The Bristol

4.7
1357 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 862-5555
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Todd Stein
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Cross street
Damen & Webster
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Parking details
Street parking available on Damen and surrounding neighborhood.
Valet available Thursday through Saturday, for dinner only.
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Public transit
Blue Line - Damen
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The Bristol has a gorgeous private event space. Please contact Monica Tassi at mtassi@bhospitalityco.com for details:

• Seated dinner (2nd floor private space): 75 guests
• Seated dinner buyout (1st & 2nd floor): 130 guests
• Standing Reception (2nd floor): 120 guests
• Standing Reception buyout (1st & 2nd floor): 160 guests

FEATURES

• Private Bar
• Private Restrooms
• Flatscreen (42") w/ DVD/ HDMI/ VGA
• Dedicated sound system w/ iPod attachment
• Fireplace
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Bristol offers a locally-sourced and seasonal menu in a polished-casual dining setting. An ideal private setting for social and business gatherings. Your guests will also enjoy an intimate bar & lounge area for mingling and spectacular custom curated menus for you event.

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Tue - Thu 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

The Bristol is an American restaurant in Bucktown good for any date or small group of friends.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 1357 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff. Would do it again tomorrow.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Such a disappointing night. We waited 15 min for water and another 10 for a drink. Our plight was recognized by management but not the server. Utensils were not give so even after the food was presented after an hour, we couldn’t eat. The food was so-so and no comps for an obvious blunder in service. Server simply asked “what can I get you” once we were finally approached. Never go back.

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MJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I rarely leave a restaurant hungry - but we all left famished, after an appetizer and what I presumed would be fulfilling risotto. Nope.

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P
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had dinner for 2 people on a Saturday night. It was busy and all of the tables were full. We were promptly seated for our reservation at 8:00pm. The service was outstanding! Highly recommend the Amish Chicken - it was some of the best chicken I've ever had. The Basque Cake was to die for. We most definitely will be back.

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GD
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food was very good. Not sure the portions warrant the price. Had the 1/2 chicken & spatzel. Not much spatzel but it was very tasty.

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K
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food is good, though the menu is a it limited. Service, however, while friendly, was intolerably slow.

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AE
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular service and wonderful, fresh food.
Drinks were amazing! House made cider and bourbon was excellent. We will return!

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GW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good. Loved the brussels sprouts. Mains were okay. The half-chicken was VERY dry, but we did order it with the "gravy" (gluten) on the side. Nothing special about the arctic char. The portions were good though and the happy hour drink menu was awesome! It got and felt crowded as the restaurant filled up quickly after we arrived at 5:30. Only other complaint is that the food took a long time (50+)min with only a couple other people dinning.

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C
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drove in from Rockford based upon a recommendation from a relative.
Found this Bucktown fine dining restaurant in a very nice and stable
neighborhood. It was Halloween evening. Lots of children and
families all around as we walked from free parking on Hoyne.
Enjoyed Happy Hour wine. The monkey bread and broccoli appetizers
were excellent. We sampled the alfredo pasta which was very good
as well. Our entrees were the chicken dish and salmon. Both were
tasty and exceptional. For dessert we had the Basque cake and
French press coffee. Lovely dinner and evening.

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b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

creative menu and presentation i would go back and cant often say that

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

They crammed too many people into a small space to make more money for the evening which made it extremely loud.

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M
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bustling, energetic atmosphere with great, interesting spin on many popular foods. Service was spectacular!

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KL
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city and the best in Bucktown. I have literally sent hundreds here and no one has been disappointed. On a recent visit, Eliott (our server) was perfect - attentive but not "all over us." We have our fave dishes but always try one "new" seasonal item each visit. We live just down the block and feel fortunate it's so close.

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LC
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was great and energetic, but wasn’t thrilled with the food. Perhaps it was just the choices they had that night, but the Trout was bland, my salad was bland and the only thing that was good was the chicken liver mousse, but that isn’t my opinion it’s of my significant others. Sorry, but to me the food just wasn’t anything to rave about.

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ET
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is great but unfortunately they seemed short staffed the night we visited. Our server was working a large section and doubling as hostess, so I understand, but would expect the manager or another employee to help in these situations. We had to call her over to able to place an order and waited about 30 minutes from when we sat down for drinks to arrive.

Highly recommend the raviolo!

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SE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I died and went to food heaven. The monkey bread with the raviolo...OMG! It's definitely a "treat yo'self" spot :)

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EN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was attentive and great. They really made our anniversary dinner special. Comping a couple of things was a nice touch definitely but it was the service and food quality that made the experience special.

thanks!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing with great service and quality food! Best burger in Chicago.

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s
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This experience could have been a disaster but wound up being fantastic. We arrived at the designated time for our reservation (4 of us) and were told that they were running behind. This was ok - we were not in a big hurry and we went to the bar...an waited. We were kept informed by the hostess -people were not leaving. The bartender comped our cocktails. We waited for quite some time but felt totally looked after by the staff - the manager came over and apologized as well. When we finally got a table we were then comped a bottle of wine. All the people we interacted with - the hostess, the manager, and the bartender could not have been nicer and more accommodating in a difficult situation. We actually laughed and told them they were so nice that people took their time and lingered. We had a great meal and a great time and would go back in a Chicago minute!

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AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

We were so underwhelmed by our food that we would never go back to the Bristol. The kale salad was so salty we had to send it back. The salmon was served over a creamy mushroom sauce that did not go at all with the fish. The best part of the meal was our server, female with short blunt dark hair, friendly and exceptional. We loved her. Hated the food. I feel cheated by how much money I spent on such bad food. The chef should be replaced. How does The Bristol keep coming up as one of the city's hot restaurants?

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NL
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bristol never disappoints. I recommend sharing one or two starters/small plates and also a pasta. Then each diner should get his/her/hir own entree. If it is your first time dining, you should not pass up the duck fat fries and the roast chicken.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum! Food and cocktails are very worth the money!

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M
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the choices on the menu. The only thing that I didn't like was the monkey bread. I was thinking of what I had as a kid - sweet, gooey, yummy. This was the opposite, it was fine but not the same. The steak tartare was outstanding and so was the steak. I would go back for sure.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Pasta dishes were very small given the high price.

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JR
Chicago
154 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Love the room. Service was great. But we were shockingly disappointed with the food. We shared chicken liver mouse, which was OK. Burger was OK. But the brussel sprouts were dramatically oversalted -- pretty much inedible. So were the fries -- and how often are fries inedible? I asked for an alcohol-free drink, and while they gladly came up with something, it's apparent that they don't plan for such a request. For a place that's known for its food, we left super-disappointed.

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our time here!
Good selection of cocktails, nice list of starters, and quality entree.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Never a bad meal here. A great restaurant u can count on not to be let down.

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GA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious, beautiful food. Not overly complicated, except that it isn’t easy to create a perfectly simple dish. The Cacio e Pepe pasta was exactly what it was born to become! There were vegetarian options for those in our party who required them, and the service was terrific. You definitely made some new fans in Philadelphia!

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p
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was delicious and everyone was so attentive to our needs. I had the Amish Chicken and my Husband ate the Burger with duck fat fries. We split the basque cake which was yummy!

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D
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Except for the very uncomfortable chairs, I love The Bristol. The food is always outstanding, as is the service. I'm so glad to have celebrated their 10-year anniversary with the throw-back menu - it was delicious!

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f
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was unfortunately substandard. Very disappointed. Will not be returning. Taste your food.

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R
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I definitely recommend this restaurant for brunch , it was our first time there and everything was great . The food was delicious , the staff snd manager were friendly too .

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, love the small menu and delicious entrees, steak was quite undercooked however.

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m
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pablo is a rockstar bartender / he made a beautiful Smokey scotch cocktail that is sooo good!

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OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We loved the food (as usual) except for one thing, the pig ears sounded quite interesting on paper but it turned out to be dissapointing...with a only tasting the spices used and a very dried up texture...just some constructive feedback for the kicthen.
We'll be back!

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PG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The trout was exceptional Other dishes were very good too. We had an upstairs table, but it is a little stoic compared to the main floor. I would request the main floor next time. At first service seemed a little pushy, but ultimately was properly paced.

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A
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here for dinner with my boyfriend and his family. We got a wide assortment of food from the menu, sharing everything family style, and we all loved the food. It was a bit cold inside, but that was our only complaint. We were sat upstairs where it was a bit quieter, which was much appreciated!

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d
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The good was good but it’s the atmosphere that would draw me back. Good friendly service, nice neighborhood atmosphere. Good wine and drinks.

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I
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal! The wine list was well curated, with a wide range of options from very affordable to more indulgent. Service was very friendly and efficient.

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OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I live around the corner and have dined at Bristol around 20 times over the last couple years. The food is good. They were one of the original Chicago restaurants to break the mold. However, I have had average to below average service time and time again. I understand that good restaurant service is rare these days, but I feel like I'm being treated as a 1 time tourist diner in my local neighborhood restaurant. It's a drag because the food is good. They really should be nicer to their customers and at least pretend like they are interested in serving you and wanting you to come back. It is weird. It is either arrogance or complete lack of interest. Either way, I'm about to throw in the towel on this place.

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