The Bistro

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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 the restaurant, drinks with friends in the bar, or a private function in the upstairs meeting space, we shall make your experience memorable.

Specials

Thirsty Thursday

Enjoy $5 Select Mules & Margs!
Mules: Moscow, Gin, Rum, Bourbon, Tequila
Margs: House, Agave, Pomegranate, Watermelon, Blood Orange

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 3, 2019

Ends: July 4, 2118

Availability: Thu 11:00AM-2:00PM 4:30PM-9:00PM

Monday Can Be Funday

1/2 Price Specialty Cocktails All Day

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 3, 2019

Ends: July 4, 2118

Availability: Mon 11:00AM-2:00PM 4:30PM-9:00PM

Wine Down Wednesday

Enjoy your favorite wines at half price (by the glass or bottle) all day!
Not valid for bottles over $99.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 11, 2019

Ends: February 12, 2118

Availability: Wed 11:00AM-9:00PM

Tuesday Brewsday

Enjoy Half Price Beer All Day!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 11, 2019

Ends: February 12, 2118

Availability: Tue 11:00AM-9:00PM

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Amazing food... Thank you

a
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are traveling past bowling green, this is where you should eat. A wonderful surprise. A cook who actually knows how to make delicious sauces. The marsala sauce was just outstanding, as were the shrimp and grits.

OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding! We had the specials and the appetizer and the main meal were both high quality and flavorful. We talked about how good it was the rest of the night.

AC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Bistro. The food is always excellent and the specials are creative. Each time we eat here I am excited to hear the nightly specials and usually order on of these. Staff has always treated us well, and make it easy to choose their restaurant

SG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to The Bistro for our anniversary. We are from Northern KY and were in town to celebrate. From the minute we walked in until we walked out was an exceptional experience. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable, and we never wanted for anything. The food was absolutely amazing. We started with eel calamari and for dinner,I had salmon and my husband had the filet. We had a NY style cheesecake for dessert that was delectable. The atmosphere and ambiance of the restaurant was so comfortable and inviting. The original hardwood floors and wood trim was gorgeous and the lighting was perfect. When we come back through Bowling Green, we will definitely be back. We wish you were in Cincinnati. Thank you to the staff for making our anniversary dinner amazing!!

R
Western KY
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit. I took my daughter there for her birthday dinner and it was really nice! We were concerned about the “smart casual” suggestion from the website, but we were fine in jeans and a polo! To be honest, there were people there in T-shirts, so we were fine!

r
Louisville
32 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoy the seafood. The salmon crab cake and shrimp & grits were excellent.

A
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Bowling Green and wanted to try a local place. The Bistro had a cool atmosphere and the food was amazing. We had crab beignets, salads and dragon chicken and it was all delicious.

RG
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fare and price, something for everyone’s palate!

K
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating birthdays

B
Nashville
41 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved the atmosphere and the staff. I wanted to love the food. It was so close to being great, but missed the mark. I was there on Wine Wednesday (half price all day, bottles and by glass) which was great except the wine was warm. Some may think this is OK for red wine but it really should be around 65º. Room temp is tolerable, but warmer than room temp is not. I would guess this was about 71º. They need to find a better storage option for their reds by the glass. The calamari appetizer was sub-par as it did not taste fresh. The Shrimp and Grits entree should have been amazing, as it was perfectly prepared, other than the sauce was overwhelming. Had it been more subtle, where you could still taste the other ingredients, it would have been spot on. However, it all ended on a fantastic note as the vanilla-orange creme brûlée' was out of this world. This was my first visit and there were enough things going on here that was right that I want to come back. I hope the wine temp was a fluke, not the norm. Not sure about the entree but I hope they can take some constructive criticism. I am always impressed when Rabbit is on a menu and I that is one I will come back and try.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 5

$66.00 for two thin lamb chops with more fat and bone than meat. I was actually embarrassed for the chef that he actually plated that protein. He should have came out and told me to order the $29.00 6 OZ filet. In fact I saw the chef at the bar and he rolled his eyes when I told him the truth. Everything else was actually very good. Think twice before taking advantage of your customers. People actually look at the bill.

S
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner! Food was great! I had the pork chop and my husband had chicken marsala. Our waitress was very attentive and and congenial. The Bistro is walking distance from Hyatt Place and WKU campus. We will go there again the next time we are in BG.

LI
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious with very quick service set in an old house downtown. My husband's steak was so tender he never picked up his knife and my salmon was cooked to perfection!

BW
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my first visit here in probably close to a year. I had somewhat forgotten how interesting the menu is (and it is constantly changing) and how delicious the food is, whether it is the appetizers or the entrees. Our server was courteous, efficient, and friendly. The timing of the various courses was excellent. The only drawback (and it was understandable considering a large party) was that we were unable to eat in the main dining room. As a result, the ambience could have been better. Without question, The Bistro is one of Bowling Green’s best eateries.

AT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Superb food. Unique atmosphere.

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TF
Atlanta
60 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had dinner at The Bistro on July 25, 2019. This was our first time dining at this establishment.

We had seen excellent reviews on both Open Table and Trip Advisor - and after looking at the menu on-line, we decided to give it a try.

We were not disappointed!

The restaurant is located in a 19th century house and is utterly charming. The atmosphere is upscale/casual. The tables are nicely spaced so that you have a sense of privacy.

Upon arriving we were seated immediately, and within a few moments our server appeared and took our drink orders - which were promptly filled.

We started by sharing the artichoke fritters and the charred romaine salad. Both were very good.

My wife ordered the Champagne Chicken, which said tasted wonderful - although she wished that there had been one or two more of the mushroom stuffed raviolis - even if the trade-off had been a little less chicken.

I had the Rabbit - which was outstanding. Rabbit is not something you frequently see offered on a menu - and I really like it. The rabbit at The Bistro compares favorably to rabbits I have had when visiting Malta. The risotto and butternut squash were also excellent.

This restaurant exceeded our expectations!

WC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent experience. New to town and was looking for a great date night option for myself and my wife and we found it. We will be back. Guaranteed. If you are considering visiting Bistro, do it. You will not regret it.

RR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The menu and cocktail list is limited but the Bistro isHighly recommended

OT
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was fantastic from the ribeye to the champagne chicken. Don’t forget the dessert—the chocolate mousse cake was scrumptious! Excellent service and ambiance. Well worth the 45-minute drive...we will definitely return.

OT
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Varied menu, good food, good prices

JO
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was really impressed with my overall experience at The Bistro. We were greeted by our server Andy promptly after being seated. He was warm and super knowledgeable about the menu and the preparation of the food. Appetizers dinner and our dessert all made it out to the table at appropriate times. The restaurant and the restrooms were all clean and well-tended. My husband steak was prepared perfectly and the rabbit was a really impressive dish. Everything that we ate was expertly prepared. The only bad thing about our visit was that there was a table next to us having too much fun if you can call that a bad thing. We will definitely be returning here. It was a fantastic night out that was more than worth the money we spent.

LN
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely evening on the patio with friends who were visiting from Texas. There was a large party of young women nearby who were really having a great time and were a little rowdy but no real issue. Food was excellent as always.

OD
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the restaurant, the food and the service! Thank you!!!

CV
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Passing through town and wanted to try this restaurant. Many locals told us it was a great place with excellent food and service.

It was a great place for a delicious dinner.

b
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in Bowling Green . Original, inspired menu executed perfectly.

MB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my daughter’s graduation last weekend and had a party of 8. The food and service was among the best we have experienced. We all ordered different menu items and every single dish was delicious.

OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This is our second trip to the Bistro this was our wedding anniversary and our previous visit was impeccable so, we had no idea this would be such a failure. 1. Our table was not ready but we could understand that graduation weekend and all and if that was the only thing it would not have mattered. 2. Seated at the bar as a convenience ordered drinks until table ready. We ordered drinks that we don't normally do because my wife cannot drive but what else do you do at a bar (bartender was excellent). 30 mins later we are inform table still not ready (we had requested a quiet place) so we settle for another table in a more lively area. At a table they knew has had problems for they crawled under the table to cover the vent because it would be too cold. Again not a problem by itself. 3. Placed order the appetizers perfect but when the entrees came my wife's risotto was crunchy obviously not done and in order to allow the meal to continue (obviously I would not eat without her having her meal) the scallops were removed and the risotto sent back. By the time the risotto return she had finished her scallops and now a has a steamy plate of extremely risotto (microwave?) The risotto would have been great with the scallops but not good by itself. 4. After the meal we asked if we could get compensated for the drinks we had to make up for the bad risotto and we were informed the manager said no due to state laws and all they could offer was one free dessert. In cases like these I expect the manager to come and relay these messages in person. They took my payment and return to show me where the tip had been added to the total so I thought all was well and got up to leave where I was inform they did not run my card and I look like I tried to walkout on the check. I was embarrassed, mad and disappointed. We had travel from Nashville for this meal. Never again.

DK
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and the service was outstanding! The table next to ours was incredibly loud but the rude behavior was not the fault of the restaurant.

RS
Western KY
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted by a friendly staff member when we entered. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Our waitress was pleasant and knowledgeable. The drinks were excellent and delivered quickly. We really appreciated the chef accommodating a special request for food preparation. The salmon was a chefs special. We had them grill the scallops and asparagus (special request). The salted caramel cheesecake may easily have been the best dessert we have had in a very long time. We will certainly be back.

JA
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening at the Bistro! Our server was great, and the food was delicious and unique (not your same old entrees). Highly recommend!

AT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our first meal at the Bistro and will return in the future!

RN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, imaginative menu, interesting decor and helpful staff. All good

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a favorite restaurant. Now I have a new favorite.

AS
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scallops with couscous and vegetable noodle stir fry were both delicious. Prices were reasonable. Atmosphere was perfect for date night and our waitress was great! Would definitely go back!

SA
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I love the ambience. I wish that the music wasn't so loud so that you can talk.

CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, the decor, and the service were all delicious, delightful, and courteous. Loved the melding of flavors in the chef's choice for scallops that evening. Would definitely go again.

B
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant and atmosphere, we were seated in a private quiet area, which was great. Food was ok, chicken was a little tough, would try something different next time. The mixed drinks were on the pricey side, small glass and mostly ice. Service was great, friendly and attentive.

S
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner experience! The salmon and pork chop were delicious and the sausage stuffed mushroom appetizer was fabulous! Service was outstanding and we loved the atmosphere!

OT
Western KY
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great server and a wonderful evening. Thanks, you all do a great job.

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