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 the 5 frozen dog foods listed below.

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

  • Raw Bistro Beef Entree (3.5 stars) [A]
  • Raw Bistro Bison Entree [A]
  • Raw Bistro Turkey Entree [A]
  • Raw Bistro Chicken Entree [A]
  • Raw Bistro Lamb Entree (3.5 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 = 47% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 5%

Ingredients: Beef, beef heart, ground beef bone, beef liver, beef kidney, organic green beans, organic spinach, organic beets, organic blueberries, safflower oil, organic kelp, inulin (extract of chicory), sea salt, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin E supplement, manganese amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis14%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis47%40%5%
Calorie Weighted Basis31%65%4%
Protein = 31% | Fat = 65% | Carbs = 4%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

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

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

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 seventh item is spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 91.

The eighth ingredient includes beets, the root portion of a sugar beet plant. As the name implies, beets contain a high concentration of sucrose (sugar).

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 3 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

Based on its ingredients alone, Raw Bistro Dog Food looks like an above-average raw product that also incorporates many organic items.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 47%, a fat level of 40% and estimated carbohydrates of about 5%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 50% and a mean fat level of 33%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 10% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 66%.

Above-average protein. Above-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 65% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 31% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.

Bottom line?

Raw Bistro is a grain-free raw dog food using a generous amount of named meats and organs as its main source 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
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to Raw Bistro. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by NutritionData.com from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

03/22/2020 Last Update