French Crust Cafe & Bistro

4.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French
French Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel welcomes you to his family of restaurants in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jean-Robert's Table, Le Bar a Boeuf, and French Crust Café--each with its own identity and flavor, all with Jean-Robert's contemporary twist on French tradition. The French Crust Cafe is a little bit of Paris in the heart of Over-The-Rhine.
Breakfast, lunch and brunch--viennoiserie
and French pastry and chocolats from
Chocolatier Jean Philippe Solnom.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was fantastic! Service was spot on! Lighting should be a little dim, not so bright for dinner.

T
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Looked to be understaffed for Valentine day. Only one bar tender who was running out of clean glasses and customers from the seated tables were by passing servers and going directly to the bar for a drink. Witch he was verbally not happy about. Ran out of bread and the specials by 8pm. We were seated 30 mins after reservations. Outside view there was no leader on the floor and no proactive thinking staff to help make the evening work. Had the fish it was over cooked, beet salad was good but very small. The steak tartare was very good. Have been many times for brunch and did not have this experience.

NF
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience2

This was a very disappointing dinner. We arrived two minutes before our 7:45 reservation and were told we were early. We were finally seated at 8:10. It was nice have some water to sip while we waited another 10 minutes for our waiter. We ordered drinks; they arrived about half an hour later. In the interim we ordered our food and were told we would get some bread to tide us over, but that didn't arrive till 15 minutes after our drinks. When our food finally arrived at about 9:15, the onion soup was cold. The tuna tartare and the short ribs were very tasty, but by then we were very frustrated, and our waiter knew it. He comped us dessert. Overall, this was not what we expected from a Jean-Robert restaurant. Granted it was a busy Valentine's Day on a Friday night, but the management did not plan appropriately.

b
Louisville
110 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food ,excellent service and charming ambience

JA
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a delightful dinner! Fantastic presentation and delicious food! Great, friendly service! Chuck and Grant were awesome! Definitely going back!

JW
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening! Meal was outstanding as was the service

OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Cannot wait to return. Easily the best restaurant in this town and the only one that transports me back to France everytime.

K
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around. Server made great recommendations.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal and excellent service.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Overall good experience Food was good but on the pricey side. If you like French cooking it's worth a try. We also went in the morning for croissants which were delicious!!!

S
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was spectacular. The service is exceptional especially for selecting a wine to my preferences. It’s a wonderfully comfortable setting. There are always other customers with whom to chat if you so choose. The perfect place for an occasion or for just a great meal.

BS
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent! So much attention to detail!

WH
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had the specials and they were exceptional. The service was especially attentive.

B
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love this place. Always consistently excellent. A wow menu, service and wine choices.
We highly recommend it and will be back!

BG
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal immensely. The service was on par with waiters in Paris. The food was simply divine. Wine pairings were appropriate. Overall an excellent luncheon before a trip to the Cincinnati Art Museum. So glad we did not let the fire alarm noise dissuade us from keeping our reservation.

SM
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Our server Grant was excellent

MK
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

New Years Eve dinner

MS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I appreciate the stand Jean Robert took on Bulliett Rye. The same company that makes Bulliet also makes Redemption, MGP. The manager is looking into this. MGP makes spirits for a lot of brands. Until it is clarifies Redemption is off my list. The Russell's Reserve was very good. Jimmy Russell and his wife are nice people. Thank you Jean Robert for maintaining your principles. You're a blessing.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a New Year’s Eve dinner before the music hall concert. The food and service was great. Loved the salmon and special feature the beef Wellington. The French Pinot noir was really nice. Lots of parking and easy access was great for our group as one of us cannot walk a long distance yet. Our server graciously packed up our lovely deserts when we realized we were running behind to the concert . Everyone in our group of 8 were very happy!

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our annual Xmas eve stop.

G
Cincinnati
116 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Eggs were cold. Quiche was cold.

N
Western NC
35 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. We will definitely be back.

EJ
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great, but prices were high. Noise was a bit much for me.

M
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As the restaurant became more crowded the noise level was a little much. Also if you are someone who eats a keto diet we found it hard to make changes to our meals - such as removing the potatoes from our dish. We ate around the potatoes and both of us did not really see why the potatoes could not have been removed once we received our meals. Otherwise, we had a great time

TD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the experience was wonderful. The food was great and the atmosphere was very pleasing!

OT
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice place to have a relaxed meal. The service was terrific.

OT
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The soup and main course were very good. The dessert - a French apple tart - was very disappointing. It was cold and the crust was inedible. We should have sent them back. I expect much more from a Jean-Robert restaurant. Not the way to end an otherwise good meal.

P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes,, I tell everyone about it. Real food of course.

OT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the best restaurants in town.

AH
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely service as always, food was both good and great price. Wish there was a bit more to pick from, it would make it easier to come by more often.

j
Columbus
21 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I dined at the French Crust Cafe and Bistro before attendees the Cincinnati Symphony. Parking was convenient in the Findlay Market North Lot. The restaurant was not busy when we arrived for our 5:30 reservation. The menu is limited, but it offers several good choices. The entrees and a soup op salad are all pre-fixe. My wife chose a special for the evening. The steelhead trout was tasty. She also had the French onion soup. I selected the soup du jour which was a nice creamy potato soup with bacon. My entree was the steak frites. The steak was cooked to my request (medium rare). The fries were fresh cut and tasty. For dessert my wife had the pumpkin tart which had a nice spice flavor. I had the pot de creme which was also very good. Our server was attentive and helpful. We would return to the restaurant for another meal.

O
Cincinnati
96 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a great evening. We will be back. KB

L
Cincinnati
76 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit to French Crust and every bit as good as the first. I had escargot, butternut squash bisque, the red snapper special, carrot cake , two glasses of wine and coffee with dessert. She had the house salad, steak and fries, creme brulee, two glasses of wine and coffee with dessert - all for $118.00, not including gratuity. I think for the quality of the food, the preparation, the excellent sauces and the service the price was a bargain. Similar meals closer to the heart of downtown would have cost much more. We will return.

JC
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre-theater dinner. Quaint, comfortable, great service.

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnafique!

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

the food was good, and there were sufficient choices on the prixe fix menu. as always, the sauces were superb. i did think the portions were a little on the small side. our waitress got my order wrong (one out of a table of 7), and i did not get my meal until the rest of the table had finished eating - but she did make it up by giving me a free dessert. yum

LJ
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

For the price, we felt the food could have been better prepared. The service was great!

H
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I was very underwhelmed with the meal....there were three in our party and we all ordered different items on the menu. We each tried all of the dishes and didn’t like a single one. It seemed as though the food was cooked without any thought to it, to fast, too long, and poor cuts of meat.

Sorry, not a fan and we won’t go back.

j
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Great food with a relaxed atmosphere. Especially loved all the vintage poster artwork on the walls. Strip steak and onion soup were outstanding.