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The Bistro

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€€ - €€€
American, Bar, Pub
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1103 E Front Ave, Bismarck, ND 58503
+1 701-224-8800
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Bismarck, North Dakota
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Bismarck, ND
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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154 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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352 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank ndtraveler007
Bismarck, North Dakota
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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
Buchanan, Michigan
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300 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Whenever we are in Bismarck, we always try to stop at the Bistro. The service ranges from good to superb, and we have always had a wonderful meal. They also make above average mixed drinks, mine is a spicy Bloody Mary. Rather than detailing the menu, just know whatever you select will be perfectly prepared to your request. Enjoy!

2 Thank Martin R

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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$20
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
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 58503
  • 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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