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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

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (71)
Good for a Date (41)
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Cozy (33)
Romantic (33)
Casual (31)
Special Occasion (31)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Great for Lunch (27)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Great for Brunch (22)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Comfort Food (22)
Business Meals (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
People Watching (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Fun (11)
Afternoon Coffee (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Local Ingredients (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Scenic View (6)
Seasonal (6)
Healthy (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

I had a very pleasant meal with a friend at Bistrot Zinc the other night. It is a very attractive French restaurant with excellent bread and the food is quite good. Service is very good also.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Our server was fantastic and so was the food and ambiance

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

When visiting Chicago Bistro Zinc is a must stop for my wife and I!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Love the ambiance of this causal
French restaurant. The service could have been better, but perhaps they want to be truly authentic and have their servers act somewhat indifferent to their clients, just like in Paris!

I had a mushroom & chicken crepe which was too ok but heavy on the sauce and only room temperature - not impressed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We have been here for brunch on Sunday a few times and have always had a great experience. It's a little more than I would normally spend for brunch fare, but it is worth it. We must feel comfortable there, because we've been the last table to leave of the lunch/brunch crowd each time.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were in for a post theatre dinner, so it was a bit late. However, everyone on staff was gracious and accommodating, and the food was exquisite...as always...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, People Watching, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My husband ordered the liver and was told it would be cooked medium. It came well done. The waiter took it and returned with it done to perfection and then the chef came to check. Very good service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Bistrot Zinc is the real deal, authentic in every way. Actually, better than authentic because the service is really good, unlike much of Paris. Don't miss the mussells (best in town, always), steak Frites, Skate, Lyonaisse salad. Nice wine list, moderatly priced.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The perfect neighborhood restaurant--with delicious classic French bistro food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We love this neighborhood gem in the middle of all of these tourist traps.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Cheerful atmosphere. Ambient noise not overpowering. Personable, helpful, knowledgeable staff. Excellent cuisine and wine. Highly recommended.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 1, 2017

One of our favorites neighborhood spots. Love the pastis! A good and reasonable Bordeaux and great food 3 blocks from home.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great food and service!! Been going here for years and consistently good overall!! Best pan seared Trout in the city!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We returned to Zinc for their special October menu because the rabbit main course was so good the first time. Zinc did not disappoint! It never does. The consistency of Zinc with regard to both food and service is notable and a reason we go back regularly. We strongly recommend it!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The European charm of this quaint spot coupled with service staff in white aprons and ties evokes the peace and serenity of that French bistro you’ve been longing to visit.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Casual, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food, service, and surroundings; made for a memorable night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We've eaten dinner many times at Bistrot Zinc. This was our first time for lunch. The lunch menu is limited and didn't include some of our favorites. My husband and one of our guests ordered the stars of the meal, both specials: the beef brisket and the quiche of the day. We all appreciated that the noise level was moderate; it can get noisy at dinner. That said I would go back for dinner anytime. I love the skate wing. The service was disappointing this time. It was intrusive at the start of our meal and later we had flag down staff who forgot to deliver basics such as bread. This wasn't our typical experience. I won't go back for lunch.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent, almost like in France (lived there for 7 ys, so I know what I am talking about) - in terms of taste, ambiance and wine. The only difference is the service - which in Zinc is outstanding.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Nice looking bistro; service a bit brusk. Food was tasteful but not great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Felt like an authentic French bistro, and the dishes are faithful to Parisian cooking. Vol au Vent, crepes, and salads were all delicious. Anxious to return to try other dishes

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Bistrot Zinc always feels like home; it’s cozy, warm and friendly. Their food is simple, straightforward and delicious. The staff is always happy to see you and tries to accommodate special requests. An absolute favorite!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Haven't been here in a long time and it's as good as I recalled. The mussels were SPECTACULAR- huge and in a incredible sauce. The burger was good, the fries amazing. Would go back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Have been several times and loved it. This time the food was not memorable. I was informed the salmon was best served medium rare, which is fine with me. When it arrived, I could smell how over cooked it was (a slight burning smell). Also felt like server was rushing us out, over pouring wine glasses to get through the bottle quickly. The last place you expect to be rushed is a French bistro. We will eventually go back because other experiences have been good, but it won’t be at the top of the list any time soon.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Loved the atmosphere & the food . We had a wonderful waiter and the portions were generous. Overall quite good 👍

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Bistrot Zinc is really Chicago's only French bistro. Authentic all the way, from decor to menu to music. I always fall in love with the special risotto, and the special fish. Lovely service always.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

All 5 of us thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Definitely into delicious, subtle flavors and high quality food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Bistrot Zinc never disappoints, a reason we have dined there for years. Now that we live in Chicago, we try to go often enough to try the monthly seasonal menus. This time we both had rabbit, which was absolutely outstanding. The portions were large enough to take home for next day's lunch, too. The casual atmosphere, good service, and reasonable noise level always make Zinc a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

What a delightful spot -- with food that is 'way above expected in freshness and flavor and continental panache.

However, the noise level was horrendous. I wear hearing aids & my companion does not need them -- but we both could barely hear each other's voice.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great atmosphere, food was excellent as was the service. We will return.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Excellent French food, great helpful staff, enjoyed calf liver, steak, rabbit, and skate fish

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Bland tasting, average food, great service, expensive for what's on offer.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Service was excellent. We were seated at their open windows, which we enjoyed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great location in the heart of busy Chicago. Open windows made you feel like outdoor dining but increased the noise level. Service and menu was nice.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Am I just tired of the menu? Paulette grand mere was tough with undistinguished sauce. Rabbit equally so-so. Salmon was overly rich without zest.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was better than I remembered but wine list is WAY overpriced! They were out of the Cote du Rhône we ordered and waiter suggested a replacement that was $10 more.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

This is a lovely restaurant if you like classic French food. The service was excellent and friendly. Interior also maintains the feel for the food with a traditional French Bistro ambiance.

Highly recommend this place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Mediocre at best. Lousy quality. Nothing is very fresh. Our fig and parmesan salad arrived with one fig and two crumbs of parmesan with wilted lettuce...not even average. Mussels were tasteless-mostly cream-not much wine or herbs. The burger was just average, as was the french fries. Wine selection is also mediocre. Nothing very French here-just a tourist spot.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Love going to Bistro Zinc! A great neighborhood place.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We live in the neighborhood and love Bistrot Zinc. Great great seafood, meat and awesome cheeseburger, as well. The staff are a highlight of this restaurant, though. Familiar faces with tenure at the restaurant. We enjoy seeing them as much as we enjoy dining there. A neighborhood gem.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Hong Kong)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We really enjoyed dinner at BZ. Food and service were really nice. We had steaks and they were cooked just like we asked. Roasted figs salad was big enough to share. Portions were quite generous. Noise level was manageable- we could hear each other without having to scream. And the place was full which is always a good sign. We will definitely be back when we are back to Chicago

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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