Bistrot Margot
Bistrot Margot

Bistrot Margot

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrotmargot.com/
  • Phone: (312) 587-3660
  • 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
125 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (77)fit for foodies (44)special occasion (42)romantic (37)great for outdoor dining (32)great for brunch (24)great for lunch (22)notable wine list (20)good for groups (19)hot spot (7)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (4)Show More
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Food was great, everyhting we ordered was very delicious, service was great, overalled we trully enjoyed the place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gold Standard!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Bistrot Margot is my Gold Standard restaurant in Chicago! The ambiance is charming and the food is fantastic all the time. I have never had such good frittes! I love taking people here and enjoying good company over wine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Some of the best food we have had.. Would go back if I'm in Chicago again..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum Yum!
    TammyA
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Super friendly! Loved the service and the food is really great!! I had the french toast and it was perfect for brunch! I really like this place and I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • quiet and delicious brunch
    NadineYVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Went for a late brunch on a Saturday and the restaurant was very quiet. everyone enjoyed their meal, and the service was fantastic. Our server brought a little to-go box of bread after one of our party commented how much he liked the bread. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy Cafe
    bill
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Warm, friendly atmosphere and excellent service marked our early dinner before we attended an enjoyable 2nd City revue. The celery root soup was just the thing on a cold evening as light jazz played in the background and we sipped our S.B. K's chicken was a little dry and mustard lacked tanginess, while my pepper steak was a little strange and overwhelmed by the 'frites'. Nevertheless the meal was very satisfying, good quality, and well-prepared. 170 including tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    MamaTemboVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Lovely place. Dependably good. Our brunch was just yummy: eggs florentine and eggs with smokedsalmon - both excellent. Nicely serve with al dente French green beans and wonderful home fries. The same price as my "meh" breakfast the day before at Batter and Berries - way better meal and value and ambiance at Bistrot Margot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    anonymous
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food was good, but our server was completely uninterested in attending to our party of 8. She took ages to show up to take our orders, from drinks, to the main course, to dessert. It would have ruined the evening, if the people in our party weren't such good sports.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 11/7/2014
    DanoverVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great evening as usual....the complimentary appetizers were a welcome surprise.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not worthy
    greatfood
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The food was decent but not excellent. The noise is unbelievable. Overall, not worth the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • liked it a lot
    ChurchillVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I liked Bistro Margot. I had not been there in years and years and was happy to return. I had the mussels and a fish and really enjoyed both. The service was good and I liked the ambiance. It is friendly and open and I did not find it noisy. I recommend a visit here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Fine Local Gem
    Jimmy
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I had some great friends in town and decided to take them to Bistro Margot for some great food and local place where we could relax and re-live some old times and memories. Our waiter was very astute to our needs and let us take our time and relax and be ourselves. Chef / Owner Joe doppes stopped by our table to make sure we were enjoying the meals and the service...what a great touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent luncheon special!
    James
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We each had a luncheon special—a half-sandwich, a bowl of soup and a creme brullee. It was all absolutely wonderful and for only $10.95! I'd especially recommend the onion soup and the creme brulee which were among the best we've ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, too loud
    COnative
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I would give 5 stars if it hadn't been so loud. I would certainly not recommend for a romantic dinner. The food was great, the service was efficient. I have no answer for changing the noise level....women (I hate to bash my own gender) seemed to be trying to outdo each other that night. Men sitting with them were just sitting there, not being able to get a word in edgewise. We had trouble hearing each other across the table and we are not hearing impaired. We were glad to get out of there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal with great service!
    FoodieGal
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We each had an item off the specials menu, the Magret de Canard and the Boef Bourgogne. Delicious! I will say however, the Magret de Canard was very special, indeed!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maryandsteve
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Ab-so-lute-ly the best food we have had in forever!!!! The duck and the filet w/ bordelaise was beyond our expectations. (Wish you would bottle that bordelaise!!) Desserts were SO good! Thank you for making our trip to Chicago so memorable!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A taste of Paris in Chi town
    KandK
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Authentic Parisian decor and charm. Great French classics and some American fare as well. There is a small outdoor area to eat, relax and kick back at. Prix fix lunch options. They participate with Open Table making reservations a snap. If you want a taste of Paris or are just tiding your pelf over before a return trip to the City of Lights, Bistrot Margot is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We need to come more often
    mfc2VIP
    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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Duck
    GourmetGalVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Good location near 2nd City and very good value. The roast duck was so moist and would have been fantastic if it wasn't drowning in too sweet barbeque sauce. Service was pleasant and the restaurant was warm and cozy.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Food was good, but short of that required to be special.
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  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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  • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.