Home Bistro started out as a small New York state company working as a meal delivery service, but soon they became one of the largest in the area. In 2009, they were acquired by their largest competitor, DineWise. Together, they created a restaurant-grade gourmet meal delivery system that covers all of the United States except Hawaii and Alaska and prides itself on top quality, state-of-the-art chef-prepared cuisine delivered directly to your door. Keep reading our Home Bistro review to learn more about this company’s strengths and weaknesses and determine if they are a good fit for you.

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How Home Bistro Works

The team behind Home Bistro wants to change the way you eat by looking at two crucial aspects of a successful diet – what you want to eat and how their food is made. Unlike many other meal delivery services that have a prepared set of programs for you to choose and then customize, Home Bistro offers you the chance to pick individual meals off their menu and order them at your convenience.

On their marketplace page, you can choose individual entrees or even ingredients that you can use to prepare the meals yourselves. You can call it a one-stop-shop. They offer a great variety of butcher shop quality meats and fish, as well as a great selection of side dishes.

Furthermore, you can order Home Bistro gift certificates which can prove to be a very tasty present for your family and friends. By ordering a 200$ gift certificate, you get a bonus 50$ gift certificate for free. All gift certificates are delivered to your email inbox the next day.

If you have any questions, a live chat is available during working hours from 9am to 5pm Eastern Standard Time. While researching for this Home Bistro review, we talked to the customer support staff a few times and were pleasantly surprised by just how professional and friendly they were. Home Bistro also has a pretty extensive FAQ section where you will probably find the answers to a majority of questions that could arise.

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What Makes Home Bistro Different?

Home Bistro challenges the notion that food is just an industry. That is why they are trying to bring a combination of innovation, skill, and ethics into preparing the finest cuisine available, with the freshest ingredients.

One of their best advantages is the kitchen run by a Certified Executive Chef CEC®, a certificate presented by the American Culinary Federation and one of the highest standards that a chef can receive. Fun fact – only 1/4 of 1% chefs in America earn this distinction.

Home Bistro is also committed to providing the best possible solutions for families, no matter if they’re looking just for fantastic gourmet cuisine or they want to lose a couple of pounds with the help of a healthy diet plan. They even provide their customers with raw meat and fish of the highest quality for the days when they choose to prepare meals themselves.

With Home Bistro, you don’t need to go food shopping anywhere else. They are constantly sourcing the most natural ingredients as close to home as possible and bringing innovations to their menus and flavors to make each dish as satisfying and heart healthy as possible. They are also partnered with two meat producers – Colorado Native Foods and Aspen Ridge Natural Beef – which allows them to use poultry and beef of the highest possible quality.

There are also ongoing promotions in the sales section of their website and you can order a wide selection of your favorite recipes for less than 15$ per meal on average.

On top of everything, the CEO of Home Bistro offers his unconditional guarantee that every customer will be satisfied. You can replace any item you’re not satisfied with, or they will offer you a refund, depending on the circumstances. In his own words – “If you don’t love our new food then it’s on me.”

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Meals and Recipes

As you might have deduced from our Home Bistro review, Home Bistro is very passionate about food. All the dishes are prepared to be truly exquisite and the quality remains even though all the meals are fresh frozen and require reheating before serving. It’s ready to eat in less than 10 minutes.

The recipes are also very creative. Along with the more classic ones that always get the job done, there are also very innovative meals with a note of exotic cuisines – either a revamped classic with a great new twist or something completely original.

You can order just one meal and you can order as often as you see fit. Just keep in mind that Home Bistro does deliveries only Wednesday through Saturday. Moreover, you can choose to order finished meals or even fresh ingredients.

The marketplace is organized by the type of meat that you prefer. You can choose fish, poultry, beef, pork, veal, and lamb. Next up, you can accompany your preferred meat by a selection of side dishes and round up everything with a sweet tasting dessert.

When it comes to prepared packages, there is very little customization and you can only choose the whole package and pay the full price for it. Unlike some other meal delivery services, Home Bistro doesn’t provide that many prepared meal plans, only the options that show a selection of items that fit the preference you’ve chosen (vegetarian, gluten-free, heart-friendly, diabetic-friendly, low sodium, low carb, paleo, etc.).

Pricing

One of the best features that Home Bistro offers is the chance to order exactly how many dishes you want. All prepared meals are priced per serving. When it comes to ordering your perfect cut of meat, there’s an option to pick the amount from a multiple choice drop-down menu on an appropriate product.

When it comes to actual prices, the cost of a single side dish starts at around 9$ while the assortments of meats start at 20$ for the smallest pack of chicken breasts. Since there isn’t a page dedicated to pricing, you are forced to go through every single entree individually and see the total amount you’d have to pay. That is also an issue that Home Bistro can look at.

Delivery Areas

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Just like most other meal delivery services, Home Bistro offers nationwide home delivery. Delivery covers all parts of the contiguous United States while Alaska and Hawaii are still unavailable. You also don’t need to be physically present to receive your order.

All of the orders are shipped by FedEx and marked as “Driver Release,” which means that the package will be delivered to the recipient address and left at any exterior door, with no signature required. Most orders ship within 3 to 6 business days from the day you place your order and you cannot split an individual order to be shipped to 2 different addresses.

Pros
  • Certified Executive Chef CEC heads the kitchen
  • Restaurant-grade quality food
  • Chicken is 100% antibiotic-free, vegetarian-fed, and cage-free family
  • Beef is 100% vegetarian-fed with no growth hormones or antibiotics
  • Very assertive customer care department
  • Insulated boxes keep the food fresh on delivery day

Cons

  • Low on pre-made plans
  • No dedicated pricing page
  • Website isn’t user-friendly
  • More expensive than the competition

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Bottom Line

Experiencing restaurant-quality cuisine in the comfort of our home is a thing we’re all thinking about, some more often than others. Home Bistro has dedicated their business model to providing their customers with the best possible dining experience that you can get from a fresh frozen meal delivery service. Their ingredients are handpicked for the perfect flavor and prepared by a kitchen team led by a Certified Executive Chef. Although pricey, they still manage to attract enough customers by maintaining their high standards of quality, both in the nutrition and taste departments.


Home Bistro Rating

Our ratings are the result of an objective and independent evaluation of Home Bistro, generating the final rating that reflects the overall quality of the company. Ratings may change as the service changes.

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Final Rating 9.0/10

User Reviews (23)

    Home Bistro user rating based on 23 user reviews.

    The reviews listed below reflect the opinions and experiences of real users and are in no way influenced by the meal delivery companies. Before publishing each review, our team checks whether it was submitted by an actual user in an effort to prevent false or spammy reviews.

  • Submitted By Gene Harvey on 11/22/2017
    I received a $100 gift certificate for Home Bistro. Their Web site was indeed difficult to maneuver and understand. I purchased their meal package Body Shred 2. The product arrived in good order. Packed very well. The portions are ridiculously small for the cost of the food. Hardly a full meal for a grown adult. The Super bowls are a complete joke. The packaging says Super Bowl weighs 9 ounces? They must include the weight the bowl and bowl cover because there is no way the portions were 9 ounces! Two of the meal boil in bags ruptured while gently boiling, as instructed. Overall the food was tasty but had to supplement a salad and vegetable to make a complete meal fit for an adult. They claim you might lose weight. You sure will because the portions are pathetic. Then there is the shipping costs! Nearly 30%, which is absurd! All that being said this service is way overpriced and the portions are skimpy. I will not be reordering.
  • Submitted By Toni Kirkpatrick on 10/16/2017
    I purchased a gift certificate for my sister, who is elderly and preparing to move, so i thought healthy, prepared meals would be perfect. However, the first delivery was late because the address label got ripped off during transit. The food was finally delivered, but warm and spoiled. Then the make-up delivery was delivered on time, but it too was warm and spoiled. I’m not sure if the fault is in the fact the deliveries were made in a hot FedEx van in days the temps were in mid-90’s or poor packing preparations. Anyway they refunded my money after saying this “hasn’t happened to anyone else, and it’s happened twice to you, so we’re refunding the money” No apology, just the impression that they thought we were dishonest about the food being delivered warm and didn’t want to deal with us anymore. That’s fine because I’ll never deal with them again nor will I recommend them. It was truly a waste of time and effort.
  • Submitted By Lawrence Tate on 08/25/2017
    Great gift if you want to save your family or friends from cooking for the next week. I've only tried the turkey meatloaf so far and it was DELISH!
  • Submitted By Beverly Valdez on 08/16/2017
    The portions are perfect and the sides are filling but not to the point of overshooting it. I recommend lamb chops and chili with bread bowl.
  • Submitted By Maria Easton on 07/19/2017
    Not sure I’ll be ordering again. Not that it’s bad, but they never seem to get the spices right, everything’s way too bland for my taste.
  • Submitted By Janice Vega on 07/15/2017
    Great food and I would give 4 stars if it weren't so caloric.
  • Submitted By Carter Dawson, on 07/14/2017
    Not really what I’ve expected. I’ve ordered 3 times and 2 times the food was completely tasteless.
  • Submitted By Bruce Hubbard on 07/10/2017
    "Natural flavors"?! What would a crab need any natural flavors added? It's all bogus if you ask me eventhoguh it sounds nice.
  • Submitted By Tiffany Barber on 06/18/2017
    I really like the variety of meal plans and specific dishes and the food is pretty good too.
  • Submitted By Russell Garner on 05/18/2017
    I'm a single guy and home bistro is a true lifesaver for me. If I make myself cook some protein and a couple of sides I end up eating it for at least 3 days or throwing it away. Bistro dishes are the perfect size for me and the taste is pretty good too.
  • Submitted By Helen Brady on 05/15/2017
    Home Bistro is my new lifestyle! They’ve helped me lose 10 pounds in just two weeks and it felt like I wasn’t on a diet at all. Delicious and light, who’d ever say!
  • Submitted By Judy Greer on 04/05/2017
    I didn't care for some of the ingredients they use including maltodextrin and dextrose.
  • Submitted By Randy Ballard on 03/19/2017
    Beef without hormones and antibiotics, does that even exist nowadays? Glad I stumbled upon Home Bistro and would recommend it.
  • Submitted By Gabriel Brady on 03/05/2017
    Jesus their site is a mess. Took me an hour to figure out what's what just so that page refresh could empty my cart. The food is good though.
  • Submitted By Nataly Joyce on 02/26/2017
    So many choices and all delicious! I order for me, for my parents and for my children as well. I like cooking, but don’t have enough time to cook every day. But Home Bistro is always there to help.
  • Submitted By Nancy Smigh on 02/12/2017
    I purchased the table for two dinners for my parents. The first meal they ate they felt was extremely spicy. The  company contacted me and asked me how my meals were I explain to them that my parents felt the first one was very spicy. The customer service representative was a bit sarcastic and told me there was no way it was spicy. I didn't care for his attitude but he decided to give me a refund for the meal . But here it is three months later and I haven't heard a thing from them. I would not do business with them again.
  • Submitted By Layla Pratt on 01/18/2017
    Everything is meticulously packed in baggies and very easy to prepare. The dishes looked so yummy even while frozen.
  • Submitted By Marie Nieves on 10/05/2016
    You don’t have to go to a restaurant to enjoy awesome meals when you have Home Bistro. I’ve heard a lot of things about them and I just had to try it. Very good menu, tasty dishes, easy ordering, easy delivery. Everything you can hope for.
  • Submitted By Jack Stewart on 09/21/2016
    I’m a very visual person and I was very disappointed with the website disclaimer that says “Some photographs may be representations of actual products.”. I tried recreating the actual photos on the website but it’s almost impossible. I for one believe that eyes should enjoy the feast as much as the taste buds. Although it tasted great, I’m still a bit disappointed.
  • Submitted By Martin Lawson on 09/03/2016
    With their new menu and the possibility of ordering custom packs of fresh cuts of meat, Home Bistro has done it. Not only can I order perfect tasting meals, I can also get my hands on some of the best looking meat I’ve ever seen. And tasted. Awesome job!
  • Submitted By Lydia Rogers on 08/10/2016
    Home Bistro meals are a breath of fresh air. Finally I have a chance to prepare flavorful dishes for my family and friends without breaking any sweat and without spending a great deal of money. My dining room has become my own personal restaurant and everybody is happy.
  • Submitted By Jill McKinzey on 07/19/2016
    If it weren’t for the hefty price tag on almost all individual meals and packages, Home Bistro would be perfect. We enjoyed some very tasty dishes and had our stomachs full without going to the restaurant. And it was easy as well. And it even looked delicious after being delivered frozen. Just waiting for them to work on their prices a bit and it would be a solid 5.
  • Submitted By Danielle Smith on 07/18/2016
    Food is really good and I like the freedom of ordering whenever and whatever you want from the menu, but I still think it’s a bit expensive for a meal delivery.
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Home Bistro Review
Updated : 12.13.2017.
Rating : 9.0/10
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