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501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
765-423-4501
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Today
5:00 pm - 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
Good for:
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 6
    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
Fine dining and setting ...

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Lafayette, Indiana
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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72 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
58 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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Florida
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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180 reviews 180 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 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
76 helpful votes 76 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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Lafayette, Indiana
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

Favorite restaurant for celebrations and business. Casual French food and nicely presented. Many nice lunch specials.

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Lafayette, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Oh Bistro--I so want you to be a better restaurant. Which is why I must separate the review of the restaurant from the review of the bar. You have an ideal location in downtown Lafayette and a professional/university audience really wanting to spend $$$. But alas, you seem to be unaware that your customers have dining experience: international to local.... More 

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Indiana
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

We have eaten here often, and really like it. The decor is French country and is very well maintained. The staff is friendly and professional. The menu is somewhat limited, with beef, lamb, chicken, and seafood. They also have one pork dish. While not a lot of choices, what they do they do very well. Appetizers are a highlight. All... More 

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Las Vegas
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We have eaten here a number of times over the years and the food has always been first class. The staff are friendly and helpful and the food is always nicely presented. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere and is in a convenient downtown location. We would definitely recommend eating here when in the area.

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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: Romance, 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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