Bistrot Cinq – A cozy French bistro in the heart of Antigua

Rated one of the top restaurants in Antigua.

Our doors have been open, waiting for your visit since midday November 16th, 2007. On this very same street corner, only 2 blocks from Antigua’s main plaza.

Every single thing we serve is made from scratch, just like Grandma used to do it. In fact, we only serve what she would approve of. We get up early, go to bed late, and work our tails off so we can offer you, fresh, seasonal ingredients that we buy from people we personally know and trust. (Except the salmon and escargot. They’re on a tourist visa.) 

Our friendly and knowledgeable group of entertainers will give you personalized, 1 on 1 attention in English or Spanish and we’ll do it with a smile. If we don’t know your name, what you like to eat, drink, and  where you like to sit, then welcome, it must be your first visit. 

We’ll treat you like family. You’ll laugh, enjoy, and maybe you’ll get lucky and we’ll hang your drawings on our wall. We’re going to feed you like family (trust us, you won’t leave hungry with our generous portions and you’ll still have room for our tasty key lime pie). 

You’ll complement your experience with a variety of local and foreign craft beers, a wine list to satisfy a 3 star Michelin restaurant’s sommelier, spirits from all over the world, and an Absinthe Bar, so well stocked, Hemingway and Picasso would want to hang here and talk about their next magnum opus.

We take pride in what we do because we’re craftsmen, who work daily to perfect our knowledge and skills in the kitchen and bar. (Please ask us for recommendations and pairings). 

You’ll never be bored with our ever changing list of specials, on our 7 foot high blackboard. 

This magical journey you’re about to take, should you choose to step inside our bistro, will have you thinking the same as a recent guest: “we had to remind ourselves we were in Antigua and not Paris.” Experience another world, a new adventure, just step inside. 

And…if by some strange reason, you’re not satisfied with something, we’ll pay for it. Period.

Don’t take our word for it.

Reviews from our lovely guests…

“This has been a standout on my list of Antigua restaurants for a couple of years now. I’ve yet to be disappointed. The food is inventive, the service is good, it’s well-located a couple of blocks from the plaza, and you simply cannot go wrong. I’ve been there alone, with family, and with friends and I’m confident every time I take someone there that they’ll be happy.”

Tripadvisor

“The food was delicious and plentiful. My dish was spiced to perfection and covered with a crunchy crust of breadcrumbs. The cheeses they used gave the dish a depth you don’t normally find in a humble mac & cheese.”

Michigan, Tripadvisor

“The staff are very friendly and accommodating. A good number of diners were locals, which is always a good sign. Had a delicious French onion soup with warm French bread and a very succulent steak and frites.”

Uk, Tripadvisor

“It was my last night in Antigua visiting my daughter and stumbled across this restaurant. The atmosphere attracted us in for a drink and we ended up staying for dinner. The wait staff was very friendly and the service was top shelf. I had the daily special, sea bass, which was cooked to perfection while my daughter enjoyed a healthy serving of mussels. I would highly recommend this place for either drinks or dinner.”

Tripadvisor

“A cozy atmosphere, simple and elegant at the same time. Offers a touch of France in its tasty and well thought out cuisine, with a variety of wines that perfectly accompany their dishes. The Duck Magret is outstanding.”

Claudia From Spain

“I’ve eaten in this wonderful restaurant for the last couple of years and every time I leave happy and satisfied. They change the menu very often but leave some of the classics. Fish is always fresh and they cook it just perfect. The wine list is good. I usually drink Chablis or the Pinot Grigio. They also make great cocktails. I often get service by Marlon who is attentive, very professional and knows exactly the sort of food I eat and what kind of wine I like.”

Guatemala, Tripadvisor

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Wedge Salad

Some think it’s just a name, but we mean a chunk of lettuce, sliced into 3 wedges. Toss in some blue cheese, bacon, tomatoes and a vinaigrette made from apple juice, apple vinegar, and onions that have been cooking for 3 hours and you’ve got a reason to get up in the morning.

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Calamari

Spent the morning deep sea diving off the pacific. Using artisan fishing practices we caught some squid, sautéed them with garlic, extra virgin olive oil and 100% natural lemon juice.

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Steak Frites

6 or 10 oz. of thick Beef tenderloin with our homemade fries. They go through a long 3 step process to taste that good. Bearnaise sauce, herbs, butter and a few sprinkles of this and that.

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Filet Mignon

6 oz. of beef tenderloin. Lying on a bed of colorful, tasty, sauteed veggies, bacon & a blue cheese sauce that would make any cheddar cheese jealous.

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Escargot

Fully fluent in French and on a tourist visa. They’re cooked with indirect heat and flavored with the perfect mix of herbs, fennel seeds & butter. Ask for more bread so you can dip into the sauce. It’s ok, we all do it.

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Mushroom Risotto

Slow cooked risotto, with finely diced wild, seasonal mushrooms, herbs, & our very own vegetable broth. Topped off with cheese.

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Calamari

Spent the morning deep sea diving off the pacific. Using artisan fishing practices we caught some squid, sautéed them with garlic, extra virgin olive oil and 100% natural lemon juice.

Q.155

Steak Frites

6 or 10 oz. of thick Beef tenderloin with our homemade fries. They go through a long 3 step process to taste that good. Bearnaise sauce, herbs, butter and a few sprinkles of this and that.

Q.160

Filet Mignon

6 oz. of beef tenderloin. Lying on a bed of colorful, tasty, sauteed veggies, bacon & a blue cheese sauce that would make any cheddar cheese jealous.

Q.72

Escargot

Fully fluent in French and on a tourist visa. They’re cooked with indirect heat and flavored with the perfect mix of herbs, fennel seeds & butter. Ask for more bread so you can dip into the sauce. It’s ok, we all do it.

Q.145

Mushroom Risotto

Slow cooked risotto, with finely diced wild, seasonal mushrooms, herbs, & our very own vegetable broth. Topped off with cheese.