I live a mile away from here and am ashamed it took me a year and a half to finally get around to coming in. To make up for it, my second visit was just one week later, and I expect to come back many times in the future.
I took some out of town friends here for Sunday brunch before they headed out of town. When we got there at 9am there was only one other patron seated, but the place filled up by the time we finished. Upon entering we noticed the cozy atmosphere and selected one of the window seat tables for optimum snowfall and people watching.
Everyone really enjoyed their dishes and was pleased with the price points (about $8-10). I was surprised at how much was on the menu. My personal recommendation is the Turkey Conquistador.
The service was on the slow side but we weren't in a hurry at all. The server offered to split our checks right at the start, which is always appreciated. Loved the cuckoo clock!
I will first tell you why the food is a 3.5 for me.
It's good. And they have a variety of options for brunch items (available til 2 on weekends, 11am on weekdays..but daily regardless). The bake/skillet we got was just way too salty. And a massive amount of cheese. I got the Tarragon Chicken bake, which aside from the saltiness, was adequate, filling, and the best part-- piping hot.
Other than the unnatural sodium intake, I thought it was great. But it wasn't amazing. I was tempted to order many other options though, especially their sandwiches, but I'm just too much of a sucker for breakfast/brunch. Then second comes sandwiches, and lastly, salads, which were also described in a tasty manner.
And for brunch, $7-$9 is a good deal in my book.
Yes, it's a small place. Sometimes, you'll probably find yourself waiting a little. Or if you're Asian like me, you might have to wait forever and be ignored. Which, from this point on of my review, you can read solely if you care about personal experiences, but in my opinion, I think you should read just to get a better feel of what it's like to be a minority race in this region.
So Bellevue Bistro, like many classic American restaurants in the greater Cincinnati area, is great over all-- IF YOU'RE WHITE.
I usually don't pick up or make ill-assumptions of racism or some sort of racial bias when it happens because I just assume the best in people and the service received, so don't mistake me for some sister-gurl feminist and equality advocate that can't stand prejudice when she sees it. In fact, this is just reality and a reaction of many suppressed feelings of fellow oppressed minorities (be it economic, race, gender, or sexuality). But this was so blatantly obvious that you'd be a fool to not recognize it.
The Beau and I walk in and the seats are indeed full, but we get absolutely no acknowledgment of walking in to the small restaurant, where all people are visible. We stand awkwardly just under 10 minutes as people leave and tables clear up before my date ASKS to be seated.
The table next to us was filled after we were seated yet they got their orders taken first. I couldn't believe what extra benefits they had just for being white. How come we weren't read a list of coffees they had available without asking? We were finished and clearly needed our check, but the table next to us was attended to first, seeing if everything was fine. We weren't asked that question until the end when it was necessary to do so after clearing our dishes.
The feeling you get of being neglected for being inherently different is such a tragedy in America, especially to know that it exists to this day.
I will end with a quote:
"...you have a lot of privilege for being white in America. Racism didn't end in 1964, and it still exists today. White supremacy is our reality. It's how the world functions. Until then [white supremacy doesn't exist], accept your privilege and f**king combat it instead of letting your neutrality perpetuate oppression."
-queerblackandproud, AKA James.
Thanks, Bellevue, for continuing this elegiac cycle.
I went to Bellevue Bistro to just try some Goetta. Â I am new to the area and always like to seek out local dishes. Â I like German liver sausage and was hoping for something like that and wasn't disappointed. Â I ordered the Bellevue breakfast bake. Â It was a very large portion considering the price, so even though the bistro has kind of that cutesy girl decor, the food is substantial. Â The Goetta comes from Meiners Meats, which I believe may be one of the owners of this establishment. Â The only reason I say that is the magazines that are put around the restaurant are from someone with the same last name. Â It had a nice seasoning, heavy on thyme, but after I got used to the oats in it, I really enjoyed. Â It reminded me a little of boudin sausage that you get from Louisiana.
My fiance had the bistro french toast, which was also a nice portion with generous amounts of berries, and she finished it all, so I think it had to have been good too.
When we went it was almost 10AM on a Tuesday and it was fairly empty, so may have been a great time to go.
Went there last Friday because a friend's art is there for the month, they always have local artist's work hanging that you can buy which is cool. I got a Schlafly for 3.75, and they had many other great beers for that price so no complaints there. To eat I ordered the Cape Cod Reuben, which sounded a bit weird, but oh man did I make the right choice. The cut of Salmon was nice and big and prepared right, topped with hearty asian cole slaw and on a good pretzel bun (and of course 1000 island). There was a little acoustic act in the corner and the atmosphere was good. If you're looking for a small local coffee shop with good food and beer, this is your place!Review Source:
I've been eating at the Bellevue Bistro since its inception several years ago. Â It's been through quite a few ownership changes, and unfortunately, the only thing that seems to be consistent with these changes, is mediocre service. Â
The food: Â it was just ok. Â The menu looked enticing, lots of options, all things that I eat and would love to eat to get out of the "lunch meat sandwich" options around the courthouse, but my order, the Tuna Asparagus salad was just....odd. Â The portion was lovely, but there was a flavor...can't place it--maybe tarragon(?) that was just totally overwhelming and made the dish almost unbearable. Â Also, the "warm" and "cold" thing was offputting. Â I kept trying, but sadly, couldn't finish my lunch. Â
The service was really chaotic--one server, who seemed to be frantic, but really, there weren't that many people. Â She was rushed when speaking to me, rushed when taking my order, rushed when giving me my food, but couldn't be found when I wanted to get my check and pay....then, when I did, couldn't figure out how to make the receipt tape work.
I am saddened to say that the Bellevue Bistro has lost its luster. Â I first noticed this unfortunate decline a month or so ago when my veggie saute lost about half of its veggies. Â Hoping this was a fluke I have returned three more times and it appears to be the norm. Â The biscuits and gravy, which were some of the best I had ever had, are now nothing short of horrendous. Â The last two visits we were served liquid buttery sauce, instead of gravy. Â Yuk! Â I will take a break from my once favorite breakfast spot and maybe check back in a couple months to see if they have turned things around. Â I sure hope that they do.Review Source:
The waitress was rude about telling us what they didn't have. Â You are out of pretzel buns, you don't have breakfast and you have no idea what kind of beer you have? Â Fine. Â Just don't make me feel like I should have known. Â Also, we were there two hours before they were supposed to close, but were made to feel like we were ruining their day. Â I really wanted to like this place and I think I would have if the servers hadn't made us feel so unwelcome.Review Source:
This place is superb. I had the surf & turf bake, and my girlfriend had the pollo Benedict. Both were delicious and just about as much as we could eat. The coffee was great, and the service was just right. The atmosphere is well done, and I love the little Star Wars figures hidden around the establishment. The only thing that would make the place better would be Bloody Marys. They already serve alcohol, and a Bloody Mary bar would be the perfect Sunday brunch treat.Review Source:
Best Breakfast in Cincinnati. There, I said it.
I'd been here for lunch before and meant to write a review. I would give their lunch a 4 or 4.5 stars. The sandwiches were very good. Their breakfast, though, is incredible.
I had the goetta breakfast sandwich with seasoned new potatoes - home-fries style. The use Meiners Meats' goetta, which I already think is the best around. The fried egg and cheese were scrumptious, and the crispy wheat toast holding it together was the perfect bow for my breakfast present. I've been on a Goetta kick recently and had the goetta benedict at Tucker's last weekend for my hangover meal. This one kicked its a$$, thus... 5 stars.
The Mrs. had the turkey breakfast bake. Think skillet style with grilled turkey breast, potatoes, onions, mushrooms, avocado, two eggs, and - most importantly - GOAT cheese. Put goat cheese on anything and I'm usually a believer. On this particular dish, the goat cheese pulled everything together flawlessly. For the two meals, our bill came to $15. It would have cost me $25 to buy the ingredients and make it at home.
The food was delicious. The restaurant is cute. The service was on point. Try it.
This place is delicious! Â If you're looking for brunch in Northern Kentucky, especially during the week, this is the place to be. Â They serve brunch 7 days a week, and that is tough to find in this area. Â They also have a pretty great lunch menu, but brunch is where the most delicious menu items are. Â Unfortunately, brunch is only served until 11am on the weekdays, but you can order it until 2pm on weekends.
You are seriously missing out if you've never tried their goetta sandwich. Â In fact, my friends and I have turned "goetta sandwich" into an adjective describing anything wonderful, thanks to Bellevue Bistro changing our taste buds forever.
Their skillet potatoes are the best I've ever tasted. Â And you can also order these with lunch instead of chips!
If you're there for lunch, I'd recommend the tuna asparagus salad. Â I'm really not a salad person, but this is one of my favorite meals ever. Â The breakfast salad is pretty awesome too. Â They're both hearty enough to be a meal instead of just a side salad.
Basically what this review comes down to, is that you really need to go to Bellevue Bistro. Â It's important.
Whatever you do, if you get something on bread, get their pretzel bread. it is soft and wonderful. This place is Hands down the best place to go for brunch in Northern Kentucky. Definitely in the top for the Cincinnati area.
Be warned though, the building is small so sometimes you have to wait, they're often full for brunch on weekends.
Everything on their menu is great and they also have some clever alcoholic breakfast drinks that will make you laugh.
They serve beer all day and have a nice selection for the venue.
This is my favorite brunch place in Cincinnati. Â The food is amazing and well priced. Â It is a small cafe that seats about 25 people, so on the weekends you may have to wait for a table.
The atmosphere is cozy and quaint, and the staff is always friendly. Â I originally discovered this place after trying to go to Virgil's for brunch on a Saturday (they weren't open), and Bellevue Bistro is now hands down my favorite place for brunch.
I usually get the surf and turf bake - it is AMAZING and the portions are really big (which could be a pro or a con), but everything I've had on the menu is fabulous. Â The prices are great with most breakfast items between $6 - $9.
Another plus for me is that they have Highland Grogg coffe (my favorite) which I believe is roasted locally. Â Everything about this place is great - I've been coming for a few years now and I love it!
What a fantastic little place! Â So much to see. Â So cozy for lunch with friends. We recently reserved the place for 21 friends because we did a search on Yelp for brunch locations in Cincinnati and it was #5 sorted by high ratings. Â The first four were in Ohio and this one was in KY. Â We were looking for a KY location this time around.
When we first arrived I got a little bit nervous because they only had about 26 chairs and 10 were already taken. Â But it was still a little before our reserved time. They were very accommodating to our needs. As our friends arrived everything worked out perfectly. Â They all were able to sit close by. Â Some sat by the window with the beautiful, sun shiny day warming their conversations. Â The rest seemed to surround us with love. Â Most everybody took turns pointing out the little hidden Star Wars characters randomly placed around the room (found 18 total). Â
Since it is a restaurant, I better talk about how awesome the food was, and not just the experience. Â I typically don't go for just the food though, I'm a "whole experience" kind of person, savoring every moment, searching out the little details that make it what it is.
I ordered the "Bellevue" of course. Â It has goetta and I've been a fan of goetta since I was a kid. Bellevue = Potatoes, goetta, eggs, and cheese. It came served in a little iron skillet keeping it hot. Â Excellent idea! Â Wow, big portions too. Even if you can't eat it all you feel like you got your money's worth. Â
EVERYONE loved their meals. Â The servers were super nice and did an excellent job! Â I look forward to going back soon. Â Good Times!
I have passed this cafe many times on a daily basis, always meaning to try it, and finally have. I have to say I wish I would have sooner. The small floor space and storefront allowed the daylight to shine in, illuminating the room and created a intimate easy going atmosphere, appropriate for a light lunch. I brought my son in and we both left satisfied. Our server promptly pointed out a small out-cove chock full of things to Â entertain a three year old. Something I appreciated, as a parent, was a basket full of books, rather than the typical single generic coloring page accompanied by two crayons, to hold his attention as we waited for our meal. We ordered, and decided to read Green Eggs and Ham. The service proved prompt, as before the hero confessed to Sam his love for the quirky cuisine, our food had arrived..
The boy had 'The B-List,' a toasted double decker made with thick slices of ham, turkey, cheddar jack cheese, bacon crumbles, and fresh salad greens. He must have liked it, because he didn't waste much time finishing it (the bite daddy stole proved to be quite tasty indeed!). I had the Bistro Grill, a refreshing sandwich composed of fresh mozzarella, basil, tomato, and a light vinaigrette; MULTA BENE!
The menu offered several other dishes that I would like to try, I lament not having visited before 11am (before 2pm) on the weekend, to try their breakfast, namely the Eggs Benedict..
In short, I will definitely be returning, and would recommend it to anyone. Give it a whirl.
I've enjoyed brunch, lunch, and dinner here and the best by far is their brunch. Their Benedicts are so good--a range of different options served over biscuits on a sizzling hot cast iron skillet so the melted cheese gets a bit crunchy where it hits the pan. I like the Kentucky Hot Brown Benedict (sans bacon), but have also heard good things from dining companions about the salmon and the pork loin versions.
For lunch, I've tried their coffee-rubbed burger which is served on a pretzel bun. It was tasty and I enjoyed it, but it's not something I would specifically come back for. I also tried the chopped coleslaw as a side last time ($2 up charge vs. standard side of potato chips) and didn't care for it--just roughly chopped cabbage with a sweet/vinegary dressing. All meals are pretty reasonably priced, but again, I think brunch is their best value. The space is quite compact so while I've never had a long wait here, I wouldn't recommend coming with a large party.
Bellevue Bistro is one of the only places in the area that does a daily brunch. You need a brunch, they've got it going. That is something I really enjoy about this place.
It's a small cafe ... and when I say small, I mean a one room restaurant that's not a big room to begin with. Still, they take reservations and they can accommodate a group. I had a morning round table meeting here with seven people and it was great.
The decor is quaint and comfortable. Nothing that's going to blow you away but nice. The food is about the same - good but nothing that's ever made me go, "Wow!" I'd be very willing to come back and try again though if there was ever a "must have" recommendation.
Food is reasonably priced. I think I spent about $10 to $12 on my breakfast, which was fine for the atmosphere and peaceful surroundings. Service can be a little slow from time to time depending on how many people are in and how many people are working, but it's a great spot to sip on a cup of coffee and enjoy.
I went here for brunch with a couple friends and I'll say that this is a nice quaint place. The place is not a large place with many small tables so it's perfect for a small group. The atmosphere is very friendly as well.
As for the food, I ordered one of the breakfast bakes they had on special, which was definitely a nice change from normal breakfast foods. It's essentially a breakfast skillet and it was quite delicious. As I'm a big brunch person I had no complaints from this place and plan to try other foods when I have the chance.
I ordered a pear salad. Â The greens were withered, brown, and obviously old. Â I'm not sure what the person who made the salad was thinking. Â I even told the server that the greens were bad and old when she came to get the plates. Â She didn't seem particularly interested in making it up to me. Â Everything else on the salad was good, so I just ate around the greens. Â It's frustrating though, because I was trying to get the veggies in. Â It wasn't worth sending it back right away though, because it would have taken a long time, etc.
Anyway, as I said, everything else on the salad was good, it was probably just a fluke. Â Also it's cute in there and there's so much on the menu! Just don't order a salad if you really have your heart set on some quality green leafies.
I just had my first Bellevue Bistro experience, which is sad considering I've lived in the area for over a year. I went there for breakfast on a Saturday morning, and had a pretty great experience. The service was somewhat slow; I think I showed up right at the peak of the morning rush, and several waitresses arrived for their shifts about halfway through my
meal and I noticed service got better.
I got the Surf n Turf breakfast bake, which was fantastic! I have never had a surf and turf breakfast, but it was great. As a potato lover, I was especially impressed by their rosemary potatoes, and how fresh all of the veggies tasted. My boyfriend had the biscuits and gravy, his favorite breakfast meal. He seemed to really enjoy it, and I tried a bite and thought it was good. Nothing earth shattering, but it tasted good, and homemade, not like it was made from a box or mix.
If you think sometimes-patchy service is o.k. as long as the meal is great, I highly recommend Bellevue Bistro. I will go back again and again, but may think twice if I was in a hurry.
I used to frequent Bellevue Bistro a lot under its previous owners. It had great food, great coffee and a very nice atmosphere. Since changing owners, I've been back twice.
The first time I think was shortly after the change because it wasn't very well organized and the service was kind of slow. Additionally, the tomato basil soup my mom ordered had been peppered like 20 times or something because it was so spicy she practically coughed up a lung.
The second time, my husband and I went there for an early lunch and the experience was much better.
The menu is actually pretty much the same from the previous owners. The food tastes a little better, though. As an added bonus, the current owner loves Star Wars so there is a lot of Star Wars memorabilia around - some of which is like a scavenger hunt to find, so that is fun to do while waiting for your order.
I'm very happy that there doesn't seem to be a price change at all - every little Main Street area needs a middle-of-the-road cafe with good food and Bellevue Bistro fits that bill really nicely. It isn't pretentious, it has good food and it's a pretty relaxing time as well. On top of that, free wifi!
Mom's lunches with a modern flare. Bellevue Bistro is a quaint, small town sandwich shop that's always bustling at lunchtime.
The bold, inviting walls are covered in local art. The polished hardwood floors compliment the turn-of-the-century architecture that still hints inside this restaurant. Â
The potato soup here is fantastic: hearty chunks of potato and a creamy broth that's just right! The soups rotate daily, but potato seems to be a regular.
I've had several sandwiches here, all were enjoyable:
- chicken salad sandwich, with grapes and alfalfa sprouts
- turkey cranberry sandwich
- Tuscan (turkey, swiss, avacado, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, onion, mustard)
- Reuben on a pretzel bun (this was a little salty, but I still ate every bite)
Bellevue Bistro's upscale sandwiches average around $8.00, a person can expect to spend about $12-$15 in a meal. A little pricey, but worth a quality lunch.
Looking for casual breakfast? The Bellevue Bistro will hit the spot then! It's said that the menu changes for each season but the breakfast menus stays pretty consistent as far as I'm concerned. This may be because I always get a breakfast sautÃ©s. It's enough food for 2 so bring a friend or be sure to grab a doggy bag!
Be sure to arrive early (before 10am) if you're looking to get a table on the weekend!
It pains me to write this review. Â I'm a big proponent of Bellevue. Â Heck, I live there so why not? Â I use to hit the Bistro all the time under prior owners. Â It was a great coffee shop. Â Regulars gathered in the morning. There was always a guy quietly playing guitar. Â But that owner sold it to her son I think who then sold it to some guy that the last time I was there was decked out in sports regalia, playing music too loud, and offered just plain bad service.
But that was then and today I thought I'd give it another chance. Â I had a meeting and the other guy suggested the Bistro. Â Sure I said. Â Why not? Â
The meeting was set for 8. Â I showed up at 7:55 and while the OPEN sign was lite the door was locked. Â The sign said they opened at 8. Â I peered inside. Â Dark. Â So even if they did open at 8 would they be able to serve us, I thought. Â Isn't 8 a bit late for a morning place on a weekday? Â
So I texted my guy to meet at the place across the street. Â I'll review that later. Â As I sat down I did see people heading into the Bellevue Bistro. Â But mostly what I saw was a Pabst Blue Ribbon sign on the window.
How's this fit? Â A breakfast place with a beer sign? Â It doesn't. Â It's cheesy. Â I'm guessing free from a beer seller. Â Also, it makes Bellevue's main street look crappy to have a neon beer sign up in a place that isn't even a bar.
Is it fair to review I place I didn't get into? Â Maybe not. Â The food may be great. Â The service may be great, but I won't be heading back anytime soon.
Great service and great breakfast food. Â Our waitress was super nice without being all gross and over- the-top and the coffee was excellent.
The menu was reasonably priced at 7-9 a dish. Â I had the surf and turf which was really good. Â My husband had the biscuits and gravy and they must've been good because they were gone as soon as the plate hit the table! Â Two others got the French toast which looked amazing and will be what I order on my next visit. Â
This is also a great place for groups. Â We were only 5 although we were expecting more and our table would have had ample room for everyone to sit comfortably. Can't wait to go back!
Seriously what is there not to love??!
Great environment..fantastic food and the owners are the sweetest guys in town.
I love this place! The menu changes pretty regularly to reflect the different seasonal foods but they always find a way to make everything fun and interesting and out of the norm!
Definitely a great place for a first date...quiet enough to be able to talk and feel like you're having dinner at home but with someone else cooking amazing food! And I go there for girls night out and its awesome...the ladies love the bistro!
Bellevue Bistro is the only coffee house in my neighborhood. I usually show up an hour after they close since they have limited hours. The space is nice, kind of small and quaint and the drink menu is pretty typical of local coffee shops. Located on Fairfield Avenue, it sits in the middle of an area that has been revitalized over the past few years. Parking can be difficult since the Avenue has moderate traffic during the daytime.Review Source:
This charming little bistro's menu changes every three weeks, which I think allows the chef to make use of in-season produce. On our first visit, my bf and I wanted something light, so we ordered two apps (calamari and lettuce wraps) and two house salads. We were the only two people there (it was still pretty early) but we were a little surprised that it took a fairly long time until our food appeared.
The breading on the calamari wasn't as crisp as I'd hoped, but the sweet chili dipping sauce made the dish acceptable. However, the lettuce wraps were very good and freshly made with big chunks of chicken breast nestled in wedges of iceburg lettuce. Our salads were also super-fresh and were comprised of a bed of field greens, red pepper rings, delicious roma tomatoes (my bf commented how good they were and he never eats tomatoes) along with a side of balsamic vinaigrette.
In addition to the better-than-average food, I was impressed with the artwork and handy-crafts on display by local artisans. The art was very reasonably priced, which would explain why many were already sold.
Bellevue Bistro is a quaint diner-type place with coffee, breakfast, and lunch service daily. Â On a Saturday around noon, the tiny place was crowded and the service was a little slow, but the sandwich and salad we tried were both tasty.
Each day brings a special; recently it was chicken alfredo pizza. The bistro also serves homemade soups.
Nice place for girlfriend lunches or to grab some coffee and breakfast on a leisurely weekend morning. Bellevue Bistro also opens on Thursdays and Friday evenings; call ahead for hours.