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For 2
7:00 PM

The Bistro

309 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Anniversaries (7)
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  • Good for a Date (7)
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Mediterranean, Italian
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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
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Phone number
(270) 781-9646
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sasha Mandrapa
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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.
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Private party contact
Roberta Elliott: (270) 535-7359
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Cross street
Barren River Health Department
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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
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
What 309 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Western KY)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Been here a few times. Underwhelmed by the chicken and lobster, but duck confit was amazing. Service was great, atmosphere could be better, kind of lame.

GregP (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Neat place, great service from Jordan, and the food was so fresh and delicious!

PaulaR (Nashville)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The Bistro is located in a charming older home in Bowling Green. We chose It because of the good reviews from Trip Advisor. We had the crab beignets as an appetizer. They were good but a little bland. My husband had the Prime ribeye which cost $38. We expected a better cut of meat than he received. It was not worth the price. I had the scallops which were delicious however the side was squid ink risotto. The risotto had a good flavor but it looked terrible. I couldn’t get past the black color. We had Baileys chocolate mousse cake which was good but not memorable. I doubt we will return.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Enjoyed fine dining of Instagram-worthy meals. Our meals were a delicious blend of unique tastes with familiar comfort foods. Perfect ambience for a date night or intimate get-together with friends.

OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Good food. Excellent service.

vipMichael (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

The Bistro was an excellent find. We absolutely enjoyed the excellent, creative cuisine and outstanding service. (Heidi). We would highly recommend the Bistro.

vipTFCJR (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

The quality and service is always consistent. We dine here every 4 to 6 weeks without fail. Never disappoints.

vipOpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
3.0  Dined on November 25, 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.

vipWeekday (Nashville)
5.0  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

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 31, 2017

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

Jayne (Nashville)
5.0  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.

Morte4 (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
4.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Entertaining out of town guests

vipMurrayF (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on October 4, 2017

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