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“A Real Winner in a Town Full of Winners”
Review of John Bozeman's Bistro - CLOSED

John Bozeman's Bistro
Price range: $8 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Bistro continues its tradition of fine-dining in an elegant yet casual environment offering their guests a unique experience with Montana hospitality in a one-of-a-kind setting. The imaginative world cuisine, fine wines, quality brews and great service are enhanced by the unique design of the renovated 1905 downtown building. The menu is known for its creative treatment of the freshest ingredients with an international flair offering a multi-dimensional flavor. The customer returns, because The Bistro staff cares. The Bistro is passionate about cooking and caters a wide variety of events as well as smaller corporate and family gatherings seeking upscale Hors d' Oeuvre luncheon and dinner parties. Good food makes a great party, anytime anywhere. If your hungry for a traditional meal with flair or something refreshing and different, head for The Bistro.
Kalispell, Montana
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A Real Winner in a Town Full of Winners”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

One of the many reasons I enjoy visiting Bozeman is the wide variety of eateries. Being a lively college town it has it all; fancy, plain, pricy, cheap, chains and independents. With so many good restaurants in town it’s always fun to discover a new one. I hadn’t been to the Bistro before so I gave it a shot. On the way there I walked past three other restaurants. All looked good, but the clincher was when I got to the Bistro and saw the tripadvisor placard in the window showing four and a half stars (circles?).
From the outside the Bistro is a non-descript hole-in-the wall but when you step through the door you enter into a narrow, but long, full blown restaurant with a very nice atmosphere. The menu is heavy on beef (this is Montana after all) but offers other choices as well and a very interesting collection of side dishes that are not to be missed.
My wife, who is not normally a red meat eater, had the Argentine prepared tenderloin and loved it. Her comment “I’d have this again” is the best recommendation I can give. The food, wine selection, and service were all first rate. The calamari appetizer reminded me of why I shouldn’t order calamari when I’m a thousand miles from the nearest ocean and the steaks were cooked at the upper end of the range; meaning, if you can’t decide between medium-rare and medium order the medium- rare. Take those for what they are: observations, not criticisms.
Overall all this was a very positive experience. I’ll go back and you should too.

  • Visited August 2012
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2 Thank CodyCo
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Edmonds, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Dishes usually found in the Big City, Service you expect from a small town!”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

We took our 91 year old Uncle to this spot in downtown Bozeman for lunch. His usual spot is Perkins, but he was a good sport. We shared several appetizers - all delicious, beautifully prepared and ample servings. He'll be back - delighted with the variety, price and service. We certainly will stop there again whenever going through Bozeman!

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank celticgypsy
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Belgrade, Montana
Level 6 Contributor
730 reviews
498 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
“Service and quality”
Reviewed June 27, 2012

Have eaten here a few times and been satisfied with service adn quality.
Will probably go for either my husbands or my birthday since they offer a free entree to the birthday person with proof. Not many places that are in this catagory of dining offer free anything.

  • Visited January 2012
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Thank jeffreyshapiro
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Good,but not as good as last time...take heed”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

I've eaten here about a half dozen times and I do have to say my most recent experience showed a decline in food quality. Service was outstanding, but my Super Food platter was inconsistent. Most of it was good, but one item was definitely over cooked ( the corn). The platter was only luke warm when served. The ahi appetizer was excellent. From looking at recent reviews, the restaurant should take note and shore some areas up.

  • Visited June 2012
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1 Thank bobbymcsnoddy
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Helena, Montana
Level 5 Contributor
95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Super Food Platters”
Reviewed June 11, 2012 via mobile

We stop for lunch each time we pass through Bozeman, because it has the most imaginative menu in town and actually thinks fresh vegetables and grains can be delicious. They offer a Super Food Platter that presents generous samples of several creative seasonal foods. Last week for example the Platter consisted of jumbo mushroom caps filled with eggplant ratatouille, caramelized yam medallions with apple-raisin chutney, a stir fry of chard, beets, and Walla Walla onions in dijon alfredo sauce (my favorite) and corn medallions in a Thai dipping sauce. If you like a restaurant that presents something new which you might not have thought of preparing at home, this is a great choice. The ambiance is OK, especially if you select one of the booths. Servers are friendly, though service can be slow on busy days.

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Thank Botticelli1105
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