Valor

4.5
368 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Valor is an American-French Bistro that is bringing a new take on fine dining to downtown Glencoe. Our team creates our dishes from scratch daily. The menu will be constantly changing based on a seasonal market selection. The wine program was developed by a long time collector with the wish that our guests will be able to enjoy high quality wines, at approachable price points, with the exceptional food pairings. The cocktail menu was designed to complement many dishes including the world famous tuna crudo and flourless chocolate cake.
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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was fine but there are other restaurants in the area with better food and ambiance at the same price level.

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BL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great food - possibly good enough to call amazing. Great to see this neighborhood place doing well and continuing to serve great food. Noise is about the only complaint. The big front windows also make temperature control difficult for them. However, if you want great food and service, Valor has consistently delivered.

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AY
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience! Great food, great service! A new favorite restaurant!

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PK
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed an early Sunday evening dinner following a matinee at the Writer’s Theater nearby. Cocktails were inventive and tasty. House salad (split) was light and refreshing. Seafood special was a whole branzino that was outstanding. The salmon was also excellent. Great service after a slow start (some confusion after we arrived as to who was serving our table. Would definitely make a trip back, just for dinner, and for sure will stop by after our next theater visit. Menu is small, but based on our sampling, the items are excellent.

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been there several times now. Food is excellent, beautiful presentation, and the staff is great!

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b
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love Valor, and have been there many times. Everything we have tried has been very good.

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MM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, but super loud. Thermostat was also set to 78 making the place very hot. But service was nice and food was great so we’ll be back. Excellent wine and cocktail list too

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B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent and the service couldn't be better!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always excellent! Live music on Thursdays is nice!

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C
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and creative food. Thoughtfully selected wine list. Friendly service

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e
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Live in the area and really enjoyed Valor last Saturday night. I had Sea bass which was excellent. We had kale caesar salad (outstanding) and fried cauliflower (too much breading for my taste), as appetizers. Rice pudding for desert was fantastic.
Noise level was a downside. As restaurant cleared out later in the evening, it became quieter and the four of us could enjoy talking as a group easier. Earlier we were catching up with old friends and I talked to her while my husband talked to him.

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DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Special lamb stew was only medicore--very fatty. Place was so noisy. But, service was very good and some of the other dishes were excellent.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Appetizers and entrees are excellent. Noise level is a little loud but the food and service make up for that.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Great food

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GS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent and service was good. The only issue was having a singer in such a small space made it difficult to conduct a conversation.

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OT
Chicago
125 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Guitar player added to small space made conversation difficult (although the music was excellent).

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G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food not as good as our previous dining experiences, possibly just one off specials entree of the scallops with pork ribs. Service was excellent and have had wonderful food there previously so will try again!

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MD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Food was excellent but the noise level was terrible and the tables were so close together that it impeded our server from serving the table.

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FD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Not only was the food creative and delicious, but our whole experience was exceptional from the manager/hostess to our outstanding server. A great way to celebrate an anniversary. Highly recommended.

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LF
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great evening at Valor

Starting with a perfect dirty Bombay Sapphire Martini with 2 blue cheese-stuffed olives, we couldn't have had a nicer experience at what has become one of our favorite North Shore spots. We shared a delicious cauliflower appetizer. My wife enjoyed her vegetarian pasta dish, and I loved the cheeseburger. (They had a Moroccan lamb stew special that sounded amazing, but I was in the mood for one of their tasty bacon cheeseburgers.) Normally I prefer thinner frites, but Valor's thicker frites were terrific. And our server, Liz, was awesome: tons of personality, and very willing to make firm recommendations (as opposed to the dreaded, "Oh, everything's really good!")

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W
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Recommendation would depend on who is going. The place is great and food really good but we had a friend in from out of town and it was way too loud to carry on a conversation when the tables next to us were occupied and the restaurant wasn’t even full. We regretted we did not choose to sit outside which would have been quieter even with street and sidewalk traffic. Once the parties left on either side of us, we had a lovely time and enjoyed the food. We like a lively atmosphere so hopefully they can do something with the acoustics to turn the noise down a notch.

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L
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The rating is all based on the menu:
Brussels sprouts — wonderful
Spicy ribs — wonderful
Tuna — looked like a souffle, my friend had this and said it was delicious.
Soup — ditto
Butter with truffle — excellent

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was salted so heavily that I couldn’t eat it. I left most on my plate. Noise level was outrageous.

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VS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Very slow service and extremely noisy. Food was very good.

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DB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at Valor! The soup specials the past two weeks (butternut squash with a tough of curry last week, and an incredible cream of mushroom this week) have been must haves - can’t wait to see what Chef Stephan comes up with next week!

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E
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Was here a year ago and loved it. Full of people, delicious and creative food. Went back last week and opposite. No one in the place, food was mediocre. Did they change the Chef? Some menu items were the same and some had changed. I did not like the food or the vibe. Too bad.

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BD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you’re looking for a bite before catching the show at Writer’s Theater, you cannot go wrong with Valor. I select two or three entrees that appeal to me and let the staff choose their favorite from them. It’s always a great evening!

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thanks for a great Mother’s Day evening.

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal at Valor. The beet salad, tempura cauliflower, short rib pasta, and chocolate bombe were especially delicious. Service was very attentive. The only drawbacks were the cold air that blew in every time the front door opened and the noise level. We started our meal at 5:30 when most tables were open. When we left at 7, most tables were full and it was quite loud.

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DG
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Rocco was attentive without being overly so. The food was delicious and ample portions. We certainly will return!

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C
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This was our first visit, it was quite crowded, a small space, but very well designed.
Everything we ordered was delicious, a perfect menu for me with a nice variety.
It's a bit too loud, but overall I would definitely return.

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DS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food and service were decent. The crowded subway-feel was a little aggravating. I was there with my husband and another couple, and the tables were so on top of each other, my poor girlfriend had her chair bumped the entire meal, and literally had to get up and move her chair in so people could leave the restaurant. The wait staff couldn't even get by her, and hers wasn't the only one like that. There was a point when another couple was standing, staring at our table and another table trying to figure out how to exit the place. So ridiculous. It's astonishing to me that the manager and hostesses seat people like that. When the table behind my husband was seated, they bumped his chair just trying to sit down and immediately asked to be moved. The place needs to remove like 5 tables from the floor. Not a comfortable, relaxing dining experience in my opinion, and the staff should've apologized and made amends to my friend. She was a trooper.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was delicious. Service was surprisingly aggressive and awkward. We felt rushed. Items on the table were being cleared while we were still eating. We were asked about our food before we picked up our silverware. Our check was delivered even though we didn’t ask for it. Our “fine dining” lasted less than 45 minutes.

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KW
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit but definitely won’t be our last. The food was wonderful and great attentive staff. The popcorn cauliflower was incredible. We also enjoyed the warm Brussels sprout salad and was impressed with the portion size for cost. For entrees I had the Vegetable Fettuccine which I really enjoyed and my friend had the Striped Bass which he loved. The restaurant was a bit over 1/4 full and noise was not an issue but see how it could be on a full night.

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LC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I wanted to like this place, but it was incredibly loud and every dish we had was both oversalted and incredibly rich - even the salad, which tasted like every cooked element had been done in bacon fat. The one exception was the panna cotta dessert, which was quite good.

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AK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience at Valor. The service and the food were excellent. I was so excited to see the L'Ami Jean famous rice pudding on the menu. I asked what the affiliation was with Chez L'Ami Jean in Paris and was told the chef of Valor worked there. That boosted my review even more!

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M
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service . Way too loud to consider returning . Thanks

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EA
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our lunch at Valor before the matinee at Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe. Salads were flavorful, waiter attentive without being pushy, and a very nice wine selection with the meal. It’s an enjoyable place to eat in Glencoe, and we definitely will come back soon!

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WL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Valor consistently delivers excellently prepared food, with an interesting variety. It also has a food wine list. The atmosphere is pleasant and modern.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and delightful service! Love their culinary creativity!!!

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