Bistro Campagne
Bistro Campagne

Bistro Campagne

  • 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: Organic, Comfort Food, French
  • 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
  • Entertainment: Every Sunday join us for dinner and jazz with the Matt Young Group
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Bistro Campagne reviews from OpenTable diners
191 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (145)romantic (118)fit for foodies (113)great for outdoor dining (107)special occasion (103)notable wine list (48)great for brunch (28)good for groups (15)hot spot (9)late-night find (6)great for lunch (6)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • You can't go wrong
    Zenchant
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I'll keep coming back. Very pleasant atmosphere. Not pretentious but not lowscale. Great-tasting meals. The mussels are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Event
    AJRY
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    A very pleasant every which included good wine and a delicious appetizer and salad. It was very comfortable to have a conversation and we were not rushed. I've been coming here for a number of years and have been recommending it to friends who also have enjoyed their experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bistro Compagne-Ain't What it Was
    Rick
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We had the Price-Fix. I had the trout; She had a pork chop. Both were swimming in grease. Well, probably butter. Including the string beans. We both had mussels as appetizers. The sauce was tasty; the mussels tiny. For dessert, we had the bread pudding which had more in common with a Cinnabon roll than any bread pudding that I've ever had. Sugary. We will go back to Bistro Compagne, for old-times sake, and to see if this was just an aberration. We can no longer recommend the place to friends who want a good french restaurant in Chicago.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Welcoming
    Jeremy
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Bistro Campagne has become a regular ‘go-to’ for any occasion. Perfect for formal entertaining, celebrating events, a romantic evening, midweek dinner or a relaxing brunch. Part of that versatility comes from the amazing service, warmth of welcome and a wide-ranging menu. Last visit I had the potato and salt cod croquettes as an appetizer and the Foie de Veau as an entrée – possibly the best melt in your mouth liver. My guests enjoyed the seasonal soup, beef cheeks and salmon all to unanimous approval. Bar service is exceptional all around. It’s rare to find a restaurant combining such a welcoming, neighborhood café feel with great food and delightful service. The lovely patio garden is just a bonus in warm weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always makes for a special meal.
    delicieuse
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The quality ingredients and classic preparations make for a real French flavor in the plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I love this bistro, especially for the outdoor dining in warm weather. Unfortunately, it was too cold when we visited. Food and service are great . But the ambiance is outstanding. I wish we had a place like this in the northwest suburbs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best birthday dinner!
    eclecticthinker
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I just want to say that this was the best dinner experience that I have had i n a long time. They were busy, but our server made us feel like we were the only couple there. Her recommendations were spot on from the bubbly rose, to the pork chop. I am eager to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner
    Karel
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The dishes were exquisite and the service was excellent. We have been to Bistro Campagne several times and have always been very happy with the experience. This time, the dinner was delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantabulous
    Goldie
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Hands down, one of the dining experiences that I've had in a long time. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic gem, great menu
    YennyennyVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I felt like I has stumbled into a local favorite somewhere in France. The menu was excellent and avoided all the expected, stereotypical french dishes. Instead - it featured seasonal, well thought out dishes that made it hard to pick just one! We will for sure go back. Also - totally unpretentious which can sometime be hard to find with french restaurants ;-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Special Occasion
    Sbraun
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Food was amazing, we both did the pre fix with wine pairings. Great deal for the food and wine under $50 for each person. Amazing ambiance for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was outstanding. The staff incredibly attentive. I had the roast chicken---It was great. I love the location i Lincoln Square
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    redfisher
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Went with some friends who live in the neighborhood, but who have never been. We all enjoyed it, great food, service and atmosphere. The frites could have been a bit "crispier" but all-in-all everything was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    mimi
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    In any season this is a warm and welcoming bistro serving French comfort food. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependably Lovely
    Grimsby
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I am very pleased that I chose to spend my 60th birthday dining at Bistro Campagne with my husband, children and their partners. We have been to Bistro C many times and have always enjoyed the food, wine, atmosphere and service and know we can count on a lovely meal. Two of my offspring are food industry professionals (pretty particular about where we eat!) and they, too, are always happy to choose B.C. Our last visit was as good as we've come to expect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre fixe
    ovid
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    First time diner. Excellent service. The food was perfectly prepared and flavorful. I will definitely go back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I had indicated on my reservation this dinner was a celebration for my upcoming retirement. My wife and I were seated at a beautifully located table followed with two complimentary glasses of champagne by our waiter for this celebration. Quite a start to our 5 PM reservation but followed by excellent food recommendation and service. As I indicated, very pleasantly surprised and would come again in spite of the free champagne which I made up for with the other wine that was ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummm!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Outstanding. We went with a group of friends to celebrate a birthday. We were not rushed and enjoyed an excellent meal. It is expensive but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nonameVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The food is good, but I think it is a little overpriced. I went there because I had a concert at the OTSFM, but if I was just going for French, I would go somewhere else for better food and price (Le Bouchon.)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They are back!
    FXJJRVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food, service is back to the high level set before the founding chef passed away. We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love the escargot
    CJDiningVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I recently had dinner with a friend. We both loved the escargot -- very tender. The combination of apples, blue cheese and the dressing in the salad de pommes is very good. We both had the trout. I thought it was also very good. However, my friend thought removing the skin from the fillet was too much work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Romantic Spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My husband and I ate at Bistro Campagne the night we were engaged - and just returned last week to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary!! This lovely little spot did not disappoint! Incredible food and service - we truly felt like royalty. The whole staff made it a great and memorable experience once again :) Special thanks to Alex for picking out one of the best wines we've ever had!! A great place to celebrate!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A winner
    EatoutalotVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    All four of us enjoyed every bite. The service was thoughtful without being intrusive. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    Gabby
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Bistro Campagne is a wonderful small restaurant. The ingredients are all locally sourced and organic. The menu is varied and everything we ate was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accomodating
    Judy
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Our group of 6 (3 couples) have a 5-year tradition of having dinner together in the lovely garden on a late summer evening. Unfortunately, this year the weather suddenly got cool after our drinks were served. Our waiter recommended that we go indoors so we would be more comfortable -- even though he "lost" our table to another server. The staff was very accommodating and most concerned about our comfort and made the move from the garden to the dining room as easy as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wasn't for me
    Countryfrenchfan
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I was supposed to be out with my wife but due to complications I ended up taking my daughter. The whole scene was weird being at a romantic, country French restaurant with my daughter. So granted my mood was somewhat off but I thought the food was very mediocre. Indoor it was loud and I had a hard time hearing my daughter when she was talking to me. I was pretty disappointed with the whole experience which, as I mentioned right away, could totally have been due to my weird turn of events that lead to me not being out with my wife. Either way, I don't see myself going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I have dined here several times and always find it comfortable with good service and very good food. This visit was no exception.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Special Occasion spot.
    ZwissBeats
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My wife and I travel to Chicago for our 1yr wedding anniversary. I made a note in my reservation about it and they team at Bistro went above and beyond. From champagne to a candle with our creme brulee, to our amazing server, it was a fantastic choice to celebrate and surprise my wife. The food was amazing, can't believe my wife finished it all, so good. They had live background music of a guitarist and stand-up bass player playing smooth music. I don't think I could have found a better spot. If anyone writes a bad review on this place, I challenge them to really think about their mood and attitude before leaving, because this is a 5 star gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Country French Cuisine
    60202foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    If you can't make the trip to France then a visit to Bistro Campagne is a fair substitute. This a charming relatively small venue with authentic cuisine francaise. Escargot or steak tartare for appetizers, perfectly sauteed trout and an exquisite bread pudding were the dinner choices, and all hit the mark. This has become the go-to spot for casual dining on an occasion or for no reason at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant & comfortable
    HappyEater
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food is delicious. The ambiance is so much - at once, relaxing and romantic. They have excellent musicians playing perfect dinner music on Sundays after 6:00 p.m. They have a very appealing outdoor courtyard with heat lamps. We love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Find In Lincoln Park
    irwinVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A superb french bistro in Lincoln Square! The steak and trout were outstanding as were the cocktails and wine. The friendly and knowledgeable staff only enhanced the evening. We have certainly placed this on our list of keepers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • CeldinerVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    first time diners .Food was excellent for the price point and nice wine list. Service was very good and knowledgeable about the ingredients and preparation as we had a dairy allergy in group. We ate early(6 pm) which helped the conversation level-by time we left the noise level was reaching difficult levels. Definitely would go again if in the neighborhood. found on open table and reviews were accurate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great French Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Always outstanding! BC is one of my favorite restaurants hands down. By far the best in Lincoln Square...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Endless bowl of mussles great deal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Our 9 year old son is a huge fan of mussles. He definitely got his money worth with our dinner there 2 nights ago. Our entire party enjoyed there meal!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The quality of the food here has diminished just a little since the death of the original chef, but is still quite good. What makes up for any of that is the exceptional quality of the service. The attention paid is professional, friendly, accommodating, and unintrusive; in other words, perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Intimate unpretentious French!
    BazNChicago
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is a marvelous hidden, out of the way place. The ambience is unparalleled from the street on which it's set. It's intimate without being pretentious. It's not one large open space, but several little rooms with fantastic lighting. My date and I had the escargot. A seemingly simple dish to prepare was one of the most exceptional either of us ever had. Enough garlic to rid the entire city of vampires, it had parsley and breadcrumbs to give it body. The snails weren't overdone. The salad Lyonnaise was marvelous (the egg was just north of overdone). The trout was done to perfection, and the beef cheeks, were extremely tender. The chocolate pot of creme for desert was a fantastic way to end dinner. Cocktails were generously poured.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JeanVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our third time here and, once again, it was a great dinner. Classic French bistro fare, including the best French onion soup I've had anywhere. Tres yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Date Night Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Bistro Campagne was a perfect lunch or dinner restaurant for romantic dining. We had an early dinner. The service was attentive and warm. The outdoor patio was romantic and beautiful. It felt like a backyard but at least like you weren't in a big city. The indoor part of the restaurant was warm and charming too. The food was delicious. The steak and liver were perfectly cooked. The salads were fresh and interesting. We definitely intend to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food. Poor Service.
    AnneKessler
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Intimate charming ambiance and really good food. My friend had the Amish Chicken and it was moist and succulent and my hanger steak was fork tender; the sauce perfectly complimented the frites. A perfect French Bistro meal. However, the service was poor. It started out excellent and fell off quickly. Our server never took our main entree order until about 20 minutes after we finished our appetizer. I had to get up to flag our table attendant and ask to order our entrees. Another server returned to take our order. Will I return to BC? No. While the food was really good and the ambiance lovely so much of a dining experience is service. There're just too many other restaurants in the Chicago food scene that warrant my attention or return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining
    Alleyoop
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Outstanding place with great food and service. This was my third or fourth visit to Bistro Campagne and it remains a "go to" place for a fine dining experience. One of the best outdoor areas in the city. It's a very cozy dining experience, great for intimate dinners for two to small groups. Wine and liquor menus are good but not what I consider outstanding especially when it comes to Shiraz and Cabernet in a medium price range, but some nice selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic