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Kiki's Bistro
Kiki's Bistro

Kiki's Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kikisbistro.com
  • Email: kikisbistro@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (312) 335-5454
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm CLOSED SUNDAY
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, European, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Jose L. Espino
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant available for large private parties on Sunday Restaurant available for private parties Monday thru Friday
  • Private Party Contact: Manager (312) 335-5454
  • Special Events & Promotions: Check out our website for upcoming events at www.kikisbistro.com/upevents

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Locust
  • Public Transit: Chicago Brown Line Stop #66 Chicago Bus, Franklin Stop

    We are 3 small blocks north of Chicago Ave. on Franklin, at the northwest corner of the intersection with Locust St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet (gratuity suggested)
A word from Kiki's Bistro
Kiki's is a French Bistro with regional specialties and has the look and feel of a French country inn.

It has received 3-star reviews from both *The Chicago Tribune* and *The Sun Times*, and now in its eighteenth year, Kiki's Bistro maintains its well-earned reputation of gastronomic excellence and friendly, professional service. A comfortable French country atmosphere attracts an eclectic array of food-lovers, including celebrities, politicians, and acclaimed chefs.

Previous to Kiki's Bistro, Georges "Kiki" Cuisance opened Le Bordeaux at Madison and State in 1969. The restaurant attained a revered status among cosmopolitan Chicagoans, and when "Kiki" moved his kitchen to its current River North digs, his avid following of regulars and Francophiles pursued without hesitation. In an official proclamation the City of Chicago praised Mr. Cuisance for being at the forefront of introducing French cuisine and savoir-vivre to Chicago's developing dining scene.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "Took my husband to Kiki's for his birthday and it didn't disappoint. From the valet to the waiter everyone was out to make our night special. Food was top notch. From the traditional to the menu specials. Highly recommend it for your special occasion or for dinner if you're in the mood for French. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Always good. Best frites in town. Early bird special meal is a great bargain. Interesting and reasonable wine list."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Kiki's is always a dependable choice for a nice casual bisto meal. The food quality may have slipped a bit over the years, and the wine list is limited, but service is amiable and the surroundings are pleasant."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "It's been one of my favorites for a very long time and it never disappoints."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Ist problem they did not have my reservation, why not sure."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "From the service to the good it was so so. And very cold, I had to wear my coat throughout dinner."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Kiki's' was, as it always is, perfect! The food, the ambience, the service--the best!!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We went to Kikis on a Saturday night to celebrate my husband's retirement. Everything from the chicken to beef to fish entres were fabulous. Almost all at our table had the French onion soup which was raved about-- best they ever had, not to salty etc. Service was prompt and attentive, the only issue being that the credit card system went down and we had to wait for our bill for quite a long time. The atmosphere was lovely and although crowded there was no problem with hearing discussions at our table of 8. We would definitely return to KIki's"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Everything about Kiki's--from Kiki himself greeting you at the door to the quality of the great bistro dishes--is excellent. It has been open and full for years for that reason. Kiki's is a destination restaurant, and it is always worth the trip."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was my second time at Kiki's and it was even more delicious than my first time there. I went there with my family for my birthday dinner and we ordered a few appetizers, including the frog legs, and everything was delicious! I tried a bite of everyone's entree as well and they were all amazing. Also, i have to specifically talk about the dessert i ordered: the Tarte aux Pommes...it was pure perfection. The apple tart was perfectly flaky and crispy with a hint of doughiness, covered in a warm caramel sauce and topped with a scoop of ice cream. It is literally one of the most amazing things i have EVER eaten. I will be back!!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My wife & I enjoyed everything about KIKI'S. They give us everything we enjoy about eating out."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "we always enjoy kikis - particularly the escargot and steak and pom frits my son loves the salmon....menue always reliable. patricia piacente"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I hadn't been here in a couple of years....Kiki's is just sort of off the beaten path despite it's close proximity to the Loop. We were able to find on-street parking quite nearby; had a delicious dinner with attentive, knowledgeable service; and--in part because we were dining early on a Saturday evening--were able to converse without having to shout at each other across the table. Sad that quiet dining is such a rarity these days. Request a secluded table at Kiki's and have a romantic dinner with a loved one!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "From the welcome at the door on yet another frigid Chicago evening, to the assistance with our coats as we were leaving the experience was a delight. Our servers, from the wine steward to the waiters were pleasant, informative and of course the food was delicious. Glad to see patrons of all ages enjoying themselves. Kiki, personally, and the restaurant, never disappoints."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at Kiki's--excellent food, wine and service. This is a fantastic restaurant, and one of our favorites."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We go to Kiki's at least once a year before Lyric Opera. We love the Escargot. Everything else is very good."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Kiki's is a terrific French bistro a bit off the beaten path on Franklin."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "A good selection of French favorites. All four of us had different items and each of us was very pleased with the the flavor and the portion sizes. A professional and friendly wait staff. We have been on several occassions and never been disappointed."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "We had not been here in a while, but decided to come for Valentines day. From the time we walked in until we left everything was spot on. Food, service, experience. Kiki's is a Classic, and I hope it remains."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "When I want to enjoy a quite evening for just the two of us Kiki's is one of my Hot Spots to go!! A quite table in the corner, a nice bottle of wine and one of Kiki's Specials (which this evening was the "Beef Bourguignon", which was the best ever)!! Kiki's never seems to have a bad nite, whether you are having their to die for French Onion Soup, Steak Pomme Frites, Steak Au Poive,Half Roasted Chicken or one of the evening specials. Parking is free, reservations are easy on Open Table & the food & service are outstanding!! Enjoy!!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Have been a regular patron of Kiki's for over 20 years. Great food and staff, lovely place. Very Fun !!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Hadn't been to Kiki's for some time so made arrangements to meet up with friends there for dinner on a cold winters night. This little French bistro has just the right atmosphere to welcome you in from the cold. Starting with there little fireplace to their homey wooden beamed ceiling. We were greeted warmly and promptly showed to our table. The waitress was there immediately to take our drink orders and was very helpful with dinner suggestions. The beef Bourgogne was delicious and just right for the night. We also appreciated that we could sit and catch up without having to shout at one another. Overall a great experience."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "WE'VE BEEN DINING AT KIKI'S FOR THE BETTER PART OF 20 YEARS. THAT VERY FACT INDICATES THAT WE'VE NEVER HAD A BAD MEAL."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Every time I eat at Kiki's I think...why don't I come here more often? We were seated by Kiki at a lovely corner table within seconds of arrival on a crowded Saturday night...with our reservation. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. The place was packed but that did not affect the food or the service both of which were terrific. We had the salmon and the grouper which were delicious and beautifully plated. We started with a fabulous spinach salad that featured dried cherries and walnuts. And we drank many glasses of White Burgundy. This charming restaurant is so quaint and the menu is so wonderful that I plan to visit more often. I would highly recommend KiKi's to everyone who enjoys eating."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "From the cocktails at the bar to the menu selections Kiki's Bistro is a must dining experience; and a most comfortable and hospitable environment."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Maison is closed and Maude's Liquor Bar is hard to book, so, Kiki's is a great find."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "coming from France, I have tried many French restaurants, and this one has the best wine list so far! The food was delicious as well, just like back home."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Always an enjoyable and memorable experience, most rare these days!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Good food, great service, very fair wine pricing, favorite restaurant in Chicago"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I have been by Kiki's Bistro a number of times and always thought what a cute place. it is tucked away, but worth the trip. The hostess was very helpful and the food was great."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Kiki's Bistro reminded me of a French country inn, warm and welcoming. We went there on a cold snowy night so the cozy ambience was inviting. The wine list was amazing and reasonably priced. Food and service excellent. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The food is always great and Mark K is the best waiter in Chicago."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Food is delicious and the atmosphere is really nice. The plates are huge! We particularly enjoyed the frogs, the snails and the foie gras! Great wines. Sometimes the service is a way too fast, but overall it's a great experience for those who love the French cuisine."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Kiki's is a find. First time there but it will not be my last. Down to earth. Good food. Authentic French style. Reasonable prices."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Kiki's is our favorite Chicago restaurant, we have been there many times. Kiki and his team never disappoint. The food is excellent, the servers polite, attentive and knowledgeable. Free valet parking is a plus."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Very good French Cuisine, friendly hostess, pleasant atmosphere. with attentive service for water and food service by ancillary staff. Our waitress was very business like, although very friendly and chatty with other patrons, which made us wonder whether we were welcomed or taking up someone else's table from her assigned stations."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Kiki's is a great representation of a bistro in France. Kiki and his staff were attentive and accomodating. The food was well prepared and presentation was great. We enjoyed everything about the evening. This is our third time here and we're coming back."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "This is a little off the beaten path which actually makes the parking a bit easier. The food was very good, the service fine and the noise level allowed for conversation without shouting. If you are in the mood for upscale casual French food, this is a fine choice."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "dined with our friends who had never been to Kiki's...they loved it. It was a great evening out, wonderful atmosphere, terrific food!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The food was very good there, but our waitress was OK, however otehr servers were very helpful."
    Dined on 12/7/2013