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“Excellent food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bistro 185

Bistro 185
991 East 185 Street, Cleveland, OH 44119
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Ranked #59 of 1,705 Restaurants in Cleveland
Price range: $30 - $100
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Neff Road
Transit: In front of restaurant.
Dallas, Texas
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

The food here is excellent with a terrific and varied wine list and a wonderful menu. We absolutely stuffed ourselves. Service was very good, even though the restaurant was packed. It is very small and probably known mostly by the locals. Our only complaint was with the hostess. We had a reservation made several weeks in advance, arrived early and she acknowledged the reservation. Then she spent several minutes on the phone discussing a potential reservation with someone else and left us standing in the doorway. And then tried to seat us in the bar as if we were walk-ins. And they had at least 2 tables for 2 available. She was reluctant to give us one, for some reason but did. We would have walked out otherwise so I'm very glad she gave us a table. The food is delicious and everything after that was perfect.

Visited June 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Shaker Heights, Ohio
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Incredibly delicious!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed celebrating our anniversaries together with some friends and were treated to a delicious meal. The seafood meals were cooked to perfection as were the appetizers. The scallops simply melted in our mouths and the lobster ravioli is tops! We sat at the bar and enjoyed the knowledgable bartender who shared words of culinary wisdom throughout the evening. Truly a gem of a restaurant in Cleveland!!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Puerto Rico
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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Scruptious all American cuisine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

The Bristo 185 is a very unexpected delight in this very ordinary neighborhood. The hamburger with blue cheese was outstanding. The carmelized onions gave it a special flavor. My friend had the Hawaiian chicken and liked it very much. We were their for lunch on Friday and it was very busy. Many tables were reserved but they managed to fit us in. The waitresses are friendly and swift.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Youngstown, Ohio
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65 reviews 65 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Appetizers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

No complaints about the restaurant. It was nice and cosy and an "eclectic" feel inside. Reasonable prices, good service. We both ordered off the specials/appetizer menu. My friend ordered the duck, complete with a slightly spicy sauce and potato pancakes. I got a delicious cheesy dish, which was basically shrimp and scallops in a cheese soup. Gotta love cheese! It is off the beaten path, in a somewhat run-down part of town, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But fortunately it looks nice on the inside and more importantly, makes good food.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cleveland, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“GEM”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

It's small but mighty good. Service is great and food is amazing. Try the pork chop. Extra large portion with great flavors. You can't go wrong with anything you choose. Service is great!!

Visited August 2012
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