Marchesa

4.6
513 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Marchesa, in the heart of River North, serves delicious French & Italian food by Chef Didier, with summer wines that pair perfectly. We've re-opened & cannot wait to see you in person! All COVID precautions are in place to ensure your safety. The art-filled interior, inspired by the Guggenheim in Venice, is warm & 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 Cave, re-opening soon Thursday -- Saturday at 6:30 p.m., has a bohemian vibe, perfect for enjoying a glass of Champagne, full menu or desserts. Second floor private dining room, The Apartment, reminiscent of a luxe home, perfect for intimate groups, with baby grand piano & petit open air courtyard, open now. Reservations & walk-ins are welcomed. Looking forward to the pleasure of your company! Your Hosts, Kathryn Alvera & the Famille Marchesa.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 513 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JenniferN
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Service was good, drinks were great, food was fantastic. Ordered just some apps to go with our drinks but all were generous portion sizes. The lobster bisque was delish and the brussel sprouts were the best I’ve had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Great food and our go to place however our wait was over an hour and half after our reservation time they compensated us very kindly but it was just far too long to wait

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vipJBuck
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambiance was cute, intimate and dimly lit. Stunning aesthetic. Food was delicious, very well seasoned and prepared! Only reason I give it 4 stars for food is because my date’s steak was a little too chewy.

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vipChris
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

This is my 4th time eating at Marchesa. We celebrated a friend’s birthday there last night at my recommendation. My friends really enjoyed their meals monkfish and divers scallops. I ordered the tuna, done to the chef’s choice, which was medium rare. The tuna was fresh, flown in that morning.

And it was awful. Undercooked (raw red), tough, dry and tasteless. The banana on the bananas foster sundae was too I ripe — you couldn’t even cut it.

There’s lots to like about Marchesa. Just skip the tuna and the bananas foster dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet, elegant and comfortable. Service was excellent and food was very good.

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CarolL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. Beautiful decor, wonderful food. Definitely will return

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MayzB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

birthday dinner. beautiful place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambiance was spectacular! The service was top notch as well. Great overall experience.

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SaraM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful interior. Exceptional service and great food.

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Sunny
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday abs it was terrific. Complimentary glasses of champagne to start and every dish was fantastic and service was lovely. Would definitely go again.

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MargaretC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood favorite for us to dine with friends, family and business associates. Always an excellent meal and friendly, knowledgeable service.

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Deacon
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time there! And it was amazing! The food was good, staff very friendly. I definitely will be back to try some more food on the menu.

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vipRM301
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and service, wonderful French cuisine.

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vipAnnS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very lovely evening with good food and great service.

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vipHungry
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great.

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vipamore
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had been to the restaurant pre-covid and although we loved the restaurant interior design were underwhelmed by the food.

We decided to try it again and the food was terrific.

I had the roast chicken and my wife had the scallops. Both were excellent.

EA
vipEAS4
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like restaurants quiet and this was mostly that way until the end when people at the bar got noisy.
The food is very good and ambience charming.

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Marge246
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a novelty to sit in plush, comfortable seats, have a quiet conversation, and find food one can’t make at home! Marchesa’s ambiance, inspired by a European noblewoman from the 1920’s who walked her diamond-collared pet cheetah in San Marco square in Venice, is lovingly hand-curated, elegant and cheeky. Rather than boring the diner to death with kale salad and shishito everything, Marchesa delights with caviar service and chicken liver mousse, perfect sea bass and a whole roast chicken. Many European wines by the glass. Our server, Lauro, charmed us, and the rest of the staff was always on point. For such a chic, imaginative experience, prices were very reasonable. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious. Filet Mignon and mushroom soup the best. Beautiful room. Service was great. Loved it

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MariaR
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Great service- big Thank you to Daniel, our person, he was very nice and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING and I love the decor. The service was wonderful too :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love this place. Everything was perfect. I’m coming back soon

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vipCharles123
Chicago
115 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an outstanding dinner. From the second we walked in, we felt transported from Chicago to Paris. Really a wonderful experience. Exactly what a fine dining restaurant is supposed to do in my opinion, take you to a new place.

The wine list is terrific, and in particular I'd recommend the sparkling wine from Chateau Lisennes. My wife said the tri color salad was one of the best she's ever had. She was also very much enjoyed the lentils entree, as a healthy option. I thought the Shrimp Jovan appetizer and beef bourguignon entree were both outstanding.

Also, the service was terrific. Super friendly and casual. Professional but not stuffy.

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Jesse
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was incredible the food was stunning Lee delicious. If I could give it six stars out of five I would.

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vipAnnaG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We were seated promptly, but we had to wait 30 minutes before receiving a drink or bread. Once those arrived, the meal moved along at a nice pace and the food was excellent. Our waiter was friendly and very good, but they need more staff. I know this is a problem everywhere right now. Just serve drinks right away and that buys time with customers.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing all around. one of best french food in Chicago. Service was great as well. Restaurant was elegant decorated.

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vipWilliamJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

lovely restaurant, loved everything except we were disappointed with the deserts, my wifes apple tart was cold, other than that we will be back

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vipDbld
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, Nicky special, Didier was wonderful, great, great!

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vipPsuep
Palm Springs
47 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food & ambiance! Loved it!

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johns
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Very handsome interior but too dark for easy menu reading. Noise level very high when we entered at 8pm but Improved later. A/C very cold. Captain lowered playlist volume and raised temp but room still felt chilly.
Waited at least ten minutes before server took drink orders. Another very long wait for apps after we placed our dinner orders, then one more for mains. Server frequently either invisible or very obviously avoiding eye contact. Brusque and uninterested when interacting with us.
Food when it arrived was well prepared and attractively presented.
It felt as if there were some post-Covid rough spots that still need ironing out for the restaurant to fully live up to its reputation. Our dinner at Marquesa was a thank you to old friends who had hosted us for a week-long visit to Chicago and we wanted it to feel special. Instead we were frustrated by perfunctory service and long waits between courses.

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vipSunanda
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and I was very pleased at the number of solid vegetarian options! Wonderful meal and a lovely ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Well definitely be coming back

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PaoR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner. I was there to celebrate my Husband dinner and we have a wonderful dinner. Food was fantastic and the place is so elegant and beautiful. Manager Francisco was so special with our table. Highly recommend it for any occasion. My husband had an amazing birthday dinner

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WilliamR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Appetizers, sides and desserts were fantastic. The entrees were good but not outstanding. Excellent service - we will go again and try different entrees.

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vipMichaelM
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

lamb chops were great. shrimp jovan was great. mushroom risoto and escargo not to my liking.

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vipsamk
Chicago
169 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here, and we had a lovely experience. Phillipe was an excellent server with a great personality. We will request him next time. Our appetizers, entrees and desserts were excellent. Thanks for a very nice evening.

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MannyK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good to be back in this excellent restaurant. Impeccable service, perfect ambience, and the food...
C'est delicieux!!!

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scottd
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect ambiance, professional service, great food. Went for my wife's birthday. Couldn't have been happier.

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CharleneZ
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful dining room! And great service! The food and wine were excellent!

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 4.6 stars by 513 OpenTable diners.

Marchesa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com.

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.