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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Tue - Thu 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM
What Insiders Are Saying
The Bristol is an American restaurant in Bucktown good for any date or small group of friends.
Great food and excellent service...a little load, but 2 thumbs up!
Fabulous food! !!! Exceptional! Staff are friendly, helpful, accomodating !! We needed to dit on an end ...away from kitchen. ...they had a 1/2booth in the corner...perfect! Then offered corner 1/2 booth upstairs as "it's quieter"..perfect! !!
Food is good. We went for an early-ish dinner on a Saturday night (about 6:30pm). Food was good and service was attentive. The space is quite small and the tables are so close together that the dining experience felt communal. We heard every word of the conversations of the folks next to us. I'd return but at a less busy time.
The food and service was as always, AMAZING!!
A very nice place with everything of high quality, good taste, reasonable selection but nothing truly outstanding except for the basque cake. Pleasant atmosphere, tight but convenient sitting, a little noisy to my taste but overall friendly and pleasant service. Was completely full on Friday night
The tables on the bankette are way too close together. It sucks to sit on top of other people and have to deal with eavesdroppers all night.
Love everything about this place. Been coming since it opened.
I booked Bristol on Open Table since the ambiance looked nice and was overall nice. However, the first thing I disliked was upon entering from the outside door, I was immediately stopped by a person blocking the next interior door and then greeting by the hostess who when I made eye contact, I then stated my name and reservation and was then allowing into the restaurant. So the vibe was off putting. What if I just want to sit at the bar? 2ndly, the tables are so tight, next to each other that the servers for the table next to us on either side - butt facing out table and almost touching it. Really a turn off! Third, as I did not inspect the menu when looking at Open Table, which I should have done so, never would have gone to
this restaurant. Why? Well for approx. 16 you get a pasta dish the size slightly bigger than a man's fist.
We ordered a salad and 2 pasta dishes, which our server said they were for sharing and it's a joke how
little pasta we got. People don't want to feel ripped off and don't want to go to bed hungry. The food tasted good, rich - so I'm assuming lots of butter used and salt. The salad we split and was really enough for one person. One pasta had pork the other just noodles. I mean, really? I had one glass of wine, my friend had 2. No bread is brought to table. So my feeling is this: Really, pasta is so cheap. I won't go back and would not recommend. I don't want to drop $50 on pasta and a rabbit size light salad, and one glass of wine, not a very generous pour either. And I am not a big eater, watch my weight and in great shape.
Server was nice and did a good job.
Great spot for sharing small plates with a friend or with a group. Tables are a little small and tight.
Every dish we had was incredible. My fiancé and I found a favorite new date spot!
The waitstaff & kitchen were out of synch. Lots of people on the floor doing stuff but never the right stuff at the right time. Drink orders forgotten—waiter not focused on needs of patrons at table. The food was very very good, but my dish needed to be hotter—and so should have the French toast. My dish was the biscuits and gravy. The flavor & presentation of my dish was great—but again, it wasn’t hot at all.
Great for brunch, vibrant atmosphere, a bit pricey
The food was absolutely divine, and the sommelier really knows his stuff and was very kind! The hosts were lovely as well! Our server and some other waitstaff did give us kind of a strange vibe, like we weren’t welcome there or something.. I understand busy Saturday nights but it was a little strange. Other than that, excellent dining experience.
We sat for at least 5-7 minutes before anyone came to the table. When our server did arrive we ordered drinks, which again, took forever to arrive. We were also seated upstairs which was visually uninspiring. We ordered muscles as an appetizer which was NOT good. Fortunately, the rest of the meal was tasty. Though I would go back, I feel like Bristol's best days are behind it.
Bristol is an old favorite of mine. Food and atmosphere is great, great service staff. I had the chicken and duck fat fries along with some great coravined wine. Everything was perfect.
My home from home. It's always a pleasure and a delight to come to The Bristol. I am always greeted warmly and feel very comfortable bringing any kind of guest or dining solo.
The food is delicious. The changing menu, but retaining favourites is brilliant. I'm always excited to try a new pasta dish and the Sugo the other night was unctuously delicious!
Cocktails are reliably awesome and wine recommendations always please.
I love you guys! xx
AMAZING AS ALWAYS, SERVICE WAS GREAT.
GO TO BRUNCH SPOT!
The restaurant was extremely loud and crowded, and gusts of cold blew in each time the door opened. Although the waiter was friendly, he was not timely or attentive. It took forever just to order drinks. This just isn't my kind of place.
Excellent food, literally everything. And the basque cake is to die for!
Food was bland, the timing of each course was off. Nothing stood out as anything noteworthy that we had, which was especially disappointing after going with restaurant recommendations. The food was cooked well but the flavor was not there. Over priced for what it is.
Bartender service for food was lacking due to having to support so many diners. Had to request beverages, refills, water etc. Felt rushed to order items.
Great food and the service was on point. Went on Valentines Day so it was a little hectic, but the restaurant handled it well. They were only running about 20 mins behind resos, but I already expected that and that wasn’t too bad, especially for a busy Holiday like Valentines. Allot of dates and people were dining for a prolonged amount of time. But all and all a great dining experience. I highly recommend it. Offered great wine, good food and superb service!
This experience was nothing short of awful. Understanding it was Valentine’s Day- I would typically cut some slack, however it was worse than one could imagine. Not only did we not get seated for an hour after our reservation, but had the great privilege of sitting directly in front of the bathroom and inches from other tables on both sides. The waiter had a nice condescending demeanor and seemed to be beyond flustered with minimal time to explain anything in the menu. Some of the food that out was cold and we had the privilege of a 40 minute break between some of small plates and when our main came out.
The upstairs bar was filling over with people so we may as well have gone to eat in Wrigleyville on a Saturday night and got to share our dining experience with more disgruntled customers. Great ambience....
Nothing like an over priced and over booked restaurant to enjoy a nice date.
Great little neighborhood joint. Friendly greeting, very tight entrance. Small dining room and tight table configuration. Bathrooms clean. Wine choices great. Food selections were on point although food items didn’t match pricing. Example: 4 bites of cacio pepe (flour, egg, water) for $16. Butcher steak? Mystery meat? Too rare, too tough to cut and chew. Desserts fabulous! Overall good experience.
Wonderful food and wonderful service! Perfect for an approachable farm-to-table dining experience that won’t break the bank. Knowledgeable and friendly staff, quick and accurate service, and delicious food. What more could you ask? Try the Basque Cake, it was heavenly!
I've been pleased each time I went. The second time, I wanted something I had previously that I found out was only a limited time item (Brussel sprouts). The waitress inform the kitchen and they still made them for me (they were EXCELLENT by the way). Those are the experiences that will keep me coming back.
This is a perfect brunch place. The food is outstanding and our waitress Emily was a doll. The brisket fried rice was so delicious. The portions are rather small. I ate my food and still had room for dessert. The hot toddy is strong and perfect to sip on a cold, wintry Sunday. My friend got the fried catfish and we shared the dessert plate with sweets to take home. Great place.
Service and food was slow, food was just ok
The service was terrible and the food mediocre.
Excellent experience. Excellent service. Excellent food.
Restaurant week menu was amazing! Great service as well.
First time at the Bristol and had a great experience! SO glad we made reservations because every table was filled. Raviolo was delicious, so was the burger with duck fat fries.
Terrible experience! Food took forever and we sat waiting for almost 3 hours. They blamed it on restaurant week. We felt like the server totally forgot about us and every time we needed a drink we had to go to the bar and ask. Will never be back. Unfortunate bc the food was good, once it finally came.
We had a great meal with a group of 6. We did the restaurant week menu and everything was excellent. The trout was great and the Basque cake is a great end to the night. And if you enjoy tequila the mole and wine drink is right up your alley.
Great service even though busy the night we went and the food was the usual excellence that I have come to expect from the Bristol.
We had an absolutely fabulous meal. Loved the boquerones, gem lettuce salad, and the trout. Jesse took great care of us that night with wonderful suggestions and explanations. The place was packed. Really great vibe. Super cozy on a snowy night. Nice to be back at The Bristol!
Took my girlfriend for a date night and we had a great time
It was a good meal and a fun time. Felt a little odd with the waitress. She just stared at us and made us feel odd. It was pretty uncomfortable
This is one of my favorite Chicago restaurants. I always feel welcomed and often greeted by familiar faces that also recognize me. It’s always warm and inviting and the staff is second to none.
Food on point!
Thanks for another great dinner!
I sat at the bar. The bartender was attentive and personable. Each dish was delicious, particularly the whole fish. Wine pairings were delicious as well. Will definitely be back!