The Bristol

4.7
1743 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
The Bristol has helped shape the Chicago hospitality scene since 2008 and remains a neighborhood staple. The food is deliberately created, packed with flavor and unpretentious. The menu is a hybrid of the classic and the contemporary and based in French techniques, but remains rooted in New American cuisine with farm-fresh produce and Midwest sensibilities. The Bristol wine program is built on a foundation of producers that are the benchmarks for their regions and styles of wine-making, while also focusing on the new generation of producers who've taken the baton and are re-shaping their region's historic styles. This philosophy trickles down to every element of The Bristol's 'Nouveau/Classic' beverage program from the redefined classic cocktails to quintessential European beer styles done in the American palate.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM

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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMichaelS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bristol provided a really nice date night. We chose the Prix Fixe menu with 5 courses and every course was delicious. Highly recommend The Bristol!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The drinks were awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, beautiful food. My boyfriend and I came for restaurant week and we were blown away.

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Pikachu
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails and food! We love the lentil sprouts, gnudi mushrooms and the basque cake! Service is on point. Love the details.

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vipRonD
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, solid food, but portions a bit on the skimpy side

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BenM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food tasted good, the service was very good, but the portion sizes were extremely small and I was left a little hungry even after eating every bite (I also ate some of my girlfriend's food) of 5 whole courses. I don't know, maybe I'm just an uncultured loser from the midwest who is used to larger portion sizes.

After seeing how small the first 2 courses were, I jokingly said that "watch the pasta dish will have only 2 noodles"...The pasta dish literally had 2 noodles in it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We had an 8:30pm reservation
I asked if we could come in earlier and they said yes and could seat us at 8pm
We showed at 8pm and then they made us wait until 8:30pm
Total pain, especially since I was taking someone for their birthday and we had to wait in a cold area standing up in the doorway. They did not even offer us a hot drink for our wait. Then they finally seat us and put us at a crappy table in a high volume pass through area when a ton of other tables were open, even observing social distancing there was still other nicer places to seat us.
Then we got pasta dishes which were thought out nicely but executed poorly as pasta was either under or over cooked. The pasta dishes were also on the pricey side too. For that cost it should be executed much better.
We will stay away from this place in the future

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful experience. It was our second time there, this time we did the price fixe menu with the wine pairings, and the food was delicious and the wine was great (and paired very well). The staff was very attentive and enthusiastic, and the restaurant has a very nice ambiance to it. We’ll definitely be back, would recommend it to family and friends as well.

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ColinO
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Phenomenal food, really enjoyed the experience overall and will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safe environment, beautiful dishes and plating, soft bisque and caviar (a must to order), lentils on the point, pasta perfectly al dente and a delicious branzino to close.

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Ambrosian
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night out! Can’t wait to go back and try more dishes.

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vipDssl
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday dinner—first time inside a restaurant in almost a year. It was fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite date spot for my wife and I.

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ZacharyW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for the Valentine's Prix Fixe menu. It was good but nothing to write home about. Got seated a little late but they were very busy.

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LindsayB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Thank you for such a great dining experience. The Bristol has been on my list of restaurants to check out for quite awhile as I have heard good things for years, it did not disappoint. This was our first date night out to a restaurant since this summer and we were so pleased with everything! Covid related safety precautions were very well done and the food was delicious. Our favorite dish of the night being the lobster bisque. Above all, we were especially pleased with the service. Our server was warm and friendly and the sommelier was incredibly knowledgable and approachable about answering all of our questions. We also really enjoyed the pairings. All food and beverages came out in a timely manner and the pairings always arrived before the food (as hospitality vet, this is one of those little details that I cant help but appreciate). We will be back! Thank you again!!

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AldintonA
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The staff was great! The food was ok, but not exceptional. I would go back to see if it was a one off the night we went.

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vipAshleyB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely staff and GM! We are excited to return and dine again.

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Kara
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prix Fixe was delicious and a great value! Cocktails were fab, too. We’ll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice gem right off Damen. Food was impeccable! Definitely a must try!

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viptcmman
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I’ve loved and supported this restaurant for years – and especially during the pandemic. Yesterday, the service was strangely more strained and less friendly.

And they used to have real menus upon request, instead of the truly user-unfriendly QR code option. But as of yesterday, they tell me, those are no longer available.

I’ll probably give them another chance but yesterday really changed our opinion of The Bristol.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We went to celebrate a birthday. First, even though I told them in advance, the girl at the door asked us again as they didn’t have that information in the system. Then, they did absolutely nothing to acknowledge the birthday the entire meal except that the girl at the door wished the birthday boy on the way out the door.
Second, we confirmed an indoor table the day of the reservation but they had us listed as sitting in the patio in their system. (Thankfully we were able to sit inside)
Third, out waitress barely came by after taking our order. I wanted to add an item in the middle of the meal and it took us several minutes to catch someone’s attention.
Finally, we ordered the prefixe menu and it was okay at best. Certainly not as good as we were expecting considering the reviews we had seen.
Also, the music was somewhat eclectic and much too loud for comfort.
Overall a very disappointing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, somebody knows how to cook. Amazing, thoughtful plates along with both indoor and outdoor seating options. We loved the fresh made butternut squash Agnolotti (ravioli) and the Earl Grey Panna Cotta (custard).

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for my birthday during quarantine. Menu was limited but everything came out delicious. I enjoyed the environment and the service. I will always come back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Service was good, food was great.
We were sat outside in a tent with a heater (plenty warm no complaints) and right behind us was one of their small igloos that you could book. The people in that igloo also had control of the aux and sang Taylor Swift/ Gaga...loudly...too loud. It’s still a restaurant even if you book an igloo.

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vipGweb
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with exceptional service!

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AaronK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best covid era dining experience yet.

CS
vipCarlaS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing !!!!

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vipkarinm
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The indoors dining with the open door makes for cold feet. Wear big boots and bring a blanket.

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RohailP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

If we’re doing a prixe fixe with beverage pairing, wait staff should know a bit more about what they are serving. But overall great experience with excellent food.

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vipReth
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, safe and warm (outdoor dining). The most creative kitchen in Bucktown pairs with a thoughtful wine/cocktail selection. Will be back for winter menu and strongly recommend!

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BernardF
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

One of the worst meals I have ever been served in a restaurant, and cheapest. lowest grade ingredients the have been employed to prepare dishes in a restaurant.

A complete rip-off.

This the first review I have written, but the food at this place was so bad, I was compelled.

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vipFoodventurous
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have an amazing dinner whenever we visit The Bristol. We were seated a table just inside right next to the open wall to the sidewalk. This was the perfect spot. We ordered the Brandade Bisque - Scallop, Potato Espelette Pepper; Gem Lettuce Salad - Bagnet Vert, Crème Fraîche Root Vegetable; Amish Half Chicken - Pomme Purée Fall Vegetable Giardiniera; and the Tempura Walleye - Fermented Cabbage Chow Chow. Food was unbelievably good. I thought the bisque and walleye pike were particularly exceptional. Our sommelier paired it with a perfect pinot from Willamette Valley. We will definitely be back (again)!

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elisav
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall2food5service4ambience4

Great neighborhood spot for cocktails and excellent food

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vipdineoutChi
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Covid outdoor dining is an art that the Bristol has mastered. Compact but well thought out menu means there is enough variety without overwhelming the kitchen. Excellent cocktails and wine selection. Service is excellent though things are a little slower than in the 'before times' - skeleton staffing over a spread out area. Servers were proficient, well-informed and friendly.
Excellent experience. I will be supporting them through the coming winter in the hope that they can survive.

MP
MattP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Won’t be going back. The food was really good, price and quantity not so much. Also, our server was kind of a B. When we asked about a certain appetizer, the response was “oh, ha, thats only on our take out menu, sorry”. Seriously? Wtf does it matter, we are sitting on a busy street in Chicago not in a steak house downtown......... Drinks were good, food was good, but for the price it was not worth it in my eyes.

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vipJenniferA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was excellent.

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vipNG123
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and great service

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philosobeer
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. It was there fall menu which included octopus and seared duck breast. The drinks were fantastic and our server was super attentive without being overbearing. The food was spaced out in a timely fashion where we weren't rushed nor were we waiting long for our next course.

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vipMelissaC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you haven't been to the Bristol in a while, hurry back! They have a new chef and the menu is excellent. We really enjoyed our meal. Their social distancing and sanitary practices are also top notch, making us feel comfortable while dining.

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vipTimB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cinnamon Roll was outstanding as well as the breakfast sandwich and Eggs Benedict.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Bristol using the Order Online button. The Bristol also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Bristol also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 862-5555.

The Bristol is rated 4.7 stars by 1743 OpenTable diners.

The Bristol does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://egift.technology/Main.aspx?key=thebristol.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.