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
140 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (98)great for outdoor dining (57)romantic (49)fit for foodies (44)special occasion (40)great for brunch (36)great for lunch (32)good for groups (23)notable wine list (18)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (6)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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
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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
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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
    • Food
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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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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • one of my favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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
    • Food
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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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  • 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
  • Wonderful find on Wells
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We just love this place have been going for many years and are never disappointed. friendly polite employees that there to help not intrude. The food is very good, fresh and healthy like the French intend. Bloody Mary's are a must on each visit and maybe a glass of wine with the meal. Hurry and make a reservation you will not regret the visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • egkjcm
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I enjoyed the meal and my friends company immensely. The staff was friendly, but they rushed us through our meal. Not good. I chose scenic view, but really none of them apply.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Grannie
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    All four of us had the grouper. The grouper was delicious and perfectly done. The vegetables on which the grouper was placed was worth the whole meal. I've never been more enthusiastic about vegetables as this. I would definitely order this dish again. The roast pear salad and the special salad with duck also received rave reviews from our group. My friend had escargot and said that it was perfect. We have been here before and have always enjoyed it. It was a beautiful day when we were there and we did not valet park because we went to Second City before. It is a short walk from Second City. Definitely consider the valet parking in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful lunch spot.
    Joanopinion
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This is a great place to have an outdoor lunch and people watch. The food was great, service was efficient and it's really close to some interesting shoppes to investigate post delicious meal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Authentic French restaurant
    AmatureChef1
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    It's a great French bistro, the dishes reminded me very much of those I ate while living in France for 7 months. This place would be casual in France but here it's on the fancy side, you can walk in with jeans or a suit and not be out of place. Friendly, relaxed with great food. There is always a good quality to the ingredients, you can tell the chef takes pride in his work- it is everything a French bistrot should be with a clasic menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • french
    Susieq
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    the noise level in this restaurant was not good at all..service was fine, food was so so onion soup was great
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service!
    DMCM
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    It was a great dinner and wine. Thanks to our server. We had risotto, mussels, snails and the lamb chops. Amazing with the bottle of wine. Great dinner before Second City... perfect night! DM
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • go for the food & go back for Omar
    frenchified
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Love this place! Haven't been in awhile but revisited for a trip down memory lane. We loved coming here for pate, mussels and a glass of wine in the past. This time we dined in order to try everything! We all had the 3 course prix fixe Wednesday special, and it was delicious! Our water, Omar, was exceptionally helpful and pleasant. He guided us through our courses with helpful suggestions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for date night
    GreedygurlVon
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    According to my beau who has actually visited France several times, the menu was true to France. The food was very good and the server was nice, though he seemed to be stretched slightly thin. The only thing I did not like was the fact that people had their dogs eating on the patio. But that has more to do with rude people that think its okay to bring their dogs to restaurants, than the restaurant themselves. Also, without asking the server took $25 off of our tab either due to his being little busy while serving us, or the fact that we kept a calm demeanor even though it started to downpour suddenly on the patio. I will eat here again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • jerryk
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We enjoy this place for brunch. Food is very good. Staff is attentive and polite. Great atmosphere and they pay attention to the details. We had our granddaughter with us at 7 months old. they were very helpful with her. We just enjoy the place very much.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • they ran out of wine glasses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    After waiting 15 minutes for our wine, we finally were able to flag done our waitress, she said they were waiting for clean wine glasses
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