The Bristol

4.6
1387 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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Looking for a romantic, yet lively atmosphere for Valentine's Day? The Bristol's cozy atmosphere will not disappoint for the occasion. Our full dinner menu will be available, plus some extra special savory & sweet specials, perfect for sharing. Book your table with us!

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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 1387 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined a day ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Bucktown restaurant! Never disappointed!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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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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F
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd time eating here-brunch is just as delicious. As soon as we walked in , we knewit was gonna be a great night, the music was groovin and the vibe was chill. Our server was training another girl so it was great to see the teamwork. For starters we had the monkey bread and steak tartar which were fantastic. My husband doesnt eat raw meat and I have gluten sensitivity so we didnt share :). For dinner, I was excited to see Arctir char on the menu so ordered that and it was perfect. Myhusband got the butchers steak sans mushroom powder and he liked it alot. For dessert we got the nutter butters and they gave me apple sloces so i could eat the chocolate. It was perfect!!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Not sure why they took our 2pm reservation if they closed at 2pm. We felt rushed from the beginning—it wasn’t a good experience to find out after you’ve sat down that everyone was ready to go home. We had guests in from out of town; it was slightly embarrassing.

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IN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very nice and quick! He recommended very delicious dishes and I was highly satisfied!

Also, the Bloody Mary’s were perfect and I am a hard critic.

I will be back again soon!

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

For the price, the portions are very small. The food is good but not amazing.

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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at The Bristol. We had a great experience!!!

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BT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our family had a wonderful dinner in a lovely neighborhood setting.

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SM
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The couple next to use was photographing their food with their camera and the woman brought a portable spotlight. It was lighting up a whole corner of the restaurant. We had to go ask the manager to ask them to stop several times, and then eventually threatened to leave if she kept doing it. Finally the manager walked over and spoke with the woman. That almost ruined our evening. The manager eventually brought us a free appetizer, but it would have been better had he just asked her to stop without us having to ask him. It was clearly lighting up the restaurant and affecting more then just our table.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bristol always shows my wife and I a great time. This was the first time we brought our newborn. They gave us a perfect table for him. Service was excellent. The food is always delicious. The new roasted squash with pickled shimiji mushrooms was amazing. Don’t miss out on that one.

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MP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for a Saturday brunch and were very pleased. Food and beverage selections were very good. Service was impressive with the waiter memorizing the order. The Basque Cake dessert for which the place is famed is delicious.

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was amazing. We had a hard time deciding what to order, because everything sounded delicious. Everyone loved their food and the service was great.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hospitality and team! The food was awesome—the basque cake is a must have. Thank you!

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j
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I've been wanting to go to the Bristol for several years and was looking forward to this visit. Overall, it was somewhat disappointing with the signature chicken dish the most disappointing of all. The chicken I make at home is about as good. The duck fat fries weren't as good as many hot dog stands. The service was ok but not particularly attentive. On the positive side, the brussel sprout appetizer was excellent and we had a good table.

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DB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Seasonal menu with some consistently tasty favorites (Duck Fat fries, Monkey bread, Basque cake). Always fun and lively. Do know that the tables are very close together.

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S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 2nd time here was just as good as the 1st. Every dish we had was delicious and perfect portions. Menu changed completely, but didn’t disappoint. We had the Tuscan Salad, Amish Chicken (which we had before) and the Steak. Next time my wife and I won’t wait 2 years before returning!

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SG
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants happens to be right in my neighborhood! It never disappoints!

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S
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Average food that could be prepared by a first year culinary arts student. All not bad but nothing special. Duck grease French fries were tasty. Risotto was bland and the egg ravioli was cold inside. Small serving sizes with high price. The full trout could have been cooked better on a campfire and been less dry. For nearly a $25 cost for only about 4oz of edible fish, not a good value. Server was attentive and dis a great job even with a full restaurant.

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DL
Chicago
248 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING! Super pro and attentive service, trout and pasta dishes cooked to perfection. Great mixology. Warm interior design. The 4 of us on a Sat evening had a great time.

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TM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place does really great food. The dishes are inventive and they're executed flawlessly. The duck-heart gnocchi was a bit challenging for my wife, but I loved it (especially with the pesto sauce and pomegranate seeds - BRAVO!!). Overall, I think you will find it just as good or better than the more noteworthy places of this variety (Longman & Eagle, Girl & the Goat, etc.). By the way, we dined for dinner but I'm interested in getting to know the brunch menu as well. Great service and hosting staff as well.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff. Would do it again tomorrow.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Such a disappointing night. We waited 15 min for water and another 10 for a drink. Our plight was recognized by management but not the server. Utensils were not give so even after the food was presented after an hour, we couldn’t eat. The food was so-so and no comps for an obvious blunder in service. Server simply asked “what can I get you” once we were finally approached. Never go back.

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MJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I rarely leave a restaurant hungry - but we all left famished, after an appetizer and what I presumed would be fulfilling risotto. Nope.

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P
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had dinner for 2 people on a Saturday night. It was busy and all of the tables were full. We were promptly seated for our reservation at 8:00pm. The service was outstanding! Highly recommend the Amish Chicken - it was some of the best chicken I've ever had. The Basque Cake was to die for. We most definitely will be back.

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GD
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food was very good. Not sure the portions warrant the price. Had the 1/2 chicken & spatzel. Not much spatzel but it was very tasty.

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K
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food is good, though the menu is a it limited. Service, however, while friendly, was intolerably slow.

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AE
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular service and wonderful, fresh food.
Drinks were amazing! House made cider and bourbon was excellent. We will return!

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GW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good. Loved the brussels sprouts. Mains were okay. The half-chicken was VERY dry, but we did order it with the "gravy" (gluten) on the side. Nothing special about the arctic char. The portions were good though and the happy hour drink menu was awesome! It got and felt crowded as the restaurant filled up quickly after we arrived at 5:30. Only other complaint is that the food took a long time (50+)min with only a couple other people dinning.

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C
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drove in from Rockford based upon a recommendation from a relative.
Found this Bucktown fine dining restaurant in a very nice and stable
neighborhood. It was Halloween evening. Lots of children and
families all around as we walked from free parking on Hoyne.
Enjoyed Happy Hour wine. The monkey bread and broccoli appetizers
were excellent. We sampled the alfredo pasta which was very good
as well. Our entrees were the chicken dish and salmon. Both were
tasty and exceptional. For dessert we had the Basque cake and
French press coffee. Lovely dinner and evening.

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b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

creative menu and presentation i would go back and cant often say that

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

They crammed too many people into a small space to make more money for the evening which made it extremely loud.

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M
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bustling, energetic atmosphere with great, interesting spin on many popular foods. Service was spectacular!

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