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The Bistro

4.8
4.8
629 Reviews
$30 and under
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 our elegant dining room or on our spacious patio, drinks with friends at the bar, or a private function in the upstairs meeting space, we shall make your experience memorable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (270) 781-9646

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sasa Mandrapa

  • Catering

    From corporate luncheons to wedding receptions, The Bistro proudly offers catering services to meet your individual needs. We are happy to create a customized menu tailored to your party without breaking your budget. You can expect a level of service that isn’t seen much anymore.

  • Private party facilities

    Wedding rehearsal dinners. Office parties. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Catering. Whatever the special occasion, let The Bistro make it memorable. Private dining is available upstairs in an 1,800 square foot space that seats up to 50 with a separate bar, and a choice between a pre-selected menu, open menu, buffet menu, or custom menu for your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Hayley Worman or Jen Crockett: (270) 781-9646

  • Neighborhood

    Bowling Green

  • Cross street

    E 12th Ave

  • Parking details

    Our Parking Lot is shared/connected to the Post Office off E. 11th Ave-- Accessible by E. 11th or College Street. <br> There is also Free Parking directly across College Street.

  • Entertainment

    Mondays: Half Price Select CocktailsTuesdays: Half Price BeerWednesdays: Half Price Wine

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 629 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Best Service

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Best Ambiance

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Best Value

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Fit for Foodies

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Good for Groups

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Romantic

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Special Occasion

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

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  1. SF

    StacyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner there last night and it was easily one of the best meals we have ever had. My husband and I both ordered entrees from the specials menu and they were perfect! Can’t wait to return
  2. RA

    RandyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food excellent service and very nice atmosphere. Will be back soon!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The four of us really enjoyed our time at The Bistro! It wasn’t loud like most restaurants and the food was wonderful. Our greeter and server were both friendly and attentive.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing meal with great service. Always.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful space with plenty of room for our girls night out. Food was delicious & the service was OUTSTANDING!
  6. LB

    LeeB

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, service was a little slow but it was a busy Saturday night.
  7. MD

    MikeD

    Western KY

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was unbelievable, Emily our server is simply the best in BG. The Bistro is the best fine dinning around.
  8. S

    Samuel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. Everyone was great and look forward to the next visit.
  9. MD

    MikeD

    Western KY

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as usual, no better restaurant around
  10. S

    Santa

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We have been going to the Bistro for years now. This past Sunday was not very good, service or food.
  11. SA

    StaceyA

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful! We went to for the day and finished with a fabulous meal.
  12. AD

    AnthonyD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was prompt and friendly with attention to detail. Bacon wrapped dates were simply outstanding for our appetizer. I had the Matilda salad which was excellent and my wife had the filet with mashed potatoes and broccolini which was also very good. Our dessert was Tres’ Leches and is was good but not the best I’ve had. Ambiance is just perfect for a couple who actually want to talk to each other during a meal without raising their voices.
  13. T

    Traveler

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family get together
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great several daily specials as well as their great menu. Servers very friendly knowledgeable and efficient.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western KY

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Food was fair. Service and atmosphere great.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated Gail’s birthday. Food was outstanding.
  17. CS

    CaseyS

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zoe was great!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western KY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious and the waitress is very attentive .even was courteous and had a piece of cake on the house for our anniversary .will definitely be revisiting
  19. JM

    JohnM

    Louisville

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bistro provided another great evening. I really appreciate a quiet outdoor table and the weather was perfect. The entire meal was prepared very well and the flavor was perfect. Very good service.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and service. We are dinner on the covered deck and ambiance was relaxing and on point, not too loud. Food arrived quickly too!
  21. H

    Heywood

    Western KY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service. Reasonable prices for exceptional food.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal at The Bistro. Our server, Emily, was delightful. My wife had a Barramundi special which she said was incredible. I had the Tortellini Carbonara, which was delicious as well. For dessert, the Tres Leches cake is amazing if they have it on the menu! We will be back soon!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western KY

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I were celebrating my 67th birthday and decided to eat at the Bistro where one can never go wrong. The meal was delicious, the service was terrific, and the ambiance was perfect. I got the crab cake and he the Mediterranean Cod. Both were outstanding. All in all we were there approximately 45 minutes. We were seated promptly, our server came immediately and was attentive and the food came out within ten minutes of ordering it. The Bistro deserves more than five stars. Excellent.
  24. BE

    BeckaEd

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is fantastic! There isn’t a single item, on the menu, that I wouldn’t try. All the staff are extremely friendly. The atmosphere and decor are superb.
  25. RR

    RubyRed14

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    The Bistro is one of our absolute favorites. In Bowling Green or anywhere. However, last night’s dining experience was unusual for us. Service was very slow, fragmented, and our server seemed highly stressed and agitated, though she did try hard to present a positive attitude. Not sure what was happening behind the scenes, but we suspected something was going on out of the norm. The good news is, at least, our guest from L.A. thought the food was very good.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    All good but tilefish special not particularly tasty, says 2 of the 4 people who ordered
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our 38th anniversary. Food and service were fantastic
  28. TB

    TomB

    New York Area

    188 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    188 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bistro serves creative and eclectic cuisine. You can count on attentive service, ample portions, and wonderful dining experience. My wife enjoyed the Voodoo Rice, which was perfectly cooked and seasoned. The Shrimp and Grits had a tinge of spice, just the way I like it. The Crème Brulee Cheesecake, recommended by our server, Heather, provided a fine finish to the best meal we had while touring in Kentucky.
  29. MD

    MikeD

    Western KY

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are looking for great food, service and atomshphere......look no further. It is the perfect date night
  30. LL

    LawsonL

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Pleasantly surprised during our first visit at The Bistro. Will be back and will request Emily. Her service was impeccable & personable.
  31. DD

    DavidD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Great service and ambiance was awesome. Food was good but not exceptional but I would recommend it for others for sure
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent menu and great service. Well worth the stop on the drive between Louisville and Nashville.
  33. T

    Tricia

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food is always great; however it seemed like the kitchen closed early with diners still trying to order food.
  34. J

    Joeh

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very nice date night location. Leave the little ones at home. It’s costly here and not many options for kids.
  35. J

    Jenn

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bistro never disappoints. Excellent service, cocktails, ambiance, specials and desserts!
  36. SS

    ShirleyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a beautiful evening to enjoy eating on the porch. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I would recommend eating at the Bistro anytime.
  37. MB

    MBmb

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was excellent - food was good as well would recommend dining here!
  38. VS

    ValeriaS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and always good specials Service was great
  39. MB

    MalloryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their chef’s choice filet is always a hit! The mashed potatoes that come with it are delicious.
  40. JM

    JohnM

    Louisville

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Appy was incredible, pork chop the best ever.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (270) 781-9646.

The Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 629 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

1129 College Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E 12th Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Bowling Green

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Our Parking Lot is shared/connected to the Post Office off E. 11th Ave-- Accessible by E. 11th or College Street. <br> There is also Free Parking directly across College Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sasa Mandrapa

  • Entertainment

    Mondays: Half Price Select CocktailsTuesdays: Half Price BeerWednesdays: Half Price Wine

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (270) 781-9646

  • Catering

    From corporate luncheons to wedding receptions, The Bistro proudly offers catering services to meet your individual needs. We are happy to create a customized menu tailored to your party without breaking your budget. You can expect a level of service that isn’t seen much anymore.

  • Private party facilities

    Wedding rehearsal dinners. Office parties. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Catering. Whatever the special occasion, let The Bistro make it memorable. Private dining is available upstairs in an 1,800 square foot space that seats up to 50 with a separate bar, and a choice between a pre-selected menu, open menu, buffet menu, or custom menu for your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Hayley Worman or Jen Crockett: (270) 781-9646

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