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Bistro 501

Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

French, American, International, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings

Location and contact


Wagyu Bone Marrow*
Blue cheese crusted, lemon & parsley gremolata, caramelized onion, crostini
House Smoked Trout* ^
caviar, dill crème fräîche, pickled shallots, preserved lemon gremolata, sliced cucumber, house-made lavosh crackers
Escargot 501
helix snails in shell, butter & fresh herbs, garlic-goat cheese cream sauce
Duck Confit Poutine*
Local duck (maple leaf farms) gravy, hand-cut pommes frites, crumbled goat cheese, fresh thyme
Hand made pasta dumplings, mustard cream sauce, cheddar cheese & caramelized onion potato filling, red cabbage kraut, fresh dill
Steak Tartare* ^
Raw beef, caper berries, grated egg, parmesan, truffle salt, garlic herb vinaigrette, crostini
Aged Cheddar & Apple Flatbread
Granny smith apples, caramelized onion, aged cheddar, white balsamic reduction, fried sage
Crab Croquettes
Fresh house-made crab fritters, arugula, preserved lemon tartar sauce, house cocktail sauce
Hand Cut Pommes Frites
red curry ketchup (Gluten-free / Vegan), garlic aïoli (Gluten-free / Vegetarian), Gochujong mayo (Gluten-free / Vegetarian)
P.E.I. Mussels*
Steamed fresh P.E.I. mussels, diced tomato, toasted almonds, scallion, shallot & garlic, white wine cream sauce
Two selections $17 or three for $20 (Gluten Free). Served with house-made pickled vegetables and accoutrements
501 Farmhouse Pâté (IN)
Lentil Walnut Pâté (IN)
Cured Dry Aged Spanish Chorizo (SPN)
Pig & Fig Terrine (Smoking Goose-IN)
Prosciutto di Parma Docg (ITL)
Têtes du Moine (Swiss Alps)
Gorgonzola Dolce (ITL)
Burrata (WI)
5yr Aged Cheddar (IN)
Petite Salad
Seasonal baby lettuces and veggies, Sun & moon farms, Farm 501
Petite Caesar
tossed romaine, Caesar dressing, Parmesan crisps, anchovy-caper tapenade
Turkish Lentil Soup
Vegetable & lentil soup, yogurt garnish
French Onion Soup^
onions & leeks, savory broth, crouton, gruyère, Swiss
Caesar 501*
fresh romaine, caesar dressing, anchovy-caper tapenade, marinated white anchovies, parmesan bowl
Half $8.0
Baby Iceberg Wedge* ^
Baby iceberg lettuce, smoking goose bacon, crispy shallots, crumbled blue cheese, cherry tomatoes, buttermilk ranch
Parisian Salad
Poached pears, red wine figs, dried patch berries, walnuts, blue cheese crumbles, spring mix
Citrus & Kale Salad
Local kale, fresh citrus, shaved carrots, avocado, green & purple cabbage, toasted pepitas, tossed in herb garlic vinaigrette
With Pork* $17.0
Vegetable Banh-Mi**
Lentil walnut 'pate', marinated grilled mushrooms, pickled carrots & cilantro, baguette, serrano vinaigrette, chili mayo, pommes frites & red curry ketchup
Mushroom & Truffle Risotto**
Roasted royal trumpet mushrooms, local kale, truffle oil, truffle zest, mushroom risotto Gluten Free / Vegan by request
Winter Vegetable Gratin
Sliced winter vegetables, smoked asiago sage bechamel, toasted gruyere, local kale
Broccolini & Walnut Pasta
Linguine, sauteed broccolini, toasted walnut panko, white wine cream sauce, braised red cabbage
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Atlantic Salmon*
Blackened salmon, polenta, roasted carrot, chimichurri butter, spiced honey
Market Price
Lobster & Shrimp Linguine*
½ Fresh Maine lobster, jumbo shrimp, diced tomato, shallot & garlic saffron cream sauce
Grilled Bone-In Pork Chop (IN)*
Brined & grilled bone in chop, red wine poached pear, savory apple bread pudding, Brussel sprouts
Roasted Half Chicken (IN)*
Achiote marinated ½ chicken, grilled sweet potato, local kale, chimichurri- butter
Allen Bros, Angus (CHI) New York Strip*
12 OZ New York strip, chive creme fraîche mashed potatoes, broccolini, herbed bleu cheese butter, pearl onion jam
Maple Leaf Farm's Duck (IN)*
Pan roasted duck breast, duck confit spaetzle, mustard cream sauce, roasted brussel sprouts, red cabbage kraut, fresh dill
Burger 501 (OH)*
short rib beef patty, brie cheese, apple, thick sliced Smoking Goose bacon, caramelized onion, spring lettuce, brioche bun, pommes frites
Rack of Lamb (NZ)*
ras el hanout rubbed New Zealand rack of lamb, saffron cous cous, spiced tomato, currant & sultana ragut, roasted carrots with mint yogurt & caraway
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!
$8 - $33
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
French, American, International, Fusion
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
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Choosing to dine after a snowy day, we enjoyed a quite cozy dining room, complete with a table by the fireplace. We were treated to a delightful seasonal menu. The items very bountiful and yummy (a chicken entree and a very creative pasta plate). We...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank kalickisj
Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

Very nice place with great food top to bottom. Service was ok but not as good as the food. I hope this was not normal as we really enjoyed all the menu. Lastly the bartender had a pretty high opinion of his skills. Think it’s...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank joey m
Theresa B, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Joey for the wonderful review and the very useful information. I would love any details that would help us hone in on the issues with the service. These details are extremely valuable to us, as we are dedicated to providing you , and...More

Reviewed November 23, 2018

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 November 12, 2018

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
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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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business casual to casual
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