Le Bouchon - Chicago

4.7
431 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Le Bouchon has been thriving in Bucktown since 1993, serving classic French Bistro food in a dining room that will transport you to Paris. Voted one of the best French Restaurants in America by Timeout Magazine. Open for Lunch and Dinner, we serve the classics, starting with our decadent Onion Tart, Garlic-y Escargot and Frog Legs, to entrees including Steak Frites, Bouillabaisse and a Full Duck for two. The staff is knowledgeable and will be able to guide you in the right direction with our extensive French wine list. Weekly specials include: Mondays- half priced bottles of wine. Tuesdays- $35 Prix-Fixe menu that includes Appetizer, Entree and Dessert. Please make a reservation at lebouchonofchicago.com .
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Comfort Food, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 862-6600
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Wbaldo Gallegos, Chef de Cuisine: Oliver Poilevey
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Cross street
Armitage
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Public transit
Damen or Western Blue Line.
Damen or Armitage Buses.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 431 People Are Saying
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4.6
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Truite Des Fjords en Croute with Salade Lyonnaise, Steak Frites with Tuna Nicoise Crudo - both with wine pairings were wonderful. The service most conscientious. Thank you.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We had such a great experience... delicious food and super helpful service. Loved the environment, wine pairings, and the staff was so knowledgeable and welcoming to questions and guiding us through the menu. Can’t wait to return!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I am a big fan of Le Bouchon.. there are very few traditional French restaurants in the city and this is one of my favorites. It holds a special place in my heart -- as I was big fan of Jean Claude. I would highly recommend it for the food, ambiance and wine options... this is truly a french bistro... so be prepared to be close to your neighbor... but that is what makes it special...

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Excellent food and service, as always. Never disappoints

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Delicious food (the peppers special wasn't very French but it sure was tasty!!). Onion soup was rich and lacked differentiation, but the other courses were spot on.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Family owned and operated. A slice of Paris in Chicago, restaurant was recently reviewed by the Chicago Tribune they gave it 2 stars. It should be rated higher 3 to 4 stars !

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Best spot in the neighborhood! Food and service can’t be beat!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

I had the best meal of my life there the trout in pastry was incredible. Having lived in Europe I have been spoiled for food and this find is just wonderful

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Great place - great food and service. Mindful of special touches to celebrate people, which I appreciated! Only drawback is the noise level and only feedback is reviewing choice of music. The place is so cute and French so why not finish it with French type music (instead of the generic music they have).

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Le Bouchon is a favorite for our family. We love the food, service & relaxed vibe. It's a cozy space, not great for large groups, on our latest visit it was difficult to converse because of several loud tables. That was unusual, typically less noisy. A very nice wine selection, 1/2 price bottles on Mondays. Seasonal menu, favorites include: Trout en Croute, Royale Burger ( I sub Gruyere cheese), Moules-Frites (make sure to ask for an extra toast for dipping into delicious broth), Nicoise Crudo, an unexpected & delicious twist on Nicoise Salad.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We have been going here for years and for New Years Eve. The food is fantastic Oliver is such a wonderful chef. We like sitting at the bar because we find it romantic. Everyone that works is extremely friendly and always remembers our names. This happens to be our favorite place to go to in the city.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We came here to celebrate our late honeymoon and felt like the staff were really making it a point to make sure our experience was smooth and special. Very knowledgable on the menu and we got an excellent wine suggestion. I'd love to come back next time we visit Chicago to try more of they're dishes, we had a hard time deciding what to get because everything looked delicious! Though it was quite loud inside it is understandable since it is a small venue. All in all he had a very lovely, romantic dinner and appreciate the staff very much for making our night that much more special!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

This is a classic French bistro and I hope it never changes! Great food wine and service. Many new restaurants forget about good service, but the service at Le Bouchon is perfect!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We had a delicious meal and felt we were back in Paris. It was a delightful time.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Always great. Simply the best French bistro in Chicago.
Friendly service from the staff that always makes good recommendations.
The food is authentic French bistro fare. The daily specials are a nice break from their standby menu.
This time we tried the grilled octopus and the heirloom tomato salad, followed by the swordfish special and the always wonderful trout en croute.
They have a small, but solid, French wine list.
Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Never disappointed. We look forward to dining at LA Bouchon whenever we're in Chicago.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Outstanding service. Outstanding food. Cozy. Felt right at home.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Fun to have French Bistro fare. We eat in too many Italian restaurants!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

This place has amazing bistro / brasserie food. It is prepared with care and authenticity. I am never disappointed here. They have a brief but excellent wine list. Our service was friendly and attentive.
We use to have many French bistros in Chicago but few are left. Good thing this one has survived. Eating here can make a regular day a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Excellent dinner date spot! The bread was freshly out of the oven and the duck and braised cabbage dish was phenomenal. Service was prompt though I felt the server was slightly cold and seemed annoyed. Very tasty food, the restaurant is very small and cozy and is loud with conversation. Would recommend for anyone looking for an intimate setting with filling and delicious French cuisine.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

So good, authentic French bistro food. Ambience fantastic. Requires a few visits to partake in the many menus options.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Always enjoy dining here. It is, however, very crowded and fairly loud. But the food is lovely

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

My husband and I enjoy our dates at LeBouchon.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Food as always was spectacular, but was a bit disappointed only in the absence of any sense that the visit was on Bastille Day.

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1.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I went for Bastille day and the place was busy!!

That still doesn’t justify to broil my steak Frit and to serve completely dry French fries.

I eat half the steak and 2 fries after confirming that they were all like that.

I have been previously and liked it, but no more.

I can’t afford a “hit or miss” situation like this. I trusted the place which I shouldn’t.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Just likes Paris Cafe.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The food was so flavorful and creative. The service was exceptional and we just had a wonderful time.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Nice place, dinner was good.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

We haven’t been there in a few years and instantly remembered why we have always loved the experience. Great food, ambience and collection of patrons that add to the comfort and charm of the restaurant

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

It was our wedding anniversary and our server knew we had to leave abruptly to relieve the babysitter so she sent us home with a DELICIOUS dessert on the house! I Also, I asked for champagne to be served to us when we arrived as a surprise and it was done perfectly. Delicious food, wonderful service and lovely wines. A perfect night!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Le Bouchon was Chicago's very first bistro and today it is clearly Chicago's very best bistro. The food is remarkably good and the service is even better. The venue is quite small and some tables can be close, but that adds to the bistro charm. Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I have always had very positive experiences at Le Bouchon. Tonight just wasn’t one of them. The food wasn’t up to normal par. Tendon in steak wasn’t able to be cut and the chicken dish which is normally phenom, was only okay. French onion soup was cloudy and not so flavorful.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

I want to thank Heather and our server, Claire, for making our experience magnificent. We truly appreciate that they were able to accommodate our request for a window table on a busy night. Claire’s recommendations on the menu were perfect! The food was delicious. We look forward to next time. Many thanks.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Great meal, even had food to spare.
A party next to us was big and loud but other than that it was great. The servers were very amicable and excited about the food as well.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Nice and cozy restaurant with good food. The French onion soup is the best I’ve had! I had the trout in puff pastry which I highly recommend

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Fantastic all around the food was a knockout, the service sublime , the wine took us to nirvana.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The food was outstanding. We enjoyed our meal and hope to return.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

It's an intimate little space, so be prepared to be elbow-to-elbow with the table next to you. But the food, drinks and friendly service are worth getting cozy with strangers. The bar is a nice option if you haven't made reservations.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

This restaurant has always been great and the other night was no exception!

Krys Lordahl

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Great food, great drinks, and great staff! It's definitely a city gem, I've been many times and it never disappoints!

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