- a small, modest, European-style restaurant or café.
- a small nightclub or restaurant.
Origin of bistro
Examples from the Web for bistro
In one scene set inside a Brooklyn bistro, he ogles a twenty-something French woman.Woody Allen Plays a Creepy Pimp in ‘Fading Gigolo’ and It’s Pretty Tough to Watch
March 31, 2014
Week after week we are shaken to learn that French bistro—No, Mongolian—No, Genever gin—No, soba—is THE food trend of the moment.This Book Will Change the Way You Eat
December 19, 2013
A group of modish young Angelenos has congregated at Eveleigh, a bistro off Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.Andrew Bachelor, a.k.a. King Bach, Is the King of Vine—And Comedy’s Next Big Thing
August 29, 2013
He was fired after making anti-Semitic comments in a Paris bistro.Raf Simons Debuts at Christian Dior With Couture Collection
July 2, 2012
American bistro cuisine, leather seating, and full-service appoints your experience nicely.Vail, Colorado: Skier's Paradise
January 15, 2011
The only place I ever had it better was at a bistro in Nice on this last permission.Three Soldiers
John Dos Passos
- a small restaurant
Word Origin and History for bistro
1906, from French bistro (1884), originally Parisian slang for "little wineshop or restaurant," of unknown origin. Commonly said to be from Russian bee-stra "quickly," picked up during the Allied occupation of Paris in 1815 after the defeat of Napoleon; but this, however quaint, is unlikely. Another guess is that it is from bistraud "a little shepherd," a word of the Poitou dialect, from biste "goat."