The Bistro at Red Bank

4.4
365 reviews
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$30 and under
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In December of 1996, the Lyristis brothers opened their restaurant, The Bistro at Red Bank. A new breed of American eatery, The Bistro paired imaginative food and wine with caring hospitality, comfortable surroundings and exceptional value. Serving American cuisine with an Asian soul, The Bistro was an immediate hit.
From outstanding dining, sushi at the bar and seasonal ingredients to an emerging downtown location and a mission to support our community, The Bistro has changed the restaurant landscape in Monmouth county and across New Jersey. A critical success from the outset, The Bistro has garnered The New York Times’ and Star Ledger ratings, and also earned Zagat Survey’s.
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LF
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

The food was great- the service was terrible. Lauren P, the waitress was inattentive- no bread, no specials read to us- she did for the neighboring table. Did not once check on the table except to offer dessert, I guess to improve her tip. She brought the wrong dessert despite the one we ordered was set next to it in the kitchen. Loved the food- but won’t be back

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MC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

First time, very good experience. Would definitely eat there, again.

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service- we.’ll be back- love the price fixed

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AH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonder meal. Presentation is great. Surf and Turf Roll was fresh, well balanced, and delicious. Calamari app was fresh drizzled with a terrific sauce. BYO. Will definitely be back.

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g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Love the food but the tables are close together.

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E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good, service was excellent. We were very rushed (entirely my fault), so we want to go back when we have more time to enjoy dinner.

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c
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This is a very good restaurant with great food, good servers and a bistro atmosphere. The problem is that there is a real push to get you done. The bus people reach across the table while people are still eating, the main courses are only seconds after the appetizer. Not pleasant.

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RK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always happy with dinner here! Love the Asian Caesar salad! Obsessed with the new Orrechiette with Sausage and broccoli rabe!! There’s something for everyone here and it’s all great!

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A warm spot on a very cold night. I’m just finishing up the bolognese I brought home, and my friend's spaghetti and clams was loaded with tasty little necks. Our server was attentive and charming. I’ve never had a bad time there. Will definitely be back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food, fun menu, lively atmosphere. Just wish they would turn the lights down. Didn’t enjoy feeling like I was at a diner for a Saturday night dinner out.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Extremely loud!

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F
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the fact they take reservations. Food always good with a wide variety of selections. Always find noise level energetic but can hear conversations around the table. Service is very accurate never any screw ups with meals. Only complaint is I’d love to have my dinner placed in front of me without the “ who get’s the “. Definitely would recommend for families, groups or couples.

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EN
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A real treat for foodies .. nearly empty at 6:30 and packed before leaving at 8:30

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GG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was not as good as before and the prices are as high an Manhattan.

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OT
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had lunch. Byob. The food was good. The waiter was efficient and cheerful. Very pleasant.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as usual!

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DP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our food was delicious! Every bite! The service was very good and was attentive. The only issue was really the ventilation in the space was not working well the night we were there.and we all reeked of burnt grease. We had to wash our clothes twice including our coats to get the smell out. And even then it was all left w a slight odor. I would dine there again no question but i would be careful what i wore.

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AP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Waiter never told us about dinner specials. Menu is limited. Food nothing to write home about. Very loud and tables too close to one another. Won’t be going back.

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LM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time here, we would go back, good for casual, cozy dining. Food was good, BYOB is always a plus.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friends bday

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s
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's a very nice place with good food. A large variety that should suit anybody's tastes.

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner here on Friday night before a show at the Count Basie. Friendly and attentive staff, great decor and atmosphere. Food was delicious - we had the burger and the drunken shrimp. Would definitely return.

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H
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We've been loyal customers at Bistro for many years and have always enjoyed our meals here. Last Saturday our dishes didn't meet our expectations. We ordered the Drunken Noodles with Shrimp that was served luke warm, it was sent back. Also serving it in the bowl was not a welcome choice. I ordered the Bistro Burger which is my favorite item on the menu. I ordered it medium, but it was a bit over cooked and it didn't have the flavor it usually does. When you compare this to the Beach Burger At Woody's, the Bistro can't even touch it sorry to say. Will try one more time in the future, but it may be my last. The waiter was attentive and we always enjoy his good service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time. Loved it. Great selection....all delicious

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and BYOB!

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time dining here. We went on New Years Eve before a concert at the theatre. I was hesitant about dining out on NYE. This restaurant proved me wrong on every level. The menu, pricing, service and atmosphere were impeccable. Creative menu, entire staff was pleasant, efficient and worked well under the pressure of a crowd on NYE.

We will definitely be back when we are in the area, and recommend!

Happy New Year to the entire team at The Bistro and thank you for the great experience.

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KM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

New Years Dinner prior to show. Would go back again

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R
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had dinner New Year’s Eve with the family. First time eating.. everything was solid except the ravioli that my wife ordered.. they just weren’t cooked enough and had to be sent back because they were cold and not entirely cooked.. kitchen cooking I thoroughly after sending it back and care out fine. Apps were really good (calamari was great!), and the octopus was very tender and delicious as well! Two pasta dishes and salmon were solid.. service good and attentive. We would go back just have to make sure the ravioli is fully cooked through

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MT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time at Bistro! The food was incredible and Mel was the best server we’ve ever had!

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m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious and moderately priced poke bowl and sushi, served with professionalism. Note that despite some local wine offerings, it's BYOB.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t wait to return to the Bistro the food and service was excellent !

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BM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Great food!!

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend for lunch there. Nice menu, good food. I would definitely go back.

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KK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating with my infant! Food is always delicious, can’t go wrong with any of the specials!

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4
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed!

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n
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Several very good options here. Loved the Crackling Calamari and the sushi....very big rolls. The fig and goat cheese pizza was a little overdone for me and needed a little something, perhaps some plum tomato. Good value too, will definitely go back and just grab several rolls and go to town!!

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic! All of the food was delicious and service was great for our large party!

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s a lively spot. Food and service were good. The varied menu offers options for diners - everything from burgers to seafood to pastas.. BYOB makes it affordable. Appetizers, salads and entrees were tasty with the exception of the Grilled Shrimp with Coconut Curry Sauce. Not only did it look like a gloppy grey mess camouflaged by a mass of unchopped cilantro, it was dry and unappetizing. The busy kitchen threw it on the plate with little care. I will order something else next time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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G
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always exceptional. Fresh ingredients. Authentic italian! I have always had a great meal. Homemade ricotta so great!

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