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The Bistro, Lebanon, MO

The Bistro

4.8
4.8
136 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 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Bistro, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Happy Hour Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Bar Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 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 136 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Lake of the Ozarks

    Best Overall

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    Best Value

  • Lake of the Ozarks

    Good for business meals

  • Lake of the Ozarks

    Good for groups

  • Lake of the Ozarks

    Good for special occasions

  • Lake of the Ozarks

    Lively

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  • Lake of the Ozarks

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

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  • Lake of the Ozarks

    Best Ambiance

  • Lake of the Ozarks

    Best Value

  • Lake of the Ozarks

    Good for business meals

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    Good for groups

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    Good for special occasions

  • Lake of the Ozarks

    Lively

  • Lake of the Ozarks

    Most Booked

136 Reviews
  1. DanessaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  2. LenanonNewbs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    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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  3. Maddog

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    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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  4. KennethF

    Lake of the Ozarks

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    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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  5. AnnaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great choices and flavor combinations! Things we can’t get anywhere else in the area

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  6. KimL

    Lake of the Ozarks

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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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  7. RebeccaC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Was very buys which was great! Probably needed another server in the open area:) Food was fantastic!!

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  8. FredC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    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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  9. HeatherM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  10. PamelaP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    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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  11. JeraldR

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome atmosphere, great service, Laredo wine selection and food was amazing.

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  12. GRAMZ

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  13. LeonR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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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  14. ChrisF

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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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  15. PeterC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bistro rivals any restaurant in large metro area. You will not be disappointed.

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  16. Phyl

    Lake of the Ozarks

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love going to the Bistro. Food is freshly prepared & always delicious.

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  17. Amber

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  18. JamieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd time visiting. Loved it again. Will recommend

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  19. AshleyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  20. Frank

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    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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  21. ShPe

    Lake of the Ozarks

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Nice place...food really good but could be hotter (temperature not spicy).. great service.

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  22. NancyS

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazingly delicious out in the country ! Pastries on Saturday are also incredible.

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  23. SusanE

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is exceptional. Creativity to the max. The prices are less than any high end restaurant in our area. What they do as a non-profit for our community is icing on the cake.

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  24. MarkR

    Lake of the Ozarks

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience! Great food, great atmosphere and Sam does an amazing job serving!

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  25. BryanC

    Lake of the Ozarks

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The brussell sprouts are a must get! Everything we had was amazing!!

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  26. KimL

    Lake of the Ozarks

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have visited the Bistro several times since their opening and we have never been disappointed. Their menu is constantly changing and it is so neat to have the opportunity to experience different food presentations. The Lebanon area is fortunate to have the Bistro.

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  27. JulieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Upscale dining in a small town. Food was delicious, service was outstanding. Love the mission, all proceeds go to fund the Lebanon Community Farm that provides quality fresh produce to people in need.

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  28. SashaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! We loved the atmosphere, loved the food and felt so welcome by the greeters! Highly recommend the blackened snapper! And the flourless chocolate cake! It was very welcoming and elegant in every part of the building including the bathroom!

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  29. RonB

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. The staff was efficient and friendly. The owners introduced themselves and they too were very friendly

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  30. Mimi

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love to impress my family by taking them to eat at the Bistro. We loved it.

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  31. JohnnieB

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was great. We loved the atmosphere. We will definitely return.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a special occasion. My best friend proposed to his girlfriend. The atmosphere, service and food were all phenomenal. We could not be happier with how everything turned out. The happy couple will never forget this night.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Springfield

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The food was good, ambiance was good, and it’s a good value for premium dining in a small town. It’s a quaint location.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was amazing! Both the food and service were fantastic. The chef even visited our table and visited with us about our meal. I highly recommend eating at the Bistro!

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  35. KristinK

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with an amazing dining experience! Can't wait for our next trip back!

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  36. AmyS

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were amazing! The portions were large and the food was delicious! The desserts and appetizers were amazing! Highly recommend!

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  37. LarryB

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quality of the service and food was outstanding. High marks for the concept of providing upscale dining as a means to support a sustainable farm to table community food Bank. The atmosphere is open and comfortable. I would highly recommend The Bistro.

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  38. Willie

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food! Chefs are the best. One of the nicest dining experiences in the Ozarks.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice bar selection, ambiance. Good selection of dishes👍

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  40. Asbowl

    Lake of the Ozarks

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service!!! Tracy was fantastic. Our group likes to visit and she just really went above and beyond to keep everything filled and checked back appropriately. Kuddos

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 136 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 7 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
    Happy Hour Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Bar Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • 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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