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Bistro 501

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501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Tue 5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 

Thank Daniel R
Lafayette, Indiana
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85 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Absarokee, Montana, United States
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ordered the peach, pancetta and ricotta salad for my entree which was superb! The peach was glazed, the pancetta was crisp and the homemade ricotta made this dish delicious. Vanilla creme brûlée a definite for dessert. This was an incredible fine dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere.

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

We are so pleased to be called 'sophisticated', thank you very much. You definitely chose some of our favorites on the Summer menu. The compliment on our atmosphere is truly appreciated as well. We strive to create a full dining experience and look forward to doing this again for you. Safe travels, see you soon! More 

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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is always good as is the service. Frequent menu changes so there is always something new to try, they also feature a quiche of the day.

1 Thank Sue T
Theresajbuckley, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful comments. We look forward to keeping the menu fresh and hope that we keep the guests that come here frequently entertained and excited. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Lafayette, Indiana
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was good but it was pricey for what you got. I had a salad which was goo. Others had salmon burgers which they enjoyed also. The service was good as was the atmosphere.

2 Thank rshurrlevans
West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a tea party with grandma and three little ladies. The gentleman that served us was delightful and took pictures...Beautiful day...New ownership seems to be doing well.

1 Thank Kathy L
Theresa B, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this review

What a lovely review, thank you! I think tea parties here are a great idea. We are so glad that we were able to be a part of a wonderful memory for you and your grandchildren. I hope that we will be able to serve you for many more tea parties to come! More 

West Lafayette, Indiana
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all, be sure you make reservations. The staff is fabulous and the food is wonderful. Some menu items are seasonable - and that is a nice change. The mixed drinks are awesome.

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

Thank you for such an excellent review. We really do appreciate reservations, as they help in all aspects of service. I hope that is wasn't too difficult for you to get a seat. The compliments on our staff and food really do go a long way to maintaining that level of service. I share every review (good or bad) with... More 

Ann Arbor
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

One of these gorgeous and comfortable fine brocade upholstered chairs at Bistro 501 is waiting for you. Sit down and prepare for a wonderful dining experience. The corn chowder explodes with flavor. We ordered rack of lamb and wondrous huge succulent scallops over pasta with tastes that need to be experienced. I loved the pot of chocolate desert -- chocolate... More 

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

Thank you so much for this beautifully written review. Our chairs are about 40 years old! They don't make them like they used to. I love to think about how many people have experienced an evening like you did in the chair that you sat in. Aside from the chairs, I would also like to thank you for the great... More 

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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

The new menu is a delight with some fresh new choices. Plenty to choose from a joy to the tastebuds!

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

Thank you for your wonderful review! We love our summer menu as well, but are so excited to produce our fall menu. We look forward to seeing you soon, and thank you again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $33
American, International, Fusion, French
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
5:00 am - 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: 17654234501
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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