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Kiki's Bistro

4.7
1860 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Authentic
Kiki's is a French Bistro with regional specialties and has the look and feel of a French country inn.

It has received 3-star reviews from both *The Chicago Tribune* and *The Sun Times*, and now in its eighteenth year, Kiki's Bistro maintains its well-earned reputation of gastronomic excellence and friendly, professional service. A comfortable French country atmosphere attracts an eclectic array of food-lovers, including celebrities, politicians, and acclaimed chefs.

Previous to Kiki's Bistro, Georges "Kiki" Cuisance opened Le Bordeaux at Madison and State in 1969. The restaurant attained a revered status among cosmopolitan Chicagoans, and when "Kiki" moved his kitchen to its current River North digs, his avid following of regulars and Francophiles pursued without hesitation. In an official proclamation the City of Chicago praised Mr. Cuisance for being at the forefront of introducing French cuisine and savoir-vivre to Chicago's developing dining scene.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, European, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm CLOSED SUNDAY
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Phone number
(312) 335-5454
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jose L. Espino
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Private party facilities
Restaurant available for large private parties on Sunday Restaurant available for private parties Monday thru Friday
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Private party contact
Manager: (312) 335-5454
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Cross street
Locust
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet (gratuity suggested)
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Public transit
Chicago Brown Line Stop #66 Chicago Bus, Franklin Stop

We are 3 small blocks north of Chicago Ave. on Franklin, at the northwest corner of the intersection with Locust St.
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Special events & promotions
Check out our website for upcoming events at www.kikisbistro.com/upevents
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1860 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipge8mood (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Cozy spot. Decent food. Good service. Been in business for many years.

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DiningSnob (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

This is an authentic French Bistro that transports you to a side street in Paris or the countryside of Burgundy or Bordeaux. If you are looking for a cool hip place, this is not it; however, if you want authentic, outstanding French food with phenomenal service, then Kikis is your place. First, Kiki greets you at the door and seats you at your table. Then a friendly, knowledgeable waiter warmly welcomes you. Ask away, they know the menu and wines inside and out. My wife and I celebrated Valentines with a romantic dinner here. We had the seared Fois Gras and French onion soup, followed by the steak au poivre and rack of lamb, and topped it all off with profiteroles for dessert. OUTSTANDING!
This is truly a perfect French bistro filled with ambiance, charm, and amazing food and service.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

The food was very good, the room is beautiful, the service is exceptional and the price is affordable.

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DavidZ (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Kiki ran a restaurant in the Loop in the 1980's a half block from my office and it became my favorite --and frequent-- lunch spot. We are now retired and live in a distant burb but when a friend or an opera or play brings us to Chicago KIKI's Bistro is where we go for a perfect dinner. DZ

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Chicago (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The restaurant was closed and they did not call or email to tell us they would not be open on a Friday evening. We showed up to a dark restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

First time here and WOW was I impressed. The service, food, and cocktails were all amazing, enhanced by the wonderful ambiance. Looking forward to a future visit!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I have been to Kiki's in the past with a large group where the wine was flowing. That was fun. I had a small quiet dinner this time and was a little underwhelmed by the food and value. Wine by the glass is in $10-$15 range. Salmon entrée was just OK. Mashed potatoes with the entree were very grainy and not very good. The texture seemed like instant potatoes. Chocolate mousse "cake" was not a cake but a few scoops of mousse. I do recommend Kiki's as a fun place to buy bottles of wine with a group and have a nice large table. The food is relatively straightforward and simple. While the food was OK, it was not a good value for a one on one dinner.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

If you love traditional French food in a traditional atmosphere you will love this place the food is outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We were in the city from South Bend IN. Dining at Kiki’s is always a treat and a highlight of our time in Chicago.

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vipJean (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Without a doubt one of the only truly authentic and reliably delicious French bistros in Chicago. And the service is always first class.

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PeterG (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Kiki's was just as great as we remembered it from several years ago. Kiki was there to greet his guests and assure a great experience. The food, service and ambiance were all first class. Thank you, Kiki!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The foie gras was not appetizing. The filet mignon was very good

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Mari (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Love it! Love Kiki! What a fantastic menu for restaurant week.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Always a pleasure to come to this comfortable, welcoming neighborhood favorite. Have never been disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Always amazing food, wine & service. A true gem. Casual or fancy you can’t go wrong! Go all week long for fantastic specials. The Dover Sole is my personal favorite!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Received a moldy slice of bread without even acknowledgment from management or the server. She barely even came back to the table after i showed it to her and gave it back.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

The foi gras was just ok but the fish and steak were excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

We love Kiki's Bistro! The food is excellent, the service is great & the atmosphere lovely!

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vipLove2eat (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

It is Restaurant week in Chicago. Kiki’s special menu is outstanding and a really great value. I always am amazed how the ambiance feels like the French countryside in the heart of the city.
Attentive, friendly service and great presentation.

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vipABdiningout (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

The waiter was a bit stuffy. Food was wonderful! Friendly staff aside from waiter;) Prices a bit high! Spent $175 + tip for 2 people.

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viphartz (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Always good!!!



Just wondering....do restaurants actually get the messages that are sent? The last 2 times I had something negative to say, I chose to not include it in the review, but felt it important to let the restaurant know how we felt...Neither time did I receive a reply back; one was to a LEYE restaurant and they are usually so good about getting back to diners...

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vipPatricia (Milwaukee)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We left without eating. The hostess and the waiter were quite rude. We had 8:30 reservations but they were already out of two items and there was very cold air blowing from somewhere. We got drinks but decided to eat somewhere else. They did comp our drinks and ask why we were leaving.

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DogLover3 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

What a warm and friendly place to dine. We each ordered different options so we could try it all, and were really pleased. The food was good and the wine list was extensive. They have a great early menu option from 5 until 6:30 for $32 that has many more options than the Restaurant Week menu, we will be back for that! People at the next table were speaking French, and a friend from France also highly recommends this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

An absolutely delightful evening! Out waiter, Mark, was very attentive and poured us a lovely bordeaux. Kiki and Denise are always lovely hosts! 5 Stars!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The absolute best French martini in the world. And I have been to France.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Kiki’s has always been a favorite dining experience for my husband and I for many years. It is very French with its warm rich dining room and white table linens. A very smiling, upbeat and accommodating staff with impeccable service.
The food is unique with its light and savory sauces, a true compliment to their amazing Chef.
The atmosphere is very romantic yet not sedate.
A perfect dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We had a fabulous time at Kiki's. The food was fabulous, the service was wonderful, and we will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

We love dining at Kiki's especially for special ocassions . Authentic French cuisine. Servings are large. Wine list is good. Service is excellent. Dessert is to die for especially our favorite, crepe suzette and creme brulee. Dining at Kiki's is as close as you can be to Paris!

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incognito (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

We have been dining with Kiki since 1971, beginning at le Bourdeau and for many years at his namesake. We have never been disappointed.

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vipHeatherWilde (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Love Kiki’s but this was weird experience as we had a 7:30 reservation which didn’t seem out of the ordinary...even on a Monday night. But by about 8:45pm we were almost last people in the restaurant and by 9pm it felt as though the staff were turning off lights to get us out of there...so they could all go home. It get that it was a Monday...of a holiday weekend...and cold night. But I would have thought the usual warmth of the hospitality of Kiki’s would have still been present. I felt as though We were overstaying our welcome...and it was not a comfortable experience. Next time...please just offer take-out or just close your restaurant. Otherwise I really do love you!!!

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