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The Bristol

New American Restaurant$$$$
Bucktown, Chicago
  • Chicago Realtor M.
    "The basque cake is quite possibly the best dessert I have ever had."(14 Tips)
    Ray L.
    "Duck Fat Fries and a Matilda brew...the best"(8 Tips)
    Time Out Chicago
    "devastatingly delicious egg-and-ricotta-filled raviolo"(6 Tips)
    Time Out Chicago Kids
    "waits at this Bucktown spot are an indication of chef Chris Pandel’s"(4 Tips)
99 Tips and reviews
  • basque cake
  • cocktails
  • raviolo
  • brunch food
  • apple salad
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  • Eater
    Eater4 days ago
    Basque cake and a Peach Smash frozen cocktail are all the reasons we need to stop into The Bristol. The seasonal drink features Four Roses Yellow bourbon, apricot, lemon sour, peach puree and bitters. Read more
  • Mara H.
    The pasta dish we had was exceptional
  • Marla M.
    Marla MullowneyAugust 6, 2015
    The chorizo app is melt in your mouth yumminess. Yes the basque cake is totally delish.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MorrowAugust 3, 2015
    Just surrender to whatever the chef wants to cook that day. You won't be disappointed.
  • Molly L.
    Molly LynnAugust 3, 2015
    I like dinner better than brunch. The brunch is pretty heavy with not many non meat centric options available. Always an innovative menu and great cocktails.
  • paolo f.
    paolo fJune 3, 2015
    portion control ideal, well thought out plates, well priced, the bristol is an ace.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneApril 23, 2015
    The Bristol's take on hangover comfort food consists of a combination of dense noodles, roasted pork belly and small coins of shrimp cake. Then, seasonal vegetables and herbs are added to the bowl. Read more
  • ben m.
    ben mMarch 11, 2015
    The wife and I had an incredible meal here. Both the food (raviolo and brisket in borscht sauce were favorites) and the cocktails (Vieux Carré) were fantastic. The staff was great. We'll be back.
  • Helaine K.
    Helaine Katz-RatskoffFebruary 12, 2015
    Delicious food. Monkey bread a must. Pasta all homemade don't miss.
  • Leonardo G.
    Leonardo GastmannFebruary 7, 2015
    One of the best brunches I have ever had!!! Definitely a must in Chicago
  • behice i.
    behice ilhanJanuary 25, 2015
    Beef brisket, smoked salmon, and ravioli were to-die for. Definitely basque cake was living up to it buzz. I really like the European style of longer dining and not pushing the food in a rushed pace.
  • Rebecca R.
    Rebecca RickertJanuary 14, 2015
    Brunch was amazing! Great Bloody Mary!! Must try the chicken n biscuit.
  • Nick N.
    Nick NaberJanuary 4, 2014
    The half chicken was delicious but unfortunately the fries were way overrated and the rest was just ok. Surprised it has a Michelin BG.
  • Justin M.
    Justin MccarthyOctober 29, 2013
    Amazing grub. Great bartenders who make even better cocktails
  • Sara T.
    Sara TsaiOctober 5, 2013
    We ordered duck fat fries which came with ketchup and garlic aioli, raviolo, and Arctic char. Fancy restaurant. But unfortunately the food was only alright.
  • Alissa G.
    Alissa GreenJuly 4, 2013
    I'm not a big chicken person but my husband ordered it and it was so delicious with such surprising, intricate flavors. Yum!
  • Clifford B.
    Clifford BrownApril 29, 2013
    Small plates allow you to try an incredible array of tastes and textures. Beef heart tartare, seriously? It was great as was the 1/2 chicken. Basque cake was a nice finish. Tables very close.
  • Emily D.
    Emily DoolittleApril 19, 2013
    If you're ever going to order chicken at a restaurant, this is the place to do it. It's phenomenal. And the monkey bread with dill sauce is more than worth filling up on.
  • Perry A.
    Perry AccardoApril 16, 2013
    Smoked Sicilian Manhattan, Beef Heart Tartar, Chitarra, Chocolate Cremeux
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 20, 2013
    The secret to the duck fat fries' addictiveness isn’t just that they’re fried in duck fat. It’s the fact that they’re executed perfectly—crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Read more
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoMarch 7, 2013
    Get appetizers to share and save room for dessert, especially the Basque cake.
  • Bordeaux Wines
    Bordeaux WinesFebruary 26, 2013
    For all adventurous eaters, you cannot be mistaken at Bristol - the basque cake is to die for. All while drinking an inspiring glass of wine.
  • s p.
    s pDecember 22, 2012
    For the adventurous eater, they have a selection of outstanding offal dishes (heart and liver Lyonnaise salad) along with the bistro classics (roast chicken, buttery ravioli).
  • Lindsey D.
    Lindsey DeVarNovember 4, 2012
    Best eggs Benedict in Chicago. Get the sugar doughnuts to start! You're welcome.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 22, 2012
    We have a hard time moving away from signatures like the heirloom apple salad and the egg-and-ricotta raviolo, but it’s worth it to try the specials (marinated beef tendon salad recently blew us away) Read more
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Their brunch is outstanding. Wonderful cocktails (damn good bloody mary) and if there is a wait, you can grab a solid latte next door and they'll call you when your table is ready.
  • Nation's Restaurant News
    One of the top Chicago dining picks to visit during the 2012 NRA Show from the Nation's Restaurant News editorial team! Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 28, 2012
    We love Chris Pandel’s signatures, like the salad of heirloom apples and the devastatingly delicious egg-and-ricotta-filled raviolo, but it’s worth it to try the unusual daily specials. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 14, 2012
    The restaurant has matured, from its strong cocktail program to its desserts, which pastry chef Amanda Rockman is hitting out of the park. (Just try her Basque cake, and you’ll become a believer.) Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJanuary 24, 2012
    The smoked ham on this Benedict is thick-cut and tender, but it’s the pungent edge of mustard hollandaise that takes the dish over the top. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 10, 2012
    The waits at this Bucktown spot are an indication of chef Chris Pandel’s loyal legion of fans—a group that it only takes a few bites of food for you to want to join Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the basque cake from our 100 Best list: Thankfully, this warm cake with a golden crust and soft middle is the only dessert pastry chef Amanda Rockman keeps on her menu year-round.
  • Katie C.
    Katie CampbellNovember 16, 2011
    Made us wait 10 min after our reservation time. The host had no idea what he was doing.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    The waits on weekends are an indicator of this Bucktown spot's continual buzz, and a few bites of chef Chris Pandel's food are all it takes to join the ranks of fans. Read more
  • Chicago Realtor M.
    The basque cake is quite possibly the best dessert I have ever had. evah, evah had
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 19, 2011
    The waits on weekends are an indicator of this Bucktown spot's continual buzz, and a few bites of chef Chris Pandel's food are all it takes to join the ranks of fans.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Keep an eye on the chalkboards as the menu changes continuously. That is if you can focus after the Bristol bloody breakfast at brunch. - Inspector
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    Upscale dining without the fussy atmosphere and a forerunner in Chicago's snout-to-tail obsession. With a daily changing menu, we're always interested to find out what they'll throw at us next.
  • Nancy B.
    Nancy BealeMarch 13, 2011
    The chicken is AMAZING. my favorite cocktail is the pomello fizz, and the best dessert wine pairing are the nutter butters + tannat. AMAZING. sounds weird but it will blow your mind.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 11, 2011
    The Bristol chef Chris Pandel does things with animal parts most others wouldn't dare and the experience is heightened because of it. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyDecember 9, 2010
    Pisco Sour. Monkey Bread dipped in dill butter. Shrimp on the plancha. Homemade Nutter Butters. Read more
  • Uyen D.
    Uyen DOctober 29, 2010
    Get there early and get a drink at the bar upstairs. My favorite is the Moscow Mule, served in a cute copper cup. The monkey bread is a MUST.
  • Meredith M.
    The monkey bread, the scotch olives, and the copper cup cocktail!
  • Rob K.
    Rob KrassJuly 20, 2010
    Tell Debbi Peek (the best mixologist in Chicago) I said hello and try her newest VeeV cocktail...also, the chicken and the scotch olives are AMAZING! Read more
  • Metromix
    MetromixJune 8, 2010
    Try the porchetta di testa ($10). It’s exactly what it sounds like: pig’s head that’s been seasoned and rolled like traditional porchetta. Read more
  • Nancy B.
    Nancy BealeMay 13, 2010
    Nutter butters + alcyone tannat, half chicken (AMAZING and I think chicken is boring usually), the monkey bread, apple salad, and shaddock are all musts!!! It's the best food in town, trust me!!
  • Marco M.
    Marco MorelliApril 17, 2010
    The duck fat fries are good, but the monkey bread is amazing. Apple salad is really good too.
  • Damon K.
    Damon KanakisMarch 30, 2010
    get the roasted bone marrow. not quite as good as st. john's in london, but the closest i've found.
  • John F.
    John FoxJanuary 8, 2010
    Get the sazerac - absolutely delicious drink (similar to a Manhattan, but with absinthe
  • cameron f.
    cameron friedlanderSeptember 17, 2009
    order from the items marked by an '*'; made from local products and change daily
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