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About The Bristol
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.
Chicago, IL 60647
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Farm-to-table
Hours of Operation:
Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Damen & Webster
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking available on Damen and surrounding neighborhood.
Valet available Thursday through Saturday, for dinner only.
Blue Line - Damen
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
Special Events & Promotions:
The Bristol has a gorgeous private event space. Please contact Michelle Herndon at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
• Private Bar
• Private Restrooms
• Flatscreen (42") w/ DVD/ HDMI/ VGA
• Dedicated sound system w/ iPod attachment
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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.
The Bristol Ratings and Reviews
The food and ambiance was great. The service, however, was meh. If you are going to offer reservations at 10p, I fully expect your kitchen to be open past that time. From the time we arrived to the time we left, the server was very pushy and granted he gave us 5 minutes, I feel like it was so rushed. Not the finest moment. Overall good experience.
We had a great experience at the Bristol and the food was excellent. Our server Mike told great care of us and made sure all of our needs were met. We had a large party of 12 and the service and food absolutely kept up with the large size of our party. Thx for a wonderful night!
We ended up waiting about 20 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. However, the manager provided a complimentary round of drinks, as well as several appetizers on the House. The food was phenomenal and our server was knowledgeable, friendly and timely. I will definitely be coming back to this restaurant in the near future. Overall excellent experience.
We booked a reservation on new year’s eve. Arrived on time only to find out that they are backed up and our table was not available. Got our table at 11 pm. Reservation was 9:30. Did not get any notification prior that our table will not be available on time. We ordered right away but we still didn’t get our main entrees until midnight. Food was great. And our waiter was so kind and apologetic for all the delay. Giving it 4 stars for the kind waiter and manager who took care of our bill on the house.
We typically love the Bristol which is why we booked a reservation with them for New Years Eve.
Upon arriving for our 9:15 reservation, we were told that the wait would still be 45 min. After explaining the logic of reservations to the hostess, she told us it wasn't her problem. Unable to find an alternative on new years eve, we waited an extra 1.5 hours before being seated by another rude hostess.
After waiting 30 min for our first course, we waited an additional 40 minutes for the second course which was just cold noodles.
At one point I noticed that none of the tables had food at 11:30 and that there were only bussers on the floor, no wait staff or managers to be found.
While the manager was eventually found and attempted to remedy the fiasco with a bottle of wine, my party and I were really disappointed with the experience and will not be going back to the Bristol.
Have been to the Bristol 3 Times now. The first 2 visits went well. It was expensive, but it was nice. So we booked it for New Years Eve.
From the get-go things weren’t going well. They told us they were running behind and it could be another 30 minutes to get our table. It ended up being a little over an hour. In that time, I saw the poor hostes get berated by guest after guest upset that their New Year’s Eve plans needed adjusting. We didn’t make a big deal of it, but it felt like they weren’t handling the situation correctly. They didn’t volunteer any solutions to make it right... a round of drinks or anything like that.
We ended up having to ring in the New year's at the restaurant, which was NOT our plan for the night. When I make a reservation, I expect to have a table at the time I reserve it, not an hour later. It threw everything out of whack.
Also, about ringing in the new year... We figured, "maybe they'll send glasses of Champaign out to everyone." The table next to us thought so too and asked the waitress if this was so. The waitress said she didn't know and went to ask her manager. She came back with 2 glasses of Champaign for them, and nothing for the rest of the restaurant. It was like they wanted to share them up, but not get anything for anyone else.
It really left us with a bad feeling about The Bristol. We spent over $200 that night, and felt neglected and taken advantage of. We won't be back.
When I reserved the dinner, I asked to have a table by the window in the 2nd FL in which the person I talked to said there haven’t been much reservations made so i wouldnt have to worry about it. It turned out I got a table in a little corner in the middle of restaurant. The pasta was salty. I cannot understand why i waited so long for the first two courses as they were chosen for us. The service was so slow but ironically, the check came out really quickly when we asked. Overall, I was at the restaurant for 3.5 hours and not a great experience for New Year’s Eve.
The food was delicious, I had the pappardelle and my date had the burger. I took a bite of the burger and it was one of the best burgers I have ever had. We started off with the green bean appetizer and it was quite tasty. The drink list contains several options, I opted for the Moscow mule which was very fresh and gingery. I look forward to returning.
Was able to make a last minute reservation on a Thursday evening for my sister and I while she was in town from LA. There was only one other table when we arrived, but more people came throughout our meal. Our server was great! Very informative and made good suggestions. Was there when we needed him, but did not hover. The food was so good! We started out with the burrata for an app, and ordered cacio e pepe and the raviolo (one large single ravioli) and the server said he would bring out our other app, the monkey bread with our mains, as it paired well with them. He was right! The bread was great for dipping in our dishes. The drink list was good, and we enjoyed our pear and St Germaine cocktail.
The food was outstanding, but be prepared for the set menu/fixed price. We had a large group (13) and they set up the table beautifully, but many members of our group were shocked at the price. There was also too much food, but no way to pare that back. Don't eat too much of the starters because the best is yet to come. The hangar steak was outstanding and the desserts too.
I went to the Bristol this Spring with some friends, and we were (unapologetically) seated 1 hour past our reservation time. The staff was rude, and didn't care we were waiting for an hour. I decided to give the restaurant another try this weekend, as there were several times available for Friday night on opentable. Again, we were unapologetically seated 45 minutes past our reservations. We were not offered any compensations, no manager came by to say sorry for the wait, etc. We weren't even able to get a drink at the bar while we waited, because those were considered "reservations only" seats. I will not be coming back.
We really like the Bristol, brunch & dinner. We did have some trouble last night though (Monday). We got our usual two raviolo’s with monkey bread, delicious as usual but did not arrive hot (neither the raviolo’s nor monkey bread) just kind of tepid. Delicious, but disappointing; it’s usually so consistent. We tried the spinach foie gras; we could only taste the spinach. We also tried the apple salad—nice dressing, but the arugula(?) lettuce was clumsy, stemsy. We split the burger as an entree, very good. And we both had elderflower cocktails, delicious as usual.
So, overall, a good visit, but we felt they were missing their game a bit. Even the waiter explained the spinach foie gras as a lapse of the chef—that it was usually much better. Of course he didn’t charge us for it.
Been meaning to get there for a long time - finally went to a wine dinner there and were very impressed by the evening so we returned for dinner with friends. Excellent service from Elliott and all dishes were first rate - loved the raviolo and the chicken, but the steak tartare was great too - as was the endive salad.... they have corkage free days but you need to check as the policy/day was recently changed - this is a great choice for collectors wanting to BYO and still have great food!
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