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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.
Chicago, IL 60610
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Red line to Clark and Division; #36 Broadway Bus
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bistrot Zinc Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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