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Marchesa

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384 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 384 people are saying
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JuliaC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely food and service. The quality of everything is amazing as well. It felt as if we stepped out of Chicago into a real French bistro. The price of the food is outstanding with ranges of flavors, sizes, and variety, making it a great spot for anyone to try.

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TylerH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional cuisine in River North. Beautiful location and great service. Have not been disappointed by a single dish.

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vipKatMarie
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The atmosphere is extremely romantic - we loved the decor. It was nice to be in a traditional white table clothe environment for a change. The servers were pretty attentive but we waited quite a long time between appetizer and entree. We love French good and while we were overall very happy with our food, we’ve had better French food at both higher and lower price points in Chicago.

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Niti
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great for date night or an upscale dinner

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vipLecorbusier
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marchesa is magnificent! Artful presentation, perfect gracious service, cool soundtrack (perfect mix of trance electronica and French music), beautiful interior design/atmosphere, and most importantly, wonderful culinary creations! Easily one of the best restaurants in the city, and one of the best meals I've had anywhere in the country. Dress up, slow down, relax into one of their comfy banquettes and enjoy the fine dining experience; make and evening of it (it's not fast food). You'll be glad you did.

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vipNG123
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Phillip our server was great ! The food and atmosphere was great also!

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SimoneK
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marchesa’s food was exceptional. But the best part of the experience was the service. Our waiter was excellent and all the staff was so attentive. My boyfriend and I are in our 20s so we frequently do not receive very good service at nice restaurants - most likely due to the presumption that we will not tip well. But at Marchesa we were treated exceptionally and the food was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here on a visit to Chicago. We had a fantastic experience. Out waiter Philippe was charming, efficient and warm. The foos was fantastic. I had the lamb and it was delicious. My partner had the mushroom risotto and it was also amazing. Wine selection was very good.
Room and bar was stylish and art on the walls was beautiful.
We will definitely return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, food, and ambiance! Celebrated my birthday here and it was so special.

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vipAMR1325
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my birthday at Marchesa and it was an amazing experience! We had a drink down in the Champagne Cave first, then went to our table where they had my name printed on the paper menus. We had the Petrossian osstera caviar, lobster bisque, sea bass and the filet mignon. The portions are generous and the food was delicious! We’ll definitely be back again soon!

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

We were a party of 4 on a Saturday evening, and it was a seamless, relaxing and indulgent time for us. The service was very attentive, not overbearing. The food was great, with a high attention to detail and smartly prepared and presented, (not silly or overdone). I love the beautiful yet approachable room. I appreciated everyone (including us) wearing masks. I would dine again, thank you!

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vipKathrynC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I ate here for our anniversary and had a lovely time. The food was outstanding, as well as the service. The atmosphere was elegant yet chic and modern. I had the lobster bisque to start and then the steak frites. My husband had the foie gras and duck a l'orange. I love that the menu has some pasta and risotto options as well as French fare. My husband loves duck and foie gras, whereas I'm not such a fan so it's great to have some place we can eat where we both can get the food we like. Staff wore masks for COVID, sanitizer was readily available and they had both paper and virtual menus (QR code). Indoor and outdoor dining options; we ate inside and tables were properly set for social distancing. Can't wait to go back!

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vipMarty
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It get's better ad better. What a great and comfortable room...so romantic.

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ToniB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for special occasions or just amazing risotto

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vipEFred
Chicago
92 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't know why it took me six years to discover Marchese after moving to River North. It is everything a French bistro should be. A friend said it reminded him of the much-acclaimed L'Express in Montreal.

The menu has more choices than I would expect. Of course chicken and steak frites are present but also pastas and risottos and fish selections as well as other expected entrees.

Appetizers we enjoyed were corn vichyssoise, lamb rilettes (like a pate), and Truffle Burrata.

The sea bass was perfect - I am not sure what the coasting was, but it was great.

There are clever cocktails as well as the expected wine list.

The service from Phillipe was just as it should be (my highest compliment).

I am very happy that I am only a ten-minute walk from there.

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vipHarborlou
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Marchesa is always a wonderful experience. Our table enjoyed all the various tastes of Chef Didier's Prix Fixe menu. The cherry clafoutis was a particular hit. Our private table on the terrace provided a spectacular setting beneath the night sky that none of us will soon forget. In fact, we are going back for more in a few weeks. The staff is so attentive and personable that they make you feel you are dining with them as friends.

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DeborahI
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely meal at Marchesa. Excellent service! I'm looking forward to returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very accommodating to me as a vegetarian and informative about the cuisine. They took us on a tour of the 3 floor property afterward and we got to see how diverse and beautiful all the spaces were! Last but not least the food was amazing, can’t wait to go again :)

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vipMichelleG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing. perfect for a romantic date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a place where chef’s choice will never let you down. I am a big fan of coursing my meal.. Everything fell right into place for my Taste of Provence experience. am so happy to be back in great company! Thank you all so much.

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vipSteve
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant.
Delicious food.
Excellent, friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was AMAZING! It was soo good! Being that I am a major foodie, I never like coming back to the same restaurants because I feel that I should always try a new place when I go out but this restaurant is one of the few places I would visit again and again! Highly recommended! The service was was great and the decor was nice as well.

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JayLorenzo
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly some of the best food I’ve ever had. Definitely will be back soon

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hardtoimpress
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect experience in every detail. Although relatively quiet inside the service didn't reflect any Covid compromise and the chef was kind enough to make the rounds and check on everyone. We chose indoor dining as it was extremely hot and muggy outdoors and cool and comfortable inside so that would be my strongest recommendation. The interior design is really nice.
Dry martinis
Charcuterie board
Mushroom risotto
Fish of the day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous decor and service!

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vipSteve
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant that has thankfully survived COVID and is as good as ever.
The menu has something for everyone.
The drinks are expertly prepared.
This place knows hospitality, and I look forward to my next meal here!

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vipSeafoodFan
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wonderful Bastille Day menu with entertainment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Marchesa was a very nice French restaurant. The Brussel Sprouts were amazing and the service was impeccable!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were outstanding! Will definitely be returning.

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vipEllenH
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nick was our waiter. He was the perfect balance of attentive, helpful & gave us our space. Dinner was almost perfect. First steak a bit overdone, but quickly corrected & generously handled. Highly recommend!

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vipfunfunfun
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good standard French cuisine. Friendly staff.

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Coby
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak frites I've ever had!

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Happy
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary here. The service from beginning to end was excellent. The food was wonderfully prepared and the presentation was beautiful. The only criticism was that my steak was a bit overcooked. Our waiter noticed it right away and immediately offered to bring me a new one. I refused his offer. It was well seasoned and delicious.

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vipKellyinChicago
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved Marchesa. Looking at it for a while, and finally pulled the trigger. It was a great place for a date, and service and food were some of the best French in Chicago. Wine was superb at a very fair price. Champagne cave was super cozy for winter, and for small groups. Make sure you make a stop in there first or after dinner.

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vipDDubs
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, however the kitchen was down a person in addition to a private event, resulting in quite the wait for entrees. We plan on going back again because of the high service level and the dishes were well composed. In our opinion the delay was understandable, where we would’ve preferred it was the temperature, I’d would’ve preferred my mid-rare Duck order to be closer to rare.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful room and fantastic food. Service was high quality with good advice on selections

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vipbabagourmet
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, beautifully presented with attentive and fun staff.

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vipAnthonyP
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. A most enjoyable experience!

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MichelleR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience, exceptional service... A true gem tucked away in River North.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My gorgeous girlfriend loves it. The atmosphere is very calm and the decoration is a mixture of various styles of European Art. We had the opportunity to meet the master chef, We also had the official tour which was very informative regarding the additional rooms and services offered by the restaurant. In all I would definitely recommend Marchesa.

FAQs

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

Marchesa is rated 4.5 stars by 384 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.