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

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 The sleek and modern bistro and bar is run by Tracy Borkum’s Urban Kitchen Group (UKG), best known for her popular Cucina Urbana and Cucina Enoteca restaurants. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Apr. 2022 Tada will draw on his time cooking at upscale Paris restaurants, including Le 6 Paul Bert, but wants Mijoté to fall somewhere between a casual bistro and fine-dining experience. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Mar. 2022 Our favorite spot is Frenchette, the French bistro and bar in TriBeCa. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2022 Ella, a bistro and bar from the team behind Melrose Umbrella Co., is set to open Feb. 10 within the Sixty Beverly Hills Hotel. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2022 Along with an on-site bistro and gift shop, this Ad Gefrin attraction is also the home of Northumbrian County’s first (legal) whisky distillery in 200 years. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Jan. 2022 The hotel features a spectacular all-day dining restaurant, a cozy bistro and coffee bar, a family-style Italian restaurant and a steakhouse with a wine cellar dating back 300 years. Roger Sands, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Bottle & Bean has a coffee shop and bistro as well as a private dining room just south of Queen Creek Road in Chandler. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 Expected to open by April, Forest Lagoon's 1,300-square-meter complex includes a bistro, two infinity pools with swim-up bars, a cold pool and a sauna. Maxime Tamsett, CNN, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bistro

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 May 2022

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“Bistro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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