Raw Bistro Dog Food Review (Raw Frozen)


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

The Raw Bistro product line includes 5 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 Lamb Entree (4 stars) [M]

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%

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Estimated Nutrient Content
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 three 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.

And lastly, this food contains 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.

Raw Bistro Dog Food Review

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

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 51% and a mean fat level of 29%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 12% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

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.

However, with 59% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 37% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.

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

10/03/2018 Last Update