Marchesa

4.7
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310 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Marchesa, at 535 N. Wells in the heart of River North, serves delicious French and Continental food by Chef Didier Durand, with still and sparkling wines that pair perfectly.

The art-filled interior, inspired by the Guggenheim in Venice, is warm and welcoming. The main dining room boasts brass chandeliers, marble statues and a shagreen bar top, all worthy of our entertaining muse, Jazz Age socialite, Marchesa Luisa Casati. Intimate kitchen table perfect for groups up to 12.

The Cave, open Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m., channels a bohemian vibe, perfect for enjoying a glass of Champagne by the fire. Full menu available or dessert for after concert and sporting event socializing. Second floor private dining room, The Apartment, reminiscent of a luxe home, perfect for 15 to 75, with baby grand piano & courtyard.

Reservations are welcomed, as are walk-ins. Looking forward to the pleasure of your company, we are at your service! Your Hosts, Kathryn Sullivan Alvera and Jason Clark.
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G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Very comfortable restaurant. Nice menu with plenty of variety. Good service overall, yet we did have a problem with food being cold. They were very apologetic and made everything right.

DH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Marchesa on December 7th for a special occasion. We were extremely pleased. Our server and the chef accommodated my food sensitivities. The hostess and server (assistant manager) were attentive, kind, and personable. They recognized my birthday in a very generous way. The food was excellent - the atmosphere romantic. I wish I lived in Chicago so I could return to Marchesa often!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my boyfriend for his birthday. We had the best time with our server Philippe and hostest Robyn. Will definitely return!

Marchesa
Responded on November 17, 2019

Thank you for the kind words! Look forward to your next visit...

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! David at the bar was amazing and provided excellent service and made phenomenal drinks

Marchesa
Responded on November 17, 2019

Thank you! We appreciate your kind words!

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AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was well prepared, ambiance was warm and inviting. Would go back!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal. The staff was kind the food was great and the ambiance was fantastic! Would come again :)

Marchesa
Responded on November 17, 2019

Thank you! Please let us know if we can help make special arrangements for your next visit!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was quite slow. Everyone did seem to enjoy (my beef was a bit fatty and tough). The staff was very pleasant throughout however. The decor is warm and inviting and the Champagne room seems to be grooving.

b
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding!!!!! Attention to detail is definitely noticed here! They never missed a beat!.

Marchesa
Responded on November 17, 2019

Thank you so much, barbrie! We appreciate the kind words!

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JM
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Limited menu and entrees seemed quite expensive. Good pre theater at Prochlight and you got 20% off of food. My pasta was terrific. Nice atmosphere.

MT
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The room is beautiful. The bartender was exceptional. The Server was great and very attantive.
The food was delicious, but they need to work on getting food out all at the same time, and HOT...many dishes were on the colder side, and one of our tables dinner entre didn't arrive to almost the entire table was finsihed eating...

V
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kathryn the owner of Marchesa was wonderful and welcoming and Daniel our server was incredible and so friendly. All staff reflected that attitude. The food was excellent and the ambiance of the restaurant was so elegant and visuals were so lovely. I highly recommend Marchesa and I will be sure to recommend to my friends. It’s now my favorite restaurant in Chicago. 💖

T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not sure what happened with the kitchen but entrees didnt come out fir 2 hrs but food was comped

Marchesa
Responded on October 20, 2019

Hello, & thank you for telling us about the experience you had last night. We were short a couple of key hands last night. Chef apologizes profusely for the long delay. The least we could do was take care of your meal! We strive to create a wonderful experience every night, but when we stumble, we humbly apologize & try make the situation better. Please come back & allow us to buy you dinner, the way we intend it to be-- delicious food & wine with gracious service in a beautiful setting.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything good except understaffed. Waited forever for food/drinks

N
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Could not get their food out - when they did the fish was cold - something is wrong with their kitchen

D
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five stars from beginning to end. Philippe & the entire Marchesa team made our anniversary even better!

V
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the food and wine options, and was helpful in making selections. The food was very good -- for example, the chef's take on Salade Lyonnaise with the dressing being room temperature and served without the lardon grease was quite good!

NW
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In an age where dining constitutes “high-end” bar, this is one of my favorite dining experiences in a long time. High end without being stuffy. A beautiful restaurant with cool music and diverse menu. I will be back soon.

TS
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive menu, enough to please everyone. Perfectly prepared food, nicely presented. Pleasant atmosphere. Outstanding server, knowledgeable, thoughtful, experienced, professional.

RJ
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

We had a reservation for 7:30. Despite coming in time and having open tables we weren’t sat until 745/750. We ordered by 8. We received our drinks and appetizers in a reasonable amount of time. But by 9:30 we had still not received our entrees despite multiple promises that they were coming shortly. We left. Other tables near us were doing the same. It was a very unpleasant experience.

Marchesa
Responded on September 24, 2019

Hello. So sorry about the bad experience. We were short a few key staffers due to unexpected circumstances. As you got up to leave, we were walking your dishes to your table. We humbly apologize for the missteps & have taken action to train more help to cover busy nights like Saturday. I hope we have the pleasure of seeing you again. A night at Marchesa is about delicious food & wine served by caring professionals. To the extent we failed to convey that on Saturday, we profusely apologize.

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AN
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant evening - service was outstanding. Each bite of dinner was perfectly prepared, presented and eaten by my party. IT was a wonderful experience and will return often.

Marchesa
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you so much for the kind words! We enjoyed taking care of you and your guests and look forward to your next visit! The family Marchesa

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JB
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Chef Didier outdid himself with this new, wonderful French Restaurant experience.

Marchesa
Responded on September 18, 2019

Mr. Barrett: Thank you from everyone here at Marchesa, and from Chef Didier Durand! We look forward to helping you plan future dinners, it will be our pleasure! The Marchesa family

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P
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Party of five enjoyed escargot, burrata and watermelon, steak, duck and scallops. Duck was exquisite but what else would you expect from Executive Chef Didier Durand?

D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I don’t leave reviews as a rule. Marchesa is a fantastic spot. Apps on spot as well as cocktails. Entrees were made to perfection. I had a coffee for desert but my wife had the profiterole (sp) which was also lovely.

Phelip is my favorite

R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you, Phillipe, for another wonderful dining experience!

G
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner to celebrate our anniversary. The starters were all lovely, and my scallop entree was excellent. My husband didn't quite care for his steak, thought it was bland, the reason for only 4 stars. The staff was wonderful and we would certainly recommend.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food, outstanding presentation in a sophisticated surroundings

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for GF’s birthday and we absolutely loved everything about Marchesa. The service was outstanding and friendly. The food was just incredible. The dining area was also very nice, they seated us close to the window on a seat shaped out of lips, my GF absolutely loved it!! The staff was attentive and friendly. All pros no cons! Shout out to Daniel for taking great care of us!!

M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic atmosphere, loved the service and food was delicious

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thrilled to be dining with Chef Didier Durand again! The meal was superb for everyone in our party. I can’t recommend it enough. We are already making plans to return.

AC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent: service , food and ambience!

DG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and delicious food

H
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The steak and fries were good, but the mussels were bland and overcooked.
The ambience and service are excellent.

TS
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant decor. Interesting menu. Nicely presented plates. Gracious hostess. Experienced, knowledgeable server. Nicely spaced tables; not obtrusive to other guests.

KE
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This has become one of my favorite places for dining.
The ambiance couldn’t be better.
Has the octopus app which has plenty of layers of flavor.
My salmon was just ok but the lamb chops were lovely.
Will definitely go back and try other menu items.
And dessert was perfect. Pot de Creme. One of the best I’ve had.
The downstairs lounge was intimate and cozy and perfect for the after dinner drink. Great music played by the DJ as well.
Looking forward to going back.

D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience2

This was our second visit and we were excited to go back after a great first experience. Unfortunately this time was very disappointing. The restaurant was almost empty. We were shown to the dining room to be asked, which table we’d like. When we asked to be seated by the window we were told that both tables were taken even though they remained empty all night. I had steak frites and was asked twice how I’d like my “frites” to be cooked. I responded that I’d like my steak to be cooked medium but my frites I expected to come how they should be served. For $39 I expected a steak to be at least 8oz. It was probably 6-7oz or less. When we gave feedback about that seating and our food, rather than being gracious, the snippy server said both reservations for tables in the window had been canceled and we didn’t need to take it out on them by way of a lesser tip. We left 16% and felt that was more than generous based on the service and the way we were treated. Any decent establishment would have been gracious about feedback and accepted constructive feedback. Instead we felt the group of male waiters were cliquey and demonstrated that it isn’t a top quality establishment based on the way they spoke to us after we have feedback. Very disappointed.

A
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends introduced me to Marchesa a few months ago. I fell in love with the old world elegance the atmosphere evokes. By no means old and stuffy. It's light in color, very tailored design with hints of European elegance found in the restaurants of Paris. Besides the excellent food, presentation and service, there isn't any noticeable "noise" that's associated with today's dining out experiences.
It's now become my favorite 'go to' when i'm looking for that special evening of dining and visiting with friends.
Marchesa....kudos to you for creating such a beautiful and rare find for Chicago diners.
Shelly Handman

Marchesa
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you so much, Alec! We appreciate your kind words and look forward to the pleasure of your next visit!

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CB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience2

This restaurant just did not seem to be quite operating at the level it should be. Creative, varied menu with good quality ingredients, well prepared. Wine list shorter but offering good selections and OK value. Good liqueur list. Individual decor and comfortable tables. However service was very, very slow. We waited 15 minutes for our order to be taken and then another 20 for the appetizers. The table arriving 20 minutes after us had their appetizers at the same time! The waiters were attentive when food was served, but there was a large business group in which seemed to be sucking up all the attention. There seemed to be several individuals who were not dining wandering through to the back or downstairs which was off-putting, and one guy monopolized the women's restroom! All a little surreal, and I don;t think I'd risk taking guests there. Also, when my husband booked he told Open Table it was a birthday celebration, which was never acknowledged.

Marchesa
Responded on August 3, 2019

Hello, we apologize for what sounds like service missteps on your visit. There was a group on our second level -- that might account for the diners you noticed. We encourage people to tour & enjoy our 3 level establishment. I am also sorry that the birthday was not acknowledged as we try to give birthdays the justice they deserve! We would like to offer you dinner for 2 on us. Let us know if we can help plan a Marchesa evening as it should be -- great food & wine in a lovely setting. Thank you.

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C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

I had been to this Restaurant for a “Private” Birthday Luncheon.
The Food & Service were Excellent!
I brought 3 friends in this my 2nd visit to Celebrate a New Marriage.
Three of us ordered the Special.
It was dry (Chicken) and disappointing).They will not return.
I may give it one more try.
I expect a MUCH BETTER Dinner for the $$.

Marchesa
Responded on August 3, 2019

Chris, sorry that your second visit didn't meet expectations. We spoke with Chef & he is sorry that the chicken dish didn't live up to its juicy, crispy reputation! Please come back and enjoy a dinner on us! Let us show you that your first experience was what we strive to show guests every time. We appreciate the feedback & dedicate ourselves to do better. A visit to Marchesa is about delicious food & wine in a lovely setting with caring service. To the extent we failed, we sincerely apologize.

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JP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Not at all as we had hoped for.

I'll leave it at that.

Marchesa
Responded on July 22, 2019

Hello, sorry that you didn't enjoy your visit. If you would like to let us know more about how we can improve the experience for our diners, please call us at 312.527.9553. We take all constructive comments to heart and strive to do our best every day to delight diners. When we don't succeed, we appreciate an opportunity to do better! Perhaps we can have you back on the house to see what dinner at Marchesa should be -- delicious food & wine in a lovely setting. Thank you again.

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R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you, Chef Didier, Phillipe and Kathryn, for another splendid dining experience.

Marchesa
Responded on July 22, 2019

Our pleasure, Rambo! Thank you for the kind words and we look forward to your next visit! Merci!

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