About Bistro Dre
Cozy Lakeview spot with american/european influence for brunch and dinner. Upscale comfort food favorites presented in a rustic shared plate format. The menu changes with the seasons with choices for vegetarian/vegan also. B.Y.O.B. makes the bistro a perfect choice for intimate or group gatherings and the decor and bistro atmosphere creates a great ambience for the perfect get-together. Plates are presented with portions that can be easily shared. Belgium fries/mac and cheese/chicken and waffles/unique selections in flatbread choice and homemade desserts that are made on the premises make dining at Bistro Dre an experience that you will want to enjoy often.
Contemporary American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday 11:00am - 3:00pm -Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Southport and Wellington
$30 and under
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Metered off street parking available. Street parking available on Wellington.
Brown Line stops at Sheffield at Belmont
BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Bistro Dre Ratings and Reviews
A+ BYOB dining pre and post theater
A+ BYOB dining pre and post theater
One of the true gems in all of Chicago
This restaurant is really amazing. The BYOB aspect of it just is the cherry on top. Great food, shareable entrees, nicest and attentive wait staff. I can't say enough about this place
We arrived just as the restaurant opened and was greeted openly. This was a first time for us and we wanted French food. The service was excellent as was the food. What I ordered was not French but the deep fried chicken was delicious and plentiful. The steak frite was delicious as was the veal dish. Overall a very fine experience. It was crowded when we left.
A friend and I went this past Tuesday, and both had the prix fixe menu. We both have a few dietary restrictions and they were able to accommodate no problem. What made it even better was they didn't charge us for the changes. We also asked for our desserts to go, and there was no issue with that either. Our waitress was lovely and had great suggestions. BYOB was the icing on the cake. Only observation I had was that the small plates to share seemed pricey. Most were $17-20 and the prix-fixe was only $25 including soup or salad, entree and dessert. I really wanted to try a few of them, but since it was only 2 of us, it was too expensive. I would pay more for the prix-fixe if I could have one of their shared plate as the app. They sounded amazing. I will defiantly go back.
Food is within the quality of the prix f ...
Food is within the quality of the prix fix price of $25 so you get what you pay. Definitely quantity over quality. Service was rushed. Gave us our bill and asked to take away our dessert before we really finished eating.
Not on a Sunday, for sure
Four of us went for dinner on a Sunday night and the food ranged from barely edible to just acceptable. Service was great and our waiter was super. We learned later that a line cook did not show up that evening. Hard to find a reason to return and impossible to recommend.
A very nice relaxed neighborhood ambienc ...
A very nice relaxed neighborhood ambience. Affordable food, and no pretension
A neighborhood gem, with great food and ...
A neighborhood gem, with great food and incredible service.
Can't wait to go back, great friendly service and great food.
Good food, great service. Cozy . A bit ...
Good food, great service. Cozy . A bit tight , wouldn't bring a first date here but great place for a couple and the food is great.
Overpriced, underwhelming, go somewhere else
I wanted to fall in love with Bistro Dre but, unfortunately, it was overpriced and underwhelming food. They don't list prices on their online menu so I experienced some sticker shock for this BYO. Appetizers were $15-20 with entrees around $25-30. The food was underseasoned and lacked quality. What we ordered: The baked brie (nothing special - $17) The charcuterie (again nothing special and priced too high at $19.50) The fried green tomatoes (these were actually pretty delicious with blue cheese and buffalo sauce - $16) The steak and frites (fries were soggy and greasy, steak was cooked to our preference, but so charred on the outside the char flavor permeated every bite, not to mention that the meat itself was so chewy we couldn't even finish it - $29) The brussels sprouts with bacon (completely unsalted and overcooked sprouts - I can do better at home - I think they were around $6) Our meal ended up being $60 a person, which, for a neighborhood BYOB, is insane. Those are prices you pay downtown. I am willing to fork over the money for a good meal - so long as it's actually good. The service was nice but we were sat near the hallway to the kitchen and every time someone walked past us to get to the kitchen they sideswiped my friend. It's a very small place, which I don't hold against it. Just a minor annoyance. So disappointed in this place!
Puts the Dre in Dreadful
I hate to be negative about a neighborhood restaurant but the food at Bistro Dre was just terrible. Really what came out of the kitchen was just baffling- for example, "braised pork" that was dried out cubes of meat in an extremely over-reduced nearly black sauce. French bistro cooking is not complicated or mysterious but does require some level of competence in the kitchen.
We had the 3-course $25 menu offered on Sundays and weekdays Great fried chicken and waffles, very generous portions. Onion soup was also very good. We had time constraints and they were able to serve us promptly.
My husband and I have eaten here 3 times & had a good experience each time! The desserts are a must, so save room! Sharing is encouraged. The menu changes, but hopefully your favorites will be repeated!
My girlfriend and I were recommended to this place and we were not disappointed! From the random decor on the wall to the romantic lighting and witty service, this place has it all! We started off with the Lobster Bisque, which was one of the best I have ever tasted. The. Our main courses were the Whitefish and Fig and Prosciutto Flat Bread. The Quinoa and Bacon Crusted White Fish was cooked perfectly, leaving a parade of flavors in my mouth. It was a combination of salty, sweet, sour and bitter flavors that made this dish a must taste. We highly recommend!
Bistro Dre is one of our favorite BYO pl ...
Bistro Dre is one of our favorite BYO places in Chicago. Great food, reasonable prices and BYO. Can't beat it Tip. Save room for desert.
Not for me
This restaurant wasn't for me. I liked the salads but not a whole lot else. Our server was definitely an experience. It took a long time for him to take our orders (but we could see that he was very busy). At first we were taken aback by some of the things that he said but then we realized that he was joking around and we got into it. We were at Bistro Dre for a long time and the table next to us was occupied twice. They didn't seem happy. Maybe we were being too boisterous... but we needed to speak loudly to hear one another. But I actually think it was the service. I saw them try to flag down the server and then frown when they failed.
Good neighborhood place
Food was good, not great. My steak was pretty gristly for a sirloin, but otherwise the food was OK, with dessert being the highlight. Like the fact it's BYO and the owner was very friendly and chatty. Service was good.
Special and Delicious
A wonderful find in our neighborhood that pleases de palate as well as enhances the conversation. The décor is warm and may be intimate for couples. The only thing that is trying that can happen anywhere is when one gets a loud person at the next table which is located close to yours. Great and attentive service!!!
It was easy to make a reservation pretty last minute for a birthday dinner before going to a show at Stage 773. BYOB is no joke as our server whipped out her wine opener almost immediately! :) She was very knowledgeable about the menu options. One of our diners has celiac disease, so she even confirmed with the chef which options were actually GF that hadn't been marked on the menu. Steak and salmon were amazing. (Herb butter with the steak - YUM.) Service was superb. Our server was delightful. We never felt rushed.
Service was outstanding!
This is such a great find! Staff is so down to earth and engaging. Food is really good and because it is BYOB it's always fun to bring your own wine parings.
This was my first time to this restaurant and I was very impressed. Not only was the food very good but the service was great also. The owner even came to my table and welcomed me and talked for awhile.i should also add that the price was very reasonable for what you get. Phil
I LOVE BISTRO DRE. Don't even question w ...
I LOVE BISTRO DRE. Don't even question whether you should go. You definitely need to go. Food is amazing. BYOB. What's not to love?
A little too salty, but otherwise great
My husband and I ordered the baked brie appetizer, spa salmon filet, sauteed spinach and quinoa and bacon crusted whitefish. Mostly we were very satisfied. The fish was fresh and tasty, although both had been too heavily salted. The spinach dish was smaller than expected, but was lovely -- baby spinach leaves cooked til just wilted, not overcooked. Service was good and the overall experience was very positive. I'll be back!
Comfort food tre bien!
Seriously good classic French food that is affordable and fun. We went for brunch and had a great meal that made me feel as though I was in Old Quebec City. Try the crabcakes and the Brunch Poutine...just don't tell your cardiologist. In addition to the muse bouche of wonderful homemade banana bread (that the chef's mom makes!), the lagniappe was the slice of lovely citrus-y homemade poundcake that came with each meal. Service was warm and attentive. NOTE: Brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays is CASH ONLY. But with their prices, it shouldn't be a problem. I can't wait to go back with friends and for dinner! Magnifique!
The people where cool.
The people where cool.
Great dining experience. Comfortable and ...
Great dining experience. Comfortable and charming environment with delicious home-cooked food and wonderful staff.
Get the fried chicken!
We went to Bistro Dre for valentine's day. It was packed, of course. We did arrive late (parking was tough) but were seated immediately and did not feel rushed even though we were informed when we sat that there was a reservation booked in an hour. The food is awesome, it does change frequently and on busy nights some favorites are removed because of high volume but I will definitely come back to try the items we didn't get to eat. The portions are huge, not tapas style but family style. The fried chicken was AMAZING.
Nice Neighborhood Bistro
Food was fresh and delicious. Staff knowledgeable and friendly. Nice bistro feeling, great decor. Thank you for the delicious clams. Compliments to the chef!
Great Food and BYOB
Cute neighborhoody BYOB in Lakeview! We had an early reservation at 5:45 and were seated immediately. No corkage fee and no other BYOB limits! Upscale food at reasonable prices (actually very reasonable for the quality of food!) We started with the lobster bisque which was really delicious but had the consistency of more of a chowder than a bisque (it makes a great dip for the bread though.) We also got the fried calamari which came with a marinara sauce - it was average. For main courses our group of 4 split the pork loin crusted with cinnamon and jalapeno as well as the steak of the day (with blue cheese and a portabella bourbon sauce). Both were phenomenal! Both the steak and pork were cooked perfectly tender and the sauces were plate-licking worthy. They also let my husband pick a dessert out on the house for his birthday. He got the apple pie with salted caramel ice cream. The ice cream was sooo good. The table next to us got the fried chicken as well as the gnocchi - I can't wait to go back and try these!
The food, service and ambiance were all ...
The food, service and ambiance were all incredible
needs a lot of improvement
We ordered the beet salad and it was awful. Two giant beets with a little sauce on top, the sauce didn't get to the beets. They should cut the beets and put the sauce on top so you can get the flavor. We order the duck ravioli, no taste of duck there. We ordered the lobster bisque and the french onion soup they were both super salty, especially the lobster bisque.
We came in for a group birthday dinner last Saturday. I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food and service. A few people in our group are usually wary of shared plate restaurants and everyone raved about Bistro Dre. Beyond the food, the BYOB policy and ambiance in the restaurant were fantastic. Can't wait to come back!
What a gem! New favorite local restaurant
The food is a blend of comfort food and high cuisine. The menu rotates, so you can try new things all the time, but a few gems stay on the menu. Do yourself a favor and try the roasted peach salad.
Went here for my wife's birthday. The fo ...
Went here for my wife's birthday. The food was amazing - chicken pot pie was HUGE and lasted for delicious lunch leftovers the next day. The triple fudge cake as a bday celebratory dessert was absolutely perfect!
Wonderful dinner & ambience. Loved that ...
Wonderful dinner & ambience. Loved that it was BYOB. Owner came to our table to chat. Only draw back is not enough servers. Two waitpeople for the entire place, no busboys either. The only downside to a lovely evening. That said, we would go back again. Dress warm in winter because you could be sitting by the door.
Favorite Restaurant in Chicago
We keep coming back. One of our favorite restaurants in Chicago. Great menu with shared plates encouraged. BYOB and enjoy a great dinner in Lakeview.
Cozy and tasty
Bistro Dre's small storefront, lends itself to a cozy, intimate atmosphere. The home cooked meals are tasty and waitstaff is very friendly and attentive. Their 3 course meal (soup or salad, entree, dessert) for $25 is a great deal. We had a party of 5. All had soup, which was excellent. The fish was delicious. The steak was good, but was not as flavorful as we expected. Homemade frites were excellent. The desserts were all enjoyable and just the right size for one or two to share.
I absolutely love Bistro Dre! I have been here on dates, for brunch with friends and for dinner with coworkers. It is great for both groups as well as just for two people. The staff is very friendly and always goes out of their way for your experience. Awesome bonus that it is BYOB!
Cozy BYOB neighborhood gem with amazing food
We absolutely love Bistro Dre. We originally came for a friend's birthday, where they were so accommodating to our large group, providing above and beyond service like free dessert, splitting checks, etc. Between the atmosphere, service, delicious food (definitely try the steak of the day with bleu cheese) and BYOB option, we have come back multiple times and recommended it to our local friends and family.
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