French Crust Cafe & Bistro

4.9
480 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.

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
What 480 people are saying
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vipCincydine
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a gem of a spot for delicious brunch! Quiche was incredible and fun atmosphere, cocktails and yummy pastries. Will definitely be back!

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DanielleD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here for breakfast/brunch, lunch and dinner, and have yet to have a bad meal! The portions are perfectly sized, the menu covers many different palates and the staff is very friendly and professional. Only complaint is that the onion soup is not permanently on the menu. Can’t wait to return soon!

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vipDaleM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great little bistro with good food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casually sophisticated dining. Dinner was a culinary sensation. Staff was courteous. Would definitely recommend.

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MarkG
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal. Creative menu. Nice presentation and Super Service.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best salmon dish I’ve had in a long time. Plus the tartare to start was outstanding. Server was accommodating and made wine recommendations which were not the most expensive bottles (actually the most affordable) which is uncommon for the industry.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good variety of deserts.! Decent place, not an extraordinary one.! Didn't have much of vegetarian choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Quiet. Quaint. Personal. Had a late lunch on a Friday afternoon. I love the variety of menu options allowing for a visit with anyone, any time of day.

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vipAlbizia
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was lovely. It was a celebration dinner. Given the weather and pandemic -- we were the only diners. The staff were delightful, friendly and we had a thoroughly fun evening.

JJ
JesseJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic all around. First time visiting, did not know if Jean Robert would be there or not but was pleasantly surprised when he stopped by our table to say hello and make sure we were enjoying the experience. Filet was incredible, duck as well. Loved every bit of it and my wife definitely wants to go back! Thanks for a great night!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipExperiencedTraveler007
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at the bar and found the food and service to be exceptional. The bartender was very helpful in guiding our menu choices. Great experience and we will look forward to returning in the future

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vipJeffS
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent. A lot of variety and every dish had it's distinctive flavor and consistency. Our waiter and the manager went out of their way to make us feel special.

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vipSusQ
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for a Balentines celebration. Food and service were perfection! Enjoyed a lovely cocktail with “bubbles” also!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best scallop dish in the city right here. I really hope this stays on the menu from now on. What a hit!

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DavidC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice place, very good food. The service was a little slow but I think that's due to pandemic staffing levels. Will go back again for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute place and the quiche was amazing !

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JohnT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dining experience. You will not regret a date night at The French Crust!

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vipdontreadway1948
Cincinnati
34 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A well kept secret, I went back today for breakfast which was quite nice...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best French quiche!! The macaroons and croissants are delicious!!!

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vipPepperridge
Chicago
194 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good as always! Thank you!

MC
vipMeredithC
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food! Would highly recommend!

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vipPepperridge
Chicago
194 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quiche is the best I have ever had; it was just enough and the salad was very fresh!

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vipFOODIECHER1
Cincinnati
229 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server! Very polite, professional, and efficient

Food was wonderful, What a gem of a place!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so lovely. Would highly recommend to anyone for any occasion! Had such a fun time there and can’t wait to go back!

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NMJM
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a Friday afternoon lunch to celebrate an anniversary. Service was impeccable, the ambience is always great, food top notch and it was a pleasant visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic Thursday evening tasting menu. It was filled with many delicious choices. The service was fantastic and the decor is charming.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!

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vipSinger
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

French Crust is a lovely place to have any meal but I particularly like it for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. I had the omelette du jour that was spinach, avocado, and white cheddar cheese. It was fluffy and delicious. It came with a lovely mixed greens salad. My friend had the quiche du jour that was ham, spinach and white cheddar. That quiche was the fluffiest I have ever seen. My friend said is was fabulous. There are also the French pastries that you cannot find anywhere else.
The places was nicely quiet. It really is delightful.

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vipJohnC
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were amazing. The environment made us feel safe and their attention to detail was reassuring. We will go back again soon.

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vipJohnny
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my faves….great food, bistro feel, comfortable atmosphere, friendly knowledgeable servers. Chef Jean-Robert and his culinary family are the best. Chef Jean-Phillipe's creations at French Crust are incredible.....Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not ventured out until this week and French Crust was a must for Thursday night. There were very few patrons there, so I hope the crowd comes back for dinner. Needless to say, the staff focused on our every need. The bottle of Sparkling Rosé was reasonably priced. And the red snapper was delicious. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful. The staff was very attentive.

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AlanF
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice portions and blend of flavors. Every bite was well balanced and had variety.

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WarrenM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The Cafe does capture the atmosphere of a "market cafe" and the food choices follow the same down-to-earth style. Quality very good. Service was a little spotty when we were there, but that too may capture the market-cafe style. Overall: we will dine there again and bring friends.

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vipFoodIsEntertainment
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

It was a disappointing trip and not up to usual Jean Robert standards. Despite an unusually slow night, the service was slow and the food was undercooked. The kid friendly items have disappeared from the menu. Hopefully, this was an exception to the norm.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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vipLNJ2
Cincinnati
49 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredibly good food and great service. Considering the price and quality, this is one of the great dining bargains. Outstanding.

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Tv27
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service.

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 4.9 stars by 480 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.