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About The Bistro

Elegant. Sophisticated. Fine Dining. Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky's historic downtown district, just two blocks from serene Fountain Square, The Bistro welcomes you to one-of-a-kind dining. 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.

1129 College Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Barren River Health Department

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(270) 781-9646

Website:
http://www.thebistrobg.com/

Entertainment:
Fridays and Saturdays 6-9 PM Enjoy live piano music to add to your dining experience. Local artist Donna Cherry offers jazz standards along with hits from the 50s through 80s for your listening pleasure. Requests always welcome. Also available for special events. Happy Hour Monday-Thursday, 3-6pm 25% off Appetizers and Drinks

Executive Chef:
Sasha Mandrapa

Private Party Facilities:
Wedding receptions. Office parties. Birthdays. Anniversaries. 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. There is a separate bar, and choose between a pre-selected menu, or open menu for your guests. For elegant outdoor functions our private courtyard is the perfect serene setting. With space for over 150 guests, there's even an beautiful arch for picturesque "I Dos." Separate restrooms and a bar add to the list of convenient amenities.

Private Party Contact:
Roberta Elliott: (270) 535-7359

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

The Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (9)
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Cozy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Authentic (3)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Beautiful old building, lovely decor. Disorganized staff. They were not too busy, but waitress seemed very disorganized. One of our group is on a low salt diet, so we asked if the item he was interested in could be made without salt. She went to check and came back and told us No (not a problem for us, totally understand that some things have all ready been prepped) , so we asked what Chef had suggested. She said she didn't ask, but thought anything else on the menu. She was wrong and had to come back again after we ordered to tell us he had to change his choice. She forgot to bring our appetizer, and it was given to another table. We got it after the salads. Dinners sounded good, bu prep was mot as flavorful as description. Ordered the Pecan pie, way too sugary.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was our first time there after reading some positive reviews. We drove up from Nashville and both felt the food was worth the 3 hour drive. The menu featured interesting and seasonal choices. We enjoyed all 3 courses and will be back

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Absolutely fabulous in every way. The food was exceptional, the service was exceptional, the ambiance was great and the waiter was great. Be sure to make a reservation because there were only 2 tables free.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Delicious and Ample portions, creative cuisine. Friendly professional service. I look forward to going back soon.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We enjoyed an double date evening with friends. Dinner was relaxed and we had plenty of time to share and laugh. Our server was very good. She never let our glasses get empty and kept our table cleared of dishes. It was a lovely evening.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Super meal. Real foodie choice. Great server with good suggestions.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Entertaining out of town guests

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We sat outside on the patio. Very good time. Food and service was very good.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The chicken liver appetizer was to die for. Then an excellent prepared ribeye made for an absolute fabulous dinner

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Food was very average and prices were high for the neighborhood. The redeeming quality was that it was empty and the noise level was very low. Tables were also spaced nicely.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Omg 😲 the food was fantastic... definitely will be back... very classy!! Our friends were impressed also.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

We were traveling through town and arrived at The Bistro around 3:45; an awkward time as the restaurant was about to close for lunch and prep for dinner. The hostess was incredibly gracious, and treated us like welcome guests. The food was excellent, restaurant decor was charming, and I ate my lunch wishing I could stay for dinner. Definitely recommend!

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 22, 2017

We were in the area to view the eclipse and chose The Bistro randomly for dinner. So glad that we did! Cocktails and food were excellent! Delicious artichoke fritters, crab beignets and steaks. My daughter thought it was one of the best steaks she's ever had and particularly liked the potato croquettes as the side dish. We had a very charming and attentive waiter also. I doubt we'll be back to Bowling Green any time soon, but we would definitely eat at The Bistro again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Would definitely go again, and would definitely recommend it to friends.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

We enjoyed this restaurant on our eclipse treat. Had they been open Sunday night, we would have gone again. Dishes were creative, wait staff were efficient. The only complaint was that the wine was warm. They brought an ice bath to remedy that situation. A very nice find!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent food ---- service could have been better. Good spacing between tables.
Overall great meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Service was great and food was very good. Trout was kind of blah.

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·Dined on August 1, 2017

Pork belly way too salty. Salmon good. Lo nein base for salmon was mushy and wet. Service was slow. Bread board a waste of time. Salads excellent. Did not know tip was included and we double tipped. Will not return

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

We love the Bistro! Our waiter was a little off on some things, but the food was fabulous as always.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Interesting food choices available, all tasty! I had the roasted red pepper soup and Reuben sandwich. Also shared some crab beignets with others in the party. Yum! Not crowded, but mid-afternoon on a Monday, so that was nice! Good atmosphere, too bad it was so hot, would have enjoyed sitting on the porch!

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 (Western KY)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The food was delicious as always, and the service was excellent. Don't miss the bacon-wrapped dates! They're my favorite item on the menu, and I was so excited to see that they were available at brunch as well as dinner.

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

We really enjoyed our brunch. The food was freshly made and the service was professional and friendly.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great restaurant. Great service. Great food. Steeped in history.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere for celebrating our anniversary. The presentation of the food was great and only eclipsed by the flavors. Our server was polite yet personable. Very pleasant. My wife and I agree that the experience could not have been better. We will be back and highly recommend to others.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We have eaten here several times before and have yet to be disappointed. There were 4 of us and we each had a different plate of food which we all agreed was very good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Really interesting food at terrific prices. We very much enjoyed our meals.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 24, 2017

One of the best restaurants in the Kentucky and Nashville area.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The Bistro is one of Bowling Green's top restaurants. My experience has always been top notch with every meal being as exciting as the next. It is one of my top go to places in Bowling Green.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Western KY)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We think the Bistro has the best food in town. It is always enjoyable.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Louisville)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Nice place. If I were in the area again I would go back. Good variety on the menu and the service was good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

As a visitor to Bowling Green, The Bistro was recommended and was quite good.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Western KY)·Dined on May 25, 2017

First time visiting the area. Found a Groupon and it had good reviews. It was our Anniversary and wanted someplace special. We went at 6PM, and was not crowded, but it quickly filled afterwards. My salmon and collard greens were a special for the night, and it was delicious. My husband ordered a pasta dish, which he liked very much also. The dessert was scrumpcious!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 5, 2017

A great break from the chain dinner spots. Thoughtfully prepared entrees and great atmosphere.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Had a wonderful meal! Excellent restaurant! Our server, Kyle, was perfect! He noticed a problem with one of our orders and had it fixed before bringing it to our table. Perfect experience all the way!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Dallas)·Dined on April 17, 2017

The food, service, and ambience were all fantastic. I highly recomend this restaurant

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 (Western KY)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Made an advanced reservation. Walked right in! Enjoyed the original artwork on wall. Loved an old house with tall ceilings. I would lov to open something like this, restaurants or B and B. Will go back. Great food and character.

Tags: Great Beer, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western KY)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Loved the atmosphere and the food was awesome! Will definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Western KY)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Went on a date for Valentine's Day and it was a great experience. Definitely will be back

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentines Date

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Western KY)·Dined on February 11, 2017

My partner and I had a great evening out. Service was great and our table was waiting when we arrived. The restaurant itself is quaint and beautiful. I had the penne rustica, which was incredible. She had an evening special which was a ribeye with portobello mushroom and a marrow sauce. Everything was delicious, including the cocktails. I'm new in town and am very happy I gave this place a try. We'll both definetly be back many times to come.

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