The owner of the local bookstore, River's End (a gem), recommended Bistro 197 and we were not disappointed. The menu had range but was not overwhelming. As appetizers, my wife enjoyed the large crab cake (perhaps two or three smaller and slightly crispier ones would be better?) and my blueberry Wellington eliminated the need for a dessert. Our mains were moules provencals (from Prince Edward Island; they could have been larger) and the flatiron steak. The food was hot, a welcome sign, but this could have been improved had the plate been warmed as well. Both mains were enjoyable, well prepared and presented. Indeed, after my appetizer, the serving of (precut) steak was generous. Service was knowledgeable, efficient and free of the "Is everything alright?" intrusiveness typical of too many restaurants. Considering their proximity to the wineries of the Finger Lakes, we were puzzled by the absence of more local wines on the list. But as were were driving home after the meal, this was not a concern. Overall, a terrific meal and we'll be sure to dine there again on our next visit to Oswego.
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