French Crust Cafe & Bistro

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381 reviews
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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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OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Excellent for any occasion!

PS
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Marcus was fantastic. Polite, helpful, knowledgeable, and efficient. The food was fabulous. I had the tomato, zucchini and goat cheese quiche. My daughter had the ham and cheese goat croissant with béchamel sauce. She said hers was delicious too. Excellent restaurant!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Avacado not ripe-hard
Frog legs- tough
Fried egg on friend’s burger undercooked. Almost raw

JK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jean Robert, Megan & the team have always created amazing dining experiences for us and our guests. They are truly a gem in our city!

CS
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Pleasant, bright bistro. Food turned out to disappointing. Several items unavailable at 6pm. Duck and mussels. Tartare relatively bland. Lamb shank over cooked and tough. Preparations that are slow cooked fall off the bone. This piece of meat was a struggle. In addition served with a regular knife rather than steak knife. Overall disappointing.

PM
Cincinnati
55 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely lunch--food was excellent as always. Great portions--could split several items if light eater.

M
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are blessed to have Jean Robert. The French Crust is very comfortable and friendly. It is in a part of OTR that is away from the evening hub bub that adds to the ambiance. Plan room return for brunch.

JB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant.

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of our favorite places for dinner. Always have had great food in a pleasant atmosphere.

JL
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Wonderful food. The location is by the Market in the OTR area of Cincinnati. This is an area that leaves a little to be desired, gangs of people hanging out made us feel a little uneasy walking in the area.

p
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Onion soup was far too spicy; too “peppery.” Server said she agreed after tasting, but offered nothing else. Short rib was over cooked and very dry, even with sauce. Clearly an off night in the kitchen. Dinner for two, with one glass of wine and tip, was $98. Not worth it this time.

a
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect dining experience

RN
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thought the dinner there was a great experience. I have had lunch there several times but the dinner was especially nice.

LF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The cocktails and entrees were amazing. Inviting space and quaint dining experience. The appetizers (charcuterie, beef tartare, summer salad, and potato croquette) were good but underwhelming. Paled in comparison to the main course in terms of freshness and overall flavor of the entree (Sea scallops and skate).

I would definitely recommend and can't wait to try the brunch menu!

JM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch meals, all different orders and all empty plates. Returning again next visit.

SO
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Would only recommend for breakfast or lunch....but not for dinner. The shirt ribs OK but the chicken was overcooked very chewy...couldn't eat all of it. Our Server was not attentive. He seemed to have plenty of time to chat with other guests but we almost felt we needed to tackle him to make any request. And the restaurant was not really that busy especially when we first arrived

MS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a delightful place for dinner with friends. Very impressed with everything.

AR
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! It is a must-try in Cincinnati.

T
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to have dinner in OTR away from the crowds. Never disappoints.

R
Cincinnati
58 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Too many potatoes! On Saturday evening I ordered the skate fish and it came with mashed potatoes AND fingerling potatoes..two tiny pieces of Broccolini and two pieces of carrot. It was tasty but I am not interested in potatoes with potatoes. Actually surprised that we were rushed to order...although the food was presented slowly which is what we like. We had our 20 year old grandson with us and we were catching up on his news. So at 6:30pm we were not in a hurry. The best part of the whole evening was good, cheap parking place which makes me sad...I love anything Jean Robert especially Table and L. We did wander through the back of the restaurant and saw all the salt and pepper shakers. We like the location of the restaurant and the bistro in the back and the bright dining room. The other two dinners looked wonderful and the duck especially was delicious..as we had some left over and took it home. The bread is outstanding and thanks for not charging us for it! Dislike places that do. We'll try brunch next time.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly delicious! I appreciate they easy exchange of grain for veggies!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The 4 top table was very close to the 4 top table behind us. It was difficult to get in and out of the chairs.
The person, not our server, that brought the food was a little rude.
The hostess had no idea about the parking rules in front of the restaurant.
The food was good.

VD
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Skate fish was disappointing . Unappetizing looking and too well done. The beef and scallops meals were very good.

We were seated at a window table, very close to table behind us. Felt really closed in. Optional tables for four with plenty of room were available near us.

Chessboard and breads were excellent, service was top rate,

CH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious, they had an availability issue with the lamb dish I was intending to order, and the spare rib was slightly dry, but our server was extremely friendly. The service was great and would recommend giving this place a try

T
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The swordfish with risotto was amazing. The burger chevalier was over cook the medium requested fried egg was cooked hard. The fries tasted as though they had been sitting in oil too long and were not crisp as frites. The flavor was very good just over cook all other meals eaten in the past here have been excellent

MT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was good, but it was nothing exceptional as expected in a JR Group restaurant.

OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Cincinnati. I’ve had delicious meals. Highly recommend the scallops and risotto - love the fresh peas in the risotto!

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as usual!

TH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

French Crust is an ongoing favorite! The staff is friendly, the food consistently good and the atmosphere is comfortable. I highly recommend this restaurant!

JM
Louisville
37 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to French Crust Cafe and Bistro, but it won't be our last. Although the service is on the slow side, the food is excellent and it was worth the wait. Thanks.

LL
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heaven on earth. ALMOST makes me want to move downtown!

N
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I know French Crust is known for their amazing pastries & brunch/lunch but it is an under rated gem for dinner! There should be a line out the door! it is one of my favorite places in the city for seafood & steak (my husband) . Megan K. is always makes us fee welcome and at home.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must stop when visiting Findlay Market! The staff is outstanding, the food is excellent and the atmosphere is wonderful.

h
Cincinnati
113 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Real French Bistro food. The swordfish special was perfectly prepared.

AL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in every way. Meals prepared artfully and food arrived hot.

D
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was attentive. The food was good. Our only complaint was too few choices. We would certainly add the French Crust to our list of good places to dine with friends.

LN
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were both outstanding. The duck leg confit is highly recommended. Our entire experience here was first rate.

M
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal, delicious food and outstanding service. They were so accommodating to our party of five which included kids.

T
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and service was great. I ventured off my regular order of scallops to the swordfish. Well worth it!

JG
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great luncheon with old friends. The food and service was fantastic.

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