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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (59)
Good for a Date (43)
Romantic (36)
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Authentic (35)
Special Occasion (34)
Cozy (32)
Great for Lunch (31)
Casual (30)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Comfort Food (27)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Business Meals (20)
Great for Brunch (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Fun (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Notable Wine List (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Afternoon Coffee (10)
People Watching (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 16 hours ago

Another nice evening!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 7, 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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·Dined on January 2, 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 January 1, 2018

Delightful New Years Eve

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 31, 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 30, 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 29, 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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·Dined on December 29, 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 25, 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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 (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 22, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Two nights ago, we took a friend from out of town to Bistrot Zinc. There was a table of 6 people, three adults and three younger adults. The younger people were shouting at the top of their voices. They laughed hysterically. It was obvious that they had too much alcohol. But, the management did NOTHING to try to keep them from ruining everyone else's evening. It sure ruined ours. The three of us couldn't hear each other. Would I go back???? NEVER. I would rather have a TV dinner in the peace and quiet of my apartment.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

A long established place that serves solid food day in & day out- always a nice presentation- very authentic French bistro food- close your eyes and you might think you are actually in a bistro in France. Serves all the classic French bistro fare.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Bistrot Zinc has become MUCH too expensive. The wine list is ridiculous and I had a gnocchi appetizer that was $14+ and had about $1 worth of ingredients. After going there for many years this was our last time.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great place. I stay across the street at the Viceroy when I'm in Chicago which makes it easy to access. Bistrot Zinc is a great alternative to the "Chicago food". I travel often to France and the food provided here is a great example of good French food. Would recommend it highly!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

I took my picky 5 year old here after a special night downtown, and was thrilled they offered a kids menu which he was very happy with his grilled cheese. But the food we ordered off the main menu was amazing! I had the sautéed skate (if I remember correctly) and it was so flavorful!! We've been to several restaurants downtown and Bistrot Zinc is one of my favorites. And it's such a lovely cafe atmosphere, we can't wait to go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Bistrot Zinc was an utterly charming venue with delightful dining options. Excellent bistrot food reminiscent of eating in France.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The Coq au Vin was terrible, it arrived lukewarm. We are coming here every Christmas season for many years but we’re disappointed this time.
The desserts were wonderful.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was spectacular! Cozy place. We were there on a Friday night, and service was a bit rushed, it very professional.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The space is a little tired but the service was excellent and the food was reasonable. The escargots were outstanding and the wine list was nice. My croque madame was tasty but the bread was a little starchy/processed for my taste. The bistrot salad with pulled chicken was loved by all. In terms of the space, I would suggest they give it a facelift with some simple crown molding so it doesn't feel quite so much like a regular storefront decorated as a French restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

was just the rigth place for an evening professional dinner

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellent meal and experience. It will now be a cant miss option for me when I am in Chicago

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Bistrot Zinc is a neighborhood gem. The food is always great; the service superior and friendly. On my last visit, I ordered the Skate fish dish and gnocchi with butternut squash. Absolutely delicious and perfectly prepared. I love this restaurant and am never, never disappointed when I dine here.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Amazing as usual!!! This place is one of my favorite places!! The food is outstanding and superb. The staff outstanding. The ambiance is a little step into Paris:)

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Bistrot Zinc never disappoints; my friend and I were there to celebrate our birthdays. Food was superb; staff was attentive and knowledgeable of the menu; and we never felt rushed. Lovely evening and can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Delicious food served in a cosy and unpretentious environment.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food. Great service.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Absolutely perfect! Possibly the best meal I’ve had in Chicago.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was our first visit to Bistrot Zinc, though we've passed by 100 times. On a cold Saturday night, the roast chicken and onion soup were perfect comfort foods, and our server, Nathan was kind and informative. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed another good meal at Bistrot Zinc. We shared a tasty cauliflower farro salad that was very unusual, an anchovy salad (really, a mild Caesar) that was fine, a trout entree that was really delicious, and an equally delicious side of Brussels sprouts. Our cocktails were well made and throughout the service was attentive and friendly. We would happily return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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