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 Spielberg first proposed the project to Kushner over breakfast in 2014 at Cafe Luxembourg, a stalwart bistro on West 70th Street. New York Times, 30 Nov. 2021 The experience of watching a movie in a historic cinema like Studio 28 remains as integral to French culture as dining in an old-fashioned bistro—another favorite pastime from my study-abroad days. Jay Cheshes, Travel + Leisure, 12 Mar. 2021 At his new Parisian bistro in Los Angeles, Bicyclette, chef Walter Manzke is channeling Passard, but only slightly. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 2 Aug. 2021 After working at several high-end hotels and restaurants in Utah, Weller was able to open his bistro in 2019. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 June 2021 Following their Thanksgiving weekend together, the couple were seen Saturday night looking cozy on a dinner date at Wolfgang Puck's Spago bistro in Beverly Hills. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Nov. 2021 The latest project from République’s Walter and Margarita Manzke is really two restaurants: a downstairs bistro that opened in June, and a more formal dining room upstairs that will likely debut in the first half of 2022. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2021 Restaurants such as TaBar and Breg, the new everyday bistro from Atelje chef Zupan, have extensive wine lists designed to take you on a journey through Slovenia’s diverse vineyards. Nicola Leigh Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2021 Last weekend’s storms and winds knocked out the power at chef Omar Anani’s awarding-winning modern Moroccan bistro at 7636 Gratiot Ave. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2021

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First Known Use of bistro

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bistro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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: a small restaurant or bar

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