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The Bistro

4.7
4.7
664 Reviews
$30 and under
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 our elegant dining room or on our spacious patio, drinks with friends at the bar, or a private function in the upstairs meeting space, we shall make your experience memorable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (270) 781-9646

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sasa Mandrapa

  • Catering

    From corporate luncheons to wedding receptions, The Bistro proudly offers catering services to meet your individual needs. We are happy to create a customized menu tailored to your party without breaking your budget. You can expect a level of service that isn’t seen much anymore.

  • Private party facilities

    Wedding rehearsal dinners. Office parties. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Catering. Whatever the special occasion, let The Bistro make it memorable. Private dining is available upstairs in an 1,800 square foot space that seats up to 50 with a separate bar, and a choice between a pre-selected menu, open menu, buffet menu, or custom menu for your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Hayley Worman or Jen Crockett: (270) 781-9646

  • Neighborhood

    Bowling Green

  • Cross street

    E 12th Ave

  • Parking details

    Our Parking Lot is shared/connected to the Post Office off E. 11th Ave-- Accessible by E. 11th or College Street. <br> There is also Free Parking directly across College Street.

  • Entertainment

    Mondays: Half Price Select CocktailsTuesdays: Half Price BeerWednesdays: Half Price Wine

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 664 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Best Value

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Good for groups

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

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  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Good for special occasions

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western KY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing and the f
  2. CG

    ChrisG

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We have dined here several times, it never disappoints.
  3. DB

    DavBG

    Anchorage

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very close to downtown; parking is little iffy if their little lot is full. Many people park across the street if after 5PM. The owner has solidified the kitchen so that the quality of food is top-notch; this is their flagship restaurant of their five in the area. Our latest visit was before a SKyPAC event, but many in the area go there for birthdays, anniversaries, promotion, and graduation celebrations. Wait staff know the food specials well.
  4. MB

    MattB

    Western KY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate there for our anniversary. Loved the atmosphere, food, drinks and most of all our very personable server. She took excellent care of us and added to our special night. Thank you so much!!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beef Manhattan’s gravy and mashed potatoes great and shrimp and grits not a better 2 dishes anywhere. Noise level makes conversations difficult
  6. JM

    JohnM

    Louisville

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great as always. Too $ as always. Service was fine, very polite and attentive. Dining alone = 1/2 tip, so nice to c the attention. I’ll b bak, of course.
  7. JF

    JanetF

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's my favorite restaurant in the area. We always celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special occasions here. Food is excellent
  8. TB

    TomiB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance, food, and service are fantastic. We will make it a point to eat here on our next visit to Bowling Green!
  9. JM

    JohnM

    Louisville

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food flavor fantastic. Glad I had 1/2 salad and 1/2 to take home for $72 incl tip. Was it worth it? I'll be back!!
  10. CT

    CarolT

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Pleasant staff. Menu extensive. Lots of food items to choose from. Great value. Food very good, but not excellent.
  11. EL

    EricaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    This was the perfect date night spot for New Year's Eve. The food was phenomenal and the server's suggestions were great, even if he didn't go over the specials with us. :( If we are ever back in Bowling Green, this will be on our list!
  12. BT

    BillT

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a great meal. Out of duck which was a special that night. Ordered the veal again because it has never disappointed. Very attentive waitstaff. One of our favorite dinner spots in Bowling Green.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and fantastic service in a super cool atmosphere. What more could you ask for?
  14. RB

    RobinB

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and food. Good value for the dollar
  15. KH

    KenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! The Bistro carefully pays attention to its craft - the food. It is a cut above most everything else in BG - for fine dining.
  16. KO

    KimO

    Indiana

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love The Bistro! We are thankful they stayed open even though the weather was bad. Food was exceptional.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Office Christmas party
  18. M

    Mary

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food served at The Bistro is delicious. The service and ambiance are delightful.
  19. CB

    CourtneyB

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Coming to the Bistro on my birthday has become a tradition! ❤️ My friends and I look forward to celebrating here every year.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Dinner prior to going to a play at Skypac. Server Zoey was excellent and very professional. Enjoyed the experience.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pork chop--Delicious!
  22. EE

    EmeEn

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Favorite place for Sunday brunch!! Probably y favorite place to eat in Bowling Green!! A welcoming, calm environment in such a cool location. I am a college student and this is where I always take visitors for dinner or brunch on the weekend. A great menu; enough options that if you have a picky eater with you, they can find something. The staff is always so nice and service is great! I can't recommend it enough.
  23. SS

    SonyaS

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful! I would highly recommend!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal service and spectacular food
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good. Third time coming to The Bistro for dinner in the past two months.
  26. C

    Christian

    Des Moines

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    steaks got mixed up between the guests, over salted, one guest got steak vs. salmon ordered, no follow up on requests
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Kind server.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went out to eat, and it was very nice.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, and Annie was an amazing server. Highly recommend The Bistro, especially for a date night or special occasion meal in BG.
  30. BA

    BobA

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    food & service was excellent. 8 people, among them 4 fellows sitting at closest table were so loud that I could not hear what my husband tried to say. After I turned twice to look at them, they were huddling together to talk, but still I could not hear my husband's comments to me. We did not order dessert, but chose to leave as soon as we could.
  31. MD

    MikeD

    Western KY

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual, simply no better place for date night, or any other occasion
  32. L

    Lolo

    Louisville

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our seating hostess was very accommodating and reduced the volume of music due to a hearing issue of a person in our party. Our server was just as helpful and engaging. We had the artichoke fritters, a bottle of wine, shrimp and grits and the Mediterranean Cod. Each dish was perfectly layered flavors. The best part getting all of this excellent quality and food and service for around $60! It was Wine down Wed. So that made a difference. You won’t regret eating here!
  33. H

    Hijustme

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and drinks. The ambiance was perfect and service was great from the moment we walked in the door. Kyle our server, the best. So friendly and welcoming. We will definitely be back.
  34. r

    robmct

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was perfect. When on vacation we never have dinner in the same place twice, we did this time. Highly recommend going here. A real gem.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western KY

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bistro is one of the nicest restaurants my husband and I have eaten at. I ordered the Mediterranean Cod and asked to substitute the cod with salmon; the chef obliged and it was more than delicious! The ambiance is perfect for a dine-dining restaurant.
  36. JF

    JanetF

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful birthday evening! We were a party of 12 and had a very good. I'm afraid we were the cause of all the noise! My favorite place to eat in Bowling Green.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western KY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bistro is an incredible dining experience. The food is exquisite, the servers are warm and friendly and the ambiance II’s unbeatable.
  38. HS

    HannesS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to spend and enjoy great food and beverages.
  39. H

    Heywood

    Western KY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed at The Bistro. Always excellent food and excellent service
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great! Harvest salad is amazing!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (270) 781-9646.

The Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 664 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for The Bistro

1129 College Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E 12th Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Bowling Green

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Our Parking Lot is shared/connected to the Post Office off E. 11th Ave-- Accessible by E. 11th or College Street. <br> There is also Free Parking directly across College Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sasa Mandrapa

  • Entertainment

    Mondays: Half Price Select CocktailsTuesdays: Half Price BeerWednesdays: Half Price Wine

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (270) 781-9646

  • Catering

    From corporate luncheons to wedding receptions, The Bistro proudly offers catering services to meet your individual needs. We are happy to create a customized menu tailored to your party without breaking your budget. You can expect a level of service that isn’t seen much anymore.

  • Private party facilities

    Wedding rehearsal dinners. Office parties. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Catering. Whatever the special occasion, let The Bistro make it memorable. Private dining is available upstairs in an 1,800 square foot space that seats up to 50 with a separate bar, and a choice between a pre-selected menu, open menu, buffet menu, or custom menu for your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Hayley Worman or Jen Crockett: (270) 781-9646

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