Bistro Bordeaux
Bistro Bordeaux

Bistro Bordeaux

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lebistrobordeaux.com/index.html
  • Phone: 8474241483x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday through Thursday: 5:30pm until 9pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm until 10pm
    Sunday brunch: 10:30am until 1:30pm
    Sunday dinner: 5pm until 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Micheal Gottlieb
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Catering: please call 312 375 4665 for inquiries
  • Special Events: check out our website for more information at www.lebistrobordeaux.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chicago
  • Public Transit: Davis stop on the purple line
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bistro Bordeaux
The philosophy of the menu at Bistro Bordeaux is an expression of our French culinary heritage, for which we have a profound admiration. The support of our local farmers allows us to use the freshest produce and seafood, just as one would find in the markets in the south of France. The menu showcases the freshness of these pure ingredients through simple, flavorful combinations.
As the passing of fall brings day light savings time with early nightfall, we are always excited to welcome back the great comfort food dishes typically found in bistros; the first taste of the “Coq au Vin” and the pervading perfumes of the long cooked “Cassoulet Toulousain”, come to mind. It is, in our opinion, this style of cuisine that offers the clearest definition of traditionally rooted French fare
We hope you enjoy the eating as much as we enjoy the preparation in the kitchen and wish you all "Bon appétit"!

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Bistro Bordeaux reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (72)romantic (64)fit for foodies (62)special occasion (59)notable wine list (44)great for brunch (16)good for groups (7)hot spot (7)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (4)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great food and great service
    foodielove
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This restaurant was a great place for our group get together. We had trouble with some prople arriving late and they were very accommodating and patient with out group. The wine selection is great and food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was fabulous and although our server was very friendly, the service was extremely slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent local bistro
    AwesomeVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It was not easy to find and I didn't see that they had valet parking which was very frustrating, especially in Evanston BUT this place more than made up for any short comings. Great food and service. Perfect size bistro for a true Parisian experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Good Deal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The Wednesday night pre fix is a very good deal, if you don't add drinks etc. The mussels and frites were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • French flavor explosions
    JMooreVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Never had a bad dish here. Food is always great - love the garlic on those escargots. Ask for Luke and he will guide you to food nirvana.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • groupon sunday brunch
    chloe
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    something different, but a little disappointed in the food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Bistro
    Rich
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We walked in & thought we were back in Paris. And the food, along with the affordable wine list, added to that feeling. The Foie Gras on the pepper bread pudding was spectacular, as were the quails that followed. Yummy sauces! My wife's onion soup was large, hot, cheesy & delicious. She also enjoyed her steak frites--a nice size Sirloin with a lot of frites. The server, Juan O, was very knowledgeable of the wines as well as the menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • C'est magnifique!
    steve
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Bistro Bordeaux transported us to France. The food, the wine (especially the wine - great list of wines that goes beyond the usual suspects) and the hospitality (convivial, attentive, decidedly non-Parisian) make it a real gem. Oh, and the frites are heavenly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch?
    SandynTheoVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went to Bistro Bordeaux with a Groupon for a prix fixe menu. First the atmosphere was lovely and service excellent. Overall, each dish was excellent also. We did find the menu itself a bit disjointed for brunch. The first course was a choice of mussels in white wine, garlic sauce, french onion soup or a salad. The second course was a bit more breakfast/brunch focused with Croquette Madame and eggs benedict among the choices. Our feeling is that the first and second course didn't flow flavor wise. Finally, the total price with out the Groupon was $84 for a mimosa/bloody mary, a first course, a second course and a shared dessert course. We felt that was a bit pricey for brunch and would not go again without a Groupon.
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  • Not For Brunch
    good2go
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was a huge disappointment!!!! I was really excited when I saw the GroupOn for it. We were there early so it was not crowded. The hostess sat us behind the bar, facing the wall and out of site. The server was very good. The food was less than acceptable. W/o the GroupOn it would have been $82 for 2. I would not eat there again for free.
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  • Fun with friends
    travelersallVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Yes, we had a great time with our guests, but left feeling as if the manager and waiter were friends too. Service was very professional leaning toward friendly even though the restaurant was full. The food was great. Fantastic foie gras in warm and cold preparations, lovely oysters on the half shell and good escargot got us started on the classic french bistro menu. By the time we finished authentic and delicious roasted chicken, steak frites and bouillabaisse, we all felt like we were back in France. For dessert, The creme brulee was among the best I have ever eaten, with good vanilla and a great caramelized finish. While well done, the chocolate pave was very dense and made me wish for a lighter, classic chocolate mousse instead.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a taste of France
    fiftyishfoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent dinner with French flair, nice French wine list, reasonable beer list. Charcuterie plate was generous enough to share, frites were amazing, will have mussels next time just to go with the frites. Quail was also excellent, portions were right sized, and the profiteroles rounded out the dinner nicely. A very enjoyable dinner for 4 with reservations easily obtained at the last minute
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bob1VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Delightful evening with authentic bistro cuisine. Fabulous service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth another visit
    George
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was our first time here & will not be our last. From start to finish everything was perfect. Lance, our waiter was terrific, courteous, friendly & efficient. The food along with the presentation was excellent. My salmon was superb as was the assorted meat appetizer. This could be our new, favorite local restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Bistro Bordeaux
    tp3902
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    It must have been the chefs night off. One in our party stated that half of the duck was inedible, The salad with Tuna was average. The profiteroles were stale and very hard to cut and chew. However great wine list and the soup of the day was fabulous Overal a very average dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved this Restaurant...but...
    Coolpar
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant reminds one of Paris. We were seated by a charming hostess and greeted by our server (Lance) who, although new to this restaurant was knowledgeable, helpful and attentive. We started with the escargot, the charcuterie plate and split a salad.All very good. G/f ordered the trout and it was magnificently prepared. Visually and gastronomically, a definite winner. I ordered the mussels, and was a tad disappointed. While they were authentically served in a broth along with frites and truffle mayo; they were incredibly small, but tasty. Had the flotielle for dessert-wonderful. The drawback was the owner who never acknowledged his patrons or thanked anyone as they left. His demeanor was one of importance rather than welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JimFVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very nice place but wine quality doesn't match food level. Very well prepared food, limited lower end wine list that won't please a wine lover.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    LoLo
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Definitely would recommend this spectacular restaurant. I'm going back for the Groupon Brunch!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Celebration
    DPJMY
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Good food, great service, felt like we were back in France eating!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Toujours un plaisir!
    Liljaker
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have been enjoying Bistro Bordeaux since the day it opened -- actually I dined there the first week it opened. It is my favorite restaurant in Evanston -- food is always perfect, sometimes there is quite a bit of "energy" on a Saturday night, but I still find it a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice
    Evanstonguy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We've been eating here since it opened. The food, service, wine, etc is still great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    foodlvr
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were looking to 'assess' a brunch place for our wedding and discovered Bistro Bordeaux. We had tried a couple other places in the area and were less than impressed with them until we found Bistro Bordeaux. While the building it sits in is unassuming, don't be fooled. The service, the prices, and the FOOD are all extraordinary. I can't say enough about this place and will frequent it whenever I am in Evanston.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, slow service
    NCfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Lot took 20 min to get a glass of water and to have someo e take drink order. Took forever for waiter to take food order. Good pretty good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot in Evanston
    ChicagoDiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The steak in the steak frites was a bit tough, but other than that everything was very good. The fries were outstanding. Charcuterie plate was delicious. I'd never had head cheese before but it was quite tasty! The wine list was also very good.
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  • Lovely summer dining
    out2lunch
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Dining outside on a lovely summer night was enhanced by good food and a personable, knowledgeable waiter. The French onion soup was great ...highly recommended.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Great Experience
    Paul
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our waiter (Eric) was possibly the best waiter we've ever had. He was attentive without being intrusive. . He answered questions and was great in assisting in wine decisions. We had the charcuterie platter, which was very nice. My wife had the quail, while I opted for the ribeye. Both entrees were great. We had the creme brulee and the chocolate turine for dessert. Cocktails were also well prepared.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    Bill
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We have been enjoying Bistro Bordeaux since it opened. It is a reliable and wonderful time with excellent food and service. You will enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sylvie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This restaurant is becoming my favorite place to go when in Evanston. Food, ambience, and service always excellent. Have had the bouillabaise, trout, a mushroom-centered vegetarian dish, lamb shoulder, Croque Madame, all very nice dishes. Good wine, warm bread, and blueberry sorbet, all very fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    SQSQ
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was wonderful. We truly enjoyed everything from the wine to the entrees to the terine. It was one of the best meals we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro Bordeaux
    StuartVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The ambiance, food quality, temperature were all excellent but the portions were very very small.Entrees not plated very well and that showed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tres bien
    Sweettea2006
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    One of my favorite French restaurants in Chicago area. Authentic french
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Cozy, French for Sure
    jsusanj
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Will surely return to this friendly, very "French" gem in Evanston. Hadn't been here before and found the decor, waiter and menu very good. The tart appetizer was delicious, as was the bib salad. I had mussels which were very small, but the broth was delicious. My husband had escargot which he loved, the trout and, for dessert, 3 small cream puffs filled with ice cream and then he poured chocolate sauce over them. I tasted. Yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Judith
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    we were at the restaurant on a Wed. evening. The service was very poor. Not enough help. The food was not up to par. I have been to the restaurant on the weekend and tho it was very noisy, the food was much better and the service was far better, even when the restaurant was completely filled. I will not be visiting Bistro Bordeaux again
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice job Erik
    Yogithedave
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a lovely meal and enjoyed great service from our waiter Erik...thanks!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This being my third time to Bistro Bordeaux, I expected more. The service was so slow and the restaurant was not busy. The waitress was nice but so poorly serviced us. The food was only ok, not great. Only the oysters were good, but how can you ruin oysters?
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  • Beware Bastille Day
    monsieurdubois
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We went to Bistro Bordeaux on Bastille Day because we had received an email promoting a special menu. It took 45 minutes before our salad arrived, then another 45 minutes for the main course, which was awful. We asked for more bread to tide us over while we waited, but none ever arrived. In fact, after taking our order, the waiter never made another appearance. So after a few bites of the main course, we got up to leave, offering to pay for the salad and wine. In the restaurant's favor, They refused to let us pay. We had been there several times before, and always had great meals, so we'll chalk it up to a really, really bad night in their kitchen and hope for better next time.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bastille Day
    StaySpicy
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We had a nice French dinner celebrating Bastille Day. Overall, a very tasty evening. Only complaint was my medium-rare steak came out rare. Promptly corrected. Escargot delicious; bouillabaisse was good, but a bit bland. Terrine au Chocolat for dessert was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's Bastille Day
    Keytickler
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We took advantage of Bistro Bordeaux's Bastille Day special menu, and had a nice dinner. One of us had the fixed price special, a good value, and the other ordered a la carte. There was a strolling accordian player setting the atmosphere for the holiday that evening. Food was delicious, presentation was attractive, and portion sizes were good. Service was fine but not quite attentive enough. As the room filled up the noise level increased, but it was possible to converse. We have dined here before, and will do so again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spurned once, but gave them a shot!
    orgasmicfoodlover
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My wife and I came here a year ago as an after thought, since the restaurant across the street we we heading to had an 1.5 hour wait for a table. Upon entering, the hostess looked us up and down, hesitated, and then told us they were fully booked. I could see 5 or 6 tables available over her shoulder. My wife walked out angry. I decided I would give them another chance a year later, and took my wife last week. The food was good, but nothing spectacular. Our waiter visited the table twice or three times the entire evening, as there were long stretches of time between visits. The table next to us, two couples, included a loud and obnoxious man who was obviously obsessed with money, and peoples earning potential, and his $31M contract etc.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic French bistro food
    JanP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    One of our favorite French restaurants. Last year we brought a friend who grew up in Montreal there and she requested we go there again on this year's visit. That says it all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate