The Bristol
The Bristol

The Bristol

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thebristolchicago.com/
  • Phone: (773) 862-5555
  • Hours of Operation:


    Brunch: Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Pandel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Damen & Webster
  • Public Transit: Blue Line Damen
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking also available.
A word from The Bristol
The Bristol offers a locally-sourced and seasonal menu designed by Chef Chris Pandel. The diverse menu includes bar snacks, daily specials, a rotating chalkboard menu featuring nose-to-tail cooking, charcuterie and 5th Quarter offerings focusing on sustainable foodstuffs.
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The Bristol reviews from OpenTable diners
158 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (122)neighborhood gem (79)special occasion (49)hot spot (47)romantic (44)good for groups (42)notable wine list (37)great for brunch (34)vibrant bar scene (8)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Great Food
    dria7321
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Everything we ordered (aside from the polish sausage/mushroom dish) was delish.... And the basque cake for dessert! WOW! Great experience. Cocktails were yummy and creative, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We have been dining at The Bristol since opening, and this visit was nowhere near the prior visits in terms of food quality. The food wasn't bad, per se, but the kitchen appeared to be off its game this particular evening. Food doneness was an issue (way overdone one course, slightly underdone another), and the flavors seemed muted and a bit off. Perhaps it was the ongoing Bears-Packers game that was putting a bad taste in everyone's mouth, but I have had better experiences at The Bristol.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Tight sitting and a little noisy but off set by the food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A truly lovely evening!
    sshapirVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We went early, 6pm, so the restaurant was relatively quiet, compared with our last visit. The food was superb. I could make a whole meal of the monkey bread. Highly recommend the apple salad -- wonderful combination of fruit, marinated machengo cheese, watercress and toasted hazelnuts. The chicken was crisp and succulent. All dishes were presented beautifully. Our waiter was both knowledgeable and appropriate. A perfect meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • John Leonard
    John1029
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Enjoyed a really great Sunday evening date night. She had dined there several X's, my first. Great sharing plates and we loved it all. Candlelit and perfect for conversation. Very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Tequila
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Everything was great except for the service. They were very short staffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great!
    cheezynonkVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Top to bottom service was awesome. Food matched that and will be returning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip it for the price
    smangVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We arrived about 30 min early before our other dining companion & wanted to have a drink at the bar. They kept insisting we could sit at our table (we continued to decline until our friend arrived). We were seated up stairs (SUPER loud- I would rec staying downstairs) & I don't think our server checked on us 1x while eating. The wrong app was brought to our table, plates were put down & then picked up, I ran out of water regularly & it was difficult to get the server's attention to order more drinks during the meal (she didn't seem to be overloaded with tables either). The steak was VERY salty- as if they salted it & again with the anchovy paste (too much salt for even a salt lover). Not worth the hype or cost. I will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always fantastic
    Bryan
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I've been to the Bristol about five times now, and every time it never ceases to impress. Delicious beer selections and great seasonal cocktails. The food is amazing and I love how the menu evolves every time I visit... there's always something new to try. Great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most food good Wine List overpriced
    foodandwineloverchgoVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Most dishes were good, nothing was fabulous, and one dish, the brisket, was dry, under-garnished and under-sauced (and undersized, very small portion). The Wine List is significantly overpriced. There was one red wine for $39, everything else was $44 and up, with most in the $50's,$60's,$70's. We had a Cote de Rhone for $$49 that was drinkable but undistinguished in every way and should have been about $34.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it here
    ajdonnelly
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is one of our go-to restaurants. The food is great, service outstanding, and we love going here. My wife has pretty severe food allergies, and the staff goes out of their way to make her welcome and accommodate her needs. I'm consistently amazed that they do so good of a job, and are so kind and thoughtful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We came here for a fall afternoon brunch after reading that it was one of the best in the city. We were shocked to see that we didn't in fact need reservations. The service was great, and they opened up the sliding front wall so that we could enjoy the gorgeous fall day. My husband ordered the hangover dish and loved it, and I ordered eggs, toast, potatoes and sausage. The potatoes are amazing! Overall, it was a lovely, laid back, fall afternoon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting and delicious
    MichellechicagoVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This restaurant is beautiful. Love the intimate size of the room, romantic lighting, warm wood tables and metal mixed in. Drink menu included their fall cocktail menu, the amphion was perfectly created. We also tried the white IPA. Dinner for 3 and they happily took our friends luggage to put aside. Menu is changed daily it seems, there were only 2 pasta dishes listed in comparison to all I saw online. Tried the monkey bread, cardoon, dumplings, brisket starters...all were great. We all split the steak, chicken & raviolo. Chicken stood out the most, it was crispy and juicy at the same time. We'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Ryan
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Loved the ambiance, the food, cocktails, and the service. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The Bristol continues to impress. I've been going here for years and I've never had a bad meal. Brought a friend for their first time and they were blown away! Everything: food, cocktails, awesome wine list is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • doublepaw
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Excellent, creative food combinations and flavors. Staff highly professional and friendly. We loved it. Be sure to get the apple cake desert. I forget the exact name.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous little place
    Lindalegsiom
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Fantastic food, flavor, presentation and choice. Great wine list, fantastic service. This place never lets you down. A favorite
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a winner!
    ChitownSue
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Having had dinner here many times, I have a few favorites on the menu that I keep coming back to and they never disappoint. The new items on the menu were even better - if that is possible! Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Went to dinner here based on all the great reviews, however the evening we went the kitchen was seriously off. Everything we ordered was NOT appetizing except for the Duck Fat Fries. The trout was the highlight, but only mediocre at best. The server was fine. Sorry, but won't be back.
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  • One of my favorites
    sverocVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The Bristol had been recommended by several foodie friends as my boyfriend is a chef. When chefs recommend a place, you usually have high expectations. And they were right. The food is phenomenal. And their cocktails... don't even get me started. Every time I've gone, I leave more than satisfied and far too full, but that's not a real complaint. I wish this place a very long and healthy life!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mangebien
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    wonderful food from starters to dessert. creative without being fussy. excellent friendly service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    ConcertgalVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great combination of foods. Great taste with enough edge to be interesting & playful. Service was fantastic. The servers know what they are serving and what makes each dish a must order. This is your place you like good food done well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chill relaxing
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This place is a great place to catch up with friends. Its not too loud and easy to talk. It has good food too! The starters and snacks were the best part!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great cocktails!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Enjoyed the halibut collar and the flat iron steak. Would skip the Parisian gnocchi next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Hope this restaurant never changes a thing. I continue to bring family, out of town company here, any special occasion opportunity here. The food is exceptional and never abandons quality. I'm shocked that this isn't consistently rated higher than girl n the goat - actually I hope it never is, lets keep this place sacred. Also love all of the Somm's wine recommendations, keeps everything so fresh and exciting! The winter is actually more bearable now that the roasted chicken will come with spaetzle again, cant wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Absolute Gem in Chicago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The Bristol was recommended by wait-staff at another restaurant. She said they served the best and most interesting food. Since we were up for a new experience we tried the Bristol. Wow! What a great experience. The place was louder than I like but the food absolutely made up for it. Everything was delicious. It's a bit of an Uber ride from downtown but well worth it. I highly recommend the Bristol. Don't miss it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FAB-The Bristol
    Reggie1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great first experience! Cool spot-amazing waiter! The sharing menu was creative-Monkey Bread-the salads-fried avacado-chicken and pasta outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delicious
    AJ87
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I love the Bristol! The food is always delicious here...definitely try the apple manchego salad, but you can't go wrong with any item on the menu. It goes without saying that the basque cake is a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Farm to table meal!
    PreshowDiner
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Delicious, fresh, original food. Prompt, pleasant, courteous service. Wonderful wine. I'm visiting from Dallas on business and found it to be a great find. Reminds me a bit of FT33 in Dallas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    JennyG
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My family took me for brunch on my birthday there last Sunday. They were out of many items when we arrived at 2PM, which made ordering a challenge. The service was not as smooth as usual---my husbands main course arrived 15 minutes after everyone else's and he had to ask twice for his side orders which were forgotten. The food is always delicious, which made up for the glitches, but I couldn't wait to get out since it was loud and crowded.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • service slow, food cold
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Came for a late brunch on Sunday. Service was incredibly slow and my chilaquiles came out cooler than room temperature. I've had better meals here, so hopefully this was a fluke. But not planning to return anytime soon.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LafDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I have eaten dinner here many times and love it. I have to say brunch was a disappointment. The hangover breakfast in particular was bad. The broth was good but the noodles were way undercooked and everything else was a bit nasty. Stick with dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Farm to Table Fun
    Schiaramonte
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant focuses on farm to table and they know their stuff. We sampled a little bit from each of the menu sections and we're not disappointed. We shared everything family style, left satisfied, but not overly full. Will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • better in its earlier years
    bethuVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I hadn't been to Bristol in a couple of years & was looking forward to eating some of my fave small plates. I returned to find their menu changed. Pasta is now offered which I thought diminished its uniqueness. I had the halibut collar with vegetables-- very salty & slightly overdone. We also had the chacuterie plate which was a mix of good & just so-so. The steak we shared though was outstanding which should be at $32. No we won't be back there. I'm sad that it's not as good as its first years when every plate was distinctive & deliciously pleasing making Bristol THE innovative farm-to-table restaurant. BTW the server took the fish dish off our bill w/c proved they're still quite earnest about providing a good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely birthday experience
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We were greeted with a birthday card signed by the staff sitting on the table! The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. Highlights were the raviolo, the crudités, monkey bread, duck fat fries, steak and chicken dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small plates
    KPchicagoVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I had been wanting to try this place forever, and finally did so with a friend. Everything was good, but if skip the tempura avocado next time. It was good, but nothing special. The prawns were my favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so consistently good
    afa1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I live basically across the street from The Bristol and go there often. I always take out of town guests there as I know it will not disappoint. Every party I have recommended the Bristol to has loved it. That kind of trust is the highest praise I can give a restaurant. Even though I never really order chicken in restaurants in favor of beef or seafood, I crave this chicken like nothing else. It is always just perfect. The cocktails are delicious as well and the staff is so considerate of food allergies etc. You just can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine, well curated wine list.
    kings2020
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This farm to table family-style place is doing a lot of things right. There were some very exciting wines, and overall the menu and drink offerings were current and intelligent. I think the food is slightly out of focus, in execution. It's the height of the local growing season - the vegetables didn't pop, the herbs didn't really shine - it's the time of year when those ingredients should really be flavorful and in focus, and while everything was good, nothing sang. After the meal, everyone remembered the wine clearly, but no one really remembered what we ate. Our server was generous with her time and got the vibe and pace of our business dinner exactly right. Our meal was September 3, 2014.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not To Be Missed
    NanLeighVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The great thing about The Bristol is the ever changing menu. If they're on the menu when you visit, do not miss the Avocado Tempura, Melon Salad, and Halibut Collar. However, EVERYTHING is excellent, so it truly doesn't matter what you order. All of the servers are very helpful and will answer any questions you have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    chadestep
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had the duck fat fries, baba ghanoush, parisian gnocchi, and the chorizo verde. All of the dishes were absolutely wonderful, and even our least favorite of the bunch (the chorizo verde) would be the best dish available at a lesser restaurant. I could seriously eat my weight in the parisian gnocchi and duck fat fries. My god they were fantastic. Also, try their pear and elderflower cocktail. So delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate