Bistro Dre
Bistro Dre

Bistro Dre

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistrodre.com/
  • Phone: (773) 697-9067
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Southport and Wellington
  • Public Transit: Brown Line stops at Sheffield at Belmont
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered off street parking available. Street parking available on Wellington.
A word from Bistro Dre
Cozy Lakeview spot with american/european influence for brunch and dinner. Upscale comfort food favorites presented in a rustic shared plate format. The menu changes with the seasons with choices for vegetarian/vegan also. B.Y.O.B. makes the bistro a perfect choice for intimate or group gatherings and the decor and bistro atmosphere creates a great ambience for the perfect get-together. Plates are presented with portions that can be easily shared. Belgium fries/mac and cheese/chicken and waffles/unique selections in flatbread choice and homemade desserts that are made on the premises make dining at Bistro Dre an experience that you will want to enjoy often.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Bistro Dre reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (74)fit for foodies (46)good for groups (37)great for outdoor dining (20)romantic (20)special occasion (15)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (13)hot spot (11)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Go here now!
    DfieldVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    This was one of my best dining experiences in a long time. GREAT food - and it's really fun to have it served family style. Awesome service. Very helpful and full of suggestions. The VALUE is outstanding, and the fact it is BYOB enables you to bring that nice bottle of wine without breaking the bank. I brought my mother for her birthday, and it just was a great great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood gem. Love the BYOB.
    FoodieFoo
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I dined at Bistro Dre a few months back with a party of 6. The food and service is great. We were going to a show at the Anthenium Theater and our waiter even took another 10% off our bill. A small restaurant which packs them in. Portions are very generous in size. Great for sharing. The only drawback is the clost proximity of dining, but hey...with great food, service and ambiance it is totally worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, terrific food and excellent service.
    Granny
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    This charming bistro never disappoints! The food (fried chicken, drunken pork chop, warm asparagus salad, charcuterie and cheese platter and Banana Bread Baked Alaska) was all superb. We love our New Yorker waiter and the wonderful owner who gives out toys to kids!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Came back for brunch after having dinner last week. Sat afternoon at 3:00, 2 tables full but our server was less than atentive. Food was fine but had to ask for everything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great neighborhood place
    CasDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Bistro Dre is a cozy place with good food, generous portions, and amiable service. It's also BYOB with no corkage fee, which is a bonus.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Food Find
    JudithofGold
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I like the idea of BYOB and family style dining. So my husband and 25 year old son & I went to try it on a Wed night at 7PM. When we arrived, the owner seemed distracted, thought it was not yet busy. He seated us, and we were given water. while we waited for our server, we looked around. It is a very small space, and every inch is filled with "stuff" all over the walls. lots of kitsch. The menu was very interesting, and we decided on Mac & cheese and flatbread to start. The mac & cheese was amazing, with sundried tomatoes. The flatbread with veggies and goat cheese was very good, just too much spinach. but great crispy crust. Whitefish and chicken scallopini were great, service uneven. We will give it another try.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    localsVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I took my mom and girlfriend here this past weekend and it was a very good meal. BYOB is awesome, as it's very fitting for the restaurant. We got 3 dishes; the garden flatbead, the fried chicken dish and poutine. The flatbread had arugula, roasted garlic, tomatoes and mozzarella on it and it was fantastic. The fried chicken was exceptional, the ONLY thing I'd change is make it chicken breasts or tenders instead of thighs. The poutine was good, but at this point we were very full. Overall I'd love to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Shared a delightful dinner with friends celebrating a couple of birthdays. Good food, good friends and pleasent service. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    One of the better meals I've had in Chicago - highly recommend for dinner
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  • Killer Quiche
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Went for Sat brunch. Best quiche I've ever had...fluffy and rich, nice combo of veggies. Place was packed so staff was a bit overwhelmed, but definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint and delicious
    JennB
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This place has comfort food done really well. With French and American fusion, everything was fantastic, the salads are plenty to share and delicious. All the enrees were fantastic, and you can't beat BYOB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bill G
    GriffVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food was okay except for the beet dish which was outstanding. Service was awful. I got my steak fritte and waiter said he would bring a steak knife. I waited there or four minutes staring at the meat. I ended up using the dull butter knife. Checkout watch when I asked for the check. Waited and waited. My wife left to make phone calls outside. Seven minutes before the check arrived. I've been here twice: first and last.
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  • Weeknight casual
    RugbyMom
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Service was a little slow at first and the sharing concept was not well-explained. But the waiter steered us away from ordering way too much food, so it worked out fine for us. More food than I needed but perfect amount for my partner with two starters and one entree. The apple spinach salad was very tasty. The stuffed beet is unusual--but still, basically, a big beet. Whitefish was very moist and had good flavor. The bacon pairing is different and not central to the dish. We would definitely return. Now that we know that one starter and one entree is plenty for two to share, it is a very good value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    PickyVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I'm not easily wowed, but this restaurant deserves accolades! Exceptionally good and innovative food, the best service I've experienced in a long time and very reasonable prices. The entree portions are big enough to share for 2. We started with soup, had the whitefish entree and, thankfully,finished with the salty caramel drizzled over banana bread with a scoop of ice cream. Insane. Were we not rushing to theater, I probably would have licked the plate. It's a small place so make reservations so you don't miss out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun and different, w/o being weird
    jillbermanVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This small place fun. Our waiter was extremely funny and good. A NY type. Many of the menu items are designed to share. Servings were very generous. One drawback is that it's BYOB (no corkage fee) and we didn't know that. So be aware. Food was superfresh, lots of selection, many healthy choices. Definitely worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great waiter, good food, too smoky
    AndyJVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The service: our waiter was great. He was friendly & knew the menu well and seemed genuinely to care if we enjoyed the food. The food: had the beet appetizer which was ok but kind of bland. Wife had the pork chop, a huge portion with well executed risotto and a delicious sauce. I had steak frites. The steak was good but the frites were soggy and cold and seemed like they'd been sitting in the window waiting for the rest of the meal. The chocolate trio dessert was rich and plenty to share. The ambiance: The kitchen exhaust could not keep up with the cooks and the whole dining room was smoky, so we left smelling like we just cooked on the line all night. This alone will keep me from returning unless we could sit outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Chicago Restaurant
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great service and really good food. Creative menu provides plenty of choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    Lovethisplace
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Our servers were helpful in explaining the concept and suggestions of popular dishes. Great sense of pride in thei chefs awesome dishes! Food was delicious and byob was a plus! Quaint neighborhood find ! We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    Bernie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    When I gave the hostess my name for our reservation I glanced over at the table for two near the window and asked if we might sit there...the owner stepped in and said, "but I thought you asked for a table next to a wall?" He actually read my note on Open Table...off to a good start. The window seat is charming and cozy.... Highly recommend this table. The menu is extensive enough with sophisticated offerings. We shared the mushroom tart (delish) the steak frites (perfect) and the Banana Bread Alaska (OMG.) And the BYOB is the cherry on top. Loved it all. Our server, Maggie was delightful! Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quaint and fun
    Familyof4
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We enjoyed an early dinner before a concert and loved this restaurant. The staff was very accommodating and the food was delicious. The desserts were to die for...Banana bread with ice cream, caramel sauce and caramel corn...Wow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great cozy spot
    buckeyegirlVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Portions are tapas style. Lively and crowded. Byob nice
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance but food was so-so
    UrbanfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Picked this spot due to the great yelp reviews in the area. The ambiance was great- a nice neighborhood spot with good service. The food, however, was lacking when it came to flavor. The macaroni and cheese was promised to be "the best in town" but unfortunately wasn't close. Our medium rare steak of the day came out well done. And everything needed a touch of salt. Too bad because we did love the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sg2014VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    wide range of offerings...every thing we have tried has been exceptional...desserts, homemade by the owner's wife, are superb..very cozy, but not crowded, charming room...very pleasant and efficient service...a really fun byob
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    HungryRunner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great fare at Bistro Dre. Had the California Benedict served on perfect puff pastry with amazing Hollandaise. Loved the bites of banana bread served as we sat down. Very interesting menu. Looking forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Jewel
    Twofoodies
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We happened upon Bistro Dre for dinner before a play. It was lively but warm. The food was delicious and nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    Lauren
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent Service & delicious food! We love this little gem, and the BYOB makes it even better!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food & Service
    tpain
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The chef (Andre) is excellent! Service was relaxed as in a European restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    Foodlover8990
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Absolutely love this place! Great for brunch and dinner. Perfect for both dates and group dinners. Extremely reasonably priced. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday
    Kiki034
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It was our daughters 30th, The food was fantastic!!! And our server Nathan, could not have pampered us any better! The presentation of starters/dinner dishes was awesome and the flavor of all was magnificent !! The garlic bread starter compliments every dish! The birthday dessert was the frosting on the cake! Wish I lived closer. And thanks to open table for keeping us informed.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We love Bistro Dre!
    umparrotheadVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My boyfriend and I come here often on Thursdays - it is consistently wonderful and we love when Ben is our server!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice little neighborhood find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This place talks about how it's known for shared plates and this is so correct. Good size portions to share and lots of great options to choose from. The French onion soup was really good. We're looking forward to going back with a group and trying more food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • southern french
    bonesVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Sounded like a French restaurant but more southern comfort food. The fried green tomatoes were excellent and the portions listed as small plates are generous. Bring your friends and share. It is BYOB so bring a good bottle and enjoy!! The son is the chef and the parents the owners. They make everyone feel welcome
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 182 reviews are from the Bistro Dre reviews archive.
  • Creative Menu | Many Veggie Choices
    mbrownstone
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We loved this neighborhood gem. Friendly wait staff who know the menu. The dishes are a creative twist on comfort food served family style, so all are intended for sharing. I can see coming back many times to work our way through all the items on the menu. We sat outside and although this is on a busy street, it did not feel like we were in the traffic like other Chicago sidewalk cafes. BYOB. Great spot for pre-theater dining -- near the Atheneum. The waiter paced our meal perfectly to get us out in time for the show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ErnieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was very good, but the kitchen was particularly slow this mid-week evening. the owner was very apologetic and comped us a desert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sg2014VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    my new favorite chicago restaurant...every aspect was perfect
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Best secret in Lakeview
    LTaylor
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Maybe it's not a secret because it's always full, but Bistro Dre is charming, delicious and a great date night. There was also a lot of ladies' nights happening while we were there, so I bet that's fun too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Bistro Dre
    ChristinaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Bistro Dre is by far one of the best BYOBs in Chicago! It has a wonderful menu, suited to fit any craving! Definitely check this place out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Find...........
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Good service, great food and a BYOB with outside seating. What more could you ask? We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just wonderful!
    lalabeansVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Bistro Dre is so unexpected and so wonderful! We took a group with us the second time just so we could try more. Their Belgium fries are out of this world. Enjoy as a date night or with a group and BYOB!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A memorable dinner
    weh2fun
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We chose Bistro Dre because of it's proximity to the Athenaeum Theater. We were very pleasantly surprised at the creativity of the menu, the friendliness of the staff and owners and the charming ambience. We especially enjoyed the way they served each item family style, so we could enjoy a portion of every dish. It would be a fun way to have dinner with a small group. The Whitefish with Quinoa, Bacon and Fennel Crust was fabulous - incredible crispy edges infused with a luscious, smoky bacon flavor. The Surf and Turf (Filet and Shrimp) was done to perfection and the steak was sliced horizontally so each of us could have plenty of the seared crust. The Banana Bread Alaska is a dessert not to be missed. We will return soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.