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
Recent Examples on the Web On Wednesday morning at Oakmont of Montecito, CVS staff bustled about a bistro converted into a vaccine clinic to administer second doses to 160 residents and 80 staff. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, "More Bay Area women are getting vaccinated than men. Here's why," 4 Feb. 2021 In a hideaway cellar on Craigie Circle, this little bistro from Stanislas Hilbert emphasizes relationships with area farmers, fishermen, and foragers (naturally). Kara Baskin,, "100 top restaurants for takeout in Boston and beyond," 11 Feb. 2021 But that hasn’t stopped Miami Tech Welcome drinks from happening weekly at an outdoor bistro, where usually 25 or 30 people gather. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Join Us in Miami! Love, Masters of the Universe," 29 Jan. 2021 The Italian bistro is owned by Sarah's mother, Angela Verrastro, an entrepreneur who is surviving the Minnesota restaurant shutdown with a loyal takeout business. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Epic muskie day lifts young fishing guide into rare air," 12 Dec. 2020 Chef/owner Sam Oteo is moving his Mexican bistro — called Lola — to from Orem to Salt Lake City's 9th and 9th neighborhood. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Lola Mexican bistro moving to Salt Lake City; and an 80th anniversary beer for Snowbasin," 4 Dec. 2020 Eve carryout menu at his French bistro, Le Bouchon. Washington Post, "Out with the old, in with the few: How the pandemic changed New Year’s Eve," 31 Dec. 2020 Some, such as the modern French bistro Perle, became so busy that staff members began asking customers to give up their tables after 90 minutes in order to seat waiting guests. Garrett Snyder Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Tempers flare as Southern California restaurants push back on outdoor dining ban," 7 Dec. 2020 Last fall, the restaurateur Jeff Ellermeyer asked Rankin to be the executive chef of a French bistro in Silver Lake. Sheila Marikar, The New Yorker, "A California Councilwoman’s Quest to Keep Restaurants Open," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of bistro

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Mar 2021

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“Bistro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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: a small restaurant or bar

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