The Bistro at Red Bank

4.4
300 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 300 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
4 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
39 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
47 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
4 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
4 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
6 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
78 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
39 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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RB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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D
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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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E
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food good service

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MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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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OT
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great hostess!

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MG
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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B
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Terrible in every way!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Slow slow slow service that night. Otherwise fine

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MG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! The empanadas were so wonderful.

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KO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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e
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good, good friendly service, BYOB always nice

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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p
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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NJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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p
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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

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

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