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The Bristol

4.6
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1697 Reviews
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$50 and over
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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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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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Sun 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM

What 1697 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMalloryS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

With the reopening of the Bristol - nothing really changed except for smaller food portions and more expensive plates. Food was not worth the price.

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vipNick
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were thrilled to finally be back at our favorite neighborhood spot, the Bristol! Crystal always takes amazing care of us and the food, cocktails and wine are all top notch!

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Donnavie
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love The Bristol. We are still thinking about the BBQ octopus. Bartender was amazing as well. Always 5*

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vippaulD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you wonderful people and great food

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vipAaronT
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, trout highly recommended. Out of towners, glad we found this on Opentable as we were unfamiliar with the area. Thanks again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and beverages. If you’ve been before then you need to try it again. It has gone from being a good restaurant to absolutely outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Originally had outdoor seating but most tables were curbside construction... not cool. We ate indoors. Food was good, but nothing we felt we had to come back to experience.

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vipTheNutritarian
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious food and excellent wine. Not a flexible menu, nor was it veggie heavy or vegan friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice dinner- great food and wine, as well as excellent service. FYI, Damen is all torn up (as of 8/28/20) so outside seating was a little “dusty”, plan accordingly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Expensive for smaller portions. Excellent service and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our waiter was super attentive! He also recommended an after spot for us!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server made the experience. He was great and attentive. Food was tasty and my husband loved the Old Fashions with the super clear cubes.

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JoAnna
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. They spread out the food serving so perfectly. Drinks on point and delicious as well. I would recommend this place and will be going back there!

MK
MelissaK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional in the service department. The menu is a bit sparse and prices expensive considering the size of dishes. Still a great experience. Our waitress brought us glasses of champagne which was such a lovely gesture for our anniversary.

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vipGweb
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are in stride , food was delicious, service exemplary.

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SuzanneB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food at the Bristol is absolutely creative and outstanding. The portions were larger than we expected. Cocktails were pretty good. We would absolutely eat there again. The only negative is that it is right on a very busy street and with the windows open or sitting outside, it is really noisy (major distraction to a relaxing meal)...and we had to ask to have the music inside turned down twice - it was loud and not good selection for background to dinner conversation. Five-star food in a 3-star environment. We will go back though!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

I understand that Covid is difficult for our restaurants and bars. My husband and I take extra effort to enjoy a nice meal when we can with the restaurants we expect will do a good job. Overall the food, cocktails and wine were excellent... some dishes more of a favorite than others. Our evening started a bit disappointing because the staff was reluctant to enforce the 1.5 hr limit for patrons so our reservation for an outdoor table was not respected. After a 45 min wait... although we had a confirmed reservation for a table outside. We waited outside and had excellent cocktails and eventually an exceptional dinner with lots of ‘make it up to you’ gifts from the kitchen. The service from Josh was great and he did his best to ensure we enjoyed our experience. Long story to say, we’ll be back... but hopefully the staff will get used to enforcing rules so every patron feels safe and understands the new rules for Covid.

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MeganK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour drinks were absolutely delicious and both our meals were great! Got the Halibut & Salmon and we loved them, Will recommend to friends!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Right now they are social distancing so they have some outdoor patio tables. Not terrible but inside is much better if you can get it. Good food / service as always.

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vipchifoodie
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Last minute reservation. Very accommodating to find us seating outside on sidewalk. Server was wonderful, knowledgeable and provided good guidance on the limited menu, along with food/drink pairing. Food was tasty. A bit pricey overall for what we had.

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DavidS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is a throwback to the days when most restaurants and customers valued excellent service. The food is always spot-on and the new menu is amazing. I will definitely come back to try the rest of it!

CJ
vipChicagoJK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing spot with amazing food and drink and superior service.

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BFremaux
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bristol is pushing to new heights. Dynamic yet simple and tasty dishes. In the true Bucktown spirit, great food, music, and friendly characters.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, beverage menu, ambience

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Poshskier
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The new fashioned cocktails were great! Our spanish octopus was devine as well at the lamb shoulder and filet mignon! The wine sommelier was super helpful! We told him we wanted a port or any dessert cocktail to accompany the chocolate cremeux and it was perfect!!! We will return!

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KatiR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be back at the Bristol. Loved the halibut and heirloom tomato salad.

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RossellaF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really nice place. The food was really good. I recommend it

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vipMonicaD
Chicago
117 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing! Our server suggested the smoked octopus and it was absolutely phenomenal! We all had the roast chicken with spaetzle. Probably the best roast chicken ever! Don’t forget to save room for the duck fat fries.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Unexpected find. We could not get a last minute reservation anywhere and The Bristol kept popping up on Open Table as a place we might like based on our searches. We booked it, walked in 15 minutes later and had a great meal and a fun and relaxing dining experience. We would definitely go back.

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vipTracyM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time to The Bristol. Our service was outstanding and the food delicious. Such a treasure so cose to home. We’ll be back!

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vipservice
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to The Bristol for the first time with friends on a Friday night. Our server, Josh was awesome! He definitely knew the menu, was very thorough on how best to enjoy our meal. His suggestions were right on! We will definitely be back!

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Jean111
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute and cozy! From start to finish the service is impeccable, we love this place! Couple the service with amazing dishes incredible craft cocktails. We would come back anytime!

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wood4me
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience3

It was fine. The service was slow. We’ve been before.

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ChrisN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great but in 2020 how are you a brunch spot that doesn't offer an Iced Coffee / Cold Brew option?

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The food was okay/fair; the octopus was good, but very salty. The monkey bread was dense and not very flavorful and the cacio de Pepe was on the bland side as well. But, the service was pretty bad; it took a very long time for the waitress to stop by our table. Then, we ordered drinks and they took a long time; the waitress told us the bar was backed up, but in reality they were given to the table next door. It wasn’t a terrible dining experience, but it wasn’t good either.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Maybe. The restaurant is always noisy. The brunch was mediocre and Bristol should offer at least a few dinner options at brunch such as the monkey bread. The brunch options are few and there is no specific dishes that cater to vegetarians.

JM
JosephM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We enjoyed it very much.

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vipKudude
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way

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vipyummyinmytummy77
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh was awesome!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great!

FAQs

The Bristol does offer 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 4.6 stars by 1697 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.