Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

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$31 to $50
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French
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 a destination for lively drinks, convivial dining and brunch with everlasting Rosé and live music on Sundays. Join us for happy hour daily from 4pm - 6pm.
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Sun 8:15PM - 9:30PM
Mon - Tue 7:00AM - 10:30AM 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:00PM 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:30PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 9:30PM
Wed - Thu 7:00AM - 10:30AM 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:00PM 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:30PM - 6:15PM 8:00PM - 9:30PM
Fri 7:00AM - 10:30AM 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:00PM 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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TG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service. The server was very knowledgeable and super attentive.

GS
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience2

As I was researching the best Dover sole in Chicago I was directed to Margeaux a Dover sole should always be presented whole to the guest and filleted in front of them ! Not in the kitchen when paying top $ it needs to be done the right way , furthermore white table cloths should be on the table for dinner ! I am aware this restaurant is a BRASSERIE but it is more the ambiance of a bar ! Step it up WALDORF!

X
Chicago
130 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place......food is always super tasty, perfect temp and traditional French cuisine. I had the sole.....amazing. Perfect. Service was great as well. Highly recommend. And.....it doesn’t feel like a hotel restaurant. Much more intimate......

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, service on point, and lovely atmosphere.

MH
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was Fantastic!
This restaurant is going on our permanent rotation when visiting downtown.
Thanks for everything MB!

m
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. The best service staff. The ambiance of the restaurant is very comforting to sit down and enjoy a wonderful dining experience.

MR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good food. Service was very good most of the time but one of our guests had to wait almost 30 minutes each time for her non-alcoholic drink. I had the mushroom ravioli and it was very delicious. The mussels and escargot as apps were very good as well. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We hung at the bar for a bit after dinner and service was pretty slow for not being crowded at all. Didn't seem like they wanted us there.

CS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been there twice and enjoyed the ambiance and the food was great!
The wait staff was very attentive and friendly! I would recommend eating there.

GG
Chicago
165 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service once again superb. Duck breast and foie grasse remain our favorites. But the mussels with pork or bacon bits is now a close second for starters. Charred Brussel sprouts (and I am not normally a fan) are superb

DS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Family brunch there yesterday. What a lovely space. Wonderful service. Great sounding menu. Terrific trio playing music. Most of my family thoroughly enjoyed their meal but I did not - french omelet was very over cooked. Better luck next time.

Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria
Responded on January 7, 2020

Doug, Glad we could share some Sunday Brunch love with you. We hope to have you back soon, and impress you with our food then! We hope you were able to still enjoy your Sunday! Merci! The Margeaux Brasserie Team

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TS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a perfect night out at Margeaux Brasserie.

Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria
Responded on January 7, 2020

Therese, We enjoyed having you for a lovely night out on the town! Come join us again soon for another great evening! Merci! The Margeaux Brasserie Team

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Food is always lovely. Service is also always attentive, especially the sommelier. And the ambiance is exquisite.

B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Waiter was quick was us, and didn’t take drink order. Gave us a lunch menu when we asked for a kids menu, and it served hamburgers and chicken strips (for breakfast), we inquired and got a quick answer that they only have lunch menus for children and he could make eggs or “something like that”. I waited 15 minutes for coffee after asking repeatedly and ended up with a burnt coffee.

Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria
Responded on January 7, 2020

Brad, We are sorry to hear that this was your experience with us. We certainly do have a breakfast menu for children, and will be sure that our whole team knows this moving forward. We hope that this did not tarnish your start to the New Year, and that we will see you again soon. Merci, The Margeaux Brasserie Team

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A
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience on New Years Day was delightful. It was a total surprise to have a delicious brunch and listen to some great music. I didn't expect to see my favorite brunch band playing other than on a Sunday. My meal and the service and the bartender didn't disappoint. Outstanding as always.



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LM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service was slow took forever to get our food. We went when they 1st opened and we thought it w
As just because it was new, but it was still very slow!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My burger was good but for my gf’s lobster Benedict it wasn’t. The eggs on her meal were hard boiled not poached which had her meal requested back to get them poached and took a while.

d
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always love this place- great for breakfast, lunch or an intimate dinner.

LE
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We dined at the beautiful Margeaux Brasserie for New Years Eve and the hostess spot on honoring our reservation time. Unfortunately, it took our rarely visible waiter 15 minutes to acknowledge our presence at the table. No offer of drink, no bread, just the busperson pouring water. We ordered the prix fixe menu with wine pairings and our waiter never once provided information about what we were ordering or eating. I wish we had the waiter at the next table over who was clearly engaged. The sparkly sommelier did a wonderful job of showing the wines and asked how we were enjoying the meal. The plate servers were very nice. The food was very good on average but with both highlights and lowlights; the delicious tasting fois gras was soupy, like eating luxurious gravy. The second course was only moderately warm but not hot. The meat entrees were very good and perfectly cooked. The cheese course had clearly been plated well in advance; the two small bread slices were rock hard, the cheddar was glossy and unappetizing, the brie melted. What a huge disappointment! The dessert was a perfectly poached pear. The absolute lowlight was the child in attendance with his parents who occasionally shrieked at the table and ended the evening running around the tables chased by his parent. Hard to have a romantic evening when the jazz quartet is accompanied by a screeching child. Not sure whether to blame the parents or the hostess who seated a four year old in the middle of the bar dining room at 10:00 pm. So overall it was fine- but very inconsistent service and inconsistent food courses make me say it was not what I was hoping for on New Years Eve at $250 per person.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating New Years Eve and first time going out with friends who have kids as well. Great experience staff was patient and willing to answer any question. Great service , great food and amazing ambiance!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food with great service but very noisy... literally the best sole and baked Alaska ever!!!

F
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks in general. Beautiful space. I do wish the food was more consistent though, sometimes the food is great and other times the same dishes are just ok.

b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible food and service. Was not expecting this from the Waldorf.

AM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We had a server who was not great at addressing issues. We expressly said no garlic and dish came with lots of sliced garlic. Also no mention of olives in dish and not a big fan of olives. Had to pick out garlic and olives. Not a huge issue but when explained to waiter he was not very helpful, dismissed us (annoyed my wife to no end), said he could add a dessert for our troubles. We were not looking for anything other than "I'm sorry, can I replace the entree or get you something else you would enjoy. I will let the chef know as well.". Manager came over making rounds and we explained issues. He said they will change menu to reflect all major ingredients including olives for that dish and speak with chef re why garlic in dish. He comped the entree and was much better at handling issues. Overall, food was good and we would go back.

Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria
Responded on January 8, 2020

Bonsoir, We are so sorry to hear that you had this experience with us. We hope you will join us again in the future, so we can show you the care we put into our guests experiences. Merci, The Margeaux Brasserie Team

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MV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Having been an employee for Michael Mina, I was thrilled to take my family to Margeaux Brasserie so they could experience the highest level of food, beverage, and service that myself and my staff provided at Saltwater in Detroit for many years. I thought the food and beverage was solid but the service was terrible. Everything seem to take so long (drinks, app, entrees) which was disheartening since the dining room was only half full. Our server was constantly disappearing. We asked for the dessert menu, it was never offered. We flagged him down to have the check presented and then my 10 year old daughter spotted him in the side station and grab the check and gave it to him there (she did well during the first 2 hours!). His co-workers seemed to have a good laugh at that!
I expected a lot more and I’m sure It would not have been acceptable to Chef Mina!

Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria
Responded on December 30, 2019

We are so sorry to know that this is the level of service we provided for you and your family. We love for our guests to experience amazing service & food, and it seems we were not able to for you. We would love to have you return with us, so we can show you the amazing service we provide to our guests. The Margeaux Brasserie Team

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y
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was spot on, the food was delicious 😋. We will be back again. Thank you for an amazing time!!!

Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for joining us & allowing us to make an ordinary night so wonderful! We look forward to seeing you again soon for another amazing evening! The Margeaux Brasserie Team

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A
Chicago
213 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for lunch and conversation! Everything was perfect.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We’ve been here on special occasions before and had a wonderful time. This time it was “meh”. Likely won’t go back other better experiences sadly.

TK
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our server was very nice and friendly, but there could have been more attention to detail given the cost (dishes set down with no utensils, water bottle left empty for most of the meal, skirt steak was sliced with the grain instead of against the grain, so while cooked to the perfect temp, was a bit chewy)

D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had dinner on Christmas Day in the evening. It had been a long for everyone there I am sure. In spite of that we received the "red carpet" treatment. We explained our dietary restrictions to our waitress. She got the head chef involved and they came up with a wonderful solution.
Our meal and drinks were outstanding.
Then the ambiance of the Waldorf put everything over the top.

I would highly recommend Margeaux Brasserie for any special occasion. Or even if you want to just plain feel special on a given evening.

CS
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I arrived at 6:50 for 7:00 reservation. I was seated within five minutes. However, it took another 15 minutes before my waiter appeared. She wanted both my cocktail order and my dinner order before departing the table. I ordered a Botanist Gibson but . . . After several minutes I was informed by the sommelier that Botanist wasn’t available. I settled for Hendricks. While still waiting for the cocktail, a server brought my starter course. I sent it back. The waiter offered bread and butter. The baguette was so hard that I couldn’t eat it. Ever had microwaved bread? That is what it was like. Halfway through my cocktail, the starter was presented again and I accepted it. The sommelier reappeared to ask if I wanted wine. She was helpful and I ordered a glass. Then my main course arrived. Prime rib, creamed spinach and Yorkshire pudding. Only the prime rib met my expectations. The creme brûlée dessert was more like pudding than creme brûlée. All in all, a disappointing experience on a special evening.

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Waitress was high off something. Lobster bisque was slightly burnt flavored. Service was slow.

BB
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing really great about the Christmas brunch..Food & experience were average. We love the hotel, spa and bar.
We had dinner at the restaurant last year that we really enjoyed so not sure why brunch was so blah...

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Christmas Day brunch.
Not a special occasion for this venue at all
Service we can always forgive on busy days, but the food was terrible and expensive.
It’s hard to mess up avocado toast, but at $18 and one cold bit of toast, this place managed it
A waste of time and money

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall good experience. Food is pretty rick and done well.

W
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were disappointed. The place was very loud (at least until the crowd thinned), making conversation at a table of 4 nearly impossible. The service was too slow, especially between the appetizers and main course. The food was well seasoned and tasty but our duck breast was overdone and tough. Overall, a disappointment.

OT
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience even with our 3 young children. Expensive - but you get what you pay for!

KG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing breakfast! Made our last morning in Chicago for our anniversary special.

JJ
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

We had a reservation time, and when we arrived, we were told that they were running about 10 minutes late. That turned into 25 minutes. Once seated, we waited over 15 minutes for someone to come to our table to take drink orders. Once we did order, we waited another 15 minutes for the drinks. My husband finally had to go ask the manager. Food service was equally as slow. They did discount our bill, however we have never had such poor service there. Hopefully it was a one off.

OT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was terrible!!!! Waited forever for our food & the waiter never came back to refill our “endless” rosè or anyone else’s drinks at the table. We had to keep flagging down anyone we could find that walked by. Very disappointing