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Bistro Voltaire
Bistro Voltaire

Bistro Voltaire Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrovoltaire.com
  • Phone: (312) 265-0911
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Monday - Saturday, 5-11pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Bistro Voltaire (312) 265-0911
  • Special Events & Promotions: Bistro Voltaire celebrates casual dining with bold and inspiring flavors of traditional French cuisine perfect for your special event. The dining room is a warm and intimate setting accommodating up to (45) seated guests, and cocktail receptions. Bistro Voltaire is pleased to tailor prix fixe menu with wine pairings from our exclusively French wine list. Please contact us for further information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin
  • Public Transit: Conveniently located across from the CTA Chicago Brown-Line stop
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Easy public parking next door or plenty street parking per signs
A word from Bistro Voltaire
Bistro Voltaire is a favorite of the patron well traveled... wanting to indulge in the sensibilities of France without leaving Chicago.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "My boyfriend and I went here on a Monday night. Food was amazing and service was great as well. The only unusual thing that occurred was that they started closing up around 9pm just after we ordered desert. We were caught off guard and checked online to confirm: the website said they closed at 11pm. There was no rush to get us out, but it definitely felt a bit awkward to be the only table in there as the servers were closing up and having casual (though somewhat loud) conversation. We'll certainly be going back for the food, but we'll make sure to go a little earlier next time."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "La nourriture était magnifique! The food was absolutely magnifique!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The service was amazing from beginning to end, the food was authentic and simply superb. The sizes are very appropriate (not exaggerated like many American restaurants), and the prices I think we're very appropriate to the food, ingredients and service (30-50 per person including a glass of good wine, entree and a shared appetizer). Just amazing! Definitely coming back for special occasions!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Quiet and classy place for great food and atmosphere"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "About as good a replica of a good, solid french bistro as one could hope to find in a large US city. Great food; attentive service - including an authentique french waiter in our case! - and loads of lovely red and white wine by the glass to accompany the meal. Well done!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Myself and a friend had dinner and it was fantastic! The service was very attentive and pleasant and the food was wonderful and I felt the pricing was very fair as well. I will definately return on my next trip to Chicago!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Dining solo on business trips is never ideal, but Bostro Voltaire staff welcomed me with very attentive service, excellent food, and a comfortable atmosphere. I dined early, it was quiet and fairly empty. I assume the small room fills with energy when tables are full and the bar has patrons waiting to dine. The charcuterie appetizer was delicious and appealing to the eye as it was presented. The in-house prepared country pate was a highlight. My lamb shank entree was savory, tender, and tasty. Overall an excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This place excels every time. You feel like you just walked into Paris! The food is authentic and properly prepared. They will adjust meals as you need. The waiters remember you too!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Thank you for a memorable experience. Great food, quiet and romantic, great service...and reasonable pride for that."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Exactly what you would expect in a great French bistro. Many French restaurants fail to deliver this expectation, but this place is terrific."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was good, but the portion size (salad in particular) was way too small for the price. Wait staff is very accommodating. Menu selections offer good choices. However, the prices are out of line."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Bistro Voltaire is quite possibly my favorite restaurant in the city! This was my third time there, and the waiter remembered me and called me by name. The service was stellar and the food was incredible. The Monday, $29 prix fixe menu is an excellent deal, and they pace them out so well that you don't feel overly full. Bistro Voltaire is always a lovely experience."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The location in River North is great. Atmosphere with French music very romantic. Food selection, especially specials each nite are outstanding! Prices very reasonable. A real neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I was looking for a unique dining spot near Michigan Avenue, found this little bistro on Open Table, and it did not disappoint. Lovely, small, intimate setting. My husband and I felt we were back in Paris! And the food was remarkable! Service was perfect! I had the fish special; my husband had the steak. Both were perfectly seasoned and sauced. We'll definitely return."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful experience, the service, food, ambience was perfection. I would recommend this to anyone. Very quaint restaurant! You will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Love this restaurant. Great food, service and ambiance. Charming bistro atmosphere with friendly waite staff. Have been several times and never disappointed. Will definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "From the moment you walk in Bistro Voltaire, the staff is on a mission to make you feel good. "Bonsoir," the host greets you with a big smile. Diners know they are off to a good start when the waiter brings a fresh, warm and crusty demi-baguette to the table. The salad lyonaisse was fresh-from-the-field frisee with lardons, croutons and topped with a poached egg that gives the salad a memorable richness. The salmon was a thick portion with crispy, buttery skin and impeccably cooked so it melted in your mouth. Finally, I ended the meal on a high note with a rich creme brulee with a delicate burnt sugar crust. Even on a Monday night, the place was hopping and with good reason. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Its been a while since I've had service as outstanding as I did at Bistro Voltaire. Our waiter was Steven, you should ask for him if you eat there. First, he was very helpful in making menu selections. Second, he noticed I left my jacket on, and aksked if I would like him to turn on the seat warmer for me. Third, there was a bit of a delay between our appetizer & main course, which I didn not even mind because we were in no hurry, but he still offered to bring us a cocktail on the house while we waited. He pretty much read our minds about what desserts we'd enjoy, and was just so welcoming & didn't rush us, even when we were the last people left in the restaurant. The food was also very fresh and perfectly prepared."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "The staff was great, the food was excellent. We will return."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Charming decor, doting staff and outstanding food. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Food great. Onion soyp wonderful. Excellent desserts. Second time at restaurant and is really good."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Was slightly disappointed in our evening. We haven't been since January and none of our favorite items remain on the menu! Food was still good, as always, but just not what we were hoping for. Service was a bit lacking and we felt rushed - funny since we were one of two tables. Also could have done without listening to the servers personal conversations and continual use of the f-bomb... "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I will say me and my now Boyfriend went here for the first time and it was so so good the staff were beyond delightful!!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Most outstanding foods !!!! The server was a little weird, that very laid back, relaxed about the slow serving, and some of his mistakes. But the foods were most delicious: duck was fabulous, as well as Pork, and the scallops."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food was absolutly delicious, service was great. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I wasn't that impressed with the food. I've had better escargot. Wine list is mediocre. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "3rd visit to Voltaire. Consistently very good. First time they have done "brunch" for Easter or even a day service. Well executed. Excellent service from Steven. Small, intimate. Nice ambience. Escargot very yummy. Scallops delicious. Chocolate cake has wonderful gooey center. All around good."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The food was the worst I have experienced in a Chicago bistro. Sauces were watery and tasteless and food quality was very poor. An example was the coq au vin - a cooked chicken leg that had never touched red wine until a weak, tasteless sauce was poured over it."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Very typical French restaurant. Great food, french wines, quiet and cosy space. Good service. I especially recommend the fondant au chocolat for dessert! I am French and come here when I want good French food."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Had to wait a bit for a table but worth it. service was fabulous and even gave a complimentary glass of wine for waiting. Food was great!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "More Parisian than many Bitro's in the City of Lights. Our server Liouc was amazing and a gem in and of himself. A good wine list at reasonable prices and cuisine that could match any Bistro fare in this City. Though in an odd location parking is convenient a few feet away and in the evening I suspect it is always empty ($10.00 and very safe). You will forget you are in Chicago and slow your pace down and relax with friends or your lady."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Food was so-so, steak frites was chewy, definitely didn't seem like a great cut of meat. Fries were tasty though. Wouldn't come back or recommend. Waiter thought he was being funny but came across pretentious and annoying. The service feels French in that they don't pay very timely attention."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Bistro Voltaire is a great restaurant for a special occasion or for a romantic evening with its cozy atmosphere. I think the restaurant has only about 20 tables but it does have a large bar. The food was excellent and the desserts are amazing. I can't say enough about the professional wait staff. Overall this restaurant exceeded my expectaions and I will return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Went here for a date night the other day. Food was fantastic. Service was spot on; polite, attentive, and funny. Ambiance was nice. Towards the end of the night I think they turned on oldies music for us (Marvin Gaye etc)..."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We love this place. Visited for the first time on NYE and enjoyed everything about it. Nice to know they are consistent, as our second visit was equally lovely. We are especially impressed with their service."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The food and staff were excellent. They were very professional and treated us well. I thought the food portions were a little smaller than expected, but all the dishes tasted great. The service, however, was a bit slow and took about 45 minutes for entrees to come out after ordering."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We really enjoyed this special restaurant. Service and food were great. We immediately felt comfortable as soon as we entered the restaurant. The lighting, the decor, the kindness of the wait staff and the food were all very pleasing. We will definitely recommend this place to our friends looking for a good restaurant in Chicago."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "French food was the perfect choice on St. Patrick's Day night. Excellent meal in a very comfortable surrounding."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Bisro Voltaire is lovely French restaurant. If you forget you were on Chicaog Ave, you of though you were in Paris. The food is well priced and the perfect serving size. The food was outstanding! Do yourself a favor and go."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Delicious meal at fair prices. Loved the bistro atmosphere. Service was friendly. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/15/2014