Solve your last-minute holiday gift shopping dilemma right here!

Still not sure about what to get that person (or those people) who seem to have everything…what to get them that won’t be exchanged, “re-gifted” or otherwise unappreciated? You don’t have any idea what their size or taste is in clothing or stuff for the home, they’ve already bought themselves every kind of cool gadget under the sun, the last thing you feel like doing is tackling the shopping crowds at this late date, and it’s too late to order anything online to get it delivered in time (at least without paying a monster of a shipping fee). What to do, what to do?

We have a suggestion. It does require that you answer one lifestyle question regarding your potential recipient, though.

Namely: Does this person eat?

If the answer is yes, we have your solution: a Bistro 185 gift certificate.

Our gift certificates are available in denominations as low as $25 and as high as $100 (you can get $50 and $75 certificates, too). Just think of the advantages:

1. One size and color (well, they’re actually several colors) fits all.

2. If the person eats–just about ANY kind of food–it will be used and enjoyed. No “re-gifting” likely on this one.

3. If you were about to throw up your hands in despair and just give money or a gift card, well–a Bistro 185 certificate isn’t cold and impersonal like cash, or even some gift cards. It shows you put some thought into the fact that your recipient enjoys occasions of fine dining, and you want to give that person the gift of one (or maybe even a few).

4. No need to wrestle with crowds at any shopping establishment. Just stop by the Bistro and tell a server you would like to purchase. Done!

5. Unlike some gift cards, it doesn’t need to be used immediately. It doesn’t lose value during any time it goes unused. It’s always worth the exact same value it was the day you bought it. No hidden tricks. Also, it’s highly unlikely to get sold or traded away on one of those gift-card Web sites for something else.

6. It’s good at any Bistro 185 location. Well, OK, there is only one Bistro 185 location. But when you enjoy the care we take toward preparing your meal fresh from scratch, you realize that’s actually a good thing.

7. Your potential giftee lives out of town? Well, what better reason for the giftee to come visit you? (Assuming that‘s a good thing. If not, at least you’ll be at the Bistro when you get together.)

8. If your recipient is a vegan, this is a great way to treat him or her to vegan fine dining through experiencing our Vegan Dinner Series.

9. It shows your good taste in fine dining and flatters your recipient, whom you have assumed shares it.

10. It supports local business here in Northeast Ohio, and shows your recipient that you do so as well.

You do have to come to the Bistro to buy our gift certificates. But we’re pretty conveniently located, only a few minutes right off I-90. You’ll spend less time coming here, buying your certificates and leaving than you will just hunting for a parking spot at the mall right now!

For those who eat, and can make it to East 185th Street at some point in their lifetimes, Bistro 185 gift certificates are the ultimate holiday present. Your recipient will think of you with each delicious bite. So come on in today, and get your holiday shopping finished quickly and easily.

Black Friday Gift Certificate Sale today only!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Remember, today we’re having our Black Friday one-day-only gift certificate sale…buy $100 worth of Bistro 185 gift certificates and receive a $25 certificate free! While you’re at it, enjoy a nice lunch or dinner with us while kicking off your holiday shopping. Hope to see you today or tonight!

Mark your calendar for these tasteful end-of-year events!

Last night’s Vegan Thanksgiving was indeed something special…and we’ll be getting video and a review up over the next few days, so keep an eye out for them. In the meantime, get out your calendar–paper, electronic or otherwise–and save these upcoming dates to make sure you don’t miss out on any of our upcoming tastings, dinners or special offers!

“BLACK FRIDAY” SPECIAL RETURNS…Our “Black Friday Gift Certificate Special” was so popular last year that we’re bringing it back. If you’re having trouble thinking of the perfect holiday gift for people who seem to have everything, we can make your search simpler and less stressful. Stop in THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 ONLY, purchase $100 worth of Bistro 185 gift certificates (in any denomination — one $100 certificate, two $50 certificates, one $75 certificate and one $25 certificate, or four $25 certificates) and you’ll receive a $25 certificate FREE! Give the special people on your list the gift of a relaxing afternoon or evening out, away from the stress and strife, enjoying a superb meal, and your thoughtfulness will be remembered a long time.

Remember, while we sell gift certificates anytime (and highly recommend them as the perfect all-occasion gift), this offer is good on Black Friday only, in person. Admit it, you were looking for an excuse to rest and have a bite to eat during or after hitting the stores (or even if you refused to hit the stores!), so why not relax and get a lot of your shopping done at the same time? You might even want to keep that free gift certificate for yourself…your call.

Here’s one more advantage: you don’t have to leave the house Thanksgiving night or at the crack of dawn Friday morning to take advantage of this special. Trust us, at 5 a.m. this Friday, we’ll be in bed! But come around during lunch or dinner, and we’ll sell you as many certificates as you want to buy. See you then!

WINE AND BEER DINNERS IN YOUR FUTURE… Remember our “Julia Project” in the summer of 2009? We had a great time together enjoying the world of French cuisine with our takes on the classic recipes of Julia Child. This Wednesday, November 30, at 6:30 p.m., join us for a wine dinner that’s sure to bring back memories of those special days. Our French Wine Dinner (see menu at the link) will feast you with five courses of incredible wine and dishes from la belle France. Sign up for this $65 happy flashback by calling 216.481.9635 to make your reservation now!

Is beer your preferred refreshment? You’ve still got time to reserve a spot at our UniBroue French Canadian Beer Dinner (see menu at the link) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 15. From Poutine with Duck-Fat Fries to Chocolate Creme Brulee, this menu will amaze you as you sample hearty beers brewed by our northern neighbors.

WINE TASTINGS TO HELP YOU MAKE YOUR PERSONAL HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT SELECTIONS… Love entertaining guests, but not sure which wines will suit your menu or are most likely to please? Maybe you’re looking for something special to sip by the fire this winter. Our December wine tastings are your perfect opportunity to try a few before you invest in a bottle. Our Tuesday, December 13 tasting, at $25 per person, will feature hors d’ouevres and four French wines: Jules Bertier Sparkling, Louis Laurent Vouvray, Brotte Côtes du Rhône and Chateau le Paradis Côtes de Bourg. We’ll have more information about the Monday, December 19 tasting, at $15 per person, soon. Both tastings run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To sign up for either, call 216.481.9635 now.

FINISH OFF THE YEAR WITH A POP!… The holiday season is about tradition, and we’re continuing yet another so many of you have enjoyed: our year-end Champagne Dinner. For those who prefer a more civilized alternative to the New Year’s Eve craziness, this gives you the opportunity to toast the New Year early while enjoying a delightful variety of the bubbly and sumptuous food to go with it. Plan now to join us Wednesday, December 28, for “Amuse-Bouche,” our latest incarnation of this annual classic. Our $75-per-person menu will feature these five courses:

First Course
Escargot en Croute
Caviar-Creme Fraiche-Chives
Pernod Cream Sauce
Champagne: Dr. L Riesling Sec

Second Course
Duck Confit
Duck-Fat Fries with Sea Salt and Rosemary
Roasted Garlic Aioli
Champagne: Adami Garbel 13 Prosecco

Third Course
Scallop Rockefeller
Lemon Shallot Sabayon
Champagne: Ayala Brut Majeur Non Vintage

Fourth Course
French Braised Short Rib in Coquette
Root Vegetable Mash
Wild Mushroom Saute
Champagne: Ayala Brut Zero Dosage Non Vintage

Fifth Course
Boule de Neige with Hazelnuts and Raspberries
Champagne: Norton Demi Sec

Be sure to call 216.481.9635 and reserve your place–this dinner is always popular!

One more tip: for those who enjoy hitting the town on New Year’s Eve proper, we’ll be offering something special this year. Watch this space for more details.

Oh, and while we’re open today and tonight, we are closed Thursday to give all our staff a well-deserved day to spend with their families. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

OK, only a few days left and you’re still stumped…

…about what to get that person (or those people) who seem to have everything…what to get them that won’t be exchanged, “re-gifted” or otherwise unappreciated. You don’t have any idea what their size or taste is in clothing or stuff for the home, they’ve already bought themselves every kind of cool gadget under the sun, the last thing you feel like doing is tackling the shopping crowds at this late date, and it’s too late to order anything online to get it delivered in time (at least without paying a monster of a shipping fee). What to do, what to do?

We have a suggestion. It does require that you answer one lifestyle question regarding your potential recipient, though.

Namely: Does this person eat?

If the answer is yes, we have your solution: a Bistro 185 gift certificate.

Our gift certificates are available in denominations as low as $25 and as high as $100 (you can get $50 and $75 certificates, too). Just think of the advantages:

1. One size and color (well, they’re actually several colors) fits all.

2. If the person eats–just about ANY kind of food–it will be used and enjoyed. No “re-gifting” likely on this one.

3. If you were about to throw up your hands in despair and just give money or a gift card, well–a Bistro 185 certificate isn’t cold and impersonal like cash, or even some gift cards. It shows you put some thought into the fact that your recipient enjoys occasions of fine dining, and you want to give that person the gift of one (or maybe even a few).

4. No need to wrestle with crowds at any shopping establishment. Just stop by the Bistro and tell a server you would like to purchase. Done!

5. Unlike some gift cards, it doesn’t need to be used immediately. It doesn’t lose value during any time it goes unused. It’s always worth the exact same value it was the day you bought it. No hidden tricks. Also, it’s highly unlikely to get sold or traded away on one of those gift-card Web sites for something else.

6. It’s good at any Bistro 185 location. Well, OK, there is only one Bistro 185 location. But when you enjoy the care we take toward preparing your meal fresh from scratch, you realize that’s actually a good thing.

7. Your potential giftee lives out of town? Well, what better reason for the giftee to come visit you? (Assuming that‘s a good thing. If not, at least you’ll be at the Bistro when you get together.)

8. If your recipient is a vegan, this is a great way to treat him or her to vegan fine dining through experiencing our Vegan Dinner Series.

9. It shows your good taste in fine dining and flatters your recipient, whom you have assumed shares it.

10. It supports local business here in Northeast Ohio, and shows your recipient that you do so as well.

OK, there is one disadvantage. You’re not going to find Bistro 185 gift certificates for sale at the drugstore, supermarket, or convenience mart on the corner. You do have to come to the Bistro to buy them. But we’re pretty conveniently located, anyway. Come on, we’re only a few minutes right off I-90. This is not hard! You’ll spend less time coming here, buying your certificates and leaving than you will just hunting for a parking spot at the mall right now!

OK, we think we’ve made our case. For those who eat, and can make it to East 185th Street at some point in their lifetimes, Bistro 185 gift certificates are the ultimate holiday present. Your recipient will think of you with each delicious bite. So come on in and get your holiday shopping finished quickly and easily. Just try to get here before too much longer, because we’re bound to close early on Christmas Eve. Of course, we’ll be closed on Christmas and back open on Monday, December 27. Also, if you need a place to go New Year’s Day, we’ve got good news–we will be open the evening of January 1 for your dining pleasure.

We hope to see you soon!

Your Black Friday shopping just got easier!

We know a lot of you are out shopping today, and are going to be exhausted from getting up early and struggling to get those bargains before they’re gone — so we’re doing something to make finding the perfect gift much simpler and less stressful!

Stop in to Bistro 185 today, not just to take a break with a nice lunch or dinner out, but to get some of your holiday gift shopping done deliciously! TODAY ONLY, if you purchase $100 worth of Bistro 185 gift certificates (in any denomination — one $100 certificate, two $50 certificates, one $75 certificate and one $25 certificate, or four $25 certificates), you will receive a $25 certificate FREE! You can use that one as an extra gift, or to treat yourself!

Bistro 185 gift certificates are the perfect choice for foodies who already “have everything.” You never have to worry about color or size, they never lose value or expire, and there’s no such thing as having too many! What’s more, you don’t have to fight anyone to get them — just ask your server!

You won’t just be giving a gift of delicious food, you’ll be giving the special people in your life the gift of a relaxing afternoon or evening out, away from the stress and strife. And who couldn’t use that kind of break?

Remember, the “Buy $100, get $25 free” offer is good TODAY ONLY, in person! So stop by and get lots of your shopping done easily at Bistro 185!