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.
Chicago, IL 60640
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Pasteur is easily accessible via the CTA Bus and "L" routes. Our nearest "L" stop is Bryn Mawr on the Red Line. The 36-Broadway bus service runs past midnight.
Private Party Facilities:
Pasteur is the ideal location to host your next celebration, function, work event or meeting. Our elegant dining room and lush patio can accommodate parties of almost any size from intimate gatherings to large groups.
Pasteur can also tailor a special event menu to meet your specific needs with signature cocktails and wine pairings. Please contact owner Kim Nyguen to arrange your next event at Pasteur!
Private Party Contact:
Leon Richardson: (773) 728-4800
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Pasteur Ratings and Reviews
Our food was good, however on a Saturday night with a half-full restaurant, they were out of three different menu items we wanted to order. Including the signature luc lac! The rest of our food was good, and the staff was very apologetic, but it was a rather poor experience for such a nice restaurant.
Fabulous food in a beautiful dining room. I had been wanting to go here for a very long time (French Vietnamese). The service was outstanding, friendly and concerned but not overtly so. Food was fabulous, delicious beef house special, delicious dumplings and creative and tasty cocktails. Good value.
I adore this place ! It is just a beautiful and elegant yet relaxed atmosphere inside and a large and pretty patio in warm weather !
I love that it has a quiet and intimate atmosphere. The food is just delicious and a nice variety.
Wine is very reasonable too.
The manager and staff are warm and attentive.
This place used to be great. After we placed our order, it took a while for someone to come over and tell us that the restaurant ran out of tofu -- the basic ingredient of virtually every vegan offering in the menu. Overall, it took nearly an hour to get anything to each, and then the order was mixed up. The place was more than half empty on a Saturday night.
The servers are friendly, but everything was ridiculously slow. I love to dine and have no issue with a 2 hour dinner, but keep a drink in front of me (water, wine, cocktail). A table near us complained that they’d waited an hour to get entrees. We waited 45 minutes.
The room is pretty, but the ceiling needs to be cleaned. Cobwebs and dust clearly visible.
I remembered this place from when I lived in Chicago the first time and hoped it would be a great evening. We were disappointed.
It is a very nice atmosphere but our food had not arrived after waiting an hour and a half. After complaints to the management he noted they had a private party going and things were slow. He apologized and paid our meal, but it still was not worth it. Too bad, as I love the fact of where it is located and its overall atmosphere.
My wife and I have dined here at least twice every month for quite a while. Kim (owner/Chef) and Leon (our Host), always make it a great experience. The food is always fresh and delicious. Our favorites are the steamed dumplings, shrimp tempura, the Pho and their special tenderloin dish. The bartender is Kim's son and does a great job of not only remembering what wine we like, but making sure we never run short . Great place. did I forget to mention how beautiful it is inside and outside on the patio ? Try it !
We waited for so ling for our food, good thing we had great company, lots of booze and a little appetizer, had we not...we were going to walk out. It was nit a busy nights, we were onr if the few diners. We just dont understand how we never got fed under 1 hour. . The sever and the the bar tender gave us free dessert and free shots to compensate.
Pasteur is a special favorite with superb quality Vietnamese food ( the steamed fish!), with great appetizers to share and a rich food and drink menu to explore. We discovered the outdoor patio which was lovely-- a perfect evening in late summer/early fall. Spacious, well-designed to provide privacy for conversations, well lit- even fireplaces in the wall! Our guest from out of town were wowed by the food, the ambience and the special touch of the owner coming to greet us on a busy night. Never disappointed here!
This was our first time visiting the restaurant and we'll be back. While there were not many vegetarian entrees, the ones they did have were exquisite. The vegetarian pho was one of the best I have ever eaten. My nephew, a chef, loved the duck in red curry sauce.
The restaurant itself was beautifullly and simply decorated and had a very elegant, but comfortable feel. The patio was my favorite space though. There are fireplaces for cool evenings and the trees are simply decorated with small white lights giving the entire area a magical feel.
As beautiful as the restaurant and as sophisticated as the menu though, Pasteur was not perfect. The wait staff and extenders were nice and responsive, but oh my goodness, they were also disorganized (that night at least). Twice staff took a single dish from table to table looking for the patrons who had ordered it. And one table of guests were served their entrees before their appetizer. This was a slight mar on the overall great experience. I say slight because the excellent certainly outweighed the bad.
Pasteur is definitely still on our 'go to' list.
I'm not sure I got much of the French influence that's implied, but the food is just nice, flavorful, Vietnamese fare in a quiet (so rare!) and pleasant space. Loved the patio. And the wine list is great; most of the wines on the list are $35 bottle, which is so reasonable with restaurant mark-ups being what they are. And there were some gems on the list.
The restaurant itself is gorgeous. The interior is very nicely decorated, and there a lovely patio in back.
The outside temperature that day was over 85 degrees, so we were looking forward to a nice cool indoor dinner. Not so much. They had all the doors and windows open and running ceiling fans. It was miserable. Who wants to dress up to sit and sweat?
Took forever to get food. The place wasn't full, yet with the length of time to get appetizers you would have thought it was standing room only. Then they deliver appetizers at the same time as the main course.
Food was just okay. Honestly, it was too hot inside the restaurant to enjoy a mediocre meal.
We have loved & been loyal to Pasteur for years though its many moves & changes & when it is good, it is great but it is not a reliable experience but one we defend to friends who have had mixed experiences. On a recent visit, the kitchen ran out of one of our favorite dishes so we tried a new dish, the roasted duck curry. It was overpriced for the several pieces of duck we got, and in a dull sauce. We've had similar bad luck with the other newer dishes we've tried so we'll stick with our old favorites, though the Bo Luc Lac was overdone & unlike any previous version we've had in the many decades we've dined at Pasteur. We recommend the steamed fish above all else. The other change is a new host, who gave us a small table in a noisy part of the terrace. His response was "our patio has only so many options available." On the night we were there, the patio was nearly empty & we couldn't help but notice that he happily seated several different parties of two young women at tables for four. Makes you wonder which customers are valued here.
We went for a business dinner on a weekend evening. The servers were in need of some improvement. For apps we had the spring rolls and crispy egg rolls which were ok, not much flavor. The mains included chicken and veggie pho and short ribs all of which were just ok. Though the setting, interior and exterior are very nice and more upscale than most restaurants in this genre, the food is rather lackluster. Head to Argyle St for much better food.
We went to Pasteur with another couple. We had been to Vietnam three months ago and when seeing and stepping into Pasteur, it is like stepping into a Vietnamese restaurant in a French colonial building--very reminiscent. We started with appetizers;the shrimp were awesome. The waiter suggested which ones were good to share and he was right. The waiter then suggested we share entrees, which we did and he was right again--3 entrees for the 4 of us. We ordered ginger chicken, Curry salmon and glazed shrimp, each done just right and very flavorful. We ordered a bottle of Sauvignon blanc which was a good value of nice quality. Looking over the wine list, it is not super extensive depth-wise, but contains good breadth and is loaded with several good values. The waitstaff was a duo so we had plenty of attention, but it was not pushy or over bearing. If you want to experience fine dining like in Vietnam, Pasteur is as close as you will come. We will definitely return.
Pasteur is one of the city's best kept secrets. Because of the location it doesn't get the traffic it should. I am always waiting for the day when it is impossible to get in. The combination of great food at very reasonable prices considering the quality, a truly beautiful and spacious dining room and a terrific outdoor patio in back makes it a go to place for me.
5 of us visited Pasteur on a Sunday night. The restaurant is absolutely lovely. While it was hot outside, the restaurant had their windows opened, and it seemed like some air conditioning was present, because the room was warm but comfortable. White curtains were billowing as the fans blew, and we really felt transported from the humble surroundings on Broadway.
The food was also quite good, with a nice variety on the menu and good spicing.
But our service was abominable. We didn't get our food until an hour had passed since we had ordered. The server forgot to put in an additional order of an appetizer, and, as with the late arrival of our food, he blamed the kitchen for all the problems. That seemed highly unlikely, given that he served us our pho (over an hour after we had ordered it) and weirdly forgot to provide soup bowls, or he walked by our table, chatted while holding a large pitcher of water, and proceeded to leave before filling our empty water glasses. He was truly one of the most ineffective waitstaff we have ever encountered. Still, we'd return for the food and ambience.
We arrived at 7pm and were given a choice of either diningroom or by the window in front front of the bar. They staff said these are our favorite tables. Turned out the bartender was waiting on us. He was all about just getting us food and drink and not trying to create an experience. It was my dates first time. The BT made some recommendations after being asked too. They were out of 1 of the 2 roses wines, so where had to have our 2nd choice. We ordered food and then rarely saw the BT/server again. He had to focus on his guests at the bar an only came by to see how the entrees were.
Yes, we chose the table and we chose wrong. The food was very good, but we would not sit in the bar area again if the only server is the bartender. Manager never came by to see how our experience was.
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