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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Lovely Rita, an all-day Pacific Northwest bistro from Submarine Hospitality and executive chef Johnny Leach, will replace modern Mexican restaurant La Neta at The Hoxton hotel in Old Town/Chinatown as soon as next week, The Oregonian has learned. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Lovely Rita to replace La Neta at the Hoxton Hotel," 7 Sep. 2019 The waffle recipe that makes this starter sing dates back to 1998, when Quatrano and her husband Clifford Harrison opened Floataway Cafe, a bright little French-Italian bistro inside an old warehouse. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "Why I’m Ordering Waffles at a Place Called Pancake Social," 13 Aug. 2019 Staff canteens include Illy espresso bars and French bistros. The Economist, "Huawei is trying to solve a hard problem," 8 Aug. 2019 Breakfast also happens to be served in a Michelin-starred restaurant: Nordic bistro Vækst. Fortune, "Where You Should Eat, Visit, and Stay on Your Trip to Copenhagen," 27 July 2019 The bistro was slated to be razed, but everything else would remain, staging an awkward confrontation between Berlin’s new ethos and its musty socialist past. Elisabeth Zerofsky, The New Yorker, "The Causes and Consequences of Berlin’s Rapid Gentrification," 12 July 2019 Outdoor bistro with wine, beer and pastis, vintage car show, a fashion show, children’s playground, French Quarter tours, music and a waiters race and more. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "9 SF Bay Area Bastille Day events," 2 July 2019 Guests, including model Gigi Hadid, NBA star Lebron James and actor Joel Edgerton, sat in bistro chairs, sipped Vuitton coffee and ate designer crepes. Washington Post, "Sheer spectacle: Paris is the real star of menswear shows," 20 June 2019 The bright, beach-meets-Left-Bank dining room is lined with white marble tables, a red leather banquette and traditional wicker-style bistro chairs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Why Coronado is San Diego County’s next A-list dining destination," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of bistro

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bistro

: a small restaurant or bar

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