bis·tro | \ˈbē-(ˌ)strō, ˈbi- \
plural bistros

Definition of bistro 

1 : a small or unpretentious restaurant

2a : a small bar or tavern

b : nightclub

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Synonyms for bistro


cabaret, café (also cafe), club, nightclub, roadhouse

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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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Fans of La Degustation will want to explore Milada, a more casual bistro which chef Sahajdák, along with his wife Šárka Sahajdáková, launched about a year ago. Kat Odell, Vogue, "Where to Find the Fruits of Prague’s Food Revolution," 7 July 2018 Resnick said the petite white-walled restaurant will have the casual elegance of a classic Parisian bistro. Pam Kragen,, "Campfire owner plans second restaurant in Carlsbad Village," 20 June 2018 Buy Photo Veda, 1920 Chestnut St. 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday The bar at this modern Indian bistro is tucked behind glass off the entrance, giving you views of Chestnut Street while sparing patrons in the dining room. Michael Klein,, "Happy-hour pick: Veda," 12 June 2018 The fine restaurant has for many years retained one Michelin star, and serves local produce and dishes, but there's also a more low-key bistro just 50m away. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 Weathers and Monnich have captured exactly that at their Stove & Tap, the multi-floor American bistro and bar that’s become a lively anchor of Lansdale’s resurgence. Craig Laban,, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 Bouchon, an airy bistro also located in The Venetian, is the perfect spot for an A-list lunch. Kim Windyka, Daily Intelligencer, "The 9 Best Offbeat Museums to Visit in Las Vegas," 16 June 2018 Square Meal 3 stars Hotel Revival, 101 W. Monument St., Mount Vernon 410-727-7101, Cuisine: American bistroAmbience: Cooly stylish, the restaurant has a clubby, intimate vibe. Tim Smith,, "Diners can get a square deal at Square Meal, a Hotel Revival restaurant," 24 May 2018 Spoke and Bird 205 E. 18th St., 929-263-2473 This small shop in the South Loop feels like an airy bistro inside, but the big attraction is its enormous 100-plus-seat outdoor patio. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "What's in a cup? Chicago specialty roasters showcase sips in all shades of black," 9 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of bistro

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a small restaurant or bar

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