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Bistrot Zinc
Bistrot Zinc

Bistrot Zinc Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bistrotzinc.com
  • Email: info@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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "The wine choices were very good, the snails were excellent and so were the entrees. There are a number of dishes to choose from and the service is excellent."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Very different - enjoyed the change in day to day fare"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Delicious array of foods, quiet ambiance for a lunch-time meeting, excellent service. Mussels were plump, juicy, succulent swimming in a sea of light cream. Special spinach salad with eggplant croquettes got rave reviews from my dining mates. Dessert of profiteroles and cherry tarts were a perfect ending. And our waiter gave plenty of timely service without intruding on our business proceedings. A delightful French bistro experience without stepping on an airplane."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We had a friend coming in from New York and decided to go for Sunday Brunch. A friend of mine recommended Bistrot Zinc and when I looked up the location, I was really thrown off. It is right next to the Viagra Triangle and we're not a fan of the scene around there. But the other reviews were good and the photos looked great, so we decided why not try it out. I'm so glad we went there. The staff was extremely friendly, the decor was actually little more like a Brasserie (a little more ornate) than a Bistro, the scene was not full of Trixies, and the food was delicious! I happy to know that I found a place in that area that I actually feel comfortable bringing out-of-towners to. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Bistro Zinc is a nice little restaurant perfect for meeting an old friend or business lunch to a romantic dinner. The food is great. My favorite is the escargot which is the best in my US travels outside of Disney World. There is rarely a bad dish. It's a classic yet energetic and has a nice view of the street to people watch. The service has always been well done here. Water stays full, bread is filled, and they seem to interject at the right times. I've never felt rushed. The only down side is when they are busy, it might take a moment to capture your servers attention. But this is a minor gripe at best. Overall, it's my personal favorite place to go for French food. I highly recommends it to all my friends in Chicago and visiting."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is truly a great little find. The food was just amazing and prepared perfection. I ordered a stew made with beer and beef. It was served with mashed potatoes and a really puffy puff pastry. It was so delicate. My husband had the trout which was prepared wonderfully and presented in a very appealing manner. For dessert I had the almond butter cake and he had a version of a cherry turnover. The portions were just perfect. The service was great and they are welcoming to everyone from seniors to children. A place I must return to. I wonder why it took me to long to get there. I can't wait to go back. And one last thing, the service is very attentive, but I didn't feel overly fussed over which is something I don't like."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I took my wife out to Bistrot Zinc for her birthday last Saturday. Table for 2 at 6pm. We got in right before the big dinner rush hit. We have been coming to Bistrot Zinc for about 5 years now and it never disappoints. The food, the ambiance, and the service provide you with an memorable experience. Our waiter was very attentive and provided excellent recommendations. Food is reasonably priced in my opinion based on the quality of food. I let them know that it was my wife's birthday ahead of time and they took initiative to add a candle to my wife's desert without being prompted by me. The attention to detail from beginning to end is evident in this restaurant making every time we dine here a memorable occasion that keeps us coming back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was homey, well prepared, arrived warm at the table and tasted well. The only problem was the service, it was really not there. We had to ask for bread twice, they did not put bread plates. Forgot one dish that was asked, brought after the meal was finished so we had to take it home with us!! Still a good value, and it seemed that a few families were there, so it cater to all ages. Will go back, but aware that the service is lacking!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "A very comfortable and beautiful surrounding. The food was done perfect with true French presentation and flair. Would go again. It was a quiet oasis in a very busy area."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I love French bistros, and this one is a new favorite. When I'm in Chicago next, I will be back!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "A very nice brunch with good friends, good food, excellent service from the waiter and a wonderful ambience as always."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Bistrot Zinc never disappoints; great food, warm knowledgeable service, an upbeat vibe in the room."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Our go-to restaurant continues to impress. Just like being in Paris. The wait staff is exceptional; attentive without hovering, The food is marvelous. The decor exactly right; from the tiled floor to the zinc bar. In short, we absolutely love this place!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Love coming here for friends for lunch. Good food -- variety sufficient to please the meat eaters, the vegetarians, etc. Attentive service that never rushes you. Even the background music is perfect for the setting."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Great place for lunch/brunch when friends want to get together for good food and comfortable surroundings. Highly recommend the lamb sandwich and the onion soup"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Took our son over his spring break for dinner at Bistrot Zinc. Had the smiley appetizer that was simple and delicious. French onion soup, very good but large portion could have been a meal on its own. Would recommend this and also go back with friends."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This has been our go-to place for years. Service, food, atmosphere, they deliver the best in all categories every time."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Unfortuntely we were quite disappointed by Bistrot Zinc. The service was good and the ambience is quite nice. The food was average at best. The skate was over cooked and dry, salmon garnish was inedible and the fish was rather tasteless, and they relied on cinnamon to flavor the spiced vegetable over couscous. We did ask for a lot of bread. Can't say I'll be going back soon."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "This neighborhood gem is a popular restaurant for most occasions, the food was as usual excellent and the service very noteworthy. I would recommend for a great French meal at any time."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We have been to Bistrot Zinc a number of times and enjoyed it each and every time. The suggestions from our wait person were right on. A great evening"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed being able to easily talk with friends while eating wonderful food with excellent French wine. Loved the skate with spinach substituted for potatoes!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meal at Bistrot Zinc & found the food and ambience authentic. The service was quite hurried, though, for a 7pm meal on a quiet Wednesday night. The chocolate espresso pot de creme was fantastic."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This is a nice spot to have Saturday brunch. The noise level is a little high, but if you go early enough it is OK. The food was delicious - I recommend the quiche, which is their specialty."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city! I love the feel of it, and the food is always excellent."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "If you are in the mood for French bistro food, this is the place to go in the Gold Coast. The food is terrific, prices are moderate and the service is excellent. Salad portions are large. Fish is excellent!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The food, the service, the ambience were all great. My problem was that I ate too much and was uncomfortable afterwards. Should have resisted that delicious Creme Brulee. :)"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I had lunch with a friend at Bistro Zinc, and it was delightful -- the food was high quality and an interesting selection, and the French ambiance was charming. I want to come back in the evening with my husband. It is not inexpensive, but excellent quality for the price."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "When I want to feel like I'm in Paris, I head to Bistrot Zinc. The ambiance, decor, service and food remind me of the classic zinc bar bistros you'll find in the residential arrondissements of Paris. Merci to the owners of Bistrot Zinc!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Steak frites leaves something to be desired. French fries are nothing to write home about."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Bistro Zinc is a little gem of a French restaurant tucked in the heart of a busy restaurant corridor. It offers excellent service, a variety of menu choices and a distinct French ambiance. And the beautiful framed artwork adds to your dining pleasure. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants. Best escargot! Butternut squash soup was superb. If we lived nearby we would frequent often."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "bistrot zinc is a neighborhood treasure. food always good. a very special, comfortable place for brunch, lunch or dinner. always very satisfied with ambiance and service . will continue to frequent bistrot zinx. g. leffel"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the ambience was perfect. I felt like I was in a Parisian restaurant. The service was excellent. This is a great date night place. Soft lighting, great decor and amazing food and service. Its like a hidden gem in the gold coast."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I've been to Paris several times and every time I come have lunch or dinner here I almost feel like I could be right back there"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We trudged in on a snowy and cold January evening and were welcomed with smiles, help with our coats, and seated to a most enchanting evening of authentic and delicious and most memorable food and wine and dessert. Our server was a bit behind the game with French and French cuisine, but he had all the enthusiasm and earnest effort we two could wish for. The appetizers were divine. We will return often, all seasons, whenever we want to recall France. Everyone at the tables nearby were having fun, conversations extended between tables, and it was like another time and world. Wonderful, just wonderful."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Nothing special!! Other french places nearby are a much better choice!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Ate at Bistrot Zinc for the first time on Valentine's Day 2014. Our meals were very good. Excellent french onion soup. The tables for two are a bit close together. You could hear everything the couple on either side was saying. Our server was very good, made excellent suggestions, and was available when we needed something. I would eat at Bistrot Zinc again without hesitation."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I lived in France for several years and now live in the Gold Coast. I've been meaning to come to Bistrot Zinc and finally came around to it with my girlfriend for brunch. It's definitely a great spot for dates and families alike. They have a French twist on brunch with emphasis on quiche, crepes, eggs benedict prepared different ways. Impressive wine list too. I did not see Bloody Mary's or Mimosa's specifically on the menu, but I'm sure they could prepare them."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I have long considered this restaurant to be a reliable go to. Maybe the Chef is off duty on Sunday night. The food was a notch below its normally pleasant level. The mussels were under seasoned and over cooked. The churcuterie was just canned pate. The special stew for the night had no flavor, said the person who ordered it. Its usually better and I expect more. This was a business meeting. The guests were disappointed."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great food, great ambiance...I went with my fiance for Valentines Day, and we were not disappointed. I had the steak and she had the stew, both unbelievable. I have recommended the spot to a few of my friends already, thank you very much for the great meal."
    Dined on 2/15/2014