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French Crust Cafe & Bistro

4.2
4.2
572 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French
The French Crust Café is a little bit of Paris in the heart of Over-The-Rhine. Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel welcomes you to his charming café for classic French fare with a contemporary twist. This popular Café offers everything from classic breakfast dishes like Eggs Benedict to delicious dinner entree's like Salmon en Persillade. French pastries and chocolates from Master Chocolatier, Jean Philippe Solnom. Jean Robert enjoys offering his Family Dinner Meals to-go and a Thursday evening 4-course special dinner. Please contact the restaurant directly for more details on the special features.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French, Bistro, European

  • Hours of operation

    Wed 11:00 am–3:00 pm Thu–Sat 10:00 am–8:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (513) 455-3720

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Over the Rhine

  • Cross street

    Corner of Elm & W Elder Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking available. Multiple public parking lots are available on W Elder Street.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 572 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Great for Brunch

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Healthy

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Notable Wine List

  • Cincinnati

    Great for Brunch

  • Cincinnati

    Healthy

  • Cincinnati

    Notable Wine List

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  1. SD

    SteveD

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    I was disappointed in the croque monsieur, a fried egg on a sandwich of ham and melted cheese. there was no beschmel sauce. I would try the restaurant again but not this dish.
  2. l

    lemoncream

    Columbus

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We came for lunch and both ordered different quiche dishes. The food was very good. We had to wait a long time for our food to be served. Our waiter was very polite and friendly.
  3. OT

    OpenTableUser

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We have only been for lunch but each time the food has been great with a nice selection. The atmosphere is very charming and you feel like you are in France! Service has been slow the last couple of times but this seems to be a problem in many restaurants as it is so difficult to find good servers who stick around. Patience is a virtue, afterall! :)
  4. TH

    THFPDR

    Cincinnati

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent everything!! Salmon dish reminded me of meals at MAISONETTE❤️!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, ambiance!!!
  6. CC

    CCssss

    Cincinnati

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    There were 3 of us. One person's order was wrong and never did get lunch. One of us asked the waiter for something. THey finally brought her soup. The other person asked for something to be left off and it came with anyway. Server was nice but said they had issues in the kitchen. Not our problem. Disappoint for a Jean Robert restaurant.
  7. CC

    CathyC

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally perfect lunch with friends. Our server was charming and knowledgeable. Our food was exceptional. There was an ease at being there like sitting at a favorite cafe in Paris. Only much better as we didn't have to get on a plane:-)
  8. B

    Beth

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my most favorite places to frequent when the opportunity arises. I love bringing friends and family here. The familiar atmosphere and the great food make for a stellar experience. All my memories of this restaurant are wonderful!
  9. R

    Rozste

    Cincinnati

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    We love the environment and the food is delicious.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I LOVE this place. So yummy. Service is a bit cold, but they’re efficient and generally do a good job. Wonderful ambiance and flavorful food. I have been here a number of days in a row because it’s THAT good. So happy to have this taste of France in little cincinnati ohio.
  11. CC

    ChrisC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation
  12. LT

    LaTraviata

    Cincinnati

    236 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    236 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were there for lunch and had an excellent small meal for a very good price. Our service was great, especially given there were only two servers for a virtually full room. We like the colorful poster filled room.
  13. S

    Sailorsdelight

    Tampa

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience. Would highly recommend. Menu limited re entrees but excellent choices.
  14. JJ

    JJJW

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We showed up for a 7:30 reservation for 6 and were greeted by a locked door and sign that said “due to a staff shortage we’re closed after 3pm” No one from French Crust OR Open Table reached out to us and told us that they were closed. We got off the streetcar in 20 degree weather and had to figure out what we would do. Luckily SACRED BEAST had an opening within the hour and we had a wonderful meal there. I understand that staffing issues arise, but you could have contacted us in the 4+ hours and let us know.
  15. IR

    IleneR

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite! Don't miss the beef tartare. The cassoulet was excellent.
  16. GG

    GlynnG

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I like a compact menu with a few strong choices - which they had. I thought the staff was working hard but in the end the food was only so-so. Wine choices were good but their whiskey choices for an after-dinner drink were very thin. Beef tartare was probably the best thing we had. Would recommend it.
  17. PM

    PML1

    Cincinnati

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific, as always. Serving size is just right, food was delish and service was excellent.
  18. z

    zapple

    Cincinnati

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had an early reservation before the ballet. The restaurant filled up as we dined, but never got too noisy. Our food was great. We found the appetizers and starters pretty limited, but understand that short staffs, which all restaurants are encountering, means short menus.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Bouillabaisse - in name only - no fish, no shrimp, four mussels. Mostly andouille sausage. Brie en Croute disappointing - mostly pastry. Blair however was very professional and responsive to our concerns.
  20. PS

    PaulS

    Cincinnati

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was great. Service a little slow.
  21. l

    lucia

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful evening.
  22. KJ

    KateJ

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places!
  23. CB

    CarolynB

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our new favorite Restaurant! Can’t wait to go back. Everything was amazing escargot, walleye, lamb, and dessert! Loved our waitress! Perfect night out
  24. TM

    TeddysMom

    Cincinnati

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another lovely lunch, we dine here 2-3 times per month
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My birthday
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good stuff!
  27. NG

    NancyG

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was fabulous!!I My fish was delicious and my husband loved his burger. My favorite restaurant in Cinti
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful and the service was outstanding! They even made a special meal for my son with a limited palate. We had a great experience and will definitely go back!
  29. LC

    LaurenC

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went for lunch on a Wednesday. Service was excellent, as was the food. It wasn't very crowded, so it was quiet. Such a nice atmosphere.
  30. EF

    EvelynF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic spot for New Year’s Eve dinner with friends. The food was unique and soo delicious.
  31. S

    Shortmillers

    Cincinnati

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was awesome! Food was perfect! Makes a great old fashioned as well! 💕
  32. S

    Sailorsdelight

    Tampa

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is always outstanding. We were with friends from out of town who had dined here before and insisted we return. Not the fanciest place in town but like my former boss used to say you can’t eat the decor.
  33. M

    Michael

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Great place for a romantic dinner. Great value. Service needs to improve
  34. r

    richclift

    Cincinnati

    137 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were delighted with the specials of the day. I enjoyed the mushroom and squash soup…the omelette was excellent!
  35. X

    Xman

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Anniversary
  36. T

    Tricia

    Cincinnati

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed dinner! Menu change is excellent and food was wonderful!
  37. B

    Bret

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Feels like I am in France. Great food
  38. CK

    ChrisKel

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our brunch was delicious…bloody marys, mushroom cauliflower soup and tomato Brie flat croissants. Staff were friendly and attentive. And the ambiance and decor are absolutely charming.
  39. ES

    EileenS

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Lights were too bright
  40. j

    janicea

    Cincinnati

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food , service, ambiance all very good. A very pleasant evening.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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

FAQs

French Crust Cafe & Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 455-3720.

French Crust Cafe & Bistro is rated 4.2 stars by 572 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for French Crust Cafe & Bistro

1801 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Corner of Elm & W Elder Street

  • Neighborhood

    Over the Rhine

  • Hours of operation

    Wed 11:00 am–3:00 pm Thu–Sat 10:00 am–8:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French, Bistro, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking available. Multiple public parking lots are available on W Elder Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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