The Bristol

4.8
1884 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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Experiences

  • A La Carte

    Multiple dates available

    Book your table to enjoy our A la carte menu reflecting the flavors of the season.
  • 8 Course Tasting Menu

    $125.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Book your experience for a 8-course Tasting Menu featuring Chef Larry Feldmeier’s farm fresh delights.

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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
What 1884 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations here for my friend’s birthday. The food was delicious. They even brought out a birthday dessert with a candle! Our server was kind

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GeraldM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender was fantastic

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MarkP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Food was great. Service was very nice but couldn’t hear understand the person explaining the dishes for the tasting menu and the atmosphere was poor. I did not like our table either. For the price I can’t be too picky so I give it a 3.5/5 due to the food and the price.

DD
vipDrDave
Chicago
236 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service, and vibe.

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vipDarius
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For clients choosing the tasting menu with wine pairing, thus spending a lot of money on such a dining experience, there should be special, more posh, intimate seating area for this. Sort of a VIP section for those spend a lot of $$ and indulging in the 8 course menu with wine paring.

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TomH
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Too much chit chat from server about the food - some is fine, but not too much

CV
ChicagoVA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and innovative dishes! Wonderful atmosphere, the tasting menu and wine pairing are a great deal.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we had not been to The Bristol in a while, the food was still impeccably prepared and presented with superb expertise from our server. He knew everything about the menu, how the food was prepared and was sincerely passionate about working there. Short rib was our favorite!

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ScottT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic 8 course wine-paired meal.

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Choibean
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bristol is a strong staple of modern American. The new menu is just as flavorful as the old one. Love it so much I got married there. Highly recommend.

MJ
vipMartyJo
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the Fall pre/set menu. Flavors, colors, aromas, fantastic! Love this place and they just raised the bar.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So amazing. Every element of each dish was perfection.

CL
vipCrystalL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a phenomenal experience at the Bristol. The cuisine is superb and rivals James Beard restaurants! The customer service is always top-notched.

JJ
vipJulieJ
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening experience at the Bristol was wonderful. We had the tasting menu with the wine pairing. Every course was beautifully served, well prepared and full of flavor, each wine was presented with it's backstory. Our wait staff was attentive and personable. We will definitely return on our next Chicago trip.

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vipKarenlee53
Chicago
103 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the city, in our humble opinion. We always go for ptheir seasonal tasting menus which are well executed, beautifully plated and utterly delicious. If you are looking for an exceptional dining experience, this is the spot. A class act.

RD
vipRichD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Fall Tasting Menu is a delight, and must be experienced to be believed. Chef Larry and his kitchen crew, the GM, and entire service team have really delivered an experience par excellance. Enjoy!

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vipSara
Chicago
149 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful dining in a fun venue. The choices are limited but a nice variety and so very creative, in ingredients and presentation. The endive salad with carrot vinaigrette was yummy, and the Halibut outstanding. Interesting blend of flavors and textures. Service superb.

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ByronU
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bristol never disappoints. Food ambiance and service always top notch.

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vipBrendaP
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Each time we go to The Bristol, the food gets better and better, how can than be when it is already the best gourmet culinary experience in Chicago already?
Bravo Chef Larry Feldmeier and team!

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NathanG
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Bristol remains an excellent dining option. A clean, well executed menu, with exceptional service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Larry is a wonderful up and coming chef. No doubt he’ll have a Michelin star soon. His fall tasting menu is consistently wonderful at every course. Unexpected combinations that somehow work together with great wine pairings! The sacchetti is heaven on a plate; I wish this was available in a large portion on the regular menu. His pasta courses are always fantastic and thoughtfully composed. Definitely a don’t miss menu!

RK
vipRyanK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent and the service is a notch or two above similarly priced restaurants.

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viptcmman
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a special occasion dining place that one could come to each week – a comfortable syntheses of neighborhood favorite and fine dining.

The service, creativity, and flavor combinations are wonderful.

DB
DevinB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bistrol is a truly superb dining experience. The service is very attentive, friendly, and it’s clear the staff are passionate about their industry. The food—and concomitant wine pairings—is equally inspired, with culinary technique and creativity shining in each dish. The 8 course tasting menu was an experience we will not soon forget.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. Excellent food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joined the Bristol for the autumn tasting menu and had a terrific experience. Seasonality guided the menu and I particularly loved the lentil salad and the sole was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Our wait staff was very engaging and shared our enthusiasm for the food and wine. Will absolutely make this a routine dining experience!

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Warrior45
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Updated menu - all good, little small for the price but excellent flavors, service and ambiance,

RD
vipRichD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the tasting menu was amazing, as was the wine pairings and the SERVICE! Plus they love our dog.

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vipStevan
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place, Great food, nice ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We ordered the tasting menu, the food was delicious with great service with attention to detail. Only criticism would be slightly larger tastes especially when it came to the main course, however it was tasting menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience

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foodaddict
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was excellent, the service so friendly and knowledgeable, and the wine list delicious and interesting. Such a great experience.

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David
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, wonderful unobtrusive service, and a comfortable vibe made this one of the best restaurant experiences that we’ve had in years!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the chef experience 8 course menu. Food is excellent. Waiter/waitress are always there. The time between dishes are a little long but ok.

JS
JoanneS
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose The Bristol based on the reviews I saw on here, so it’s fair for me to also give one. Everything was great, perfect! The service was unparalleled, staff was so friendly and super knowledgeable and the food was delicious! We had the tasting menu and every course was unique and so full of flavor! We even forgot to take photo of the first 2 lol
We also did the wine pairing and that added an extra “oomph” that did not even know it was possible! Will for sure recommend it and come back! Thank you all!

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vipsalemwitch
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

fantastic 8-course tasting menu "experience"! if dining at alinea (and paying for it!) puts your teeth on edge, the bristol is the place for you. (they also do regular a la carte if you're not up for 8 amazing courses.)

the food was beautifully conceived, expertly prepared, and constituted a just-about-perfect dining adventure. the chef also did a marvelous job of adjusting the menu for my vegetarian, garlic-allergic husband without any loss of quality or care. and we would highly recommend the wine-tasting accompaniments. the (female) sommelier did an excellent job of introducing and explaining each wine that we had, and it made our experience of the whole meal that much richer.

we are sadly not chicagoans--altho we ARE difficult-to-please new yorkers--so this was a rare treat, but we will make it our business to get back to this restaurant the next time we are in the windy city.

if there were any criticisms (and they were very few), it would be that the flavor profile of the dishes seemed to fade toward the end of the meal...and the "cheese course" (which involved a VERY salty cheese mousse) could be rethought. (it was in fact the only course neither of us quite finished; every outher course had us nearly licking our plates.

one note of caution: the restaurant (on the first floor, anyway) becomes deafeningly loud as it fills up. even tho we were seated at the very front of the room near the window, with people only on one side of us, we could not hear each other across a two-top. (i cannot imagine what it was like deeper in the room!) we were told that the upstairs is quieter...but if you want to sit downstairs, try to go early in the evening, before the hollering starts. that's what we will do next time...and there WILL be a next time!!

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viplaurenceh
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner at the Bristol. Every course of the tasting menu was lovely and the wine pairing was also outstanding.
We used to eat at the Bristol weekly back when it first opened and continued being regulars for several years. However, after the front of house manager Charles left and there were multiple changes of chefs we pretty much stopped going for diner as we were no longer fans of the menu and instead we just did the occasional brunch.
That has all changed now, the new chef is great and the front of house staff are all super professional, we will be regulars again.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary and it was great! No one recommended the place, it is out of the touristy connaissance or not even part of the famous restaurants in Chicago and we just picked it after reading some good reviews over here. So, we were kind of going blind and just expecting something good. But it was soo much better than we expected! The food is sooo delicious! Flavors and mixtures that surprise you. And the portions are good, not ridiculously small like some gourmet places where you eat tasty dishes but you end up hungry. And everyone was so nice. They gave us a complimentary dessert and they even gave us a card signed by the staff, wishing us happy anniversary. They totally made the occasion even more special for us. Thank you!

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

The Bristol is rated 4.8 stars by 1884 OpenTable diners.

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.