Bavettes

Bavettes

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bavetteschicago.com/
  • Phone: 3126248154x
  • 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: Seafood, European, Steakhouse
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bavettes reviews from OpenTable diners
370 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (274)romantic (261)fit for foodies (246)hot spot (169)neighborhood gem (108)notable wine list (103)vibrant bar scene (84)good for groups (67)late-night find (59)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Love Bavette
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Although my steak was delicious and perfectly cooked it was nearly inedible with all the connective tissue. I know I should have sent it back but I was on s date and I wanted us to enjoy the meal together. Not have to wait for another steak.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy
    Sevilla
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Always wanted to eat here and was totally satisfied when I finally did! Really great atmosphere, service and the food was phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    It was an overall great dining experience. Everything was amazing, from the food to the spectacular service. Bavettes can easily claim best steakhouse in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Speakeasy meets steakhouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    If you want to dine at a restaurant that feels like a swanky speakeasy and meets the criteria of a traditional Chicago steakhouse, come to Bavettes. I often get drinks with friends and coworkers at the downstairs bar, which is also outstanding. Jazz plays as you dine in the low lighted room, with decor fit for the set of Boardwalk Empire. I took my father here for his birthday and he loved it--there was enough noise to feel like the restaurant was popping, but quiet enough that you can hear your dinner guest across the table without any strain. It's an all-around great place! The BYO wine policy is interesting, but a great alternative to a high corking fee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday dinner!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I'm from Mexico, and My husband and I love checking places locally, even more for his Birthday celebration. We went to Bavette's per a recommendation given by a local person. We ha dinner and we were delighted with everything, especially the crabcake and the chocolate pie... Service also made the difference plus the atmosphere was great: the place, the music and the lights. TRULY recommendable!! Since it is expensive, I'd recommend this for especial ocassions or either be aware as it is pricey.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steaks are Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The best steaks that my wife and I have ever had anywhere including the other top ten steakhouses in Chicago. Great ambiance and service. Suggest all try it, even if you have to sit at the bar to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't get it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Its a lovely space but the food was not great. The beef stroganoff that seems popular was like fettuccini Alfredo with pieces of short rib and mushrooms on top. The steak frites came with overcooked fries- steak was ok. Dessert was average. I don't get the appeal!
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  • over rated
    rg1219VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    i was feeling "lucky" to snare a 5:15 reservation and was surprised to walk into a nearly full pitch black restaurant at that time. The vipe was good but every dish was average. Good size portions but bland from start to finish
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite restaurant in Chicago
    JPjp
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Bavette's is consistent in every way: great service, OMFG the food, and a really cool ambiance. We switch off between dining upstairs and downstairs; each has its own vibe. Upstairs more traditional steakhouse-y, downstairs more speakeasy-ish. We have not ever been disappointed here; it's still out favorite restaurant in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Went to Chicago for the weekend with my parents and had dinner at Bavette's... Superb! loved the coctails, beers and the meat was great, I totally recommend it!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Evening
    ellencVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I went to celebrate our "big" birthdays with 2 friends. My son lives in Chicago and recommended it. We had a delicious dinner, and loved the ambience and vibrant scene. Found out later that my son had never even been there…he will now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok but wouldn't go back
    wieds138VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I found our waiter to be very awkward and shy. He didn't take time to explain much or take us through the menu or his recommendations. If I were at a late night diner its the type of service I would expect but not at classy restaurant. The Chicago Cut Rib Eye was about 30% fat and I found it is tough as leather. The steak salt provided did add nice flavor. The creamed spinach was great as well as the bread. The baked goat cheese app, butternut squash side and cheesecake were all okay but not good enough to make me want to return. Overall nice place but was expecting more out of the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent again – or nearly so
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Bavette's has been our favorite restaurant since we discovered it a few months ago. We have brought friends numerous times, and the food, atmosphere, and service are seamlessly integrated and, frankly, excellent. As we've noted before, we also love the 'free' corkage policy – be sure to tip your server extra if you make use of this. Our most recent visit was more of the same. If this review sounds too generic, it's only because we have enjoyed every food option we've had, each cocktail, and we have had very good servers. We are excited to see that the standard has remained high here over our repeated visits, and we cannot recommend Bavette's highly enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food
    HappyFace
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Steak and pork chop were outstanding. We would definitely return when in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of Chicago's best
    FLTraveler
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Outstanding food and service. I've eaten steak at a lot of places in Chicago, and this is one of the best! Sides are delicious and huge-shareable. Great menu selection for those who want something other than steak. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of towners
    Gr8Full
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Pleasant, romantic eve. Helpful suggestions from wait staff on entrees and side dishes to share--for example the wedge salad easily shared by two--we had trout caesar and wedge with plenty between three of us. Also shared steak and porkchop between three of us. Quiet enough to hear and talk without straining to communicate! Booth is essential for best experience! Will go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very nice atmosphere. Great food. Great service. The entire menu looked great too. It can be pricey but you get your money's worth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for our anniversary meal
    Helen
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Visited and booked from uk. It was our anniversary. Husband on business in chicago. Wonderful cocktail in bar to start. Fantastic oysters and steak. Our best meal on a 5 day visit to chicago
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Top notch food, superb service, compelling environment and thoroughly consistent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    KatyKab
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My husband and I came here for a nice dinner on a recommendation from friends. We made a reservation and when we arrived they immediately took us to our table. The ambience was wonderful - candle light, wood, leather, brick, comfy large half circle booths. The group at the table next to us was very boisterous, but the manager immediately moved us to a quite area and apologized numerous times. Service was very attentive and the food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10th Anniversary Dinner
    KarateKid
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Absolutely fantastic dinner for our 10th Anniversary. Bavettes is one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago. We started with the Trout Caesar salad, which replaced the white fish salad. Excellent way to start off our meal. My wife had the filet and I had the lamb chops and both were perfectly prepared. The service was top notch. Our waiter checked on us periodically to ensure everything was going well or if we needed anything. Bavettes has a program where you can bring your own wine without a corkage fee, but one glass goes to another table at the servers choice. It being our anniversary, we were given a complementary glass of wine and champagne. What a fantastic night and another great dining experience!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our 25th
    Clique
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We celebrated our 25th anniversary and everything at Bavettte's was outstanding. Our waiter Eric guided us through the menu and then did an amazing job of wine pairings throughout the courses. Made for a special evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overbearing Service
    Peter
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I am rarely upset when service is too much, but I was this night. Brandon was over-the-top congenial. His MANY interruptions showed he was unable to read the table and back off. Twice is acceptable, but this occurred many more times through the evening. His upselling on liquor and food was very obnoxious.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best dinner ever!
    AlbertoPina
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Corn, thick cut bacon, rib eye... Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Found this restaurant by chance and what a great find! Everything was top notch and the ambience was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food but for adults only
    NYCFoodcritic
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was fantastic- well worth the high price which is often not the case at steakhouses. But this is a restaurant for adults only. We were traveling with a 5 month old and Bavettes was not accommodating. Despite ample room next to our table, they would not allow us to bring the baby's stroller into the restaurant. Had we not planned to meet others there, we would have left. I can only assume they did not want that aesthetic in the restaurant. Regardless, she was great and we had a delicious dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Chicago?
    Mickelin
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Went to Bavettes to celebrate after finishing the marathon with my wife and 14 year old son. We all agreed - What a great restaurant! Elegant and classy while still informal and friendly. Service was outstanding, food fabulous, portions huge. One of the best restaurant meals of my life.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old School Chicago
    GirlRunningTall
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I was quite sure I had stepped back in time...in the best way. Al Capone could have walked in at any time and it would have felt right. It is perfect. The drinks, food and service are impeccable. I wish I had gotten the bartender's name but he made a delicious champagne cocktail. The bartenders at Bavettes are craftspeople. They weren't throwing drinks together in a hurry to make the time pass. They are methodical and do it right and each drink is crafted with care and quality. The bar was lively and social. The goat cheese appetizer was out of this world. The thick-cut bacon is pure sin on a plate - delish! The steak was superbly cooked and the sweet potato side was excellent with the caramelized sugar. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    There were 6 of us from New Mexico, we went to Bavettes on a recommendation from a co worker in Chicago. We had a fabulous meal, the vibe was great, one of the best steaks I have ever had.
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    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    While visiting Chicago I enjoyed a variety of great meals, but my dinner at Bavettes was the most enjoyable. Between the atmosphere, the service, and of course the food, I couldn't have asked for a more delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really liked Round 2
    ChiFoodJunkieVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    E&W Oysters hit the spot! The Wedge salad with a slab of that glorious Sodikoff bacon, crispy lettuce and egg, was awesome. Went with the Chicago Ribeye which was seasoned and cooked to perfection. Elote corn and loaded baked potato(more Sodikoff bacon chunks) sides really drove the meal home. No room for dessert. VERY satisfied
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect atmosphere with great food.
    DinnerAt8
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Took a 10p reservation because we've wanted to eat here & it's always booked. Arrived at 9:30p expecting to have a drink but were seated right away at a nice table for 2. The atmosphere here is perfect if you love an old school vibe. Dark, exposed brick; chandeliers; and 1920's jazz playing. Service was great. Portions were large. We loved the goat cheese appetizer. We split the wedge salad but still only ate half of it. I had the petite filet, my husband had the bone in ribeye. Both were prepared as requested (medium & medium rare) and delicious. We're not sure it was the best steaks we've ever had but they were very good. Loved the BYOB policy. Bring your own bottle of wine, share a glass with a fellow guest and enjoy free corkage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    SJEandSPE
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful dinner at Bavette's. Service and ambiance were excellent and the food was as well. We had the meatloaf and the dry aged bon in rib-eye. My steak was probably the best I've ever had! Would recomment Bavette's to anyone looking for a great date night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    AmyB
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have been here twice within the past few months. Both times we got the bone in ribeye. It was so good the first time that we could resist getting it again. It is probably one of the best steaks I have ever had! It is quite large so we split it which left us room to enjoy some sides. The mashed potatoes, roasted tomatoes and sweet potato are all very good. We also tried the corn, which is also good but maybe not the best pairing with the steak. Next time, I'll have to try the meatloaf or pork chop. I've heard both are very good, but I really doubt there is a bad thing on the menu! Service and atmosphere are both excellent as are the drinks! Enjoy!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Experience
    PolkHigh
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    All-around awesome meal. Definitely get a reservation. Started with drinks and Bavettes has a great cocktail list with a substantial whiskey/bourbon selection. For dinner we got the flat iron and ribeye and both were great. Our server was very helpful and service was fast but we never felt rushed.
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    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    SteakLover22
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed everything about our experience at Bavette's. The food was top-notch from start to finish. The thick, warm slices of sourdough bread with butter before the meal were tremendous. Our steaks were perfect. I had the 22-ounce, dry-aged, bone-in prime rib. I thought I'd have trouble finishing it, but I had no problem. I also had the loaded baked potato, which also was great. The highlight of the night was dessert. The chocolate cream pie with Oreo crust was fantastic. The waiter said it would feed two, but I took care of it myself. It was thick, rich and delightful. We're not drinkers, so water sufficed. That was probably best considering all the food we ate. Have to go back.
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    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We were so happy with the food, service, ambience and can't wait to go back! Loved the "corkage fee" policy for the wine; bring your own bottle and you're only charged one glass of wine to share with another table. Loved the music and overall mood in the restaurant. Completely reasonable prices for such great food! Thank you!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I had heard such amazing things about Bavettes so I went in with high expectations. The atmosphere did not disappoint! It was a beautiful space with a classic feel. Everything else though was sub par. Our server didn't appear at our table until 15 minutes after we were seated (although hats off to our busser who was amazing and very attentive!!!) and he disappeared for most of the night. The cocktails were more ice than drink. The featured crab cake was really disappointing (dry and hardly any crab)! My steak was very overdone (but couldn't find our server to send it back) and the fries were dry and flavorless. Finally, although we had put on our reservation chit that we were celebrating a birthday, it was never acknowledged.
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    late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Fantastic
    SatisfiedCVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I had the best meal of my life there. Just perfect.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French themed steakhouse
    GuillermoVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was our second time at Bavettes. We were hosting a retiring colleague and wanted a place that had very good food and was quiet enough where we could talk. Our guests loved the ambiance, service and food, as did we. The service was gracious and attentive. We were not rushed and sat for almost three hours. All of us ordered smoked trout caesar salad, one of the most unique caesar salads we have had. All our steaks were prepared to our satisfaction. And the mile high lemon merinque pie was a great ending. We have recommended Bavettes to others with confidence that they will have a good meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.