Le Petit Paris

4.7
453 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.


Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
What 453 people are saying
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vipOGthree
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always highly recommend lePetit Paris. The food is sensational; the host Alain is a perfect host; and the ambiance is wonderfully quirky and quaint. We have tried every entree and highly recommend. Desserts are equally good. Best, of course, is the host owner who makes each guest so welcome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great chef!

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vipMarcH
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in the Gold Coast. It’s a hidden gem. The food is amazing, the prices are unbeatable, the owner is also your server and he is a true gentleman and a wonderful host. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic French restaurant, the owner and chef, Alain is a delightful host. The food is simply delicious.

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Lizzie
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was romantic.

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Lizzie
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate there Thursday and enjoyed our meals so much that we went back on Friday! The lamb was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Alain is a gracious host, eager to please. Quaint and comfortable room with classic French fare. This time I had the veal liver and it was delicious as has been every meal I’ve had there.

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AnnT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant is a little slice of Paris from yesteryear. The food was good and I enjoyed using my little bit of French for which great patience and kindness was showed. The recommended wine was excellent and a very good value.

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vipMarcH
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was EXCELLENT and the owner was fantastic. Easily one of the best hidden gems in the city. The prices are the lowest I’ve ever seen at this quality of restaurant anywhere.

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vipAmelia
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

During this challenging time, this long-standing restaurateur is delivering a relaxing atmosphere and a delicious meal that is true to the French tradition. Favorites like escargot and foie de veau did not disappoint! The room ambiance is rather dated but some feel that is part of the charm. Kudos and thank you for a great experience.

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vip2finedine
Tampa
75 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and wine with a quiet atmosphere and social distancing. Delicious and not to be missed. It’s truly French.

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vipLisaLaDiDa
Chicago
105 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Excellent!! Enjoyed the Sunday evening dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome little tucked away gem. And Alan was a fabulous host!

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vipYumm
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Phenomenal. Outstanding food. The owner is amazing will definitely return

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vipEsperinos
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked Le Petit Paris off of OpenTable as w were looking for a nice French place in Chicago to celebrate our anniversary, and also decided to treat our niece - who lives in Chicago - to dinner out. It was a cool and very windy night, and I believe this kept things quiet. The proprietor, m. Alain, was attentive, energetic, and obviously personally engaged in his work. The short wine list made things simpler, and both the chardonnay which my wife had, and the cabernet which I chose, were excellent. The pate appetizer was smooth, firm, and didn’t overwhelm. As a lover of pate, I would have loved a bigger portion of it. My wife’s salmon was cooked to perfection - the best she’s every had, according to her. There were steak dishes (with appropriate sauces), but I chose to go with one of the more traditional French dishes. I was going to have the duck a l’orange, but they were out (quelle dommage!), so I ordered the boeuf bourgignon. As a culinary hobbyist, I have made this dish at home (using a French recipe), but I have never had it in a restaurant, and certainly not made by a professional chef (and native Frenchman). While comparing them, I think I have done a fairly good job, but the one I had at Le Petit Paris was obviously a level or two above, and superb - subtle flavor (I have added worcestershire sauce to mine, and should probably use a little bit less burgundy), the beef was tender and I really didn’t need to use a knife. For dessert we shared - what else? - creme brûlée. Again, something I’ve made before, but still haven’t mastered caramelizing the sugar evenly on top (which m. Alain obviously has no problem with). It was a good finish to a delightful meal. Le Petit Paris is located in the ground floor of one of the condo buildings between N. Michigan Ave and the lake, and especially at night, you can miss it - although it has been around for about 20 years. There will be a return visit and hope it stays a part of the neighborhood.

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NicoleG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambiance, and service is always outstanding!!! The best French restaurant in Chicago!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful French restaurant with a delightful bar. It is an excellent venue for a romantic dinner with someone you love.

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vipPamela
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food and impeccable service. We really enjoyed our dinner. The martinis are served in an spectacular glassware. I highly recommended.
The owner was a delight to be around as well.

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vipYvette
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants for more than 12 years. Love the food, ambiance and owner. So happy it is still open!

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vipreviewer
Chicago
119 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first meal out! Fantastic food in a safe environment with great service. It’s so nice to be able to eat dinner at Le Petit Paris again!! If you’re looking for inside dining that’s relaxed, safe and delicious, I highly recommend Le Petit Paris.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best French food in the city period, and at an affordable price! The Duck a l'orange at this hidden gem was spectacular, as well as the escargot and French onion soup. Can not wait to go back!

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vipJaneM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
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 on August 1, 2020
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
75 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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vipScottS
Los Angeles
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
13 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
14 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
79 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
47 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
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grea4 food and ambience

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Le Petit Paris is rated 4.7 stars by 453 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.