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Bistrot Zinc

1131 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610-6574 (Gold Coast)
(312) 337-1131
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Ranked #360 of 8,289 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: French
Neighborhood: Gold Coast
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Cedar
Transit: Red line to Clark and Division; #36 Broadway Bus
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Part of the fun we’re having living in downtown Chicago is trying all the restaurants. I wonder how long it will take to cover just those within a 30-minute walk from where we live. Wednesday night and my wife and I decided to go out and we played roulette with Open Table to see who had openings and was close... More

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New York City, New York
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114 reviews 114 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Reminiscent of a bistrot you'd encounter in France, with the added bonus of English speaking servers! We had great service and truly enjoyed the French onion soup (one of the best I've ever had), and braised rabbit. The service is slow as they take their time in preparation, exactly as you'd encounter in France. It's not just a meal, but... More

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I am giving Bistro Zinc two stars because of the service we received. I would say that the server was icily polite. On previous visits, we had a fabulous server who made of feel welcome, was enthusiastic about the food and even made my grandkids feel special when we took them. The server last night actually made me feel uncomfortable... More

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Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

While sightseeing in Washington, we had drooled and salivated over an exquisitely delightful chicken crepe served by one of the food trucks lining the Mall. This tempting morsel shaped the menu choice of my travelling companion on the various stops we made through North America this fall. When we got to Chicago he was in the early stages of withdrawal...... More

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Lutherville, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

French restaurants may be a bit out of style these days, but when you find a genuine one like his, you wonder why. The escargot took me back to my honeymoon in Paris 30 years ago. The fish was perfectly cooked. You won't find better French food at a better price.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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712 reviews 712 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
378 helpful votes 378 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

After a morning of shopping around the area, around 1p on Saturday we stopped at Bistrot Zinc for lunch. It was a really nice experience. The restaurant was nearly empty at that hour so we got a great table next to the sidewalk; with the restaurant's windows open, it made for a great atmosphere. The menu had a nice balance... More

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Paducah, Kentucky
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

What a great find! I try to seek out French cuisine when traveling and this sweet spot did not disappoint. The Vol au Vent is my favorite and the staff is very knowledgable about the menu and wine. I make this a dinner stop every time I'm in Chicago.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Really good dinner spot in Chicago. More "French" than other restaurants claiming to be a French bistros I have eaten at. We had the Escargot as an appetizer. The dish was very good-but small. We paired it with a salad to share. I had the Croque Monsieur which was my favorite quick meal to grab when I lived abroad for... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Was with group of fourteen and we were able to get a reservation and were seated rigth away with no wait. The staff was friendly and accomodating and the food was very good. Excellent Bloody Mary. The menu had a good variety of brunch/lunch fare at 11:00 am.

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Chicago, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I met someone for the first time at this old fashioned but hip French bistro. It is a great place for a long, fun conversation in a calm corner of a busy neighborhood. If you can't get to Paris for a steak or a place to raise a toast in their wine, Bistro Zinc is a good alternative. I was... More

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