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“A local's view - Love the wood fired pizza, service was so-so”

The Brick Oven Bistro
Ranked #3 of 181 Restaurants in Sandusky
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Huron, Ohio, United States
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89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A local's view - Love the wood fired pizza, service was so-so”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

Just discovered this restaurant, apparently about 6 months after it was opened; they haven't done much advertising at all. We liked it enough that we've been there two days in a row!

THE GOOD: The food was just excellent, and reasonably priced. After visiting Rome this year I've had a hankering for wood fired oven pizza, and to be honest the pizza here compares favorably with what we had in Italy. The bruschetta is toasted just right, though their version is piled deeper and higher with toppings than I'm used to. We've tried the cannoli as well, very nice. Sandwiches are on very good bread and have generous (but not excessive) portions.

Did I mention that the pizza was great? Crust done right, good toppings, and very nice specialty pizzas. My personal favorite is the breaded eggplant with sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and a drizzled balsamic reduction over the top. Also tried the Margherita, Diavola and White pizzas with complete enjoyment.

THE SO-SO: The building has been renovated through several incarnations but was a Howard Johnson's long ago . Ambiance is fair - clearly huge strides forward but not really a bistro environment. There is a limited number of tables, and on a Saturday night the small waiting area was overwhelmed...with inadequate seating for those in line. Friday lunch was easy and relaxed, but if you're looking for busier meal times you'd best get there early

THE NOT SO HOT: Service. Friday lunch we were well taken care of, but there really wasn't anyone else there. Saturday evening I had to get up twice to look for our waitress, and the second time (ready to pay the bill) she was leaning against a wall and staring into the parking lot. We weren't in a hurry and enjoyed our conversation, but it could have been aggravating in different circumstances.

Despite that, we're looking forward to returning.

  • Visited August 2013
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Ohio
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530 reviews
315 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
“Delicious food, sketchy service and lacking ambience”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

We recently stopped in for dinner while visiting Sandusky, based in large part on the glowing reviews on this site. We found the food to be just as good as other reviewers insist, but the rest of the experience was not. The "brick oven bistro" is a former Howard Johnson's, and has none of the cozy charm of a bistro. The brick oven is in the kitchen out of view. And, since this is near Cedar Point and Lake Erie, the restaurant is full of large groups and, in our case, unruly and ill-behaved small children. If you were thinking about a romantic evening, this is not your place.
On arrival, we were left waiting in the doorway -- without even being acknowledged -- for about 10 minutes while the host organized moving tables and chairs together, seating and distributing menus to several families dining together. Once we were acknowledged, we were seated at a two-top near the door next to a screaming child, despite lots of empty tables more congenially located. It drove us to drink, but only beer and wine -- no full liquor license here. Our server cheerfully brought us a beer. We had a salad and the prosciutto and arugula pizza. Both were much, much better than we expected, and neither would have been out of place at a fancy restaurant charging twice as much. The salad was had very fresh lettuce, a nice amount of garlic and better parmesan than I imagined. The pizza had an outstanding crisp crust that only a brick oven can provide and was well conceived and well executed. I might have cut the prosciutto a little thinner, but that's a matter of opinion. I'd love to have the pizza again, but maybe carryout next time.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank JJTOH
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Huron, Ohio
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111 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Reasonably priced locally owned”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We live in town and love this new restaurant! We have been 6 times and they have only been open since I think March or April. We knew it was good because the parking was packed!! The food is different for our area and locally owned. The food is above average quality and the prices are very reasonable. The prices on the carry out menu range from $3.00 to $12.00. The $3 item is a cup of soup. I don't eat alot of meat and usually create my own veggie pizza, my husband tries everything and I usually sample what he gets. Saturday night our beer was only $2 a bottle. The strawberry pie is spectacular. The only negative is that it is small and you might have to wait.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank learnedtraveler
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Sandusky, Ohio
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Fresh change in sandusky”
Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

My husband and i are locals and heard great things about the bistro. Customer service great atmosphere great food great. We enjoyed it, just extremely greasy it was dripping down my hands

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank vicks573
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Columbus Oh
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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“New little gem in Sandusky!”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

Really enjoyed our appetizers and flat bread pizzas! Casual and close to Cedar Point! And the beer was good too!

Visited June 2013
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Thank Alan S
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