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Bistro 501

501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
+1 765-423-4501
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good18%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (15 reviews)
“quiche” (10 reviews)
“escargot” (6 reviews)
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French, American, International, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Bistro 501 for a late, small dinner and sat in the bar. Great bartender and service. We noticed a "Guy" autograph behind the bar and started asking questions. The owner and her daughters had been on Guy's Grocery Games. The owner came out...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank MS_EA_1898
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited during Parents' Weekend, having made a reservation a month in advance - thanks to advice from Mary, the restaurant's owner. (Hi Mary, I am the one who called from London!). We were welcomed right away and our server, Ashley, was lovely and made...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank valkyzyl
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Make reservations! I saw at least a dozen people being turned away as walk-ins. We were turned away our first time and learned our lesson. Very friendly and accomodating staff. Great brunch and dinner. The menu perfectly describes their food. As a family, we have...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank J Scott W
Reviewed November 5, 2018

We picked this restaurant after a search for "French Restaurants". Honestly I'm not sure I thought the menu was "very French" but I am influenced by my father in law who was a classic French chef and my mother in law who was from Paris....More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Ellen M
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Our son is a Purdue athlete, so we are in town about 8 times during fball season. Bistro 501 is our favorite restaurant. We’ve been there for dinner and Sunday brunch multiple times. The food and service is excellent and always consistent. There’s also a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank trussel5
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

3 fantastic appetizers including steak tartare, smoked trout with seeded lavash, dill sauce, caviar, then mussels steamed in creamy garlic with warm bread. The brined and grilled tomahawk pork chop was tastefully prepared, bone was frenched by a pro. Baby pears, gastrique, and savory apple...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank ordinaryfamily
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Tried out this quaint place on a Sunday morning for brunch - highly recommended! The bistro is very tastefully decorated, and has a certain charm to it. There's indoor and outdoor seating, but as it was a chilly October morning we decided to warm up...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank marux23
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

Called and left vm seeking a resy for 4 on friday evening. Received a call about an hr later...we mentioned attending AFROTC 40 yr renuion. Called a bit later expanding resy to 6, no problem. Promptly seated at 645, and Jessica, server was perfect, even...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank BaldEagle74
Reviewed August 25, 2018 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

Date of visit: August 2018
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

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank EarlDGrt
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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
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
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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