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Bavettes Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bavetteschicago.com/
  • Phone: (312) 624-8154
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 5pm-11:30am
    Friday and Saturday 5pm-12:30am
    Sunday 5pm- 10:30pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, European, Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wells/Franklin
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Bavettes
Bavette’s is a European-Style steakhouse. The signature is a prime ribeye that is dry-aged in house. There is also a wide variety of fresh seafood, including a daily selection of fresh oysters, king crab, and shrimp cocktail. Bavette’s also specializes in classic cocktails with a focus of brown spirits. The value driven wine list is eclectic and global.

Reservations made through Open Table will be for Bavette's main dining room. The largest party size that the restaurant can accommodate are groups of six. Currently, we do not offer any private dining.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Have dined here a few times and it gets better everytime. Terrific drinks and food!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I loved the venue, but the food was lacking in a big way for me. I had the salmon tartare which was on par with every other restaurant. For dinner I had short rib stroganoff and it was under whelming. The meat was ok, but the noodles were very under cooked and uneatable. My boyfriend had the wedge which was ok except for the extremely fatty undercooked bacon. He had the meatloaf and said it was good. I do want to applaud the bartender for cutting off a loud over serviced group near our table huddled around a small bar table. Some one did come over to see if we were ok, but didn't do much about it even after noticing the disruption it was causing other diners meals."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great ribeye, perfectly cooked. The avocado salad was fresh and delicious. We Loved the wine corkage policy, they don't have one. Instead if you bring your own bottle of wine you have to share a glass with a fellow patron. We were the lucky recipients."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We eat at some great places, this is in my Chicago top 2 now. The best bone-in rib eye in the world. It had a crust of seasoning on it, cooked perfectly. I love béarnaise with steak...it came with some....I didn't touch it. Wine decanted & waiter John was awesome and sincerely excited to represent the place. Got one of the awesome booths in the basement. Note if you want one, make the res on Open Table far ahead, then call and specifically request that. We didn't and when I called to confirm they said we were confirmed upstairs, and told me about needing to call to request downstairs. When we arrived they accommodated us downstairs anyway...THANK YOU to the hostess who I assume took note of that after I called and made it happen."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Booked for my bf's birthday after scouring websites for great steak places (book a few weeks out to get optimal time). Bavette's did not disappoint. Food, atmosphere, and service were spectacular. Our table wasn't ready, and we were told to grab a drink at the bar. Only disappointing point of our meal- bartender was slammed, told us to have a seat on the couches and a server would come by (10 min and nobody paid us any attention). After that, it was smooth sailing. The cocktail menu offers a great selection of classic drinks. We split the baked goat cheese appetizer (AMAZING!) and the mixed green salad with apple. Steaks were perfectly prepared. We ordered three sides to split (baked sweet potato was my favorite). Romantic and Delicious!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This was my first time in Chicago, and Bavette came personally recommended from a friend who spends a lot of time in the city. The ambiance is great- old school, classic steak house,with the old signs, exposed stonework and old wooden floors; I was surprised to learn the place is only a few years old - but whether the look is "faux" or not it works. Service is very friendly, familiar in a good way; very efficient. Food was amazing. I was dining alone and really enjoyed the staff's friendliness and camaraderie- they actually recommended other restaurants in the city to try ( unrelated to this one). I've been to ALOT of NY steakhouses, and this place was great. Would go back in a minute-"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Great food! The wedge salad was one of the best I have had...the bacon on top...heavenly!! Excellent steaks. Prices comparable to other good steakhouses in town. The restaurant got crowded toward the end of our meal and the service slowed considerably. Lemon meringue pie dessert was also delicious. Overall, a good experience and we will go back."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Classic leather banquettes, big cool chandeliers, but modern and cool. Great Old Fashioned's, thoughtful service, delicious big steaks and giant portions. Portions may even be too generous. Steak was perfectly cooked. It came out too early, but the staff was all over it and more than made it up to us. All in all, a new favorite in Chicago."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Bavette's has elegant charm and a high-style setting. T-shirts and shorts should feel out of place here as they should in such a fine establishment. The food (from apps to dessert) is fantastic. Simply served fine cuts of meat with lots of flavor. Wait staff is attentive but not overly so. Best of all, you can hear the conversation at your table but not necessarily that of neighboring tables. Love the BYOB policy to share a glass with a fellow guest. Will go back as many times as I am able."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "If you're looking for great steak and seafood with a french flare, this is it. The steak is the best I've had in Chicago and the drinks are outstanding too. A great place when you want to splurge."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We ordered filet mignon and salmon. The filet mignon was incredible and the salmon was also amazing. Both melted in your mouth."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Honestly, this is my favorite steak restaurant in all the world. I'm a senior who lived in NYC for decades. Over the years I've had some incredible meals at NYC steakhouses. But IMO, Bavette's zooms to the top of the list. This restaurant has the best steaks I've ever had...and A+ atmosphere. The aged ribeyes...the mashed potatoes...the mushrooms...the soaring red brick walls...the moody low lighting... the jazz music. Ahhhh."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Old-school steakhouse with a twist. From the moment you walk into the restaurant, the dim lighting meets you and you think you were being thrown back in time. Expecting to see Capone sitting at the table next to us, we were greeted by our waiter who was prompt and efficient. The Chicago cut ribeye was 20 ounces of fury and was cooked perfectly. My wife had the petite filet and it was great. My two children shared one order of pasta, it was on the smaller side. We had the fire roasted corn and it was rockin. crabcake and the wedge or appetizer were good. Overall, great dining experience and for the money, this steak dinner cannot be beat. Why go to a restaurant steakhouse chain when you have this to choose from."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Lived up to it's reputation. The staff is top notch, very attentive and knowledgeable. Out steaks were done to perfection. Will return to explore the menu further."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "...French twist. Is how our server described the place and this is exactly what Bavettes is. First time visit, business dinner. Food very good to excellent. Cocktails, even better, made with precision. Server knowledgeable, friendly, responsive and opportunistically attentive - we only saw him when we needed to. While it has all the appearances of an old school gentlemen's club, nice to see a good mix of youth amongst the patrons, a number of which made their way straight to the hipper, more cosmopolitan downstairs dining/bar area. Will definitely make a return visit. Note to over 40 crowd: lighting is elegant but very dim, bring your strongest pair of reading glasses."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "This food was amazing. We each had the petite filet, a few side dishes, and started with shrimp cocktail. Everything was done to perfection. I do have to say the price for a petite filet steak was $36, very pricey since that's ONLY for steak with no sides. The atmosphere is very rustic old world charm and intimate. It's hard to get a reservation so plan weeks in advance unless you want to eat after 9pm."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I love this restaurant with all my heart. The food is consistently amazing, regardless of what was ordered. I love the lighting and love the music. It's like being transported to Paris in the 1930's. The entire experience, from food to ambiance, is a complete package."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "This restaurant left an amazing impression on me and my hubby, the ribeye we tried was the best steak we have ever eaten in our lives, what a superb sear, it was juicy and so flavorful. We also loved the ambiance, it is romantic with beautiful chandeliers and dim lights. We are trying to come up with any kind of excuse to come back."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This past weekend was our second time dining at Bavette's. The first time we tried it just by chance. We were so impressed with the quality of food that we knew we would be back. This past weekend we were celebrating a special birthday of 2 friends. We once again visited Bavette's and once again, it couldn't have been better! The steaks are outstanding. We got the bone in fillet and the petite fillet. The bone-in was one of the best steaks we have ever had. We also had the tomato and bacon salad. It may not sound like much, but it is wonderful! Complete your meal with one of their signature cocktails and you will not be disappointed! We can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "By stepping through the door you enter the Times of prohibition - feels like a hidden Bar from a far more glamourous time. Highly recommand Food, Drinks and especially the extraordennary service for a Special date night or a Long Night with friends."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I discovered Bavetts last year when I took my wife there for her birthday... She loved it so much she requested to go back again this year. You won't be disappointed the steaks are top notch! Always cooked to perfection, and the side dishes are heaven in your mouth. I have nothing bad to say about Bavetts 5 stars all day long"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Steak (with marrow) was amazing! Definitely try four gras too"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I booked Bavettes for a recent wedding anniversary. It was the perfect choice from start to finish. The hostess greeted us by wishing us Happy Anniversary, as did our server. We had a lovely table that was tucked into a romantic corner. And the food was great. Really great. would absolutely return."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Very happy with the service, food, and atmosphere. Went for a special occasion and Bavettes did not disappoint. Very good drink list also."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "After a first hiccup with wanting to seat 4 people at a table in a high traffic area, the evening was superb. Great service, dinner was excellent, really nice evening after a long day!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "one of the best restaurants I have been to. Very good service."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Bavettes is a fine dining establishment with great service, food and decor. The only thing to be improved would be more menu choices"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant with fabulous service. Definitely a fun time with great food"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Spent a lovely romantic anniversary dinner at Bavettes Sat evening. Took our reservation on time. Loved our little corner banquette table.Served us complimentary glasses of wine !!! Caesar salad with whitefish a must have( could serve two easily), and my husband loved his wedge salad with thick slabs of bacon! Husband had flatiron steak with pomme frites, and I had the petite filet. Both cooked perfectly. Pomme frites wonderful too. Also the creamed spinach was served piping hot and was delicious. Portion sizes were quite ample! No room for dessert but the chocolate cream pie looked Devine that our neighbors at the next table ordered. They said it was outstanding. Service was above average. Would absolutely return."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "beef tongue with potatoes, shrimp in garlic, oysters, whitefish cesars' salad - fresh, different, and delicious. service is very good and prompt drink menu is nice - had Negroni drink"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Bavette's has amazing food and drink selection, and a great layout with beautiful decor, but the service was not so great. We were sat almost 25 mins after our reso, took nearly 15 minutes to get drinks at the (not busy) bar, and our server, after our order was placed, was not attentive at all."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "sexy but elegant room, classy service, phenomenal food, stellar drinks. my husband and I loved everything about Bavette's! there's something to be said about a place that does seemingly "simple" food impeccably well. our standouts were the fresher than fresh oysters, the indulgent Caesar salad, the perfectly cooked steak frites and the rich, but delicate, chocolate creme pie. we can't wait to return and try the stunning pork chop the table next to us ordered!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Bavette's provides a wonderful combination of great food, great service and great ambiance. Every visit reveals the outstanding consistency of the restaurant. You will pay for your experience, but will not find a better one in the city."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Went to Bavette's, for my boyfriend birthday. Everything was amazing!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The seafood tower is amazing! It has huge shrimp, lobster, crab, oysters, and ceviche! Delicious! We split the 10 oz bone filet after all of that seafood and it is hands down the best steak in Chicago! This remains one of our favorite restaurants in the city!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We'd heard a lot about this restaurant and it lived up to it's billing! Great food. Terrific ambiance. I felt like I was dining in a clubby speak easy, Soft music in the background added to the experience. My ribeye was cooked to perfection. Attentive service. I'm going back!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Dined with several friends, to celebrate a birthday. First time and was very pleased. The space is beautiful, very intimate, yet warm and welcoming. Overall, food was terrific. Best smoked whitefish caesar salad I have ever had - would go back for that alone. Thought they might have offered the birthday girl a dessert, but did not."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Just a purely classic steakhouse. Feels like you are in another generation. Service and food were spectacular! Highly suggest the parlor for a more romantic setting. Love everything about the place! I forgot I was in a big city and any stress just seemed to disappear. Very comforting food and ambiance!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The Elote corn is to die for.... Chop was great.... service stellar... Portions are very large so unless you can take it home, plan to leave half on the plate. Will be back!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I have dined here 3 times now, and really love this restaurant... this past visit the service was a bit slow (initial greet and drink orders, and I think they forgot to "fire" our food, as it was delayed)... food and choices are excellent --- fried chicken is good, but they could season it more (yes, they provide hot sauce and ranch on the side, but it needs some seasoning too). A fun place for a small to mid-size group, great atmosphere --- but it is very busy and that unfortunately seems to affect service sometimes."
    Dined on 7/17/2014