Bistrot Zinc
Bistrot Zinc

Bistrot Zinc

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bistrotzinc.com/
  • Phone: (312) 337-1131
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Tim Kirker
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cedar
  • Public Transit: Red line to Clark and Division; #36 Broadway Bus
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking $11.
A word from Bistrot Zinc
Experience the romance of France in Chicago. The taste and feel of Paris is right here in the Gold Coast, one of Chicago’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods. The name Bistrot Zinc is derived from typical French bistrots where the “zinc” bar is a popular meeting place for good food, conversation and camaraderie. Moderately-priced classic & contemporary French food is served amid the ambiance of tile floors, tin ceilings, and the beautifully handcrafted zinc bar. The feeling of French authenticity prevails throughout as you step into this lively Parisian atmosphere. The lunch, brunch and dinner menus include many French favorites in addition to the monthly specials. Also offered is an extensive selection of French wines by the bottle and glass, plus French aperitifs and liqueurs.
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Bistrot Zinc reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (112)great for lunch (61)fit for foodies (58)great for brunch (55)romantic (53)special occasion (48)notable wine list (20)good for groups (20)scenic view (15)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (5)great for outdoor dining (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Just wonderful!
    AbcdVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Love, love, love it. Food, service, atmosphere are perfectly French and fabulous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    WE really enjoyed the food and our server was terrific, but it was noiser than we expectred making it difficult to talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood magnet
    askpegVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    As ever, lovely food, and friendly and warm atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic
    billmart
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I'm someone who, when returning to a city for a visit after a number of years, will look for places that provided pleasurable experiences in the past. The Berghoff is one of a dying breed, a comprehensive restaurant specializing in German cuisine. In fact, it has been resurrected recently after a period of closure. Purists and nostalgics rejoice, The Berghoff has retained its classic architecture and decor, and its menu continues to provide textbook examples of schnitzels and sausages at reasonable prices Their lineup of house beers compliments the dishes nicely. In the heart of downtown, you can step back in time for a special and flavorful experience here. It is part of the Chicago experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris in Chicago
    Julie
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    First time at this charming bistro. Ambiance, menu, setting, zinc bar, and friendly, attentive service made for a lovely dinner in Paree, but comfy in Chicago. My husband had calves liver and mashed potatoes, perfect here and not often available other places. I had arugula, date, bacon salad with Parmesan, a special, and great combo. Also had hanger steak, served with cauliflower gratin and haricot vert. Just a great find. Sound track of jazz and classics was just the right decibel level to allow conversation, but set the mood. We will come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    AbcdVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    What a treat to find this wonderful restaurant in a neighborhood that has way too many expensive or steakhouse options. Fantastic brunch menu with lots of choices. All our food was great. We will go back a lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has that special flair
    eddieb
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Much different than surrounding eating establishments. A no rush relaxed setting with polite servers. A gem in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service and Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Bistro Zinc has great service and a quiet, calm atmosphere (which are sometimes exactly what you need). The food is good, not great, but is cheaper than some of its French restaurant counterparts.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and tasty
    FoodSnob
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Brought my adult daughter for a birthday dinner. She was delighted at how much it felt like a Paris bistro. She had rabbit and loved it, and my trout with spinach was very good. Appreciate the moderate price point, and of course, the desserts are out of this world. Bistro Zinc gets it all right in my book.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The experience is always a greeting as one of the regulars with a consistent French cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    FoodeeezVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This used to be great all the time, and it was disappointing. Food was ok but not great, and our service was terrible. Hostess was lovely, bar was great, and the restaurant looks beautiful .... But such a letdown.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Limited Menu
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was once a great spot but time is telling a story of time running out
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better than the others
    AbcdVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I'm always amazed by how much better bistrot zinc is than the other french restaurants in town. The food is always great, from old standbys like roast chicken, to the specials. There is no attitude here other than warmth and good comfort, and you get the sense that they all are good at what they do and happy to be doing it. None of that restaurant tension you can feel a mile away. Too bad France doesn't understand this kind of service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always wonderful
    AbcdVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    From the minute you walk in to this warm room, with French jazz playing, you can't go wrong. The prices are moderate, especially for the neighborhood, and the food and service are as good as, or better, than all the other places in the area. You can't beat it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent! Will Return
    WisconsinCityGirl
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This restaurant was recommended by people who live in Chicago whose palates we respect! We live in Wisconsin and visit Chicago regularly to attend performances - symphony, theater, dance, and museum exhibits. Our first visit was an October Sunday brunch. We loved it and will definitely return. We even talked about what hotel we could stay in that would be in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evelyn
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and I had a delightful birthday dinner here. The atmosphere was lovely, it was very French bistro in feel, with an old-fashioned touch, beautiful wood and brass trim, lots of mirrors, walls painted a gently warm cream color, and vintage posters and prints in frames. Food was really delicious, from the French Onion Soup to the trout to the dessert. loved everything. Service was warm and attentive
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great comfort food
    Patsy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our table of 6 had a great time. The restaurant is cozy and very French. We had a wonderful Burgandy with dinner. The generous portions of food were delicious and warm. Desserts were heavenly. Our waiter was friendly and very attentive and was very helpful with the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal with a large group
    Emily
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our group of 7 enjoyed dinner before a show at Second City. We all enjoyed the food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorites
    maryelizabethVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I am always happy at Bistrot Zinc. Its warm environment make it a great place to have a long evening with friends. The food is also unfussy and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy Bistrot Zinc
    egkjcm
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food and staff are fabulous. Looking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit the spot
    morebreadplease
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I ordered the Vol-au-vent, featuring a stew du jour of beef, a flaky puff pastry, and a deliciously creamy side of mashed potatoes. The stew had a generous portion of perfectly tender protein, and grabbing a bite of warm beef, pastry, and potato was the perfect warm-you-up bite on a crisp Chicago fall evening. For dessert I kept it simple with fresh berries and a large dollop of vanilla mascarpone. The berries tasted fresh and ripe. The meal was a good value, checking in right in the $25-30 range for my portion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    DHB1
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Lived in Europe 12 years and BZ has a great French ambience. Simple food prepared well is what I always find. Dependable and pleases all my guests.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first time for French food
    EFredVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    It's always fun to introduce a friend to a cuisine they have not previously experienced. And Bistrot Zinc did not disappoint. He greatly enjoyed the French onion soup and the braised rabbit. My roasted chicken was as good a classic French preparation as I have had. And the pork rilettes with chutney starter was nicely done.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome all round!
    AbcdVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We celebrated our 5th anniversary here for the first time. We don't normally eat 'French' and thought it might be a little stuffy and formal but was just the opposite. The place was busy, everyone was really nice and kind of casual- lots of people must come here a lot because the waiters know a lot of the customers by name. The food was amazing too: best French onion soup we've ever had, outstanding steak and roast chicken, and Devine almond cake. What a way to go. We're going to be regulars too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant!
    AbcdVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    What a great date night restaurant! We had wonderful food, eating both classic french (me) and modern french ( girlfriend ). I'm in the food business, and I have to say it's one of my favorite places to go. Service is always friendly and and informed, and the place just feels kind of busy and happy. I'm never disappointed at bistro zinc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Zinc is always fabulous...
    GennaVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    A neighborhood gem that is always consistent. The ambiance is warm and inviting. Service is always impeccable and food is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Brunch
    ET312
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Cute place, highly recommend the brioche french toast for brunch. Wish I had ordered the quiche instead of the omelette. Coffee and orange juice were almost $4 each which I thought was kind of pricey for the tiny little cups/glasses, but I guess it is the Gold Coast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointing
    PrairiequeenVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This was our fourth visit and maybe last to Bistro Zinc. Previously, we had the same waiter on the other three occasions. He was warm and welcoming and made our grandkids feel special when we brought them. This time, the waiter was a cold fish, who I felt was just being icily polite. The main issue was the way he handled the situation when I wanted to bring a dinner home to my husband. He said the chef does not do that because the food does not set up well. And he had such an attitude about that. I had promised to bring my husband steak frittes. They could not stop me from ordering two dinners to be served to me. So, there I sat with my dinner and my husband's dinner, that one being waited to be put in a bag for when I went home.
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  • Thanks for a great evening!
    ThorVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We decided to try Bistro Zinc after hearing many good things about it. We had a great experience: excellent food, great service and overall a perfect evening. We were most impressed by Chef Tim Kirker. He made his way through the dining room and stopped to talk to different tables. Upon arrival at are table he asked how we enjoyed the food and proceeded to talk to us for about 5 minutes. We are impressed by somebody who takes time to make sure his guests enjoyed their experience and to get feedback on the experience. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bistro Zinc
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Well done Bistro Zinc! everything was great: food, service, ambiance...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian experience at its best
    Bobby
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Been there twice and still not disappointed. I love the place. Great waiters that have great knowledge. Food was delicious. Will always be a top spot for me to take anyone
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood gem
    grace
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    bistrot zinc is always a reliable, pleasant, neighborhood place for good food and nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Parisian feeling.
    InternationalGourmetVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Bistrot Zinc has a typica cafe atmosphere and the food is also similar. Comfort in food and decor is the feeling, except service here is impeccable. Loved the skate preparation and escargot were garlicky and excellent
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst experience EVER!
    Justvisiting2
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I surprised my daughter for her 20th birthday by taking her to Bistrot Zinc. We met up with two of her best friends. Our waiter was very nice and we really enjoyed our dinners. We paid our meal and were catching up as I haven't seen my daughter in months. The manager came up to us and informed us that there were 7 hungry people who have waited an hour for our table. He was extremely rude! We understand that they need to "turn" tables but he could have been much nicer kicking us out and the table we were sitting at could only fit 5 people and certainly not 7. We also noticed a larger party with small kids that had been finished with their meal for quite some time and were also just talking after their bill was paid. NEVER AGAIN!
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  • Liked it. As usual.
    TeddyVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food and service are good. The bartender made some nice martini's for us. We have been there several times and always like it.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistently great
    Bill
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    we have been going here for years, great food and atmosphere in the busy rush street area
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner
    PierreJ
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It was a charming experience And everything was up to our expectations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Brunch
    ProperPorpoise55
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I had a very enjoyable brunch at this pleasant little bistro. The fruit, granola, and yogurt-filled crepes were light and flavorful. I especially enjoyed the roasted breakfast potatoes. They were tender, golden-brown and well seasoned. I saw other tasty dishes (pan-fried trout, brioche French toast) being served that I will return again to try.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We keep coming back!
    AbcdVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Through the years we always come back to our favorite bistro in Chicago. Wonderful food and a menu that changes monthly; great warm service. Management is always present and the owner is really great. Crazy, but we also really love the music!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luckymac
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have been to the restaurant a half dozen times in the last year. This time the food was very disappointing. The pork milanese was dry and tough requiring a steak knife to cut it. Generally the experiences have been positive and worth repeating, but I question if I will return again this year with so many other options available.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet