The Bistro at Red Bank

4.4
323 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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 323 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening before a show. Attentive staff, good food, fairly priced.

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LD
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Red Bank. Great food!

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The service was great. The food was fair. The steak special was awful and definitely not worth $34.00 the steak was tough. The rest of the food we received was not up to the standards of this restaurant. We use to eat their many times in the past. Since we have tickets to the Count Basie theatre, we though it would be great to take our family there.

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b
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent choice! I was a little disappointed that the chef changed the preparation of salmon, which has long been my favorite of any local restaurants. But, I tried the new preparation, and although different, was just as good as always! I loved it! Service was great and the atmosphere is cozy. We very much enjoyed everything!

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GC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food nice variety. Great service good value for your money!

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MG
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place has been around from the very beginning of the Red Bank Revival.....service and food are always good....salads and sushi are great.....Nice casual atmosphere 👍

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TE
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was fantastic, thank you. The entire staff was super attentive and friendly - much appreciated in a BYOB setting.

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f
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This last visit to the Bistro was mediocre. The waiter was not attentive. Forgot to ask what we wanted to drink, and he did not come over to tell us why our dinners were taking so long. We had very simple dinners, chicken milanese and the gnocchi special. The shrimp bisque, octopus appetizer and gnocchi were all very good. The chicken was very dry in the chicken milanese. The mixed berry crumble had more peaches in it than berries. The only berry in it was blueberries. We were not disappointed at all our last time there so this was what we didn't expect.

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OT
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great selection of different types of food. There is something for everyone. Speed of service was above and beyond.

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SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and great food. Ive been there 6-7 times and it's always good, lunch and dinner.

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AS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A friend at work recomended Bistro and I was not disappointed. Great service and delicious food.

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OT
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had lunch in this restaurant. Very enjoyable. Service good. Food was good byob. We will come back.

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AH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and variety. We were not aware of wine license restrictions so that is something people should be made aware of. Other than that great food and value.

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f
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I haven’t been to the Bistro in a long time! It didn’t disappoint. Between my husband and I, we had the pumpkin apple soup, grilled octopus appetizer, sushi and cracklin calamari salad. All delicious. The only thing that was disappointing was the bread pudding dessert. It was a little mushy. Would go back and would recommend. For my husband to say he’d go back is a big deal!!

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LF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter’s birthday

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BL
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the restaurant was very accommodating for my husband who is handicapped.

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LD
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Red Bank. Great food and great prices.

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CA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend took me here for my birthday during restaurant week - really great value for $35. LOVED the edamame ravioli!

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J
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another great experience. The menu was recently updated. If you are a fan of salad greens, don't miss the chicken milanese. My husband and I shared the duck salad (always a hit) and he had the grilled garlic shrimp with black fettuccini (never disappoints). Travis did a wonderful job as always.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our server was terrific as it was a business lunch and sometimes difficult to gauge when to approach the table. Sushi was delicious. It was the perfect place to have lunch and I would definitely recommend it to other people.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Slow night and service was very slow.... not very attentive. We weren’t demanding... service just lacked.

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CM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Seating was a bit too close to other guests. Noise level was very loud!

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met out of town friends here for dinner. It was great!
Sushi was very good & rigatoni bolognese was delicious.
Service was wonderful and it's a byo.

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KK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

never a bad time here, never a bad meal, great BYOB option as well

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Server not welcoming. We had to ask his name. Asked for water several times. Server not aware of specials running out til after placing order. 1st course salad. Just ok. $34 rib eye ordered medium rare. Came out medium in the middle but outside border line burnt. Very tuff. The oddest part of the experience is when you bring a white wine they offer a bucket of ice. They put the wine in the bucket on the floor next to our table. A bit unsanitary. We won’t be going back to soon.

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AP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Too noisy. Tables too close together and you can hear the person next to you conversation. Poor main meal menu options.

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GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service excellent
Menu diverse to satisfy anyone’s tastes
Sushi amazing
Only issue is getting your burger cooked the way you request. Tendency to over cook.
Been going for years and would and will come back!

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SO
Miami
43 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pretty good food and ambiance. Service was excellent. Portions were larger than I expected, though. Did not realize it is BYOB. Since they served NJ wines, had my first NJ wine, a Pinot Grigio.

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MW
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and creative food, service, and atmosphere - as usual. Prix fixe menu is a bargain, and all the dishes exceeded my guests' expectations. Melanie provided great service, and the old brick atmosphere is just wonderful. Portions are very large. Rigatoni bolognese is to die for, as always. Asian Cesar salad is terrific. Giant pork chop w/fresh roasted peach sauce was absolutely perfect. Wonderful restaurant that shows great creativity, quality, and care. BYOB is also a plus - didn't think of trying the limited NJ wines they offer.

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ND
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service-attentive,but not rushed or overbearing. Lively, casual atmosphere. Generous portions, but some sauces were a little sweet for our tastes, eg.thise on fried calamari and short rib. Haddock special was very well prepared.

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EA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Great food, professional service and in the heart of red bank.

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RK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad meal here. Everything is always great!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Lousy food. Will never go back.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was good, not great but good. Service was decent but server never introduced herself just said hello and took our order. Food was good.

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CL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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j
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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L
Kansas City
44 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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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LS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

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

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