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 1625 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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n
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We are 3 people, so we wanted to make 2 restaurant week menu and a la carte, but they told me we cannot mix. It was stupid idea.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The restaurant was 1.5 hours behind, so while arriving at 8 we weren’t sat until 9:30. Ordered from the restaurant week menu. First and third courses were great, however the risotto and cacio e Pepe were terrible. Risotto had no flavor. Same with cacio, but was dripping in oil. Have been to the restaurant before without any problems, but this was an especially bad night. Service was diligent but a bit chaotic.

AO
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The food was delicious. The wine pairings were a highlight!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Restaurant Week and thoroughly enjoyed it. RW is a great way to discover new restaurants and we'll definitely go back to The Bristol.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

4 hours to get through the restaurant week menu

JR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bristol provided a great family style four-course meal for a large group of 9. I made an error on the date of the reservation and they were very gracious in changing it at the last minute. I'd highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tasting menu and worth every penny! Ambiance is perfect for a girls catch up night!

EL
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was spectacular with only exception being the speed with which our ordered drinks appeared. There must have been some issue with the bartender, but they comp'd my martini because it took so long and even tho I didn't complain.

WB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food good, good ambience, but service was average. It was a Tuesday night with a small crew

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bartender was amazing. Food was very good but nothing to write home about. Love love love the vibe. Will definitely be back. Valet parking right out front on a snowy night is a bonus!

EE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It’s a good restaurant. We selected wine and the bottle that came was two years younger than the listed vintage. It was opened before we realized. The restaurant was very accommodating in getting us a different bottle. The wine we had was very good. Prices are high for the portions served. Wigu steak was tough. Overall the food is food. The lighting is super dark so bring a fully charged phone. We would return.

A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was amazing, pasta tasted excellent! We didn’t order a single thing we didn’t like! Service was lacking though, our waiter (Jorge) was rarely present and we were left without drinks for long periods of time. Getting our check was even difficult. Support staff was good at keeping our waters refilled though.
Would return for the food and hopefully better service, perhaps it was just a bad night.

WF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Attentive service
Fun Enviornment

C
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Love the food and service at the Bristol. Unfortunately, it's just keeps getting louder and louder, to the point where you can't even hear people across the table from you. They should turn down the music and bring the whole noise level down to accommodate a better dining experience.

B
Palm Springs
33 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Visiting from San Francisco
The food was over-the-top and we have very sophisticated taste the snails on Texas toast the endive salad blood orange vinaigrette the salmon Rilette was so creamy and the Norred ships or nice and fun and not too salty the fennel garlic sausage stuffed porchetta was flavorful and beyond the Basque “Cake” was I think the best dessert I’ve ever had! And my husband and I are in the food business so we were thrilled with
Our meal! We will definitely return on our next visit to Chicago

M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious - we had the scallops and wagyu beef, along with salmon rillette appetizer. The service was top notch. The only draw back is that the venue is small and the tables are very close together, so it was hard to have a conversation given the noise and our neighbors being a foot away.

LS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited the Bristol to celebrate a friend’s recent promotion. We had a group of 8 and decided to do the family multi-course menu option. The food was amazing!!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was amazing!! However, the portions were really small for what was supposed to be “family style”, especially for such a high price. I will definitely come back but will have to eat a little before so that I don’t leave starving.

OT
Chicago
192 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best fine dining values in a neighborhood spot. Or maybe it's a neighborhood joint with fantastic food, drink and service? Either way, you win. B-side monthly menu is a steal and Happy Hour even more so. You'll be looking for excuses to eat here often.

PG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cool atmosphere. Great food. Excellent service. Tables are very close together. I would go again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve was delightful here. Fantastic menu and great service.

AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Staff was underprepared for NYE rush

d
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lively space, service is good but a bit harried

DR
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great anniversary dinner at the Bristol. It has always been a favorite of ours and we have spent many special occasions here over the last five years, including our wedding rehearsal dinner. For our anniversary, they made us feel very special, seated us in our favorite spot, and gave us two glasses of champagne to celebrate. The manager and bar tender spent time talking with us and congratulating us on our anniversary. The attention to detail and personal touch they provide is wonderful and makes the experience meaningful. The food, as always, was incredible, making it a perfect night!

AK
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger I’ve ever eaten! The duck fat fries are also amazing.

OT
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had the Winter salad, beef tartare, kentucky ham, Amish chicken, burger w/ duck fat fries and cacio de pepe. All dishes were exceptional! Definitely will go back. It was pretty loud so a little difficult to have a conversation. But overall a good experience.

l
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The basque cake is glorious!! Great service.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my oldest 17th birthday, we had an amazing time. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was delicious. Would highly recommend to friends.

OT
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Wonderful. Delicious. Everyone was so sweet and friendly. Great experience.

AC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience here was phenomenal! Can’t wait to go back. The food was amazing and the wine pairings were even better. Loved the ambiance there as well. Servers and staff were great as well.

GA
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best meals I've had in quite a while. You can't go wrong on the menu, but save room for the Basque Cake - trust me!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

There are about 2 too many tables along the south wall. Just very difficult to get in or out, feel like you’re in your neighbor’s conversation. Awesome food, but the experience is tough.

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was ok, actually pretty good, but nothing special. My big complaint was I reserved a table for 10. When I got there they said they wanted a party of this size to order family style. Said I could order ala cart, but they did not know if the food would all come out at the same time.

NL
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The great thing about The Bristol is that the menu changes often. Of course, there are some dependable and wonderful standards (monkey bread, duck fat fries, raviolo, Amish half chicken) but other items are wonderfully fleeting and must be tried. On a recent visit this included the cured salmon, mushroom tagliatelle, and the sturgeon. In addition, service is always friendly and professional while wine service is spot on.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
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
204 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
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
131 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
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