French Crust Cafe & Bistro

4.5
520 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French

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Sunday Lunch
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 520 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere!

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LaurenD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I have eaten here twice now and both times were amazing! The food was delicious and at a decent price. The aesthetic of the restaurant was calm and a gave a lovely taste of the French culture.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First experience at a John Robert. Did not disappoint!

BB
vipBBFoodie
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

First time I ate there it was very good and I had a great service. This time my quiche was burned and had a very odd taste. Chicken soup lacked any noticeable signs of chicken. I had intestinal issues shortly after I left so seriously wondering if something was spoiled or not prepared in a clean environment.

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vipCincinnatus
London
20 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A gem of a Bistro. It does what a bistro is supposed to do: Provide delicious, straightforward French dishes at a moderate (or slightly above moderate) price point, in an informal setting. French restaurants too often focus on the very high-end “special occasion” market. Jean-Robert has always excelled at keeping the bistro experience viable in Cincinnati, and for this we are fortunate.

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vipAnnR
Cincinnati
44 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the French Crust. The waiters are always so friendly. The menu is limited but some of our favorites are there. We love the ambience.

MB
vipMarkB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Portions were very generous!

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vipbuzzardsoup
Cincinnati
43 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food in a very, very French atmosphere! Great quiche!

JC
vipJoanC
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The entree that we ordered were delicious. It was a very busy Saturday night, with everyone arriving at about the same time. They only had one waiter and he was very busy, not his fault and some customers were very demanding. He did a great job under the circumstances. I would recommend this establishment.

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vipWilliamR
Northern MI
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

As always the food was excellent. Our only issue was slow service. It's frustrating when you see people seated after you get their food while you're sitting there as hungry as can be. BTW, we ordered no drinks or appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service.

MH
MeredithH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The eggs Benedict and hazelnut latte were delicious

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband always wants this for his birthday dinner. He said his bouillabaisse was excellent. My red snapper was delicious. Also a great place for lunch and brunch!

KW
KevinW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and we loved it. I had the rosemary rubbed pork and my wife had the shrimp and grits. They were both cooked perfectly. We had a very delicious key lime tart for dessert. The service was amazing. They were very attentive and efficient. While the dining is indoors, it almost felt like we were outdoors with their high ceilings and windows that allowed plenty of natural light from outside. We will definitely go back again.

CC
vipCCssss
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food.

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vipMark
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect in all categories

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sing1
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent!

MA
MaryA
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We dined here for our anniversary and the experience was great. I had the red snapper which was beautifully presented and delicious. Loved all the vintage french posters decorating the dining room.

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vipAmandaH
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this restaurant. I took my son for lunch to celebrate the start of summer. I tried the croissant with duo of salmon, and he got the steak casserole. The food was absolutely outstanding and did not break the bank. So glad to have this gem in Cincinnati!

DH
vipDebbieH
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I haven’t been to French Crust since before the pandemic. I felt a bit rushed and the food was not as good as the last time I was there (and I had the same food).

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henryt
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

40 minutes between appetizer/wine and main course. No contact from waitress during the delay. Risotto and green beans at room temperature. Bouillabaisse served with fork and knife. Waitress did not offer dessert. We were told that they were short staffed. Communication would have solved most of our problems.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, it’s nice to be able to dine out

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wrva
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I ordered wrong. My date had the salmon and it was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service!

KW
vipKarenW
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Outstanding meal, incredibly fresh. Good to see the are busy again!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food! Service was friendly and gracious.

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vipcz11
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great. The restaurant is across the street from Findley Market and a band was playing. Fun night!

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vipGranny
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good top be back in the charming dining room! It was surprisingly busy for a midweek lunch, too, which is a good sign.
My son was treating me to a belated Mother's Day lunch since we both agreed it was too crazy to eat out on Mother's day itself. I had the salmon duo sandwich on a croissant with a side salad and he had the Quiche Lorraine. Excellent!
The only downside was that the service was slow; our reservation was for 1:00 pm, we didn't order until 1:20 pm and food didn't arrive until 1:40 pm.

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PhilippeB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Mother’s Day friends dinner.

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wkirkland
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fun place to eat. We had been there before for brunch but this was our first time for dinner. A limited menu but still plenty to choose from and it was excellent.

BP
vipBonPez
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day gift

JS
vipJeffS
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent. Jean Robert always creates delicious food combinations!

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tbone
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The ambiance is great. The wines are great. Our server was very pleasant.
The service was slow and the quiche was just average.

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GreekGuy
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Excellent food, very poor service. Highly recommended for take-out orders or for those with the time an patience to deal with incompetent service. Server was “nice,” but made multiple, amateur service blunders that ruined the dine-in experience. Kitchen, by contrast, is world-class.

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vipAlbizia
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A smallish menu but there is no bad choice. All the fish dishes are well prepared with a lovely blend of spices, veggies and other flavors.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply perfect!

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vipCincydine
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

DD
DanielleD
Louisville
2 reviews
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!

DM
vipDaleM
Cincinnati
4 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.

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 4.5 stars by 520 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.