The Bristol

2152 N Damen
Chicago, IL


Eating out would be a far happier experience if more kitchens showed the same attention to detail as this storefront. Expect quality ingredients, simple preps, and an evolving menu that swings from delicate fluke crudo to ultrarich porchetta di testa (pork head terrine with creamy tonnato sauce). The roast chicken features chewy spaetzle and intense bits of dark meat, scallops are elevated by an outstanding cauliflower hash, and the pappardelle are paper-thin. The dense Basque cake is a textural marvel. Wine lovers will appreciate the stemware as well as the fact that reds are served at cellar temperature and whites aren’t overchilled.

  • Reviewed

Dishes We Liked

Monkey bread ($5), Scotch olives ($7), fluke crudo with citrus granité ($12), porchetta di testa ($13), roast chicken with spaetzle ($19), scallops with cauliflower hash ($23), pappardelle with Bolognese sauce ($15), fried Brussels sprouts ($7), Basque cake with cider sabayon ($12)

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Additional Information

Price: $50-plus
Cuisine: Contemporary
Neighborhood: Bucktown/Wicker Park
Noteworthy: Child friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: D nightly. Br Sat, Sun.