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About Bistro Dre

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.

2965 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food

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

Cross Street:
Southport and Wellington

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 697-9067

Website:
http://www.bistrodre.com/

Parking Details:
Metered off street parking available. Street parking available on Wellington.

Public Transit:
Brown Line stops at Sheffield at Belmont

Additional:
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Bistro Dre Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.3

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4.2

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4.1

value

4.3

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (652)
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Romantic (193)
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Hot Spot (71)
Great for Lunch (43)
Late-night Find (22)
Scenic View (7)
Notable Wine List (5)
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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

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 (Chicago)·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.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·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!

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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 21, 2016

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

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Highly recommend. Great menu and ambiance.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 12, 2016

Service:
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.

Food:
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.

Price:
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.

Ambiance:
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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2016

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 30, 2016

A+ BYOB dining pre and post theater

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 (Chicago)·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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 12, 2016

Food is within the quality of the prix fix price of $25 so you get what you pay. Definitely quantity over quality. Service was rushed. Gave us our bill and asked to take away our dessert before we really finished eating.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 3, 2016

Four of us went for dinner on a Sunday night and the food ranged from barely edible to just acceptable. Service was great and our waiter was super. We learned later that a line cook did not show up that evening. Hard to find a reason to return and impossible to recommend.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 31, 2016

A very nice relaxed neighborhood ambience. Affordable food, and no pretension

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 30, 2016

A neighborhood gem, with great food and incredible service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 30, 2016

Can't wait to go back, great friendly service and great food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 26, 2016

Good food, great service. Cozy . A bit tight , wouldn't bring a first date here but great place for a couple and the food is great.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2016

I wanted to fall in love with Bistro Dre but, unfortunately, it was overpriced and underwhelming food. They don't list prices on their online menu so I experienced some sticker shock for this BYO. Appetizers were $15-20 with entrees around $25-30. The food was underseasoned and lacked quality.

What we ordered:
The baked brie (nothing special - $17)
The charcuterie (again nothing special and priced too high at $19.50)
The fried green tomatoes (these were actually pretty delicious with blue cheese and buffalo sauce - $16)
The steak and frites (fries were soggy and greasy, steak was cooked to our preference, but so charred on the outside the char flavor permeated every bite, not to mention that the meat itself was so chewy we couldn't even finish it - $29)
The brussels sprouts with bacon (completely unsalted and overcooked sprouts - I can do better at home - I think they were around $6)

Our meal ended up being $60 a person, which, for a neighborhood BYOB, is insane. Those are prices you pay downtown. I am willing to fork over the money for a good meal - so long as it's actually good.

The service was nice but we were sat near the hallway to the kitchen and every time someone walked past us to get to the kitchen they sideswiped my friend. It's a very small place, which I don't hold against it. Just a minor annoyance.

So disappointed in this place!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 16, 2016

I hate to be negative about a neighborhood restaurant but the food at Bistro Dre was just terrible. Really what came out of the kitchen was just baffling- for example, "braised pork" that was dried out cubes of meat in an extremely over-reduced nearly black sauce. French bistro cooking is not complicated or mysterious but does require some level of competence in the kitchen.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 13, 2016

We had the 3-course $25 menu offered on Sundays and weekdays Great fried chicken and waffles, very generous portions. Onion soup was also very good. We had time constraints and they were able to serve us promptly.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 12, 2016

My husband and I have eaten here 3 times & had a good experience each time! The desserts are a must, so save room! Sharing is encouraged. The menu changes, but hopefully your favorites will be repeated!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 11, 2016

My girlfriend and I were recommended to this place and we were not disappointed! From the random decor on the wall to the romantic lighting and witty service, this place has it all! We started off with the Lobster Bisque, which was one of the best I have ever tasted. The. Our main courses were the Whitefish and Fig and Prosciutto Flat Bread. The Quinoa and Bacon Crusted White Fish was cooked perfectly, leaving a parade of flavors in my mouth. It was a combination of salty, sweet, sour and bitter flavors that made this dish a must taste. We highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Bistro Dre is one of our favorite BYO places in Chicago. Great food, reasonable prices and BYO. Can't beat it

Tip. Save room for desert.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 5, 2016

This restaurant wasn't for me. I liked the salads but not a whole lot else. Our server was definitely an experience. It took a long time for him to take our orders (but we could see that he was very busy). At first we were taken aback by some of the things that he said but then we realized that he was joking around and we got into it.

We were at Bistro Dre for a long time and the table next to us was occupied twice. They didn't seem happy. Maybe we were being too boisterous... but we needed to speak loudly to hear one another. But I actually think it was the service. I saw them try to flag down the server and then frown when they failed.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Food was good, not great. My steak was pretty gristly for a sirloin, but otherwise the food was OK, with dessert being the highlight. Like the fact it's BYO and the owner was very friendly and chatty. Service was good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 4, 2016

A wonderful find in our neighborhood that pleases de palate as well as enhances the conversation. The décor is warm and may be intimate for couples. The only thing that is trying that can happen anywhere is when one gets a loud person at the next table which is located close to yours.

Great and attentive service!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 4, 2016

It was easy to make a reservation pretty last minute for a birthday dinner before going to a show at Stage 773. BYOB is no joke as our server whipped out her wine opener almost immediately! :) She was very knowledgeable about the menu options. One of our diners has celiac disease, so she even confirmed with the chef which options were actually GF that hadn't been marked on the menu. Steak and salmon were amazing. (Herb butter with the steak - YUM.) Service was superb. Our server was delightful. We never felt rushed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 27, 2016

This is such a great find! Staff is so down to earth and engaging. Food is really good and because it is BYOB it's always fun to bring your own wine parings.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 24, 2016

This was my first time to this restaurant and I was very impressed. Not only was the food very good but the service was great also. The owner even came to my table and welcomed me and talked for awhile.i should also add that the price was very reasonable for what you get.
Phil

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 21, 2016

I LOVE BISTRO DRE. Don't even question whether you should go. You definitely need to go. Food is amazing. BYOB. What's not to love?

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 20, 2016

My husband and I ordered the baked brie appetizer, spa salmon filet, sauteed spinach and quinoa and bacon crusted whitefish. Mostly we were very satisfied. The fish was fresh and tasty, although both had been too heavily salted. The spinach dish was smaller than expected, but was lovely -- baby spinach leaves cooked til just wilted, not overcooked.
Service was good and the overall experience was very positive. I'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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