The Bristol

4.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Bristol is an American restaurant located in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. The Bristol has become a staple for Chicago’s local dining crowd, off-duty chefs, and visiting gastronomes looking for a great dinner or weekend brunch. The menu features handmade pasta, farm-fresh produce and a nose-to-tail approach to cooking, thoughtfully crafted by Chef Todd Stein.

Beverages include signature cocktails, a wine list featuring over two hundred producers, and beers from local breweries and around the world.

The Bristol’s second floor features a spacious private room built for any number of events, from business dinners to wedding receptions. Your experience at The Bristol will be met with a smile, warmed with hospitality, and filled with great food and drink.
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Sun 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:30PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 5:30PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 6:15PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

What 1589 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Salty, salty, salty! There were six people in my party, so we were able to share about 10 different dishes (from starters to mains). Aside from the beats starter dish, everything was VERY salty. Mediocre food, at best. Plus, the lighting was way too low. We couldn't even see what we were eating half the time. Service was good, and wine was good. But left something to desire for a $700 meal.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience. A bit expensive but not the worst. Great service and plenty of room between tables for conversation.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried almost half the menu... everything was incredible! The risotto is one of the creamiest, most flavorful dishes I’ve had. Dumplings were awesome, wagyu skirt steak with mushrooms was prepared flawlessly. Arrive hungry!

S
Chicago
199 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

DELICIOUS! Get the sturgeon dish - it is soooo great. I hope they keep it on the menu forever. My husband loves the burger and the duck fat fries are just fabulous. Highly recommend this lovely neighborhood restaurant!

MQ
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! We were running about 10 minutes late so I called and informed the host and he was totally cool about it whereas some places can be curt and love to remind you that they will give away your table if you're more than 15 minutes late.
Shortly after being seated we were greeted by Kelli G. and because HH was due to end shortly, she took our drink and HH food orders so that we could take advantage of the great prices.You can't beat $5 glasses of wine and $6 food options. We chose the beets, squash arancini balls, and duck fat fries. All dishes were good except the beets and I really love beets, so that was a bummer. The monkey bread was on point, you can't go wrong with cacio e pepe, but the Amish 1/2 chicken....Whoa! I see why it's their #1 ordered dish. For dessert, we chose the caramel sundae and the pb cookies with cremaux. The cremaux was salty and the least favorite.
The ambiance is great here, it felt very cozy and comfortable, the service and food were great. I can't wait to come back.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday night dinner for a birthday celebration. Service was amazing from start to end. Everything we tried was fantastic - Porchetta, cacio e pepe, mussels, fries (we had more dishes but these stood out for me) and we shared 3 desserts. We could have licked the plates clean. Round of cocktails and a bottle of wine kept us happier. We will be back

DH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The experience, from start to finish, was great! The service was perfect, food was delicious, and I felt like it was a good value.

AS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better to do a few apps and share plates

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

enjoyable experience....enjoyed duck experience and wine pairing

S
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a good restaurant offering good menu and tasty food.
We enjoyed having mussels, wahu steak and mushroom tagliatelle.
All were superb.
We will be back again soon.
I also love the fact that they take reservations for brunch so no wait is necessary.

c
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Solid brunch food, the Tuscan kale salad was very good. Quite noisy.

j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks! Great service

MT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was amazing! The raviola and monkey bread were delicious and drinks were great too

ME
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

They no longer served the dishes we came to enjoy.

J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The atmosphere was wonderful, quiet, low lighting, good for an intimate meal. The servers were friendly, fairly knowledgeable on the drinks and food menu and were helpful. They ask about allergens before sending your order to the kitchen. The food is prepared fresh and takes some time to arrive- which is great and rare to find a place in Chicago which doesn't try to get you in and out in under an hour. The ingredients appear to be good quality and the flavours are well matched, very rich and quite salty but tasty. The portion sizes are good, not too huge like a lot of places. The B-sides 3 course menu is great, and the regular a la carte is also good. You can get good deals on drinks and starters during happy hour too. The bathrooms looked nice and were clean.

AH
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, nice atmosphere, good cocktails. A lovely evening out.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This was where my girlfriend and I had what we describe retroactively as our first date. We came back to relive that night and create new memories. Everything was great as usual.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amish chicken and basque cake were awesome!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bristol had great food and great cocktails. Great place for a date or girls night.

s
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The smoke salmon platter is so good!!! The bagel is toasted perfectly.

MB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food is good, but I was very, very disappointed with the service. We brought a cake for our friend’s birthday. The staff told us it was a $1.50 cake cutting fee per person, which we thought was a little silly, but we were fine with it. When the time came, the staff came over and asked the entire table whose birthday it was rather than being discreet. It was so odd. Then they cut the entire cake and put a candle in a slice, rather than bringing out the cake, which had something written on it to the birthday girl so she didn’t even get to see it. I cannot believe that they would charge a fee for that kind of service! They should be embarrassed. I will not be going back.

S
Chicago
199 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is our 3rd visit and we are really loving The Bristol. Nice ambiance. Salad with endive and peaches is great, but the sturgeon entrée was to die for good. I hope it stays on the menu for a while. Seems to be a well managed place.

PS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We (3 long time girlfriends) were there celebrating all of our birthdays and the manger Charles made sure it was special! Our reservation was during the last 15 minutes of happy hour and we were able to take advantage of it! I would have paid the regular price it was so good!! The drinks, I had the “that’s my jam” was outstanding and refreshing! We had all four happy hour appetizers and one was better than the next! Still thinking of the duck fat fries - they are a must! The entrees were delicious and we shared them all!! It was like having a tasting menu of wonderful food!! Cacio e Pepe was fantastic, as was the Amish chicken and the fennel-garlic sausage! I can’t say enough about Charles making sure everything was perfect for us!!!! Can’t wait to go back!!!

KB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bristol went above and beyond to make our experience special and surprised us with champagne for our anniversary!

j
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best brunches around. Really enjoying the menu and kids breakfast.

a
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience here. Ambiance was terrific, food and cocktails were exceptional and service was over-the-top great. We will come back here every time we visit Chicago.

EP
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

We had an 8pm reservation for 4 people and weren't seated until about 9:15pm. As frustrating as this can be, the entire staff was extremely apologetic and we ended up getting a couple rounds of drinks, appetizers, and even giftcards on the house. Unfortunately, one of the entrees we were planning to order was sold out by the time we were seated. The pastas here are delicious but cooked very al dente, which isn't for everyone. While we appreciate the effort made to remedy the situation, I don't think I'd come back here except for when we redeem our giftcards.

n
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING. Food was very good and the Happy Hour deals until 6:30 during the weekend are some of the best in the city

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall experience was great. Service was quick in beginning but resumed to normal pace throughout the remainder of the meal. Would definitely return and recommend the Edive salad, monkey brad, and muscles.

FN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing

A
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've had in recent memory. Not only was the food extremely delicious, but the flavors were so varied and different than other restaurants in the city. Cannot recommend this place enough!!

C
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tremendous dinner! Well thought out and balanced dishes with excellent service! Will be back soon

AH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Limited choice of entrees.

R
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The starters were fantastic, and so was the pasta and corn risotto. Very friendly and helpful service. We’ll be back.

MJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are here to celebrate our anniversary. The ambiance is perfect for date night. It's dim but not dark. We started off with the monkey bread and then ordered another round of monkey bread with our dinner because it was so good. I ordered the corn cappelletti and it made me dance in my seat. I also ordered the "Not Carrie's Cosmo" and it was delightful. 10/10 would eat here again!

R
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time, the staff was very accommodating and the food was absolutely delicious!

TG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We came as a party of 7. Service was outstanding. Food was very tasty.

f
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service we have had in Chicago in a very long time.

LM
Montana
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crystal our server was fantastic. Best food we have had in years.