Great food, ambience & price! I will be going back.
Came for the food with some expectations, based on prior reviews and the Hungry Hound profile. Our assessment of the food was fair to middling. I am a purist when it comes to gumbo, and this version didn't impress. Thick with an under-cooked flour-pastiness and a slightly reddish hue, I surmise from the addition of the cherry tomatoes mentioned by Dolinsky, with trinity components in large pieces. Not a fan of the tomato addition and the pastiness of the roux was discernible and off-putting. Didn't knock my socks off.
BBQ shrimp po'boy filling was pretty good though bread is never as good as in NOLA; replicating or sourcing an authentic and flaky po'boy wrapper is a challenge; I've tried countless bakery and g-store versions and nothing is the same. Washed down dinner with beer; didn’t try any of the cocktail offerings.
Would return for the atmosphere and drinks. Next time I need a NOLA fix, I'll spring for the plane ticket.
We arrived at 6 pm and it was a cold inside. Otherwise, a good experience.
Awesome drinks, good food, good service and great ambiance. 80s music brought back memories!
Wonderful experience, highly recommend
We got the catfish fritters, Gumbo Fifolet, and jambalaya - everything was delicious! Portions were perfect, very content after the meal and had two fritters left to take home. The food tasted authentic and I will definitely be going back to try more of the menu!
Terrible service and average food!!
Good southern food , moderately priced. Good for a quick stop
The chicken sandwich was incredible
We had date night at this restaurant on a Friday evening. We were immediately seated by our host. He was also our waiter and provided us with water and menus after we were escorted to our table. We ordered the cornbread as our appetizer. It was very good. For our entree, we had the crawfish po' boy sandwich and the shrimp and grits. Both entrees were delicious. For dessert, we decided to try the beignets and they were good. Overall, we were satisfied with the service and definitely the food. It was a nice crowd when we were there. We definitely plan to go back and would recommend it to others.
Cajun food and specialty cocktails are a great change of pace in a same-old world of dining, and Fifolet delivers a solid experience each time we go. We've also enjoyed the Sunday brunch there. Recipes are reasonably authentic and properly seasoned, ingredients are well balanced and you don't end up with a giant pile of rice with no protein when you order the jumbalaya. Worth adding to the list.
The Cornbread was great. Shrimp and grits were also very good.
The dark roux gumbo was almost inedible.
The service was inattentive. Should have asked us if we wanted a second drink. Should have asked why I didn’t eat my gumbo. Should have come by the table a bit more often.
great vibe and atmosphere! Live band for Fat Tuesday. Food was awesome!!!
Since the place is a restaurant, they should not have a store brought bag of chips for a side to the Po' Boys. I would accept a cup of fruit as an option before the bag. I value my food more when the restaurant will take the time either give me options or make their own sides. The taste of the food was good but the portion size and bag chips devalued my rating.
Well our first time here and LOVED the place. The food was amazing!!!!! Staff was great and helpful and we can't wait to go back with friends next time
Went the last day of Restaurant week. Place was pretty empty. Food was very good , loved the strussel cornbread and greens with bacon. The seafoo ettufee was also good. The drinks were also good. I would go again
We went during restaurant week (I️t was our first time).
Don’t get me wrong the food was OUTSTANDING, however, it was $33 a person which included an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. When looking up the price on the actual menu based on what we ordered our bill would have been significantly less- close to $10 a person less! (Appetizer $7, entree $13, dessert $4-5) I have been to many places that may not meet the minimum with the value, but they then throw in a free cocktail or glass of wine. Just some food for thought! I went to Shaw’s and got a surf and turf , plus appetizer , and dessert for $44 per person.
We went for brunch during restaurant week and everyone enjoyed it. Mama's gumbo, BBQ shrimp and crawfish po boys were really good. The cornbread and banana bread pudding were excellent. The service was good too which made this review worth writing. We will surely visit again.
Authentic Cajun place in Chicago. The gumbo and etouffee were outstanding along with the cocktails and po-boys. We are looking forward to going back and trying other items on the menu and plan to bring friends. Cheers!
We try at least one new restaurant during Chicago's Restaurant Week, and this year we chose Fifolet. We made a reservation at the start of their brunch schedule, and were the only occupied table (3 people). Service was friendly but slow. The restaurant was out of items on the Restaurant Week menu, which was pitiful and suggests a lack of planning. The starters (cornbread and gumbo) were the only items we ended up liking on the menu and were also the only items we felt were accurately represented by their menu. According to their menu, the sandwiches were supposed to be served with chips - we didn't receive any. The po' boys were uninspired and bland. The crispy chicken sandwich was exactly that but fell completely apart because there was so much stacked in it. The beignets were greasy and the "peach bread pudding" had no fruit - just a creamy sauce with a hint of peach. The atmosphere was dull, there were gnats at our table the entire time, and it was an overall disappointing experience. We will never return.
The restaurant decor is cute and cozy. The food was delicious and very spicy. I went with 5 friends to celebrate my birthday. I thought the food portions were a little small. The service was great! The young lady who serviced our table was very nice, patient and knowledgeable. I will definitely try it again to see how the food is off the regular menu. This was Restaurant Week, so it was a bit loud and crowded.
The dish that I ordered was very very salty. I am the kind of person who adds more salt to Mexican food. Trust me when I tell you that my food had a lot of salt. I ordered the fried alligator Etouffee and the Gumbo Fifolet. The Gumbo was pretty good I would give it a 6/10. The seafood flavor was present but it was almost overwhelmed by the salt. I will not go back. I go to New Orleans often and I was hoping to find the New Orleans taste at home. Sadly, I must keep looking.
Hit me up food was amazing however for a New Orleans style restaurant it's missing the southern hospitality
Fifolet was a great choice for my restaurant week experience. The food was outstanding and the service was prompt. The hurricane will knock your socks off. I ordered the Fried Green Tomatoes as an extra side, Gumbo Fifolet, Shrimp & Grtis and Beignets. I am glad the restaurant made the decision to only offer the restaurant week menu, though disappointed, the server explained this was due to the demands on the staff and kitchen and to have appropriate wait times for food. I will be back to order off of the main menu.
The cajun food here was amazing! The drinks are on point, and I especially loved the fried green tomatoes and the bite of alligator that I had off my friend's plate. Also, they did a great job accommodating our group of five. Special thanks to our server Mary for having great timing when she was checking in on us (even as the restaurant filled up for restaurant week!)
Excellent Cajun food. Nice ambiance
The host was short in his response when called to inquire about parking
Awesome little cajun spot in wicker park. Great offering of cajun/creole favorites such as etoufee, gumbo, shrimp and grits, and beignets. Their fried gator and crawfish etoufee is off the charts! Great cocktails as well. It's a wonderful atmosphere and it's cozy and romantic while being fun at the same time. Awesome spot for dates or groups of friends!
Relaxing decor. The food was tasty and flavorful. The drinks were strong delicious. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and pleasant to talk to.
Food. Amazing. We had a great experience until it started to get a little busier. Food and price were great once again but service got really slow and took 30 mins to just pay our check. Definitely recommend going at a less busy time. Once again food and price was great.
Myself and several friends visited Fifolet Cajun during restaurant week. The food and drinks were incredible--the frozen Hurricane had me tipsy and that is impressive because I can down my fair share of alcohol. I really enjoyed the Fifolet seafood gumbo and wish I had ordered more than a bowl. The custard cornbread was moist and incredible. The shrimp and grits were yummy, and I did not expect to like them since they did not have any cheese in the grits. Overall, the food was very good. I also tried a friends jambalaya and it was very spicy and flavorful. The only thing that kept this review from being perfect was a bit of confusion where one of my friends did not receive her entree, and that sucked as she was the guest of honor. The restaurant made it right by taking her meal off of the final bill.
Tables are too small to give them a higher rating. Plus, the napkins, water glasses, etc were right behind us so the staff kept squeezing by us to get stuff. Did not care for that.
Our waiter was excellent! We were never left without anything on the table because he knew when our food would be ready. The drinks were amazing! All my date could handle was the frozen hurricane! Would definitely come back!
Service was terrible. Our waitress barely ever came to our table and it took 40 mins just to get waters. They were out of 2 of the items that we tried to order and didn’t make up for it. The service was so bad our food kept coming out at different times and we felt very ignored. We had to get up and go to the bar to ask for the check because it felt like they were never coming back to our table. Definitely will not go back or recommend it to anyone
Food was amazing and I can’t wait to return to try more things! It was restaurant week, so I’m sure it was more crowded than normal. The tables are really close together, so it’s easy to hear your neighbors conversation. Aside from that, it was a great experience!
I was looking forward to trying this restaurant during Restaurant Week. Unfortunately I won't be visiting the place again. The food is okay (good flavor but my food was not as hot as I would have liked). Unfortunately, the service is AWFUL!!!!! There was not enough waitstaff to accommodate the number of guests in the restaurant during the time I was there (weekend brunch). My friends and I waited far too long for our courses to arrive and to get drink refills. The restaurant has a good product (food) but the poor service will drive patrons away.
We visited Fifolet for 2018 Restaurant Week, and it had to be one of the worst dining experiences I've had in Chicago in the past five years. The food was good - nice cajun/creole flavors and just the right amount of spice - so this isn't on the kitchen. The issues were with the front of the house. SOME of the problems:
- Our server was either overwhelmed (large birthday party in her section) or totally incompetent. If the former, the manager/host should have rearranged the section assignments so that she could manage her workload.
- It took 15 min for her to come by and say "I'll be right back" (we had only water at this point) - spoiler: she didn't come right back, but spent 10 minutes with two other tables in the section.
- After she finally took our drink order, it was 30 minutes before we had them
- The appetizers actually came before the drinks, but, at first, were the wrong items belonging to another table. One of our table received the wrong gumbo as a starter - five minutes later the host (not our server) came by to ask how things were going. He took the gumbo back for an exchange and though he had no idea whether it had been eaten/tasted, he simply pretended to take it back to the kitchen, then turned right around and served it to the right table.
-An hour for the first person at our table to get the main course. It was already lukewarm. 15 minutes later, the second person got her course (lukewarm) and I, again, got the wrong size gumbo. I asked for the correction and after being told by THREE people they'd check on it and deal with it, finally got the right size 25 minutes after the first person was served.
- They didn't clear our table when new courses were brought and we were at a bar-sized tabletop.
- We sat by the kitchen and after being told there was no bread pudding available, watched it walk by us to other tables all night.
- OpenTable then told me Fifolet wanted to know why I hadn't honored my reservation. HOW I WISH WE HADN'T!
I can’t say enough about the food at Fifolet. It was delicious. However, we experienced the worst service I think I’ve ever had. Mine and my husbands plates both appetizer and entree came out at least 15 minutes apart from each other. Additionally the wait between courses was extremely long. The taste could have made up for this, but there was absolutely no attention given to the inconvenience of this by our server or any other staff. Other service issues included difficulty getting drinks and water refilled throughout the meal. Unfortunately this was extremely disappointing overall.
Chose to do the lunch restaurant week special. Seemed like there wasn’t enough staff so service was a little slow but they were nice. Bloody Mary is more bbq inspired than my taste. But the beignets were amazing.
Went here for restaurant week to try a new place. The food was great. The drinks were wonderful. And the service was top notch. Will definitely be returning.