Downtown Bistro

4.6
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259 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
*Please keep in mind we do not offer children's menus, high chairs, or booster seats.

Downtown Bistro is a chic, tasteful establishment located in the heart of Hyannis. This bistro specializes in American cuisine with a modern twist. Our diverse menu offers a selection of dishes for everyone. Whether you're in the mood for some local seafood, a hearty pasta dish, a flavorful filet, or even an Asian inspired dish, our menu is filled with mouthwatering options that are sure to leave you impressed. In addition to our dinner menu, our chefs offer a variety of delicious weekly specials. Our full bar provides a selection of beers, wines, and specialty cocktails for you to sip on as you wait for your reservation or enjoy a meal at the bar.

Downtown Bistro is the ideal contemporary dining destination, with delectable food and picturesque presentations. This hot spot provides guests with a warm, welcoming atmosphere that is perfect for any occasion.

Indoor and outdoor seating available.
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G
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hallmark of a go-to restaurant is consistency. You bring family and friends and you don’t want to be embarrassed. Food is consistently really good and the service consistently great.

FS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Downtown Bistro has become our favorite place down the cape for dinner.

We brought two of our best friends to dinner and they loved it as much as we do. We consider the owner to be a friend. A friend who runs a great restaurant and really cares about his guests and the food.

I am not much of a presentation person, but each of our four dishes was like a picture from a food magazine. Plus we were given the best table in the restaurant in front of the window. The food was as good as it looked, the service was excellent, and the prices were very reasonable.

The menu was varied and also unique. My friend had what he said was a steak house quality sirloin, I had an amazing shrimp stir fry and the girls had a meatloaf that was on the specials that night and the salmon.

I could go on forever. This is a restaurant you don't want to miss. be sure to ask to meet the owner and tell him Frank sent you.

PS No I am not a neighbor or relative or the owner. Just a raving fan of the Bistro.

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TF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Maybe it was a bad night but I was not impressed. Portions were small, service inattentive until small-talk moments before the presentation of the bill and the food was way over dressed. Skip this one.

G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While on a bus tour of New England celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary we were looking for a place in Hyannis to go to dinner. We found Downtown Bistro online and made our reservation through OpenTable and I’m so glad we did. They seated us in a quiet area of the restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was superb. The owner made a point of coming over to our table and congratulated us on our 50 years of marriage. He also comped our dessert which was totally unexpected. All in all, the Downtown Bistro made our anniversary extra special.

JG
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at the Downtown Bistro! We were made to feel really welcome and the food was absolutely delicious. Cocktails went down a treat too. Highly recommended.

CM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our group of three friends had different fish dishes - scallops, salmon and tuna tataki. All were excellent, which isn't always the case when a restaurant serves a variety of food styles from Italian to Asian.

R
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It wa perfect

OT
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The owner is really trying, and right there. A good spot wih them success

G
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a comfortable spot for good food. Unique flavors added to traditional meats and seafood.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We spent a couple of days in the wider cape cod area and had comparable dishes at different establishments. Downtown Bistro had the best prepared dishes of all. Only improvement would be the ambience, we were in a booth (nice) but right at the back with some stations for the waiters and close to the bathroom hallway. That could be setup better.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing meal full of culinary masterpieces!

TC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant! Bianca is always our waitress-she is fabulous. Tim the owner is always present to shake hands and say hello.

F
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Walking in the hostess was at an outside stand we walked up told her we had a reservation and our name she just looked at us and said ok then walked us in the restaurant she stopped us in the hallway and just stood there a waitress came up and asked her what she was doing she didn’t answer her then handed the menus and us off to another hostess who didn’t talk to us and just brought us to a table and left. The waitress however was very friendly. The food came out fast and was really good. The noise level was really loud. There was no music but trying to talk to someone at your table was as if they had live music playing. There wasn’t much room between tables which could also be why it was so loud. Overall the experience was good the waitress and food was worth going back.

CM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is such a cute place. The staff was very friendly, made you feel at home. The food was absolutely amazing! We went down the Cape for a concert and this place is very close to the Melody Tent. I would highly recommend Downtown Bistro and would definitely go there again.

OT
Nuremberg
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Good food lots of it! Nice service people!

G
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Twice in three days! Meals are always good and service always greT

B
New England
30 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was incredible!!!!

G
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistency is their hallmark, and these guys are aces across the board. Service, quality, value. You can tell that they don’t take your business for granted. Had the sirloin on Caesar salad this time......fantastic

F
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Prompt,friendly service. Dinner was okay, not great.

GM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! We had to tuna tartari and a salmon plate with pesto.

DD
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I went with my family—the menu has some oddities that I think would give Gordon Ramsay a heart attack, but our meal was fine if a little bland. The service was excellent, friendly, and prompt. We had a quiet spot out back.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my parents here for their first time. We frequent the Bistro and love the food, atmosphere and the service! Always have a fabulous meal along with friendly service. This is our first choice if we are going out!

BB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The coffee crusted pork tenderloin is a very good dish. While I don't have any complaints, the high percentage of 5 star reviews on google and yelp are not warranted. There are a number of Cape Cod restaurants worthy of 5 stars by local standards (e.g., Vers, Spinnaker, Inaho, Brewster Fish House) -- (also Viera and Del Mar are much better versions of this level restaurant.

G
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Crabcake appetizer delicious.

n
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal...loved the cioppino and seared tuna! Owner/manager stopped by our table and staff was very helpful with my elderly guest. Would definitely return.

DH
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Downtown Bistro was a great discovery. While a little higher priced than some other Hyannis restaurants the quality, variety and presentation of the food was excellent and completely worthwhile.

KP
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highly recommend this restaurant. The food is wonderful and the service is excellent. In addition, the owner personally greets his patrons with a warm smile and is genuinely interested in their opinions and ensuring that they have a great meal.

DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and service, priced a little bit high for the location and ambiance

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was terrific, the service could not have been better. The only issue, where improvements should be made are the cleanliness of the rest rooms.

W
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick is awesome and Tim was kind to come out and check on us outside.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Deanna was an amazing waitress and we would love to be with her again!

JN
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite new restaurant in Hyannis!! The menu is excellent - the help is great and friendly. The owner is attentive.
What else can you ask for

L
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Downtown Bistro is always delicious with great service. I would recommend it to locals & visitors. They have a unique culinary twist on some favorites! A sure bet!

M
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ladies night out, sat in the outdoor garden. Delicious drinks and food. Waitress delightful. Manager/Ownet stopped at table to see how we were doing. Great from start to finish. Will be back!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal! We were a group of five and everyone ordered something different and it was five stars all around! Great variety on the menu and the hand-crafted cocktails were outstanding! We’ll definitely be back and will be telling our friends and relatives on the Cape!

DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect evening, food perfect and delicious, we sat outside and it was a beautiful evening and our server was lovely

MM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening! Dined in the beautiful garden bistro behind the restaurant. Tim has created a private oasis in downtown Hyannis. The perfect place for a peaceful al fresco dining experience. The food was delicious and perfectly prepared. The service was outstanding!

SC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was outstanding. The food was superb and the service the same. We can not wait to come back. We actually talked about coming back in September just so we can come back to your restaurant . Thank you it made our weekend.

B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the quiet outside seating in the rear. Pistachio encrusted halibut was very good, as was the tomato basil bisque. But they didn't serve bread! Odd.

DF
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent, service at table friendly and good but almost one hour to get first course??