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Bistro Voltaire

798 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Cozy (16)
  • Romantic (15)
  • Neighborhood Gem (12)
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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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
What 798 People Are Saying
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Myke (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

I went here for restaurant week dinner. The food was mediocre. I had a lamb shank and my companies had salmon and pork shoulder. They were all bland. We had profiteroles for dessert and it was the worst profiterole I had ever. The puff was too hard and the icecream is too sweet to go with dark chocolate syrup - it was more like American dessert, not French. Disappointing!

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We went for restaurant week. The food was delish, but the service was pretty horrible. The waiter seemed spacey, we asked for more bread and never got it, and my husband had to wait for his dinner because another waiter grabbed his plate for someone else (or that’s what we were told).

JoeRavenswood (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Solid restaurant and menu. Went for Chicago Restaurant Week and I ordered the wrong thing but still enjoyed the meal. Good wine and French beer on tap.

Gard (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We live in the suburbs but always find a way to make to the Bistro at least once a year, more if we're lucky. This was restaurant week, good reason to come, and we had another wonderful dinner. The service is always good here. Our first course was delayed in coming, we weren't in a hurry so no big deal, but they gave us a glass of wine for the delay without us even complaining.
Now that's service.

The meals were delicious, she had the salmon and I had the lamb shank! yum for both. Wonderful French wines...very authentic French restaurant feel. Just wish they were closer to home!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Went during restaurant week and had a great experience! I had the lamb shank and my spouse had the cassoulet....both were delicious!!
1st course a little disappointing...French onion soup a little too sweet and frog legs blasé.
Dessert though was yummm....chocolate molten cake and apple tart!!
Would recommend!