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Bistro 501

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501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
+1 765-423-4501
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 5 days ago NEW

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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45 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Wanted to find a place large enough to accommodate a party of 10. Somewhere close to downtown Lafayette, close to Perdue. We found the perfect restaurant at BISTRO 501. It had elegance and charm, plenty of space to accommodate our party. The table and chairs were spaced adequately allowing easy access to our seats. The staff was cheerful, polite and... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
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53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Table for 10 in Lounge for our coaching staff and spouses. Met with Bistro manager a few days ahead and planned(and they executed beautifully) charcuterie plates on table as we seated, pomme frites delivered hot shortly after seating. Cocktails, a red and a white wine and we dug in. Bone marrow and escargot for fun then everyone ordered main dish,... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
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85 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

Bistro 501 has changed hands fairly recently and I want to assure you that it is still one of the best dining options in Lafayette.The warm, casual atmosphere is retained, as is good service. Having said this, it is all about the food, and I was very pleased during my recent visit. The new summer menu was in place, and... More 

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

Thank you very much for your great review. We have tried to maintain that balance of new and old Bistro 501, and it is wonderful news that our efforts are worthy. I hope that we get to see you again soon, and look forward to sharing the new Fall menu with you (coming soon!). More 

Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

After moving in our son into Pudue in the rain. We stopped in to have a light bite after a late lunch. We ate at the bar as we prefer. The bartender seemed offended that we were sharing a salad and each having a soup. The French Onion soup came out cold and the bartender was colder when we brought... More 

Thank Dand08
Theresa B, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this review

I would like to first thank you for choosing Bistro 501 on your visit to Purdue. I know there are many restaurants in this area, and we appreciate that you gave the opportunity to us. Sadly, now I must express our sincerest apologies that we did not live up to our expectations and standards with both the cold soup and... More 

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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, Delivery, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?