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About J Bistro Downtown

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.

129 W. Market Street
Sandusky, OH 44870
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm

Cross Street:
Columbus Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(419) 502-2280

Website:
http://www.jbistrodowntown.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Jesse Harris

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

J Bistro Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.6

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4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (64)
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Hot Spot (36)
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Great for Brunch (7)
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Never disappointed. Have been there several times. Will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 9, 2016

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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 16, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 5, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 2, 2016

Lovely dinner, great service!! Nice wine list with reasonable mark up. We would recommend!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 2, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 29, 2015

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 11, 2015

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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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 9, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 2015

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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 5, 2015

Pork chop diane was amazing!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 5, 2015

We are usually huge fans of yours but were sadly disappointed this time. We thought the menu was a bit limited which may have been due to the time of year. Ended up staying for drinks and apps. Sprouts and devils on horsebackwere just so-so. Service was great, as always. Better luck next time.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 5, 2015

The restaurant could have supplied bread or other crudites while waiting for the meal.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 3, 2015

Menu small and interesting. Very creative. Although reluctant I ordered the cracker jack scallops and was pleasingly surprised that the flavor combinations worked so brilliant together. It was a home run! This was a big city experience in a small northeast Ohio town. If ever in the area again this will be my first stop.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 3, 2015

Amazing food. Excellent service. Sticky toffee pudding is the absolute best!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 10, 2015

We let them know in advance that we were vegan and they had a meal plan prepared in advance, it was delicious!!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 10, 2015

We have always had great meals at J Bistro and have come to expect this. We do not eat there too often since it is a bit pricey. This past visit was quite disappointing. The menu was somewhat limited, and nothing, except the amazing brussel sprouts, was really appealing. Yet, we were there and had to eat. The food was good but not what we have come to expect from this creative chef.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 30, 2015

We had a business dinner there on Tuesday, and the food was so good we changed our business dinner for the following night to J Bistro. Where the food and service were just as good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 1, 2015

Would definitely recommend if you are looking for great food and great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 18, 2015

We came here with a party of 10 for my parents anniversary. I've been here in the past and loved the seafood dishes. Half of our party ordered burgers, which they enjoyed. Others ordered seafood dishes. The halibut was great. The appetizers were ok - we ordered almost one of each. No one liked the duck fries. When I came in the past, the bread came with butter that was so good, mixed with something sweet, but this time the butter spread was different, not as good. Perhaps they change their menu from time to time. I look forward to coming back for another special occasion for the Halibut!

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on July 2, 2015

We were visiting Sandusky and needed a place that made fresh food due to an allergy. J Bistro was top notch, the food was the prepared fresh and excellent too. The waiter we had was also great and was able to make recommendations for each of us. I highly recommend the Sea Bass and Brussel Sprouts. The brussel sprouts were the best I have ever had. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting or living in Sandusky area. Worth the trip.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 24, 2015

We have tried several of the restaurants in downtown Sandusky and found that J Bistro is definitely one that we will visit again! We try to support our local businesses!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 20, 2015

Has a nice bistro feel, accommodating bar area and airy dining room. Plenty of choices for different tastes. Reasonably priced too. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 23, 2015

A group went for two birthdays, it was all of our first time at this restaurant. All of us were well pleased with the menu, specials and service. We will all return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 20, 2015

We were in Tuesday evening for the first time since last boating season. This is our go to restaurant in the Sandusky area. We love the small menu using always fresh ingredients and very creative as well. We have never had a bad meal here. This particular night we were in with another couple and enjoyed the arugula salad which my husband and I split and we also loved our entrees. We split one of each dessert at the table and everything was phenomenal from start to finish. We will be back! P.S. server that evening just added another dimension to our experience. She's a keeper.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 10, 2015

We wouldn't have believed that Brussel Sprouts would've found their way to our table but we tried them--very, very good! We dined for Mother's Day and left very satisfied; the food was great, our server was attentive, and we'll definitely return. Highlights from the menu were the pork chops, the filet and the scallops!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on April 21, 2015

Me and my wife sent our Son and a group of friends for prom last Saturday evening. They are still raving about the experience. Loved the unique and creative menu and now have a favorite new restaurant for special occasions in the future. Thank you JBistro for a wonderful evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 17, 2015

I've been to J Bistro around a half dozen times and have enjoyed every visit. I always order something different and have never been disappointed. The service is excellent as well. If you happen to be in Sandusky be sure to make a reservation and enjoy j Bistro!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on March 14, 2015

Brussels sprouts were wonderful and best part of the meal although everything was delicious. Server was pulled in a million directions waiting on tables and clearing and setting up tables. Not sure if this is usual but consequently service was a bit lacking. Only real negative was the noise.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on March 5, 2015

My wife and I drove 45 minutes to J Bistro because of a recommendation from friends of ours, and boy am I happy that we decided to take the drive.

The taste and presentation of the food were simply amazing, and the service was attentive without being annoying.

We will definitely take the trip back to Sandusky to visit J Bistro again in the near future!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 10, 2015

Beyond excellent food! Presentation was great! Service was perfect! Sarah was our waitress, couldn't be nicer & more helpful with food selections! Sticky toffee cake with hot Carmel sauce was unbelievable!!! Great experience!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Toledo)·Dined on January 30, 2015

This was our 2nd experience dining at J. Bistro's and it was every bit as satisfying as the first. The food was outstanding, with members of our party of six raving about the swordfish and chilean sea bass entrees. And you cannot beat the brussel sprouts for an appetizer! The ambiance is so warm and inviting, I highly recommend you check this restaurant out. From dinner before the show at the theater around the corner to a romantic evening or special celebration - J. Bistro's will fit the bill.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 6, 2015

I have reviewed this restaurant in the past and our dinner again was wonderful! They are very consistent on food quality and service! A must try for those who have not.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 31, 2014

Dined on New Year's Eve. Limited menu was not up to typical standard for J Bistro. My rib eye contained a lot of gristle. The pickled martini was outstanding. Wine selection is limited. The drinks out shined the food. :(.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 21, 2014

The food is always excellent. It is very nicely decorated creating an excellent atmosphere. The service is great with the staff being attentive but not pushy or bothersome. A great place for a nice romantic dinner or for gathering with friends.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 14, 2014

I have had J Bistro on my wish list for a while. This week I finally made it over there. With a bit of bad luck an epic blizzard hit Cleveland precisely on that day. There was havoc on the roads, so it took me much longer than what it would usually take, but on a normal day this is an easy drive from Cleveland, if anyone is visiting the city or passing by. If you are going to Sandusky to have fun at Cedar Point you should also make sure to stop there for dinner after all those crazy rides. The food and the service were absolutely worth that difficult drive day. The service is flawless, the venue is very agreeable, and the food was amazing. I had the Prince Edward Island mussels with chorizo and tomatoes (perfectly done, the sauce is very well done), the oven-roasted mushroom pizza and the pistachio creme brulée. And would have loved to try so many more things on their menu, so I am sure I will have to go back. Five stars.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2014

The 'muscles with chorizo sausage' was wonderful and very ample. The omelet with salmon was also delicious. Liked the contemporary atmosphere, interesting menu and the location. Service was attentive without being annoying. We will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 30, 2014

As always superb service & creative, imaginative, and delicious food! Our favorite foodie destination.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 23, 2014

Our group of 8 ventured to J's Bistro for a birthday dinner. It was our first time there and we chose it because the menu looked interesting. Our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoyed our choices. Our only minor complaint was that we were seated in the main dining area and with 8and a large table it was hard to hear and follow conversation. We would return for the food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 22, 2014

Always a pleasant treat. The chef changes the menu frequently and is always coming up with new creative food for us to try. The pumpernickel dumplings and deviled eggs were a hit at our table as well as the Brussels sprouts which is a signature dish according to our server that evening. We always like to bring new guests to this restaurant as it is one of our favorites. Keep up the good work!

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