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Bistro 197

197 W 1st St, Oswego, NY 13126
+1 315-343-2930
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“oysters” (5 reviews)
“duck wings” (8 reviews)
“salad” (10 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options
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197 W 1st St, Oswego, NY 13126
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I still love this place. I had a delicious braised beef on a bed of gnocchi. My husband had the pork chop that was perfect. The city of Oswego has a gem in this restaurant.

Thank Scarlett1226
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We sat at the bar for drinks then dinner. The organic drink ingredients were lined up on the end of his bar for the bartender to create his masterful drinks. Our dinners were both varieties of fish and I would rate them 9.99 out of...More

Thank Steve L
Reviewed 9 September 2017

The meal was amazing. But Oh SO expensive. We both had scallops - 3 of them atop fettucine alfredo. It took forever for the food to arrive, but when it did...wow. it was nice and hot through the meal, but not too hot to eat....More

Thank Lynnette C
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Great dinner & drink - the bartender couldn't have been more attentive. The small plate options are a delight & the drink menu is a blast to read. Would definitely return if in the area

Thank lsullivan68
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Took my wife here after hearing so much buzz about it. Was blown away by the food and drinks. You CAN NOT get food like this anywhere else in Oswego, NY. An absolute must for anyone that enjoys fine dining.

Thank burneville
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

This is a nice place for drinks and appetizers or for a nice dinner out. The food is good and the speciality martinis are really fun and yummy. This is a nice place, a little pricy but worth it.

1  Thank zaganczyk
Reviewed 6 June 2017

This was a nice find in Oswego near the Marinas. The entrees were in the $15-$25 range and very good. There is a bar area and a separate dining area. There was music the night we were there but it was not overwhelming. The waitress...More

1  Thank Mary M
Reviewed 29 May 2017

What do you do when your first choice, the highly rated La Parrilla, is closed for no reason? You ask the locals for their second choice. They suggested Bistro 197 as an excellent alternative, and it did not disappoint. We were met with friendly servers,...More

Thank 289charlesv
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

We have been here a few times & food & service are always great. Our most recent visit we ordered spring shrimp ravioli,Oysters,angry shrimp with pasta & cream of mushroom soup. Everything was excellent! The soup was a little salty but otherwise delicious. Service was...More

Thank Lorraine W
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

The Bistro is both bar and restaurant so you can choose which side you'd prefer to sit in. This is not your typical bar, they serve traditional drinks and also have a fun drink menu for some of their own creations. As for the food...More

Thank Gseppe64
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$30
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 197 W 1st St, Oswego, NY 13126
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Oswego
  • Phone Number: +1 315-343-2930
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We are a causal European style storefront bistro, specializing in comfort food with a flair. We pride ourselves in only using FRESH ingredients, available organic products, the best cuts of meat, and everything is made from scratch; every sauce, every dressing, every dessert. We use preservative-free food from its rawest form, and our seafood is wild-caught and additive-free. We have craft beers and a great selection of wine. We encourage a leisurely approach to eating, taking your time, eating in courses, and enjoying company and the conversation of family and friends. Come check us out and see what comfort food done right is all about.
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