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Bistro on Main

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$$ - $$$
American, Contemporary
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8 N Main St, Lexington, VA 24450-2521
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Fredericton, Canada
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469 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had learned about the Bistro on Main from TripAdvisor and thought we would go there while passing through Lexington. Although it was busy, they found a table for us but we waited about 15 minutes to have one by the window. Our hostess, who I think was one of the owners, was very pleasant and helpful as was our... More 

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Mays Landing
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had reservations but arrived early and we're seated immediately, even though there was a full house. Great appetizer and dinner, but the drinks were so so. Very nice ambience, even in the bar section.

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Wymondham, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I were in the Lexington area for a family wedding. We had lunch at the Bistro on our first day there and liked it so much we went back the next day. It is an extremely popular and busy place, but this does not take away from its friendly and personable atmosphere. For instance, on our second... More 

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Charlotte, NC
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For lunch we were drawn to Bistro by it appearance, and were very impressed with the menu, food and service. A very lovely experience!

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Centerville, Ohio
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here on short notice early on a Friday night and the staff was very accommodating. It is small but classy and is the kind of place you are able to have a real conversation-no TVs-and only soft music. Food comes quickly; service pleasantly attentive. Nice pan seared trout and fresh veggies; tasty grilled burger and fries; big hearty bowl... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an excellent choice. The food was very tasty, well prepared, and we enjoyed our visit. It was crowded at the time we chose, and a bit noisy, but not a problem. Many good restaurants have this situation when they are popular.

Thank InIt4Life
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I will just sum this up as succinctly as possible, pick a category regarding a restaurant, and give the Bistro on Main all five stars. On top of that, we didn't know you needed a reservation. When I told the hostess that we didn't have one she said, "no problem, we have a place for you". In a few minutes... More 

Thank Christian U
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great choice, Great Bartender, Great dinner. The fish and crab dip was absolutely wonderful. The scallops were expertly prepared. House chardonnay paired with dinner perfectly.

Thank Terry M
Melbourne Beach, FL
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51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were making our way south and detoured west to avoid flooding from Matthew. Our route took us though Lexington, VA and we decided to try the Bistro. We weren't quite sure what to expect but it appeared interesting from the street so..... I had linguini with artichokes, kalamata olives and tomatoes in a light cream sauce. It was excellent.... More 

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Lexington, Virginia
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97 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can't go wrong with the Bistro on Main. The food was delicious. My husband and I had lunch this summer and enjoyed it very much. The atmosphere is very nice. We sat at a table near the window and watched all the activity happpening in this college town. I had a chilled cucumber soup. Perfect on a hot summer... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $25
American, Contemporary
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 N Main St, Lexington, VA 24450-2521
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: 540-464-4888
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?