Tamfal
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, lovely patio, cool bar, great food!

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vipEdwardN
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant would highly recommend !

Will definitely return

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

For a supposed nice place to dine, I expected a lot better. For instance , I expected the server to check on us ONE time. This did not happen. The food was mediocre at best and there was nothing special whatsoever about our time there. I will never be going back there. The service was awful and I will writing this on yelp as well to warn other potential diners. Save your money.

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vipStephenC
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice French Restaurant Week menu. Had figs & feta cheese wrapped in prosciutto as an appetizer, steak au poivre as a main ($8-supplement, but worth it) & chocolate cremeaux for dessert

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viperici
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Everything was good and we had no complaints except there was something missing: nothing was really special! We went there during the French Bastille restaurant week and took advantage of the prix fixe menu and ordered some a la carte items as well. Shrimps were tasty and we ate all 4 of them... The steak was tasty but presentation was dull: no French bistro drama... The salad was not very special but the duck liver pate was very good. They told us that the creme brûlée was sold out, however, we still got one order which was a bit strange but good. Drinks are on the expensive side but not unusual for NYC standards and service was friendly. If this restaurant was in Paris it will probably not survive, but it is not and we had a pleasant dinner celebrating my wife’s birthday. Next time we’ll visit a real bistro(t).

FAQs

Bistrot Leo does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Bistrot Leo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 219-8119.

Bistrot Leo is rated 4.5 stars by 87 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.