About Le Bouchon - Chicago
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 .
Chicago, IL 60647
French, Comfort Food, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30am; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Damen or Western Blue Line.
Damen or Armitage Buses.
Wbaldo Gallegos, Chef de Cuisine: Oliver Poilevey
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
Le Bouchon - Chicago Ratings and Reviews
We came for our wedding anniversary and just felt it was a little too expensive for what it was. We were hemmed in and too close to the tables next to us. There was nothing horrible about our experience, the staff were pleasant, but we just came away disappointed.
The wait staff did fine. There was a problem in the kitchen and our order took an extraordinarily long time to arrive, so much so much so that the wait staff started giving us free drinks and dessert. The noise level was way to much for conversation at our table. We had to shout if we wanted to talk. Why not do something to deaden the ding (eg. curtains, acoustical tile, cork panels on the walls, etc.)?
We were so lucky to have scored a table here for Valentines Day. The restaurant is intimate and very similar to what you would find in New York or Paris. It is not suitable for larger groups but is a great date night spot . If you are very into traditional French food, and dig escargot, liver mousse, frog legs, duck, rabbit and cassoulet, this is the place for you. But they do also have steak frites with crave-worthy fries which is a nice options for those not so jazzed about the other items on the menu. The salads are also a must to start with and best of all dessert! How could you leave this out!? The apple tarte, was a flaky, fresh pastry served with warm carmel sauce and ice cream, literally plate licking good! haha don't worry I didn't. We're headed back soon, just maybe not on Valentines Day as our waitress did seem to be a bit overwhelmed.
We enjoyed the Tuesday-night three-course pri fixe special on our visit. The place was packed- not sure if this is typical of Tuesdays given the regular special, or if it was because it was the night before Valentine's Day. The dishes, while lacking some of the refinement of other French bistros we've gone to, were tasty and the portions were quite generous. The service was a little spotty, with some lags at times that we would have liked another drink or the menu. I would go again, but not rushing back.
Our reservation was at 8 p.m. on a snowy Thursday and the place was completely packed! We waited for a few short minutes with a glass of wine and found the setting to be great for the birthday meal we were celebrating. The food was extremely good with only a little too much salt on the mashed potatoes served w/the Poulet. Our server was very knowledgeable of the wine list and gave us great entree and plate recommendations. We were seated next to a couple of Chicago foodies/critics and they too gave the place both thumbs up. We would go back for our next special occasion. Pro tip: make a reservation. The restaurant and bar areas are very small. Great ambiance!
Usually LOVE this place...time between starter and entree was so long that we literally lost our appetites and took them home...such a shame. Also, our table was so small that there was no room to move. Food was good but as a birthday dinner with my family, it was a more of a chore. Really disappointing evening.
This is one of my favorite Chicago restaurants of all time. I love Le Bouchon. Have been coming here for 25 years with my parents, colleagues, dates and now my kids. This last visit my son and I had a great dinner there together. We ordered the duck for two, of course, and he almost licked his plate clean! It was the preparation with the spaetzle and red cabbage and was incredibly delicious. We started with the onion tarte which was also incredible and ended with the chocolate marquis cake (and a port for me which goes so well with it).
Highly recommend Le Bouchon. Always.
Very quaint small French Bistro. My wife and I went for our anniversary and we were seated next to the front door. The insulation is terrible and every time someone walked in, the February draft hit us. LOL...not a deal breaker but something the restaurant should be aware of when placing diners at those tables near the front door. The restaurant is VERY loud. Once again, not a deal breaker, but be aware before you go. What is a deal breaker was the food. The bone marrow as great. The French Onion soup and was great. The Cassoulet Toulousain was great. Unfortunately the Steak Frites was awful. And when I say awful, I mean AWFUL! The fries we cold, probably from the draft. LOL. Not a deal breaker. But the steak had a flavor of propane! ICK!!! Full disclosure, I can eat and find enjoyment with just about any dish and in 53 years on this Earth, have sent back a dish just once. This steak was not edible. It had the most unpleasant flavor to it. Did I send it back? No. I am not that type of person. I try to find the positive in the food. We just chalked it up to the grill either not being cleaned or the strong smell of gas on the steak. Either or, there are too many other great French Bistros in Chicago that we can visit that will not ruin the easiest thing on the menu. I hope you have a better steak than us! Cheers.
Been to Le Bouchon twice in the last few weeks after a much too long absence. The first time we were able to squeeze in at the bar on a busy Saturday evening and had a fantastic meal and amazing drinks, including the best boulevardier I've ever had. The Pot au Feu had a pho broth that was better than anything I've had around Argyle--light and amazingly aromatic. The second time back was for lunch and when I expressed disappointment that a few of the dinner items weren't on the lunch menu, the server checked with the kitchen and they whipped them up for us. Couldn't have been a better experience.
So Lucky to have scored a last minute seating at the end of the nite ! I've been wanting to come here for a while & now it's on my top recommendations !!! Walking into this place was a little overwhelming, being that it was jammed w/ people, & small, very cozy. But soon what I expected to be stressful quickly faded as we got to the bar and had GREAT service from that point til we were the last 2 people in the place! Not to be surprised!! They obviously have it figured out they have been at it since 1993 & now I know why!!! I can't wait to return great food, friendly staff, great music, nice to know I've got a little piece of France so close to home.
Been wanting to try Le Bouchon for a while. Finally got reservations for a girls night out with two friends. We waited quite a while to be served, it wasn't too busy but waitress wasn't attentive or friendly. I would still come back and try it again. Wine was great and so was the food.
Bouchon was wonderful. We loved the food and loved the service. It is a relaxed store-front restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere. The music was a bit loud and a bit jazzy for our taste in a French restaurant or bistro, but not that objectionable. We could hear each other over the music.
Servers/waitresses were blunt, cold and unappreciative of us. One especially never smiled or responded to us with empathetic facial expression. Cleary just a job to them. They had exceptionally poor etiquette and little grace and manners, especially given the rather pricey menu selections and the amount of money we spent. I felt I was bothering them the entire time. One abruptly grabbed our coats from our chairs to "give us more room to work," not for our convenience; she abruptly slammed plates on the table. I had to ask for the pepper mill (should be offered); waitress had no reaction, but simply grabbed the mill from the cabinet, applied the pepper to my food; quit it before I asked her to stop and did not ask the other 3 at my table if they too wanted pepper. She simply abruptly put the mill back. No expression!
Plus food was too rich and salty. I will not return.
I lived inChicago for 8 years and this was one of my regular haunts. It is as delicious now as it was then. My niece is a freshman at DePaul and I wanted to be sure to introduce her to one of the most authentic French restaurants in Chicago.
The service was great, the food was delicious and packed as always.
Le Bouchon never disappoints. There is no other French restaurant I know of that really feels like France. This is not fancy French food; this is hearty country French cuisine. I had the whole roast duck and it was outstanding as were the oysters and charcuterie. Monday is half price wine night and that is a spectacular deal. Our server was on point. She was attentive without lingering too long. I'd recommend Le Bouchon to anyone.
My wife is French and our friends had never been to a French restaurant before. We were just returning from Christmas with my wife's family in France. We felt like we were in France and it was such fun to have my wife help our friends with their menu choices and to explain the food and what a BOUCHON LAYONNAISE restaurant is. We had spent the night in Lyon and had gone to a BOUCHON in Lyon. You have A GREAT one in Chicago!
The food, as always was outstanding but the service this time left a little something to be desired. The four of us felt that our waitress was too pushy and not listening to what we were trying to order. We all appreciate recommendations but not feeling bullied, particularly on NYE and when a few of us have already been to the restaurant several times and know what we like. Overall- good experience, good ambiance and wonderful food. I would still return.
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