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What can you Eat at an American Bistro?

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What to expect on the menu at an American Bistro?

An American bistro is a little more sophisticated than an American café but offers more traditional American-style dishes than a continental style bistro. The atmosphere is casual but classy and there is usually quite an extensive menu offering different meals for different times each day, usually lunch and dinner. Some American bistros also offer a separate party menu for large group meals at a very reasonable price.

Each American bistro will offer its own signature dishes which may be variations on traditional pasta dishes or meat favorites. The menus are usually extensive with a wide range of appetizers, entrees and desserts on the lunch and dinner menus. Some American bistros also have a different brunch menu or a separate menu for weekend dining.

The ingredients used to make American bistro dishes are usually locally produced and therefore seasonal. This means that no two American bistros will ever be serving quite the same dishes. For example, if you visit an American Bistro in Louisiana you will probably find a range of seafood dishes on the menu throughout the year. If you visit an American bistro in Texas you will find more dishes containing beef, brisket and venison.

The décor of an American bistro also usually varies considerably depending on the location. Bistros are usually causal with a relaxed ambience and enough space between the tables to that ensure guests do not feel too crowded.

Here are a few examples of the range of dishes you will usually find on the menu at a traditional American bistro.

Lunch Menu


  • Soup of the day
  • House salad
  • Frittata
  • Spring rolls with dipping sauce
  • Smoked salmon pastries
  • Coconut shrimp with dipping sauce
  • Pate and French bread
  • Three cheese omelet
  • Calamari with dressing

Main Courses

  • Home made ravioli
  • Barbecue burger
  • Blackened chicken breast
  • Grilled salmon sandwich
  • Steak sandwich

Dinner Menu


  • A selection of soups
  • A selection of salads
  • Crab cakes
  • Bruschetta
  • Goat cheese with warm bread


  • Eggplant parmesan
  • Lump crab and shrimp in garlic sauce
  • Braised lamb
  • Chicken en croute
  • Honey glazed salmon
  • Steak tartar
  • Chicken pot pie
  • Spiced meatloaf


  • Crème brulee
  • Sheet cakes
  • Sundaes
  • Carrot cake
  • Cheese cake

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