Bistro on Main, Manchester

4.3
15 reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
We are no longer using open table. Please don't use this service. For Reservations please call the restaurant at 860 432 5267.
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KennethC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very interesting menu. Enjoyed very much the duck breast with a salad. Escargots were good, but at that price I was expecting 12, not 6. Clafoutis was exceptional.

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Pat1
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. The food is delicious and it combines ingredients in ways you just can’t find elsewhere. Check out the burger menu!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Celebrating my birthday with friends. As usual, had amazing food and great service. I recommend Bistro on Main to everyone I know!

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vipkodomo
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal

Bistro on Main, Manchester
Responded on 5 February 2020

Thank you so much!

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vipJeffreyO
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Went with my wife for third time. Always liked the not so usual food choices, 1/2 priced bottled wine on Thursdays, and the fact the restaurant is owned by churches (no tipping, but you can make a donation). The wait staff has always need barely okay. Usually inexperienced and not very attentive. However, I think the restaurant goes out of its way to hire the unemployable, so I am okay with the friendly inexperienced servers. However, for this trip, my wife’s steak was over cooked and her fries cold, so we sent it back. The replacement meal was perfect. That night my wife and I both had stomach problems. The only food we shared that day was her steak dinner and the fruit de mer seafood appetizer. I think one of those made us sick. Needless to say, I doubt we return. I hope no one else has the same experience.

Bistro on Main, Manchester
Responded on 14 January 2020

Hi Jeffrey I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed our restaurant and get our mission. And I am glad to hear that your wife's steak came out correctly the second time. I am sorry to hear you weren't feeling well. Please always make sure you let us know when that happens. Please email me your address via our website so that I can send you a giftcard for a future visit -- I know we can do better and hope you will let us prove that to you. - Ben D/General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is the star of the show. An explosion of gastronomic delights. Chef Ben has an amazing sense for flavor combos. We shared the butternut toast, beet salad and Chilean sea bass special. All great. And very generous portions. Plus the kitchen split the entree at no charge. I couldn’t ask for more. Obviously the ambience is where the restaurant loses ground. But it’s a small concession to pay for the eating experience. We will be back...

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Cruiser1
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

What a great place! I was delighted to spend my birthday at Bistro on Main. The food was delicious, the service was great and the mission of this establishment makes it so special ! We will definitely be back.

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vipLisa
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food with a nice variety. My only complaint would be the time it took to receive our cocktails otherwise the meal was great. Will definitely be back!

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GayleT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

In general, the food presentation was lovely. Although looks count, each one of the four of us agreed that the food was overcooked. Since it was New Years Eve, there was a shortened menu with a price fix of $75.00 pp. We had enjoyed the Bistro previously, and found the food choices better and the food prepared better. We will return to support the restaurant and its culture.

Bistro on Main, Manchester
Responded on 4 January 2020

Thank you so much for your support -- I am sorry to hear that your food was less than WOW on NYE. Please ask for me (Chef Ben) or our hospitality manager Sarah -- we want to make sure your next visit is perfect. - Chef Ben

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vipfromage
New England
29 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We visited Bisto on Main on New Year's eve based on its being voted #2 French Restaurant in CT. It is a small cafe in the true French style. We overdressed and the word casual is appropriate. Upon arriving, no reservation was found but when we mentioned Open Table, the hostess said that it probably had not been entered in their system. Once taken care of,we asked to be seated on the dining area rather than the bar. After that, our experience was delightful. Service was quick and appropriate, food excellent and the fact that the cost shown on the menu includes tip (except for drinks) made the cost very reasonable. We'll be back but no so dressed up.

Bistro on Main, Manchester
Responded on 4 January 2020

Thank you for celebrating NYE with us! I am happy we were able to get you a table you enjoyed and we look forward to seeing you again soon! - Chef Ben

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vipEmgee
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a 5-star review, but bots often filter out 1- and 5-stars. Bistro is consistently wonderful. Always keep in mind, however, that’s it’s a teaching environment. Our server was awesome but a little overwhelmed at times. He figured it out and the meal pacing was great. The food was excellent. Four of us each had two courses but no room for dessert. Go here for excellent food and to support a good cause!

Bistro on Main, Manchester
Responded on 4 January 2020

Thank you for the great review. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your total experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon - Chef Ben

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ThomasM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The recipes are creative and the ingredients are as fresh as can be. Be sure to try something off the daily specials menu: the smoked trout on a potato latke with horseradish cream etc. was spectacular.
I also heartily recommend the lamb tangine.

Bistro on Main, Manchester
Responded on 3 December 2019

So glad you enjoyed our menu and specials! Hope to see you again soon - Chef Ben

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vipJeffreyO
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was very tasty. Our server was not very experienced and did not appear to be coached very well.

Bistro on Main, Manchester
Responded on 3 November 2019

Hi Jeffrey - so glad to hear that you enjoyed the food. Your feedback about the waitstaff is also helpful. As a "jobs training" restaurant, we are all about developing our folks. Most of our staff have never worked in a restaurant before and are learning as they go... your feedback is very helpful. Hope to see you again soon! - Ben D (Chef/GM)

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vipDandP
New England
75 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and innovative food. Excellent for both meat and non-meat eaters. Wait staff very accommodating. Wonderful place to dine. Make reservations, though. Very busy. All age levels. Good vibe.

Bistro on Main, Manchester
Responded on 26 October 2019

DandP - thanks so much for the positive review. So glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Bistro on Main. We hope to see you again soon! - Chef Ben

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GinaRN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came to celebrate our anniversary. Fabulous food and very generous portions. We love the idea that they use local farms and breweries to source their delicious food. We will be back!

Bistro on Main, Manchester
Responded on 26 October 2019

So glad to hear that you enjoyed celebrating your anniversary with us and that you were not "disappointed". We are glad you appreciate as much as we do our local farms, breweries and artisans -- local really is better. - Chef Ben

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Bistro on Main, Manchester is rated 4.3 stars by 15 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.