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Bistro Voltaire

782 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Romantic (12)
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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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Hours of operation
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
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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.
Bar Dining, Full Bar


Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Please join us this coming Saint Valentine's Day celebration, Bistro Voltaire is offering an excellent 3 course Prix Fix dinner for (2 people) for only $89.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What 782 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
Dined 5 days ago

This place is always a winner. You feel like you're in a romantic, side-street cafe in Paris. No pretension. Come dressed up or dressed down. The food is authentic and the place is filled with just the right aromas. Check out the book that is a key to all of the pictures in the restaurant. It's behind the bar so you'll have to ask for it. Fun little activity while you have a cocktail.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
Dined on January 7, 2018

An average, unimpressive, poor quality “bistro”. It used to be better. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant.

vipndgal (Chicago)
Dined on January 1, 2018

My husband and I have dined here many times, both New Years Eve and everyday dining. This year we brought friends for NYE and were very disappointed. We had an 8:30 reservation but weren’t seated until almost 10:00. It was clear that they were missing staff but we were given no explanation or apology. It was a prix fixe menu and they were out of several entrees. Service was slow to nonexistent. The food was good but by the time we were served, we were past hungry and just wanted to get out so we could catch the fireworks. Even though we told our server that we needed to be out by 11:30, it was 11:50 before we left. Missed the fireworks and our friends were very unimpressed. We did get a bottle of champagne from the restaurant but it didn’t make up for this disaster of a night. If we were told they were understaffed, we could have made other arrangements. It will be a very long time, if ever, before we go back. This is a place I always would recommend to friends looking for a great French dining experience. Not anymore, sadly.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
Dined on January 1, 2018

If you like French Food this is your place. Owner is French and everything on the menu is "real" French dishes. Staff is very friendly and well priced for this area.

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
Dined on January 1, 2018

The service at Voltaire in incredibly slow. For a Prix Fixe meal for New Years, it was almost 2 hours for just three courses and the place wasn’t terribly busy. The staff needs to be more attentive to customers and move a bit quicker.

As far as the ambiance and food, it was great! Just like a little Parisian bistro with tasty food. Could wine selection as well.

vipJARoy (Chicago)
Dined on December 31, 2017

We chose Bistro Voltaire because of its rating as one of the most romantic restaurants in Chicago. We had our anniversary dinner there and both Adam and Scott were great as hosts and the food was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant as a little gem in Chicago. And, I would definitely return for the ambience, the food and the service.

vipJimmy (Chicago)
Dined on December 25, 2017

To start I ordered the pea soup with truffle oil and Parmesan crisps. The soup was under seasoned, there was no hint of truffle oil, which is typically very strong, and the Parmesan crisps were not crispy. No depth of flavor and the presentation lacked. It was very homemade and sad looking.

Second course was the lamb shank. The meat was cooked nicely; very tender and fell off the bone but unfortunately here again the dish lacked seasoning and flavor. The ratatouille looked and tasted like I made it; the eggplant was undercooked for my taste, and the polenta was too grainy.

The decor is charming but I think there are much better bistros in this city for the same price if not less expensive.

The service was inexcusable. I got the sense that there was not a manager on duty. No host on duty. There also was not a bar tender. The servers had to do everything, which made for clunky service. After I was seated it took seemingly ten minutes just to get a menu; I almost asked for one because it was reaching that point. This really felt like amateur hour.

Wine list was good.

I shan’t be back. Terribly unimpressed.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
Dined on December 23, 2017

Matt, our server, was outstanding and attentive. The food and cocktails were excellent and thoughtfully made. Above all, the ambiance was fantastic, quiet and personal.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
Dined on December 17, 2017

This was our second time here for dinner. The first time, our waiter was top notch. Prompt, interactive, knowledgeable. This time, our waiter was forgetful, indifferent and had a lot of excuses why things were late or wrong. Very irritating. The food was exceptional just like the first time, perfectly prepared and presented. The salmon and Parisian gnocchi were to die for! We will be back, we’re hoping that waiter issue was just an anomaly.

vipDaleG (Chicago)
Dined on December 12, 2017

Wonderful neighborhood French restaurant. Good menu, excellent food