The Bristol
The Bristol

The Bristol

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thebristolchicago.com/
  • Phone: 7738625555x
  • 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
164 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (127)neighborhood gem (86)special occasion (57)hot spot (53)romantic (48)good for groups (39)notable wine list (38)great for brunch (33)vibrant bar scene (11)great for lunch (10)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (8)great for outdoor dining (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
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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
  • Mediocre and expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I went to the Bristol many years ago when I was in Chicago and loved the duck fat fries and chicken. This time around the food was really mediocre, the wine was bad, and when all was said and done our tab was $140 for two people including two drinks each (glasses of wine are $12-$14). It's rare that I feel like a dinner out isn't worth it, but in this case, I wish we'd gone somewhere less expensive and more fulfilling instead.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    jaili
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I really wanted to love the restaurant. After looking at great reviews, I came with two cousins that were visiting from out-of-state. We ordered the duck fries, chilaquiles, smoked ham benedict and chicken and biscuit. The chilaquiles was bland, the smoked ham benedict was bland and the chicken and biscuit was bland and sweet. We asked for salt and both times it was not working. I don't think we touched more than a third of our food. The only saving grace was the duck fries. I can understand one dish off out of the three. But all three were off. Disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Atmosphere/Uninspired Dishes
    Chinorth
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The location of the Bristol is on the edge of the Wicker Park which is easy to locate but unfortunately is isolated from the energy and nightlife of the other establishments further south on Ashland. Upon entering the dim lighting and intimate atmosphere do induce a romantic feel to converse over a glass of wine. However, the food left much to be desired in spite of the numerous good reviews which I read. We ordered the stuffed olives and baba ghanoush as appetizers as well as the risoto and lake trout. All the dishes we ordered were disappointingly bland and lacking any imagination in their preparation. If you are looking to dine in an intimate setting with friendly staff but flavorless & unispried food the Bristol is your place.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great anniversary dinner!
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary by going to The Bristol for the first time. It was DELISH! Please keep the smoked yukon potato on the menu forever - it was that good. My partner is vegetarian and they had a nice variety of veggie-friendly options. Our server was friendly and helped us navigate the menu. Overall, we had a great time and really enjoyed our meal. Can't recommend this place enough!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A special place
    MonkVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our entire family loves The Bristol. We all agree that it is our favorite restaurant and we always enjoy introducing friends because everyone finds it to be outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go with a group!
    Harvest
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We went for a birthday celebration with a party of 5. I would highly suggest this because we got to get a lot of different things and split them all. The roasted chicken and the gnocchi was each of our favorites. I can not wait to go back. Wait staff was extremely attentive, almost a little too much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Gastro-Pub
    ChiFoodGuy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The Bristol is a bit of a tweener. Not fine dining, but certainly some fine dishes. Not a particular cuisine per se, but some dishes that rival that of more traditional fare. If you are a fan of eclectic, creative, well-executed dishes with a surprise available on a specials list....can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AmaZing brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    One of the best I ever had. Pastry board is insanely delicious. Coffee? Outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch spot!
    Revenuegirl
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is a little trendy joint with excellent customer service and delicious food. The quiche was mouthwatering and they have great Moscow Mules. I'd recommend it but suggest reservations'.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Duck fat fries!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Enough said. Also, they put cinnamon in their ketchup and it tastes like love and childhood.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Worth it
    cheech1006VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A bit pricey, but worth it for a really outstanding brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visiting The Bristol!
    SashaVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My niece just moved into the same block the restaurant is on and has eaten here before. Gave it rave reviews so we had to try it out. What an awesome evening. Not only the food but our waitress, Jolene, was both knowledgeable and engaging. She helped make it a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Lived near this restaurant for about a year and finally made a reservation for it. Not impressed with the food. Drinks were good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Farmer to table
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We went to brunch for our daughter's birthday and the food was delicious and I loved that everything was from local farms and very creative. I would love to come back to dinner. The menu on the wall looked particularly interesting and creative.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    foodfriend
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were running late so we pushed our reservation back from 8:15-8:30 but then ended up waiting 30 minutes for our table to be ready once we arrived. Drinks at the bar were good and our waitress helped us move things along so we could make it to Second City on time (by 11pm). Give yourself plenty of time but it is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate