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About Permanently Closed - Bistro Bordeaux
This restaurant is permanently closed. The philosophy of the menu at Bistro Bordeaux is an expression of our French culinary heritage, for which we have a profound admiration. The support of our local farmers allows us to use the freshest produce and seafood, just as one would find in the markets in the south of France. The menu showcases the freshness of these pure ingredients through simple, flavorful combinations.
As the passing of fall brings day light savings time with early nightfall, we are always excited to welcome back the great comfort food dishes typically found in bistros; the first taste of the “Coq au Vin” and the pervading perfumes of the long cooked “Cassoulet Toulousain”, come to mind. It is, in our opinion, this style of cuisine that offers the clearest definition of traditionally rooted French fare
We hope you enjoy the eating as much as we enjoy the preparation in the kitchen and wish you all "Bon appétit"!
The team at Bistro Bordeaux
Evanston, IL 60201
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday: 5:30pm until 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm until 10pm
Sunday brunch: 10:30am until 1:30pm
Sunday dinner: 5pm until 9pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
please call 312 375 4665 for inquiries
Davis stop on the purple line
Special Events & Promotions:
check out our website for more information at www.lebistrobordeaux.com
Bistro Bordeaux - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
Sunday at Bistro Bordeaux could not have been better - except for one thing - Sunday was BB's last day. We will miss it dearly. However, Pascal B. who is the owner, has 2 other restaurants in Evanston which we fortunately will continue to be able to enjoy. And if he opens any other restaurants - we will be among the first there. So, for those reading this, I (highly) recommend you visit Patisserie Coralie and Creperie Saint Germain. Two gems in Evanston.
The restaurant atmosphere was very pleasant, quite convivial, but unfortunately a bit noisy. We had a table towards the back and there was a lot of traffic to and from the kitchen and to and from the rest homes. We had good drinks. We ordered steak freight and had it split in the kitchen for my husband and myself which was very nicely done. The salad we had was very good but the steak freight was cold, dry with no juices and not well done as we had ordered.
We used to go here all the time. Maybe that was the problem. There is now lots to choose from in Evanston. They were running out of everything, food took so long. Was such a bummer. 2 days later we got an email announcing their closing. I guess that was what was going on. I wish I had known.
We made our reservation online and did not put anything in the Special Request field. Nevertheless, when the restaurant called to confirm, they asked whether we would be celebrating a special occasion. I admitted our anniversary was coming up. When we arrived, as soon as we were seated, our server brought us flutes of champagne. It was a lovely touch, and it was clear throughout the meal that the entire staff on duty was aware of our occasion -- even the bartender wished us "Happy Anniversary" as we left. While the food wasn't the best French we've ever had (We were lucky enough to visit Le Francais twice during its heyday, and that's a high standard), it was tasty, well-prepared and a good value. But the thing that impressed me most about Bistro Bordeaux was that it's a proper restaurant -- neither stuffy nor overly casual, with a knowledgeable staff and professional service.
This was our first experience here. We were seated a few minutes after arriving. The very sweet hostess apologized for the delay (which there was none), and I immediately felt like we were going to have a great experience. We MOSTLY did.
Our server could not have been any nicer. My boyfriend asked for a Martini and he said it was 2nd only to Marty's in Andersonville. I tried the Kir Royale. She told me that tonight they were made with Chambord. I had 2; the first one had very little Chambord. The second one was perfect.
The chair I sat in was VERY uncomfortable. I had my coat over the back of the chair, so I folded the hood behind my back and that helped.
I ordered the Salade Lyonnaise and it was DIVINE! The dressing was delicious, the frisee crisp and fresh, the bacon tasty and the egg cooked to perfection. My boyfriend had the house salad and said how tasty the dressing was.
For our entrees, my boyfriend chose Gnocchi and LOVED it! I tasted it and it was fantastic. I ordered the hake fish. The fish was delicate, moist and extremely flavorful, BUT we now come to my major caveat. The portion was EMBARRASSINGLY minuscule. I have NEVER seen such a tiny entree. Truly appetizer-sized. I would say 1" wide and 3" long by 1" high. It was delicious, but there was nothing there. I would say that the prices overall are great, but $24.95 for so tiny an entree is not worth it. I would have paid more for about 50% more food. I'm still stunned. I was away while our food was delivered and when I returned, I was excited. Until I saw my plate.
My boyfriend had the Creme Brulee. It was tasty and smooth. I chose the Profiteroles and they were very good. The ice cream is made in house and the dark chocolate sauce is terrific. The cream puffs themselves weren't the best but were overall good.
Would I go back to Bistro Bordeaux? YES! The prices are reasonable, the atmosphere is charming, the service is great and the food is expertly prepared. I just won't order the same entree.
Worst Valentine's Day dinner ever. The sad thing is that we dined there several times previously and really enjoyed it.
Where to begin? Warmly greeted and seated promptly despite the crowd. That was the highlight. A very nice server but the mussels were served luke warm and the portion was modest at best. The steak frites, order medium rare, was served rare. The frites were actually delicious, but couldn't overcome the disappointing entrees. The busy server never came back to ask if everything was okay.
Worst of all, before even asking if we wanted coffee, the server brought us the check without our having asked for it. Obviously they wanted to turnover the table to get one more seating but that was not the way to treat a couple on Valentine's Day. We won't be back. Too many good options to risk another disappointment.
My wife and I dined at Bistro Bordeaux on Valentine's Day, just as we have for the past several years. The ambiance is lovely with candles suspended from the ceiling and the food was very good. However, the service was quite sub-par. The waitress did not stop by once to ask how our meals were. We waited over 25 minutes before our empty dinner plates were removed and another 20 minutes before dessert. The tables were much too close to each other and it looked like they had added very small round tables to try to squeeze in even more people than in the past. Those tables were barely big enough for one person, let alone two. After diners finished, their tables were not cleared for quite some time. Perhaps they would not have to squeeze people in as much if they cleared tables faster. This is a good restaurant with good food. However, we will have to reconsider going there for special occasions such as Valentine's Day.
It was an okay experience. I unfortunately didn't feel the food was all that special - steak tartar, while decent, was not freshly prepared; my hake, while good, was a very small portion. My friend got mussels and it was pretty average as well. What brings down the score even more was the slow service.
Business dinner with colleagues from around the world. I usually love this place but during our visit the service was spotty and something in the ambiance has changed. I always loved how much this restaurant made me feel as if I was in France. This just doesn't seem to be the case anymore. I used to enjoy the traditional French music but that was absent on this evening. Also the service used to have a very European feel to it and again that was absent on this visit. Something has changed and not for the better but I just can't put my finger on it. The food was fine but I'm from Quebec and I've had better mussels for sure.
This was an incredibly negative dining experience. Our anniversary happened to fall during restaurant week so we decided to try a new place and use the pre fix menu. The escargot had an almost sweet flavor that was very off putting. The french onion soup was too sweet. My mussels were over cooked to the point of being small chewy lumps, with the same oddly sweet butter in the broth. My fiance's steak tasted as though it was about a day from being rancid. The creme brulee was fine. They have no cocktail list. The server would leave us for long periods of time when we wanted to order a second glass of wine. Needless to say, it pretty well ruined our evening and we will not be back.
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