Posted: 8/26/2009Provided by Citysearch -
we tried The Bristol for the first time as a birthday dinner for our friend. the restaurant was not busy (it was a Tuesday night) and our party of six was seated immediately. amazing menu, small and thoughtfully constructed, and also a great drink menu. our waitress thought she was working at the Cheesecake Factory in the burbs though, and felt the need to basically read the menu to us, and then explain how the dishes were meant to be shared (I can only presume, tapas-style)...so we took her advice and ordered four of the ""smaller plates"" and six of the ""larger plates"". the smaller plates were appetizers, plain and simple. we shared them, they were very tasty. the larger plates were entrees and very modestly sized--which was fine, they just were NOT for sharing. the pushy selling tactics read as desperation, ""just order a whole bunch of stuff and share it at the table!"" er, how do you share a tiny little cheeseburger and about twelve french fries? throughout our meal, we were pestered by our waitress, who told us to order everything at once so the timing would be perfect as ""everything is handmade fresh to order."" what happened was small plates arrived all at once, with a five minute break before our entrees arrived. people hadn't even finished half a beer yet, and staff was asking, ""what drinks can i start for you while you eat?"" um, how about we finish what we have first and leave since you won't shut the hell up and let us eat and talk and celebrate a birthday in peace? total time in restaurant was just shy of an hour for appetizers, drinks and entrees. usually when we go out, we stay, drink, talk, order coffees and dessert--make an event of it. especially when the restaurant is not busy. the acoustics in the restaurant were so bad that we could hardly hear over the music and street noise, not to mention the continually ""just checking in on you!"" phony staff. in short, great food, rather pricey for what you get, NOT FOR SHARING (don't be duped), more staff than customers bustling about you non-stop. not relaxing or inviting, acoustics make conversation difficult. feels like they wanted to jump on the Bucktown bandwagon and take the Lincoln Park overflow for all they're worth. we won't be back or recommend it.