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501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
+1 765-423-4501
05:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:30 - 14:30
Mon 05:00 - 21:00
Tue 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Wed - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Columbus, Ohio
1 review
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolutely amazing brunch! A must visit establishment! Food, drinks, and dessert were all uber delicious!

Thank melmeyer77
1 review
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Honestly incredible! Great service and ownership. Very professional approach in an inviting environment. Real chef experience in different markets and cuisine and it shows. I personally ordered the eggs Benedict and it was by far the best I have ever tasted. I'm from out of town and have enjoyed my overall experience. Each dish shows true effort and uniqueness. Cocktails... More 

Thank Sam M
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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97 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The room is attractive but very noisy. Things started out well enough with a starter of apricot and brie bruschetta, but the "dinner salad" salade niçoise was nothing but lettuce, canned tuna, canned black olives, and bits of hard-boiled egg. The Tuscan wine was awful.

Thank FineGueule46
Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wandered in for an early dinner on Saturday evening. The restaurant was completely booked due to a big weekend at the University. We had a great meal at the bar. The staff was excellent. Great craft cocktails and wine list. Amazing apps, salads and entrees. Try to save a little room for dessert.

Thank SusieH327
2 reviews
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We hosted a baby shower here and couldn't have been more pleased! The staff was a dream to work with!! The food and drink were amazing and priced so reasonably. We recommend this restaurant to everyone!

Thank JuneBrown11
Theresa B, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this review

Congratulations on your new family member! It was such an honor to host your family for this special occasion. I hope mom and baby are doing well and we look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Delphi, Indiana
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We were looking for a place to celebrate a birthday on a week night. They had a good wine list and a very nice atmosphere. The staff was very nice as well.

Thank TomTeresaT
Theresa B, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this review

We love being a part of special occasions! I am so pleased to see you enjoyed everything and thank you for the compliments on the wine list, atmosphere and staff. I assure you, a lot of effort goes into these details and it makes it all worth while when they are noticed. We hope to see you again soon, and... More 

Level Contributor
8 reviews
Reviewed 3 February 2017

The service was excellent. Our server was very attentive and the food was fresh and plentiful. The only challenge might be finding a close parking space as the restaurant is in downtown Lafayette, but it's worth it.

Thank Stormysgirl
Theresa B, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this great rating. I am so pleased to see that you enjoyed all aspects of your evening with us. Our staff really is wonderful and they read all of these reviews; they will be thrilled to see we did well! I agree, parking can be a burden downtown. We have plenty of option for nights... More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We ate here for Brunch. Great Service, delicious coffee, the pear pancakes were heavenly, and the benedicts were delicious, especially the lobster. And it wasn't all claw meat, but included tail and joint. The hollandaise was the best I've ever had. Wish my stomach was bigger so we could have tried the chicken and waffles and biscuits and gravy. Also... More 

Thank jkaycollier
Theresa B, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this review

You must be a lobster pro! I am very happy to see you enjoyed your brunch with us. I too am a fan of the knuckle, tail and claw meat. The pear pancakes were one of our favorite seasonal flavors too, and we are glad that you had the chance to enjoy them. We love the plan to join us... More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 January 2017

You can count on the service and food being good every time you eat at Bistro 501. I like to try new foods and the menu here changes frequently.

Thank Sue T
Theresa B, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this review

Thank you, Sue, for the wonderful feedback. We are here to serve and deliver on your expectations. It is a labor of love! We are excited for you to see our new Spring menu coming in mid-April. Until we see you again, cheers and safe travels. More 

Wayzata, Minnesota
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We tried to eat at the sports bar up the street, but the buildings on that side of the road were flooded with a water main leak!.. We had a country club service lunch at the 501, for cub food prices. Excellent menu selection. Must try the Butternut Squash Soup , simply fantastic, with little crunchies on top. Really good... More 

1 Thank TonkamanMN
Theresa B, Owner at Bistro 501, responded to this review

We should bring you on board as our marketing branch! What a fabulous review, thank you for all of the positive feedback. It is unfortunate that our neighbors had a water leak, but we were very happy to receive the opportunity to serve your group. I agree, the soup is one of my favorites we have done so far. Our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 33
American, International, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, 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, Cash Only, Accepts Discover
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:30 - 14:30
05:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901-1446
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: +1 765-423-4501
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?