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

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4.7

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4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (101)
Good for a Date (89)
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Good for Anniversaries (81)
Handcrafted Cocktails (55)
Cozy (55)
Good for Birthdays (54)
Fit for Foodies (54)
Worth the Drive (45)
Hot Spot (35)
Business Meals (35)
Notable Wine List (33)
Bar Seating (28)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Authentic (19)
Fun (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Late-night Find (15)
People Watching (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Casual (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Local Ingredients (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food, excellent service, and romantic atmosphere --an experience I will never forget!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing experience! Food, service, decor, top notch!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was excellent and service was mostly good. However, I had mentioned on my reservation that it was my Fiance's birthday. When we arrived, the Host said happy birthday to him as well as the staff that filled our waters, but the Server never made mention of it. When the dessert came out, there was no candle or mention of it being his birthday. We had seen other tables get candles/sparklers in their dessert and I was excited for the small bit of celebration we could do. I don't think the Server was notified of the birthday, and therefor it did put a bit of a damper on the night. I don't expect anything free for birthdays, but a candle or mention is expected.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Best bone-in steak I've ever had.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Great! Joel was a very helpful waiter.

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing ambiance and food. The service is also fantastic.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Awesome experience - had heard great things but actual experience even better. My new favorite!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

What a wonderful restaurant, I loved the relaxed ambiance. The food and service were outstanding. I think this was the best filet I've tasted in long time and the appetizers were delicious, especially the baked goat cheese. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in this very comfortable and delicious establishment. My family cannot wait to return.

Tags: Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Food and service were amazing. I was afraid it was going to be pretentious, but it wasn't. It felt old school in a good way. Our server helped--Riley was really great and very attentive. We took and loved all of her recommendations!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Amazing knowledgeable server!! Deliciously fresh impeccable food.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Bavette's has amazing steaks -- the dry aged NY strip was amazing. But, what I like more than the steaks (since there are many places to get a great steak in Chicago) is the atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Exceptional service and food. Table for four a bit crowded although we were offered another larger one in 45 min wait, which we declined. Would eat here again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Spicy, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Awesome food, service, & ambiance. Wonderful steaks, perfectly done. Great appetizers & sides. Must get the Mac & cheese. Perfect desserts. Can’t wait to go again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Bar Seating, People Watching, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great ambiance, service and food!

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Shaun was a fantastic server and made great recommendations. One of my favorite Chicago spots.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Amazing cocktails, oysters, salmon and fried chicken. Can’t wait to come bakc!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The dry-aged ribeye will set you back a few bucks, but it's one of the best dishes you'll have in Chicago. The sides and apps complement well. If I have one complaint, the bartender mixed up a Sazarac which tasted like syrup and the absinthe was undetectable. It was frankly a terrible drink. Everything else at Bavette's was fantastic.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The dry aged ribeye is fantastic

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Went with a friend to celebrate a job promotion, absolutely delicious. We split a bottle of wine (no corkage fee if you send a glass to another table), had cocktails and a ton of delicious sides & steak.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Quality of the dry-aged bone-in ribeye was dramatically less than it was 2 years ago when it was sublime - best steak we had ever had. We both thought it was the equivalent of grocery store steak this time - tough, not meltingly juicy as it was the last time. Frites were still mediocre. Our service was ok - a noticeable drop in quality. Overall, not a good value, except for being able to bring our own wine and give a glass to our neighbor table. Chocolate pie still good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Server did not do good job at all missed few ordered items , did not react professionally , looked upset when asked to poor the wine in to decanter , spilled the wine while purring it in to glass. Food was mazing everything else was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Another delicious meal at Bavette's. It's honestly the best steak in the city bar none. We had some troubled service, though. Our waiter was inattentive - served some drinks incorrectly (despite repeating them back to us correctly, even making recommendations that then didn't come like bleu cheese olives in a martini came with plain olives). He "refilled" a water that was a cocktail on ice and never noticed his mistake and when the person realized it was too hard to track him down to fix it. He forgot one of our side dishes. Whenever we tried to flag him down he was nowhere to be found. He gave the table some free ice cream ... but we had ordered the royale sundae already so that was kind of a strange add-on. And when it came to the bill, he offered to split it for us and then came back to the table with one large bill (and had charged us for that "free" ice cream we didn't order). He noticed the charge and gave us the right bill but reneged on being able to split it for us (Which was weird! We hadn't even asked for the split but he offered...). Anyway, overall, the food always comes out on top at Bavette's. And while the service was less than stellar it wasn't so bad that I'll stop calling this place the best steak restaurant in the city.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2018

My steak was already at room temperature and it rare instead of medium. It was disappointing because the last two times it was perfect.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

My husband and I have been wanting to go to Bavette's for over a year now, but it is such a popular spot (for good reason!) we could never find a reservation before 10pm. After reading more about the ambiance and seeing photos online I knew I had to get us there for our wedding anniversary to surprise my hubbie, and thankfully they had a reservation before 10pm! :) We were in love from the moment we walked in! The ambiance feels like you've stepped back in time with dark mood lighting, jazz music, and almost a mysterious yet romantic feel. The place was packed but we were still able to get a drink at the bar before they sat us in a cozy booth. The cocktails were AMAZING, I mean AMAZINGGGGG. And even though we ordered our first round at the bar, our server knew what they were as soon as they were gone (without having to ask us what they were) and brought another round! Cognac sazerac & lillet rose! Literally perfect his and hers drinks, they were delicious. As for food, it was just as amazing! We ordered the shrimp cocktail for an app (HUGE-like 10 pieces of delicious shrimp), the 10 oz. filet with buttery mash and elote style corn for sides. We STILL had leftovers at the end, very nice portion sizes for shareable sides. And the service was on point! Refilling water glasses, taking plates, cleaning up crumbs, good timing between drinks/apps/main course. And our server Eric was amazing! Overall an amazing experience! Book your reservations in advance but get over there ASAP! My hubbie and I will def be back, even if its just for Happy Hour at the bar! :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, People Watching, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The best steak we've had in our lives. Super and fun bottle policy makes this place affordable enough to want to come back repeatedly. Elote corn is also outstanding.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Bavette's is always good. The last couple times I had gotten the classic ribeye and it was amazing, however I think I like my boyfriend's filet better this time. I've been here many times, but our waitress reccommended the roated tomato and bacon salad and it was to die for. Awesome wine liste, though we like to bring our own and share a glass with our waitstaff. However, this place is not cheap, just be prepare to shell out some dough for the awesome service and amazing steaks.

Tags: Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

After reading the Chicago Magazine article indicating Bavette's had risen to the No. 1 spot for Best Steakhouse in Chicago, I thought it would be the perfect place to celebrate a special birthday. After waiting 10 minutes for a reserved table, I was glad to be seated but those 10 minutes gave us a chance to relax and enjoy some great cocktails. We were escorted to an open banquette table. I asked for a leather booth in the lower level in my reservation, by the time the staff checked into it, the banquette table was given to someone else and we just stood there while staff frantically figured out another place to seat us. We did get a table for two in a corner which was quiet and an acceptable substitution. Our server was very good giving us ample time to finish our cocktails and gave recommendations. We ordered the 42-day dry-aged bone-in rib eye, wedge and crab avocado salads, corn, creamed spinach and chocolate pie along with a bottle of White Rock Cabernet Sauvignon. Our salads were fresh and very big. The wedge had a dressing that was not tasty but had great bacon. The bib lettuce was so big it was hard to eat and the crab was mixed with several ingredients also not tasty. The corn was superb. The creamed spinach was nothing like was described in the article. No rich cover of caramelized onions nor blue cheese. We had to ask for bread which also was not as described in the article "each slice boasts a burnished crust" and no one gave us a refill. Here is the absolute most disappointing item, the steak was tasteless with not one drop of juice. It was as though it was reheated. I was very personally embarrassed as I had pumped up the fact that this was the place to be at, eat at, and become a new local favorite. I never mind paying for an expensive delicious meal but, this was a very big disappointment. There must have been a different Chef in charge on Saturday, January 6 at 8pm or the Chicago Magazine article was a falsehood. GeriB

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We’ve been here many times at excellent service levels. This particular time, our server was distracted. We would see the server pay much greater attention to other tables to the detriment of our own. The food and ambiance was outstanding as always!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Came here for my boyfriend's birthday and we had the most wonderful time. I had made a special request ahead of time and our server took excellent care of us (ever heard of a bone marrow whiskey luge? Us either...). Bavette's is our go-to special occasion spot and I'd highly recommend it if you like a bit of romance with your red meat.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 4, 2018

If you want to experience a Chicago-style steak house like you see in movies set in the 1930's, this is it, no doubt about it. Lights are low and the ambience is great, enhanced by quiet jazz. Fantastic food, you really can't go wrong with any of the choices, but the steak is exceptional. On your way out, peer into the other dining room, around the well stocked bar, and you just might see Al Capone sipping on some whiskey and smokin' his cigar with his buddies...

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We have been here twice and we have enjoyed it immensely each time. The wedge salad is to die for!. We really enjoy the food, and the service is fantastic. We went for anniversary and they brought is a nice dessert after dinner. We had to wait for about 7 weeks to get a table, but it was well worth the wait!! We will be back again soon I am sure!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Hands down my favorite restaurant in Chicago. The steak melts in your mouth. And can’t beat the byob policy!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We had a great time overall.

The service was spot on, and the ambience was perfect.

The shrimp cocktail was perfect. Amazing quality.

This time I felt as though the wedge salad was over seasoned. A little too much dill.

I was also disappointed in the steak compared to my last visit. We ordered the dry aged ribeye and for the price I was expecting perfection. We ordered it medium rare. The exterior was too seared and had a burnt taste to it while the insides were more rare than a typical medium rare. Overal not enjoyable.

The Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes were perfect.

After this last visit, Maudes has risen to the top as my favorite restaurant and I will go there next time over Bavettes.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 3, 2018

This is our 4th visit to Bavette's. Easily the best restaurant I have ever been to and our go to for date nights and anniversaries.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food was amazing !!!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The Host at the entrance was SO wonderful! Friendly, helpful and kind.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing food. Truffle Mac and cheese is so great and the sundae is superb. Best steak you’ll ever have.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food and very attentive servers We went there for NYE dinner and loved it
The restaurant got busy quickly The music was great. Classic jazz I would definitely go back

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We made reservations for 11:15pm to celebrate our 3rd year anniversary. We showed up 15 minutes before our reservation time and the hostess said they were expecting us and told us to wait to be seated. There were tables for two available all over the restaurant and we still were not seated promptly. We followed up about seating three times and each time some excuse was made about why we couldn't be seated as hostesses avoided us. A group of four gentleman showed up in sweats 10 minutes after us and were seated immediately which further agitated us. Finally a hostess who confirmed my reservation suddenly came to check who I was(?) before finally seating us at the first empty table which was empty when we first got to the restaurant 20 minutes earlier.
We made requests for a booth or a quiet space, both seating options were available all over the restaurant but she seated us at the closest open table from the waiting area in front of the entrance which we specifically requested to be away from. So the night was off to an awful start which just destroyed what should have been a fun night for us. A waiter didn't come to our table until 20 minutes after we were seated. He wanted to be nice but came off as pushy and seemed eager to go through the motions to get the service over with.
The food was good enough but our appetite was spoiled at that point. Drinks were well made and the steak we ordered was cooked very well and flavorful. It looked a little small for a 22oz. and if those are their 22oz. portions I'd say its overpriced for a steak that doesn't even come halfway in terms of quality and flavor compared to even a chain restaurant like Wolfgang's. The plate was cold which cooled the steak to lukewarm about 7 minutes into dining. The mac and cheese was what it is, mac and cheese with hints of truffle but nothing complex enough to rave about. We got free ice cream but service overall was highly rude and ignorant which ruined our experience.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Superb a must in Chicago.

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