Le Bouchon is an oldie but goody. Been around for years and food always solid. Service has slipped a bit. Not as accommodating as they used to be or can be. Ordered a martini with blue cheese olives and had to order a side of blue cheese and stuff my own olives. Was hoping either the bartender or waitress would step up and offer but that was not the case. Many places would say hey we have the blue cheese if you can hold on I'd be happy to make you a couple for your martini. This old school restaurant back in the day would have gone above and beyond. It is small and always crowded so maybe they are thinking they don't have to shine when it comes to service??
The food was deliciously authentic French, and our waitress was excellent: attentive, helpful and eager to please. We were seated by the door and it was pretty chilly!
White asparagus with hollandaise sauce, chantrelle mushroom toast, trout layed in fillo - everything was delicious. La Bouchon keeps stepping up the game with new and inventive dishes. We love it there - it feels like 'coming home'. Susan and Peter
The food at Le Bouchon is just outstanding, both traditional fare like the tourte de pigeonneau and seasonal offerings (I had the morels on toast, which was bordering on sublime). Just as important, the staff were helpful and solicitous without being cloying: I was in town on business and dining alone, which is often an excuse for overdoing it, but they all, especially the bartender, made me feel welcome, not pitied or infantilized. The bustling atmosphere also made for a great evening for me.
unfortunately, our server was not very hospitable or friendly - maybe she was French! HA! food was ok - would not got back. Became very lively and loud, hard to hear in a conversation. Just ok for a neighborhood "gem".
Le Bouchon is charming, warm, and delicious. The atmosphere is very French authentic and the food never disappoints. We’d go back in a heartbeat!
The French onion soup and the mussels were superb. The hamburger was fine except the bun and the onions were burnt.
Overall an excellent experience. Miss Jean-Claude.
It was amazing. Fantastic food; Jesus was a wonderful server, and the atmosphere was perfect. We have already planned to return!
Went for Mother’s Day dinner the evening before (Le Bouchon is closed on Sundays). Super friendly and attentive waitress. Food was very good. My only issue is the restaurant packs way too many people into a very small space. Our table was meant for two, but we had three. They packed us in regardless. I had to sit with my knees out from underneath the table and I am average height. Table size should not have been an issue because I made reservations two weeks out. The table was literally smashed between other tables, the bar and the staff station. Could not carry on any meaningful conversation the entire dinner because it was too loud and we were constantly bumped into by staff and patrons the whole night. It was like being at an over-crowded Buffalo Wings as opposed to a nice French restaurant. I’ve been going to Le Bouchon on and off for 20 years, but this last experience was a total turn off, especially in light of the sizeable bill.
This was our fourth time back. Each time the experience gets better. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and ready to make suggestions for food or drinks. They have not lead us astray yet.
It is not inexpensive, but the VALUE for the experience is really incredible.
Love LeBouchon, always a great experience. Wonderful atmosphere, service and food.
Delightful, delicious, inventive!!
Great for birthdays or a nice night out. The food was amazing, just wish our server was a bit more attentive as this was a birthday dinner and no real special attention was paid.
This is a neighborhood gem for sure and I love coming here! Must try the chicken and pate!
About one year after going to Paris, I heard of Le Bouchon and was immediately intrigued. Everyone I talked to who had been there would RAVE about it. I had a friend of mine visiting for the weekend and so the two of us went. What I loved the most about it was that it really took me right back to how I felt at restaurants in Paris. It was small, with smaller tables close together, it smelled to die for, there was chatter and light music, wine pouring everywhere. For an 8:45 pm reservation on a rainy Thursday night, it was pretty much packed, with the exception of our table waiting for us. They brought fresh bread with butter and we ordered some wine, pate and cheese for an app and then split the steak frites and tilapia special. Then for dessert, I instinctively ordered creme brulee because it is so classically French even though honestly, I don't normally even like it that much but we wanted a light sweet snack. I have to say this was the most surprising part for me because it was SO good and I couldn't stop saying that. By 10:15 we were pretty much the only table left and I could have stayed for another glass of wine but they turned the music off the lights up and pretty much signaled for us to go haha. Other than that, it was a delightful evening and I didn't leave so full that I was uncomfortable.
To say that I was happy with my experience at Le Bouchon is a gross understatement. The food was delicious. My wife and I sat in a row with 3 other 2 seater tables. Every other patron at those tables, including ourselves, were unabashedly looking to see what the other table ordered, and while not regretting their own orders, wished to eat what the other table ordered. Service was also quick and kind. I look eagerly forward to my next visit.
Great neighborhood spot with innovative bistro cuisine. Wonderful cozy atmosphere.
We went for the special event with a set dinner with paired wines. Every course was delicious and beautiful, the wines were lovely, and the waitstaff are fabulous with that great blend of professional and charming. It was really noisy in the restaurant, but fun. People at the tables set so close to each other ended up chatting, which was nice. It would not be great for a romantic evening, but for a fun night with great food--absolutely YES. I can't wait to go again and try dishes from their regular menu.
Have been going here for years. It is a true French Bistro with some of the best French food around. Great value wonderful staff.
We went in to celebrate our engagement and had a great time. The food here is always great, the service was excellent, and it was a perfect place to celebrate. We will be back!
I have dined at Le Bouchon many times over the years, but this was the first since its founder Jean-Claude's passing more than a year ago. Admittedly, there's nostalgia for me but my whole party was delighted with the experience--from the great service, the chef delivering plates to the table (just like in the very beginning with J-C!) and the wonderful food. I promise it won't be so long before my next visit. It was wonderful to become reacquainted.
Le Bouchon was all that it was hyped up to be! The food was really great and my girlfriend and I used all of the recommendations made by our server (Steak Frite, mussels and the trout) and I would definitely suggest trying the streak frite! Each entree isn’t super expensive, about 20-30 dollars, it’s just buying more than one meal will add up- as something to consider. Great place to eat!
Unique to Chicago, authentic French bistro with an accessible menu, often updated. Attentive knowledgeable waitstaff, dedicated young chef, son of the founder Jean-Claude Poilevy
Excellent food (particularly fond of the charcuterie and bouillabaise) and charming setting. Staff was friendly and educated on their menu. Bring a group and order widely.
Onion soup was too salty for our taste, but everything else was great. We ordered French 75 drink, salad, escargot, rabbit and duck mousse, duck and pigeon puff, and crème brule. Highly recommend the seasonal starfruit salad.
The restaurant is quite noisy and very tight, so many not as romantic as you imagine.
I really like this place. Servers are informative and attentive. Authentic French without the snobbiness. Relaxed, casual. It can become a bit noisy when busy.
Alwys a great meal, great service and lively atmosphere. Can’t go wrong with any of the menu selections.
We were in from out of state and were happy with this cute little spot. Our server was so friendly, knowledgeable and attentive and the food was amazing. The onion soup was some of the best we've had the escargot were very traditional and large (!), the croque madame was spot on and the rainbow trout was a buttery, delicious masterpiece. We very much enjoyed our experience here!
We love Le Bouchon! Thursday night was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had -the spring menu is fantastic.
One of the best meals I’ve had in Chicago, the food was beyond delicious
Birthday. Was wonderful. Love this place. Cozy cute. Has character. Special place. Food very good!! Service could not be better.
Excellent food paired with an unfortunate service experience. Everything we had to eat at Le Bouchon exceeded already high expectations but all of our interactions with our server detracted from what could’ve been a great meal.
She had nothing to say about the menu or food, could not tell us anything about the wine list, and generally seemed bothered that we and the rest of the diners in her section had interrupted her evening by coming to the restaurant.
If she had been the only person we interacted with at the restaurant we would’ve come away with the impression that this was the standard at Le Bouchon. But everyone else from the other servers that would come by to fold a dropped napkin, to the food runners that brought out our food was courteous, helpful, and eager to help. None more so than the Hostess who greeted every guest with genuine enthusiasm and took the time to check in on us several times throughout the meal.
Thanks to their efforts we will be back, but sitting in a different section next time.
Absolutely delicious food and knowledgeable server. Of course, massive amounts of butter was used in each dish, as required by the French govt :-), but to have pity on our growing waistlines, maybe consider easing up on it...?
Can’t wait to go back!
Very delicious. A little pricey alittle noisy. Still loved it great food great drinks
Always enjoy dining at Le Bouchon. Highlights this time were: sparkling rosé, lobster bisque, truffle raviolo and creme brûlée.
We had a personal recommendation and a gift card, so we had high expectations. Unfortunately, our visit was mostly misses. Drinks were just awful -- the saving grace is our server insisted I send mine back if I didn't like it. Cheese puffs were heavy, and a bit underwhelming. We all 3 ordered steak frites -- my steak was super-tough and all the fries were overdone. I'd have sent my steak back, but after already sending a drink back, it felt like overkill. When we got home and reread the bill, they'd overcharged us for one of the steaks. Maybe an off night, but we won't return.
We absolutely love Le Bouchon! This is by far the best French food in the city. Do yourself a favorite and get the Rabbit Saddle!
Wonderful food and great service in a cool, intimate setting. Would definitely recommend!
Food is delicious but the croute is so much thicker.
Great waitstaff; they all seem to work as a team so whenever our waitress was busy with another table, there was always someone else attending to our needs!
Food was very authentic to French Bistros where I have eaten in Paris. We celebrated a French friend’s birthday and he was delighted with the food and the attention by the chef.
Delicious lobster tart & croque madame for lunch. White wine pairings were perfect! Attentive & friendly service.