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Bistro Campagne
Bistro Campagne

Bistro Campagne Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistrocampagne.com
  • Phone: (773) 271-6100
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9ish, Friday 5:30pm - 10ish, Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm Sunday:brunch 11am - 2pm; dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Organic, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Adam Dittmer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact Alex Uribe for details
  • Private Party Facilities: Private space available for up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Alex Uribe (312) 504-8144
  • Entertainment: Every Sunday join us for dinner and jazz with the Matt Young Group
  • Special Events & Promotions: Check our website for upcoming Wine & Beer Pairing events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wilson
  • Public Transit: 6 Minute walk from the Brown Line-Western Ave Stop
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Large public lot directly across from the restaurant, but you will still need to "Pay at Box" as with the street parking
A word from Bistro Campagne
Bistro Campagne is a warm and friendly neighborhood restaurant in the tradition of a true French bistro. From the beginning, Bistro Campagne has strived to capture and express that ephemeral quality found in favorite small neighborhood bistros in Paris and rural France: the sense of welcome, ease, fun conversation & and of course excellent food. The setting is a charming blend of prairie-inspired decor and lively Gallic spirit. It is the food, however, that is at the heart of a great bistro, and Chef Michael Altenberg offers a seasonally changing menu of classic bistro fare that is based on the best ingredients he can find. His commitment to organic agriculture leads him to seek products from local organic farmers throughout our Midwestern growing season, and even from organic farms on the west coast throughout the winter. Bistro Campagne is committed to the use of organic food products and strongly supports the sustainable, low impact agriculture movement.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "This restaurant is our "go-to" place for special occasions and other times when we just want a comfortable place to have a delicious meal."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We always look forward to an evening at Bistro CAmpagne. Very classy establishment that excells in the important arenas, food, service and ambiance. Definitely worth the construction-heavy drive from the 'burbs."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The ambience of Bistro Campagne is delightful. It really made me feel like we were back in a Paris bistro. Even the layout. You feel welcome, and like you do not want to leave. The menu is a successful balance of restraint and opportunity, including french staples such as Steak tartare (wonderful), croque monsieur and madame, steak frites (with two steak options), an assortment of braises, and several fresh fish selections. And dont forget the Bistro Burger- which was delighful. Authentic, charming, absolutely delicious food, a commendable wine list, and all for very reasonable prices. From the city, hop on the brown line train to the stop at Western, and you will be very happy that you did. This is what French bistro dining is all about."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We used to love this Bistro when we lived in the city.The hangar steak was pre sliced and half was medium rare while the other half was well done, not sure but it appeared that I got meat from two different steaks on my plate. The escargot which used to be really good was really bad, too many bread crumbs and worse it looked as if the snails had not been cleaned they had a nasty white membrane attached to them with some white stuff inside of it. I have never seen that at any other time. The salmon was actually pretty good (saved the meal). So whether they just had an off night, we have just outgrown it or the place really has gone downhill doesn't matter, the bottom line is I will no longer recommend or make trips to the city to come here."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We found this place on a whim, and could not have been more impressed with the dining experience. We are a family from DC and spent this past weekend in Chicago. The ambience of both the magical outdoor patio and the cozy indoor dining rooms and bar was unbeatable. Our waiter Patrick was attentive and knowledgable and had a great personality. Every dish we ordered was to die for and our daughters severe food allergies were more than catered to. Bistro Campagne impressed us and we will be back for sure."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Bistro Campagne and once again we had a very pleasant experience. Everything from the setting of the tables to the courteous and helpful staff was conducive to have a nice dinning affair. The salad Lyonnesse was true to its name. It made me feel for a moment we we're back in Lyon. It's nice to know that most of the produce Bistro serves are from loyal growers. This time we ordered the salmon and it was superb in freshness and taste. I also discovered at Bistro an excellent red wine from French organic grapes that has become one of my favorites. As suggested by our fabulous waitress, we ordered the pain Perdue and were not disappointed. It was delicious! Bistro is the place for excellent food with a French touch."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Outstanding service, atmosphere, and quality dining choices. I haven't been disappointed in 25 years of visits."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Shared the amish chicken but also ordered side of mushrooms and green beans....food was amazingly delicious! Shared onion tart as an appetizer. .....again, amazing. Service was exemplary!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Bistro Camapgne is in an attractive dining area with a really nice patio - due to the weather, we couldn't outside, but it was obviously a great space. The tables, unlike many restaurants, were actually adequately spaced, lending privacy. Our main issue came when my wife was served piece of whitefish that was literally raw - this isn't a fish that should be served deep pink, but it was. When it was sent back, it was returned to us blackened by char. Setting aside the problem with the food, the delay ruined the dinner for all, as we had to wait for my wife's food to return. Normally, I'd expect a gesture - a free round of drinks, the bad main course to be comped - but the restaurant did nothing. The food for the rest of us was merely ok."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Everyone at my table of six has been fortunate enough over the years to have had amazing dining experiences in France. Bistro Campagne brought us all back to those delicious days. Not haute cuisine, just beautifully prepared classic French bistro fair. Comfort food that goes to 11. This is a destination that apparently everyone knew about but me. So glad I know now."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was our second visit and once again, everything was great from the service to the food. This time we sat outside in the garden patio area and it was so quaint, peaceful and pretty! Last time we ate inside and it's warm and cozy w/ charm. The food is very good. The only surprising thing was this time I ordered the Ratatouille de la Campagne and for $19 it was very small - disappointing and not sure it was worth $19 - although very good. We will be back again - it's a great place!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "If it wasn't for the ambience, the experience would have been a total bust. Our server acted like she just returned from a spa and smoked a joint. The portions were incredibly small- do NOT order the ratatouille! It would be considered a side by most standards. I had the salmon, which was cooked perfectly, but was small and not noteworthy. We left hungry after a $100 bill. We ended up popping in at a bar for poutine and a bottle of wine. Bistro is one of those places that constantly gets recommended, but with so many great spots in Lincoln square alone, it's difficult to say we'll be back."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Loved the outdoor area. Interesting menu and good service. Only thing missing was fresh squeezed oj. Can't have a mimosa with low end orange juice."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Lovely atmosphere on a summer evening. The signature dish (poulet) paired with a crisp, dry white wine with only a hint of citrus made me believe that I was in a café in France. But who needs France when sitting in a wonderful restaurant in Lincoln Square. A wonderful gem! Service was spectacular. Thank you Patrick!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food is excellent. It is well prepared without being pretentious. The service is very good and dinner was well timed. Pleasant atmosphere and very conversation friendly. Couldn't have asked for a nicer evening."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I requested a quite table when making the reservation a week in advanced. Many people online talked about having a quiet table. When the girl called to confirm our visit, I again requested a table that was quite. She said "of course". Yet, the hostess took us to a table right in the bar area which is the noisiest section of the restaurant. I told her my request and she replied: " this is our busy time." So the birthday dinner was more like eating at a deli! The hostess should have asked us if we wanted to wait for a different, quieter table to open up which we would have done. The food was absolutely delicious, but the acoustics are awful."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food is great, atmosphere is cozy and the volume level is manageable. The wine list is vast and wine by the glass is good and reasonable. Don't miss the French onion soup, it was done right."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We got seated quickly...ordered a bottle of red wine suggested to us by our awesome server. Had tasty appetizer. Shared a great salad. Loved our entrees as well. Chose chicken and salmon. Very tasty. Onions served with chicken dish were fab themselves! All good here...Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We have eaten at Bistro Compagne several times and have always loved it so this could have been an off night. In summary, food was barely fair, service was great and ambiance is wonderful. Staff, as always, is friendly and accommodating. I had Amish chicken which was topped with onion rings and a sauce. Very poor presentation and average food. My husband had hangar steak which he describes as good but not exceptional. Appetizer fritters were average but the aioli was great. I would not rush back but may consider it to try the Tuesday night mussel special on a wonderful outdoor patio."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food was fantastic, but what I really enjoyed was the quiet, civilized ambiance which allowed us to have memorable conversations. In addition, the interior decoration was beautiful. As for the food, the salmon was perfect, as was the lamb. The lemon tart was the best I've ever had."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food was wonderful. Appetizers and entrees and dessert. Service by Sarah couldn't have been better. She was gracious, and personable and so knowledgeable about everything on the menu. Yet unassuming, modest, charming, smart. We loved her. Ambience of the place also lovely. We were there before show at Old Town School but we could go there again anytime even with no show as a reason."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here for a much-needed date night without kiddos. When we first looked through the menu, it looked simple. I will admit we were wondering if perhaps we should have chosen to go elsewhere...our date nights are very precious! But everything we ordered (I had salmon, my husband had ratatouille) was perfectly cooked and delicious. There was a great balance of flavors. I thought the mint that came with salmon sounded like it could be overpowering, but it was delicate and really added to the dish. We've talked about the food and our night many times since. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Always a good place in the neighborhood. The food is well prepared and the prices are reasonable. Service is friendly as well. Nice outdoor patio."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Expensive restaurants need to have a no children or baby policy after 7ish! I don't care to have "crying, upset babies' with my dinner. Open table should have a check box for restaurants that have a no children policy."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Amazing french food, consistently good. Wait staff is incredible. The croque Madame is out of this world, and if you like calves liver, try it here. We always end our meal with the bread pudding which is lighter than the chewy mass you find at most places. This place is so romantic, with little rooms and outdoor spaces tucked away and very quiet."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I had especially requested a tble in one of he quieter rooms but was given one near the bat.. they said the bar doesn't get moisy and of course, it isn't a TV bar, but , let me tell you , it was very very noisy. Still, it is a lovely place."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant in Lincoln Square! I've been coming here since they opened and can honestly say I've never been disappointed. The food is great, the service is great and ambience is wonderful whether you want a nice romantic dinner for two or as a group, this is a wonderful spot! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We were there this past Wednesday after we received our marriage certificate earlier that day in downtown Chicago. We come here every year for our anniversary and they never disappoint. The food was delicious, the service was sweet and attentive and the ambiance was warm and welcoming - not stuffy and not super-loud. We love this place! "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "He liked his appetizer and salad. She found the appetizer oversized--a meal in itself. He found the dinner unsatisfactory (and the waiter avoided dthe table after depositing the dishes). She found the meat good the frites soggy. Overall: don't plan on returning."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Excellent food, service, and ambience. We ordered the croque madame and steak frites. Frites were crispy and salty, steak cooked perfectly, and croque madame had mornay sauce (some places only do the egg, no sauce). Good looking cocktails as well, although I only had one (Duchesse, which was delicious). The outdoor area is very sweet and romantic. This is a great place for a date. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in to the moment we walked out it was simply perfect. Thank you."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Just a really wonderful spot. Great food, great staff and lively environment. Can't wait to sit on the patio one night!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food here is always on point. Great date place for a couple or meeting up with an old friend. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Romantic restaurant with wonderful service and excellent food. Get the bread pudding."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I don't know why we wait for our anniversary to eat here. The food is awesome. The atmosphere is very pleasant. We always enjoy our time. It doesn't seem to matter what we order. It's always delicious. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The waitress Lindsey is awesome! Told her that was our anniversary dinner, she made us 2 wonderful complimentary champagnes. The food was way more impressive than the menu description. Will definitely try outdoor dinning next time!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Charming dining areas and staff. Seasonal menu items never disappoint and always offer something new to experience. Some of the best desserts I have ever tried to choose from."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Portion size was perfect and food was excellent. Server was wonderful, we definitely be going back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant a few times now for brunch and dinner. The food and service are great!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is a very nice place to have a bit of outdoor dining on their patio. The food is very good (duck confit) and the service is always wonderful. It is a very casual place and nice to have in the neighborhood. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014