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Bavette's

4.8
2679 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

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A stylish departure from a traditional steakhouse, Bavette’s embraces French flair without the formality, blending fine dining with unabashed fun. Guests can indulge in timeless steakhouse fare, classic cocktails, and a well-curated international wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, European, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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Phone number
(312) 624-8154
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Wells/Franklin
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2679 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.4
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was good and service was very friendly but timing of food delivery was uneven. We ordered three steaks, all medium...one came out medium, another medium-well and a third well-done. All top quality beef but not as ordered. Sides large and good. We had a booth, which was great.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was great and we enjoyed the atmosphere and music!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was excellent service and waiting time was right on schedule . Staff did a great job

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Took me several months to get a reservation but it was worth it. My wife and I went with my brother and his wife. For appetizers we ordered the steak tartare, shrimp cocktail and half dozen oysters. All were great. For steaks the bone in ribeye and the petite fillet. They were cooked perfectly with great flavor. For sides, the sweet potatoes, crab stuffed avocado salad, truffle mac and cheese and elote style corn. For me the elote style corn was the best but all were good. As for the wine, I highly recommend the Colombo Apertura Pinot Noir. One of the best wines I have had in a long time. No dessert unfortunately but if you see the amount of food we ordered you will understand why we passed.

The ambiance of the place was also very cool. The music was great and the noise level was a little high but sitting in the booth we didn't have much difficulty hearing. There is a great bar area both upstairs and down. Only complaint is the restroom situation. They are single restrooms and there was at least one to two waiting in line. Not a big deal.

Overall an excellent meal and great scene. Would love to go back so I better get to work trying to secure another reservation. People did walk in without a reservation and I overheard them being told hour thirty to an hour forty-five. Not that unusual for a high-end restaurant downtown but I prefer a reservation.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

It was fabulous !!!! We love Bavettes ...It is our most favorite restaurant ever !!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Well executed food but the service left quite a bit to be desired.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Amazing service and food was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We were there for my boyfriends surprise 30th! The staff went above and beyond to make this special surprise perfect!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The first time I came to Bavette's we only had appetizers and side dishes--and it was amazing. I wanted to come back and get to experience one of the best steaks in Chicago. It definitely lived up to the hype and as always, the sides (specifically the wedge salad with their famous bacon and the garlic mashed potatoes) were fantastic as well. The ambiance makes you feel like you've stepped into a classic Chicago speakeasy, especially in the basement and the service was on point. Great spot to celebrate a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Bavettes came highly recommended. First of all, it is quite dark in the dining room. The rest rooms are old and small. The bar area has a rather nice ambiance. There is an additional dining room in the "dungeon" which provides less noise and more privacy. The food is pricey and I would suffice it to say that you do not necessarily get your money's worth. The portions are relatively small. The filet mignon and lamb chops were average. However, the crab was excellent! The service is attentive. I think there are many other superior options for steaks, chops and seafood in the area. We will not be returning to Bavettes anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Loved the food! Came out very fast. Service was amazing. Food was hot and seasoned just right. Will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

So good! Their Mac and cheese with bacon 🤤

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Amazing! Great experience!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Wonderful anniversary dinner. Impeccable service. Phenomenal food. My favorite restaurant in Chicago,

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Simply excellent in every sense of the word

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Bavette's is so good! You have to get a reservation over a month in advance, but it's actually so worth it! We got the filet mignon, steak frites & truffle Mac and cheese and everything was phenomenal! Also, the handcrafted cocktails are so good! I had the champagne smash and it was well decorated and delicious! Love this place for a nice date night spot!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

It was really delicious. We enjoyed it a lot. The food was excellent.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Overpriced.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great service and food as always

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We enjoyed our meal and overall experience at Bavette's. I highly recommend it. We went before going to the theater. The fried and roasted chicken were both excellent and my friend that had the salmon said that was excellent as well. Our server was so helpful and nice and we never felt rushed to leave (we were there for 2 hours).

I can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

A great experience from beginning to end. The food - Each dish was exceptional from the large crab cake with chunks of crab; the awesome bone marrow dripping with goodness and with huge hunks of toasted sourdough, through the perfectly executed steak frites and the completely over the top fried chicken with buttery mashed potatoes. The service - Our server Ben was awesome and attentive beginning to end. Even the French press coffee and the complimentary ‘birthday’ ice cream was top shelf. Very well done...

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

He best dry aged ribeye in the city!

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food was good but quite overpriced. A salad for $21 and 10 oz steak for $38. Bit much.
Wine by the glass for $20. Same quality in other places for less.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Best restaurant in Chicago! Impeccable service, wonderful atmosphere and amazing food and wine.

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1.0Dined on March 22, 2018

What is the meaning and purpose of a reservation? I would have thought it was to definitively secure a spot to have the accommodations and amenities of a place made available to the person who made the reservation, on the date and time for which the reservation was made.

Unfortunately, that is not what it means at Bavette's. There, a reservation secures your spot, eventually. They clearly overbook and then expect patrons to wait, and then wait some more.

And what is done to assuage the disrespect of forcing a customer with a reservation to wait well beyond the time of the reservation? Absolutely nothing.

The place is exceedingly loud, unnecessarily dark, and, while the food is certainly good, it's not so good that anyone with a reservation would ever want to wait for it.

You want a great steakhouse experience in Chicago? Skip Bavette's. Go anywhere else.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Wait to be seated was annoying when there were tables available, but server was great. Great food with unique, cozy vibe

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

The food was amazing!
I had the 6oz steak and it was perfect.
A friend had the duck, it was served cold so he was worried about it... well once we tasted it, OHMYGoodness!! AMAZING!

The drinks were great! I highly recommend his restaurant

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Bavettes is THE best steak place in Chicago. Period.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The steak was overcooked and not seasoned week

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We always love Bavette’s. They have changed the menu a tad. Best burger! Was able to get the salmon the way we like it! Brussels sprouts were amazing. The broccoli was not good and usually a fav. Will skip it next time. Also we sat downstairs and it was hard to hear everyone at the booth and a cold draft kept blowing on us.

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The overall experience was okay. The food was great the atmosphere was great, but the service was unprofessional. It was my birthday I was turning 29 and I had a party of six black females. Upon ordering our food it went well one of my friends didn't have a liking for the chicken ,but because the kitchen was closing I'm assuming and they weren't serving anymore hot food had we were told; she wasn't able to reorder anything. Also a woman came out and asked her would she like to take the food home also saying would you like" hot sauce" with with it to go. A very unprofessional comment I guess assuming that we were black females we like hot sauce with our chicken. I don't think I will be returning to this place although the food was delicious and savory I will not be coming back.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Great service. No better steak in town!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Incredibly impressed with both the ambiance and food. A lot of times many restaurants will provide one or the other really well, but this one provides both. The food was incredible and the restaurant is top-notch. If you’re ever in Chicago, I would highly recommend this place. The pictures of the restaurant online are good, but still do it justice as to how amazing it is inside the place.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Server was amazing. Food very very good. appetiter steak tartare was delicious. Rib eyes best in long time. Overall worth a visit

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Great all around. Ben was attentive and his suggestions were spot on and professional. Definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Outstanding food, excellent service. Noisy but that's to be expected in a large house. Expensive but not more so than most Chicago high end places. Worth the visit.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

One of my favorite spots!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Amazing every time!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Best date night ever

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Quite honestly, one of our best measls ever. Dry aged NY strip and bone-in filet were amazing, as was the corn, and home-made bread. Fantastic house-cured bacon tomato salad with arugula. Best chocolate creme pie in the world! An absolutely amazing experience. Can't wait to return.

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