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Bistro Dre

335 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem (652)
  • Fit for Foodies (468)
  • Good for Groups (285)

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Exotic French flavors, inverted pendants and native walled illustrations define the dining experience at Bistro Dre. The restaurant is embellished with Euro flair décor: portraits, island lights and multiple artifacts—all collectively adding to its chic and uplead character. The indoor is compact yet contrastingly capacious and the waiting staff is prompt and non-intrusive.

Patrons can course an entire meal at Bistro De with an expansive selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Seafood and charcuterie dominate the recipes. Among the customer favorites are crusted white fish, mussels provencal, braised lamb pasta, steak and frites, lobster bisque, roasted beet stuffed beets and triple chocolate fudge cake. Bistro De serves lemonade and bottled soda to complement the flavorful platters.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation

Brunch: Saturday 11:00am - 3:00pm -Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 697-9067
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Southport and Wellington
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Parking details
Metered off street parking available. Street parking available on Wellington.
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Public transit
Brown Line stops at Sheffield at Belmont
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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4.3  based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpfolk (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on June 14, 2016

Our server was very nice prices are reasonable and the room is cozy. But we were disappointed that the menu is not particularly French and the food was just average.

vipSoxdoc (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

Disappointed in our visit to Bistro Dre. When we arrived we told server that we had to be served by 7 for a play that we were attending. We received starters quite promptly but when we were not served main course timely(we only ordered 2 for our party of 4) we left.

ChicagoanlovesLondon (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 1, 2016

The food was terrific. So were the desserts. The 25 deal was a good one. We really enjoyed the food and service.

vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

We were tempted to try out this BYOB place in the neighborhood because we had never been and we were looking to save money on our meal, although with the entrees costing $25 per plate it wasn't necessarily worth the visit in the end.

The shared plates are served in larger portions and this might be a good place to visit with a group because you can bring as much booze as you need and spilt the dishes amongst the table.

The restaurant is short staffed and we were very impressed how just 3 people ran the show here. They close early at 9:00 p.m. and we were the last ones to leave the restaurant which felt a little awkward. The entrees were average and not worth the price. We have heard good things about their brunch and I would be curious next time to try out other dishes. We'll try it out for brunch, but would not go back for dinner.

vipJules (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

Salmon potato cakes and lobster bisque was fabulous! All dishes were filling. Also ate Quinoa crusted whitefish. Danielle our server was very helpful and made great suggestions!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 27, 2016

I went here with a very good friend and restaurant buff. Super cute place with good food and easy going atmosphere. The only improvement i would suggest is dimming the lights. Thanks for the good experience, Dre!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 25, 2016

Food was amazing and the value was well worth the drive from the south suburbs. The decor is beautiful and who doesn't like BYOB. The only problem was the service. Place is very small so it should not have been an issue but waiter was not very attentive.

Pablito (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

A terribly reasonable, yet hot, homespun brasserie in the heart of North Lincoln Park.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Highly recommend. Great menu and ambiance.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on May 12, 2016

I head service was great and fun at this place...sadly, not for me. Our waiter never told us his name, he really couldn't answer questions, he kept getting our orders mixed up and there were only four of us. Basically he couldn't remember anything and he lacked customer service skills and personality.

Bread was fantastic! I had the the lamb shoulder which was very delicious. I really enjoyed it as my main entree. The lobster bisque soup was good..nothing to write home about but good. The hot vanilla croissant bread pudding was way too sweet for my taste.
Two people in my group ordered steak and salmon. They said it was good but too salty.
The other person in the group ordered the fried chicken, which she said was bland and lacked flavor. I tasted it and agreed.
It appears they never have the creme Brulee even though it's on the menu according to other reviews. They didn't have it when we were there either.

We did the three course menu for $25. It is worth it. However, ala carte is over priced. $17,50 for Mac and Cheese..really? I wanted to try it but just couldn't justify that much for mac and cheese.

Adorable place, fun decor and it's a BYOB!!

I was looking so forward to dine here, and was a little disappointed. Overall not worth the $$ unless you do the the $25 three course option. It's a comfort food joint. You will feel 10 pounds heavier when you leave.

AnaG (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 12, 2016

Fun, BYOB - I recommend a bigger group since it's shared plates and we wanted to try everything on the menu!

Beaglemama (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

I gave the food 2 stars since I only like half of the dishes that were ordered. The beets were wonderful and the chicken was very good but the mussels were sandy and over cooked. The French onion soup was disappointing. I had high hope for it since I saw a lot of the other diners eating it but my soup was cold and bland. The worse dish was the steak. It was burnt on the outside and had a very unpleasant charred taste and it was very tough. The fries were the only hung in the plate I could eat. Both desserts were tried were very good.

vipJessicaR (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

Bistro Dre may be the best dining experience I've had in the 8 years I've lived in Chicago. Our waiter was affable and observant and the food was exceptional. We had a three-hour dinner because we just kept ordering, talking and pouring more which (which we bought, because it's BYOB). I cannot recommend this place enough.

vipLora (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 6, 2016

Recently closed. We ares so sad!!! Have been coming here for several years.

vipAK312 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 3, 2016

This is a neighborhood gem. Food and service are really good. Portions can run large so ask your server. Last time we were here we ordered way way too much food for 3. All of it was really good however.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

A+ BYOB dining pre and post theater

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

This restaurant is really amazing. The BYOB aspect of it just is the cherry on top. Great food, shareable entrees, nicest and attentive wait staff. I can't say enough about this place

Tosca (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

We at here before a performance at the Anthenaeum. The portions are good, the food
quality was good, but the service was outstanding.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

We arrived just as the restaurant opened and was greeted openly. This was a first time for us and we wanted French food. The service was excellent as was the food. What I ordered was not French but the deep fried chicken was delicious and plentiful. The steak frite was delicious as was the veal dish. Overall a very fine experience. It was crowded when we left.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 26, 2016

A friend and I went this past Tuesday, and both had the prix fixe menu. We both have a few dietary restrictions and they were able to accommodate no problem. What made it even better was they didn't charge us for the changes. We also asked for our desserts to go, and there was no issue with that either. Our waitress was lovely and had great suggestions. BYOB was the icing on the cake.
Only observation I had was that the small plates to share seemed pricey. Most were $17-20 and the prix-fixe was only $25 including soup or salad, entree and dessert. I really wanted to try a few of them, but since it was only 2 of us, it was too expensive. I would pay more for the prix-fixe if I could have one of their shared plate as the app. They sounded amazing. I will defiantly go back.