The Bristol

4.7
1862 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
The Bristol has helped shape the Chicago hospitality scene since 2008 and remains a neighborhood staple. The food is deliberately created, packed with flavor and unpretentious. The menu is a hybrid of the classic and the contemporary and based in French techniques, but remains rooted in New American cuisine with farm-fresh produce and Midwest sensibilities. The Bristol wine program is built on a foundation of producers that are the benchmarks for their regions and styles of wine-making, while also focusing on the new generation of producers who've taken the baton and are re-shaping their region's historic styles. This philosophy trickles down to every element of The Bristol's 'Nouveau/Classic' beverage program from the redefined classic cocktails to quintessential European beer styles done in the American palate.
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Experiences

  • A La Carte

    Multiple dates available

    Book your table to enjoy our A la carte menu reflecting the flavors of the season.
  • 8 Course Tasting Menu

    $125.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Book your experience for a 8-course Tasting Menu featuring Chef Larry Feldmeier’s farm fresh delights.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1862 people are saying
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viptcmman
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a special occasion dining place that one could come to each week – a comfortable syntheses of neighborhood favorite and fine dining.

The service, creativity, and flavor combinations are wonderful.

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DevinB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bistrol is a truly superb dining experience. The service is very attentive, friendly, and it’s clear the staff are passionate about their industry. The food—and concomitant wine pairings—is equally inspired, with culinary technique and creativity shining in each dish. The 8 course tasting menu was an experience we will not soon forget.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joined the Bristol for the autumn tasting menu and had a terrific experience. Seasonality guided the menu and I particularly loved the lentil salad and the sole was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Our wait staff was very engaging and shared our enthusiasm for the food and wine. Will absolutely make this a routine dining experience!

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Warrior45
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Updated menu - all good, little small for the price but excellent flavors, service and ambiance,

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vipRichD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the tasting menu was amazing, as was the wine pairings and the SERVICE! Plus they love our dog.

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vipStevan
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place, Great food, nice ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We ordered the tasting menu, the food was delicious with great service with attention to detail. Only criticism would be slightly larger tastes especially when it came to the main course, however it was tasting menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience

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foodaddict
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was excellent, the service so friendly and knowledgeable, and the wine list delicious and interesting. Such a great experience.

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David
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, wonderful unobtrusive service, and a comfortable vibe made this one of the best restaurant experiences that we’ve had in years!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the chef experience 8 course menu. Food is excellent. Waiter/waitress are always there. The time between dishes are a little long but ok.

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JoanneS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose The Bristol based on the reviews I saw on here, so it’s fair for me to also give one. Everything was great, perfect! The service was unparalleled, staff was so friendly and super knowledgeable and the food was delicious! We had the tasting menu and every course was unique and so full of flavor! We even forgot to take photo of the first 2 lol
We also did the wine pairing and that added an extra “oomph” that did not even know it was possible! Will for sure recommend it and come back! Thank you all!

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vipsalemwitch
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

fantastic 8-course tasting menu "experience"! if dining at alinea (and paying for it!) puts your teeth on edge, the bristol is the place for you. (they also do regular a la carte if you're not up for 8 amazing courses.)

the food was beautifully conceived, expertly prepared, and constituted a just-about-perfect dining adventure. the chef also did a marvelous job of adjusting the menu for my vegetarian, garlic-allergic husband without any loss of quality or care. and we would highly recommend the wine-tasting accompaniments. the (female) sommelier did an excellent job of introducing and explaining each wine that we had, and it made our experience of the whole meal that much richer.

we are sadly not chicagoans--altho we ARE difficult-to-please new yorkers--so this was a rare treat, but we will make it our business to get back to this restaurant the next time we are in the windy city.

if there were any criticisms (and they were very few), it would be that the flavor profile of the dishes seemed to fade toward the end of the meal...and the "cheese course" (which involved a VERY salty cheese mousse) could be rethought. (it was in fact the only course neither of us quite finished; every outher course had us nearly licking our plates.

one note of caution: the restaurant (on the first floor, anyway) becomes deafeningly loud as it fills up. even tho we were seated at the very front of the room near the window, with people only on one side of us, we could not hear each other across a two-top. (i cannot imagine what it was like deeper in the room!) we were told that the upstairs is quieter...but if you want to sit downstairs, try to go early in the evening, before the hollering starts. that's what we will do next time...and there WILL be a next time!!

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viplaurenceh
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner at the Bristol. Every course of the tasting menu was lovely and the wine pairing was also outstanding.
We used to eat at the Bristol weekly back when it first opened and continued being regulars for several years. However, after the front of house manager Charles left and there were multiple changes of chefs we pretty much stopped going for diner as we were no longer fans of the menu and instead we just did the occasional brunch.
That has all changed now, the new chef is great and the front of house staff are all super professional, we will be regulars again.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary and it was great! No one recommended the place, it is out of the touristy connaissance or not even part of the famous restaurants in Chicago and we just picked it after reading some good reviews over here. So, we were kind of going blind and just expecting something good. But it was soo much better than we expected! The food is sooo delicious! Flavors and mixtures that surprise you. And the portions are good, not ridiculously small like some gourmet places where you eat tasty dishes but you end up hungry. And everyone was so nice. They gave us a complimentary dessert and they even gave us a card signed by the staff, wishing us happy anniversary. They totally made the occasion even more special for us. Thank you!

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rjac
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as was the service. Would easily rec to a friend

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FrankN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had some service issues early on, but the manager took care of us and made it right. The food was AMAZING. We did the tasting menu and it was perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the 8 course tasting menu. Highly recommend doing the wine pairing. It not only enhanced the food but the experience as well as each new wine came with an explanation of the wine and why it was chosen for that dish.

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edwardc
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fun with the tasting menu and wine pairing. Service was great. Perfect night

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vipFoodgasm
Oklahoma City
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

In from out of town specifically looking for a tasting menu experience. Great food and service,, a little tight quarters for our liking.

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NancyK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The corn soup was probably the best soup I have ever, ever tasted. Well done.
The tempura halibut was also excellent. Really lovely food. And, our guest were equally happy.

Bravo!

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NebojsaM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was quick and discreet, the food was delicious. The slow food approach gives you a complete break from the fast time we live in.

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jason
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service was exceptional. Was hot af inside and cramped.

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Gwen
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve literally never had a bad dinner at The Bristol. Everything is delicious and the waiter’s wine suggestions were so great. This little neighborhood spot is my go-to for date night and special occasions. My fiancé and I celebrated two anniversaries here and both times the staff was so nice and brought us a signed card from all of them plus a complimentary dessert. Cannot recommend The Bristol enough.

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DavidJ
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing restaurant! You have to do the Prix Fixe Menu, you will not be sorry!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food is great but way too expensive

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Faron
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable and had great service!

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EricP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will definitely recommend to friends.

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Lucas
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Murphy was great and always a pleasure to have. Super welcoming staff and best of all is the delicious food that knocks it out of the park every time . First time experiencing duck and couldn't have been happier. Fresh flavorful ingredients and awesome combinations. The drinks themselves are full of so much flavor. Definitely grab a cappuccino with dessert. Perfect drinking temperature.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good! Did the tasting menu. Took longer to complete than expected (2.5 hours).

Lights kept dimming in and out, not certain why. I recommend though!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Occasion was a reunion with old friends from college days who have become foodies. The Bristol was again perfect, particularly our mains - the halibut tempura, the steak, and the chicken. Preparation was flawless. Also enjoyed our appetizers, especially the tomato salad. The basque cake and accompanying gelato made an outstanding dessert.

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AlinaV
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a friends new job.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! Highly recommend doing the 8 course tasting menu

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vipScott
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic culinary experience; sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Our waiter knew the menu well and really helped us plan our meal.

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LindaM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

why asked if there's a special occassion online, and offer no token dessert. waitress even acknowledged online info. Not impressed.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tasting menu with wine pairing. It was my boyfriends birthday. The service was phenomenal and the food was incredible. Every wine pairing was exquisite and to top it off the ambiance couldn’t be beat. Wonderful experience and we will absolutely be back.

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vipBeth
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Talented Chef, efficient team! Do the tasting menu! Everything was delicious.
Staff was professional but warm and attentive.

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vipStacyB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was outstanding! The food, drinks, service - my family of four thoroughly enjoyed every bite! We even ordered seconds of the milk bread and sesame dessert.

Edwin was our server. His knowledge of the menu, clear passion for the food and wine/ drinks only added to the experience. Another server went out of his way to research and write down lunch suggestions for another day. Multiple people checked on us throughout the evening.

We didn't opt for the tasting menu but I wouldn't hesitate to try it.

Highly recommend! We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu was fantastic and the wine pairing superb!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Bristol using the Order Online button. The Bristol also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Bristol also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 862-5555.

The Bristol is rated 4.7 stars by 1862 OpenTable diners.

The Bristol does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://egift.technology/Main.aspx?key=thebristol.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.