The Bristol

4.6
1417 reviews
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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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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 1417 People Are Saying
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HM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING AS ALWAYS, SERVICE WAS GREAT.

GO TO BRUNCH SPOT!

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KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was extremely loud and crowded, and gusts of cold blew in each time the door opened. Although the waiter was friendly, he was not timely or attentive. It took forever just to order drinks. This just isn't my kind of place.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, literally everything. And the basque cake is to die for!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was bland, the timing of each course was off. Nothing stood out as anything noteworthy that we had, which was especially disappointing after going with restaurant recommendations. The food was cooked well but the flavor was not there. Over priced for what it is.

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T
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 2

Bartender service for food was lacking due to having to support so many diners. Had to request beverages, refills, water etc. Felt rushed to order items.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service was on point. Went on Valentines Day so it was a little hectic, but the restaurant handled it well. They were only running about 20 mins behind resos, but I already expected that and that wasn’t too bad, especially for a busy Holiday like Valentines. Allot of dates and people were dining for a prolonged amount of time. But all and all a great dining experience. I highly recommend it. Offered great wine, good food and superb service!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines day

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

This experience was nothing short of awful. Understanding it was Valentine’s Day- I would typically cut some slack, however it was worse than one could imagine. Not only did we not get seated for an hour after our reservation, but had the great privilege of sitting directly in front of the bathroom and inches from other tables on both sides. The waiter had a nice condescending demeanor and seemed to be beyond flustered with minimal time to explain anything in the menu. Some of the food that out was cold and we had the privilege of a 40 minute break between some of small plates and when our main came out.

The upstairs bar was filling over with people so we may as well have gone to eat in Wrigleyville on a Saturday night and got to share our dining experience with more disgruntled customers. Great ambience....

Nothing like an over priced and over booked restaurant to enjoy a nice date.

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CJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great little neighborhood joint. Friendly greeting, very tight entrance. Small dining room and tight table configuration. Bathrooms clean. Wine choices great. Food selections were on point although food items didn’t match pricing. Example: 4 bites of cacio pepe (flour, egg, water) for $16. Butcher steak? Mystery meat? Too rare, too tough to cut and chew. Desserts fabulous! Overall good experience.

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VG
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and wonderful service! Perfect for an approachable farm-to-table dining experience that won’t break the bank. Knowledgeable and friendly staff, quick and accurate service, and delicious food. What more could you ask? Try the Basque Cake, it was heavenly!

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been pleased each time I went. The second time, I wanted something I had previously that I found out was only a limited time item (Brussel sprouts). The waitress inform the kitchen and they still made them for me (they were EXCELLENT by the way). Those are the experiences that will keep me coming back.

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SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is a perfect brunch place. The food is outstanding and our waitress Emily was a doll. The brisket fried rice was so delicious. The portions are rather small. I ate my food and still had room for dessert. The hot toddy is strong and perfect to sip on a cold, wintry Sunday. My friend got the fried catfish and we shared the dessert plate with sweets to take home. Great place.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service and food was slow, food was just ok

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The service was terrible and the food mediocre.

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MR
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week menu was amazing! Great service as well.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at the Bristol and had a great experience! SO glad we made reservations because every table was filled. Raviolo was delicious, so was the burger with duck fat fries.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Terrible experience! Food took forever and we sat waiting for almost 3 hours. They blamed it on restaurant week. We felt like the server totally forgot about us and every time we needed a drink we had to go to the bar and ask. Will never be back. Unfortunate bc the food was good, once it finally came.

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V
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal with a group of 6. We did the restaurant week menu and everything was excellent. The trout was great and the Basque cake is a great end to the night. And if you enjoy tequila the mole and wine drink is right up your alley.
Great service even though busy the night we went and the food was the usual excellence that I have come to expect from the Bristol.

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F
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely fabulous meal. Loved the boquerones, gem lettuce salad, and the trout. Jesse took great care of us that night with wonderful suggestions and explanations. The place was packed. Really great vibe. Super cozy on a snowy night. Nice to be back at The Bristol!

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my girlfriend for a date night and we had a great time

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was a good meal and a fun time. Felt a little odd with the waitress. She just stared at us and made us feel odd. It was pretty uncomfortable

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m
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite Chicago restaurants. I always feel welcomed and often greeted by familiar faces that also recognize me. It’s always warm and inviting and the staff is second to none.
Food on point!
Thanks for another great dinner!

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DD
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I sat at the bar. The bartender was attentive and personable. Each dish was delicious, particularly the whole fish. Wine pairings were delicious as well. Will definitely be back!

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B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best burgers I’ve ever had. And server gave fun/informative description of each wine in pairing menu.

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c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food and experience at the Bristol is good however we were so surprised to find out that they only serve whole milk for coffee drinks. We could not believe they did not have almond, soy, or even skim milk. If we go back will definitely have to stop for coffee on the way if you are doing brunch.

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GW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome find while staying in Bucktown. Terrific services and amazing food - get the dessert, to die for!

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ND
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We reserved a table for 8, arrived on time, waited 30 min for a table. There was no where for all of us to wait. We had an infant and an elderly grandma with us so it was uncomfortable.

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JB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love The Bristol! I had the Salmon Cake Benedict and Farmhouse Ale and both were wonderful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was great but heard they do fun things for birthdays which is why I picked them, bc it’s my dads birthday weekend and they didn’t do anything even though we put it in the reservation here so that was a big disappointment.

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SG
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Bucktown restaurant! Never disappointed!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Came for a Birthday, food was bland and overpriced.

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SW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good, but a little overpriced. The drinks were fabulous and the restaurant went out of their way to make a special occasion feel extra special.

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m
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

Tiny portions for the price. Not particularly flavorful food. Literally spent 120 bucks here left and went around the corner to a bar and grill and had a burger and wings to actually get full.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Multiple servers came to our table frequently, which was a bit disruptive.

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g
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I would consider killing someone if they took away the Bristol's chicken liver mousse.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Very loud & slow service

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W
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Just ok. Not great. Small portions and bad coffee.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Thanks!

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JK
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Excellent service. Small but well curated beer and wine selection. Food is always top notch. Simple but creative preparations using high quality ingredients.

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