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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.
Chicago, IL 60654
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday, 5-10pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Plenty of street parking per signs
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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