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Bistrot Zinc

#219 of 7,681 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Gold Coast
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1131 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610-6574 (Cedar)
+1 312-337-1131
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had been here a number of years ago and was satisfied due to an authentic french feel. Simple and authentic. Now when I found out that this place was part of restaurant week, I quickly made reservations on opentable. The menu and pricing was great. I tried some french dishes for the first time. The waiter was very professional,... More 

Peoria, Illinois
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104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can forgot that you are in USA- has such a strong French vibe- great menu- classic French bistro- they do basic very well. Pretty room, great service and prices that are decent for Chicago-

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful rich RED storefront sucks you in - inside tile floors, dark wood chairs, white table cloths, glass dividers, and tables of quite people, greet you. We went in to just be part of the space – eat the design - but the waiter, unpretentious, was great and the food excellent. Total experience from first step in to "we... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

The food and the overall ambiance was very nice, but also relaxed and comfortable. The menu had a great range of options at various prices.

Thank Brendan O
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

We went here for lunch and had a delightful experience. My friend ordered the americano and said it was expertly made. We ordered the Salade Lyonnaise, french onion soup and the croque monsieur. Everything was wonderful. For dessert we ordered a cherry custard turnover with creme anglaise and caramel (I know, it tastes as good as that sounds!)and my companion... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

Classic French meal. Food was tasty and service was good. Casual feel, though you can make it a more up scale dinner if you like.

Thank Katie P
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We ate at Bistrot Zinc yesterday afternoon at the recommendation of my son and my daughter. It's a lovely little place, with great attention to detail. Service was superb. Very relaxing and friendly vibe. Ordered the escargot for appetizers, and for entrees, we ordered Gigot d'Agneau (leg of lamb sandwich), Croque Monsieur (ham and cheese sandwiches), and Eggs Benedict. Topped... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Stumbled across Bistrot Zinc on a typical freezing cold Chicago night last week. I am talking 2 degrees. Seeing the warm light from the bistro, I went in and got exactly what I was hoping for... hot soup - Onion Gratinee' the classic onion soup. Delightfully and deliciously done. The bar where I sat had big baskets of thin waffle... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This place never disappoints. Great food, service and ambience. It is a favorite of mine. Crepes, French onion soup, quiche, mussels.

1 Thank Sandra D
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Nice casual place where you can get a great dinner. Nothing fancy about the menu but the kitchen is consistently good.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
French, European
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1131 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610-6574
  • Public Transportation: Red line to Clark and Division; #36 Broadway Bus
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Gold Coast
  • Neighbourhood: Gold Coast
  • Phone Number: +1 312-337-1131

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Gold Coast
Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The Newberry Library is also a great stop to check out noteworthy exhibits and rare book collections.
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