The Bristol

4.6
1451 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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Bring Mom and the family to The Bristol! A special prix fixe brunch menu for $45 will be available, with special treats for Moms. Kids 15 and younger can enjoy the menu for $19 plus children 9 & younger eat free! Book your table with us to celebrate.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Have a Happy Easter with The Bristol! Partake with a special brunch menu at $35 per person, $19 kids 15 & younger, and kids 9 & under eat FREE! Start with biscuits & coffee cake for the table to share, pick your own entree, plus non-alcoholic beverages are included. Book your table with us 10am-2pm!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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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 1451 People Are Saying
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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space and amazing food. Chicken liver mousse was incredible. Pasta dishes were spot on.

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VK
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Out of 10 people 7 had the double patty burger, all seven felt sick the entire night and the following day. Other then that, seems alright and service was good.

Cheers

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r
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around

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BK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was great! A treat for any foodie!

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a
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Young crowd, very loud, decent food,limited menu. If you are over 50, it is not recommended

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t
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definite a must if you're visiting Chicago. Food is absolutely delicious. Try their signature monkey bread starter. The server suggested pairing it with the sauce from the gnocchi, and she was dead on. We had the roasted chicken and the steak. Both were wonderful. For dessert, the nutter butters could not be beat. I could have just had the chocolate crémeux, and I would have been ecstatic. Take a walk around Bucktown post-dinner--a perfect way to end the evening.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Eggs benedict overcooked - nothing to repair
Smoked Pork Tostada - eggs way undercooked - had to be returned for more cooking

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Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the meal was on point! I will be back when I return to Chicago!

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JM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Decor was very cool. Just very crowded and hard for people to get around the restaurant without bumping into you.

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RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great! Service and food were both really good. Definitely a go-to brunch spot!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Solid food. Great service. The place was not very packed but it was a Wednesday night. Basque cake was out of this world. A little expensive for what it was.

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibes and friendly team. From the moment we arrive to the time we leave it feels like we are dining with friends.

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M
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Okay but not great, food was nothing special

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AC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent, and although we had to wait for our table (in spite if our reservation), the manager gave us a round of excellent drinks on the house, and even a grilled cheese for my 2 and a half year old niece. Then I wanted the breakfast fried rice with pork instead of the brisket it usually comes with, and the kitchen made it happen! It was super tasty, and the staff was very friendly and accommodating! Plus I always love the Basque cake with seasonal fruit and nut toppings!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Bristol! One of our favorite date night spots.

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TL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very attentive to my dietary restrictions. Which I appreciated very much!

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JJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a romantic setting. Staff was particularly attentive with the wine recommendation being spot on. Cocktails were exceptional. Be sure to include a special note in Open Table as The Bristol pays close attention to this detail.

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MB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service...a little load, but 2 thumbs up!

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T
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food! !!! Exceptional! Staff are friendly, helpful, accomodating !! We needed to dit on an end ...away from kitchen. ...they had a 1/2booth in the corner...perfect! Then offered corner 1/2 booth upstairs as "it's quieter"..perfect! !!

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GL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is good. We went for an early-ish dinner on a Saturday night (about 6:30pm). Food was good and service was attentive. The space is quite small and the tables are so close together that the dining experience felt communal. We heard every word of the conversations of the folks next to us. I'd return but at a less busy time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was as always, AMAZING!!

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I
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very nice place with everything of high quality, good taste, reasonable selection but nothing truly outstanding except for the basque cake. Pleasant atmosphere, tight but convenient sitting, a little noisy to my taste but overall friendly and pleasant service. Was completely full on Friday night

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

The tables on the bankette are way too close together. It sucks to sit on top of other people and have to deal with eavesdroppers all night.

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DA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about this place. Been coming since it opened.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I booked Bristol on Open Table since the ambiance looked nice and was overall nice. However, the first thing I disliked was upon entering from the outside door, I was immediately stopped by a person blocking the next interior door and then greeting by the hostess who when I made eye contact, I then stated my name and reservation and was then allowing into the restaurant. So the vibe was off putting. What if I just want to sit at the bar? 2ndly, the tables are so tight, next to each other that the servers for the table next to us on either side - butt facing out table and almost touching it. Really a turn off! Third, as I did not inspect the menu when looking at Open Table, which I should have done so, never would have gone to
this restaurant. Why? Well for approx. 16 you get a pasta dish the size slightly bigger than a man's fist.
We ordered a salad and 2 pasta dishes, which our server said they were for sharing and it's a joke how
little pasta we got. People don't want to feel ripped off and don't want to go to bed hungry. The food tasted good, rich - so I'm assuming lots of butter used and salt. The salad we split and was really enough for one person. One pasta had pork the other just noodles. I mean, really? I had one glass of wine, my friend had 2. No bread is brought to table. So my feeling is this: Really, pasta is so cheap. I won't go back and would not recommend. I don't want to drop $50 on pasta and a rabbit size light salad, and one glass of wine, not a very generous pour either. And I am not a big eater, watch my weight and in great shape.
Server was nice and did a good job.
and efficient.

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ME
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot for sharing small plates with a friend or with a group. Tables are a little small and tight.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish we had was incredible. My fiancé and I found a favorite new date spot!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The waitstaff & kitchen were out of synch. Lots of people on the floor doing stuff but never the right stuff at the right time. Drink orders forgotten—waiter not focused on needs of patrons at table. The food was very very good, but my dish needed to be hotter—and so should have the French toast. My dish was the biscuits and gravy. The flavor & presentation of my dish was great—but again, it wasn’t hot at all.

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p
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for brunch, vibrant atmosphere, a bit pricey

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was absolutely divine, and the sommelier really knows his stuff and was very kind! The hosts were lovely as well! Our server and some other waitstaff did give us kind of a strange vibe, like we weren’t welcome there or something.. I understand busy Saturday nights but it was a little strange. Other than that, excellent dining experience.

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C
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We sat for at least 5-7 minutes before anyone came to the table. When our server did arrive we ordered drinks, which again, took forever to arrive. We were also seated upstairs which was visually uninspiring. We ordered muscles as an appetizer which was NOT good. Fortunately, the rest of the meal was tasty. Though I would go back, I feel like Bristol's best days are behind it.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bristol is an old favorite of mine. Food and atmosphere is great, great service staff. I had the chicken and duck fat fries along with some great coravined wine. Everything was perfect.

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My home from home. It's always a pleasure and a delight to come to The Bristol. I am always greeted warmly and feel very comfortable bringing any kind of guest or dining solo.
The food is delicious. The changing menu, but retaining favourites is brilliant. I'm always excited to try a new pasta dish and the Sugo the other night was unctuously delicious!
Cocktails are reliably awesome and wine recommendations always please.
I love you guys! xx

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HM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING AS ALWAYS, SERVICE WAS GREAT.

GO TO BRUNCH SPOT!

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KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines day

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