Your bistro... downtown

A heart for lancaster × Crafted with Love


Located on Zane Square in the historic Hotel Lancaster, the Downtown Bistro is a purveyor of fine American dining from Chef Michael Cotter.


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(740) 785-9900



123 North Broad Street
Lancaster, OH 43130



Mo-Th 11am–9pm
Fr-Sa 11am-10pm
Su 11am–8pm




Family is the word which best describes our values and has been the bond of strength for our small town Bistro since its inception.

Gathered around the dinner table, Mike Cotter and his family (Mom, Dad, Papaw, Nana, Sis, Aunt Jan, wife Heather and all the kids) discussed the nuances of his job as an executive chef and the dream of actually owning a restaurant. In summer of 2015 Mike, Mom, and Papaw made a pact to give it a go—Mom as financial officer and baker, Mike as restaurant manager and chef, and patriarch Clark, as chief taster, speculator, mascot, and most importantly, investor and believer. As head waitress relaying messages from the customers back to Mike, Heather—the strong wife—also held down the fort at home.

We became better acquainted with our customers and community at the Bistro and through catering for many local businesses and events. The business grew as did the Bistro family—staff, farmers, sales reps, and repairmen, all working together to serve the finest, freshest, best tasting food to the Lancaster community—family.

We moved from Main Street to Downtown in summer of 2018—celebrating our third year in business in September. Gathering more people into the family we have never felt more at home. We feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to serve our Lancaster community—our family. If there is any way we can serve you better—I’m sure I am around here somewhere—I would be honored to have the chance to meet you and welcome you into the Bistro family.


Mike Cotter, Executive Chef


123 North Broad Street
Lancaster, OH 43130

(740) 785-9900


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