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The Bistro

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329 reviews
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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-storey 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Bistro, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 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
Smart Casual
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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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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.
Ideal for weddings, graduations, parties, and holidays, The Bistro Catering doesn’t get much better than this. You can expect a level of service that isn’t seen much anymore. Excellent dishes, in a beautiful atmosphere all come together to make it a night that you won’t soon forget.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E 12th Ave
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Parking details
We are right near the Barren River Health Department.
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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
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Special events & promotions
Wedding receptions. Office parties. Birthdays. Anniversaries: Whatever the special occasion, let The Bistro make it memorable! Private dining is available upstairs in a 1,800 square feet space that seats up to 60 guests. For your party, choose between a pre-selected menu, open menu, or buffet. For elegant outdoor functions, our private courtyard is the perfect serene setting. The list of convenient amenities include: space for over 150 guests, separate restrooms, an outdoor bar, and a beautiful arch for picturesque "I Do's."
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 329 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I celebrated our 23 yr anniversary! Hostess greeted us with “Happy Anniversay “ and led the way inside to our table; however, we opted for the deck outside! Lauren was our wonderful server! Attentive just the right amount! Food :chicken Marsala outstanding with asparagus and broccoli ! Delicious and tasty! Got a Chocolate cake (had a little mouse in layers) for our Anniversary, from the Bistro , delicious! Great Service with a smile from Lauren and Oustanding Food! Thanks to the Chef! Thanks to the Bartender! Thank You Lauren for making our Anniversay special! Recommend the Bistro highly !

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

We enjoyed a fabulous dinner and received excellent service!!!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Came for my wife's birthday. This visit was much better than the last one. Our server was great and the meal was delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We selected The Bistro for a reunion of cousins that haven't seen each other in 30 years. The server did not rush us at all and allowed us to chat while enjoying drinks and appetizers prior to ordering dinner. One of our bunch is a vegetarian and he had plenty of options. The appetizers we enjoyed were bacon wrapped dates, crab fritters, and an artichoke option. They were all delicious but the dates were outstanding. The pork chop was delicious but the pulled pork with pintos and braised cabbage was surprisingly all mixed together, which wasn't expected. The seared scallops only had three scallops but the cheese tortellini was very good as was the lo mien. Menu was diverse which was good for our diverse group. The restaurant was surprisingly loud but it could be due to prom night. All in all, I would definitely return to The Bistro and would highly recommend the food, especially the bacon wrapped dates.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had my daughters college graduation dinner here and it was outstanding! Everything from the food to the service was great! The shrimp and grits were to die for; I highly recommend trying it!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Great food, service, memories! Scallops, salmon, hamburgers-all perfect.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Food was good. Service was great! We chose The Bistro to celebrate my daughter's birthday on May 6th; she is a WKU student. We traveled 3.5 hours just to take her to lunch on her birthday! It was a beautiful day, and we sat outside on the covered patio. BIG drawback-there was a gentleman (who I believed worked there or knew someone who worked there) who sat right outside the exit door on the deck SMOKING and drinking coffee. It was a little breezy, so the amount of smoke drafting our way was terrible. We smelled his smoke the entire time we were there. It kind of ruined it a little for us.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Third time at the restaurant with friends! Great experience every time our go too when in Bowling Green!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The atmosphere was beautiful, the bartender was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable, the food was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great for a birthday!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

My wife and I eat at the Bistro for special occasions. We have been going there for many years. Frankly this was the worst meal we have ever had there. We had the duck special and the meat turned out to be somewhat dry. Plus when ordering the meal my wife was a bit insulted by the waiter’s response to us when we asked to split the meal Which we do every time we eat there. This won’t stop us by any means from going there again, we will just know not order the duck.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Their specials are 3 times the menu price even though they are the same thing. I got tricked with a 50 dollar ribeye that was on the menu for 22 dollars?

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The bacon wrapped dates were AMAZING!! I would rate higher because the food was very good but the meals were only warm when served and the steak was supposed to come with brussel sprouts and red skin roasted potatoes but instead was served with asparagus and mashed potatoes. The server did not inform us of the change and never said anything about it.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food and menu were very good. The service was very friendly and helpful. The ambiance was nice. It was a bit pricey though...

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Not a great experience because there was no experience. Restaurant called 2 hours prior to reservation saying they close at the time we were scheduled to dine. I also received a text confirming the time. No excuse for not calling a day or so in advance so I could make alternate plans.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great service and food!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

A cozy little spot with great fresh food. Daily specials were great. Some of the every day menu items also change daily such as the salmon and scallops.
Bar was well stocked food was an amazing value. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The Bistro offers creative food combinations that taste excellent! The excellent food along with excellent service make for an outstanding dining experience!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Had a great time thanks to the service and the attentiveness of our server.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We stopped in town for a night and stayed in the Marriott off the highway. We found this via an open table search, and it was simply outstanding! Well worth the minimal 5 minute drive off the highway. The server and bartender who took care of us were both professional, helpful and very friendly. Very nice ambience, and we had outstanding burgers, really good. Good dinner choices were available but we couldn't resist the burgers. This is well worth the stop when passing through or visiting Bowling Green.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Good food. Excellent service.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Entertaining out of town guests

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4.0Dined on October 4, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on August 21, 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!

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