About Bavette's

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.

Reservations made through Open Table will be for Bavette's main dining room. The largest party size that the restaurant can accommodate is a group of six. Currently, we do not offer any private dining.

218 W. Kinzie St.
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, European, Seafood

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


Cross Street:
Wells/Franklin

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 624-8154

Website:
http://bavetteschicago.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bavette's Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (117)
Good for a Date (111)
Romantic (99)
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Good for Anniversaries (95)
Handcrafted Cocktails (77)
Good for Birthdays (62)
Cozy (56)
Fit for Foodies (54)
Hot Spot (47)
Worth the Drive (47)
Business Meals (44)
Notable Wine List (38)
Bar Seating (33)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Fun (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Good for Groups (27)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Authentic (19)
Late-night Find (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
People Watching (14)
Casual (13)
Happy Hour (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Tasting Menu (4)
Seasonal (3)
Great Beer (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Outstanding. It exceeded all my expectations. The staff was friendly and professional and the food was perfect. I would highly recommend starting with the crab cake, then going with the Chicago cut, and splitting a potato. Top it off with a bottle of Malbec, both they offer are superb. This is my new favorite Chicago steak house.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

Bavette’s is a very special treat. It is pricey but it is worth it. The food, service, ambience, music, all sensational. It is no wonder that Bavette is consistently rated at the very top of all Chicago restaurants.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Happy Hour
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 days ago

Our waiter, John, was fabulous. We had Dover sole and a bone-in filet. Both were excellent. If you like sourdough bread, then you’ll love Bavette’s bread.
I can’t wait to return.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

We have been to Bavette's a number of times, we have never been disappointed. The food is excellent, service outstanding and for such a sought after restaurant we were seated at the time of our reservation. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Corpus Christi)·Dined 6 days ago

Perfect diner!!! Well worth the experience. Must do if you get a chance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Quaint romantic atmosphere coupled with great service, fabulous wine and amazing food makes this one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago!!!!! The shrimp dejounge and the thick cut bacon are a must!!!!! And that bone in dry aged ribeye cooked to perfection is a culinary delight!!! Can’t wait to return to dine again!!!!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great meal!! Great steak

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Awesome! Couldn’t have had a better meal. Beautiful space with excellent service.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing food in a really unique atmosphere. Service was fantastic.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were seated almost 40 minutes after our reservation time and it took forever for our entrees to arrive. Very disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Reservation was for 8pm. Arrived early with all present. We were not seated until around 9-9:30pm at a small table right by the front door normally set up for a small group. No explanation from staff or manager(s). Also, no bar bill accommodation for multiple drink wait at the bar either. Very disappointing.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic service. Outstanding food. Thanks so much for consistent setting and flavors...our friends who were new to Bavette’s were equally as impressed:))

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great steak! Salad had too much dressing and baked potato was not that great. But good ambiance and steak. Service and table location wasn’t the best but not complaining.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I think If you reserve a table months in advance, restaurant should communicate that your party will be seated in bar area. Way too noisy! They forgot our crab cake appetizer, I’m still waiting for it. French fries are frozen and were soggy. Much confusion at hostess stand, took 15/20 m to get seated.
Bavette’s not worth the hype.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Lovely time, as always. We always leave full and happy!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always love dining here but make sure you ask for the cost of the specials. Shame on us for not clarifying how much the Dover Sole was that night. But I was not expecting $85 for a piece of fish. Quite disappointing that the server wasn’t transparent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Romantic
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

I brought my girlfriend to Bavette’s for a date night. We ordered the petite fillet and the ribeye. Both were of the best either of us had ever eaten. The ambiance was perfect for an intimate dining experience and was a smash hit with my lady. The service couldn’t have been any better. The staff were pleasant and attentive, without being intrusive. I highly recommend Bavette’s!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Food was prepared well - portions were off from proor visits - also didn’t receive complimentary champagne as received in the past.

Server was barely attentive.

Expected to have a great experience and was left flat.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Best steak ever. Sides awesome as well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Best meat I have tried. Definitely best steakhouse in Chicago. Worth going here, don’t think about it TWICE! Side order and appetizers are also Amazing and service is fast and friendly. It a MUST GO!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Overall it was good the apps are pretty big .prime steak was great on the other hand the salmon didn’t have seasoning good place to go I guess not for seafood. The service was ok he hasn’t that attentive forgot my drink in the end so I just ask for check

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food & service were great. We sat downstairs and loved it. Just a tad too dark. I like dark Restaurants but this was a little too much. All in all one of the best steaks I have ever eaten

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great Food, waiter was very attentive

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great time and wonderful food and service , will definitely come back

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Fun
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

This restaurant is one of my family’s favorites as well as mine and whenever they are in Chicago, they request that I make a reservation. This was fifth time there with my family and the food was very disappointing. Normally, my family loves what they get and they cannot get enough of it, but that night, their pork chops and bone in rib eye were quite dry. I would have sent them back to the kitchen if I had known, but they didn’t want to disappoint me so they did not tell me until the next day. I am thinking perhaps the time being the day after Thanksgiving, the head chef was absent or something was off with the restaurant, but nevertheless it was a huge disappointment. Their appetizers (baked crab cake, side of bacon, and a burger) were also not as good as usual. We order the same things each time, so it was very easy to judge that they were not up to par this time. Very disappointing...

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The tartare was excellent, the soft boiled egg made the dish. The house made bread was exceptional

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Absolute fantastic all around. Great food, the ambiance of a 1920 Jazz club, friendly and relatable servers. Definitely a Chicago favorite. When can I go there again??

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We came with a group for a celebration. Barbara, our server, was lovely and knowledgeable. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was really lively and fun. Great special occasion pick!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

very good , but expensive, service and food very good

a little too dark inside
prices were a bit too much

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Excellent food and service! You need more bathrooms! I big problem especially since there are only 2 and 1 is a single

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The music is so loud that you cannot have a conversation. They initially sat us at a table that was so dark that you couldn't read the menu. The main course was expensive and lousy. The steaks were poor--not good quality of meat. It is a completely over-rated restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Sean was the best!! Thank you for treating our family for the night !

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Ben was a great server and Pim was a lovely hostess. Always a great time!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This restaurant is at the level of Chicago Cut or Gibsons, but with a unique style of its own. I’ve been meaning to come here for years as it has been one of the top steak houses in the city. Was it worth the wait? Not really, but it is a top notch steak house. But competition is stiff for this caliber of restaurant in Chicago so I think I will try other highly rated steak houses before coming back. It might be a useful onservation to say my teenage daughter liked it but thought there were too many adults and too dark, if that makes sense about the vibe. LOL. She liked Chicago Cut much more probably because of the windows and the scene is a bit more cosmopolitan and modern. However, I liked Bavette’s steaks more than Chicago Cut. Bavette’s has more of a speak easy, dark and swanky atmosphere. Our waiter was personable and excellent.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Ambiance, sides, and appetizers were great. Unfortunately the steak was not good. We ordered their dry aged rib eye medium rare. We had to send them back for being close to well done. Waiter apologized and brought out new steaks. Unfortunately this time they were undercooked and cold. Seemed like they rushed them out. Sadly the steak was the worst part of the steak house.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We had a late dinner after having cocktails at another bar. Table was ready, service was prompt, and food was amazing. Steaks cooked to perfection my friend and I️ had a ribeye and a filet. We also had truffle Mac and cheese and charred broccoli. Our waiter recommended wine and we just had an amazing time. I️ really enjoyed the ambiance and the decor. Great experience.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Nothing short of espectacular

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Our meal was absolutely delicious!!! Always a great time

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Waiter had to go get 2 different times
Was poor, and table was very small for
A party of 4

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The ABSOLUTE must go to steak joint in Chicago. Great ambiance, excellent service and the food was impeccable.

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