Venteux Brasserie, Cafe, & Oyster Bar

4.4
289 Reviews
$50 and over
French
Residing within Michigan Avenue's famed Carbide & Carbon building is a stylish and modern French restaurant, serving classic French fare with a contemporary twist. Through a unique dining experience crafted with passion and precision by the Michelin Star earning and Chicago-native Chef Donald Young, guests are transported to the bustling brasseries that define the Parisian lifestyle.

We invite you to Chicago's newest brasserie, cafe and oyster bar, set at the very heart of all that the city has to offer. Venteux's cuisine strikes a delicate balance between the classic and the unexpected, which you'll notice both on the menu, and in the presentation of each dish.

You'll find all the iconic French cuisine - steak frites, whole roasted duck, oysters flown in from the coast daily - but also encounter unique flavors, get to know our take on escargot, and rethink your idea of classic French onion soup.
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Offers

  • Halloween Costume Brunch

    Oct 31, 2021 only

    Eat, drink & be scary! On Sunday, October 31st 10am-3pm for brunch, wear your Halloween costume and enjoy complimentary bottomless mimosas and rosé.
  • Friendsgiving Food Drive & ½ off all wine bottles

    Nov 24, 2021 only

    Give thanks & give back! Join Venteux for their Friendsgiving Food Drive and enjoy ½ off all bottles of wine all evening. Help support the Chicago Food Depository by bringing a can of food to donate and enjoy a complimentary appetizer (with purchase of an entree).

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 289 people are saying
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young
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great to visit!!

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ThomasL
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far some of the best food I’ve had. Wine list and cocktails are great also! We will go back for sure! Kelvin took great care of us!

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vipAndreasS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

If you are looking for a trendy spot in a Historical hotel give it a try. The food was good, service fair and ambience nice... for a new restaurant we were surprised to see dirty and worn cushions. Fun to try but probably will not return.

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vipShoeAddictMary
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Beautiful decor of the restaurant but the experience was not as beautiful. The server was not very attentive, disappeared for long periods of time, and she did not tell me they were out of several items after I spent time asking questions about a few things and ordered them. Then she decided to tell me they were out of them, which was a decent amount of items on the small brunch menu. We ordered bottomless mimosas and rosé but only got refilled twice. We asked for additional refills and that never happened - it defeats the purpose of bottomless if they only allow you a drink or two. The food was fine, nothing spectacular but I was not able to try the items I wanted to because they were out. They were out of duck, so they had chicken and waffles instead of duck and it was pretty good. The hostess was very pleasant and accommodating though.

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Gfc1900
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Disappointed in food
Very noise
Decent wine selection by the glass

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vipFoodlife
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal steak tartare. The escargot was an unique presentation

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vipMarkK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

First, we arrived 10 minutes early and had requested a booth in the reservation (there were at least 4 empty booths), and the hostess said if she gave us a booth, we would have to make sure we were out in 90 minutes (nice greeting). We got the booth begrudingly, Secondly, entrees came in fits and spurts. My wife ordered the lobster as an entree which came with brown butter sauce. When the lobster was served it was without the sauce. Five to seven minutes later the sauce arrived, still my steak frites entree was not served. A few minutes later the spinach side arrived, still my entree was missing. After waiting another five or so minutes I asked the person bringing the food out to send the spinach back and warm it until my steak came out. A minute later my steak came out and we had to recall the spinach. So in other words , my entree came out 15-20 minutes after my wife's entree. What the....? Waiter was great, hostess and waiter's assistant not so much. Kitchen seems disorganized and no one was watching the serving sequence.

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vipElaina
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Especially enjoyed the Lobster Pasta small plate and the old fashioned.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Subpar food for both steak tartare and duck mousse. Duck and waffle is good.

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vipWhiskey
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in Chicago! The pancakes and seafood tower were amazing!

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vipSpot
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunch was wonderful with Bloody Mary starters and eggs Benedict for the main. Our waiter, Xander, was most attentive and helpful in every way. Great way to spend a Saturday morning!!!

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RamiE
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Nice place, nice people, good service. Food was very unremarkable. Not bad but nothing good either. More show and form over substance. Very overpriced too. I enjoyed it. Wouldn’t go back.

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vipTbschicago
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, staff was friendly, knowledgeable and timely. The restaurant is beautiful and the food was amazing. The seafood is very fresh and prepared food was delicious. One of my favorite spots in the city!

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Jaycee
Montreal
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Hoping for a lively French style brasserie experience but it was just a generic restaurant. Everything was fine, the food was well prepared and good quality but it was pretty expensive and lacked atmosphere.

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for an enjoyable brunch! The bottomless mimosas were a great deal and the Banh Mi breakfast was out of this world!

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vipEliseNatalie
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service!!
Food was good and creative—a little on the pricey side.

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vipDavidJulian
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A nice selection of French bistro classics plus a good selection of oysters, cocktails and the classic American hamburger.

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MeganP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

French toast was mushy and awful sent it back and even though the waitress asked if I wanted something else I didn’t want anything they were offering will never go here again the drink I had was the only decent thing I had

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vipReeseK
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Brunch…the “Eggs 5 ways” were amazing, the French Toast was divine and what’s not to love about bottomless mimosas?!? Service was great and the atmosphere was charming.

Highly recommended.

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Harry
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Steak not well cooked
Souffle very uncookked at the bottom

Service was good but the food was not

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vippaulD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience1

Nice people good quality food. I love the chicken burger and desserts these are my highlights

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MichaelB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent brunch of 5-way eggs, Croque Monsieur, and Benedict.
Techno/disco was a little loud, and I am not a fan of low lighting mixed with intermittent small, super-bright can lights, one of which I was sitting under. Half our table was in the dark with the other half spot lit. So sit in front room with natural light if you can, would be my advice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely time there. The food was fantastic. Try the roasted corn and leave room for the Grand Marnier soufflé!

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vipE162
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly the right amount of attention and interaction but they let the food speak for itself. Perfect French bistro that took us back to Paris Gare du Lyon neighborhood joints and lovely seafood towers. Everything was just great.

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vipgraz
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very creative French cuisine. Nothing is as one is used to. The entrees are wonderful especially the steak and the chicken. The caviar plate was terrific. Interesting presentation.

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Eater
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zander was simply the best server! Charming and knowledgeable, he made our brunch experience extra. Highly recommend the seafood platter too.

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Elle
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Had a few small plates and the grand seafood tower. We described all the food as “dry” and the seafood was improperly prepared and overcooked. This fell short of many similar restaurants in Chicago.

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vipapicius
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was excellent, really well made bistro favorites and we especially enjoyed the steak frites and the delicious, fresh oysters. Our drinks were superb and the wine list also excellent with a wide variety of choices from different countries. It is not overpriced for the quality. The place definitely has a hip vibe but not at all snooty and our server was top notch.

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vipDeniseP
Des Moines
23 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we arrived the bar was packed and there was a great vibe! We had delicious drinks and the entree's and sides were some of the best we have had.
I had the salmon and my husband had the halibut. We shared the carrots and marinated cucumber sides. Doesn't sound exciting but both sides were such a mix of flavors.
Can't wait to go back!

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vipJoan
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time in a week. Great service. At this time we tried the whole duck! The best.

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Richzondo
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Server was horrible much preferred the bar service at brunch a few days before .

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lilly
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

this place is overrated . starting with the service and ending with the food.would not recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The escargot was excellent. Overall very good dining experience.

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vipGinnyC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The hostesses were dismissive and unapologetic for us having to wait 20 minutes for a table. Then we were seated at a high top in the bar, asked to moved to another table and were seated near the kitchen. We asked for a booth that had opened, which we were eventually given, grudgingly.

We received our first courses at different times and waited long periods between courses without being checked on. At least there good was good but the way we' were treasured took away from the experience. Won't likely be going back.

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vipSmartyartblast
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, high quality and beautifully presented. The staff were great too. Definitely worth a little splurge.

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HeatherM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The staff and food were amazing! We will definitely be coming back.

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vipTomL
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of fun to be there. Good was great and well presented. Service was very good. Delightful fine dining experience

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vipBeth
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very hip and cool. Extremely loud. Many marginal entrees. Whole duck good; not great. Salmon very good. Escargot C rating. Eggs basically a mini-omelette. Soufflé not edible. Service nice but ‘off.’ Won’t go back

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vipJoan
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Very reasonable prices!

JJ
JadeJ
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very loud and over stimulating but the service and food was wonderful

FAQs

Venteux Brasserie, Cafe, & Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 777-9003.

Venteux Brasserie, Cafe, & Oyster Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 289 OpenTable diners.

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.