The Bristol

Modern American

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This rustic Bucktown bistro from chef Sean Pharr offers a frequently changing menu of locally-sourced, protein-forward dishes featuring “5th quarter” nose-to-tail offerings, farm-fresh produce, and housemade cheeses and pastas.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“After sharing a Moscow Mule in a frosty copper mug, duck fat fries, or monkey bread with dill butter, it might be time for messy elotes tossed with sweet chili jam to be licked off each finger; or an heirloom tomato tart with a SarVecchio cheese crust and shaved onions. Do the right thing and save room for homemade Nutter Butter cookies with dark chocolate sabayon for dipping." — Michelin

“The homemade-ness plays out in sea salt & dill ‘Monkey Bread’ pull-aparts, pillowy raviolo (ricotta, farmer's egg yolk, brown butter), chorizo-stuffed boneless chicken wings with bleu cheese cream & chicken cracklings, and steamed mussels with kumquat & guanciale (pig cheek "bacon") in Wittekerke (a beer that translates to "white church.”). Making the best of what's left, the "5th Quarter" daily charcuterie chalkboard'll feature the likes of Italian-spiced cured pork sausage (Lonza), pork-trotter terrine w/ radish mustard, beef tongue, and sweetbreads." – Thrillist

[on Bristol’s “Best Brunch”] “Start with the Bloody Mary, which is rimmed with Old Bay and comes with an olive, cheese and a cube of pate on a skewer…at any other brunch, this would be the high point. But at the Bristol, brunch keeps getting better and better. The cinnamon bun comes out warm and gooey, the benedict is piled with folds of smoked ham and a mustard hollandaise, and bread and butter pickles cut through the richness of the fried chicken and biscuit. Each dish is better than the next.” – Time Out


The rustic, brick-walled space has a relaxed neighborhood feel. Massive butcher block communal tables ringed by metal chairs line the room’s center, with banquettes/private tables along one wall and a cement-topped bar along the other. Edison bulbs dangling from the ceiling cast warm light, and chalkboards display the daily specials.


  • 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants 2015 – Eater Chicago
  • Best Restaurants in Bucktown – Zagat
  • Chicago’s Top 85 Restaurants 2014 – Chicago Now
  • Chicago’s Top 20 Brunch Restaurants 2014 – Time Out
  • Zagat rating of 26 out of 30

2152 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

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  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Casual, Modern, Rustic
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Foodies, Hot Spot, Meet For A Drink
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (773) 862-5555
  • Private Dining Room: No