The Bistro

4.6
386 reviews
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Bistro
Elegant. Sophisticated. Fine Dining.
Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky's historic downtown district, The Bistro welcomes you to one-of-a-kind dining. Just two blocks from serene Fountain Square, the two-story restored 1893 Fletcher House plays host to both first rate meals and service. Whether you are enjoying dinner for two in the restaurant, drinks with friends in the bar, or a private function in the upstairs meeting space, we shall make your experience memorable.

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Wine Down Wednesday

Enjoy your favorite wines at half price (by the glass or bottle) all day!
Not valid for bottles over $99.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 11, 2019

Ends: February 12, 2118

Availability: Wed 11:00AM-9:00PM

Tuesday Brewsday

Enjoy Half Price Beer All Day!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 11, 2019

Ends: February 12, 2118

Availability: Tue 11:00AM-9:00PM

Moody Mondays

Enjoy your first signature cocktail at half price!
Perfect opportunity to try something new and different!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 11, 2019

Ends: February 12, 2118

Availability: Mon 11:00AM-9:00PM

What 386 People Are Saying
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MB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my daughter’s graduation last weekend and had a party of 8. The food and service was among the best we have experienced. We all ordered different menu items and every single dish was delicious.

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Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This is our second trip to the Bistro this was our wedding anniversary and our previous visit was impeccable so, we had no idea this would be such a failure. 1. Our table was not ready but we could understand that graduation weekend and all and if that was the only thing it would not have mattered. 2. Seated at the bar as a convenience ordered drinks until table ready. We ordered drinks that we don't normally do because my wife cannot drive but what else do you do at a bar (bartender was excellent). 30 mins later we are inform table still not ready (we had requested a quiet place) so we settle for another table in a more lively area. At a table they knew has had problems for they crawled under the table to cover the vent because it would be too cold. Again not a problem by itself. 3. Placed order the appetizers perfect but when the entrees came my wife's risotto was crunchy obviously not done and in order to allow the meal to continue (obviously I would not eat without her having her meal) the scallops were removed and the risotto sent back. By the time the risotto return she had finished her scallops and now a has a steamy plate of extremely risotto (microwave?) The risotto would have been great with the scallops but not good by itself. 4. After the meal we asked if we could get compensated for the drinks we had to make up for the bad risotto and we were informed the manager said no due to state laws and all they could offer was one free dessert. In cases like these I expect the manager to come and relay these messages in person. They took my payment and return to show me where the tip had been added to the total so I thought all was well and got up to leave where I was inform they did not run my card and I look like I tried to walkout on the check. I was embarrassed, mad and disappointed. We had travel from Nashville for this meal. Never again.

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DK
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and the service was outstanding! The table next to ours was incredibly loud but the rude behavior was not the fault of the restaurant.

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RS
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted by a friendly staff member when we entered. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Our waitress was pleasant and knowledgeable. The drinks were excellent and delivered quickly. We really appreciated the chef accommodating a special request for food preparation. The salmon was a chefs special. We had them grill the scallops and asparagus (special request). The salted caramel cheesecake may easily have been the best dessert we have had in a very long time. We will certainly be back.

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JA
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening at the Bistro! Our server was great, and the food was delicious and unique (not your same old entrees). Highly recommend!

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AT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our first meal at the Bistro and will return in the future!

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RN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, imaginative menu, interesting decor and helpful staff. All good

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OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a favorite restaurant. Now I have a new favorite.

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AS
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scallops with couscous and vegetable noodle stir fry were both delicious. Prices were reasonable. Atmosphere was perfect for date night and our waitress was great! Would definitely go back!

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SA
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I love the ambience. I wish that the music wasn't so loud so that you can talk.

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, the decor, and the service were all delicious, delightful, and courteous. Loved the melding of flavors in the chef's choice for scallops that evening. Would definitely go again.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant and atmosphere, we were seated in a private quiet area, which was great. Food was ok, chicken was a little tough, would try something different next time. The mixed drinks were on the pricey side, small glass and mostly ice. Service was great, friendly and attentive.

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S
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner experience! The salmon and pork chop were delicious and the sausage stuffed mushroom appetizer was fabulous! Service was outstanding and we loved the atmosphere!

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Western KY
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great server and a wonderful evening. Thanks, you all do a great job.

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AA
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious, the service was good, our server was obviously handling many tables but he communicated well. The restaurant was louder than expected, but overall we had a great time and would return.

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S
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner at the Bistro. The service was excellent- attentive but not bothersome. Our cocktails were delicious, and the wine list looked good, too. I had the burger special and liked it far more than I thought I would. The flavors went very well together. My husband had The Artesian Hot Brown. While we couldn’t figure out what made it ‘artesian’ it was delicious.
We would definitely recommend The Bistro.

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. Amazing service. We went for our for first date night since having our daughter and we could not have been happier with every aspect of our experience.

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SQ
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. We live in Nashville and my sister and her husband live in Louisville. This was a great meeting place for us.

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FF
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

By far the best restaurant in Bowling Green. Rabbit special was delightful, not at all heavy. Blue cheese beef tallow butter on the tenderloin was the perfect complement.

The Bistro
Responded on February 26, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for the Bistro! "By far the best restaurant in Bowling Green." WOW! Thank you! We are so pleased to hear that! We do hope you can make it back sometime very soon! Warm regards, Hayley Worman General Manager

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Off-duty servers were a bit loud at the bar, but it was near closing so I think they felt like they could get a little rowdy. Food was awesome. Online the restaurant didn’t seem quite as formal as it was when we arrived. We were definitely underdressed in our athleisure attire, but everyone was great. Will definitely return (in a cute dress and heels this time!)

The Bistro
Responded on February 26, 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for leaving a review! I do apologize that our off-duty servers were distracting! We have a very tight knit staff that can easily get carried away! I will address this-- thank you for bringing it to our attention! I am very happy to hear that your enjoyed your dinner! We can't wait for you to come back in-- in your "cute dress and heels this time"! :) Warm regards, Hayley Worman General Manager

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was wonderful! The waiter was excellent and the ambience lovely! We would eat here again for a special occasion, but it was kinda pricey for some of the food and drinks.

The Bistro
Responded on February 26, 2019

Hi Shelvia! Thank you for review! We are very pleased to hear that your enjoyed your experience at The Bistro! I hate to hear that you were surprised by some of our menu prices! I hope you keep us in mind for Lunch or Brunch-- these menu prices are quite affordable. Warm regards, Hayley Worman General Manager

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GL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice experience. Food was excellent. Service was superb. Enjoyed the experience very much. Thanks.

The Bistro
Responded on February 26, 2019

Gary, We are very pleased to hear that you loved your experience! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We hope to see you in again soon. Warm regards, Hayley Worman General Manager

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MY
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Sasha is a gracious host.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The bistro offers out of the ordinary dining with reasonable cost. It is a place that offers unusual food, and unusual location that is still local and not corporate dining. Loved it.

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OT
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scallops were perfect the Rib eye also. Atmosphere was great for good conversation no TV in main dinning area that is a plus. We will be going back again when in town.

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RC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bistro is a great date night restaurant. The food is very tasty and you don't feel rushed. Most of all I love the atmosphere.

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DH
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, drinks and staff!! Wonderful brunch!

The Bistro
Responded on February 26, 2019

David, Thank you so much for the review! We are thrilled to know that you enjoyed all aspects of your experience! Please come back soon. Warm regards, Hayley Worman General Manager

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f
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and our server was Alexa and she did a wonderful job with such a large party. We were a party of 12. Everyone was blown away with this little restaurant close to WKU right off the square. Can't say enough good things!!

The Bistro
Responded on February 26, 2019

Hi Felisha! Thank you for your lovely review! We are thrilled to hear that everyone was "blown away"! That really is our goal with every guest! We love being able to accommodate groups! I will pass the compliment onto Alexa! We do hope to see you in again very soon! Thank you again, Hayley Worman General Manager

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AS
Western KY
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite spot to eat in Bowling Green. Always great service, clean and inviting environment, and the food is always good!!

The Bistro
Responded on February 26, 2019

Hi Amy, We are so happy to hear that we are your favorite spot in Bowling Green! Thank you so much for your review! We do hope to see you in again soon. Warm regards, Hayley Worman General Manager

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Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Would have liked a heads-up that the special was twice the price of their other entrees and specials.

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WF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem in the city. We would go there again.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great Food

The Bistro
Responded on January 21, 2019

Thank you for your review! We hope you come back soon :)

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N
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Bistro. The food is always excellent and the menu is creative. Making a choice of entree is always difficult. We used a Groupon and think we were overcharged for a menu special but chose not to mention it because we were dining with friends. Otherwise the value for the experience is excellent.

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C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the handcrafted cocktails and lovely inventive food we ate there both nights we were in town. The menu is
Cried and there are excellent specials. Everything we had was delicious. Friendly and efficient service. Nice ambiance. Good for celebrations, date night or casual dinner with friends.

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M
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and we were served quickly. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. Loved the art on the walls. Just a great night all around!

The Bistro
Responded on December 11, 2018

Melvis, Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed everything! We love the art on the walls as well, Brenda Brown is a very talented local artist! We hope to see you in the near future!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricy but good.

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AP
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The big thing we lacked was salt! Food was timely but the drinks took too long (though they were yummy). Service was friendly.

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Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a good dining experience, but I’d say The Bistro is overpriced for what you get. I’m from out of town and have dined at some of the finest restaurants in the country, so I know good service and exceptional food. The Bistro is almost there, but falls short in every way. The establishment is located in a neighborhood that has you wondering if your vehicle will be safe while you’re gone. Parking is difficult, and there’s no valet. The building inside is beautiful, and we really liked the art on the walls. The food was good, but not very good - certainly not great. My wife had two bites of her plate, and ordered a different item. She couldn’t even eat it. My 15 year old son even commented on the lack of quality in his menu choice. The portion sizes were too small for the price, and the service was no different than you’d expect in any other restaurant.

At this price point I expect more.

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SN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was fine, nothing special, but fine. Wine list somewhat limited. Waiting staff too attentive and with the annoying habit of cutting across diners’ conversations repeatedly, which is extremely rude.

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AM
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bistro is a pleasant gem we stumbled upon while stopping over in Bowling Green. The restaurant was conveniently located and it is in a converted house, which adds to the ambiance and relaxing atmosphere. Overall the food was delicious and our server was fantastic. His recommendations were spot on and he was attentive without being over the top. Our great meal at The Bistro enhanced our trip and can't wait to visit again if we come back through Bowling Green!

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