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The Bristol

4.6
1270 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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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 1270 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We were a six top of dudes hanging out for a bachelor party. The Bristol was very accommodating and handled us well. The food was top notch the service was courteous and fun and the drinks were great. I look forward to dining here again.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Neighborhood stalwart that never disappoints.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I had a gift certificate to The Bristol, so we went in last Saturday night. I had been to The Bristol once several years ago shortly after it opened, and for some reason, I never went back. We will definitely be back, however, as it was delicious and a really fun night. Awesome place!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

A late Mother’s Day brunch

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Amazing, as always!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great atmosphere, great food. Seemed like a "locals" restaurant. Out of the downtown touristy area

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

A good overall experience with excellent service, good food and great company.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went there for Mother's Day. They had a price fixe menu and all the options were great!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The service was horrible. Our waiter didn't even take everyone's drink order at first - he walked away after one person said they wanted coffee and didn't turn back around when we called for him. He never came by to refill our water or coffee. The power went out at the restaurant (not their fault), but 45 minutes passed before anyone came by to explain the situation to us. The explanation only happened when I flagged down our waiter. We did, however, notice the floor manager going to only select tables to explain the situation, but he skipped over other tables including ours. I noticed that the tables he visited were tables with well dressed people. It was very offensive, and I will not be visiting any time soon.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

It was so Good. Every flavor was unique and delicious. The drinks were amazing. And our server was so helpful and not overbearing. Really great experience.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We've been here twice now and both times have been absolutely wonderful! Fantastic service and amazing food! We celebrated my birthday here last night and it was lovely. Beautiful card waiting at our table and it was a lovely night so they accommodated our request to sit by the open air doors. We loved the monkey bread with dill butter and our entrees were fantastic as well! Our wine pairing was perfect and the dessert (with a birthday candle too! Nice touch!) was absolutely delicious (get the Snickerdoodle Sundae!). It's a great place to visit if you want to have a delicious meal in great ambiance with impeccable service! Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

This was our first visit to The Bristol. We really enjoyed it. The peapod appetizer was delicious and so was the Monkey Bread. We also enjoyed the interesting wine list along with our main courses. The restaurant had a lot of energy and had a fun vibe. The service was excellent. Overall a great experience. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

First visit here, great food and cocktails

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

I love coming here - always amazing

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

I live nearby, and The Bristol has been on my "to try" list since it opened. Finally stopped by after a rave from an out of town friend. The food was superb! We (two) shared a starter, pasta and entree since we were not too hungry, and the tastes were so intense, the generous portions were plenty. Cavatelli with ramps and chicken liver mousse were incredible. The duck confit very tasty, but just a bit too salty for us, and we love salt! The rich sweet jus helped cut the salt.
With two glasses of nice french wine, the bill was under $50. Very good value for a light meal.

It was full at 6:00 on Sunday, but emptied out by 8 on Sunday, so I will be back to sample the intriguing cocktail menu and try more exquisite food. Bring friends to fill a large communal table and order a lot to taste, you wont be disappointed!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We love the Bristol, it's a great neighborhood spot but also worth the trip. Easy to get a reservation for a restaurant of this quality. Great cocktails, great food & desserts haven't had a bad dish. The Monkey bread, raviolo, chicken & the duck fat fries all are worth the trip (just to name a few).

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The service was rushed. Hanger steak was dry and tough to eat.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food and service!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Great food. Very kid friendly.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

It was a delicious meal, it was more lively and louder than I expected for brunch.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We had 7 for a bachelorette dinner. The food was amazing, we ordered almost every appetizer and they were excellent. Our dinners were great, service was great, I will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great meal with two friends. We all had a great time. The meal was delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We've been going to The Bristol for years and it never disappoints. Lately we've been back into brunching and decided to pop in on a Sunday for the most delicious fried egg sandwich, duck fat french fries and a pork shoulder hash. SO GOOD. The coffee cake wasn't worth it but everything else was.

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Cost far outweighed the experience. Extremely loud, slow service and average food.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Tremendous food quality. The orecchiette with morels and peas was perfectly al dente and the duck confit classically executed and quite substantial with two full legs.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Menu options are great for sharing. Dishes could use a little more flavor intensity. The combinations and concepts are good. The endive salad was a little bitter and could use a more pistachios, manchego cheese and dressing to balance the bitterness of the endive. The smoked trout on arugula salad was delicious. Upstairs section noise level was too high, do not recommend large groups. Seating so close and tight together we ended up making conservation with the table next to us, because by the middle of our meal, we already heard most of their conversation without intention to and I am sure they heard all of ours. So might as well, make new acquaintances.
Waitress was very knowledgeable and attentive. The Basque cake dessert is a must to try and share with others. Enjoyed the cocktails.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I love the Bristol and have been coming since they opened. This was my first disappointing visit. I had family in town for a shower and wanted something I knew would be good. While the food was pretty solid, our service was horrible. We weren't even greeted by our server for at least 10 minutes and then we waited another 25 for drinks which we had to remind her to go get. Our salads came out quick but it was as though she completely forgot to enter our food order and we waited another hour for the rest of our food. She comp'd the 2 drinks but it didn't make up for how hungry and annoyed my family was. :(

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Made an 8pm reservation. Had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated. We were seated in a corner and essentially were placed sitting WITH the loud girls directly next to us. Each time a waiter served the two girls, he squeezed himself between our tables and theirs, practically sitting on our table. Food was good, but not great. Wine was perfect.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

It was a little better than ok. The cocktails were well balanced and interesting, and the food was good, but the portions were smaller than usual/expected and the dining experience felt cramped and rushed. Service was pleasant and attentive, yet, again, felt rushed. Maybe dining mid-week or for brunch would be more relaxed than a weekend night.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised with our first experience. There wasn't a plate that hit the table that I didn't enjoy and the drinks were well crafted and timely. Our server was attentive and engaging from start to finish and was prepared for all questions that were asked. We left knowing that we will definitely return to try more.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Very clean simple plates that taste outstanding the best pasta I ever had cacio e Pepe very good and the fries are exquisite

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great brunch, the basque cake is amazing. Had the salmon with a bagel, delicious lox. Great friendly service, food came out quickly. Awesome place for brunch.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Disappointed with the very long wait, over 45 minutes from my reservation time. Staff handled better than most but took almost 20mins till it was addressed.

And unfortunately some of the pasta was delivered lukewarm to the table.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Simply AMAZING!!!! Food and drinks were fantastic. They were running behind with our reservation so the manager gave us free Prosecco, discounted our wine, and gave us free pasta dishes. He went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience and we did. I cannot wait to go back!!!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My wife and I went for a date night. The only reason I am giving it 3 stars is because of the wait staff and the service. The people were very nice and accommodating. However, we did not get seated until 30 minutes past our reservation time, we stood at the bar and it was so packed that we were constantly ping ponging around. The food was so salty, it was basically inedible and my wife found a hair in the burrata. Just a bad experience and we won't go back.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

A little close for comfort

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First visit. Delicious, well prepared and presented food with pleasant, efficient service. The restaurant was extremely busy EARLY on a Saturday night; even so, an issue with one of our entrees was handled quickly with grace and sincerity. The space has a modern, yet historic decor and (in my opinion) a few too many tables/people, though most patrons seemed to relish in the energy. The ricotta ravioli was sublime; the white fish delicious. We will return.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was only ok, maybe it was because we had the last reservations but it wasn't great. Also, if you are closing at around 2pm, maybe don't allow 1:45pm reservation in on OpenTable. The waiter informed me they close at 2pm when I got in and from then on my table felt awkward like the whole staff wanted us out of there.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great staff and delicious food look forward to going back!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The food and ambiance was FANTASTIC! The lead bartender was super informative and made the best old fashioned I’ve ever had.

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