Here is what our local publications had to say about their experiences at Bistro 19.
bistro 19 is a winning addition to the mt. lebanon dining scene
The newest addition to the lively Washington Road restaurant scene is Bistro 19, a sleek, contemporary eatery serving lunch and dinner from a menu focused on modern American classics. Executive chef Jessica Gibson is a Pittsburgher who finished her cooking studies at the Pittsburgh Culinary Academy. Her first job was in Boca Raton, Fla., where she spent several years before returning to Pittsburgh. For the past four years she worked at The Carlton Restaurant, Downtown. In fact, Gibson’s signature dish at Bistro 19 is the Chilean Sea Bass she created while working at The Carlton. »
Our first impression of Bistro 19 was that it was not unlike an A student who, in his zeal to score 100 percent on every exam, puts his individual creativity on ice. Everything seemed perfectly keyed to a formula for contemporary American dining: name incorporating a numeral (state Route 19 runs past the front door); minimalist décor dominated by dark woodgrain; martini menu; and food featuring careful Asian, French and Southwestern touches. »
Sometimes you just want a great meal with a minimum of fuss and formality.
Bistro 19, a recent arrival to the South Hills dining scene, fills that niche.
Opened in mid-November, this Mt. Lebanon restaurant offers the casual ambiance of a neighborhood restaurant and a menu that’s intriguing enough to lure diners out on a snowy, windy night.
Owner B Defrancis and her partner, Richard Fuchs, devised Bistro 19 to serve those seeking somewhere to eat that was smartly affordable and casual yet elegant. »
The path to happiness isn’t always direct, but if you take Route 19 to Mount Lebanon, you’ll see why Bistro 19 is worth the drive. They’ve got your number at Bistro 19 when it comes to creative dishes and a dining room with European-styling. »