About Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar
Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar, located in the heart of Mainstrasse Village in Covington, opened its doors in the fall of 2007 under the ownership of Chef Stephen Williams. Bouquet offers the unique experience of fine dining in a cozy and intimate atmosphere, serving a seasonal menu of contemporary American cuisine, which features fresh and locally grown ingredients. Recently presented with an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine, we have an extensive list of over 200 wines from around the globe. Come and enjoy a glass of wine and dine with us, and see what you have been missing!
American, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Closed Sundays
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I went for our 7th anniversa ...
My wife and I went for our 7th anniversary. Overall, we thought the food was wonderful. I had the special, filet mignon from one of their local farms and she had the pork chops. We enjoyed the experience very much.
The only thing that we didn't enjoy about the experience was the table. Since we booked in advance, we thought we may have a nicer table, but our choices were the one pressed next to the door and host stand, the one wedged between the bathrooms or the one next to the kitchen door... We chose the kitchen door. It would have been nice if they would have given us a better table since we had reservations while some of the other people that night were walk-ins.
Dined for 1st time on second floor. Food ...
Dined for 1st time on second floor. Food was excellent as always but service was slower than usual due in part to server having to run up and down the stairs. The second floor needs window treatments to deal with glare in guest faces during traditional dinner times until the sun actually sets.
Excellent food and service in a neighbor ...
Excellent food and service in a neighborhood that has many excellent restaurants. Parking was a bit of a problem but only because of a special event that night. Overall a really great restaurant with well prepared regional food items.
Cute and quaint little restaurant. The h ...
Cute and quaint little restaurant. The hostess and servers were pleasant.
My daughter and I went for dinner and chose a variety of small plates. They were good but pricey. I do not mind paying for high quality, and the quality was good, but flavors could have been executed better. I will say the PB&J dessert was delightful and probably our favorite thing.
One note - I ordered a very expensive wine by the glass and literally received 3 swallows per glass. Again, very pricey for what you get. The wine was excellent.
Once we were seated the service was grea ...
Once we were seated the service was great.The initial welcome was a tad odd. The bartender stepped out from the bar and after asking us if we had a reservation pointed to 4 or 5 tables and said sit anywhere.There was no attempt to "seat us"and it was more like sitting at the family fast food restaurant.The seat we chose was between the door to men's and women's room which we did not know at time but there should not be able table there.Once seated food/service great.
The bass we ordered to split ( the waite ...
The bass we ordered to split ( the waiter seemed very put off that we were splitting an entree and pretty much ignored us after that) was tasteless and the root vegetables and beans that it was served with were pretty much uncooked. The waiter never asked how it was leading me to believe that he knew it was bad. Have been to bouquet years ago and had a decent dinner but this was the last trip for me
This special occaision dinner started ou ...
This special occaision dinner started out with a botlle of white wine arriving at the table barely chilled to less than room temperature. No explanation no excuse. We chilled it ourselves with the ice waterfrom our glasses and a chiller. How does a bartender hand a barely chilled bottle of wine to a server and a server open and pour it and not notice or at least say anything? No problem leave a chiller.
Sat and watched my date eat her entree while they did additional cooking to my steak. It was ordered meduim rare, and arrived not rare but very rare. Came back out medium rare and it was quite tasty.
So, Why did it take another 15 minutes when it was the same piece of meat?
I think the steak was around $45. Bascially a steak on a plate with enough garnish to make it interesting. No vegatable sides. So a meal of steak and wine and that's it. Would a few braised baby carrots break the bank?
Could have saved the day with a complimentary dessert offered. Nope. After dinner drink? Naw.
Either she didnt notice or thought better to ignore.
The food was good and we had heard good things but who trained the staff and who is running this place?
At around $150-175 for two, there are lot of options. In fact it seems like every month something else opens up in OTR.
A Gem of a restaurant! The food is incre ...
A Gem of a restaurant! The food is incredibly creative, locally sourced, and delicious. Same goes for the drinks menu. Waitstaff was helpful and very attentive. I'm going back and have already recommended Bouquet to several of my friends!
The "Motherboard" was outstanding, as we ...
The "Motherboard" was outstanding, as were the entree's. The service was first class, and the waiter was knowledgeable about the food and wine. It is a bit pricy, so this restaurant is for a special occasion or date. Our bottle of wine, shared appetizer, and two entrees were $140, plus $30 gratuity which was well deserved. We've been several times, and never disappointed.
Had to flag down person to wait on the t ...
Had to flag down person to wait on the table 20 minutes after being seated, but management more than made up for this mistake. Very apologetic and service was very good after that. Management offered to comp appetizer and drinks. My husband and I always order a bottle of wine with dinner. We had no expectations of the bottle of wine being comped 100% so we were a little surprised when they did. This overture won us over on the service component and the food was very good too. We would come back again. thank you for the extra attention....it was my birthday that night and what could have turned into a very bad experience ended up being one to remember.
A new favorite destination. As it's a re ...
A new favorite destination. As it's a relatively small place, the entree menu isn't huge (around 6 entrees or so), but every one is very different (fish/fowl/beef/vegetarian), and based on the two we tried, you absolutely can't go wrong with any of them. The Spring Peas is an amazingly good "small plate." If you like Campari, you must try the cocktail they make out of that. Ingenious.
My husband and I stopped in while he was ...
My husband and I stopped in while he was in town on business. It was a very nice place. Menu was varied and specials were excellent. We had the goat sausage appetizer which was a nice starter. Service was excellent. Over all great experience - we would certainly go back.
What a wonderful restaurant! We absolute ...
What a wonderful restaurant! We absolutely loved the motherboard. The meats and cheeses were great, and all the pickled items were delicious. Our server was excellent. She was very attentive, and yet relaxed and warm. We will definitely be returning soon.
Looking for a gem, found a diamond!
Took a group of (8) associates out for business dinner and as the group foodie I scored big yet again!! Boutique is incredible! The food is unique to the chef and wonderful in every way! Our server, Sybilka was absolutely icing on a wonderful cake! Passionate about their food and eager to match you up with something you will love! The vegetable soup was to die for....a touch of curry that made it so good!! I had the pork chop which cooked perfectly and so tender...the smoked strawberries brought just enough sweet and then the orange reduction just knocked me backwards!! Wonderful meal and such a cool vibe! Take a friend, a business associate, a Romantic other...or go alone....just go there!! Almost forgot...outstanding wine list and beer selection as well!! Covington's finest, but this place would rock Indianapolis where we are from!!
This is my new favorite Cincinnati resta ...
This is my new favorite Cincinnati restaurant. I was very excited about finally trying Bouquet so there was a lot to live up to. It ended up being better than I expected. Our first course was the charcuterie board which featured mortadella and finocchiona along with a nice assortment of cheeses. I didn't want the course to end. I ordered the pork chop based on the recommendation of our excellent server and had no regrets. My wife ordered the crab cake and asparagus salad as her entree and enjoyed it all. She also had the potato soup which looked nice but I am not a soup guy so I didn't try any. The desert was some kind of bread pudding with homemade ice cream. I have never had bread pudding like this before. It had a somewhat crispy outer layer which contrasted nicely with the warm interior and ice cream. It's nice to be excited about trying a new restaurant and its even better when it far exceeds your expectations. We are going back again this Friday.
Excellent place to eat a craft meal! It' ...
Excellent place to eat a craft meal! It's not a large place but it was well dcorated and felt just the right size. We had a prty of 6 and were abl to talk and eat and feel comfortable. There is a small bar area which looked very welcoming. The service was superb. Friendly and very knowledgable. The recommendation of the brussel sprouts was a great addition to my meal. The food choices were limited but covered several excellent tastes. We all had something different and everyone commeted on the high quality of taste. I would dine here with confidence and look forward to returning to see what new gems are on the menu.
The food was wonderfully made and presen ...
The food was wonderfully made and presented, but very expensive for what it was. We shared the meat and cheese board, but it was $23. That's just too much for a smidge of this and that. My main course of scallops and English peas was delicious but there were two scallops and a small bit of peas. I left hungry, and $140 poorer (for 2).
The dessert was the most substantial portion of anything we had.
I would go back but probably have a snack first!
Outstanding all aroung
We had great service all around, from Chris the bartender (who had also called to confirm our reservation) to Angela our server. Everyone was friendly, knowledgeable and FUN! And the food was excellent. We had scallops for an app, my husband had the special KY Largemouth Bass and I had lamb risotto. Will definitely recommend and will definitely be back!
The food is amazing! Such artistry with texture, complexity of flavors and presentation! Grace steered us to good wine choices. The sweet potatoe flat bread is outstandingly! The fish special was superb, as was the tofu dish. If you are a foodie, this place is a must eat here!
Quite, relaxed spot with decent fare
I enjoyed my time at Bouquet. The wine list wasn't exhaustive but reasonably priced. We started with the diver scallops which were cooked to melt in your mouth perfection. I had the Kentucky bass which I found to be a bit over salted; however, the dish was balanced with sweet pearl onions and delightful savory reduction. My date had the Hen, which was a bit odd. Both grill and fried chicken with potatoes and peas. They certainly tried to keep the southern palate satisfied here. We finished with these wonderful chocolate tarts, the (banana cream?) filling was perfectly sweetened. Altogether, the meal was good but you can certainly find better food at the same price point elsewhere in the area or across the bridge.
The place is nice and cozy. For its loca ...
The place is nice and cozy. For its location its a great place to fine and walk around afterwards. The halibut, which was very appealing to the eye, was unfortunately on the bland side, and over priced when comparing the portion and taste. Could use some seasoning versus the after taste flavor of whatever was used, and definitely some sides. The staff is super nice, so we just took the experience on the chin. It's hard to blame or short someone on the tip when they have clearly done their job in an outstanding performance. We may come back, but it will be a little while. I'm hoping to keep this little romantic spot on my list!
We love the food. Service is never great
Food has been and is still great except that they don't give bread anymore on the pretext they serve it with olive oil that costs a lot. Who cares about the olive oil? give me the bread...
Service is not great. You come in or leave, no welcome or no goodbye! And you waiter, only nice until the check is delivered...then he disappeared!
So it is a GO for the food only!
The food was well prepared, the service was fine.
They do not serve any bread or even offer for purchase. The explanation of catering to gluten free clients was not credible. Maybe 3% are truly gluten intolerant and they always have the option of not eating the bread. It seemed cheap.
Gary and Bobbie
Food was good. Service ok, BUT. Waitress Kathy did not return our credit card after we paid. We were in restaurant another 15 minutes talking with friends and walked around Covington Ky another 45 minutes then headed home to Mason Ohio when Kathy called about the card (over an hour after we left). Had to drive all the way back to Covington (45-50 minutes one way) to get our card. Asked for some type of recognition for our troubles and the Chef owner said they don't have the resources for this. Our bill was approximately $125 for 2 people and our tip $24. Honestly, we would have been happy with anything, appetizer, dessert, etc on the house our next visit. It was very short sighted and lacked good will to offer ZERO. We will not go back and we will not recommend the restaurant. There are too many good restaurant offerings in the area to return after leaving a bad impression such as this.
No shame in their game!
It is not very often that you have a great experience from beginning to end, but I can now say that I have! From the prompt seating service , attentive hostess , great meal, and perfect ambiance. Bouquet delivered it all. Definitely a go to for any occasion , no wonder they were voted the best restaurant in the state of Kentucky!
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