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Marchesa, Chicago, IL
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Marchesa

4.8
4.8
894 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Marchesa, in the heart of River North, serves delicious French & Italian food with wines and cocktails that pair perfectly. Chose from our a la carte menu or a special tasting menu. The art-filled interior, inspired by the Guggenheim in Venice, is cozy & welcoming. The main dining room boasts brass chandeliers, marble statues & a shagreen bar top, all worthy of our muse, Jazz Age socialite, Marchesa Casati. Intimate Chef's table is perfect for groups up to 12.

The Champagne Cave, open from Wednesday through Saturday at 5:00 p.m., has a bohemian vibe, perfect for enjoying a glass of Champagne, full menu or desserts. DJ spins on weekends. Second floor private dining room, The Apartment, reminiscent of a luxe home, is perfect for intimate groups, with a baby grand piano & petit plain air courtyard.

Reservations & walk-ins are warmly welcomed. Looking forward to the pleasure of your company! Your Hosts, Kathryn Alvera, Francisco Montiel, Nikki Friar and the Famille Marchesa.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, Italian, European
  • Hours of operation
    Weekday Dinner Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Weekend Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Bubbles & Bites Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Champagne Cave Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Phone number
    (312) 527-9535
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    Whether looking for an in-home cocktail party or a dinner at your firm, the Marchesa culinary team can execute all the details with aplomb! Years of experience catering events around the city -- including art galleries in River North and homes in Lake Forest -- so we can expertly pull together the details so that you can be an impressed guest at your own event! Call our Special Events office at 312.527.9535 for more information and to see photos. Professional staff, banquet tables, chairs and spectacular china, glass and flatware available for one-stop shopping! Event planners on staff, too.
  • Private party facilities
    The Marchesa team, veterans of Chicago's private event industry, has created three different enclaves within the restaurant to host your special corporate or social event. On the second floor, The Apartment, channels a Parisian flat, seating for 50, 75 for cocktails. Baby grand piano, sun-dappled interior, fireplace, outdoor courtyard. Separate kitchen means your meal is prepared to order. The Savarin Room offers a view of the Marchesa kitchen (sumptuous curtains can obscure if desired), seating for 4 to 12. Chinoiserie cabinet, hidden television screen, varied tabletop options means you can customize the room. Intimate, great for conversation. The Cave, in the lower level, boasts a fireplace, private bar for 12, luxe velvet banquette, couch seating groups and room for 30 for dinner, cocktails for 50. Private kitchen adds to the convenience, under-the-sidewalk wine vault can be used for pre-dinner cocktails. For a truly spectacular experience, rent out the art-filled Main Dining Room!
  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Cross street
    Grand Avenue
  • Parking details
    Currently there is no valet parking. There are 2 recommended lots, on Franklin and Ohio and on Wells and Ontario, each about a block away. We recommend the ParkChicago app to find nearby metered street parking. The ParkWhiz app helps find indoor lots -- one is on Illinois just west of Wells. We are hoping to have valet parking again soon! Thanks!
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 894 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

893 Reviews
  1. CCCC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The waiter had no clue about anything. He made several mistakes. Manager came to resolve issues, she was very nice. Felt bad for manager having to deal with everything due to poor quality waiter.

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  2. MarketingFrau

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Marchesa is a true gem. Beautiful atmosphere, consistently good food and service make Marchesa one of my favorite destinations. It’s effortlessly chic.

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  3. Lashpot

    Chicago

    149 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant with a diverse menu and solid service.

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  4. CJStav

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our dinner was excellent. We never felt rushed at any point during the service. We ordered the Duck a L’orange, risotto, Brussel sprouts and bread pudding. It was all very tasty and excellent. I love French food and it met and exceeded my expectations. I would go again if I had time on this trip. Merci Beaucoup.

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  5. attybond

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visiting Chicago for post-holiday getaway, on our first night, we decided on "French" and "Walking Distance" and Marchesa was the third hit in the OT search. It was exactly what we wanted. We had Vespers for cocktails, mixed perfectly, and a great match for our starter, tartare. Main menu was classically French in tone and style, preparation and presentation both indicative of carefully applied skills. We each had fish; she had the sea bass on a lemon risotto, and I had the salmon with haricot verts. Dessert was our remaining wine, a light northern Italian red that complemented our food choices. Dessert was two of the house-made sorbets. The staff was knowledgeable and professional, meaning that they were there when we needed them and never there when we didn't. Marchesa's interior was a gentle blend of old-style boîte and modern details with plenty of starched table linens for the formal edge I think every French restaurant needs, but the place did not have the uptight air one might sometimes find. In all, it was a great first time of what will be several times, we hope.

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  6. RobertB

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic! Perfect for a special birthday celebration. Lamb was delish! I’ve never had duck breast medium rare before, and it was amazing. Memorable evening!

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  7. CraigO

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was absolutely amazing! Food was delicious and so were the drinks!! Was an amazing expierence for my birthday!! Will go again and brag this place up to everyone!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Like a quick visit to Paris—Love everything about this place!💙. From the cocktails and appetizers (seafood parfait—yum!) through the coquilles St. Jacques and seafood risotto, to the crème brûlée, served with perfect unhurried timing, we loved it all!

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  9. Mark

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing meal at Marchesa. Fantastic food, great service, and a nice, quiet atmosphere. Highly recommended -- we will be back!

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  10. NancyM

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and the ambience was wonderful! A very cozy inviting atmosphere, I can’t say enough about our dining experience. Can’t wait to return.

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FAQs

Marchesa does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Marchesa also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 527-9535.

Marchesa is rated 4.8 stars by 894 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Marchesa

535 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Grand Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Hours of operation
    Weekday Dinner Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Weekend Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Bubbles & Bites Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Champagne Cave Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, Italian, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Currently there is no valet parking. There are 2 recommended lots, on Franklin and Ohio and on Wells and Ontario, each about a block away. We recommend the ParkChicago app to find nearby metered street parking. The ParkWhiz app helps find indoor lots -- one is on Illinois just west of Wells. We are hoping to have valet parking again soon! Thanks!
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 527-9535
  • Catering
    Whether looking for an in-home cocktail party or a dinner at your firm, the Marchesa culinary team can execute all the details with aplomb! Years of experience catering events around the city -- including art galleries in River North and homes in Lake Forest -- so we can expertly pull together the details so that you can be an impressed guest at your own event! Call our Special Events office at 312.527.9535 for more information and to see photos. Professional staff, banquet tables, chairs and spectacular china, glass and flatware available for one-stop shopping! Event planners on staff, too.
  • Private party facilities
    The Marchesa team, veterans of Chicago's private event industry, has created three different enclaves within the restaurant to host your special corporate or social event. On the second floor, The Apartment, channels a Parisian flat, seating for 50, 75 for cocktails. Baby grand piano, sun-dappled interior, fireplace, outdoor courtyard. Separate kitchen means your meal is prepared to order. The Savarin Room offers a view of the Marchesa kitchen (sumptuous curtains can obscure if desired), seating for 4 to 12. Chinoiserie cabinet, hidden television screen, varied tabletop options means you can customize the room. Intimate, great for conversation. The Cave, in the lower level, boasts a fireplace, private bar for 12, luxe velvet banquette, couch seating groups and room for 30 for dinner, cocktails for 50. Private kitchen adds to the convenience, under-the-sidewalk wine vault can be used for pre-dinner cocktails. For a truly spectacular experience, rent out the art-filled Main Dining Room!
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