bistro

noun
bis·​tro | \ ˈbē-(ˌ)strō How to pronounce bistro (audio) , ˈbi- How to pronounce bistro (audio) \
plural bistros

Definition of bistro

1 : a small or unpretentious restaurant
2a : a small bar or tavern
b : nightclub

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Examples of bistro in a Sentence

a bistro in Paris that serves veal chops and hearty stews a section of the city populated with casual bistros offering entertainment to suit nearly every taste

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The French Kitchen opened in late 2013 serving classic bistro fare. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Lord Baltimore Hotel's French Kitchen becoming catering and event space," 30 May 2018 Restaurateur Keith McNally’s beloved bistro Pastis anchored New York City’s Meatpacking District for nearly 15 years before its doors closed in 2014. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "Pastis Returns! The Buzziest Moments in Its History," 1 May 2019 Owner Michael Meranda earned a following for his D’Oro Gelato business in Addison, before moving downtown and opening an Italian bistro in River North. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Summer Eating List: 44 new and upcoming Chicago restaurants – from must-gos to field trips," 5 June 2018 Next comes lunch in a bistro called Bronx Brasserie, erected especially for the occasion, with a menu courtesy of the culinary collective Ghetto Gastro. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Cartier Celebrates Its Latest Collection With a Lavish Parisian Fete," 19 Apr. 2019 Samara is a 36-seat Ballard bistro from chef Eric Anderson, formerly of Palace Kitchen and Brunswick & Hunt. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue lands a famous, big-name hot-pot spot and 42 other new openings around the Seattle area," 13 Feb. 2019 Sean Brock's vision for the new South at Husk Charleston makes stellar use of the region's ingredients; while at Fig, those seasonal ingredients and Southern classics are served in an upscale bistro setting. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 Lyon’s characteristic bouchons are small bistros that evolved from the time when Mama would feed the silk workers after a long day. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 The cuisine is French bistro with slight remixing: Go for the Croissant French Toast, thank us later. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places for Brunch in Nashville," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bistro

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bistro

French

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bistro

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bistro

: a small restaurant or bar

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