Le Petit Paris

4.8
535 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 535 people are saying
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eatswellwhentravelling
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is a hidden gem in the Streeterville area and unless one is actively looking for the restaurant, it may be overlooked. The food is consistently very good - recent dinner included a perfect crab cake (minimal breading, much crab), excellent trout, and rack of lamb. Dinner was $120, with a shared desert and 2 glasses of wine for my companion.
Some reviews mention the owner/chef very negatively. Have not found this to be the case on several visits over the past years. Remember, you go for the food, not to make a new best friend. The place is a bit quirky but you will have a very good meal at a reasonable price in a very expensive area of Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere and service were all impeccable and prices were incredibly reasonable. If you enjoy classic French cuisine, this is one of the last remaining restaurants in Chicago where you can experience it.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Petit Paris is our Favorite neighborhood restaurant!
Outstanding French Offerings, warm personified service,
unique atmosphere and a very relaxing dining experience.
Fun for a twosome night out or with friends!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic unique experience.

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vipTinaW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. The food is always delicious, and service impeccable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience

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emory
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Alain is amazing! This is a neighborhood gem that more than earns our patronage. Besides being a superior restaurant it is always a superior value.

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vipterryreid
Miami
35 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true gem if there ever was one. We have dined there three times in the last month the food is as good as you get. Highly recommend! It is a very small tiny French restaurant that is not that well known but a real treat.

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vipStevenOf
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, amazing food and very charming owner with service that is excellent. If you want a great meal and quiet ambiance this is your place to go!!’ Love it every time!!

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vipJimX5
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real find. Great food at a reasonable price.

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JenniferH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner was so gracious in making sure we had a wonderful meal. The food was delicious and a great value. Will definitely be back.

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vipStillyounger
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have recently returned for our 4th time. The food is outstanding! Every time we come we try something new and we haven't found a single thing that disappoints. It has become our goal to work our way through the entire menu. It's a great date night place, quiet and romantic.

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JamesC
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Even for a Frenchman, this person was extremely rude. The service was terrible and slow as he literally sat down with his favorites. For ten minutes at a time. The only good reviews must be his regulars, as he is only selectively polite to them,.

SAVE YOUR MONEY. This was our anniversary dinner and his rude attitude spoiled it. The food was good, but who cares??,

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time coming to this lovely place. My gf and I have had an amazing experience both times with us trying new menu items both times. This is a must for a date location. We will surely be making this a regular dining location on an at least monthly basis.

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yums
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food at a reasonable price. We also appreciated the quiet ambience. No noise or screen distractions, with which to struggle through conversations. Checked all the boxes for our dining pleasure! And if casual & French can be in the same sentence, here it is.

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vipRosie
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alain is a wonderful host

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vipVivekC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, outstanding service …. a hidden gem that we will go to again, and again and yet again

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viplindasue
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food served in a beautiful atmosphere.

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TheresaM
Louisville
27 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Alain for keeping the spirit alive! Your energetic service and delicious food are so wonderful! We are thrilled you have kept this special place going almost single handedly during this pandemic! Keep it up! Every morsel was delicious! Especially the chilled bubbly, the best salad and the trout special! Thanks! See you next year!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could not possibly recommend this restaurant hard enough. The Onion Soup? Probably the finest thing ever to hit my tongue. I will be talking about it for at least three months. My new goal in life is to learn to make it half as well.

Killer martinis with adorable little dividend glasses on ice, a calf liver so perfectly prepared as to literally bring tears to my eyes, and a Beef Bourguignon I will spend any number of hours attempting to decode and reconstruct.

My fiancé floated an easy four feet off of her chair at the supreme service, modesty, and charm of the owner/cook/bartender/server/angel. I was not far behind.

My only regret is that he refused any tip that wasn't a cash offering to the staff (and himself) for beers at the end of the week. Bring a huge bill along with you, you'll beg to add it to the fishbowl.

The only picture I have to memorialize the evening is one of the soup, post-demolishing. It was all simply too ridiculously delicious to remember to capture.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been to many restaurants in major U.S. cities and Europe. Le Petite Paris is a gem! Our only regret is that we had dinner here our last night in Chicago!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and private place

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NeriM
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to several of the top class French restaurants in the USA . I have to say that La Petite Paris has the best food and service . I now have a favorite French food Restaurant in Chicago and the USA . Thanks to a great dinner

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vipStan
Memphis/West TN
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alain was doing it all and doing it very well. So happy he is still at it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, everything came out perfect. The simplicity and authenticity of the meal was what made the experience for us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic French cuisine at its finest! In a city full of great restaurants, this is by far one of our favorites. The owner Alain greets every guest and welcomes them with warmth, humor and a fantastic menu which never disappoints. Two of our favorite entrees, Beef bourguignon and steak tartare. If you’re looking for a quiet restaurant with a laid back ambiance and classic French cuisine, this is the place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific gem of a place in the Gold Coast, off the beaten (and tourist-packed) Mag Mile path. Highly recommended for a chill, classic French bistro where you can actually sit and talk.

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vipJoeD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always an outstanding experience! Alaine made sure everything was fantastic. We love Le Petit Paris!

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vipLuv2eat
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Fabulous food! Interior needs updating and restaurant could use more servers. Owner can be wonderfully attentive or ignore you, all in the same night.

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vipTexmex
Phoenix
137 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Owner/ waiter edgy.

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vipfrequentflyermom
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful evening
Try the whitefish it is great. Generous pours on cocktails.

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vipjfb23dax
Tucson
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst restaurant experience ever. Rude, insulting service. Mediocre food. Just plain bad

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EwaW
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, gracious host, great wine. A lovely dinner with French ambiance and quiet French music or jazz playing in the background! We will be back many times. Thank you!

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MaureenM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We walked in and no one greeted us for 8 minutes. The owner/chef stared at my husband from across the room. He finally came over and asked if he could help us- as if we were in the wrong place. When we said we had reservations and were a bit early he said “well. That’s a problem. I have nowhere to put you”. There were on 2 tables occupied. He said he could put us in the bar. He proceeds into a dark room off the dining room and flips on a light over what appears to a bar with Xmas decor and approximately 5 bottles of liquor. He moves trash off of the bar and instructs us to sit. He then goes behind the bar where he does not offer us a drink and tells us his waiter, dishwasher and bartender quit but the good news is he is making money. We sat in the dark room for 10 minutes while he goes in and out - never offering a drink or an explanation. We started to look for other reservations and got up to leave and he runs across the restaurant shouting “where are you going???” NEVER again.

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vipChristineG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere!

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vipPsuep
Palm Springs
51 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food! Having been in France many times this was as close as it gets to authentic fine dining! Alain was running around trying to please his customers due to the fact that he’s waiters have left to collect unemployment which was sad to see. The restaurant interior is quaint but could use some refurbishing but that did not detract from the delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for my dad’s birthday and had the most amazing meal. This is our new favorite restaurant to go to. The owner is also very funny and genuinely cares about you having a good dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you live in or are visiting the Gold Coast- Streeterville area, and enjoy French cooking, Le Petite Paris should be at the top of your list. It is hands down one of the best intimate dining experiences that exists in downtown Chicago. A gem at the best value.

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vipJeff
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant in Chicago. The food is outstanding, the prices are beyond reasonable, the atmosphere is delightful. The owner is amazing and always working to ensure a perfect dining experience. We go here almost every week and have never been disappointed. If you have not been to this somewhat hidden gem
In the middle of the city, make the effort to go!

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DavidO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner is amazing! Perfect classic French dishes.

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Le Petit Paris is rated 4.8 stars by 535 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.