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About Bistro Voltaire

Bistro Voltaire is a favorite of the well traveled patron wanting to indulge in the sensibilities of France without leaving Chicago.

226 West Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Monday - Saturday, 5-10pm

Cross Street:
Franklin

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 265-0911

Website:
http://www.bistrovoltaire.com/

Parking Details:
Plenty of street parking per signs

Public Transit:
Across from the CTA Brown-Line, Chicago stop

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.

Private Party Contact:
Bistro Voltaire: (855) 402-4460

Additional:
Bar Dining, Full Bar

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.

Bistro Voltaire Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (14)
Romantic (13)
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Good for a Date (10)
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Comfort Food (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (2)
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Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (1)
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Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 20, 2014

Most outstanding foods !!!! The server was a little weird, that very laid back, relaxed about the slow serving, and some of his mistakes. But the foods were most delicious: duck was fabulous, as well as Pork, and the scallops.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 19, 2014

I wasn't that impressed with the food. I've had better escargot. Wine list is mediocre.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 18, 2014

très chic

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 17, 2014

The food was the worst I have experienced in a Chicago bistro. Sauces were watery and tasteless and food quality was very poor. An example was the coq au vin - a cooked chicken leg that had never touched red wine until a weak, tasteless sauce was poured over it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2014

Very typical French restaurant. Great food, french wines, quiet and cosy space. Good service. I especially recommend the fondant au chocolat for dessert!

I am French and come here when I want good French food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 2, 2014

More Parisian than many Bitro's in the City of Lights. Our server Liouc was amazing and a gem in and of himself. A good wine list at reasonable prices and cuisine that could match any Bistro fare in this City. Though in an odd location parking is convenient a few feet away and in the evening I suspect it is always empty ($10.00 and very safe). You will forget you are in Chicago and slow your pace down and relax with friends or your lady.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 29, 2014

Bistro Voltaire is a great restaurant for a special occasion or for a romantic evening with its cozy atmosphere. I think the restaurant has only about 20 tables but it does have a large bar. The food was excellent and the desserts are amazing. I can't say enough about the professional wait staff. Overall this restaurant exceeded my expectaions and I will return.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 28, 2014

Had to wait a bit for a table but worth it. service was fabulous and even gave a complimentary glass of wine for waiting. Food was great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 26, 2014

Went here for a date night the other day. Food was fantastic. Service was spot on; polite, attentive, and funny. Ambiance was nice. Towards the end of the night I think they turned on oldies music for us (Marvin Gaye etc)...

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2014

The food and staff were excellent. They were very professional and treated us well. I thought the food portions were a little smaller than expected, but all the dishes tasted great. The service, however, was a bit slow and took about 45 minutes for entrees to come out after ordering.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 22, 2014

We really enjoyed this special restaurant. Service and food were great. We immediately felt comfortable as soon as we entered the restaurant. The lighting, the decor, the kindness of the wait staff and the food were all very pleasing. We will definitely recommend this place to our friends looking for a good restaurant in Chicago.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 19, 2014

We love this place. Visited for the first time on NYE and enjoyed everything about it. Nice to know they are consistent, as our second visit was equally lovely. We are especially impressed with their service.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 17, 2014

French food was the perfect choice on St. Patrick's Day night. Excellent meal in a very comfortable surrounding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 15, 2014

Bisro Voltaire is lovely French restaurant. If you forget you were on Chicaog Ave, you of though you were in Paris. The food is well priced and the perfect serving size. The food was outstanding! Do yourself a favor and go.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 15, 2014

Delicious meal at fair prices. Loved the bistro atmosphere. Service was friendly. I will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 14, 2014

Food was so-so, steak frites was chewy, definitely didn't seem like a great cut of meat. Fries were tasty though. Wouldn't come back or recommend. Waiter thought he was being funny but came across pretentious and annoying. The service feels French in that they don't pay very timely attention.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 14, 2014

A lovely place, attentive service but overpriced for really mediocre food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 8, 2014

A charming place which looks and feels like an authentic French bistro. Ask for a table in the back half seating area as there is a cold draft from the front door. We were seated immediately and the waiter was friendly, timely and not overly vigilant-just right. responsive-they serve bread(not very French) with a dollop of butter. Requested more, received it quickly. My spouse had a special, Mediterranean sea bass which was done perfectly and I had the braised short ribs. They were fall-off-the-bone tender, served over mashed potatoes with a wonderful gravy. We started with the Lyonaise salad which was great, wonderful flavor. We shared it; it was plenty. House wines were very good. We would definitely return and recommend to others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 6, 2014

Third time here and it was even better than before. A Gilt promotion reminded us of this charming place and since our meal was so discounted, we ordered a spectacular bottle of wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 1, 2014

This was one of the best dinners I have had in Chicago, beating out Bistro Campagne, Bistro Margot and La Sardine in my book.
We had cocktails (manhattans) to start that were fantastic, followed by escargot. We ordered the steak and duck for our entrees, and asked our server Steven to recommend a wine. He was extremely knowledgeable about wine and picked a great one for our dinners. The duck was the best I have tasted--cooked perfectly to medium rare, with a crisp skin, and not to greasy. My husband's steak was wonderful too (though I preferred the duck). Only minor complaint was the creme brulee--it was a bit "over bruleed." The chocolate cake we had also ordered was to die for, so it more than made up for it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 28, 2014

Think of yourself in Paris with friendly staff, outstanding food and reasonable pricing.
I will return many times.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 22, 2014

My family loved Bistro Voltiare. The drinks were delicious. The food was so great that all of our plates were empty for each course. Definitely going here again! I would recommend the escargot, salmon tartare, duck confit for appetizers. Basically anything for dinner was delicious

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2014

We went for their pre fixe Valentines dinner. The food was fantastic! Lobster Bisque very flavorful, and delicious scallops. Sea Bass perfect. Excellent French wine. Chocolate cake unbelievable. The only reason not to give 5 stars; the restaurant seating is somewhat cramped, and we were seated near the door which was drafty. They tried to deal with this issue by installing a second Winter door about 2 feet out, but our dinner was still interrupted about 10 times with a blast of cold air. Service was good, friendly; but just a little slow.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2014

What a lovely restaurant, great atmosphere, great food and a relaxed environment. Love that the restaurant is not too large and that the server was from Paris and was very helpful in choosing items. Almost too relaxed as I started to get antsy at the end as they allow you to relax between every course. Don't want to tell too many people about this restaurant as I want to be back and enjoy without crowds!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 11, 2014

I've been here before and will continue to return as often as possible. The food is always fantastic and the staff will do anything to make you feel comfortable and wanting for nothing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2014

Great food, great service, great atmosphere! Our server Martin was over the top good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2014

The place is a bit small and the tables are very close to each other. You can hear clearly what the next table is saying. Also we sat at the section near the entrance and every time customers came in there was a draught and made us feel cold and uncomfortable. The food and service are okay for the price. The bread is soft and hot. Dessert has limited choice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2014

French fare done to perfection! We loved it and will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2014

My boyfriend and I tried this place for Restaurant Week on a Monday night. My whole experience was wonderful. The waitor (Steve) was very attentive and prompt with our food. Even though there were other tables he served he was very attentive and knowledgable about the dishes on the menu. His service was excellent. And the food was amazing! I have recommended this placd to everyone. I will definately be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2014

Small, cozy, romantic restaurant for couples or families to grab a comforting, authentic french meal! Strongly recommend the mussels if you're a seafood lover!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2014

We went to Bistro Voltaire for Restaurant Week 2014. Large selection of entrees and very good food.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2014

We arrived at 5pm and did not get out until 7:40. There were times when those around us who came in after we did were served before we were. I don't know if the fact that we were 2 women, as opposed to a man and a woman was a factor. Others did get out faster than we did.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2014

This is a neighbor gem! Passed it many times but never noticed because of the understated sign outside. Our waiter really enhanced the experience with his great suggestions, fun friendly service and nice touches like the complimentary after dinner liquor. Best mussels ever; high quality, plump, perfectly cooked with a delicious broth & served with pomme frites. Good frites but not the thin, crispy kind you typically expect. Interior is reminiscent of a standard Parisienne bistro, tres charming! Can't wait to return!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2014

The food and service was excellent.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2014

Came for restaurant week. And the food was excellent. But service was a little disappointing, especially after reading a couple reviews. We made reservation, and we got that on time. But we didn't get seated for at least 20 min. So we waited and grabbed a drink at the bar. And the bartender there was excellent. Super friendly and helpful in selecting a wine. And then during the meal, the waiter was friendly but just took awfully long for him to come around to us for anything. If it wasn't for the slow service, Service would have gotten 5 stars, but it was slow.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2014

Each table was so close you could hear the people next you conversation. Made it a bit awkward. Not willing to go here again unless that is changed. Spread them out people! Don't pack us in like sardines.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 22, 2014

Perfect date spot. Great food, great service, nice atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2014

The Service was outstanding from start to finish. I'm definitely returning again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 10, 2014

A great dining experience. The onion soup was perfect. The moules marinieres were excellent. I had the magret de canard and my wife had the coq au vin. Both were delicious. We had a very tasty haut medoc with the main course. There were no surprises but perfectly executed classic French fare.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2014

this was our first time to Bistro Voltaire and we will go back regularly! It has everything: excellent classic menu, great vibe, gentle and not rushy service. easy to get to as well

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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