Made fabulous by the French and Italian, bistros are still one of the best places to meet a friend for lunch, take yourself to dinner or stop in for a quick coffee and sandwich to-go. The quintessential bistros have small, round tables with lots of window seats and patio dining, of course! The food at a bistro is perfect for those who love fresh ingredients, light meals like salads and sandwiches and enjoy the classics. Try these spots in Cleveland for a great bistro experience.
West End Bistro and Bar
79 W. St.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
In Chagrin Falls, near the ever famous Gamekeepers restaurant, sits West End Bistro and Bar. Those who know it love it; those who haven’t been are dying to go. It’s small in size but bright with natural light and food to match its “bistro” title. The lunch menu has butternut squash soup, pizzas made with wild mushrooms and caramelized onions and baked brie. Dinner is even better with braised short ribs and salmon saltimbocca. If you’re in the mood, stop by for Sunday brunch. The patio in the spring is a coveted spot.
2300 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Oh 44115
Elements Bistro on Euclid Avenue is a hidden gem. In the Parker Hannifin Administration Center is a sweet little bistro with delicious food for those hardworking Clevelanders. You could build your own burger or try the turkey flatbread with red onion confit, pesto and fontina cheese or the lighter fare; couscous salad or pan-seared watermelon with a balsamic reduction. Don’t forget Elements Bistro for catering your next work lunch or brunch!
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Ginger China Bistro
5092 Tiedeman Road
Brooklyn, OH 44144
Ginger China Bistro in Brooklyn has brought the best of Asia into Ohio. With flavors from Japanese, Thai and Chinese cuisine, there are so many entrees and appetizers to try. Bring a friend to this cozy little restaurant and let the courses flow. Sushi from the sushi bar, pad thai with chicken and shrimp or spicy beef, the “house special” lo mein or the Singapore noodles made with pork, shrimp, shredded carrots, snow peas in a curry sauce are all top choices. The menu at Ginger China Bistro has everything you’re looking for; spicy with heat or layered flavors with complexity.
19110 Old Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116
In Rocky River is a well-known and well-loved bistro called Tartine. The menu is exactly what you’d expect from a bistro: herbed chicken with seasonal apples and cranberry aioli, stuffed peppers with chicken chorizo and saffron or an heirloom tomato pizza with basil pesto and fresh mozzarella. Dinner is even better with filet mignon, ratatouille and duck confit served with creamy brie. Tartine Bistro is absolutely a restaurant worth visiting once, twice or a hundred times. You’ll never tire of the food or atmosphere.
2391 W. 11th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Ligali’s Bistro in Cleveland is polished and perfect. For that special night out, or any night on the town, think about Ligali’s Bistro for food with flavor and sustenance. Starters like the fried green tomato caprese or marinated shrimp in a champagne beurre blanc are beautiful with impressive entrees like the lamb chops with shiitake wine reduction or the halibut with a Chile lime butter. There’s no shortage of imagination and flavor at Ligali’s Bistro.
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