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Sun, 2/25
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Bistrot Zinc

1627 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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
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Phone number
(312) 337-1131
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tim Kirker
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Cross street
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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.
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Public transit
Red line to Clark and Division; #36 Broadway Bus
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1627 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2018

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.

5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Fantastic as always! You can't go wrong here. They keep the food and service top-notch. Grand Mere chicken is the best in the city. Don't waste time at Bistro Campaigne where they don't take rezzies.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

vipCarll (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Great atmosphere, excellent french bistro food.

Cpendpoint (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

vipLingoLouie (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

SusanJ (New England)
5.0  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.

vipBeth (Chicago)
5.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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!!

vipAbcd (Chicago)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Very great!

vipJRBurgess (Charlotte)
2.0  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.

SouthernEurophile (Chicago)
4.0  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.