Bistrot Zinc

Restaurants, French Gold Coast
3 out of 5 stars
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
Photograph: Max HermanBistrot Zinc
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
Photograph: Max HermanBistrot Zinc
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
Photograph: Max HermanBistrot Zinc
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
Photograph: Max HermanBistrot Zinc
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
Photograph: Max HermanBistrot Zinc

Amid tony Gold Coast restaurants is this surprisingly authentic Paris-style bistro, complete with the day’s paper dangling from wooden rods and silver-plated egg stands beckoning hungry drinkers to the zinc-topped bar. Wine-steamed mussels and butter-drenched escargots sate shellfish lovers, while onion soup’s beefy broth and gobs of Gruyère satisfy comfort-food cravings. Steak frites is fine, but thin. If you’re craving red meat, opt instead for the peppercorn-crusted strip.


Venue name: Bistrot Zinc
Address: 1131 N State St
Cross street: between Cedar and Elm Sts
Opening hours: Brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Red to Clark/Division. Bus: 22, 36, 70.
Price: Average main course: $20
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Average User Rating

3 / 5

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The good: The service is great and the atmosphere is charming. 

The mediocre: Everything was almost right. The food was well-cooked, but under-seasoned and uninspired. They rely too much on butter and cream for flavor, rather than actually seasoning the food properly. Having said that, a little salt here and a little lemon there greatly improved the dishes. But I rather expect my food to emerge without needing additional help. 

If you're looking for a place to take your non-foodie Aunt & Uncle from Wisconsin or Iowa after a long day shopping on Michigan Avenue, Bistrot Zinc is perfect. If you're looking for a stand-out bistrot meal, take a pass.