Mt. Prospect, IL     Crystal Lake, IL

About Us

Welcome to Retro Bistro! Uniquely Different…

Retro Bistro in Mount Prospect is recognized as one of Illinois’s best restaurants, and has won several local diners’ awards. Owners Lorraine and Chris Barth both graduated from Kendall College and started out young in the restaurant business. Lorraine’s parents not only opened Retro but also own and operate D&J Bistro of Lake Zurich since 1987. The idea for Retro Bistro was born out of the success of his first restaurant venture, the D&J Bistro in Lake Zurich, which he opened in 1987. In 1997, the Barth’s took over Retro Bistro to blend classic bistro fare with contemporary plates. They have successfully kept the family tradition alive with high end service, special events and seasonal ingredients.

Retro Bistro serve its locale with charming decor and sophisticated cuisine. The menu blends French bistro classics like flamed steak au poiver and french herb roasted poulet with more contemporary plates such as wasabi crusted hawaiian ahi tuna, and provencal merguez sausage & pancetta pasta with french boursin cheese, linguini pasta, zingy provencal merguez sausage and tomato provencal sauce.

At Retro Bistro we follow strict standards on service, quality and presentation. We use only the finest ingredients in all of our dishes to ensure that every meal we serve is delicious and nutritious. We encourage you to visit our restaurants and experience our international Tuscan cuisine. We look forward to your visit. The Bar/Lounge can seat 25 and serves appetizers or full meals, has a complete selection of everything a sophisticated clientele would want.

Retro Bistro, over 25-year fixture of Mount Prospect, is set to open a second location at 83 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake, IL. A block from Crystal Lake train station. The new location will have the same menu and the same family, personalized service and warmth that I hope people feel when they walk through the doors at the Mount Prospect location. Chris and Lorraine Barth are bringing their son into the business as well! He will learn the ropes as we did with my father and Mother! Will this be good for our marriage you wonder?? It might be!! I, Lorraine, will be mostly in Mount Prospect, and my Husband CB, as we like to call him, or Panda, will really focus on Crystal Lake , so that being said, he won’t be micro managing me!! It’s a win win!! So please check it out! We are just a train ride away!

Vibrantly stylish Retro Bistro boasts an authentic and creative French menu, with so many intriguing dishes it was almost impossible to decide what to order. From the salads to the entrees to dessert, what a great French flair. Patrons are immediately transported to a lively French bistro atmosphere. The tables are dressed with white clothes and set in a lively room that belies the rigid paneled rooms of yesterday’s French dining palaces. Bistro, after all, is in the restaurant’s name, connoting a more casual spot to dine. Retro Bistro is designed to remind diners of an Americanized version of a European bistro.

Retro Bistro isn’t your typical dining experience when it comes to the suburbs. Both Chris and Lorraine work the front of the house which only adds to the warmth of the overall dining experience. Who better to greet guests than Retro’s passionate owners?

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