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501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
765-423-4501
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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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Visitor rating
  • 31
    Excellent
  • 22
    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
One of my favoites

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
littlereddachsie
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Lafayette, Indiana
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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West Lafayette, Indiana
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Illinois
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Found Bistro 501 by chance and it was wonderful. The ambiance, the service, the food, the menu - all really good. I had the bistro lunch with French onion soup that was great, side salad and cornbread muffin; my husband had Croque Madame - excellent. The aoli for frittes is delicious. We shared bread pudding for dessert, the sauce is... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Went to Bistro 501 for a weeknight business dinner. Had excellent service at the bar for brief cocktails prior to taking our seats. Our server was extremely knowledgeable of the menu and was able to provide some excellent recommendations for our group of about 10. The appetizers were unique and tasty. We could have used slightly more frequent drink refills... More 

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Westchester County, New York
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181 reviews 181 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

How Mountain Jacks gets ranked #1 in Lafayette and Bistro 501 #23 I'll never know. We had the rack of lamb (a FULL, 8-rib rack of lamb - rare anywhere today!) and whitefish Oscar (with crabmeat). Both came prepared perfectly and attractively served. The volume of food was so large that two people who normally clean their plates were unable... More 

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Top Contributor
253 reviews 253 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We were looking for a nice place for lunch and decided to try Bistro 501. Great decision! My quiche was excellent and the wine selections were very good. Was even tempted to have dessert. I enjoyed the atmosphere and service.

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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: Romantic, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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