Pasteur

4.5
460 reviews
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Vietnamese
Pasteur is dedicated to providing patrons with an unforgettable restaurant experience that starts with the finest Vietnamese cuisine focused on traditional Vietnamese dishes. The menu also boasts a carefully considered wine list, including nearly 20 wines by the glass, and one-of-a-kind cocktails all designed to delight Pasteur’s guests.



Owner Kim Nguyen has painstakingly cultivated and created her ideal concept of Pasteur, resulting in the restaurant’s latest and best incarnation yet. Its newly redesigned space features a warm and refined aesthetic, thanks to an expansive interior tastefully appointed with elegant banquettes, white-tablecloth tables and rattan seating set against a neutral palette that shows off stunning Vietnamese artwork. The restaurant also has an exceptionally large and private patio for diners who desire the outdoor experience.
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c
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very friendly
service very nice and unhurried. If you are in a rush, you better tell them

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Beautiful room, nice menu, great service. The food was very good but not exceptional or special.

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D
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food in a great environment - a true recommendation

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BD
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall, we were quite pleased with our meal. We ordered the Spring Roll appetizer. It was tasty but the wrapping was a bit chewy. Branzino (whole fish, steamed) was excellent and could easily be shared by 2 or 3 people. The noodle dish with veggies & tofu was very good. The catfish clay pot entree was also very good. Desserts of coconut tapioca and green tea ice cream with espresso were both very good. Service was excellent!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing use of spices in every dish!

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W
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, great drinks and excellent service. Plus easy street parking! I had been to Pasteur many years ago, so lovely to rediscover it. The dining room is pretty; not trendy but not stuffy, feels special but is still casual. Just the right vibe for a nice Friday night dinner with my husband and my parents. We ate here before going to a show at Raven Theatre

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F
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great table facing the storefront. The food was fabulous! We recommend the Ben Xeo appetizer and the steamed pork dumplings. The green chicken curry, shrimp and scallops, and Co Chin Chin were all delicious. It’s a very comfortable place. Service was very nice and helpful, but a little slow. I think the server had too many tables at once. We hope to return.

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HG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value. Food is outstanding, friendly knowledgeable server and beautiful surroundings. Food is French/Viet Namese. Only a tiny bit outside anyone’s comfort zone. Great prices and quality for wine and cocktails.

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought our kids who are in their 20s to Pasteur on Saturday night. The food was fresh and flavorful and the service very prompt and friendly. Overall, a fantastic experience. We ordered several meals and appetizers and enjoyed all of them. The desserts were beautiful and tasty without being too sweet. If you go, order the Ginger Pear cocktail. I can't wait to have the chance to go back 😊 Finally, the atmosphere was perfect for those who want to enjoy their meal and conversation with a bit of background music and soft lighting. It was a happy and enjoyable experience for all.

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely place with plenty of vegetarian/vegan options. Service was swift and sure, food was great, and we will definitely return as we had planned to have the hotpot but did not leave ourselves enough time between dinner and the show. Saw it on someone else's table and it looked amazing, so we will return!

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AC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely bright décor, friendly attentive staff helpful without being aloof , food was delicious, fresh well prepared plentiful without be overwhelming

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JE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the chicken curry and beef curry. Both are delicious. Both start with the yellow curry but the other flavors brought into the dish give each a unique flavor. For dessert, loved the green tea ice cream with the expresso shot on top. Our visit was a special occasion. The atmosphere is very relaxed. A great neighborhood spot.

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PP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best French/Vietnamese restaurants in Chicago!

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GA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have eaten at Pasteur a number of times, just the two of us and also with friends. It is our favorite restaurant in Edgewater. The food is outstanding and very tasty. The menu is diverse and interesting, and offers gluten free options that my wife appreciates. Our server always works very hard to provide a lovely dining experience. A terrific restaurant.

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JE
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

They were understaffed with only one waiter. He was lovely but could not do it all. We waited one hour and a half for food once we ordered. Clearly not his fault but would not recommend the restaurant due to service issues.

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f
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Good place if you are looking for a good spot in the area. Mark, our server, was helpful and friendly.

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OT
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Their (gluten free!) tempura is spectacular.

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JB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique and comfortable atmosphere with great food and friendly helpful service. I thought it was a gem that we will visit again to enjoy their outdoor space in the spring and summer. The Pho was the best I have ever had.

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T
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been over 25 years since I last ate at Pasteur (Sheridan and Lawrence). Didn’t disappoint; the food and service is just as good as I experienced at the original location. I really liked the ambiance of this restaurant. Don’t know why I waited so long to go back.

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food/drinks were great and the servers were all very friendly. The restaurant itself is very beautiful!

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P
Chicago
104 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasteur has delicious French-Vietnamese fare in an elegant and inviting setting. The service is friendly and efficient. It's a total gem, one of my faves!

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SP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasteur is one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago. The food is always amazing, (my favorite is the Clay Pot Tofu) and the ambience is wonderful. The in house mixologist is fantastic, and the service is great. Pasteur has earned lifelong patrons. A Northside treasure!

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CA
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. We enjoyed the egg rolls and dumplings for starters. The lemongrass chicken had an amazing sauce. But the bread pudding stole the show!

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V
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Nice decor inside and outside. Waiters were attentive. Highly recommend

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EB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, well worth the price! Nice atmosphere and portions are sizable.

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c
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It has been a while since I’ve been to this restaurant and was so pleasantly surprised. The food continues to be very good but the most outstanding part of the evening was the service from Mia. She was the only person working that night and did a terrific job of keeping everyone happy and fed.

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RZ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Just went to Pasteur with a date and we had a lovely meal. Food was superb including the Saigon crepe appetizer, their signature beef entree and the vegetarian clay pot entree, good wine and lovely ambiance. Only complaint was that service was a little slow as there appeared to be only one wait-person on duty when we were there

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AE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience with fantastic food. The ambience always makes you feel like you're transported somewhere tropical/warm/humid. It's never very crowded when I've gone. Our server overheard me wishing my friend Happy Birthday and showed up at our table after our meal with a delicious slice of chocolate heaven with a lit candle. I never mentioned it was my friend's birthday otherwise, but she overheard and acted on her own. So sweet! I especially love the honest recommendations servers have given, but absolutely no pressure to hurry your order along. A visit to Pasteur is always a relaxing, easily paced dining experience to sit back and enjoy your food, drinks and fellow dinner guests.

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was invited by my neighbor to go to dinner and thoroughly enjoyed my experience. The butterfly shrimp are out of this world. Had an excellent dinner I have already recommended it to two people

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H
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Shrimp was rubbery and the seafood tasted like it was sprayed with fishy water right before they brought it out.

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P
Chicago
104 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pasteur features authentic French/Vietnamese food in a beautiful and comfortable setting. The dishes are delicious and the service is impeccable. There’s no other place like it. It’s a gem! Gorgeous outdoor space to enjoy in warm weather as well.

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n
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent, but very short on staff, only a waiter and a cook. Nice ambiance.

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OT
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The vegetable tempura was just magnificent! Everything was delicious.

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t
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service. Honored my wife’s birthday with a lovely piece of cake, candle and birthday song included. Thank you, Mia.

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RP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Great for quiet conversation. Very enjoyable.

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PW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Pasteur has become our New Years Eve tradition. The only slight bummer was that they were not serving our favorite dish, the steamed fish, because of the cooking time and the restaurant was busy. Was so looking forward to that! Will have to come back on a non-holiday to enjoy it again. Otherwise it was a perfect evening.

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LM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the restaurant. It is lovely to look at and lovely to eat at.

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PR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always but I sorely missed my favorite dish, the short ribs, which were no longer offered. Plenty of other delicious options of course but the ribs were the reason I kept coming back

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D
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This a very. special Vietnamese restaurant. Elegant. The Decor is a tasteful interpretation of the French colonial period in Vietnam. The food is fantastic as is the service. Great value.

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KA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great restaurant. Gorgeous decor. Absolutely delicious food....we all had an appetizer and a different entree and we all loved each one of them. Really a lovely night....prices were very reasonable for the experience.

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