Raw Bistro Dog Food (Raw Frozen)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Raw Bistro Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Raw Bistro product line includes 4 frozen raw dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • Raw Bistro Beef Entree [A]
  • Raw Bistro Bison Entree [A]
  • Raw Bistro Turkey Entree [A]
  • Raw Bistro Chicken Entree [A]

Raw Bistro Beef Entree was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Raw Bistro Beef Entree

Raw Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 52% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 6%

Ingredients: Beef hearts, ground beef bones, beef liver, beef tongue, beef kidney, organic green beans, organic spinach, organic beets, organic blueberries, organic kelp, non-GMO safflower oil, inulin (extract of chicory), sea salt, zinc polysaccharide complex, vitamin E supplement, manganese polysaccharide complex, vitamin D3 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis15%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis52%35%6%
Calorie Weighted Basis37%59%4%
Protein = 37% | Fat = 59% | Carbs = 4%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to us humans, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.

The second ingredient is ground beef bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.

The third ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is beef tongue. Beef tongue consists mostly of muscle meat and naturally rich in protein, minerals and B vitamins, too.

The fifth ingredient is beef kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.

The sixth ingredient lists green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.

The next four items include a series of nutrient-rich organic fruits and vegetables

  • Spinach
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Kelp

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With four notable exceptions

First, we find safflower oil. Safflower oil is nutritionally similar to sunflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Safflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

Next, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

In addition, this food contains a few chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

And lastly, we find only a few added vitamins or minerals detailed on the ingredients list. We must assume many of these essential nutrients are provided by the food ingredients in the recipe.

Raw Bistro Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Raw Bistro looks like an above-average raw dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 52%, a fat level of 35% and estimated carbohydrates of about 6%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 52% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 13% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Raw Bistro is a meat-based raw dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Raw Bistro Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

05/21/2017 Last Update

  • SJ

    Hi All, The food is made in Minnesota with all local ingredients. I myself live in Minnesota and saw this in a higher end dog food store the other week. After learning about it I decided to give it a try and my dog KIRBY loves it. Yes, it is on the expensive side. A bag of large patties is 28 meals for a 30 lb. dog at a cost of $43 per bag. So if you only feed your dog this and at two meals a day, then you’re spending about $90 a month.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I have seen this in specialty pet stores in my area. I don’t remember the prices exactly, but they were somewhat higher than the other raw diets.

  • lulu368

    how much does it cost? I can’t find prices on their website.

  • Dori

    Wish I could find the food. I live in Atlanta, Georgia and haven’t found anyone who carries it or has the ability to order the food from their distributors. Not yet anyway.

  • Deb Smith-Utes

    My dogs LOVE it! I get it once a month as a special treat. I couldn’t afford to feed it regularly, as it’s definitely upper end. Seems high quality, also.

  • Gindy51

    You can find it here at their website.

    http://rawbistro.com/

  • Jude

    Uggg! I really want to try this brand out for my puppies, but I can’t find it anywhere! If anyone finds it in NYC please let me know 🙂

  • neezerfan

    No, actually, I forgot all about it. I have a new shipment of Darwin’s on it’s way so I’ll see how that goes with the new recipe..

  • Dori

    Hi Neezerfan. Did you ever find the food and if so, what did you think of it? Thanks.

  • neezerfan

    This looks like great stuff, hope I can find it!