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Bistro 197

197 W 1st St, Oswego, NY 13126
+1 315-343-2930
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (5 reviews)
“duck wings” (8 reviews)
“salad” (10 reviews)
Open Now
4:00 PM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
197 W 1st St, Oswego, NY 13126
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11 - 20 of 145 reviews

Reviewed 9 March 2017

Bistro 197 has a pleasant atmosphere, kinda casual. There is a Bar with tables and a separate dining seating area. the menu has a good selection of entree and a bar menu. the Bar menu is not to be dismissed as Bar food! I had...More

Thank ITfoodie
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

It was very busy so maybe that was a factor. I was so excited to try the duck wings. After waiting 40 minutes I was told they ran out. I can understand some things run out but why did it take them 40 minutes to...More

3  Thank kathyinelbridge
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Have been here a handful of times and the food is always great. Love that they have different items on the menu and great drinks. Service has always been good and sometimes there has been live music. Cant wait to go back

Thank Gooberlicious3
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Thank you for another evening of food and drink. Christies service was as always spot on any she made our night. 🎄☃❤️

Thank Tracy T
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Have been there many times, until we sat for about 45 minutes waiting for our server to get us drinks, so we left and went to another establishment. Gave them another try with a large party, three ordered Red Snapper and all agreed it was...More

2  Thank badbikerboy
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Bistro 197 is the best restaurant I've been to in ages! The food was excellent and the atmosphere is upscale casual. The waitstaff was right on point - attentive and helpful. And the food..... wow! The menu is inventive with quality fresh ingredients. I highly...More

Thank itsroey
Reviewed 24 September 2016

There are several restaurants I like to frequent in Oswego and Bistro 197 is definitely on the list. The menu changes seasonally and is an eclectic mix of upscaled comfort foods and really unique dishes. One of my favorites here is the beef tournedos with...More

Thank DragaMoreta
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Went there two times. Both times ,as we waited paitiently to be waited on, The SAME bartender assisted others that came in AFTER us. We are DONE!!

Thank bkeene1
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Terrific. Great food. Good folks! Highly recommend. The food is imaginative and the wait staff and bar staff eagerly welcome you. Try the short ribs!

Thank Maggie B
Reviewed 10 September 2016

I was very pleased to see that the Bistro had started lunch hour operation again this summer. I went with my mother-in-law for a ladies day out and had a wonderful lunch. The caprese sandwich was quite delicious with just the right amount of pesto...More

Thank TrvlngPrncss
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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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