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The Bistro

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1129 College St, Bowling Green, KY 42101-2618 (Barren River Health Department)
+1 270-781-9646
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Chose the Bistro simply driving through downtown Bowling Green and intrigued by the vintage building. The were diners in the restaurant so we decided to venture. We were not disappointed. We both had 2 different fish specials, a bottle of wine and shared a dessert. Excellent meal and we were pleased with ourselves for venturing in without a prior review... More 

Thank Enjoyingour60s
Imlay City, Michigan
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and atmosphere. Ribeye was delicious. Set in an old house with a great decor. Well worth the trip.

Thank Walter P
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in based on reviews in Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed. The menu was very good with lots of different options. We went with the specials, one chicken based with a great compote and one a filet mignon. The service was very good, but a little slow in getting our table cleared. We would definitely stop there... More 

Thank Steveflhtc07
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I celebrated a friend's birthday at The Bistro. The service was fantastic...food and beverages were delicious (especially the curry chicken soup) and ambiance was charming. Will definitely return.

Thank Cindi R
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This restaurant is in a vintage home in downtown Bowling Green, KY. It is one of my top four restaurants in town. The me use is excellent and offers a variety of very good entrees. There is something foe everyone at a variety of prices. You feel that your getting your monies worth at the Bistro. The remodeled house ads... More 

Thank Glenn L
Florence, South Carolina
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81 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

This is a must go restaurant in Bowling Green. We had dinner there today, and it was delicious. The ambiance is very quaint and the service was fast. Our waitress was very attentive and helped us pick out our dishes. The crab beignets is a must have and my husband's seafood with grits was really out of this world and... More 

Durham, North Carolina
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

My wife and I have dined here twice, with both of our grown children and found this to be a very pleasant experience both times. The food is tasty and well prepared. The staff are pleasant and prompt. The bar is well stocked and the atmosphere is great. Good for a quiet, fine dining experience.

Thank Tom K
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

the seasonal menu surpasses any in the area. the drink selection is extensive & delicious. love the atmosphere of the restaurant & the back porch. the back deck is the best in town to have wine with friends.

Thank mfrank09
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

We found a Groupon for this place and used it on night #2. Great This place with very good food and service was excellent. We bet this is busy when WKU is in session but all the kids are home and it was quiet and filled with locals. We were very happy with our meal, service and cost - even... More 

Thank Michael T
Asheville, North Carolina
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76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

Delicious! Seafood fritters were tasty and fun. Beet, goat cheese, pear, walnuts and greens salad was a taste sensation. We both had the salmon which was perfectly prepared over fresh linguini dressed with lemon caper butter and a side of seasonal vegis. It was incredible. There were many specials to choose from, but we were set on salmon. Glad we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $30
American, Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1129 College St, Bowling Green, KY 42101-2618
    (Barren River Health Department)
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Bowling Green
  • Phone Number: +1 270-781-9646
Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky's historic downtown district, 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.

The Bistro menu features Mediterranean-inspired dishes with a unique twist. From perfectly grilled ribeye to moist stuffed salmon, our menu has something that is sure to delight even the pickiest of tastes. Be sure to also enjoy craft beers, wine, and specialty cocktails from our full bar.

Wedding receptions, office parties, birthdays, whatever the occasion, let The Bistro make it memorable. Private dining is available upstairs in a 1,800 square foot space that seats up to 50. For elegant outdoor functions our private courtyard is the perfect setting. We offer full-service catering and will help you plan a menu that fits in your budget.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?