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J Bistro Downtown

4.6
4.6
108 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
J Bistro Downtown offers elevated American fare with a rustic touch in its warm and contemporary setting. Guests can enjoy a cup of the hot and gooey French onion soup or a fresh house salad topped with shrimp and mandarin oranges as a starter. Popular entrée dishes at J Bistro Downtown include the grilled pork chop with bourbon mashed sweet potatoes, the Angus center-cut filet mignon with garlic cheddar mashed potatoes and the vegetarian-friendly roasted vegetable pappardelle pasta with summery zucchini, squash, mushrooms and asparagus in a light pesto sauce. This eatery also serves delectable and fresh seafood dinners, such as the king crab and shrimp risotto, the hand-breaded Lake Erie perch with jalapeno-ranch tartar sauce and the tangy barbecue salmon and shrimp platter. J Bistro Downtown is nestled in the Manhattan on Market building. It features a happy hour and events, such as Pasta Nights every Wednesday.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm
  • Phone number
    (419) 502-2280
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jesse Harris
  • Private party facilities
    We have the ability to dedicate the restaurant to private parties Monday-Saturday evenings and during lunch hours.
  • Private party contact
    Sarah Harris or Chef Jesse Harris: (419) 502-2280
  • Neighborhood
    Sandusky
  • Cross street
    Columbus Avenue
  • Parking details
    There is free public parking in a covered garage across Market Street, free on street parking and a free public parking lot on the west side of the building.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 108 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 0.3Value

NoiseModerate

108 Reviews
  1. DannyOcean11

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappointed. Have been there several times. Will be back.

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  2. Marcia

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Have been there 4-5 times before and it has been always much better than this evening....Kind of disappointing as we took my husbands Stepmom, who had never been there before. There was 4 of us, my food was good and my mothers food was good... My husband ordered the cubano sandwich and it was horrid..... His Stepmom ordered these lobster appetizers (4 bite size morsels for $12) and they were just okay.... We ordered a bread plate, (they do not give you bread with your meal...) and a cheese board which was just okay. I noticed the salads were sadly lacking and they usually have a good salad. The dessert was good

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  3. district

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, atmosphere, service and multiple gluten free options. Nice wine selection and Sarah was such a great server. She was filling water, getting drinks and on top of it. She was probably the best server I have had in 2 years. The short rib was perfect and the steak had a great farm fresh flavor.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been in twice before with friends on business and have had pleasant experiences so decided to treat my wife of 35 years to a valentines dinner. We were greeted warmly upon arrival and took to our table. It was a busy night which was nice to see. Entertainment was a nice touch and our server Jason was professional and very attentive. We started with the house made red wine & fig bread. Moist and delicious. We both decided to go with the features for the evening. My wife's steak was creative and perfectly cooked and presented beautifully. The Chilean Sea Bass was as good as it gets. Thank you for a romantic night out. Best Restaurant in the area hands down! You can tell they really care because of the detail that is put into the entire experience.

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  5. NanSab

    Cleveland

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dinner, great service!! Nice wine list with reasonable mark up. We would recommend!

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  6. Lulu

    Cleveland

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Met friends from Toledo, we are from west side of Cleveland. The drive was 50 minutes and easy to find. Our first time to J Bistro and this area of Sandusky. The menu is not extensive on the website, but they had many specials for the day to choose from too. I had the crab cakes (divine) and they made me a nice green salad. My husband ordered one of the specials: gourmet hamburger and truffle fries (he licked his plate clean). Both friends enjoyed their dishes as well. A place we will meet again.

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  7. Amazing

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    J Bistro is a very intimate setting to experience incredible gourmet food. The menu is full of unique, fresh entrees, with a lengthy wine and beer menu. The service is friendly and helpful and J Bistro is a close walk to the water!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We have heard good things about J Bistro, sadly it was not our experience. We had a work holiday party there for 10 people. The menu was limited and 6 of the 10 did not like the food while the remaining 4 thought it was just okay.

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  9. haley5289

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Date nights for me and my wife are few and far between. After our movie which was disappointing to say the least we decided to dine at JBistro. Our Server was warm and friendly and very attentive even though they were busy that evening which we were glad to see. The Menu small but creative. This is the kind of restaurant we usually travel to Cleveland to dine at. Our server suggested we tried the General Tso Brussels Sprouts to start. Caramelized and perfectly crispy. They were delicious. We wanted to try everything but after popcorn at the movies we kept it simple and I ordered the Breakfast Ravioli and my wife ordered the Scallops. We are foodies so we went with the most unusual flavor combinations. The Breakfast Ravioli tasted just like having breakfast at a local diner but elevated 20 times higher. Very Impressive for a Sandusky restaurant to be pulling off food like this. The scallops sweet and succulent and placed on top of a salty buttery popcorn puree. (not that we didn't get enough popcorn at the show but these were worth the double dose) . Our movie was two thumbs down but we give JBistro two thumbs up for a wonderful evening out.

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  10. MaryB

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    J Bistro is a wonderful spot in the heart of Sandusky for dinner or lunch. It is well appointed, and wonderful friendly staff makes you feel very welcomed and comfortable.

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J Bistro Downtown is rated 4.6 stars by 108 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for J Bistro Downtown

129 W. Market Street, Sandusky, OH 44870

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Columbus Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Sandusky
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    There is free public parking in a covered garage across Market Street, free on street parking and a free public parking lot on the west side of the building.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jesse Harris
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (419) 502-2280
  • Private party facilities
    We have the ability to dedicate the restaurant to private parties Monday-Saturday evenings and during lunch hours.
  • Private party contact
    Sarah Harris or Chef Jesse Harris: (419) 502-2280
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