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Bistro on Main

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French, American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, Bistro
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8 North Main St, Lexington, VA
540-464-4888
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations
Description: Upscale Casual Dining in the Heart of Downtown Lexington...
Upscale Casual Dining in the Heart of Downtown Lexington, Virginia.Featuring local products with a Southern flair. Intimate, casual atmosphere. Serving Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. Also offers catering. Reservations Recommended!
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  • 177
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  • 97
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very Good Restaurant in Lexington

The food here was good, the hostess and server were friendly (unlike some reviews said, though maybe that was because we arrived on time as we heard being late was not looked upon kindly). We also made reservations ahead, which looks necessary as full as the restaurant was. It is a small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Midlothian, Virginia
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Midlothian, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The food here was good, the hostess and server were friendly (unlike some reviews said, though maybe that was because we arrived on time as we heard being late was not looked upon kindly). We also made reservations ahead, which looks necessary as full as the restaurant was. It is a small restaurant, so I would definitely recommend making reservations... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

What a pleasant surprise!!! We were walking around downtown Lexington after we just got to town looking for a place to have dinner. We must have looked lost, I guess, since a passerby asked if we needed help. I told him we were looking for a decent restaurant for dinner. He pointed to Bistro on Main across the street. Without... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We walked in without a reservation and made the good decision to eat at the bar since the tables were taken. The owner and the bartender were exceptionally friendly and helpful. There was a good variety of wines and beers on the menu and the food was great. We enjoyed the duck, the crab cakes and the tapenade and roasted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I have eaten here twice and both times the food and service was fantastic. Prices are in line with other Lexington restaurants of this caliber.

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Lexington, Virginia
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58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The food is fresh with a wide variety of choices. Veggies and foodies will love this place. Towns college professors are regular customers all year round.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Do not order the crab cakes. The waitress told me they were delicious with no filler, but they were more like filler with no crab. And served luke warm. Everyone in our party of six found their menu choices to be average, at best. But the worst part of our dining experience was the rude owner. Apparently she was ready... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

My husband and I travelled to Lexington for our Grandson's VMI Matriculation on Saturday, August 22, 2015 and decided to go into town for lunch. We stopped at Bistro on Main and were delighted with everything about this wonderful gem located steps from VMI. There were 4 of us and everyone enjoyed their lunches. We will be back and I... More 

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Hobe Sound, Florida
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37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This restaurant is very consistent with good food and fair prices. Decor could be a bit more chic with a little extra effort but, overall, you should not be disappointed.

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Love the lunches and dinners, the catfish and chicken marsala were delicious and so were my friends dinners.There are always great specials.... The wine was a nice pour and the service was fabulous and the server was extremely friendly and knowledgable...

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at the Bistro. The staff was very well-trained and professional. The food preparation and presentation was perfection. The only reason I did not give the restaurant a five was because of the lunch the following day. While the staff was accomadating and friendly, the fare was not impressive. Go for dinner. You... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8 North Main St, Lexington, VA
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: 540-464-4888

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: French, American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions

Description

Upscale Casual Dining in the Heart of Downtown Lexington, Virginia.Featuring local products with a Southern flair. Intimate, casual atmosphere. Serving Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. Also offers catering. Reservations Recommended!

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