Bistrot Margot
Bistrot Margot

Bistrot Margot

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrotmargot.com/
  • Phone: 3125873660x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: Lunch 11:30 AM - 4 PM; Dinner 4 PM - 9 PM

    Tuesday: Lunch 11:30 AM - 4 PM; Dinner 4 PM 10 PM

    Wednesday: Lunch 11:30 AM - 4 PM; Dinner 4 PM - 10 PM

    Thursday: Lunch 11:30 AM - 4 PM; Dinner 4 PM - 10 PM

    Friday: Lunch 11:30 AM - 4 PM; Dinner 4 PM - 11 PM

    Saturday Brunch: 10 AM - 3 PM; Dinner 3 PM - 11 PM

    Sunday Brunch 10 AM-3 PM; Dinner 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Joe Doppes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, 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, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Half-Price Wine on Mondays, $26.95 Three-Course Prix Fixe on Wednesdays.

    Mother's Day Brunch is coming up on May 12. $26.95 Three-Course Prix Fixe available, featuring many of the chef's special creations!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Avenue
  • Public Transit: LaSalle and Clark St. bus lines, Red Line Clark/Division, Brown Line Sedgwick
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered for $12.00 and public lots are nearby. Street parking is also available.
A word from Bistrot Margot
Bistrot Margot is a family-owned, authentic French bistro that features regional French cooking in an Art Nouveau environment. We are known for our friendly, upscale service, our affordable prices, and our neighborhood feel.
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Bistrot Margot reviews from OpenTable diners
120 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (75)great for outdoor dining (41)fit for foodies (39)special occasion (36)romantic (34)great for brunch (22)great for lunch (21)good for groups (19)notable wine list (18)scenic view (5)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (1)Show More
  • We need to come more often
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We have been here many times and always wonder why we don't come more often. It is as good a neighborhood bistro as you will find anywhere including Paris. The service though is better than Paris. I don't think we have ever had an item that we didn't enjoy. The setting is a little shop worn and could use some updating and the noise level is more than we like but maybe that's because we are of an older generation. It does seem though that the piped in music competes with the conversations and between the two and the lack of good sound insulation it is very loud. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cold food
    cherylVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I love everything about Bistro Margot, especially their weekend brunches. The only problem is that quite often the food is not warm when served. I had the eggs benedict and they were only lukewarm. I have sent back food for this reason in the past.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KAMI
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great service, excellent french menu at reasonable prices, wine list was appropriate and well priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bistro Margot evening
    John1L
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    There were two in our party. We started w an appet of pate which was wonderful. Dinner was lamb chops which were incredible and half a duck which was also tasty. We decided not to have dessert bc we were already "full". Next time ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The salad was perfect. The main courses were average. The worst part was the swelling after from food additives.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely French bistro
    Irishboy714
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Upon entering the restaurant we were immediately struck by the warm and inviting Belle Epoque decor. The menu is classic French bistro; ths escargot (one of my favorites) are excellent, as was the main dish. The chicken was moist, tender and very tasty and the sauce was very well constructed. This is a lovely place for a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner here. Service was outstanding and food was very good. Valet parking in a busy neighborhood made it very convenient. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They know how to cook!
    JBMW
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It is always a delight to find a place where they know how to prepare food. The combination of specific elements, textures and tastes working to together to collectively produce a taste sensation is a wonderful thing.........and they do it right.
    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.
  • Not what it used to be...
    FfpedVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Slow service. French onion soup was mostly bread and cheese. Bread was soggy. Steak frites- poor quality meat and a terrible green sauce... Used to be a bistro if much nicer quality... Too many other good restaurants and bistros to return here again. Felt more like a diner than a bistro...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They made our occasion special.
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating her birthday and a sentinel event in our lives. The chef agreed to serve us a special dish not on his menu. It was wonderful! The entire staff new we were coming, what we were celebrating and what we had pre ordered. We loved both the ambiance and the special service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    Cromagnon
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Their first visit, probably our fifth or sixth. Food was excellent quality and not unreasonably priced. Better selection of craft beers would be nice, but thank God for one or two. Bistro food was made for beer, in spite of French origen.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 9/12/2014
    DanoverVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Always a great experience, excellent food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely meal
    sage1
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had visitors from Ireland and we all had a wonderful dinner. Our guests particularly enjoyed the sauce with the Roast Pork. Excellent choices on the menu. The only negative would be that the service was a little lacking. For example, our guest ordered a beer and 10 minutes later we had to remind the waiter to bring it. Same thing happened with the bread. It was a Monday night so they were not that busy. Have been on Saturday nights and never had a problem with the service. Good value for money and nice atmosphere
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    Foodie54
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was good but service was a little lacking. Sitting outside on a nice evening in Chicago was priceless.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, lively neighborhood
    chitowngrrlVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    we had dinner outside on one of the last nice nights of the summer and everyone was out. service was good, once they realized we were there. Wine list interesting, bistrot salad excellent, as was the duck. steak frite had great flies and good flavor but steak could have been more tender.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My husband had the frite steak and it was tough and the frites were skiing & crunchy he won't come back. I had the walleye and loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great choice!
    Agirlsgottaeat
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Perfect for a fancy dinner or dessert. Love this place
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday night let down
    ESQFoodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have been told that Sunday night is the worst night for restaurants in terms of quality and it proved to be true here. Nothing specifically went wrong aside from being empty and slow. Also the escargot was only mediocre. Mainly I'm disappointed because I proudly intended to show off to my friend who just moved from LA and it frizzled. I've been here a half a dozen times before and each time, I was more impressed then the last time. Well not Sunday. My expectations were not meet. Our waitress was nice and all so hats off to her. It's just that the over all experience was lacking, especially compared to all the other times. Bottomline: experience this authentic neighborhood gem but avoid going on a Sunday.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time even better
    BluegrassMD
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our second visit to Bistrot Margot. It was absolutely delightful. French comfort food. And the profiteroles were a perfect ending.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    LeFranceGourmet
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We've been loyal fans of Bistro Margot for 15-plus years. The food is exceptional and we can say that based on our love of French cooking (Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg and Nice). We honeymooned as college students in Montreal and Quebec City 44 years ago and had our first taste of French-Canadian cuisine. Once we had enough money to really travel, it was off to France. After Chicago's La Bastille was demolished to make way for a parking lot at State and Superior, we searched for something as good or better and that's when we discovered Bistro Margot. The food is authentic French with a great and ever-changing wine list The service is superb. It's the closest to actually being in France, yet for us, only a 40-mile drive into Chicago's Old Town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We made last minute reservations and still got a nice table. Both my husband and I really liked our meals. Prepared excellently, salads, meats and dessert. The service was very good, attentive and not pushy. Only issue was my husband kept getting bumped when tables around us was served.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solid dining exp in a great spot
    Siciliannu
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our group had duck, steak and two fish dishes that were all well prepared. Had decent table outside as well. The wine list is limited - just an fyi -- and even some of the listed wines weren't available
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Louis14
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was my first time here. I have been to Paris many times and the food here is just as good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Delightful
    FredVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Fantastic menu, wonderfully prepared and served, and most delicious. We wish we were locals so that we could become regulars...and we would! Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible food!!!!!
    Chico
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I came to Bistrot Margot looking for a nice place to take my wife for our anniversary. I was impressed by the service and the place is just fabulous. What can I say about the food??? We are very critic when it comes to food and Bistrot Margot enchanted us with dreamlike flavors. Thanks for an unforgettable dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistrot Margo a Gem in the City
    Cathy
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Loved Bistro Margo. It has been an institution on Wells Street! The food was exceptional and the ambience was outstanding. Thank you Doppes for giving the City a gem!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice saturday lunh
    bobo
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Very accommodating for our party of 5. Service was excellent and let us sit for a nice lengthly time to catch up with people we hadn't seen in years. Nice job Bistro Margot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent pre-theatre dinner
    Canadatraveller
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We dined here before seeing a show at Second City which is just down the street. They were very accomodating in ensuring we would be timely, the food was excellent as was the service. Their servers are also knowledgeable in recommending wines. We would have enjoyed lingering after dinner if we had the time. The ambience is very lovely! We first tried Bistro Margot on our first trip to Chicago two years ago and it remains just as good as it was then.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    expectgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I enjoy this place and go back often. I really appreciate the atmosphere and service. You can always count on good food here. Their specials are always very good and I think they have the best omelets in town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • one of my favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We love this place and eat there two to three times in a month. If you have not tried this hot spot you should get it a try.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice & Enjoyable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went to dinner on a Friday night and it was never full inside. Thought our server did a nice job of recognizing that we wanted to enjoy and take our time. No rush at all. He was courteous and thoughtful. Didnt have the best knowledge of the menu. The food was fine. Nothing exciting or mind blowing but fine. I would suggest this place if you were looking for a simple, uncomplicated & easy dining experience.
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  • Cold food and poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    An overcooked and cold steak, drowned in a congealed pepper sauce. Frits that were greasy, soggy and cold. Server tossed plates onto the table. No attention to the basic details of service. Disappointed and not returning anytime soon.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent.
    Lampert
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Four diners. Three five-star entrees, one a four-star... Pork loin was a tiny tad on dry side. Duck was marvelous and cooked perfectly. But the absolute best entree was the veal... Perfect and succulent and to die for! Mussels were fresh and sauce a delight. Fave dessert was the strawberry rhubarb crisp, but apple tart was fabulous, light, and not too sweet-- made in the elegant French way. We will all be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Chappy
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I was in Chicago with a girlfriend of mine and this restaurant was recommended to us because it was close to second city where we were going later that evening. I had the veal and my girlfriend had the white fish both were excellent. The portion sizes are very generous and the salads are very reasonably priced and tasty as well. i would definitely recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The service at this restaurant was wonderful, very friendly and attentive. The food was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • best brunch in town
    cherylVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    As usual, Bistro Margot's brunch was delicious, reasonable priced, great service and ambience. The Le Trois Benedictines--three different egg benedicts, was heavenly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicioso!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Fantastic Sunday morning brunch. Group of four tried several things including the classic quiche lorraine. All were fantastic. We dined with a couple that are real "foodies" and they said it was one of their best brunches ever. Oh...and try the french onion soup. It was the best I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great experience!
    Obleak28
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    While staying in Old Town on vacation, I had been looking for a good restaurant nearby that had some gluten free options for my girlfriend. Bistrot Margot came up in a Yelp search, we looked at the menu and it looked great. And, it was only a few block away from where we were staying, within easy walking distance. We had a great table right in the middle of the action, and our waitress was very friendly, very helpful, and had good advice when were choosing entrees and drinks. The food was reasonably priced, and we had good, full plates of great, freshly made food. We felt like we'd accidentally stumbled into some Parisian bistro! We loved it, and would like to come back to try something new!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    Reviewer4
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Came here on a tip from someone who lives in old town and it was great! The food, service and ambiance was perfect on a beautiful summer afternoon. Great for a chick lunch or date. Portions were large and the lunch special was very reasonable. Check their menu on the web. Just a short walk to the Chicago History Museum where we ended our day out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great food
    gmsattyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My wife and I frequent this restaurant because bot the food and service are consistently very good. We both had fis. I especially enjoy the trout special, a very flavorful presentation of the fish. Prices are reasonable, always great when the quality of the food and service is consistent. We have also been for holiday brunch, which is also quite enjoyable with interesting menu selections. We highly recommend Birstrot Margot, for both a night out and a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate