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Bistro 501

501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
+1 765-423-4501
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good18%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (12 reviews)
“quiche” (10 reviews)
“escargot” (5 reviews)
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5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Hours
French, American, International, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner as a family in this very busy restaurant. We didn’t have a reservation but the manager found us a nice table. At the table the waitress was very friendly so 5 out 5 for service. The disappointing part was the food. It...More

Thank Broussard10
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

My colleague and I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn and looked for a diner in a walking distance from the hotel. Bistro 501 was ranked high on TripAdvisor and within a walking distance. We made reservations, although one hour ahead, and I was glad...More

1  Thank EarlDGrt
Reviewed August 10, 2018

Our server was Austin and he was a pro. Chili marinated swordfish with a cilantro hollandaise was fantastic. We also had the New York strip and the curry with rice. Cocktails were generous and well done. Nice selection of wines by the glass. Looking forward...More

1  Thank ordinaryfamily
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Our meals were delicious. The service was very professional. The bill was less than I was expecting. We would certainly like to dine there again.

1  Thank stanstan65
Reviewed July 30, 2018

My boyfriend and I decided to get dinner here for our anniversary and it went above and beyond our expectations. The host, Ryan, was wonderfully accommodating when he told us there would be a short wait, but he suggested having a drink at the bar...More

1  Thank Colleen B
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Bistro 501 is my favorite restaurant in Tippecanoe County. The owner knows good food and keeps her eye out for seasonally available awesome ingredients to craft a menu perfect for special occasions. Considering the high quality and crafty preparation the prices are totally reasonable.

2  Thank ScheckyView
Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

Looking for somewhere to eat, Bistro 501 caught my eye. It looked like a fine dining establishment and was well populated mid-week. We weren’t intending to such a pricey establishment but on looking at the reviews, it was clear that the food matched the overall...More

2  Thank Toby C
Reviewed June 15, 2018

Had lunch and split 3 items. The french dip and coleslaw were very good. Quiche, small salad and fruit were fine. The waiter recommended the salmon BLT but it was not good and we all like salmon. Barely any bacon and the salmon was very...More

1  Thank soberboss
Reviewed May 31, 2018

Terrific restaurant in the heart of Lafayette. Ordered the house-smoked trout, the pork chop, the cheese course, and a pots de creme with coffee to end. Can't fault any of the food or the service; all were top-notch. Price for the 4-course dinner and a...More

2  Thank DrDee2014
Reviewed May 28, 2018

We had a delicious salad, salmon, and a scallop dish. Service was very personal and very good. The pricing is comparable to classy big city restaurants. It is worth the price.

2  Thank 42wanderer
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Bunny S
July 20, 2018|
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Response from mr_dendrocacalia | Reviewed this property |
I’m not aware of a children’s menu, but I’m sure the kitchen could accommodate small appetites with scaled-down pasta dishes or similar.
Claudia E
May 8, 2018|
Response from mr_dendrocacalia | Reviewed this property |
No real dress code, but most diners are smartly dressed, even if they are wearing jeans and sneakers. You’ll see a wide range, including businessmen in suits, professors in tweed jackets, and smartly dressed ladies flashing... More
Maddy B
September 4, 2015|
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Response from OSKMemphis | Reviewed this property |
business casual to casual
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $33
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, 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, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 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
  • E-mail
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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