Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

4.5
516 reviews
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A classic, French dining experience reminiscent of 1920’s Paris, Margeaux Brasserie is James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina’s moveable feast. Offering traditional brasserie fare, Margeaux Brasserie offers a tip of its hat to Chicago with the warmth, hospitality and dining sensibilities synonymous with the Midwest.
Located on the third floor of The Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Margeaux Brasserie is sure to become a destination for lively drinks, convivial dining, and a bacchanalia brunch with everlasting Rosé. Daily Happy Hour Specials are also a can't miss!

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Enjoy Easter Brunch at Margeaux. The restaurant will be offering a 3 course menu with choices for $68 per person. The regular brunch menu will not be offered.

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Fri 7:00AM - 10:30AM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Started with the steak tartare, which we enjoyed. Sparkling wine and cocktails were very good. They pushed the macaroni and cheese with I thought wasn’t anything special besides the presentation being unique. The duck was very good. Only real downside was our waitress acting like she was in a big h

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WD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Overall, Margeaux Brasserie is a great experience. The food was seasoned and presented well. The drinks need work. While my drink was perfect, the punch drink was far too sweet and the bottomless rosé was awful. Our server seemed bothered by our questions and requests and was not attentive. I’m hoping he was just having a bad day.

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AM
Indiana
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner and the service was outstanding.

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I booked our reservation based on reviews, images (the decor looked like our kind of place), proximity to my friend's hotel, and the menu. Given that it's in the Waldorf, I knew the meal would be a bit of a splurge but even wearing my reading glasses, I peered more closely at the description of the lobster pot pie and said, "Does that say $84?" Yep.
We did not order the lobster pot pie.
The experience was lovely. When I made the reservation, I asked to be seated in a quieter area of the restaurant if such a space existed. We were shown to a table in a nook that did indeed remove us from the considerable din of the main space. Our server overheard that we would only be having one glass of wine each and made generous pours. He offered good information about the menu, and all of the staff was the ideal level of attentive. (Many people appeared at our table over the course of the evening.) The pacing was good – it could have been a smidgen slower for my tastes – but no moment of the evening was rushed. The check appeared eventually but not earnestly.
We were celebrating my friend's birthday (noted when I made the reservation) and the hostess reappeared after seating us to present him with a card, a lovely touch. After dinner, a small slice of opera cake appeared with a candle on the rim of the plate, lovely again.
Make plans to visit.

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SN
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was late and then cold. I didn’t find the food quality to be anything special. Good wine list tho

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H
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was my second time dinning at Margeaux Brasserie. The first time, we had dinner, and while it was good, I could sense that the restaurant was brand new, and it still had some kinks to be ironed out. This time, however, I went for brunch, and it was delicious, the service was good, and the ambiance was great. I would highly recommend this restaurant for brunch, and I suspect the dinner is now excellent, too.

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a
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The ambiance is very warm and cozy, especially nice for cold Chicago nights. And service was absolutely top-notch. The food, however, while good, doesn't quite match French bistrot offerings or prices. Perhaps less cheese garnish in salads and on the otherwise perfect filet mignon, to reduce the salt level.

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A
Chicago
255 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new chef, Greg Biggers, has revamped the menu and Margeaux Brasserie is better than it's ever been. Try the scallops, salmon Wellington, roasted Brussels sprouts and steaks. Service is tops, wine pours are generous and the bar is perfect for solo diners with plenty of space to comfortably eat a full meal.

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M
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Took some out-of-town "foodies" for dinner & they were suitably impressed!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

35th wedding Anniversary

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OT
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite Chicago haunts. Brunch, dinner, happy hour, anytime-the ambience is perfect, the food always delicious and thoughtfully executed, excellent service. If I'm doing the picking I always choose Margeaux.
Next reservation already made! See you soon!

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MM
Bath
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This used to be a great place! I really hoped it would take off... They had changed the menu since we last gone and the night goes down hill from there. Service was HORRIBLE! We sat under an air conditioner and literally finished dessert at the bar because I could not take it anymore! The steak Frites was a huge chunk of meat not steak frites. Food took forever. Never got plates with anything. to share, I will not be going back. Makes me sad as I love this hotel in my city and sad this is going down hill.

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M
Chicago
294 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. Loved everything about it. The food was great as was the atmosphere and service. Found the place thanks to a travel zoo voucher. Happy for that as I will defonately go again soon. It really is worth it. It is a lovely French restaurant with some very nice dishes to try. Some are a bit different from your regular French bistros. You have to try the lobster gnocci and the duck wings. You can make a meal out if them really. So good!!!!

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EM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Waldorf makes you feel fancy enough without having to BE fancy. The food was great and the ambiance is very laid back and nice. Perfect for my two girlfriends and I to have long conversation and enjoy each others company. One thing I loved was they didn't rush you out or make you feel hurried. We will definitely be going back!

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MB
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular service and a wonderful experience

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AT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always everything was phenomenal, from the service to the food. By far one of my favorite places to dine in the entire city!

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was amazing, we had the crab cake as a starter and were offered complimentary lemon aioli fries. Then my wife had bouillabaisse and I had king crab endive caesar which was phenomenal. For the main course we had steak frites and rack of lamb, the rack of lamb was superb but the steak was a little more done than I asked for (medium to medium-well on the furthest and smallest bits of the piece of meat instead of the requested medium-rare). Dessert was a classic creme brulee, delicious as always. Truly a fantastic meal.

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S
Chicago
213 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding! The fois gras, the lobster pot pie, the oysters and the dover sole were wonderful. In addition the amuse bouche and the complimentary french onion soup were delightful surprises. Our server Alex couldn't have been better. . . always there when we needed him, and had great suggestions about wine too. Jose the GM also stopped by the table to make sure everything was going well. All in all, I have to say this was one of the nicest evenings we've had. The restaurant was beautiful, the food was delicious and the service was terrific. I would highly recommend Margeaux Brasserie if you're looking for a special night out. Also, the cocktails are so unique and tasty!

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St. Louis
77 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful spot for a nice brunch. The restaurant is very nice. I had the Croissant Salmon Benedict. It was prepared perfectly and looked wonderful on the plate. Service was very good. I'd definitely return.

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RV
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is high quality! The staff is very knowledgeable, the drinks were spot on, and the food was superb. You can tell the chef cares about his work. I ordered a steak medium-rare and received one that was only marginally more on the medium side. Without my saying anything, the chef anticipated the steak wasn't cooked to my order and immediately sent out one that was cooked perfectly within minutes. I didn't mention anything outloud to any of the staff, he just knew it wasn't up to his standard. Both steaks were amazing! Highly recommended, will be coming back again.

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S
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, great place, if only the person who seated us wasn’t so sassy

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j
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a friend from out of town there for dinner. The food and the service were excellent!!! I’ll be back for sure.

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DD
Chicago
91 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to this restaurant several times, and it is such a great addition to our neighborhood. It is our favorite restaurant at this time. The service is excellent, the food and new menu are fabulous. I highly recommend visiting this restaurant.

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j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Great service, great food and large portions. The best!

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JC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We love MM places but this new addition doesn’t make the grade.

Welcome was cold, server took forever to greet us, had to ask for a wine list, onion soup had no taste and few onions, the medium rare steak was well done. No coffee or desert offered. In a town that shines with great food Margeaux has a long ways to go.

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JG
St. Louis
30 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Waiter wasn’t very attentive. Food was good but not great

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KD
London
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service at this place is amazing! I had such a great time, the food is incredible and the cocktails are works of art!

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JK
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A spectacular comeback for this very special place. We had a negative experience here about a year ago. The room is so handsome we decided to give it another go. The new chef is excellent. The menu is challenging and delicious. The wait staff was knowledgeable and extremely attentive. And of course it’s a beautiful place to spend a few hours. I highly recommend it.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was slow even though there were only 3 tables with customers.

There were more staff than patrons and some how we still ended up waiting long periods between courses

Food was mediocre for the price, and our waiter forgot one of the items we ordered, and he even repeated it back to us. We didn’t bother asking for it as we figured we would be done with the meal before we saw him again.

We skipped desert due to not wanting to wait on the service

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N
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Michael Mina needs to do much better with this place, there is nothing special about it —Mon Amis Gabis is better and when Paris Club was alive it was much better. Service is untrained and food prep uninspired. Oysters were very good— so there is something important to build on

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SP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We had reservations for brunch at Margeaux at 12:30 on a Sunday. We had just completd the "Hustle up the Hancock" race for charity (climbing 94 flights of stairs), so we were still in our team workout attire. We arrived early around 11:45, and the hostess said she would try to seat us early. There were several open tables, but we were not seated. We sat at the bar and waited 30 minutes before we were able to get a drink. There was one bartender servicing the bar seating and the restaurant and he was slammed. When we were finally seated, it took another 20 minutes before we could get a second drink, then another 20 minutes before we could order. There appeared to be only one waiter for the entire dining room - there were tons of food runners & bussers, but their roles were limited, so we couldn't get full service from them.
The food was good, but none of the brunch entrees came with side dishes (potatoes, etc), which we didn't realize. It then took forever to get our check and pay. We were at the restaurant 3 hours total and it was not a "leisurely, relaxing" 3 hours. Additionally, the clientele and the staff were fairly stiff.

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LT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It's our favorite Sunday brunch spot because of the food and the jazz band!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I have been to Margaux several times. Each time there was a glitch. The hotel is lovely and ambiance is fine, but...the service and the management at the restaurant seem unproportionately unsophisticated.
Last time I was there they didn’t have Earl Gray tea. They had it listed on the menu though. It is so bizarre that in the city of best tea purveyors they would allow themselves to run out of something that simple. I think that is the reflection of poor management that only got reconfirmed during my next visit. The waiter did not visit our table not even ONCE during our entire meal, and he was not even in sight, so I went through the whole dining experience without a piece of toast that I needed. I ended up ordering a piece of toast after the meal from the busboy. He brought me a burnt one. Just terribly subpar for what it is supposed to be and for the location of the hotel.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing we ordered from the cocktails to the dessert were superb! The service was impeccable as well! The lobster pot pie was decadent and flavorful. The lobster itself was also perfectly cooked. So sweet and tender; a must try! The baked Alaska was also a classic with great modern flavors like cocoa nibs. Wonderful spot for date night!

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JP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

appetizer seafood for my husband was very good. Salmon wellington had almost no flavor and tasted a bit fishy. My husbands duck was very good!
Baked alaska was not good either: The icecream was brick hard, vanilla tasted bland like they had forgotten the vanilla, chocolate was lacking in flavor. The meringue was about 1/4 inch all around. Whatever they heated and poured over it-did not care for the flavor. When lit and poured must have been too much. We were supposed to blow it out which we couldnt until it was almost all burned off, hence the sides of the meringue were charred black, Even then the inside was still as hard as a brick.

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F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here twice now. First time had the Cote de Boeuf and it was easily the best steak I’ve ever had. Second time our steak was over cooked, but our server recognized the issue, apologized, and then gave us certificates for a free entree. Service is always outstanding and the food is great.

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Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not sure where to begin.

I think every person alive should have the privilege of dining here once in their lifetime.

To say both the food and experience were outstanding would be an understatement.

I literally asked the chef to come out to complement him myself and thank him.

Just go. Worth every penny.

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c
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Margeaux Brasserie is close to spending a few hours in Paris. The food is delicious, with a variey of bistro fare. Service is warm and friendly. Wine selections are reasonable and varied. We will be returning!

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T
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for a birthday brunch and there was something for everyone. The place is clean and bright. I plan to come back with my girlfriends for lunch or brunch again.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Nicolas and Alex were amazing! They were so attentive. The food not as good as it used to be. Too much oil or the balance of flavor and texture was not there amongst most meals.

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