La Sardine

4.6
817 reviews
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$30 and under
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French

La Sardine is a West Loop staple serving classic French comfort food for Lunch and Dinner. This first-rate bistro is decorated with warm cherry-wood accents and brick walls compliment vibrantly painted columns. 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.

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the crew are very attentive and nice...

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were so excited about this restaurant after the demise of the legendary Bistro Zinc. Alas, though the service was very good, the food was decidedly inconsistant. The steak tartare - arguably the best in the city. Thé bouillabaisse broth was seriously boring though the fish was well prepared. The salad lyonnaise was so disappointing though the salad endive was excellent. The chicken entree was excellent. Superb wine list.
As a final note we were disappointed to see a young man sitting at the bar with his pants so low as to exposing his underwear. As fashion statement possibly but offensive to any civilized diner. He should have been turned away at the door. Oh, additionally the music was not at all French bistro style.

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DR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great all around—classy and fun! Loved the thoughtful service (thanks Dan!) and the ability to have a conversation at a reasonable volume.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was very professional and smooth with word choice and movements. Approached the table in a very conscious manner that represented proper etiquette. The dishes were very delicious despite the fact that it was my first time trying French cuisine.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dan was a great server! Good food!

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j
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best French restaurant in Chicago! The bread, mussels and Sole pour Deux were amazing, can’t wait to try more dishes. Our waiter and overall service was great! And the chocolate soufflé.... wow!

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JA
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Although previous visits have been enjoyable, this one was less so. The steak was a bit over cooked and tough. The noise level was terrible due to a party of 6 women who all must have been virtually deaf, because the were talking so loudly we had difficulty talking at our table 3 tables away. Lastly, the window bench seat was uncomfortable. Out of the restaurant’s control was the music from the street fair.

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not great meats and noisy. Had a better experience our prior visit on a slower day. They ran out of the sardines that the place is named after!

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SW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best martini, warm atmosphere, creative menu, spectacular souffle!

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OT
Chicago
148 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment you walk in the door, you are transported to a French bistro. Loved the steak frites and the duck. And, you can't leave without a dessert souffle. They're large enough to share.

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BN
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday. Great cocktails and wine. Beef Wellington was superb. Also mussels!

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B
Chicago
124 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Le Sardine definitely merits a repeat visit; the food and service were excellent. We were there for lunch and the room wasn’t filled to capacity but I thought it could have gotten quite noisy if it had been. Also, cabs were at a premium, though they do offer valet parking and the car attendant worked very hard to get us a cab. Will definitely be visiting again.

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OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent from walleye to lamb. Excellent service from Dan!

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TS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are constantly blown away with the food and the fun at La Sardine. Superb. It's only hard choosing one thing to order - since the whole menu looks good. Can't wait until next time.

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MF
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu right now is outstanding. Luckily we had a big enough group to try many things. The beef Wellington and sole for two) were fantastic, as was the wine selection and pistachio soufflé. Of course, Dan’s the man and still the best server in town.

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S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Due to the air con that was blowing directly on us it was very cold and unpleasant ... the service and food was very good

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s
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service wonderful food. But loud but sat next to a large party. Overall a great experience.

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f
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LaSardinewas outstanding. Evening started with. Cocktails. We had smoked Salmon and an endive salad to begin. Salmon was nicely plated with all the accompaniments. The salad was nicely dressed and topped bleu cheese and hazelnuts. Our entries were tuna and halibut. Both prepared just right and accompanied by vegetables and grains. We had a very nice fresh, crisp Savignon Blanc withe dinner. Desserts were apple tart with ice cream and a chocolate soufflé. Dan, our waiter, delivered top notch service as usual. It was a great night.

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p
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time here, again, amazing! Food, delicious. Service, impeccable. Ambiance, just enough.

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DW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Sardine is outstanding. We were there with a large group that was accommodated without any issues. Service was friendly, helpful, prompt, etc. We could not be more pleased. The food as always at La Sardine is the highlight. Classic french dishes and newer twists offer a choice of superb food, great ambiance and service.

Has been a favorite of ours for a long time and continues to deliver.

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GS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The steak frites was not very good. The frites came out burnt and inedible. I tried to find the waiter but didn’t see anyone until the meal was finished and the waiter was informed and saw that I didn’t eat the frites. He insisted on bringing me a new order of frites despite my declining the offer and had already finished my meal. The steak was tough, mediocre at best and soaked in herb butter.

We were not offered a reduction on the price of my meal, drink, etc. I have had a number of good meals at La Sardine and a couple of bad ones. The consistency is not there which is too bad because we live in the West Loop and will probably not be back.

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J
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I ordered steak and frites - two total items. I ordered the steak medium, and it arrived raw (the server agreed) and they had run out of ketchup for the fries. Seriously, you can get ketchup somewhere in Chicago. The restaurant was nearly empty - send a server or use instacart!

Disappointing.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space great service our server Katherine was great. Knowledgeable about wine and dishes. Order the soufflé for desert amazing especially the pistachio.

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AM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent celebration of my daughter’s 12th birthday as well as a late Mother’s Day dinner. The food was exquisite and carefully prepared. Can’t wait to return. One of my favorite places in the city

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VK
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the onion soup

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b
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fooos was excellent. Great menu choices! Service was very efficient.

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent French bistro ambiance. Very good food, friendly and efficient service. Excellent wine list and wine by the glass. Overall outstanding experience, very good value. I would gladly go back.

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j
Chicago
107 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful anniversary dinner at our favorite restaurant.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were last at Le Sardine 10 years ago. It just seemed this time quite stale. Everything was just ok. I'd probably not choose to go here again.

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j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the best Bistro experience that we had since we lived in Europe. We highly recommend.

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CK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner was fabulous! I had the scallops with lentils that were outstanding! The seasoning in the sauce was exceptionally delicious! My husband had leg of lamb which was also very good and our friends enjoyed the halibut. Our desserts were also incredibly delicious! We shared the chocolate cake and apple tart. Truly delicious dinner!!

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MP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! We have been going to LaSardine for over 20 years; Dan is the very best waiter! We highly recommend the restaurant.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love John the bartender!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service at this venue is just awful. Food wasn’t bad. Ambience is lovely. Wouldn’t come back

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Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and service by Dan.

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H
Chicago
131 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

Love La Sardine. Great food. Adorable atmosphere. Nice wine selection. TERRIBLE service. TERRIBLE>

I sat at the bar while I waited for my friend to arrive. I walked in ahead of two men who also sat at the bar. The bartender placed waters and menus in front of the men...nothing to me. Nothing. After 5 minutes of no visual interaction, I asked one of the men at the bar if they could get the bartender's attention...which they did. Then the bartender gave me a drink menu. The men received the drink menu, the happy hour menu and the dinner menu. I asked to borrow the missing menus from the men, which they happily provided. I tipped the bartender, an act which I regret.

Our waiter on Monday night was equally horrible. He totally ignored us. We had to flag down other servers to order our meal and our drinks. Our waiter never smiled...except when he presented us with the bill.

Note to La Sardine: you might want to re-think the employment of the bartender and the frazzled waiter.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great menu, all dishes were excellent, my only complaint was that it took an inordinate amount of time to get coffee at the end.

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r
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked this for our anniversary dinner and had a wonderful meal and great service! This was our fist time at this French restaurant and the food was authentic and delicious. The service was terrific and they made us feel special. We dined relatively early on a Wednesday evening and do not know what it is like on a weekend. However, I would not hesitate to try it. The menu is online.

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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Muy agradable lugar comida y servicio bueno en grneral

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was amazing as always. La Sardine never disappoints. The staff is well trained and the food is exquisite.

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