The Bistro at Red Bank

4.4
290 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Sushi, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm


Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm


Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm


Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm


Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm
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Phone number
(732) 530-5553
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jorge Manino & Executive Sushi Chef Danny Soto
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Catering
Let us cater your next affair and make your next party perfect! We will arrange everything for you and make your party a guaranteed success. With our catering and rental department all under one roof you need to look no further for your party needs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Front St.
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Parking details
There is street parking and a municipal lot right behind the Bistro with a rear entrance to Bistro
Additional
BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 290 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.1
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4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined a day ago

Lousy food. Will never go back.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Always great service! Food was delicious. Calamari Salad is always 10/10 Staple restaurant in Red Bank!

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Delicious and interesting food selections done very well. Generous portions. Serves NJ wine only. You can also BYO. I will know that for next time.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Great sushi and halibut! Keep the watermelon radish around please! Quick and friendly service!

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We have been regulars at Bistro for years and never had a bad experience. We arrived for our 6:30 reservation 15 minutes early. I requested our regular waiter in advance and a 4 top table (if available) in advance. We got neither. The front doors were open, the AC did not seem to be working, and they sat us upstairs against a wall where the heat and humidity were oppressive. We decided to leave when I saw our usual waiter (Travis), and he managed to get us a table closer to the front where there was some air coming in. Other than Travis, the service and food were not as good as usual. Our salad came without plates or serving utensils. The french fries were cooked, but limp from not being drained well. Both my husband and I ordered the pork rib entree special which was delicious. We will be back as this experience was an exception, not the norm.

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2018

The waitstaff is exceptional here. I have not been more welcomed and serviced this well in a very long time. Fish & Chips lunch portion was small but tasty.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

They have changed the menu - no more angel hair pasta!
The steak was just okay.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

I had the crawfish special and I was not over the moon with it. First the waiter explained the dish came with eggplant - when it arrived it was clearly zucchini (language confusion perhaps). Ok - vegetable was delicious. but the dish overall was soupy. great taste but somehow not what I expected. So rather than finding the dish even better than imagined it was good, not great. Just a comment. Overall the experience was very nice.

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The place was quite loud and hot. Food was decent. Not sure I'd go there again for dinner on a Friday expecting to have conversation with friends. Left with my ears ringing.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Go to Bistro every year sometimes a few times a year after spending f a day in Long Branch beach:

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Good food good service

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Food was ok. My husband ordered a special (eggplant stack) and the eggplant was undercooked and tough like raw apples. He sent it back (an absolute first for him), and the waiter accepted it fine but nobody offered an apology and they certainly didn’t rush on the replacement dish. The Caesar salad was good and the spaghetti and ravioli were pretty good too. We tried the dry rose on offer and it was tasty. With so many options in Red Bank, nothing really stood out that would demand a return. Seemed like they were going through the motions with no real desire to do more than that. Unfortunate, but I guess others agree as it was fairly empty on a summer Friday night.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Remember when this downtown Red Bank restaurant opened. It became a local hotspot and was known for its creativity. Looking for a place for after theater today on Open table, I was surprised to see multiple open reservations for dinner. Oh how fickle the public is. When I arrived it was filled with families. Though the menu retains its creative flair, it has been simplified. Many items including the ones that I had seen on its website menu were no longer available. We chose the shrimp and sweet potato dumplings, the Peking duck salad (one salad is enough for two people), the drunken shrimp and mushroom pasta and finally the lamb special. All were well prepared and very tasty. Service is attentive; after all the restaurant wasn’t full. In the end, I will likely return when in Red Bank the next time.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great hostess!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Our first time going. We really enjoyed it and will definitely go again

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2.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Terrible in every way!!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was outstanding. The waiter was good however he rarely checked on us which was rare fo theBistro. At times we were over whelmed with empty plates and one of our friends steak that he ordered which was a special for that evening ordered it to be cooked medium and it came out well done. So he was only able to eat the center.

Other then that food was mouth watering and we had a great time.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Slow slow slow service that night. Otherwise fine

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We had a delicious meal! We will definitely be visiting again very soon.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Great! The empanadas were so wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Always great food and service. Been going to Bistro for many years. Never a bad experience.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We were celebrating a birthday. The food was amazing and our waiter was great! Will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

The Bistro is our favorite restaurant in the area. We go often because the food is always excellent and the service is great. Everyone is very friendly and the atmosphere is perfect. We sat outside with our friends on a beautiful evening and walked down to Marine Park afterwards.

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Consistently good, good friendly service, BYOB always nice

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Everything was very good, the only complaint I have is it was too dark inside couldn’t see me friends faces cause of the shadow from the sun outside
Food great , service very friendly and good
I would definitely go again

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The food was amazing! Everyone in our party was very pleased. Really enjoyed the Poke Bowl, grilled octopus, rigatoni bolognese, and the ice cream sandwiches! And it’s BYOB!!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Had a great dinner on Mother’s Day — not a day I typically like to go to a restaurant because it can be so busy and rushed. Not here! We never felt pressured to hurry. Food was terrific and the service was great! I was not aware ahead of time that there would be a special Mother’s Day menu, but there was good variety on the special menu and we all (four) were quite happy.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I pass this restaurant every time I’m driving through Red Bank, NJ & Mother’s Day turned out to be the best opportunity to eat there.
The main dishes are very good but their braised short rib was excellent. I highly recommend this dish.
Their desserts are good too. Creme brûlée feeds up to two people & their chip sandwich is very good.
Staff was helpful & attentive which made the day special for my mom.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

There was a bug on the lettuce in my sandwich. Waiter blatantly ignored us when we called him over once or twice. They forgot the spiced pecans in my friend's salad. Would not return based on this experience.

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Limited vegetarian option. You can’t get wine by the glass, only the bottle The bread was not good

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

First time customer at The Bistro with a group of 4 people. Love that its BYOB. Food was very good (two pasta dishes, pizza, sushi) and thought the prices were reasonable. Was very comfortable inside and our waiter and service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Always enjoy our meal here- this is our go to place

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This was absolutely terrible. We didn’t even order our meals from the waitress and the runner already brought us out our appetizer. We order an appetizer for a group of 3 and the appetizer only had two pieces. Would have been nice if the waitress said that so we could have ordered more. Completely rushed we had all our food served to us within 20 minutes of being seated. The wait staff doesn’t know the proper etiquette taking dishes while people are still eating. This is unacceptable. The portions were like child sized. Go somewhere else. Don’t waste your money

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Food used to be better. Will not return.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The host was rude and unprofessional

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The menu here is excellent, and it was hard to make a decision what to order! Everything was delicious, and the server was very attentive. We had tickets to a show at Count Basie, and we were able to make the show on time. This is a BYOB, which is great. The main complaint we had was that the restaurant was very noisy,

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

A very good local place where you can get food for every one in the family. a good diverse selection of food.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Always a great meal. My hubbie dreams about the calimari salad.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Awesome variety on the menu and they do it all well!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Haven't been there in years (don't know why), the Peking Duck salad is still excellent, very good menu and the BYOB status is nice on the wallet.

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