The Bristol

4.6
1311 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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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Special events & promotions
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 1311 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Sunday brunch was great!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Service was excellent and friendly. The pastries are exceptional.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Usually love the Bristol but almost everyone in our party of 9 thought our brunch was a bit bland

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Wine's were good, food was excellent, with a limited, but very well done menu. Very noisy.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

I always enjoy dining at The Bristol. I love their farm-to-table mentality and Chef Todd Stein and his team do a wonderful job executing their seasonal creations, even with dietary restrictions. I am never disappointed when I dine there. The service, food, wine, and the atmosphere is always on point!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Food was great and service was very attentive. Would definitely go back. The whitefish was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Everything was excellent, maybe too good. The pastry board was a great start, but so good it made it hard to eat the rest. Smoked salmon and ham benedict were great and the yogurt was also very good. Seems like you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We were celebrating my brother’s anniversary and my mom’s birthday on a Friday night. Our reservation was for 8pm and it took 20 minutes for us to be sat, so I wouldn’t give the Bristol 5 stars based on that. Plus no one acknowledged and asked what we were celebrating, which might be the first time this has happened with a booking through Open Table. I did note in my reservation that it was a special occasion. The food was good, but some items on the menu were overpriced for the value including the bread, which was the size of a muffin and $8. Overall a great neighborhood spot, but I wouldn’t make a special trip

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

It was an incredible first evening dining experience. Everyone was hospitable including the people making the food, bartenders, managers and rest of the staff! The food was great and the basque cake was to die for! Thanks Bristol and staff for a wonderful experience!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Never disappoints. The food is spectacular, there really not a bad thing on the menu. My favorites - monkey bread, duck fat fries and the ravioli. Might have the best chicken breast in Chicago. Great drinks, locally sourced specials, knowledgeable staff. Great for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Thanks for making our dating anniversary so special.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

The service was outstanding. My water glass was never empty. Attentive but not intrusive. The dishes were tasty and well presented. A couple were a bit too salty, but everything was worth eating. The duck fat fries, basque cake, and signature cocktails are the highlights.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Had a short wait with a reservation but hostess and mgr were very kind and apologetic and brought us some coffee cake while we waited.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Excellent, creative menu and attentive service combined for a great dining experience. But we arrived early, so beware that it gets very very loud as this small space fills, and the many lovely but hard surfaces and “lively” music make dinner conversation challenging. This is my second visit. I’ll be back.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

I love the setting here - the brick walls and tables are very nice. The food is impressive - we love the curry cauliflower and beets. The fish choices are quite impressive - would order every time.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

The food was to die for. Highly recommend the crispy pig ears and the basque cake! The background soundtrack was awesome. We went pretty early and the noise level gradually picked up through the night but you could always hear the person across from you speaking.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Lovely meal on a Sunday night - out with a friend in from out of town. We had elotes and duck fat fries and prawns to start. Then chicken and ribs and pasta as our mains. As desserts we had the favorite (mine) Basque cake and seasonal cobbler and nutter butter cookies with a chocolate creameux.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

It was an amazing experience! The food was phenomenal and our waitress was great. The kitchen was slow during our visit and she was very accommodating due to that fact.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Exceeded expectations

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Delicious!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great neighborhood spot. Great service and the food is spot on. Never a miss!
Jesus and Crystal took exceptional care and attention to our table during our visit.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

On 7/3 they had a rib special. Really good. They should leave it on the menu.

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The AC was out on the hottest day of the year..... they were very nice about it and offered a complimentary champagne drink. However, they said it the AC would kick in shortly and it never came on :(

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2018

The fries were good. The cauliflower was cold, the meat was too well-done, and the raviolo was swimming in butter and so rich that I couldn’t eat it.
The server was very good though. Friendly and concerned.
And the place is cute and has a nice ambiance.
I’d give it another chance.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Food was outstanding. Drinks were sub par. Service was wonderful.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

First visit with husband and tween daughters. Everyone liked their food- I liked the cocktails! Ate upstairs and there were 3 large groups that made the noise level way too high- we were grateful that they slowly filtered out and we could hear each other again. Together we had a burger, hanger steak, pasta and the chicken-all delicious! My favorite though were the beets- perfect! Would recommend and we will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The food and service were amazing! Great place for a date.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Went here for brunch with my family and it was wonderful! Great location, perfect ambiance and excellent food. Can’t forget the top notch service!! Really a pleasant experience! We will be back!

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

This is mid level American cuisine. I’d go back in a pinch but dishes are pre prepared and reheated, I literally got our 3 apps before we got our cocktails, 3 min max.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

I've been here at least half a dozen times over the past few years and I've never been disappointed. Always great and well worth the money.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great food, fantastic service, and got seated right away with our table ready (group of 7). Not our first time there, won’t be our last!

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The brunch menu looked promising, however no one in our group enjoyed their food. Overall, very disappointing.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Returned after a pleasant experience for brunch earlier this year. We were seated by the open window as requested and the table was ready when we arrived at the time of the reservation. Only one minor hitch - English muffins under eggs were gummy and not toasted. Told wait staff and although we did not want to wait for another she comped a Basque cake, which was very good. Things happen and it is how you deal with them, here they continue to be a place I would go back to.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Very good food with great cocktails. Thanks Pablo!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

I can't recommend this highly enough! We have been twice now, and both experiences have been wonderful. I strongly recommend sharing a variety of dishes and selecting several items from all categories -- including dessert. The Basque cake should not be missed -- save room for it.
They have an excellent wine selection. Both times we have bought a bottle on the manager's recommendation, and I have added both selections to my personal wine choices.
Service is excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants! They never disappoint!!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

great food

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I thought the staff were very friendly and attentive. The bloody marys I had were tasty but very weak. The mushroom toast tasted good, but the sourdough bread was too crusty to cut through. I'd suggest a different bread.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Been there many times. Keeps getting better. A little cramped but worth it

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Very good food and drinks. The server was great and gives very nice advice. Everything we had was superb and we had a great time.

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