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Le Petit Paris

4.7
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432 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French

Le Petit Paris is a casual French bistro where comfort and conversation are key to the dining experience. Head Chef and Owner Alain Sutbon greets every guest and sets the tone for the evening over a glass of his favorite red wine. Located near Chicago's famous Miracle Mile, Le Petit Paris has become a go-to haven for tired tourists and locals after a long day of shopping.



The food at Le Petit Paris is described as approachable French cuisine. Diners can try classic dishes like a Coq a Vin Rouge, which is chicken in a red wine sauce served with bacon, carrots, mushrooms and onions. If guests want a true taste of France, they can choose with the iconic duck a l'orange, served in a grand mariner sauce. Le Petit Paris also keeps an extensive collection of French wines for guests to pair with each meal.


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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
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  • Limited number of seated diners
What 432 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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vipJaneM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It is always a delight to enjoy the delicious traditional French fare. The escargot are wonderful, as is the apple tart. On my last two visits I have had the trout almondine special which was delicious. A very relaxed setting and incredible prices. My husband loves the wine selection which is extremely affordable! We love that this delicious restaurant is a quick walk from our home!

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BorysK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect European style restaurant. Very quiet! And the food was delicious! It's the same level with restaurants in France. The only thing they can work on is interior, some of the elements are a bit out of place (ceiling). Strongly recommend!

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vip2finedine
Tampa
62 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Petite Paris is a very special experience. Don’t miss it.

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vipJeff
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true hidden gem in the city. One of my favorite restaurants. The food is always fantastic, with top notch service in a lovely setting!

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Wonderful service.
Good food and drinks.

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vipJeff
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing experience. Excellent service and food in a cozy setting. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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vipFriday
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Le Petit Paris and we are so glad it is back open! Wonderful food and very reasonable prices. A hidden gem.

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vipLCapista
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Le Petite Paris is one of my husband and I favorite restaurant! Alain is very attentive, fantastic customer service! I have been dining here for over 10 years and have never had a bad meal, food is flavorful. This is a hidden gem in Chicago!

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vipLauraC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time! A sweet table next to the window with fantastic service! Our meal was amazing. Will definitely visit again!

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vipThomasK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was helpful with the French menu and the food was delicious.

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vipraerae
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Mon dieu! The food here is just fabulous and the great service matches it. Calves liver was my choice this time - rich and tender with a port wine reduction. Delicious. We’ll be back again ... and again. Be sure to order a martini - you get an extra ‘helping’ in a pretty little glass carafe.

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vipSallyN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Petit Paris is treasure, with great food and special ambiance!

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vipcookie
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we were visitors from PA...hoping for "typical" French food

the wait staff, food and ambiance were excellent..and the prices were very reasonable.

wish we had this restaurant in Philadelphia.

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vipKySouth
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Excellent menu and food is very good.

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LouisM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Chef/owner was excellent. Witty and charming. My wife ordered in French to practice what she learned so long ago in school. He was very gracious. Wife had tartare and it was her first experience with it. Delicious. I had duck and it was mouth watering.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service excellent food lovely staff

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vipJossea
St. Louis
45 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very charming old school French Bistro style venue in downtown Chicago. Classic cuisine and a very proactive, personable and accommodating proprietor host who is virtually running service and the kitchen all by himself! Smaller but well appointed wine list with a respectable Scotch listing, also. Highly recommended.

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Sveb
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellently

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vipWilliamS
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grea4 food and ambience

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vipTeddy
Chicago
141 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasant surprise. It's been there for 20 years without us knowing of it. Good French food and artfully presented martini's.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious French plates.

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vipChicago
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC SERVICE WONDERFUL FOOD

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been on my list for quite some time. Our dinner was perfect - just what we wanted: a quiet evening with good friends & food.

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vipThomasK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious French cuisine. Will return often.

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vipNicole
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely bistro with a authentic dishes! We will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous -as always!! Don’t go without an understanding of a small, intimate authentic French restaurant. Just sit back and relax or just don’t go

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Jeff
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very french. Just the right amount of French attitude.

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vipKySouth
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and great service

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vipArthur
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The traditional French fare was excellent! The restaurant was quiet which allowed conversations. The entire experience was a very good value.

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SuzanC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They ran out of duck, which was unfortunate. My second choice was good, but it's not what I wanted. I mentioned twice that it qas my date's birthday and they forgot candles. Overall it's still a lovely place.

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EileenC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I wanted a cozy comfortable spot close to our hotel for dinner. Le Petit Paris was exactly that. I was slightly concerned reading some of the other reviews of slow service but our waiter was attentive and prompt. The decor is slightly tired and could use a spruce up but despite that it is comfortable and not pretentious. Our food was good not earth shattering but good basic french cuisine. My husband was thrilled that they had calve livers and loved his meal. My whitefish lightly fried in panko perhaps a butter/wine sauce would enhance the flavors better. I would definitely return with family and friends for a low key, doesn't break the bank meal.

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PeterH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having dined here several times, the food has never been a disappointment!! Awesome Value +++

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vipDennis
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Great "traditional" french food at reasonable prices. Strangely "aloof" waiter/owner

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vipreviewer
Chicago
119 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As we often do, we spent a delightful and delicious evening with Alain at Le Petit Paris to celebrate the new year. This is a lovely place to have an unhurried and excellent meal. Food is spot on and drinks well crafted. Classic French bistro fare and a relaxing setting make this one of our favorite restaurants. Highly recommend.

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vipCarol
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can’t wait to go back!! The entrance to the restaurant is a bit odd, but once you get into the place itself, you’ll feel transported to a lovely little bistro in France. It has an adorable little bar where you can grab a glass of wine while you wait for your table. Alain is authentically French and we loved his humor. Food is wonderful. We left with a list of people that we know that would love it too❤️

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CraigH
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food, service and ambience! You may read reviews disparaging the owner. We have found him to be a warm and attentive host. However, he is French. Let me explain...

First, understand you've been invited into this gentleman's dining room. Second, this establishment is not only a time capsule of beloved continental dishes, but of the decorum and civility that could be found and were expected in this country, even into the '80s.

Here in America, we're at a point where many people well into their maturity have seemingly abandoned any sense of propriety they may have entertained in the past and have adopted much of the current "everything is a commodity" mindset. Regarding restaurants, the only difference is the cost, type of fare and interior decoration. All restaurants are Applebee's, they just vary in cost. There should be no expectation put upon the customer, at all. Ever.

Je ne suis pas d'accord, mes amis...

If you want to walk in with no reservation and expect a table, if you want to make a reservation with Open Table an hour before the fact, If you wander in an hour before closing, If you feel that the ability to pay for your dinner entitles you to be a flat-footed, I'm-in-charge, palooka or palookette, I would be so bold as to suggest that perhaps this restaurant isn't a good fit for you.

Full disclosure: my wife and I don't mind booking Le Petit Paris a few days in advance (it's special!), we don't mind dressing for dinner, (although not required), we feel French cuisine wants to be paired with wine and we do that. We love the great food, the quiet dining room and following the lead of our gracious host.

In summary: This is Monsieur Sitbon's joint and he runs it very well. If you walk in and try to make it _your_ joint, he ain't feelin' that... ya dig?

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KathyG
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tiny and convivial place. Very unusual for the location. True French dining experience, slower paced, with wonderful food cooked to perfection with fine ingredients. Go with people you like to talk to and the evening will be lovely.

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vipkitchenman
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a little gem....always a lovely experience. One of the things we love is that Le Petit Paris is not trendy, rather it is simple classic French food and conversation friendly. Vive La France!

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vipbelindanyc
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Petit Paris is a PERFECT spot for a holiday dinner with friends and my dream neighborhood restaurant. Lots of Burgundy and Bordeaux on the wine list! Chef in the dining room making the rounds! A menu of CLASSICS like duck a l'orange, steak frites and frog's legs. This is the antithesis of a hipster restaurant trying too hard to be cool and not worried about service and the dining experience and HOORAY for that!

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vipRodM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem. Very authentic French cuisine & atmosphere. We felt we were back in France. Impeccable personal service. Excellent food. An interesting & reasonably priced wine list with mostly French wines. Great find & value. One of the best meals & most enjoyable evenings we’ve had in Chicago.

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Le Petit Paris is rated 4.7 stars by 432 OpenTable diners.

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