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Bistro 501

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501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
+1 765-423-4501
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon 5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mansfield, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While my friend and I were visiting Lafayette this summer, we had the pleasure of dining at Bistro 501 on a Wednesday evening. My friend raved about the Sea Scallops and I was just as happy with the Beef Tenderloin. Eric,our server was knowledgeable, professional, and, "catered" to our every request. We decided to return for Sunday Brunch and we... More 

Thank buckleywalsh
Lafayette, Indiana
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small group of us met for Sunday brunch at Bistro 501. We selected the restaurant based on the variety of choices on the menu...I chose the breakfast tamales, one friend selected the chicken and waffles, one chose the classic eggs Benedict, and the other selected classic scrambled eggs, bacon and home fries. We enjoyed a very pleasant leisurely meal,... More 

Thank Jezebel6368
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Always excellent food and excellent service. I travel all over the world for work and this continues to be my favorite restaurant. I know I'm going to enjoy the food and the servers will be good and the wine will be good. Get the 2 top by the fireplace if going with a date. My wife and I always request... More 

Thank WinamacBoiler
Chalmers, Indiana
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392 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

We visited this Bistro 501 on a quiet Thursday evening around 6 pm. We were seated back in the back of the restaurant next to the kitchen at a small table. During our dining time there were four other tables seated, so not sure why we got one of the worst tables in the place. It is unfortunate because there... More 

Thank wetravelalot007
Theresa B, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this review

Thank you for posting a detailed review of your experience. We appreciate that you chose to dine with us at Bistro 501 on your recent visit to Lafayette, and look forward to hosting you again soon. I cannot begin to express how grateful we are that you have dubbed our food within the best of Lafayette. I do see that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

The experience I had at the bistro was phenomenal it was the best experience I had. The food was great the service was extraordinary. I wouldn't go anywhere else in town for a better meal.

Thank Hayden B
Columbus, Ohio
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64 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Maybe I am biased from my experience as a student 30 years ago and not that Lafayette cannot be charming, but you kind of have to look for charm ... especially when it comes to dining. So my family and I were very pleasantly surprised to dine at Bistro 501 on a college visit over the weekend. It is French-inspired,... More 

Thank brandarchitect
Martinsville, Indiana
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44 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

The Bistro has just the right hint of a French Bistro without any cheesy pretensions. The food was delicious and the menu had a lot of variety. We dined at lunch so we did not try out their wine selection which I hear is good. The service was attentive. It was a lovely way to visit with family over a... More 

Thank Gma51
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Took our son our for dinner and we were pleasantly surprised to find a great menu, nice wines, and good service. This wasn't the typical college town restaurant! We will be back!

Thank Amy M
Martinsville, Indiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Came to see my nephew's artwork displayed and got the bonus of an excellent brunch (eggs Benedict with lobster highly recommended). Excellent service....relaxing and lovely.

Thank chloegirlindiana
Theresa B, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are proud to display your nephews art work and so pleased that you enjoyed your brunch. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Zionsville, Indiana
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63 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I went here for the first time based on the good reviews on TripAdvisor. We were very impressed with this restaurant. Beautiful setting, terrific service, and most importantly, delicious food! We had the heirloom tomato caprese salad, steak tartare, peach pancetta salad, and scallops with pasta. All were fabulous. If I was going back tomorrow, I would... More 

Thank David T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $33
American, International, Fusion, French, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: +1 765-423-4501
Bistro 501 is the premier dining experience in downtown Lafayette. From foodie to formal, we have a beautifully crafted menu and expertly curated cocktails and wine. Our menu features a range of dishes from more adventurous escargot and roasted marrow bones to the classic filet, fresh seafood and roasted chicken. Lunch is a must try with a full selection of handcrafted sandwiches, salads and entrées. Check our social media for nightly and weekly features, see you soon!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?