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501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
765-423-4501
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delightful Little Place in Downtown!

We took some friends here for lunch and were delighted! We were seated in an area away from other guests as we had an infant along (good space management! - As it happens, the baby was perfect but you never know!) The restaurant is nicely decorated and has a very imaginative menu! I ordered the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
BoilerMakerBob
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Greenwood, Indiana
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Greenwood, Indiana
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365 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

We took some friends here for lunch and were delighted! We were seated in an area away from other guests as we had an infant along (good space management! - As it happens, the baby was perfect but you never know!) The restaurant is nicely decorated and has a very imaginative menu! I ordered the mushroom tartine while my wife... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Seems to be a popular bistro with regular customers and a friendly staff. We went on a Wednesday which was a French wine day and the red wine from Bordeaux was very good, as expected. The service was a little slow in the beginning but improved later. We started with a crisp green salad followed by a tasty pate. There... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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85 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We usually stay in Indy but decided to push on to Lafayette and got a chance to have our 26th anniversary meal at Bistro 501 Main. Thanks to Theresa, we were given a great table and Ryan steered great choices our way. Even gave us chocolate cake. For a gift. Killer salads, pork belly and sea bass plus drinks for... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

It is always a treat to eat at Bistro 501, our favorite special occasion restaurant. Every meal we have had there is perfectly prepared and delicious. We usually begin with the cheese board. Our vegetarian friends love the Vegetable Napoleon. My husband and I have had most entrees on the menu and have never been disappointed. Special kudos to the... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I've always thought this place had a level of pretentiousness that the cuisine did not come near matching. However they did have some dishes that were reasonably well prepared (and a pretty good desert menu.) After having lunch there today, however, my opinion of this restaurant has declined considerably. One of my companions had soup and quiche, which I chose... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Bistro 501 was the perfect place for our family graduation celebration! They seemed very well prepared for the busy graduation weekend. The food was just excellent. The two vegetarians in our group were every bit as happy with their dinners as the meat eaters. All of the entrees were delicious and each of us joined the

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Memphis
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

If you are visiting Purdue and want to go to some nice eatery, you have the choice between the regular family style restaurants, beer places with greasy fare, pompous provincial restaurants pretending to be fancy...or Bistro 501. Food is great, really prepared by a chef. Ambiance is nice, the tables are very generously spaced (among the best I've ever seen)... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I have been to Bistro numerous times, and the food and service is consistently well done. The atmosphere is warm, and although linens are used, there is not an air of stuffiness about the dining room. The staff is professional, and the entrees and wines, prepared and served well. The portions are fairly generous, to the point that I have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Having consumed hundreds of restaurant meals in Lafayette/West Lafayette over the past 10 years I have reached the conclusion that Bistro 501 is the best and most reliable option for a fine dining experience. On any given night, at any given restaurant, the overall dining experience will depend on many variables beyond the control of the diner -- the quality... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you can get over the sticker shock of the prices. My wife and I ate lunch there and the food was excellent, but even then it was pricey. Dinner is an expensive affair. Service and setting are very good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: 765-423-4501

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?