The Bristol

4.6
1295 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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Delivery or takeout
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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 1295 People Are Saying
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Chicago
4.0Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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Raleigh
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Philadelphia
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations

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Denver
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious!

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SB
Chicago
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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C
Chicago
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TC
Chicago
3.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

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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CB
Chicago
3.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

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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OT
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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KW
Chicago
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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Chicago
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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DS
Milwaukee
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Chicago
3.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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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c
Chicago
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Chicago
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Western NC
2.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

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

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MC
Chicago
4.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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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Minneapolis
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food with great cocktails. Thanks Pablo!

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EK
Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SG
Chicago
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants! They never disappoint!!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

great food

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MF
3.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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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JS
Chicago
4.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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PL
Las Vegas
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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Chicago
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Chicago
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Neighborhood stalwart that never disappoints.

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MZ
Chicago
4.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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FF
Chicago
4.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A late Mother’s Day brunch

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Chicago
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, as always!

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Los Angeles
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Chicago
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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AZ
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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Chicago
2.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

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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NS
5.0Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service to match. Will definitely be back.

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KA
Baltimore
5.0Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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ES
Chicago
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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BL
Chicago
4.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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OT
Chicago
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit here, great food and cocktails

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m
Chicago
5.0Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming here - always amazing

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m
Chicago
5.0Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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