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The Bistro

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1103 E Front Ave, Bismarck, ND 58504-5654
+1 701-224-8800
11:00 - 22:00
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Bismarck, North Dakota
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was so excited to visit the Bistro for the Ahi Tuna and a nice evening out with my husband however the service and food did not meet our expectations. We have been to the Bistro before and has always been ok but Saturday was an exception. The service was slow and not overly friendly, the drink special was weird... More 

Thank BMack2x2
PaulBismarck, Online Presence at The Bistro, responded to this review

I was saddened to read your review. I would like to encourage you to call us during business hours at (701) 224-8800 and ask to speak to the General Manager so you can share your experience directly with him. We always welcome any feedback and take our quality of food and customer service very seriously. Thank you! More 

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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Consistently the best food and Service in the Bismarck/Mandan area! Whether it's lunch or dinner or a Bistro Burger to the nightly special I've never had a bad meal! Great please for drinks and apps too! Enjoy!

Thank Joe B
PaulBismarck, Online Presence Coordinator at The Bistro, responded to this review

Hello Joe, Thank you for taking the time to add your review! We are always pleased to hear that we are achieving one of our main goals - consistency. Whether it is with our food or service we strive to provide an experience for each of our guests that meets or exceeds the expectations the have prior to walking in... More 

Bismarck, North Dakota
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

I have introduced quite a few people to the bistro burger, by my once to twice a month pilgrimage. If you like IPA's you can't go wrong with a Bell's Two Hearted and this burger. The other food is great as well. Had a cup of the lobster bisque, had to be the best I ever tasted. I have tried... More 

Thank RandyG2003
PaulBismarck, Online Presence Coordinator at The Bistro, responded to this review

Hello Randy, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I realize I may be a bit bias here, but I have to agree with you about being the "Best Burger in Town!" I will also make sure that Sam knows about the great things you had to say about him! More 

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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Very pricey, but good food, eating in the atmosphere is good, the service is bad- you won't be greeted, will probably be waiting for someone to acknowledge you, and if you have children with you --be prepared to be given the stink eye or ignored further. I've been here on a number of occasions and take out is the worst... More 

Thank Kate G
PaulBismarck, Online Presence Coordinator at The Bistro, responded to this review

Hello Kate, I am sorry to hear that you have had an experience that did not live up to your expectations. If you have additional information regarding your recent visit (such as the exact date, time, and items ordered) I will be happy to look into this further. Please feel free to use the message button on our Facebook page... More 

Bismarck, ND
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Best food and Service in the Bismarck/Mandan area. Authentic food menu and known for their steaks, burgers, and pizzas. They have a two for one Bistro Burger Special every Saturday in the bar dining. There's a private room to host parties and work clients. Never had a bad meal.

Thank Butch_Perrin
Bismarck, North Dakota
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155 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Went there for dinner for business. Very good waiter, the salmon was very good. The dessert was good also.

Thank Cindy L
Monterrey, Mexico
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370 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

I visited this place for business with a group of 10 people and we all liked it. Service was great, food was fantastic. The lobster bisque is very good. I'd definitely go back

Thank jcisinthehouse
North Dakota
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

A group of us went out to celebrate a birthday. We all liked our food but the waitress was less than good. She took good care of one end of the table but messed up on the rest. Never came back to ask how everything such as steaks were. Would not admitted to errors, just said, must have been a... More 

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Upscale Comfortable atmosphere. Hostess dressed in jeans. Very propr server. Expensive plates. 36$ bucks for a ribeye plate and walleye plate. Non flavored side dishes accompanied the meat. 7$ soup. Food was mediocre at best. For that price in this town i would expect more. So many other restaurant options in this town with more enjoyable food for my taste... More 

Thank amd2014
Minot, North Dakota
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194 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

The chef's soup of the evening was a sweet potato with caramelized apple and oh my but it was delicious. I could have stopped right there and skipped the entrée. Well done. But once my entrée came I was happy too, as I had the ribs and they were done perfectly. The entire dining experience was quite positive and I... More 

Thank Questovia

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Italian, American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1103 E Front Ave, Bismarck, ND 58504-5654
  • Location: United States  >  North Dakota (ND)  >  Bismarck
  • Phone Number: +1 701-224-8800
The Bistro 1100 – An American Café was established in November of 1996 and is currently under the sole ownership of Gerard "Mo" Schmidt a native North Dakotan.The Bistro defines the difference between eating and dining. Widely known for its regional Italian cuisine and modern dishes cooked over red oak on an open grill, the Bistro truly offers unique menu items that go beyond what others can only claim to provide.Our goal is to provide each of our guests with warm, friendly hospitality and the finest food in the region.Whether you are just looking for a delicious lunch or dinner, a private party in our Board Room, or are in need of our full-service catering services we are the premier establishment in Bismarck to meet your dining needs.Eat well, laugh often, live long!

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