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The Bistro, Lebanon, MO

The Bistro

4.8
4.8
154 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
At The Bistro, we want to introduce you to new flavors and cuisine styles, but in a comfortable and familiar fashion! Executive Chef Ford Martin is bringing his years of experience and travels to Lebanon showcasing a truly unique menu, sure to entice any palate.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Bistro, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Thu–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Bar Thu–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (417) 532-2269
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Ford Martin
  • Neighborhood
    Lebanon
  • Cross street
    We are located at the corner of Dove Road and South Hwy 5
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 154 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

154 Reviews
  1. KayG

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the Bistro! Food is amazing, staff is friendly and take great care of us. Definitely one of our favorite places! 10/10 recommend trying it.

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  2. LaurieM

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! A bit pricey so we only go on special occasions.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spectacular every time. We love this place so much

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  4. PaigeM

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time to visit and it was amazing! Great service, wonderful atmosphere and delicious food!

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  5. MarkW

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food with a perfect atmosphere. Very reasonable prices, almost feels like dining with family. You won't be disappointed!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a restaurant that you are getting an experience in high quality food in a small town. The restaurant is the best restaurant in this area based on food quality, preparation, and finished presentation. Do not go if you are in a hurry, it’s an experience not a get you in and out as fast as possible like most any chain restaurants do. It really is far above all other restaurants in our area.

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  7. LisaM

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always exceptional and we love the staff!

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  8. DustinM

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve dined at the Bistro a few times now and have been blown away with the quality of service and food each time! My wife and I have chose this place as our go to for date nights. Great food, wonderful service, and fair prices!

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  9. LisaC

    Lake of the Ozarks

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Bistro is our favorite restaurant. The food, atmosphere and employees are always great. The owner / Chef is always cheerful and checking on his guests. I definitely recommend trying the Bistro! Thank you for always having wonderful food and service.

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  10. PamelaD

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the food was excellent, personalized service was a benefit, and quality above par.

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  11. JeffU

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fine dining in Lebanon, finally. Yes, it’s that good.

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  12. AdamF

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This will be our new go-to place. Everything was top notch - Missouri doesn’t normally have restaurants that match this quality.

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  13. CharlesR

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our second time here and everything was great. Always save room for desert.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, and service always exceptional. Great prices and great atmosphere. Will be returning again soon.

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  15. Misty

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a reservation for nine. Seated promptly in a very comfortable location with plenty of table space for all. Service was above and beyond… drinks kept full, appetizers and meals were prompt and SO delicious. Can not say enough great things about the staff, service, ambience, and the amazing menu!

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  16. EmilyK

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The absolute best food and customers service I have ever had!

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  17. JimH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding. Sensitive to food sensitivities--worked around my husband's allergies with spectacular results. Also a restaurant with a cause. Ask about their mission to provide healthy food to children and seniors! Can't wait to go back.

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  18. DanessaW

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu options & wine list were excellent. I boxed up much of my dinner so I could enjoy dessert at the restaurant. Staff was very friendly & attentive without being overbearing. Highly recommended.

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  19. LenanonNewbs

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was great, one dish was a little bland and needed salt, but overall a great experience. They even comped my drink when I forgot I might be pregnant. ☺️ The desserts were delicious!!

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  20. Maddog

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The dining room was very warm to the point of being in comfortable! Need to turn on and down the AC before customers arrive! The bottled beer was not as cold as it should have been on a hot day. Also the glass for the beer was not chilled/frosted. Food (Salmon & Blackened Snapper) was excellent along with the service from our waitress. With a little extra effort the experience would have been outstanding!! We will be back but would like to see some changes in the atmosphere. Also, need to cut the weeds around the parking lot if you really want to be a high class/end restaurant. Ford is one of the BEST chefs in the area! Work on improving and we and many friends will become frequent diners!!!

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  21. KennethF

    Lake of the Ozarks

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was excellent except our server, who completely forgot to put in our drink order. We got our food before the drinks! The server’s attentiveness was also lacking (we ran out of water) despite the place not being busy. A different server and this would be five stars.

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  22. AnnaD

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great choices and flavor combinations! Things we can’t get anywhere else in the area

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  23. KimL

    Lake of the Ozarks

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was excellent as always. Dining room was warm and moderately noisy but the rest of the experience more than offsets this.

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  24. RebeccaC

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Was very buys which was great! Probably needed another server in the open area:) Food was fantastic!!

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  25. FredC

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a group of 8 and we all thought our food choices were wonderful. Might want to service some type of bread to go with the meal and the servers might want to suggest the side salads to the customers. I had the salmon and it was fantastic. Thanks and I look forward to our next visit. Fred Catcott

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  26. HeatherM

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a reservation for 5:00 so it wasn't busy, which was cool because the owners were able to show us around and give us the back story. Very cool place! The staff was extremely accommodating and pleasant. The menu was diverse and different from your typical restaurant fare. We enjoyed drinks, dinner, and dessert immensely. Definitely worth checking out.

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  27. PamelaP

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The blackened red snapper (although not authentically blackened) was good. The rice was not. If it was meant to be a risotto, it was still under seasoned. Whatever the brown meat was, it was not distinguishable. There was definitely pepper in the rice. The swordfish was quite bland as were the brown potatoes, which had no flavor except for the salt they were boiled in. The tomato and green bean salad was awful (tomatoes were sour/beans crunchy). The marscapone cake was EXCELLENT! One glaring omission in an "upscale" eating establishment was the lack of bread (and maybe tables that were not plastic). Sybil's in St. James, for this rural area, does it right!

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  28. JeraldR

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome atmosphere, great service, Laredo wine selection and food was amazing.

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  29. GRAMZ

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Six of us enjoyed a lovely time and wonderful food at The Bistro. We were warmly greeted by Ford and Cathy. Steak, Cajun pasta, Poblano chicken quesadillas! And dessert too! Treat yourself!!

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  30. LeonR

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The dinner was good as we have ever had. The carne ascada was delicious and the double cut pork chop was exceptional. You will not find a better gourmet value anywhere.

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  31. ChrisF

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our overall experience was great. The service was exceptional, that being said, it was a little warm in there. Maybe someone can come in before working hours and pump that AC up for the customers. We had steaks and fries, little bit on the pricey end, all this to say, great place to go with excellent food. Would definitely recommend.

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  32. PeterC

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Bistro rivals any restaurant in large metro area. You will not be disappointed.

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  33. Phyl

    Lake of the Ozarks

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love going to the Bistro. Food is freshly prepared & always delicious.

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  34. Amber

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time here and it did not disappoint at all! The drinks, appetizers, and dinners are all so good! We will be back again!

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  35. JamieL

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    2nd time visiting. Loved it again. Will recommend

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  36. AshleyH

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we had there was amazing! The crab and shrimp cornbread, carne asada and the pork chop. Soooo delicious! Great atmosphere for date night. Great service. We will definitely be back.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wine list could be expanded, but everything else was on-point and exceeded expectations!

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  38. Frank

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great! Atmosphere was a bit rough, from the table you could see spray foam insulation protruding from the walls. Also, the rock siding was falling off the exterior in several places. The exterior doors did not have closers on them so they would either fly open and stay open before a wait staff would shut them or they would open up behind customers entering. There was not any salt or pepper on the tables and was not offered by wait staff.

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  39. ShPe

    Lake of the Ozarks

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place...food really good but could be hotter (temperature not spicy).. great service.

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  40. NancyS

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazingly delicious out in the country ! Pastries on Saturday are also incredible.

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FAQs

The Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 154 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for The Bistro

21021 Dove Rd, Lebanon, MO 65536-6036

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    We are located at the corner of Dove Road and South Hwy 5
  • Neighborhood
    Lebanon
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Thu–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Bar Thu–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Bistro, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ford Martin
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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