Pasteur
Pasteur

Pasteur

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://pasteurrestaurantchicago.com/
  • Phone: 7737284800
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Executive Chef: Dan Nguyen
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Pasteur is the ideal location to host your next celebration, function, work event or meeting. Our elegant dining room and lush patio can accommodate parties of almost any size from intimate gatherings to large groups.
    Pasteur can also tailor a special event menu to meet your specific needs with signature cocktails and wine pairings. Please contact owner Kim Nyguen to arrange your next event at Pasteur!
  • Private Party Contact: Kim Nguyen 7737284800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bryn Mawr
  • Public Transit: Pasteur is easily accessible via the CTA Bus and "L" routes. Our nearest "L" stop is Bryn Mawr on the Red Line. The 36-Broadway bus service runs past midnight.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Pasteur
Pasteur is dedicated to providing faithful patrons and newcomers alike with an unforgettable restaurant experience that starts with the finest Vietnamese cuisine. Chef Dan Nguyen serves a unique menu starring delectable traditional Vietnamese dishes. The menu also boasts a carefully considered wine list, including nearly 20 wines by the glass, and one-of-a-kind cocktails all designed to delight Pasteur’s guests.



Owner Kim Nguyen has painstakingly cultivated and created her ideal concept of Pasteur, resulting in the restaurant’s latest and best incarnation yet. Its newly redesigned space features a warm and refined aesthetic, thanks to an expansive interior tastefully appointed with elegant banquettes, white-tablecloth tables and rattan seating set against a neutral palette that shows off stunning Vietnamese artwork.
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Pasteur reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (48)great for outdoor dining (40)fit for foodies (39)romantic (37)special occasion (33)good for groups (20)great for lunch (9)notable wine list (6)great for brunch (4)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Good but too pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was very yummy, but for the price we paid the portions were quite small. We ordered two apps and two entrees and my wife and I were still hungry afterward and ordered tempura. No we are not giant fatties who eat a lot, just normal folks. Either give more food on the plate or knock 20% off the prices and I'll return.
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  • Happy surprise
    screwcapVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Once you are here- it rocks! Great service- Morgan was great. Cocktail list good& bartender adaptive. Food great and consistently tasty! Tummy rubbing happy Buddhas was I at the end of the meal. Great garden but also slick interior design. Kudos to: Mgr for great product; owners on keeping fun atmosphere alive in bland neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Saigon on Broadway
    Adda40VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I really enjoyed Pasteur in its former iteration, and was hoping it was as good after it reopened. I am delighted to say that it is. The restaurant is visually striking combining a modernistic touches to a classic colonial South East Asia ambiance. It is quite a departure from it's North Broadway neighborhood. The backyard garden patio is a fabulous option for Al Fresco cocktails and dining. The food is delicious with an a large number of well prepared creative selections on the menu. Their were no limitations in choices ranging from light to heavy, veggie to meats and seafood, casual to formal. The wine list has many selections that are quite varied and so well priced that full bottles can be a better value than buying by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • anniversary dinner
    daphne
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It was a quiet night, service very attentive, good suggestions on food which was very tasty. Reasonably priced-we got a few half orders.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must try!
    DennysVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My family tried this restaurant out last Friday night. It was beautiful out and they had the windows open. The first thing I noticed was that the restaurant is very pretty inside and out, especially in the evening. The food was just as pretty and tasty. The lollipop chicken and shrimp tempura appetizers were a hit especially for the kids. We had the Curry Chicken, Calamari Sa-Te, Grilled Beef Short Ribs and Signature Beef Steak. All were quite marvelous that we had to get a taste of each other's plates. Good thing we were all family! The restaurant staff was friendly and provided advice on the menu. I would recommend this restaurant and I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ralph
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Very vegetarian friendly. Very unusual veggies available. My one non-vegetarian dish was the house specialty....seared steak chunks. But it too was covered in greens. So, a very healthy night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    graymalkan
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My husband and I recently enjoyed our Anniversary Dinner at Pasteur. After booking a reservation on Open Table, we also happened upon a Groupon Deal for a 4 course dinner for two for $60. We loved each of the choices that we selected. The space is beautiful as well. Our only complaints were that the menus were sticky and needed a wiping down, and the bus boy that brought out our food, did not clear away finished dishes. This is unfortunate as we noted that there is a skilled chef in the back but staff in the front need some polishing up. We still would go back for another meal as the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2essenceVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The waitstaff is terrific. It has both an elegant and a neighborhood feeling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Joe Q
    Joeg
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Did mot like the separate menu for groupon holders, regardless the food was good. Wine list different from the one posted on their website. List on the website was less expensive
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good.
    Gabrielle
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Dined here for lunch while visiting Chicago. Was struck by how beautiful the restaurant inside. The outside patio was also very lovely. The food was delicious, the three of us enjoyed the fresh flavors and ingredients.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious, but a little salty
    Chelsea
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Overall, a wonderful experience—the service was fantastic, the back patio was great! The food was very good, except it was a little on the salty side for my tastes. Other than that, no complaints. I have also had their lunch special on delivery before, and I've always been pleased with it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasteur. A delightul experience
    Barks1959
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    A great blend of attributes. Very pleasing vibe and ambiance. The food was outstanding. Carefully prepared and presented. Great place to share small plates as well as personal entrées. The French influence on indigenous Viet Nam dishes could not be better. If looking for a foodies delight in the far north area of the city, this is it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2essenceVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We've been to Pasteur before, but this was the first time we ate outside on the garden patio. It was a heavenly evening. It reminded us of being in Europe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but good
    Chgodiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Went for dinner and had a good meal. Appetizers are really small and overpriced. You can get the same things on Argyle St for much cheaper and larger size, like the spring rolls. Cocktails tasted good but again expensive. Didn't last more than a few sips. Loved the clay pot salmon. Nicely cooked and great flavor. Bo Luc Lac was also very tasty. Desserts were way too heavy. A couple lighter choices would be nice. Looks like a lot of good items on the menu to try at future visits. Service was good but a seemed a little to casual for the atmosphere and food the restaurant is trying to portray. Not likely to be a restaurant we'd come to regularly but a good once in a while or special occasion place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pedestrian at Best
    feedme
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I finally made it in to Pasteur over the weekend and was very disappointed. The food was no different than what you would find in any spot on Argyle and we tried 7 different dishes. Our server was very nice, but would not come to the table unless we flagged him down. The space is beautiful and every staff member we came in contact with was friendly. However, the average food will keep me from going back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My go to
    JenwomonVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Pasteur is my go to restaurant for many occasions. The food is upscale Vietnamese, everything is just a little more lovely than you'll find just a few blocks down the street. The dining room is gorgeous and the patio is even more beautiful. The service is friendly but efficient. The cocktails are tasty. If I want to take my partner for a romantic dinner - the patio is perfect. Meet friends for dinner and drinks or just get pho to go if I'm not feeling well.
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  • Lovely Outdoor Patio!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    On our most recent visit to Pasteur was a great experience! We sat in the rear outdoor patio which is so lovely and peaceful! The authentic Vietnamese menu has lots of choices, it is so hard to decide what to order. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. We can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nonnie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Second trip to Pasteur, first was on a frigid night diring restaurant week. excellent again with two minor comments; could not be seated outside due to a private party (minor) and the accompaniments listed on the menu for the delicious pork tenderloin entree were substituted with what appeared to be frozen peas and carrots, which was disappointing. Still overall great food service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic experiece
    guysguy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    always been one of my favorite restaurants. Very elegantly decorated. Excellent food - presentation and taste! - excellent choices on the menu. Everything tastes fantastic! The wait staff add the oomph factor to the experience. All of them are very warm, friendly, caring and super efficient! I think half the battle is having patient warm caring wait staff and these guys have the best of them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2essenceVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was wonderful. The staff couldn't have been nicer. We were there for our anniversary and everyone was so kind and helpful. Everything we tried was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great food, wonderful service. We will be back soon.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Glad we went back!
    happy2eatVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We are very glad we gave Pastuer another try! The new Pastuer is lovely. The windows were open and a gentle breeze kept us cool. We opened with fresh and delicious small plates and moved onto satisfying and amply portioned main courses. When Pasteur reopened a while back we were initially disappointed at the small portions and expensive prices. Now the menu has been fine tuned to include large and small plates so that diners can try many of the nicely prepared dishes. The service was very friendly, helpful and easy going. They were slightly short staffed but we never felt ignored. The dishes arrived quickly but not so quick that we couldn't enjoy a cocktail and glass of wine with dinner. We will go back to enjoy the lovely patio.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    KMac
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I need say no more than the title of this review.... everything was excellent. Morgan is THE BEST SERVER on the planet and congrats to Kim for keeping everything magnificent at Pasteur.
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  • Uneven quality
    NyeKlaederVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Excellent egg-plant side dish, which we had as an appetizer. The spring-rolls were flavorless. Would not order any shrimp item from this restaurant: their shrimps were tasteless. There was a heavy reliance on the sauces for flavor in all the dishes, however, the duck breast was savory and quite good. We had to wait a good 15 minutes before any waitstaff came to our table, and we were informed that our assigned waiter Elliott(?)was nowhere to be found. However, Lindsay took over and provided excellent service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winne5
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Great restaurant. Friendly servers and nice atmosphere. Will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Delicious
    Atlas
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Beautiful space with courteous servers. The service was a little slow, but I think it was unusually busy due to Memorial Day Weekend as well as Bike the Drive happening the next morning. The server was very apologetic-- they were probably understaffed that night. The food was once again spectacular. The vegetable spring rolls had my mouth doing handsprings, with fresh lettuce, cilantro, and pickled carrots for wrapping as well as a light but flavorful dipping sauce. I once again had the signature beef-steak and it was just as consistently delicious as it was before-- cooked to perfection with a red-wine reduction sauce I wanted to lick off the plate, over a bed of refreshingly contrasting watercress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to eat!
    Anniversary
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Went to Pasture's for 36 wedding anniversary dinner. It was excellent from the food to the service. Look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 151 reviews are from the Pasteur reviews archive.
  • Gold Coast experience in Uptown
    bms1VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Stepping into Pasteur, you'd think you walked off North Broadway in Uptown and into a swanky River North or Gold Coast digs. The rustic tile floors, white wainscot walls, wicker chairs and slow spinning ceiling fans coupled with gentle and relaxing French inspired music quickly create an ambiance of a French Vietnam Colonial restaurant. Service was excellent, the cocktails were refreshing, and the food was light, delicious and full of flavor. To top it off, the entree prices are extremely reasonable, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner that doesn't break the bank or an enjoyable weekend date where you can indulge a little more in the specialty cocktails or a nice bottle of wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad on us
    nealstar
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is a nice room with a decent wine list and good service. The cocktails are a bit overhyped, but the food is a muted version, at a greater cost, of what you can get three blocks south on the same street. My wife and I got all gussied up and went out here for our 13th anniversary, and ultimately wished we'd stayed in jeans and t-shirts and gone BYO to one of the Vietnamese restaurants down around Argyle. Nothing we had was bad, but everything was just a little more boring than what we're used to with this cuisine.
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  • I love Pasteur............
    Sarahdonis
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    ..........when it's reasonable quiet. When we arrived, for a 6:30 reservation, it was pleasantly quiet. The place was about 1/3 full. An hour later, they were quite full, and we could barely hear one another. On this occasion, we sat inside. I have sat in the patio before, and it was delightful, and nowhere near as noisy. We had a little problem, when my companion's entree was delivered "extra spicy," which she did not specify, nor did she want it. They did, however, take it away apologetically, and replaced it quite quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Sunday Lunch
    Awesome
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had Mother's Day lunch with family on the outdoor patio. Wait staff was great was the food was excellent. The ambiance outside is fantastic and very relaxing. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Purplegirl410
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The ambience is beautiful, good service, and delicious food. I would like to see less expensive wines on their wine list,
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Great Service
    Atlas
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Went with the girlfriend for a date night on a Friday at 7pm and it was empty. Space was beautiful and clean. Service was fast and my water glass was never empty. Generous pour when I ordered a Buffalo Trace neat. GF's martini was delicious (too sweet by itself but great with food). Salmon egg roll appetizers were delicious. GF had the vegetarian option in the noodles section and it was delicious, had all sorts of veggies- the sauce was light, and while flavorful, allowed for the flavor of the tofu and veggies to come through. The beef steak was incredible- cooked to perfection, mouthwatering sauce I wanted to lick off the plate, worked beautifully with the watercress. Flourless chocolate cake was awesome. 10/10 will dine again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • always very good
    jeffy
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    always a good time coming here, service is very friendly, food is always superb, they added some small plate for more choices and freedom to pick more food.
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    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice Vietnamese Food
    DonostiVzlan
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Pateur is a nice restaurant with good service and very good Vietnamese Cuisine, it is a bit pricey by highly recommended
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • welcoming and cordial.
    hardtoimpress
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    It was an occassion. We brought our own wine. The server whose ( her ) name i forget was a huge part if the enjoyable experience. I dislike restaurants in general but we will be back to check out the garden during warmer weather. Thoughtfully prepared fresh ingredients by owner chef.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Just like Hanoi
    ChikindVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Pasteur is really a beautiful restaurant with the feel of a real restaurant in old Hanoi. The food is very good and prices are reasonable. Great value-priced wine list! This time our service was lacking, but we'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service were great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food and service were great! Room and bar were very comfortable. We'll be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful space, impressive food
    ChicagoAnn
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The dining room is absolutely stunning and a pleasure to be in. The staff is always very pleasant, knowledgeable, and work hard to make guests comfortable. Although the menu features both Vietnamese and French dishes, I always order Vietnamese and have never been disappointed. My favorite is the claypot tofu with vegetables. I look forward to dining here again as soon as possible!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Amazing Service!!!
    ChicagoLanceVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We had a Groupon to Pasteur and so glad we purchased it. We probably wouldn't have found this restaurant otherwise. They went all out by putting their best dishes on the Groupon menu. The best part of the entire evening was our server Roseanna. She made impeccable recommendations for starters and wine. As good as the food was - she was even better. The beef roll starters were delicious! The spices they used in the beef entree were also mouth watering. Definitely will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.