French Crust Cafe & Bistro

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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 chocolates from Master Chocolatier, Jean Philippe Solnom.
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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
2 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
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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NormanF
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.

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vipbobs
Louisville
112 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food ,excellent service and charming ambience

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JamesA
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!

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vipJWoutdoors
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening! Meal was outstanding as was the service

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipKarkar
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around. Server made great recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal and excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
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!!!

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Susan5
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.

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BethS
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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WHEIII
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipBill
Cincinnati
12 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!

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vipBruceG
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
vipSusanM
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Our server Grant was excellent

MK
vipMKandSteve
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

New Years Eve dinner

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MatthewS
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our annual Xmas eve stop.

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vipGuscoffier
Cincinnati
116 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Eggs were cold. Quiche was cold.

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vipNavyman
Western NC
40 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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EdJiii
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

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Mmeg
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

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TessD
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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French Crust Cafe & Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 458 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.