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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
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 23
    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
The bistro experience

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
EnakshiB2015
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Chennai (Madras), India
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Chennai (Madras), India
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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7 reviews
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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53 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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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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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6 restaurant reviews
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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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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
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80 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 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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Additional Information about Bistro 501

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