Bistro Five Thirty Seven

1 College Park, Decatur IL 62521
$$ American Recommended New Editor's Pick

Bistro Five Thirty Seven is a full-service restaurant located within Richland Community College’s Shilling Education Center. It is operated by students in Richland’s Culinary Arts program and acts as a working laboratory that will provide hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of a restaurant. The menu changes frequently to incorporate different styles of cuisine and cooking techniques. This entrepreneurial experience is the capstone of the culinary program and ensures that graduates have the credentials and skills necessary to be successful in the culinary field.

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: 1 College Park, Decatur IL 62521
  • Cross Street: Brush College Rd
  • Location: Decatur
  • Cuisine: American | Desserts | International | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Upscale Casual
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Available
  • Dress Code: Casual Elegant
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Public Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | MasterCard | Cash |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: (217) 872-4055
  • Features: Wheelchair Access, Healthy Options,
  • Occasion: Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Quick Bite, Date Night,

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Events & Special Hours

Valentine's Day
Feb. 14, 2023 Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed - Main Dining Area
Tuesday
Lunch - Main Dining Area 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dinner - Main Dining Area 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday
Closed - Main Dining Area
Thursday
Lunch - Main Dining Area 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dinner - Main Dining Area 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday
Closed - Main Dining Area
Saturday
Closed - Main Dining Area
Sunday
Closed - Main Dining Area
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.84 out of 5 stars based on 550 votes

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Jan 27, 2023
Tracy N.
I have been there several times and plan to come serval more.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 27, 2023
Megan V.
Wonderful food and great service. Loved the Oscar steak and matcha latte gelato! Great time celebrating my husbands birthday can’t wait to go back!

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Jan 25, 2023
Helen F.
Food was outstanding as well as the service!

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Jan 21, 2023
Rick W.
Excellent, all around!!!

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Dec 09, 2022
Teena Z.
Always a delightful place for lunch!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 08, 2022
Joyce W.
This was a great eating experience! The food was top notch, the service impeccable, and the overall vibe was of a high end restaurant. When we were leaving the parking lot, a man in a chef hat came running out to give my husband his nitro that he had dropped. First class!! Can't wait to come back next year!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 08, 2022
Dierre G.
Everything was Delicious....

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Dec 07, 2022
Tad W.
Always wonderful!

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Nov 14, 2022
Lisa M.
Delicious food and exceptional service! Still thinking about that Espresso Crème Brûlée - delightful! Can’t wait to go back!!

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 09, 2022
Joyce Q.
Had a great lunch. The food is always unique and original and delicious. The servers are so nice and helpful. It’s great not to have loud music blaring at you.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 16, 2022
DiAnne E.
Fabulous people and experience! Great food.

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Oct 14, 2022
Sue S.
Everything about our experience was excellent. Whenever I have friends or family come to town I try to take them to eat here because it has always been an exceptional experience. I have to say that I am always especially happy to see the care and attention to details given the students/servers. Having worked my way through college as a waitress, I am always aware of the level of knowledge and training possessed by the wait staff. What an exciting way to begin a career in good service!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 14, 2022
Ashley H.
Services is always friendly and the food is always delicious! That Spicy Mac and Cheese was so good!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 30, 2022
Marcia G.
Always enjoyed going there. Excellent food.

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Sep 28, 2022
Madonna B.
Excellent Food! Excellent Service!

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Aug 06, 2022
Helen F.
Great food! Wonderful service! We always enjoy a visit to the Bistro!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 08, 2022
Joe W.
I really enjoyed the meal and will be back. The vegetarian offerings were a bit light, but I understand that they probably aren't the best sellers

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 07, 2022
Mary M.
Awesome experience. Love the food choices, Michele as server and whole atmosphere. You and your team are perfection…thank you

Overall: 10/10
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May 06, 2022
Denise M.
A place for a wonderful meal. Yay for the students! They care about the food AND the service.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 08, 2022
Nancy O.
We love having having lunch at the Bistro…anything to support our college!

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 31, 2022
Madonna B.
Always exceptional!

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Mar 25, 2022
Jarry B.
Food and service was excellent. The bistro burger's flavor was exceptional, and the pulled pork potato skins were very good as well.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 11, 2022
Paula C.
Attentive friendly staff that provides delicious fresh quality food.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 10, 2022
Antonio V.
Music was loud, difficult to hold an enjoyable conversation.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 09, 2022
Tiffany N.
Great food, service and atmosphere.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 25, 2022
william F.
Excellent experience as always... a real gem

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 13, 2022
Sue S.
All of the students/ employees wrote their masks correctly. The young lady who took us to our table was pleasant without being fake. She also efficiently covered the front of the house during the entire service, providing assistance to the server and making sure tables were cleared. The young man who served us was a delight. He allowed us plenty of time to make our choices while making sure we had something to drink. He was knowledgeable about the menu options and answered our questions without being condescending. I especially appreciated his assistance when it came time to pay. I am used to paying only in cash but chose credit this time. I was confused a little by the process and he patiently took me through it step by step. Every dish we had was delicious and satisfying to all of our senses. The soup alone would have been reason to try this restaurant. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and plan to come again.

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Feb 13, 2022
Gina S.
Love this place!!

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Feb 10, 2022
Patti P.
I had some really good tortilla chicken soup and a Nicois salad. Both were great. Everyone is so nice in there, too.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 10, 2022
Jalee G.
As usual, the food and service was excellent. This is one of my favorite restaurants, and I’m so glad they’re back open for the semester!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 27, 2022
Melanie S.
I absolutely love the Bistro! The food is always prepared thoughtfully and they offer a creative menu. You should definitely order an appetizer and dessert—-they are always great and reasonably priced. This is an “experience “ restaurant so don’t expect a quick in and out. Sit back, enjoy the atmosphere and eat an amazing meal.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 26, 2022
Louise G.
What I love about the Bistro is that it is quiet and private. Even when tables are seated near one another. Must be the acoustics. Anyway, that makes it a restful atmosphere and I come away feeling refreshed as well as nourished. Take that to your media guru!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 10, 2021
Arthur G.
Fantastic dining experience!

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 15, 2021
Teena Z.
Going to Bistro 537 is always a pleasant experience. Even when I know a staffing issue is impacting the service, I still have conscientious service and good food. The options for drinks and the dessert choices are also a nice touch that has recently been added.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 11, 2021
Odette H.
Always wonderful food and service!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 29, 2021
Carole A.
We have enjoyed dining at the Bistro every time we have been there. Great staff, a nice variety of food to pick from and awesome deserts. Overall a great place to dine. It would be nice to have the restaurant open for Saturday dining.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 23, 2021
Danaka B.
This was one of the gems of Decatur. It has jumped to the top of our "go-to" places. The food and service were impeccable. You can tell the passion the staff has for not just the food, but the entire experience. We tried the calamari, salad, duck, sticky pudding, and creme brulee. We would have all of them again. To be honest, the only suggestion I would have is to cook the carrots a tad bit more. The thicker ones were tough to cut with the table knife, but they tasted great!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 23, 2021
Paula C.
Again, delicious meal served by friendly and efficient staff. The food options and drink offerings are varied and appealing to pallets.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 22, 2021
Annetta E.
I always love eating at the Bistro! Food and service are excellent and the ambiance is fabulous! Kudos Chef and staff!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 27, 2021
Margaret S.
Very good food, service was fantastic, and I love the atmosphere of The Bistro.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 10, 2021
Barbara H.
Our food was served at a leisurely pace and was attractively presented. Needless to say, the food was delicious. So many interesting and exciting choices. Thanks to the RCC program that makes this experience possible.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 10, 2021
Benjamin G.
Everytime we go, the food is amazing, the service is amazing. It’s our favorite place!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 10, 2021
Judy H.
Can't wait to come back!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 25, 2021
Elizabeth J.
If I could give you more than 10 stars, I would! The food, the service, the presentation - - it was all wonderful!! Thank you so much!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 24, 2021
Dick F.
Enjoyable evening! No complaints. We’ll be back!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 19, 2021
Kim A.
The food and service were perfection! I will return many times I'm sure!

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Jul 14, 2021
Teena Z.
With only a 30-minute lunch break, I was able to have a quiet lunch and return to work on time. Great service and tasty sandwich. Of course, I took my dessert for later!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 02, 2021
Patricia W.
My friends and I loved our meals. Our waiter was friendly, informative and efficient. It was a lovely dining experience. We are so glad to have it as a dining option.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Jun 20, 2021
Evi O.
Excellent outdoor dining experience. Sauce on chicken with gnocchi was a little too salty but chicken well cooked otherwise. Goat cheese appetizer amazing!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 18, 2021
Cris V.
Excellent lunch atmosphere, great food, prompt service and attentive staff.