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About 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.

1131 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60610
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

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

Cross Street:
Cedar

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 337-1131

Website:
http://bistrotzinc.com/

Parking Details:
Two parking lots are available with in a half block of the Bistrot. One Parking lot is on West Elm St. just west of State St or East Cedar St. just east of State St.

Public Transit:
Red line to Clark and Division; #36 Broadway Bus

Executive Chef:
Tim Kirker

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bistrot Zinc Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (54)
Good for a Date (37)
Romantic (34)
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Authentic (34)
Casual (33)
Cozy (32)
Great for Lunch (30)
Special Occasion (30)
Comfort Food (26)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Fun (21)
Bar Seating (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Great for Brunch (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Business Meals (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
People Watching (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Afternoon Coffee (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Healthy (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Seasonal (6)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Vegan (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Happy to rely on Bistro Zinc as one of our go-to neighborhood spots. Service is always spot on and the food wonderful. Can never go wrong with their quiche or french onion soup.

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Groups, Fun, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

The evening was wonderful. The restaurant beat out our expectations. The food was delicious and our server was knowledgeable and very charming. We wondered why we had not been there before and will most certainly be back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Soup of the day this evening was potato. It was simple and enjoyable. House salad of bib lettuce was fresh yet the dressing was a bit too mild. Shared the classic steak and pomme frit. Enough to share if you don’t have a big appetite. Wanted space for the chocolate cake. We shared the dessert and it was full of flavor if a little dry. The wine for the evening was very nice at $43. It was a regional red blend, listed just below the same priced Pinot. Service was not rushed and we enjoyed the restaurant and our knowledgeable server Nathan.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Great atmosphere, excellent french bistro food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines - the food was magnificent. Service was a little disjointed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Food mostly good. Few dishes were not but french classics were really good.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Cauliflower was very different but I liked it. Onion soup was reliably great. Short ribs were a bit overdone on the outside but nice on the inside. Profiteroles tasty as always. Attentive waitor.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Perfect atmosphere for quiet, unhurried conversation over delicious, unpretentious bistro food with an excellent glass of wine or beer. Servers are attentive but do not hover, and they will entertain special requests to suit dietary needs.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Trout always good. Salmon always good. Shortribs always good. Ratatouille crepes always goods. New grilled cheese with red beets was yummy!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Fabulous meal! Between the 3 of us, we had steak frites, grilled salmon, and Mediterranean Tagine. The almond butter cake was delicious and presented beautifully with fresh fruit and whipped cream on the side. Our waiter, Dave, was very attentive and knowledgeable about every item on the menu. We will definitely be back. Highly, highly recommend!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We tried this bistro for restaurant week and really loved it. I was excited to see steak frites on the restaurant week menu and had to have it! It was amazing. My friend had pork cheeks that I didn’t think I’d like, but they tasted wonderful. The almond cake and chocolate mousse were fantastic. We had a good server who let us take our time and explained the menu well. We were also happy with pricing on the wine list.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Very great!

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Had great hopes, but perhaps visiting during restaurant week was a huge mistake. Steak was before average, plus was seated 30 minutes past reservation time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Bistrot Zinc has been the "go-to" place for French comfort food since 1996. The decor and ambiance are pure French bistrot style, with waiters dressed in white shirts and ties, signs written in French and music made for a cabaret. Our party of four dined here during Chicago restaurant week. For $33 per person, we each selected a starter, main course and dessert, including a tender steak/frites and fine vegetable terrine dinner.s Our waiter recommended a nice Cote du Rhone to accompany the dinners. We will go back yet again.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 30, 2018

My first course, Swiss Chard tart, was burnt. No one seemed to notice. I ate the fresh greens that accompanied it, and when the waiter showed up told him it was burnt on top. He did nothing about it.

I had the Moroccan tagine for my entree. The flavors were good, but it wasn't clear to me in ordering it that there was no protein/traditional lamb in it.

We love French bistrot food and were deeply disappointed in the wait staff and the clarity about the dishes. You would think that extra effort would go into restaurant week. We won't be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

What can I say except I’ve been eating here for so many years and it never wavers in its great bistro food and very warm service. I love this place.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Aloof welcome, warmed up and attentive as evening progressed.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We are never disappointed at this charming, neighborhood gem!!! Delicious brunch, lunch & dinner - down to the bread & butter. Hard to resist the mussels !!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Romantic, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I love Bistro Zinc. Its a neighborhood gem with a comfortable ambiance. The food is what I would call Country French. The salads are excellent and the wine list is good. Good choices are available for vegetarians. Whether it is a good place for conversation depends on what time you eat, where you sit and how crowded they are. I did not think the food was quite up to par this time. But I have eaten there so many times and I'd say they are consistently very, very good. Service is always excellent. People watching out the front window is always entertaining.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Another nice evening!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Great food & wonderful service! Perfect for a lunch with friends, a quiet working lunch on your own, or a business meeting. Truly a neighborhood gem!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

A great experience as always. Have loved this and the original location for two decades. Never disappoints.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Romantic, Quick Bite, Cozy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

This is one of the most beautiful restaurant rooms in Chicago. Authentic French food, good wine list, and excellent service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

My wife and I have been visiting Chicago a couple times a year for the past 5 years. We normally stay in a nice hotel near Mich Ave; see a show or a museum; shop and eat... Every visit we select a new or different restaurant for one evening and go to Bistrot Zinc the other evening. It is a perfect place for a date... It’s casual but elegant in that French Bistro way... The food is always solid, the service always competent, the bar drinks always classically made... If you want really good food (something for everyone); a nice atmosphere; a place where you can be as comfortable in jeans and a sweater as you would a suit, then I highly recommend Bistrot Zinc!

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Started with Fois Gras which was very good however that was the highlight after that the meal was very average

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

After 15 years, Bistrot Zinc is still one of my favorites. Great for Sunday brunch or a casual dinner.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Delightful New Years Eve

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was our twelfth year in a row going to Bistrot Zinc for new year's eve, and it's been worth it every time. The service is always excellent, the food is consistently great, and they introduced new cocktails this year as well. Highly recommend BZ for any special occasion or night out.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were here on New Year's Eve. The steak & frites were delicious, as were the desserts!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing service and food. Went for the New year’s eve and we both loved it. Onion soup and CoCo vain was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Went there on super cold nite and got a warm reception! Non-stuffy French restaurant, great food, and ambiance! We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our server was amazing and the food excellent! The location was perfect for catching a show shortly after dinner.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Good food and wine, excellent service and sharing a meal with new friends provided a warm evening on a blustery cold Chicago evening. Our second time at Bistro Zinc and definitely not our last.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Wonderful meal!!! Best French onion soup I’ve had outside of Paris!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The best I can say is that it is convenient to my apartment, inexpensive, always available at the last minute, conversation friendly, totally ordinary & predictable, never original & never changing menu of the old & familiar. The orange juice serving (instead of alcohol as it was lunch) was only slightly bigger than a thimble full, the ham in the slightly over-broiled Croque miseur tasteless cheese sauce came directly from a package from Jewel, but the profiterol dessert was better than ok.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We dined here at Bistrot zinc after stumbling by this place a few months ago while staying at the Ambassador down the street. We always look for new French places and while this place isn't new we enjoyed the location and once we stepped inside for our reservation we were overwhelmed by the warmed of the place. It is a large dining room and we were seated towards the back against a wall and we had plenty of room to relax and plenty of space in between the other tables so we could really enjoy our food and conversation. The menu has all of the bistro classics and we started with escargots and fois gras. both so very good. The wine list is heavily french and i settled on a Cote du Rhone...Our server was very patient and my partner noticed they had aux gratin daphinois potatoes with the rack of lamb and they allowed him to substitute those with his calves liver..which he thoroughly enjoyed. I had the special lamb stew with puff pastry equally just as hearty satisfyingly good. I had to have dessert to top of the meal and settled for the sour cherry popovers which were to die for. perfect ending to one of the best meals i have had.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Love Bistro Zinc. My French mother and I go regularly for the mussels and escargot. Their fries are very "French" which reminds us of home. Also if you like steak, they have a steak and fries that reminds us of home. I also recommend their Croque Monsiour.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

6 of us were there for a Christmas brunch get-together and loved every minute. Food and service were great; dining room decorated beautifully; good music. We can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fun, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The best date spot I’ve been too, also exceptional for special occasions. The service and personnel are courteous and attentive. The atmosphere is perfect.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Beautiful place with wonderful food, excellent wait staff, and lovely ambiance! Highly recommend Bistro Zinc!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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