About The Bistro

1129 College Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101
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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

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: 2705357359

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine

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4.5

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4.6

ambience

4.2

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Continues 4 star

vip
Dined on April 18, 2016

My wife and I dined here frequently. It is consistently on a par with the best restaurants in Nashville or Louisville and exceeds the great majority. My wife and one of her friends frequently order salmon at restaurants. This salmon according to them is it not the best at least equal to the best. The chef also knows how to properly prepare pasta. There is frequently a turnover in the waitstaff but they always are attentive and well-trained.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value2

Good, but a tad overpriced. Good experie ...

Dined on April 9, 2016

Good, but a tad overpriced. Good experience though!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, late-night find
food4
ambience4
service5

Good food and great service

Dined on April 9, 2016

Good food and great service

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Very well pleased with The Bistro

Dined on March 19, 2016

Unfamiliar with Bowling Green, KY, I simply did a search for a restaurant that would offer an experience that we could not find in our home town. The web-based picture of the Bistro was not the selling point; however, the menu looked unique and offered a variety of choices - steak, fish, pork, and more. From the greeting at our arrival, to the greeting of the waiter, and throughout the meal, the service is first class, the food is delicious, and the environment afforded the opportunity for quiet conversation. Very well pleased with the entire experiences - thank you. John from Charlotte, NC

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

We walked to The Bistro from the Hyatt P ...

Dined on February 28, 2016

We walked to The Bistro from the Hyatt Place Hotel (right near Western Kentucky University) after making our reservation on OpenTable.com. We ordered the fabulous crab beignet appetizers. They were very yummy, with lots of REAL crab meat. The husband had the special Filet Mignon and it was delicious with some kind of baked on topping. I thoroughly enjoyed the fish special. Dessert was a Bailey's Coffee mousse cake, and we both wanted a seconds! Only drawback? No bread included with the meal.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service2
value1

trying too hard

Dined on February 20, 2016

The venue is loud since its a room with wood floors. Brought a mascato instead of pinot grigio. $25 for 3 scallops and some cranberry risotto that was inedible. The filet was delish though. I felt nickel and dimed paying 4 for a salad and 18% gratuity added for a party of 2??? They want this place to be great and priced it like it is, but it isn't.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great Valentine's Dinner

Dined on February 13, 2016

My husband and I made reservations here for a Friday night on Valentine's Day weekend. Table was ready when we got there which was nice. We had great service and the food was incredible. Everything we ate from the appetizer to the dessert was wonderful! The atmosphere is charming and unique for the area. We would definitely recommend and want to bring friends back with us next time.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

Great Discovery

Dined on December 31, 2015

We often stay over in Bowling Green KY on trips between Indiana and Alabama. Now we will definitely be staying over just because of this restaurant. Lovely setting. Great service with the staff being able to explain all menu items and specials. Menu items offered a nice variety, and the food we chose was excellent. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing and we were never rushed. The pacing of delivering drinks and food choice was perfectly done. Definitely recommend this restaurant - have already recommended it to relatives and friends. Will definitely be back.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

Enjoyable Evenings

vip
Dined on December 6, 2015

We have been here a few times and always enjoy returning. The food is very good and we like being able to sit indoors or out on the patio when weather permits.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

I love the Bistro! Great food and service.

Dined on November 22, 2015

I always have a wonderful time at The Bistro! They have a small dining room that would be great to watch a snow storm in as it's all windows. There is a back porch for summer dining and there is a nice large room for a group of 15. They say that sometimes card groups go and dine there while playing cards. Also, there is a function room on the second floor for even larger groups. It's a wonderful dining place. I love it.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service5

Great personal service

Dined on October 7, 2015

I have dined at The Bistro for several years. The owners and the wait service has always been outstanding. When my family and colleagues come to town they insist that we dine at The Bistro at least once before they leave. We have visitors from all over the world come to Bowling Green and the Bistro is their favorite dining place. I guess the biggest compliment I can make is, "You guys remember your guests!" That means a lot.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service4

Charming place with excellent food!

Dined on October 4, 2015

The food was amazing and reasonably priced. The crab beignets are one of the best appetizers I've ever had, and the shrimp and grits were outstanding, too. A full romantic meal for two with cocktails, appetizer, main course, and dessert only ran around $55. Not bad at all for all we had!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service5

Looking for a terrific steak?

Dined on September 26, 2015

The filet was good perfectly and we had the special that came with a home made pimento cheese topping. Sounds weird but it was delicious. We also had the rare tuna and it was great. We certainly go back when we are in the area. Martini's are good as well.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience3
service4

Our place to eat when in Bowling Green

Dined on September 16, 2015

We travel through Bowling Green a couple of times each year and look forward to dinner at the Bistro. We've always had a tasty meal with creative choices. The wait staff have been attentive and helpful. Last night all three of us enjoyed a special of chicken and shrimp with rice and a spicey tomato sauce, but it was hard to decide. I also enjoyed my blood orange margarita. Personally I find the dining room decor depressing; I wouldn't want to sit there regularly, but on occasion it's fine, and overall this has been a consistently good choice.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience2
service3

I had a confirmed Open Table reservation ...

Dined on September 11, 2015

I had a confirmed Open Table reservation which the restaurant said they did not have.

food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent find. Great service, Great foo ...

Dined on September 6, 2015

Excellent find. Great service, Great food. Highly recommend.

Tags: romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Four guys from out of town looking for a ...

vip
Dined on September 4, 2015

Four guys from out of town looking for a good dinner and we found it. Our waiter, Jordan, was great. Food was great. Some unusual offerings that were worth the risk and turned out to be wonderful. Great find by out of owners. Would come here again if back in Bowling Green. Highly recommend.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

The service was polite and timely. The ...

Dined on August 29, 2015

The service was polite and timely. The entree portion was a little on the small side and decent, but not great. I liked the ambiance, decor, and outdoor seating.

food4
ambience4
service4

Delicious!

Dined on August 28, 2015

Great atmosphere for a group dinner. Great outside covered seating available. Food is amazing and they always have great specials.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Awesome Hidden Gem!

vip
Dined on August 14, 2015

Excellent place! Fresh, local ingredients prepared to perfection! We found this place based on Internet searches (we are from MN), and couldn't have been more pleased. Our kids had the filet and the ribeye, my husband had scallops, and I had the salmon. It was served with a lovely arugula, tomato, and corn salad dressed in a light vinegarette. It was delicious. And the service was attentive and excellent to boot. We will definitely be back the next time we're in town. We highly recommend the Bistro.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Elegant and classy

vip
Dined on August 10, 2015

This is definitely the nicest restaurant in Bowling Green. I make it a point to go whenever I'm in town. The food is top notch, the decor is stylish and contemporary, the location is great, the service is excellent, etc. I highly recommend The Bistro!

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5

I had filet it was good, wife had Lemon ...

Dined on July 11, 2015

I had filet it was good, wife had Lemon Snapper, she said it was awesome! Crissy was our waitress she was Awesome, we definitely will come back!

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

Wonderful gem in Bowling Green

Dined on July 10, 2015

My husband and I visited Bowling Green for a night recently and the B & B where we stayed recommended this restaurant. It was wonderful. The service was excellent, food superb and atmosphere relaxing. My favorite was the crab beignets appetizer and my husband enjoyed the lamb kebobs. They had a lot of seafood and many daily specials. We didn't try the desserts but they sounded tasty as well.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

We always have a wonderful time at The Bistro!

Dined on July 1, 2015

Wonderful ambiance, food, service and to top it off...wonderful friends.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5

All the food was delicious. We ordered t ...

Dined on June 27, 2015

All the food was delicious. We ordered the crab meat beignet and it was wonderful! For entrees I ordered the penne rustica and it had great flavor and was very filling. My girlfriend ordered a special that was oysters on a bed of pasta with a wine sauce and that was great too! Third time I've been here and it never disappoints!

food5
ambience4
service5

We enjoyed our Father's Day Brunch very much there

Dined on June 21, 2015

The food was wonderful and prepared in unique ways. The wait was not long at all and the food came out hot. Our waiter was attentive and smiled alot. He really seemed to care that we were taken care of.

Tags: great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Exceptional experience

Dined on June 21, 2015

We went there for Father's Day and he's still talking about it, two days later! The food was exceptional and the service was outstanding. As I told our incredible waiter, the only bad part of the whole experience was, it had to end. I highly recommend the Bistro if you want to truly experience fine dining at its' best.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service4

Interesting menu

Dined on June 13, 2015

The standard menu was interesting and offer a nice selection. The chef's specials that evening were great including a Lebanese amberjack was off the chart for flavor. The wait staff were quick and polite. We will return. Everyone on Open Table and Yelp raved about the crab beignets. They are legit. Must try them.

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience4
service5

Reliable, consistent good food

Dined on April 25, 2015

Quality in presentation and ingredients. Comfortable and attractive setting and interior. Nice menu selection. Only issue was, although tasty, salmon was a bit too salted and on the edge of over cooked. Ask for it to be medium to avoid being dried out. Didn't realize i needed tho say so, thought that was the standard for salmon. Server was a delight as was our hostess. We'll return, but request less salt and medium Cooked salmon.

Tags: good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5

Delightful

vip
Dined on April 21, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised at the wonderful food and attentive service. The crab beignets were light and wonderful!

food5
ambience5
service5

Family dinner for a special occasion was a success

Dined on April 18, 2015

We made reservations for a party of 11 to celebrate our daughter's junior prom. The waiter was very attentive. We had two children in our party and the kitchen was able to accommodate their food interests as well. The atmosphere was great. Welcoming. The food was delicious and the drinks from the bar menu were superb. Highly recommend whether it be a special occasion, date night, or a nice spot with friends.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5

A perfect Sunday!

Dined on April 12, 2015

We dined at the Bistro for Sunday brunch. It was delicious. We had one of the specials, open-face biscuit w/red eye gravy, country ham topped with eggs over easy. Also shared an order of French toast. The food was all very fresh. We also had a very tasty mimosa. We sat outside on the covered deck. It was a perfect spring morning and a very relaxing atmosphere. Our server had only been working there a week and it was his first time to work during brunch. He service was spectacular and his attitude even better. We had an enjoyable meal, never felt rushed and will definitely go back for brunch.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Delicious

Dined on April 7, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised at the wonderful food and attentive service. The crab beignets were light and delightful. I had the yummy bacon wrapped shrimp on a bed of creamy grits. My husband enjoyed seared scallops and couscous. The corn coulis really made this dish extra special.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful!

Dined on March 1, 2015

The food, decor, and ambience were perfect! We will be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

excellent

Dined on February 8, 2015

1st time @ Bistro. very tasty. will definitely go back.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

A Wonderful Find

vip
Dined on February 8, 2015

My wife and I had passed this restaurant many times and never tried it. Since we were looking to try something new one evening, I made reservations and we were greatly rewarded. The service was good, the food wonderfully created and very flavorful. The portions could have been a little larger, but, we still were more than satisfied and even allowed us to enjoy the great deserts. No cons or criticisms that we could find. We left with the thought of definitely coming back soon. Great meal.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

A Bowling Green Treasure

Dined on January 10, 2015

You know a restaurant is really special when you drive from another state to experience dining at it's finest. We live in Gallatin, TN, and make a special effort to include The Bistro on our dining circuit. It is always a pleasant atmosphere, great service, and exceptional food. Thank you to all who strive to make this such a wonderful dining establishment!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Elevator Man

Dined on December 31, 2014

This was our first visit with you and a special occasion for my wife and me. We were there for an early dinner ahead of your regular dinner crowd. Our waitress made us feel very welcome and respected our wishes. We had the bacon wrapped dates as an appetizer, delicious. My wife ordered the salmon, very good. I had the curried scallops, outstanding! We shared a desert on the house, very much appreciated (this night was the 50th anniversary of our first date). The entire experience was exceptional. We will be returning soon.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience1
service4

The noise level was excruciating.

Dined on December 18, 2014

This is the sixth visit for a group of 3 couples. Our experience in the past has been good. This time the menu had been changed and did not measure up to what we had previously experienced. The staff service was quite good, while the noise level was excruciating. Our table was positioned between two other tables, each occupied by a group of women whose antics would rival a Super Bowl locker room celebration. Clearly the restaurant needs to be aware of the probability of this situation arising when sitting groups intent on partying rather than enjoying a dining experience. In short, it was an hours drive for us to the restaurant. We we won't be back unless we can be seated in a smaller dining room.

food5
ambience5
service5

excellent

Dined on December 12, 2014

I had the filet and my wife had the chicken roulade. Both were amazing. The coco late cheesecake was a great wrap up.

Tags: romantic, special occasion

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