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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vipMonicaD
Chicago
116 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing! Our server suggested the smoked octopus and it was absolutely phenomenal! We all had the roast chicken with spaetzle. Probably the best roast chicken ever! Don’t forget to save room for the duck fat fries.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Unexpected find. We could not get a last minute reservation anywhere and The Bristol kept popping up on Open Table as a place we might like based on our searches. We booked it, walked in 15 minutes later and had a great meal and a fun and relaxing dining experience. We would definitely go back.

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vipTracyM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time to The Bristol. Our service was outstanding and the food delicious. Such a treasure so cose to home. We’ll be back!

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vipservice
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to The Bristol for the first time with friends on a Friday night. Our server, Josh was awesome! He definitely knew the menu, was very thorough on how best to enjoy our meal. His suggestions were right on! We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute and cozy! From start to finish the service is impeccable, we love this place! Couple the service with amazing dishes incredible craft cocktails. We would come back anytime!

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wood4me
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience3

It was fine. The service was slow. We’ve been before.

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ChrisN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great but in 2020 how are you a brunch spot that doesn't offer an Iced Coffee / Cold Brew option?

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The food was okay/fair; the octopus was good, but very salty. The monkey bread was dense and not very flavorful and the cacio de Pepe was on the bland side as well. But, the service was pretty bad; it took a very long time for the waitress to stop by our table. Then, we ordered drinks and they took a long time; the waitress told us the bar was backed up, but in reality they were given to the table next door. It wasn’t a terrible dining experience, but it wasn’t good either.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Maybe. The restaurant is always noisy. The brunch was mediocre and Bristol should offer at least a few dinner options at brunch such as the monkey bread. The brunch options are few and there is no specific dishes that cater to vegetarians.

JM
JosephM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We enjoyed it very much.

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vipKudude
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way

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vipyummyinmytummy77
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh was awesome!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great!

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Foodie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Waiter didn’t really come back and check on us, took a long time to get first round of drinks and never were asked if we wanted another. Towards the end we were essentially pushed out the door so they could turn the table over even though we were not 100% ready and were interested in ordering around round of drinks. The check just showed up on the table without asking if we needed anything else. The food was decent, some meals we had were not to par for the price point. Also don’t understand why you had to put a credit card to hold the reservation and then they also called to confirm. Never had a restaurant have me place a credit card to hold our reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Didn’t get seated until 55 minutes after our reservations. Not even a “hey, how about a cocktail while you wait.” Just a “thank you for your patience” as we got seated and a plate of overly salty fries. Should have read the reviews that this place typically overbooks reservations, and it’s the patrons that pays for this management issue. Food was less than impressive. I haven’t sent food back in years, and did this evening because the sodium content made it not edible. The only positive takeaway was that our server was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We had a reservation at 8. We waited an hour and were seated at 9. It took another 25 minutes to get any drinks. We didnt actually eat to long after 10. The waitress wasnt attentive. It looked like some of our appetizers were already eaten. Over rated and too expensive.

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CheerstotheChef
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to The Bristol for 10 years and we get the Raviolo every time. The cacio e pepe is also amazing. My wife had been craving a really well made burger and Tge Bristol delivered. The skirt steak was excellent as well. Our service was knowledge and attentive across the board (host, server, food runner, busser).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, great cocktails! Service was good too. If you sit downstairs though, just be aware the tables are very tight. My fiancé and I went and we were basically sitting very close between two other couples. If you don’t feel like sharing your space this may not be the spot for you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Food was interesting and tasty. Basque Cake was absolutely incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love the Bristol, but seats are too close together and it is way too loud

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vipchicagofoodlover48
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went there a week earlier. During our same exact meal in the previous week, our portions were bigger in size. Not sure what happened. Service lagged the night we were there the 2nd time, even though there were a few open tables on the top floor. Again, not sure the reason for this.

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vipIvusha88
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Ambiance really is great. Prices are actually reasonable.
I wouldn't get the monkey bread again - not worth it, neither the sauce nor the bread were that special. Chicken liver appetizer was great though, and so was the squash risotto. Very flavorful and fun, and this is coming from a girl who doesn't believe a meal is a meal without some meat.

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VanessaT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

We visited The Bristol for VD, and this review is based on our experience on this particular day. We made a reservation and got to the restaurant on time just to be informed that they were running approximately 20min late. We asked if we could get a drink and they just told us the bar was upstairs (the host was busy dealing with other couples in similar situations). We went upstairs and observed a very busy room, and even busier bar. Multiple couples waiting to order or to get their drinks. We then realized there was only one bartender dealing with orders from customers at the bar and from the tables. I asked about a drink and the bartender just passed me the drink menu. We understood and empathized with the situation, so just ordered a bourbon and a glass of rosé. It took approximately 25-30min to get the text from the host, indicating our table was ready. We went downstairs to meet her, just to be informed that our table was upstairs and that another host will show us the table after finishing with another customer. We went upstairs again, and waited for her for another 5min. After finally getting our table and the menus, we overheard the waitress informing another couple that the VD main dish was not available anymore. He then came to us and recommended an appetizer; we agreed to that, but he told us he would need to get our full order, so he gave us some time to decide. We waited for him (he was kind and polite, just very busy given the situation), and when we told him we wanted the appetizer he recommended, he informed us that they ran out of that too. We enjoyed our food, specially the “cacio e pepe” and the “basque cake”, but dishes were overpriced. The restaurant might be a good place to get drinks and good food on a regular weekend, but they definitely need significant improvements when planning special events like VD (number of reservations, food orders, staff). The way they handled the event definitely impacted our experience in a negative way.

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KyleH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Waited 35 minutes for drink. Kitchen ran out of vegetarian appetizer. Food was good. Drinks were good but small. Table beside us came in after and was served first. Understandable as they were busy but pretty mediocre experience for the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so well thought out and you can tell it was made with joy. Always a great meal!!

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BryanC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Good food. Staff was nice. Fun drinks. Overall fantastic time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was solid and service was initially very quick but no one came back to check with us for awhile after our food arrived and there was no salt/pepper on the table. Otherwise the place was great for brunch and everyone enjoyed the food.

JA
vipJAMIE
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely AmazingFood!!

I’ve been to The Bristol 3 times now and it’s just the best! Great service, awesome cocktails and amazing food.

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TaylorK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They were very accommodating when our party showed up a bit late for our reservation due to traffic. The food was good - we all shared the monkey bread (decent, nothing outstanding. feels like it was missing some sort of flavor), the steak, the burger, and the sturgeon (all were really nice and we would get again). It was a bit too loud in the place for our taste, we could barely hear one another across the table.
Overall, good (not great), but would recommend to friends and would come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got to get the roast chicken. Amazing. There’s nothing bad on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the portions were worth it! The burger and duck fat fries....WOW!

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vipMarsha
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fabulous place to dine! We loved it and highly recommend going to The Bristol!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bristol was yummy and the waitress, Rachel was phenomenal! I would recommend trying it and that cake was yummy!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really wonderful service and great food. The staff is knowledgeable about the food and I didn’t feel intimated about asking questions.
The serving portions for the course during restaurant week were perfect and I actually felt very satisfied!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Try the money bread, you won’t regret it.

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vipMelissaE
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing, went there for restaurant week and the portions were so huge I took a lot home. It took a while to get each course which is why I only gave four stars. Wine by the glass was a little pricey but overall enjoyed the experience

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Pastaroz
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I'm sure it costs more to have so many in attendance per guest, but the service was truly attentive and welcome. We never had to sit with dirty plates in front of us, and our next courses were timely, drinks were consistent and delicious. Crystal was our server, and she was fabulous. Food was absolutely terrific, as were the selections. We loved that each course offered 2 choices, and we tried each one, both great! The young lady at the hostess stand could use some insights in being helpful to someone walking in with a cane, and, though early for my reservation, she could have offered me a chair. Most people don't mind that staff are still setting up the dining room, and would rather sit than stand uncomfortably in a cold foyer. As our assigned table was on the wall, and a bench seat, I wasn't in anyone's way. Tables are a little bit close together, but we in the restaurant business do understand this. A great experience, and will recommend. You're all doing a great job!

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ShannonM
1 review