La Sardine

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$30 and under
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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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AM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding as always!

P
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently wonderful.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

AS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service (especially our server Dan) and the meal was suburb. Authentically French cuisine. Nice atmosphere.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Not the place to go for intimate and relaxing dinner. Everything seemed very rushed

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. As always. Service and food are nonpareil

KL
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We had an 8:15 reservation. By 8:30, we still were not seated, so we sat at the bar and ordered oysters and two Farmers Daughters cocktails which were both incredible. The bartender was great, too. By 9 PM, we were seated. It took several minutes for our server to greet us. She asked if we wanted another drink, and before we could say anything but "yes" she walked away. We were pretty hungry at this point and wanted to order our food ASAP. Another 15 minutes or so, she returned. We ordered the Oxtail Gnocchi appetizer, which came quickly. It was divine! Small, but delicious. We agreed that this would probably be worth the wait! She recommended the Boullabaise & The Duck as two of her favorite entrees. My fiance ordered the boullabaise, and I had the duck. I've only ordered duck a few times, but never have I ever eaten rare/medium-rare duck. I googled to see if it was edible/normal and apparently it is, but it was awful. She did not come check on us after we got our food, so I wasn't even able to share my dissatisfaction. I was so hungry that I ate my polenta & broccoli and just left all the duck meat. She said nothing when she came to take our plates. The boullabaise was incredibly bland. Tasted like un-seasoned fish dropped in veggie broth. No flavor. All in all, the app and drinks were great, but the entrees were awful. Especially for those being the server's top two recommendations! We probably won't be back, but if we ever return, it will be for happy hour only.

MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter (Yoshi?) was very accommodating to our hodge podge collection of people, and was patient with everyone’s order. Food was excellent and wine pairing suggestions were on point. Dessert was outstanding as well.

ME
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A Friday night dinner with my wife and a Friend. We had reservations at 5:00 and arrived early and they opened the bar for us, which was very nice. The French Manhattan is a nice twist on a classic. For appetizers we all had the escargot. I've been working in New York on an assignment for six months and have a serious snail addiction. The escargot was the best I've had compared to Paris and NY; wonderful balance of flavors. I had the venison, my wife the black cod, and my friend the steak frites. All were outstanding and we were very happy with our choices. Our server was attentive, informative, but not overbearing. My dessert was the crème brûlée and I was too busy loving it to notice what others ordered! The crème brûlée was another "best" with the addition of toasted pumpkin seeds.

f
Chicago
93 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a terrific meal at la Sardine. We started with cocktails - champagne and beer before dinner. The we had a great Bordeaux’s our waiter recommended. We had soup and the endive salad to start with and we both had the leg of lamb which was outstanding. We finished the meal with the apple tart and ice cream and the grand mariner soufflé. Coffee ended the evening. Our waiter, Dan, was outstanding as always and the service was nicely timed. this is a real gem.

AK
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall it was a wonderful and memorable experience. The food was delicious, I even ordered steak tartare which I havent had in decades and it was great. The half price wine (Morgon) was perfect. Lovely restaurant and good service. We have two criticisms. We ordered Sole Meuniere for two. The waiter brought the cooked piece of fish to the table to show us, and then went off to have it plated. I was worried because it was several minutes before it came back, and it wasn't hot. I absolutely should have sent it back and had the chef warm it up, but I didn't want to make a fuss, so it was my fault for not bringing it to the server's attention. The fish and sauce were fantastic, so that wasnt an issue. The other small complaint is their chose of bread. While it tasted fine, it was a little too rustic and heavy for the meal, we would have preferred something much lighter which wouldn't have filled us up as much. Plus, it should have been warm. In spite of these two minor issues, I would definitely recommend La Sardine for a superb French restaurant experience.

NB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Some culinary sins and service sins were committed and 9-28-19. The Server seemed more concerned with the tables that were drinking then a customer who overpays for Perrier (which I am ok with price wise, I ordered it) I get that booze where the money is for a Server, none the less I felt like we were overlooked. Worst sins were the culinary ones. The chicken I ordered was burned and dry, they have done a much better job in my past visits. Worst of was the Chocolate Soufflé that is basically the reason we go to La Sardine. The one thing I could count on was desert being consistent, it most certainly was not. It was very heavy on the chocolate to point that it was more like chocolate lava cake than a soufflé. The consistency was like a cake that was not fully baked vs the soufflé I have eaten for over ten years. It was a total buzz kill and most unfortunate.

It’s really a shame that I find myself writing this review. I have been to La Sardine more times than I can count over past 10 years, I purposed marriage to my wife at this very restaurant. We have brought are daughter for fine a dining experiences. I will not be going back.

N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food and wine pairing were delicious. The waitress was Superb very attentive and knowledgeable.

E
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I was disappointed overall which is such a shame since the restaurant is next door to my condo and I love French food. My friend also was not impressed. We had heard such great things. The escargot was chewy, the salmon dish wasn’t seasoned well and was served to us barely lukewarm. The service wasn’t great, it overall was mediocre at best. Out of the whole experience, our positive was the soufflé, which we waited so long for that we ended up taking a bite and taking it to go; nevertheless, the chocolate and the raspberry soufflés were both delicious. If I were ever to return - it would be because of the soufflés.

AZ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable place to have a meal - good people and good food.

l
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you could clone La Sardine’s host the world would be a better place. Even though the restaurant was short staffed he filled in the gaps.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Client meal. Very good and great service!

AR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This classic is a hidden gem in the bustle of Chicago's restaurant row.

NF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this restaurant! Made me feel like I stepped into France, so romantic. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant!

g
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We’ve been here a few times. Excellent ambiance, service , food and wine list. Traditional French bistro. If you’re looking for over produced, modern artistic food, go somewhere else. This is the real deal

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were 6 and Dan was our server. He was great. The food is always top. We dined on a Monday. Half-priced wines. And the wine list is terrific. Meets everyone’s taste.

KS
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We love restaurant, have gone there for years. They need to improve their food . The food is not as good as was.

M
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for an evening of delicious French bistro food, outstanding service, and a neighborhood bistro feel, then this is the place to go! Wonderful from the endive salad with just the right amount of a sherry vinaigrette to the beef Wellington, and the Grand Marnier soufflé finish, you will not find a better bistro outside of France.

MW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful! Our favorite bartender, John was back! We had both specials, the skatewing and the rabbit, with the special chocolate dessert, and rolled out.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! I introduced La Sardine to two friends who will
Certainly be back!

MP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! New items on the menu, great new Pastry Chef! Check it out!

S
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Martinis were generously poured, could only finish half of it.
Starter L’onion soup, delish and is big enough for 2 to share. Chateaubriand was pour deux $95 but could feed four. Came with crunchy french fries and thick asparagus.
Meat was cooked to perfection inside puff pastry. Dessert was a Cointreau soufflé with raspberry sauce, again cooked perfectly.
Atmosphere was elegant without being stuffy. By the time we left at 8 pm, place had filled to capacity and noise level was moderate but not distracting.
Highly recommend La Sardine.

AW
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best escargot in Chicago. Wonderful food. Fantastic staff. The only complaints I have are that their prefixe menu has gone up a lot over the last couple of years and they removed a really delicious and unique cocktail from the menu. The Martinique Mule

d
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious as always!

GM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oxtail appetizer I had was absolutely delicious, I would go there every day for that. The chicken main course I had was quite tasty, and the soufflé for dessert was done just right. The prix fixe was a good value and could mix and match with it. Service was excellent. All my guests enjoyed their meals as well, bouillabaisse was particularly liked. I was completely satisfied and already recommended the place to friends and family.

CD
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We love La Sardine. But Saturday night, they must have been understaffed. To his credit, our waiter did bring us some extra sausage pieces when we needed a few more for the mussels. But we ate both our cheese and dessert courses without silverware, because the dishes came but the silverware did not. And, we were sharing an entree. Two people came by and said "Let me get you a sharing plate" and then never did - so we ate out of the same plate. No problem but just strange. Food is great. Wine is also very good and reasonably priced. We will be back and hope all is back to normal next time.

M
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Visited Chicago for the first time and decided to have dinner with some friends at this restaurant. Food and ambiance was good. They had an amazing French onion soup and Steak Frites! However, service was NOT what I was expecting. The servers were nice when we arrived but forgot about us as the night went on. We waited forever for our dessert, for our check to be delivered and even longer for us to get our receipts. We were so unsatisfied with the service that we wanted to leave before our dessert even got to the table. Food was good but service could be a lot better.

J
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The host was attentive. The waitress was not. She didn't really care if her guest was having a good night or a good meal. I ordered onion soup and duck breast. Salty. Chocolate soufflé wasn't impressive. I like the bread though.

SG
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for our 16th wedding anniversary. Dan was very attentive to us. The food was very tasty and cooked just right.

VH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food. Love LaSardine. Was there for lunch two weeks ago which was also terrific. I’ll definitely be back soon.

g
Jacksonville
25 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time here - the Steak Frites was amazing. Incredibly well prepared. My wife had the Mackerel special that was equally delicious. It’s a great place for delicious French food.

LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love La Sardine. Food is always interesting and delicious. The wait staff goes out of their way to be friendly and accommodating. We've become "regulars."

PG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined here a number of times and always been pleased with the food, but have always been there on a busy night. This last visit was on a Wednesday night, with very few other diners present. This made the experience of superb wine, food and service that much more enjoyable, with little background noise. I will be back.

a
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a lovely evening. The food was delicious, as usual. When we were seated, we were immediately advised that it was 'prix fixe' night. I enjoyed a lovely salad, beautifully presented trout and delicious creme brulee. All in all, a charming evening.

G
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience! Service was the best and the food was delicious!! We love this place!!

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