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Bistrot Zinc

#247 of 7,464 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Gold Coast
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1131 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610-6574 (Cedar)
(312) 337-1131
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was able to visit several times this summer so have had several dishes. The croque monsieur and pommes frites are great. Love the cafe au lait. The atmosphere is relaxing. When the weather is nice the large windows are opened to the street. Everyone who works there is so nice. Although it's can be a busy tourist area, Bistro... More 

Thank Sewsanne
Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We come here often because it is in our neighborhood. Weekends can get busy but brunch works well when we come with our family. It is a French restaurant so there are some limitations to their menu but it there are a lot of offerings. This is NOT a place for children to run around but, if they are well... More 

Thank coppertop1212
Chicago, Illinois
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98 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a lovely place! My wife and I fell in love with this place on a recent weekend visit to Chicago. Not too expensive, unlike most of the gold Coast area, we found ourselves eating well prepared, well served bistro style food. L'Onglet Steak, Grilled hangar steak with cauliflower gratin and haricots-verts at 27.95 was just perfect! My wife had... More 

Thank senyor
Calabasas, California
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place looks and feels right, like many other French brasseries/bistros I've eaten at. However, both my wife and I felt that the food was just average. My wife's Salade du Bistrot was bland, my Salade Lyonnaise, primarily because of the bacon lardons and the poached egg (those will improve any salad!). I went for a classic Steak Frites and... More 

Thank Martin Y
Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came across this place walking around and stopped in. The decor was nice and it was all very clean. I wish I had gotten our servers name because he was very warm and friendly. We aren't real familiar with french food and he took the time to explain the menu. He also gave me a little flashlight so I... More 

Thank Jimswife08
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our first visit to Bistrot Zinc but we found the online menu appealing and it was an easy walk from our hotel so we gave it a try. The bib lettuce salad was crisp and the vinagarett dressing was outstanding and the endive salad was complimented by blu cheese that was incredible. Scallop appetizer is to die for and the... More 

Thank Jimy32301
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed my usual French favorites here at this upbeat, cheerful bistro true to French roots. Not really a tourist place. Seems to have its local crowd and occasional wayfarers. Solid food, good Fremch wines. I'm a fan.

Thank PigsFly
Chicago, Illinois
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bistro Zinc has been a consistant option in the Gold Coast area for many years. Uncomplicated bistro menu, very good service at th bar and tables. Dave will guide you through the wine menu if you need it, and make suggestions on traditional, as well as the chef specialties on the menu. The sauteed calf's liver is always a good... More 

Thank Maninairport
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

We had a great dinner at Bistro Zinc. Food was authentic and terrific. The service was excellent. We loved the duck, trout, and steak frites. Great mousse and pot de creme.

Thank YankeeFanNorfolk
Chicago, Illinois
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32 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

One of the last bistros around. I don't get what is happening. Maybe the millenials don't care to actually sit and dine - they often seem not to wish to converse when they can play with electronic devices instead. This is a lively genuine bistro with a predictable menu, reasonably priced, with above-average quality dishes. The escargots are done right,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
French, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1131 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610-6574
  • Public Transportation: Red line to Clark and Division; #36 Broadway Bus
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Gold Coast
  • Neighborhood: Gold Coast
  • Phone Number: (312) 337-1131

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Gold Coast

Neighborhood Profile
Gold Coast
Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The Newberry Library is also a great stop to check out noteworthy exhibits and rare book collections.