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Cafe Bernard
Cafe Bernard
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Cafe Bernard Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafebernard.com
  • Phone: (773) 871-2100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4500PM - 10:30PM
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
    Sunday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Bernard LeCoq
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dickens Ave
  • Public Transit: Armitage-Purple Express, Brown..... Fullerton-Purple Express, Brown, Red
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking or valet parking is available.
A word from Cafe Bernard
Daily Specials 3-Course Dinner for only $20.00 Sunday-Thursday. Authentic French Cuisine with other daily specials. Affordable and elegant. The oldest French Bistro in Chicago celebrating 38 years. Please join us.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a totally lovely dinner, good value and well prepared and unique menu. Wait staff was a bit frantic (but very polite) getting everyone taken care (somewhat understaffed but we gave ourselves plenty of time to dine and get to our show at Briar street theater down the road) but we were not in a hurry and had time for dessert coffee. We would go there again."
    Dined on 2/11/2012
  • "Nice surprise as we had originally wanted to go to neighboring restaurant. My friend, who part takes of creme brulee whenever possible, was happy to see it was a dessert option;moreover, she thought it was perfect. My food was really good as well, I went with calamari as a starter and salmon for the entree. Very comfortable place for conversation, not rushed in any way. I'll go back!"
    Dined on 2/3/2012
  • "Excellent waiter service! The bus boys do a very nice job of keeping up with removing used plates. If you like good customer service this is the place to dine. The seafood dishes are excellent."
    Dined on 1/29/2012
  • "We hadn't been here for a number of years and overall quality seems to have declined. The first three wines that we tried to order were out of stock. I and two people at an adjoining table ordered cassoulet, supposedly one of the restaurant's specialties, only to have the waitress come back and say that they didn't have any left. (It was only a little after 7:30.) Bread wasn't the freshest, salad soggy and main courses just okay,"
    Dined on 1/28/2012
  • "One person in our party ordered the leg of lamb. He could not eat half of it because it was too tough to cut, much less eat. I had the filet and it was mediocre at best. I don't remember what the other person had but he said it was fair. I used to be a regular there 30 odd years ago. Was excited to see it was still there. Sorry we went."
    Dined on 12/31/2011
  • "My wife and I took my three daughters and their boyfriends out for dinner before going to second city and would be safe to say we were all disappointed . The Fioe Gras was almost not worth putting in our mouths. The Duck Confit was not really a duck confit. The stakes were of poor quality with no flavor whats somever. The Chicken was Ok and only that, and the desserts were a complete failure. Not the same place it used to be. Bernard should get back in the restaurant and pay close attention before his reputation goes down with the establishment. I say this with a heavy heart because I have been to the place in the past when it shined."
    Dined on 12/26/2011
  • "Great for a first date. Although the service was a little slow, there was only one server for the whole room when my date and I went on a Sunday night. However the food was very good, and it was a great place to have a conversation."
    Dined on 12/18/2011
  • "Two of us visited Cafe Bernard on our way to a nearby theater. The food was very good. The mussel appetizer special was particularly tasty. The night we were there we saw only one person waiting tables. It appeared she also had other duties in the restaurant so things were a bit slower than we would have liked. Because the space is not nearly as noisy as other restaurants, it was a great place to have a conversation. We plan to return."
    Dined on 11/12/2011
  • "Nice, old school restaurant with reasonable prices. Always enjoy the food. The service was not great, I think because it was crowded. I would still go back."
    Dined on 11/5/2011
  • "The food was good not special. The portion size was ample. The wine list is a bit pricey for a French Bistro. Service was attentive. Water refilled timely."
    Dined on 10/29/2011
  • "A longtime favorite!! Great food (foie gras is heavenly, salmon with Cabernet sauce divine, eg), terrific service, atmosphere, wine list."
    Dined on 10/10/2011
  • "Unfortunately they were understaffed the night we were there. The bartender was the valet attendant, and there was only one waitress for BOTH restaurants. VERY slow service, with few of our entrees served at the same time."
    Dined on 9/10/2011
  • "We were dining for our Fourth wedding anniversary. I loved the food. The places was a little empty for a friday night byte that just made it more cozy. I do recommend bringing gum or mouthwash. The delicious food is also heavy with garlic."
    Dined on 9/9/2011
  • "Cafe Bernard serves standard fare that's tasty, but nothing to rave about (at least not what we ordered) and the service was decent. Our waitress had been there for only two weeks, but was pleasent and knew the menu fairly well, she did however bring out the wrong appetizer, but c'est la vie. What Cafe Bernard was missing was an update of charm and ambiance. At one point in its many yeay history I am sure it was quaint, charming and romantic...but now, it seems the owners haven't given any TLC in at least the last decade. I wouldn't rush back but if someone suggested it I wouldn't totally oppose going again."
    Dined on 9/9/2011
  • "Prime location and has been here for years. We went there about 15 years ago (a number of times) due to the neighborhood location and thought it was tired. Thought we would try again, but again came away very disappointed. An eccentric atmosphere and mediocre food. Very tired and a bit depressing. My sense is that the owner owns the real estate (great location), but has not invested in keeping the quality of the restaurant up to date."
    Dined on 8/27/2011
  • "We visited on a Sunday evening and there weren't too many other diners there. However, that meant the wait staff did not rush us at all to turn over the table. They were very attentive, without being intrusive. There were four of us and we each thought our dinners were fantastic. Our California friends said it is now their favorite Chicago restuarant, and they've been to some great ones."
    Dined on 8/21/2011
  • "This is a wonderful spot in Lincoln Park, attached to the more recent and buzz-generating Red Rooster wine bar. I must say, though, that I much prefer Cafe Bernard. It serves wonderful food, has an excellent and well-thought-out wine list, and is quiet even when full. Go here. Seriously."
    Dined on 8/20/2011
  • "The food during the first visit was very good. This time, it was just fair. The shoftshell crabs were too old and tasted like fingernails. The vegetables served with it were awful. We sat outside and it's a nice neighborhood place but not romantic or particularly pleasing otherwise. Service is good."
    Dined on 8/19/2011
  • "Ubderstaffed indide but when Tony was available, he was great. The food & presentation were delicious. We especially liked the creme brulee' with fruit topping. Yum!"
    Dined on 7/29/2011
  • "Though the service was friendly and attentive, the restaurant seemed very tired. The lights kept dimming as if to hide the confused and dated decor. The food was better than average, but the lack of ambiance really was off-putting."
    Dined on 7/22/2011
  • "The seafood was great, service great, wish the decor was a little more thought out."
    Dined on 7/19/2011
  • "We've gone to this restaurant several times for their Mon-Thurs special: 3 courses for $20. This is a tremendous bargain. I always get the salmon, which is prepared in a kind of wine reduction that is no less than superb. My husband got the duck confit last night, which he claims is as good as any he's had in France. The salads are large, fresh and delicious, the french onion soup wonderful. And for dessert? Cheesecake is excellentm, the marceleine cake pretty good. I'll go back again, many times."
    Dined on 7/19/2011
  • "I went here for my 30th birthday, with a group of 8. The place is quaint on the inside, which I thought was just perfect - with the dim lighting and table space, it can be a cute spot for either a date or family outing. The food was pretty good, sizeable portions. I went for lamb with another person - we both were expecitng something on a bone, but the pave style, while good, fell short of expectations; two people got the cassoulet, which they thought were just ok, same went for the duck. I was told the Bouillabaisse and filet mignon were good, as was the grouper. The appetizers were delicious! - escargot in phyllo dough, foie gras, grilled calamari; the baked brie was pretty good. They honored our coupon from Red Rooster, which was great!"
    Dined on 7/10/2011
  • "Very disappointed with our Cafe Bernard experience. As you approach the entrance, the place is run down, paint peeling with the look of neglect. My gut told me to cancel the reservation and go elsewhere, but the food reviews on opentable were extremely positive. The interior drab and dated--not shabby chic or quaint--dark and homely. Simple and clean is terrific--this place is worn out and a downer. The food was OK--not interesting or special, compared to other French cuisine restaurants around town. There are SO many terrific dining options in Chicago with similar pricing---my advice is to go elsewhere."
    Dined on 7/3/2011
  • "The French onionsoup was very good.The salmon was very yummy.The desset was very good. There is no parking near the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/25/2011
  • "Cozy little place..Friendly staff an dfood is delicious. Will go back."
    Dined on 6/24/2011
  • "French Bistro dining. Great menu and great food. The food is as good as Mon Ami Gabi, although the ambiance does not match up."
    Dined on 6/23/2011
  • "Amazing food. I went back after not being there for many years and was pleased to find it just the way I remember--a friendly neighborhood spot with excellent bistro food."
    Dined on 5/28/2011
  • "Went here with a group of my friends to catch up after work. As usual, the food was delicious and everyone was happy with the service, the food, the wine, and the bartender's ability to make a nice fruity drink for those who didn't want wine. I've come here many times before and will be back!"
    Dined on 5/2/2011
  • "This place is old and tired, unfortunately. It is disappointing to say because it was a good spot back in the day."
    Dined on 4/30/2011