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Bistro 501

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American, International, Fusion, French
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501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
17654234501
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Description: Bistro 501 is the premier dining experience in downtown Lafayette. From...
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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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Unexpected Gem in Downtown!

Best meal to be had in Lafayette. I visit every time I visit Lafayette. There food is delicious, good size portions and great variety. The lamb is consistently good, the salads change based on the season. More upscale than most in the area.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2015
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165 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The transition to new ownership/management has gone smoothly. New energy and excitement in the kitchen and dining room. Fewer roosters and a more innovative menu. Still the best in town!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bistro 501 has a very upmarket feel to it. The menu choices stand out from most fare around the Lafayette area and the quality and taste of the dishes is certainly a step up too. We tend to visit most often for lunch and the menus offer a wide selection including a quiche of the day, sandwiches and mains. The... More 

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1 Thank Kiran_mk2
West Lafayette, Indiana
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First the atmosphere is excellent. Huge windows that are clean, wonderfully decorated interior with fireplace. The wait staff are very professional which is important to me. The glassware is big and clean, the plates and silverware is spot free. Nice linen table cloths and napkins. The food is excellent with great presentation. I had an $8 quiche lunch today that... More 

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1 Thank Andy M
Lafayette, Indiana
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went there with a gift card we got for Christmas. It was my first time having beef tar tar, which was delicious. The rack lamb was cooked perfectly, and the whiskey caramel bread pudding was to die for.

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1 Thank Joanna S
Peru, Indiana
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197 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

We were staying at the Holiday Inn and decided to try something new for dinner. Happened by here, looked interesting, so thought we would try it out. Certainly glad we did. This was one of the better meals we've had in Lafayette in quite awhile. The ambiance is warm, our server was friendly and the food was excellent. An interesting... More 

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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Best meal to be had in Lafayette. I visit every time I visit Lafayette. There food is delicious, good size portions and great variety. The lamb is consistently good, the salads change based on the season. More upscale than most in the area.

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Greenwood, Indiana
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475 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

We took some friends here for lunch and were delighted! We were seated in an area away from other guests as we had an infant along (good space management! - As it happens, the baby was perfect but you never know!) The restaurant is nicely decorated and has a very imaginative menu! I ordered the mushroom tartine while my wife... More 

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1 Thank BoilerMakerBob
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41 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Seems to be a popular bistro with regular customers and a friendly staff. We went on a Wednesday which was a French wine day and the red wine from Bordeaux was very good, as expected. The service was a little slow in the beginning but improved later. We started with a crisp green salad followed by a tasty pate. There... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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90 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We usually stay in Indy but decided to push on to Lafayette and got a chance to have our 26th anniversary meal at Bistro 501 Main. Thanks to Theresa, we were given a great table and Ryan steered great choices our way. Even gave us chocolate cake. For a gift. Killer salads, pork belly and sea bass plus drinks for... More 

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2 Thank JamesMaxx
West Lafayette, Indiana
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

It is always a treat to eat at Bistro 501, our favorite special occasion restaurant. Every meal we have had there is perfectly prepared and delicious. We usually begin with the cheese board. Our vegetarian friends love the Vegetable Napoleon. My husband and I have had most entrees on the menu and have never been disappointed. Special kudos to the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: 17654234501

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 33
  • Cuisine: American, International, Fusion, French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions

Description

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!
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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