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Bistro 197

197 W 1st St, Oswego, NY 13126
+1 315-343-2930
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“oysters” (5 reviews)
“duck wings” (8 reviews)
“ravioli” (4 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
197 W 1st St, Oswego, NY 13126
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1 - 10 of 149 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was apprehensive about eating at the Bistro because of my previous experiences there. This visit was absolutely fantastic. My friend was served a delicious martini and I had one of their wines. We ordered a mushroom and roasted vegetable tart and a ravioli dish...More

Thank sherburd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place has it all; great food, wonderful atmosphere, a very good wine and bar selection and to top it off, a staff that brings it all together. They have a sense of humor and fun that makes it truly a pleasure to enjoy. And...More

Thank nukegscs
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just great. Anniversary dinner in the classiest and best restaurant in Oswego. Bocce balls were to die for, and the Autumn ravioli equally excellent. Christy, our waitress, is knowledgeable and always a delight.

Thank nannerottolo
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Food was great and service was great. Will definitely go again. I had a burger with no bun and the crab dip for an appetizer. Awesome!

Thank Leah D
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

I still love this place. I had a delicious braised beef on a bed of gnocchi. My husband had the pork chop that was perfect. The city of Oswego has a gem in this restaurant.

Thank Scarlett1226
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

We sat at the bar for drinks then dinner. The organic drink ingredients were lined up on the end of his bar for the bartender to create his masterful drinks. Our dinners were both varieties of fish and I would rate them 9.99 out of...More

Thank Steve L
Reviewed 10 September 2017

The meal was amazing. But Oh SO expensive. We both had scallops - 3 of them atop fettucine alfredo. It took forever for the food to arrive, but when it did...wow. it was nice and hot through the meal, but not too hot to eat....More

Thank Lynnette C
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Great dinner & drink - the bartender couldn't have been more attentive. The small plate options are a delight & the drink menu is a blast to read. Would definitely return if in the area

Thank lsullivan68
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Took my wife here after hearing so much buzz about it. Was blown away by the food and drinks. You CAN NOT get food like this anywhere else in Oswego, NY. An absolute must for anyone that enjoys fine dining.

Thank burneville
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

This is a nice place for drinks and appetizers or for a nice dinner out. The food is good and the speciality martinis are really fun and yummy. This is a nice place, a little pricy but worth it.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$30
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 197 W 1st St, Oswego, NY 13126
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Oswego
  • Phone Number: +1 315-343-2930
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We are a causal European style storefront bistro, specializing in comfort food with a flair. We pride ourselves in only using FRESH ingredients, available organic products, the best cuts of meat, and everything is made from scratch; every sauce, every dressing, every dessert. We use preservative-free food from its rawest form, and our seafood is wild-caught and additive-free. We have craft beers and a great selection of wine. We encourage a leisurely approach to eating, taking your time, eating in courses, and enjoying company and the conversation of family and friends. Come check us out and see what comfort food done right is all about.
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