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The Bistro

4.8
4.8
611 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 611 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Best Overall

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Best Food

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Best Service

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Best Ambiance

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Best Value

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Fit for Foodies

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Great for Lunch

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Romantic

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Special Occasion

  • Western Kentucky / SW Indiana

    Most Booked

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  1. JM

    JohnM

    Louisville

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bistro provided another great evening. I really appreciate a quiet outdoor table and the weather was perfect. The entire meal was prepared very well and the flavor was perfect. Very good service.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and service. We are dinner on the covered deck and ambiance was relaxing and on point, not too loud. Food arrived quickly too!
  3. H

    Heywood

    Western KY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service. Reasonable prices for exceptional food.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal at The Bistro. Our server, Emily, was delightful. My wife had a Barramundi special which she said was incredible. I had the Tortellini Carbonara, which was delicious as well. For dessert, the Tres Leches cake is amazing if they have it on the menu! We will be back soon!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western KY

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I were celebrating my 67th birthday and decided to eat at the Bistro where one can never go wrong. The meal was delicious, the service was terrific, and the ambiance was perfect. I got the crab cake and he the Mediterranean Cod. Both were outstanding. All in all we were there approximately 45 minutes. We were seated promptly, our server came immediately and was attentive and the food came out within ten minutes of ordering it. The Bistro deserves more than five stars. Excellent.
  6. BE

    BeckaEd

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is fantastic! There isn’t a single item, on the menu, that I wouldn’t try. All the staff are extremely friendly. The atmosphere and decor are superb.
  7. RR

    RubyRed14

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    The Bistro is one of our absolute favorites. In Bowling Green or anywhere. However, last night’s dining experience was unusual for us. Service was very slow, fragmented, and our server seemed highly stressed and agitated, though she did try hard to present a positive attitude. Not sure what was happening behind the scenes, but we suspected something was going on out of the norm. The good news is, at least, our guest from L.A. thought the food was very good.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    All good but tilefish special not particularly tasty, says 2 of the 4 people who ordered
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our 38th anniversary. Food and service were fantastic
  10. TB

    TomB

    New York Area

    187 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    187 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bistro serves creative and eclectic cuisine. You can count on attentive service, ample portions, and wonderful dining experience. My wife enjoyed the Voodoo Rice, which was perfectly cooked and seasoned. The Shrimp and Grits had a tinge of spice, just the way I like it. The Crème Brulee Cheesecake, recommended by our server, Heather, provided a fine finish to the best meal we had while touring in Kentucky.
  11. MD

    MikeD

    Western KY

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are looking for great food, service and atomshphere......look no further. It is the perfect date night
  12. LL

    LawsonL

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Pleasantly surprised during our first visit at The Bistro. Will be back and will request Emily. Her service was impeccable & personable.
  13. DD

    DavidD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Great service and ambiance was awesome. Food was good but not exceptional but I would recommend it for others for sure
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent menu and great service. Well worth the stop on the drive between Louisville and Nashville.
  15. T

    Tricia

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food is always great; however it seemed like the kitchen closed early with diners still trying to order food.
  16. J

    Joeh

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very nice date night location. Leave the little ones at home. It’s costly here and not many options for kids.
  17. J

    Jenn

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bistro never disappoints. Excellent service, cocktails, ambiance, specials and desserts!
  18. SS

    ShirleyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a beautiful evening to enjoy eating on the porch. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I would recommend eating at the Bistro anytime.
  19. MB

    MBmb

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was excellent - food was good as well would recommend dining here!
  20. VS

    ValeriaS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and always good specials Service was great
  21. MB

    MalloryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their chef’s choice filet is always a hit! The mashed potatoes that come with it are delicious.
  22. JM

    JohnM

    Louisville

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Appy was incredible, pork chop the best ever.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alway a wonderful dining experience at The Bistro! Great food, great service and wonderful atmosphere!
  24. ST

    STLSteve2

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience1
    Food was good… Started with the Crab Beignets (yum) had chicken piccata as our main and limoncello cheesecake for dessert. Richard M. was our server… nice kid and he did a good job taking care of us. We sat outside on the back patio and were enjoying the beautiful evening sipping our wine until the table of losers behind us decided to light up cigarettes and blow the stink our way … that ended an otherwise perfect evening . I can’t believe how rude some people are!
  25. k

    khakiyoda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated ahead of our reservation time. Our server, Sara, was congenital and cheerful. Service was quick and the food put in front of us was hot from the kitchen and tasted exceptional. If we did not live 3 hours from The Bistro, we would definitely dine here more often! Stumbling across this restaurant is like finding hidden treasure!
  26. s

    sharonm

    Denver

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my husband’s birthday and it was a great dinner for him. We always enjoy our dining experience with the Bistro. Exceptional food and service.
  27. JM

    JohnM

    Louisville

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was great. Cortland did a great job as server. No problems.
  28. K

    Koko

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food! Only recommend installing small blind spot mirrors by doors where everyone keeps going in and out constantly.
  29. EW

    EmmettW

    Western KY

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food, service, ambiance . . . . all are excellent. One of our top two restaurants in Bowling Green.
  30. s

    scotts

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice Brunch
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made our reservation for a Mother’s Day brunch. The weather was perfect for outdoor dining and we had excellent
  32. D

    David

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to bring a small group for good food and service. Prices are reasonable for the area, except for the nightly specials that were about 25% more expensive. And they accommodated food allergies in our group.
  33. k

    kristir

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome wait staff. Delicious food!!!
  34. CD

    ChrisD

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server made the night. She was attentive and she listened really well.
  35. J

    James

    Louisville

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    First off, the food was amazing. We had the brussels, crab meat biegnets, salmon of the day, and the cod. All were great. The cocktails were good but a bit sweet. If you like sweet cocktails, they all work. As for the price...DO NOT GET THE GROUPON. First, I got 2 groupons because me and my guest were going to spend $50 each. They said in the fine print you can only use 1 per table. So, the waiter suggest I get the $100 Groupon as we spent over $100. Then they said we couldn't use that one unless we had 4 or my ppl at the table. So, I requested a refund and only used the 1 $50 Groupon. Then I received my bill and they automatically added the 18% gratuity for a bill for 2 ppl. This removed the discount all together. I would go back but know your gratuity would be added automatically.
  36. SF

    SouthernFood

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After recently moving to BG we have been pleasantly surprised with the amazing restaurants in our town. The Bistro did not disappoint. Drinks, food and service was excellent and look forward to our next visit.
  37. LM

    LastMinChoice4two

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bistro proved to be better than expected. Coming from a large major city, the Bistro holds it own in all areas from the quality of the food, its preparation, the staff, and even the cost of beverages. The Bistro is now locked in as a go to whenever I make it back to the city.
  38. LC

    LoreneC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    The steak dinner was over cooked and mostly gristle. The salmon dinner was good but they substituted beans for asparagus without letting us know.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was delicious but not being prepared for cool weather and having guests sit outside was bad. Heaters would have been nice to enjoy our meal. The food was delicious.
  40. b

    brianh

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easter brunch was excellent. Lots of creative choices for our family and everyone enjoyed their dish. They had our table ready when we arrived. Thankful we didn’t have to wait! 1st time visiting, but we will be back on our next WKU trip.

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 4.8 stars by 611 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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