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Bistro Voltaire

4.3
798 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Top Tags:
  • Cozy
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Bistro Voltaire is a favorite of the well traveled patron wanting to indulge in the sensibilities of France without leaving Chicago.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday - Saturday, 5-10pm

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Phone number
(312) 265-0911
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Bistro Voltaire has become a favored destination for Chicagoans seeking the romantic, spirited vibe of a French bistro without leaving the Windy City.
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Private party contact
Bistro Voltaire: (855) 402-4460
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Cross street
Franklin
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Parking details
Plenty of street parking per signs
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Public transit
Across from the CTA Brown-Line, Chicago stop
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Special events & promotions
Bistro Voltaire lends an intimate and festive dining room filled with Parisian charm and can accommodate up to (45) seated guests. Please contact us for further information.
Additional
Bar Dining, Full Bar
What 798 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipChris (Indiana)
1.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The service was good, but the food was horrible: undercooked frog legs, dull lamb knuckle, sour chocolate cake. And it was quite pricey. Will not go back.

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vipKnitter (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

We loved the ambiance. It’s typical of a French bistro. Very tiny. Our server/bartender Tiffany, was fabulous. And our drinks were very good. Unfortunately, the food was a disappointment. I ordered frog legs as my appetizer. They were limp and tasteless. I expected lots of garlic. My husband had escargot, which was a unique way to to serve it—no shells, butter or garlic, but with lettuce. My entree was Coq a Vin. This was unique as well. The chicken was shredded and didn’t have much flavor. The lardons and mushrooms were fine. My husband had salmon, which was farm raised Atlantic and it was good. The best was the bread; it was excellent. Would love to return, but won’t until the Chef hones up his/her cooking skills.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

The service & ambiance was excellent. But the food was mediocre.
Restaurant Week is probably not a fair evaluation but I would think it should be. My appetizer & entree were not great. Dessert superb. Probably will not return.

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ZackInKC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic dining experience! I was there for Chicago Restaurant Week and their prix fixe was delicious and a great value. The chef does a more provincial take on escargots that was fantastic. My main was an amazing lamb roast with the most spectacular ratatouille and polenta, my goodness it was so fragrant and tasty. For dessert I couldn't pass up the profiteroles and was not disappointed. Everything was amazing. I really dug the atmosphere, too - it was small (reservations definitely recommended) and had a very authentic French Bistro feel to it: not fancy, but nice, the kind of café that I assume Parisians eat at every day of the week. Definitely great for date night, small group celebration, or a special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Been here many times, but not recently. Found it to have dropped in quality, service and ambiance. Not sure why.

Still food was ok. Service friendly if not quirky. Surprised they were only offering restaurant week menu.

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Lynda (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The service we receive was spectacular. Our server Adam was so attentive and made us feel so welcomed. The food was divine.

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vipHillymd (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Great neighborhood French bistro with a classy, New York-ish West Village atmosphere. Food is always solid. The French soup and salmon are always excellent. Attentive, personable service.

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vipTheWalleh (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

I never thought I'd say this about a french restaurant, but everything sampled was bland except the dessert.

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Peter (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

I think I have a new favorite French restaurant. The food and drinks were outstanding and the staff was very friendly and attentive.

Will definitely be back!c

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Food was mostly great, my salmon was good (though nothing too spectacular), nice ambiance, server was very friendly and polite. Would recommend.

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