La Sardine

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$30 and under
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French
La Sardine has been serving French comfort food in the West Loop since 1998. This first-rate bistro transports you to Paris (sans the snooty service). La Sardine features classic French dishes ranging from Escargot à la Bourguignonne, French Onion Soup, House-made Charcuterie, Lyonnaise Salad, Bouillabaisse, Steak Frites and the best Soufflés in the city. La Sardine offers an extensive French wine list that is approachable but will intrigue even the most die-hard Francophiles. La Sardine has daily specials Monday through Friday that include half priced bottles of any wine on the list on Mondays, a $38 prix fixe dinner on Tuesdays, and dollar oysters at the bar on Fridays. In addition, La Sardine offers a happy hour Mon-Thurs from 3-6 with $1 oysters and wine and beer deals.

Specials

$38 Prix-Fixe

Choice of any appetizer, entree, and dessert for $38

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 23, 2019

Ends: September 24, 2118

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-10:00PM

1/2 Price All Bottles of Wine

Half off every bottle of our 100% French wine list

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 23, 2019

Ends: September 24, 2118

Availability: Mon 11:30AM-10:00PM

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NH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Our server was lovely and very helpful with wine ordering since I’m not familiar with French wine. I was excited about the escargot having had them in Paris-one of my most memorable food experiences ever. Unfortunately these escargot were very chewy and tough. Disappointing! Three of our group ordered the walleye special. We waited quite some time for our entrees to come out which on this night was fine. We were with friends we needed to catchup with. However, when the entrees came out, one was cold, one was just warm and one was hot.

JS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great classic french food ; great deals on wine too

IH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was fabuleux that’s French for Fabulous

D
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to Le Sardine. We've heard about it over the years but never made it there. Taking a walk we accidentally discovered how close it was to our home in Little Italy. We made a reservation for that evening for ourselves and friends that were in from the West Coast. Everything about this restaurant was perfection. The bar area is warm and welcoming and makes a fantastic cocktail . The restaurant itself is cozy without being tight. The food was outstanding ( shared the dover sole) and the chocolate souffle at the end of the evening was to die for. This restaurant is officially a favorite !

V
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. This is the second time we come here. First time was for our 24th anniversary earlier this year. Today it was our son’s 19th birthday. Location is good, service is also very good. I guess the only problem was we were seated at a table where there was a lot of traffic from waiters and customers . I’m not sure whether that is the right spot for a table of 4.

Everything else I would certainly recommend this place and hopefully we come back soon

MR
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service for our large party of 10.
Thank you

JB
Chicago
84 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Enjoyed our evening, was the perfect choice for dinner before the Cher concert at the United Center. There early so it was very quiet. The room is lovely, our waitress was awesome and the food was definitely good so I'd be inclined to go back. But, I am a bit of a snob being French food is my favorite and I have to say there are other French restaurants I would prefer. Still, if I lived in the neighborhood and it was convenient I probably would dine here regularly as it still was good.

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, ambience and service

CM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was fantastic. Server friendliness was on par with what you’d expect to be treated like as an American in Paris. But we’re in Chicago.

D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an old favorite that, upon our latest visit, seems to be reaching new heights. Everything was outstanding, including a stand-out cassoulet and a never-fails-to-delight souffle, a dish which almost everyone around us seemed to be enjoying, and which we think is as much a signature as the sardines entree.

b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Endive salad was excellent. Escargot and bouillabaisse were so salty. Server comped the escargot but said there is no salt added. That’s just the anchovies. Seriously, we’re in our 50s. We’ve had escargot many times. Plus, the fish from the bouillabaisse was good but the broth was so salty i could not dip my bread in it.

PS
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Escargots were too salty! Lamb was superb. Soufle was also superb

R
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love La Sardine. Consistently a great pick for date night.

RK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Sardine continues to offer quality food & service, at a reasonable price, in a casual environment.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Exceptional in every way! Tuesday night half price special is maybe the best deal on the planet! Don’t miss it!

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible lunch experience and will absolutely be back soon. Loved the escargot, mussels and the rainbow trout. Bread was actually incredible as well.

M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have great food and wine at this place. The waitstaff is always welcoming and on point when it comes to bringing food out at the right time, refilling your glass, etc. The tables can be small, especially for two people, so having a waitstaff understand how to time things appropriately so you're not stacking or removing things to fit, is awesome. We love it here and will return often!

TW
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very fine wine and food but very skimpy Foie gras, at less than 2 ounces certainly. If you don’t want to serve it, than don’t. But don’t pretend that the accompaniments that resembled foie gras are the real thing. We spent $700 here and that severely detracted from the overall experience due to the sense of deception. So to Nikolai and the family, please consider our comment seriously.

MP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, staff and food! Very cozy warm ambience! Very authentic French food! We LOVE this place!

SL
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

This establishment would have received 5 stars had the Dover Sole has been fresh, but it did not smell nor taste fresh! The appetizers were outstanding. Unfortunately, there are too many restaurants in Chicago to return to one where you had a bad experience.

S
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The service was slow and disinterested. Soup was cold and got an attitude from the server when requested that it be warmed. Steak Frites was boring. We used to love this place. Will not go again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always amazing

SJ
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's special every time we go there. Which is every time we are in Toronto. Authentic, great-tasting food surrounded by an energy that is exciting but not frenetic.

GT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Everything was really salty and the souffle was pretty much raw and mushy.

B
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good and service satisfactory. Restaurant very busy for early Saturday night causing less response than normal for stellar service.

OT
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Ordered 3 different mains included coq au vin, black cod and steak frites. These are signature dishes here but were less than stellar. The steak frites was particularly tough chewy and poor quality . Could have got a better piece of meat at Aldi.
Place is very average for high prices. Service was also average.

E
Chicago
453 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vibe was very exciting. It really was like a Parisian neighborhood bistro! The place feels authentic and the staff is knowledgeable, efficient and friendly. The food was magnificent: my wife had specials: celery soup and medallions of pork, which she loved. My classic onion soup was in my top 3 anywhere, and my roast sable was light and fresh with a unique sauce. Wines were no bargain but much to choose from. Desserts looked great but we were too full! We definitely will return!

LH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Haven't been to La Sardine on a Tuesday for years and it's just as I remember. Food was excellent, service impeccable can't wait to come back.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal. Pumpkin soup special perfect for the chilly evening. My rack of lamb done to perfection. My friend couldn’t decide between steak frites or the hanger steak with mashed potatoes...he did the hanger steak with a side of frites. And chocolate soufflé was just air... can’t wait to return.

OT
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious endive salad and I loved the roast chicken. My husband ordered the special hangar steak. Both of our entrees had good flavor but didn’t seem “hot off the grill.” We love this restaurant - attentive staff, nice wines, wonderful French bread. We will always return.

j
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The kitchen is outstanding. Food was delicious. But after 20 years of going to this restaurant, we had the worst service ever. Not sure what was wrong. Waitress spent most of her time looking at her cell phone. Let's hope it was an aberration.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate success in publishing & grant submissions. Catching up with friends in the neuroscience community from both coasts, & they raved about the whole experience. Proof again that Chicago is the restaurant capital of the nation.

TN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We recently dined at La Sardine (10/19/19). In general the food was superb. One of the featured specials was a pork shank and it was simply heavenly, as was the fish. Steak-frites was a bit tough, though that's somewhat to be expected with a entrecote style cut. The highlight of the evening was the soufflé (as is often the case). Of particular note was the pistachio soufflé: best I've ever tasted.

l
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris and John are great hosts behind and in front of the bar!

K
Chicago
93 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love Le Sardine, it’s one of our favorite French restaurants in the city. Every dish is executed expertly and so delicious. Seriously have not had a bad meal here.

RB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went to La Sardine Saturday night prior to a concert at the United Center. The food and service were excellent. Had a cool neighborhood bistro vibe to it. We started with the mussels that were cooked well, tender, with great flavor. We ordered the gnocchi (which had a good french twist to it) and the steak frites. Both were done well and tasty very good. Had the pistachio / honey soufflé that was crazy good. Overall, great experience. The only thing that was odd was that there were only two other tables seated when we arrived and the host seated us within 2 feet of another table that was already seated. Felt odd sitting within arm reach of another couple while the rest of the restaurant was empty. They did the same thing with another party and when the party questioned it, they were told there was NO option to move them elsewhere and the host had to seat as directed. Would definitely recommend though. Food and service were great.

AM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding as always!

P
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently wonderful.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Tuesday Prix Fixe is an amazing deal. Bouillabaisse was divine... escargots super garlicky and tender. The souffle was perfection!! Super happy with this place. Will be back!