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Bistro 501

501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
+1 765-423-4501
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good20%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (10 reviews)
“lamb” (10 reviews)
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5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
French, American, International, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the best in town. Under previous management, was a place we stopped going to. Now new management is doing a professional job managing the Bistro. Menu has gotten better and is very good, food quality for our meal this evening was outstanding- including...More

1  Thank casa_scott
Reviewed 6 February 2018

Bistro 501 is not only the best in town. It is also vastly superior to any other option in town. Everything I have tasted there is delicious: Even the simple details like the butter and the bread are outstanding.They offer a fine dining experience in...More

1  Thank Federico S
Reviewed 3 February 2018

I have reviewed Bistro 501 several times over the years. This is an updated version of my 2015 review. I still believe Bistro 501 is the best and most reliable option for a fine dining experience in the Lafayette/WL area. Here is the diner's dilemma:...More

3  Thank mr_dendrocacalia
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

I love this place. I travel the world for work and this place is still toward the top of my list. I nearly always get the rack of lamb, and it always delivers. Good wine. Good service. Good bartender. Do it.

2  Thank WinamacBoiler
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

I’ve never had a bad experience at the Bistro. The food is top notch and the atmosphere makes dinner an event. I enjoy all aspects of going to Bistro 501.

2  Thank CindyMillburg
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Bistro 501 will definitely light up you taste buds. From a big ol burger to a cheese plate that you can construct. Oh and did I mention......Steak Tartare. This is a dish that often scares people and sends them off and running. Thankfully this is...More

2  Thank Antelope B
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Spent time with family in this area recently and visited Bistro 501 for several meals. Each one was outstanding, both in presentation and preparation. The menu is interesting and innovative, and the servers were wonderfully attentive, both in the dining room and in the lounge....More

2  Thank Karen G
Theresa B, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2017

We are honored to be a part of your Familys' Lafayette experience. Thank you for the wonderful comments and we look forward to seeing you again as well! Theresa Buckley

Reviewed 20 September 2017

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the Spanish WIne Tasting Event at Bistro 501 last Sunday, September 17. The wines offered were very interesting. The food (tapas) was extraordinary. Chef Cheyenne presented a delicious offering of many traditional Spanish tapas. The service was great.

1  Thank Christie S
Theresa B, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2017

Christie, Thank you for being such valued guests of ours. We love having you and Don as continued wine club members. It was such a pleasure having true 'Hispano-philes' at our table for this event. See you soon! Theresa Buckley

Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Many people like this restaurant but every time I go, I leave disappointed. My friend and I shared a shrimp, lobster linguini dish and I had a Caesar salad. Both were disappointing. The linguini with some peas was enough for at least 3 servings and...More

Thank Kristin W
Theresa B, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2017

Kristin, Thank you for giving us multiple opportunities to impress you. I am glad to hear that you have been happy in the past with the Lamb, Filet or our Burger (all wonderful choices). We are also very grateful for the chance to improve and...More

Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Definitely the best restaurant in the Lafayette area. Food and drinks are always fantastic. Staff is attentive, portion sizes are just right, quality of ingredients is superb, and prices are fair for the quality. I try to make a stop here for dinner every time...More

1  Thank Matthew L
Theresa B, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2017

What an honor! Thank you for credit and for appreciating all of the hard work our staff does to provide you with great experiences when you visit. We will be thrilled to see you upon your next visit and thank you again. Theresa Buckley

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$33
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 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: +1 765-423-4501
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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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