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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Bistro Five Thirty Seven - Bistro Five Thirty Seven

Events & Special Hours

80s Night in the Bistro
Oct. 4, 2022 Dinner 6 p.m. - 8 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

4.81 out of 5 stars based on 450 votes

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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!

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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.

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

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

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Mar 09, 2022
Tiffany N.
Great food, service and atmosphere.

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Feb 25, 2022
william F.
Excellent experience as always... a real gem

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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.

Overall: 10/10
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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.

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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!

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Dec 09, 2021
Arthur G.
Fantastic dining experience!

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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.

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Nov 11, 2021
Odette H.
Always wonderful food and service!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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!

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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!

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

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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.

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Jun 11, 2021
Kathie W.
The pork belly was delicious. We had a lovely evening. The restaurant was full which provided a nice relaxing evening. The Chef and his team do an excellent job.

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Apr 25, 2021
Gail H.
This is a wonderful training opportunity for your students. I hope they are also getting experience in fast paced, short order cooking and front of house management, just because there are more of that type restaurant in central Illinois.

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Apr 21, 2021
Abby K.
Amazing food and wonderful people. Thank you!

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Mar 26, 2021
Shara L.
We love Bistro! Food is always fabulous, and you will not get better service anywhere.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 18, 2021
April C.
This was one of the best times I have ever spent at the Bistro. The food was exceptional and the service superb. I liked that they were able to be flexible and allow me to customize my order. I liked that my server asked for my feedback while I was there. I liked that my server asked if I wanted a drink refill. I liked that even though it was not busy, I never felt that the staff was frustrated. Everyone was very cheerful and helpful - that is not always easy.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 12, 2021
Kori R.
Food was great. Not one complaint

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 20, 2021
Elizabeth J.
Our service was excellent, and the food tasted amazing! And the presentation was wonderful! Improvement - - the only thing I would suggest is that the students need to learn how to cook a steak so that it is done the way the customer ordered. I ordered my rib-eye Medium, and it came back pretty much Medium Rare, and actually Rare in a large part of it. I don't mind that because I have eaten steaks that way before, but another customer might not appreciate it. And even thought it was not cooked the way I ordered, the flavor of the steak was fantastic!

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Feb 10, 2021
Beth D.
we always love going to the bistro to support the culinary program. Not to mention the food is always some of the best in town

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 06, 2021
Andrea C.
Unique flavors, excellent service, a great hidden gem in our town. Carrot hummus and pistachio salmon were perfection. When I didn’t finish all of the hummus, the waiter gave me a to go container and sent me home with another 1/2 pita to enjoy later. ❤️ I’d probably pass on the birthday cake roulade next time (a little too bland for my sweet tooth.) Husband enjoyed the steak. Great job everyone!

Overall: 9/10
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Sep 02, 2022
Jon O.
Filets cooked correctly Not enough bread initially but more brought when requested. Sweet corn a bit messy to eat when doing a “upscale” meal. Chocolate cake was big helping but very very dry. We like the bistro and will come back.

Overall: 9/10
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Aug 11, 2022
Nina P.
Best restaurant in Decatur!

Overall: 9/10
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Jul 02, 2022
Claudia W.
The dining experience was great. I wouldn’t change a thing. We did have an issue with the bill. There was an extra charge that we need to call and take care of.

Overall: 9/10
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May 20, 2022
Ann K.
The bread seemed old and the oil didn’t seem suited for that type bread. It was also cumbersome to pass. The carrots with the scallops were dry. On the positive side the meat choices were good.The lamb chops were delicious. The steaks were excellent. We enjoyed the appetizers and desserts. We enjoyed talking with the chef. Mykela was our server and was excellent. We celebrated my birthday and appreciated the complimentary dessert. We plan to come back with other friends.

Overall: 9/10
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May 08, 2022
Sidney S.
Very nice!