Kiki's Bistro
Kiki's Bistro

Kiki's Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kikisbistro.com/
  • Phone: 3123355454
  • 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: European, Comfort Food, French
  • 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
  • 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: 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
Kiki's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (40)fit for foodies (35)romantic (33)special occasion (31)notable wine list (24)good for groups (8)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Kiki's never disappoints with it's classic French dishes, great wine selection and such a unique ambiance. Wonderful for conversations and relax after a day at work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyfood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Enjoyable atmosphere. Good for small groups or family get togethers. Wonderful food - good flavor - many things on menu to try and experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Enjoyed everything about my dining experience. Would come again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • steve
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    it was a very nice experience. When making the open table reservation, I mentioned that it was for the celebration of a birthday. The restaurant brought us a desert on the house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Reliable
    MilwaukeeMarauder2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had a lovely evening with friends, wine and great food. Thank you, Kiki, for being there for us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Reb1084
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    On our recent trip to Chicago, I wanted to find a French restaurant to take my parents to. Most of the larger establishments I came across had mixed reviews, then I came across Kiki's. The menu looked wonderful and the reviews were equally as great. I booked reservations and we arrived a bit early and were still seat immediately. It's a quaint little spot, very authentic, with exceptional service. The owner seated us and came by during our meal to check on us. We started with the pate - yum! I had the duck, my mom had the salmon, and my dad had the vegetable pasta. Everything was excellent, but we agreed I scored with the duck. The creme brûlée is a must have! Next time I'm in Chicago, I will be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hill
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    A very solid traditional French bistro in a great atm0sphere - contemporary in an old warehouse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always, perfect!
    ccillinois2000
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We have dined at Kiki's Bistro before, but we had not dined recently. Kiki's is still wonderful. Food was outstanding. Service was excellent. We enjoyed ourselves and plan to go back more often. A true gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BeerManJoe
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Been here many times. We keep seeking out new restaurants but always find our way back here. Hidden gem. Kiki let the kids sit in his red little car out front to take a picture. Food is outstanding. Great service. I can't find a reason to not go here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    okdokeyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Consistently wonderful. Food always interesting and delicious. Service great..Kiki always there to greet you....mature hostess remembers you from before and always makes you feel welcome.. .Charming environment. It is one of our favorites and a restaurant our out of town friends usually choose, too, when we say, "where shall we go for dinner?"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mostly perfect
    Artsy1
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Atmosphere was wonderful. I sat on a very comfy corner booth, loved having a throw pillow for my back. The mushroom appetizer was absolutely divine. Friends had salmon and chicken entrees that they raved about.Being a vegetarian, I was not impressed with the pasta dish I was served. The cheese sauce was good, but too much of it. I was looking forward to the asparagus and peas the menu mentioned, but there were very few vegetables in it. Other than that, it was a lovely evening, made even better with a live jazz trio. Qutie classy talented, not too loud, we could still hold a conversation. Really added to the ambiance. The chocolate mousse cake was amazing! Service was good. Over all a very nice experience. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • French BISTRO in River North
    TryThisMaybeVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This is the real thing...not part of a celebrity chain. This restaurant is owned and run by a French man, with a vision to bring French Bistro fare home to us in Chicago. His wife is the hostess, and she will remember you if you return. The food is amazing. Authentic French recipes....especially the classics: coq a vin, steak frites, Dover Sole - and terrifically decadent French desserts. Service is perfect. Atmosphere is real French country. Looking for a touch of Paris? This is the place. It's been around for decades, come enjoy a landmark and a gourmet's dream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barry
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Always a great dining choice- never disapoints. Great menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Frites and steak are as good as I have had. Really nice wine list also. The rare list that has 1/2 bottles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's age says a lot about the place
    BobH
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Kiki's has been around a long time (30+ years?) and that says a lot about their food and the service. You can't stay in business for that long if you haven't out how to treat customers and provide them with food they keep coming back for. This is not your latest "hot" restaurant that will be gone in 2 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro done right! After 24 years
    Franklin
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    As Kiki puts on a special show for Bastille Day (musicians, balloons...), we were there on that busy night. Overall the food was excellent. We had the Navarin d'agneau (lamb stew) which was very tender and the scallop special which had an extraordinary sauce. Snails were like you would have them in France. The only disappointment was the bacon in the Salade Lyonnaise. They were way overcooked and hard. The desserts were great. Just be aware that the sauce caramel on the "Croustade de Poire" is extremely sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    A great restaurant for an intimate experience. Loved it. The live music in the background was perfect, not loud or overbearing. EVERYTHING was first rate. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    Donn
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Kiki's is always good. The roasted chicken and salmon are my favorites. We take guests for special occasions, and when we want to be able to talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kiki's always satisfies.
    LincolnParkJohn
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife and I both enjoy going to Kiki's Bistro, and have dined there for many years. The owner is always there to greet customers, and to make sure things are running smoothly. We enjoy the room, the service, and the wonderful food. Looks like the outdoor seating would be a good choice as well. Great views of The Hancock Building, and the EL rumbles nearby. For us, it's a neighborhood gem for special occasions, as well as a last minute idea, like the other night. The meal was great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kikis
    ayjrVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    If you like french bread, pate, great chicken and seafood.....look no further Best Pomme Frites in Chicago
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tres bien
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Service and food is always wonderful, always making it a special occasion when we come in for dinner. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic French Bistro
    FoodyoneVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We have dined here many times over the years and always enjoy it. The food is classic French Bistro. The service is very good and friendly. Particular stand outs are the onion soup and their famous chicken. We also love the profiterole dessert. This night I tried the trout which was just OK......it was a bit overcooked and did not seem fresh. The rest of the meal was quite good as have been previous visits. We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French find
    Tortugita
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It was the perfect ambience and cuisine I was looking for
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Downward trending
    joyfullVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Kiki's used to be the "go to" bistro in town. We dined there this weekend. Sadly, the food looked great but was not up to par. The roast chicken breast portion was overcooked and dry. I would have called this their signature dish previously. Their escargot was lacking in garlic flavor. Fish was good. Pomme Frittes were delicious. Doubtful if we will return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfortable
    herodotusVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Eating at KiKi's is relaxed and comfortable. No surprises, just good food in a pleasant, homey atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Bistro, Chicago style
    mikeymusic
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This restaurant reminds me of the old style places that have a compact menu with everything being top notch. I had Duck two ways and my wife had rack of lamb, both simply done but delicious. Great service, just the right level of interaction with recommendations when asked for and lots of quiet time to enjoy the food and the company. Pity you cannot give 4 1/2 stars in this system because 4 undersells the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SallyVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Kiki's is a very traditional French Bistro. The food is good although not gourmet. I think with a little tweaking it could be a great restaurant. I know it's been there for a long time and doesn't need to change to please their customers but I just feel it could use a little updating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dreamy Steak Frites
    Rocky
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I had heard my friends rave about Kiki's and everything they said was true. The steak had a buttery texture that melted in my mouth. The frites were crispy, but not greasy and set off the steak nicely. The wine was perfectly paired. Plus, the live music and great service was a plus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    DowntownVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    After reviewing Kiki's numerous times all I can say is that it's still GREAT and I still recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always charming
    NoFoamFoodie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Kiki's is definitely the way to go when looking for a true bistro. The food is rustic-refined without being fussy; the service is unhurried and gracious; and the wine list is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1190 reviews are from the Kiki's Bistro reviews archive.
  • Always great French and More
    TryThisMaybeVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    You can't beat Kiki's. It's been a special Chicago spot for French food for years. Menu is good. Service is perfect-- starting with smiling Denise greating many diners by name! Desserts are worth the visit by themselves. Have the profiteroles, chocolate mousse cake, or apple tarte- hot with cold ice cream. For dinner, the chicken, salmon, or steak frites-- all great. You must try also the homemade pâté ( two kinds). Very authentic country French bistro in River North. I do not own the place, have no special interest there-- have only spent many nights enjoying Kiki's. Hope you enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Neighberhood Place
    Andy
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We wanted a nice meal close to our place - what a great find
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good old Kiki's
    PapapatVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Having gone there for years and then moving away Kiki's never disappoints. Always good. I try to go there every time I'm in town
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit or miss
    HonestDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The place is cute and has a homey ambience. It's is upscale but warm, a hard mix to achieve. You're bound to be greates by the chef during your time there, which is fun. However, the food was spotty. The lamb was good, but the fish was dry.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic French
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This was our first visit to KiKi's. This is a classic French restaurant, the food was always presented hot and also all parties wet served at the same time. No fusion stuff here, rather very well prepared classic French fare. We had escargots for appetizer--very good. The salad portions were generous without being too large. I had the scallops and my wife the lamb chops, both expertly prepared. We shared the creme carmel for dessert. Would revisit again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comfortable French bistro
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We love the ambiance and enjoyed an excellent steak poivre and crepes Suzette. The room was loud, but overall we like this bistro. Skip the endive apple salad and frogs leg starters. Seated immediately which was nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful Dining Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We were celebrating my husband's birthday. We really liked the setting, staff's knowledge and service, as well as the chance to meet and chat with Kiki for a few moments. The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. My husband's birthday was nicely acknowledged. We are looking forward to a return visit. We definitely felt we like were visiting France, and dining in a French Bistro.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Birthday Dinner
    luvleelynnie
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable Neighborhood Place
    Eagle779VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good. Best frites in
    BobO
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Always good. Best frites in town. Early bird special meal is a great bargain. Interesting and reasonable wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic