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Venteux Brasserie, Cafe, & Oyster Bar

4.4
4.4
540 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar

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 Executive Chef Joseph Mosconi, guests are transported to the bustling brasseries that define the Parisian lifestyle. This is Venteux.

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Booked 35 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, French, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Sun 7:00 am–4:00 pm
    Tue–Thu 7:00 am–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 7:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 777-9003

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Joseph Mosconi

  • Catering

    Please contact hello@venteuxchicago.com for any catering inquires.

  • Private party facilities

    Venteux serves classic French fare with a contemporary twist. Through a unique dining experience crafted with passion & precision, guests are transported to the bustling brasseries that define the Parisian lifestyle. This is Venteux.

  • Private party contact

    Manny Navar: (844) 670-0423

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    Michigan Ave & E South Water St

  • Parking details

    Valet is $25 for the first 3 hours for restaurant patrons through the Pendry Hotel located at the intersection of E South Water St and Michigan Ave.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • DATE NIGHT WEDNESDAYS

    $37.50 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Bring your special someone and enjoy a $75 3-course prix fixe dinner for two + 50% off all bottles of wine. Only available on Wednesdays!

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What 540 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. MJ

    MrJS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    For what does play cost I would expect better food the French onion soup was just rubbery goo in broth. The fries were boring and basic and the burger was not seasoned and just a burger.

  2. PJ

    PeterJ

    Berkshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Noisy, slow for plates to be cleared, generally disappointing

  3. LC

    LaurenC

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Not impressed…food was way overpriced for the quality. Ordered half a dozen oysters (happy hour). They were fine. Cocktail was okay, too. Our entrees were both very lackluster. I had the short rib pasta. It was cold, a small portion and the short rib was terrible. Really tough and it ate like overcooked sirloin. Friend’s salmon was okay—nothing to write home about. Entrees were $34-$44! Not worth the price tag. Even with happy hour prices, we paid $140! Our waitress was fine, but she seemed nervous and a little annoyed. We won’t be back.

  4. SH

    SarahH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was great, but our server Mark was even better. Highly recommend.

  5. CF

    ChicagoFoodie

    Chicago

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our party of 6 took advantage of the incredible Wednesday Date Night deals and had a great experience. Our server was probably one of the best we have ever had! He even got my friend 2 bandaids because she developed blisters walking to the restaurant. Every course was well executed and tasty. Our steaks could have been bigger but all of us agreed it was better for us not to over eat anyway. At $75 per couple for the 3 course meal, as well as 1/2 price for bottles of wine, this has got to be one of the best deals in town. We are happy and hope to return!

  6. GC

    GeraldC

    Baja California Sur

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good overall

  7. DB

    DaBriMo

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was a great restaurant for Mother's Day. The front room is beautiful and the backroom is very comfortable. We sat in a very large booth toward the back, and it was not noisy, so we were able to easily carry on conversations. The food was excellent and very creative. We will definitely be back.

  8. AM

    ArianaM

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Restaurant was freezing, NOTHING on the table, no flowers for Mother's Day, no salt & pepper. We were seated for 5+ mins before being given menus. Food was mediocre at best.

  9. SF

    SheilaF

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Five stars all around! Our server, Marissa, made our experience a fantastic one and ensured we’d be back!!!

  10. AA

    ArenA

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Waiter was amazing!!!!! Loved him!! Food was great but he made the experience even better!

  11. MK

    MareahK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    The service was bad. Went for the Wednesday date night and the portions were so small also we could only choose 1 desert to share, what’s the point of that? The salmon was not amazing and the steak was super small. I wish there were more options. The service was quite bad from my server, she didn’t seem to care about our visit and I came for my partners birthday. No consideration to say happy birthday when arriving with the cake. It just seemed like she didn’t care at all. She had a very unfriendly vibe.

  12. P

    Pizzamonster

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Dinner was bland to say the least. Even had to ask for salt. I’m gluten free so couldn’t have the couscous with my salmon. The best they could offer me was bland sautéed spinach. Our side of Haricot verts was a bigger portion than my entire meal. The bench seats are so low that I felt like a kid sitting at the adult table - very uncomfortable to try eat. Service was lack luster, we couldn’t get out of there soon enough.

  13. RM

    RobynM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great waiter, great drinks, yummy unique food. A little expensive but we knew that going in.

  14. S

    Shibui

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I have had better service in more modest restaurants. You can’t eat if you seat in the couch, comfortable but too low. The chairs have no cushioning (so you leave faster?). The salads are first class, almost perfect. The soufflé Grand Marnier is absolutely perfect in every way, highly recommended. The meat had good flavor, but it was impossible to get it medium rare, I had to eat it rare, not bad but not my favorite for the meat cut they serve. A little bit noisy for me, of course I go to enjoy the food.

  15. B

    Blyball

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    So, this restaurant is average. Given that it’s modernized French, we weren’t sure what to expect but we left feeling like we left a touristy restaurant in Chicago vs. a French restaurant. Our table wasn’t quite ready when we first got there which is COMPLETELY fine. We waited at the bar and the bartender gave us menus but never came back to take our drink order (we waited about 7 minutes for our table). The bar wasn’t busy; she simply spent her time talking to the only other couple sitting at the bar. Our table was comfortable, the server was nice, but the food was only ‘eh’. We had: steak tartare (good), east coast oysters (average), steak frites (average), roasted duck (average), and haricot vert (average). Personally, I would have loved to have had French music peppered into the mix of music played because the music in the restaurant was like any you would hear at any downtown sushi restaurant.

  16. S

    Sahar

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Service and ambiance were great but my steak was so bland it was painful. Cocktails were delicious

  17. JM

    JerryMe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful place. Oysters were delicious, and the staff were all very helpful.

  18. C

    Calogero

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2

    I was very disappointed with our recent experience at Venteux. The problems began with the matter of parking, which, as we were informed was managed by the Pembry Hotel, which shares the building with this restaurant. We arrived only to learn that the valet was not currently available and that we should return in about 20 minutes--a difficult situation given to manage, given the restaurant is on a narrow street. The bigger disappointment, however, was with the food itself, which, innovative as it tried to be, wasn't even close to being worth the prices on the menu. The acoustics tend to amplify the noise level coming from patrons at the bar, which lies within the same room as the restaurant. This place might still be a work in progress that will eventually blossom, but for now I wouldn't recommend it.

  19. EJ

    EJ12

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5

    Overall I thought the food was really bad. My girlfriend and I went during oyster happy hour and neither of us enjoyed them. They ran out of escargot, so we ordered the French onion soup. It was so salty and peppery, it was hard to eat. Finally we ordered the steak tartare and we were disappointed once again. It just tasted like pickles and mustard to both of us. We were both very excited to try Venteux and really wanted to like it, but the food tasted really bad and it was really expensive for food we didn’t like.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    Great location and ambiance. Service was good, a bit slow but it was busy. Steak Tartare was fine. Salad Niçoise was mostly lettuce and contained pickles, which was a bit strange.

  21. K

    Kflo

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Overall the place was mediocre! Service was good but the food was mediocre. We didn’t get to sit on the cafe side which is were I wanted to be seated. The cafe offers a smaller limited menu vs the other side of the restaurant. People definitely come for the bottomless mimosas.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went there for brunch which was so delicious. Our server Jamie was great and gave us a complimentary dessert!

  23. RS

    RolandS

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Venteux is a super nice looking place, with a romantic vibe. Great for a date! The food was solid, but not exceptional. However, the service more than made up for that. Our server and the rest of the team were sharply above average for this level of place. I would go again!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5

    Server was very rude

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Overall vibe and ambiance is average. Very loud and poorly furnished. The food we ordered (steak frites, eggs Benedict) was average. Service as good

  26. JF

    JulioF

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best food in long time. I will be back next time in Chicago

  27. L

    Local

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food2service1ambience5

    Wine wasn’t served at proper temp. Server never refilled glasses. Tartar served with overcooked egg and had nothing to bind or make the meat creamy/luxurious. Scallops were sandy and the truffle butter was over powering a very well cooked and otherwise tasty scallop. Beautiful environment.

  28. n

    nataliev

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Overprized, We ordered full duck for 95 doll, it was not even a half. Drinks was really good.

  29. M

    Martin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    Burger had mint and blueberries on it. A little strange. Rose was served in cocktail glasses.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    The Easter brunch was nice. Mimi worked very well with my daughter while instructing her in cooking decorating. The duck & waffles were 10/10. I’ll have to come back for oysters!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    They don’t have many dishes on the meniu, forget about my order, delaying to bring a drinks

  32. MT

    MTBT

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Small menu, small amount of food for the amount of money. That May be the new normal

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Syreena at the bar was so sweet & took great care of me. Highly recommend the duck & waffle

  34. AW

    AdamW

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    Food was great but service was poor. While the waitress was very nice, it took her a very long time to take our order. And then she rarely checked up on us. Also, this was the second time I came here and the second time that the hostess sat me and my partner at the back of the restaurant near the kitchen. Plenty of other tables in the nicer parts of the restaurant so I’m somewhat convinced that they’re not a gay friendly establishment. Sadly I won’t be coming here any longer.

  35. BL

    BrettL

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great experience - loved the ambience, waitstaff, and food.

  36. AS

    AlyseS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Having been a fan of chef from his days at Temporis where I experienced many outstanding meals, I was excited to eat at Venteux but sadly disappointed in many respects. My main course of mussels was tasty but the mussels themselves were almost invisible in terms of size. The main course of duck for two was greasy, fatty and served with several sauces that were not only tasteless but did not enhance the flavor of the duck. The duck was served with crepes which were cold and soggy. Compound the less than satisfactory food with an ambiance that did not correspond with the price point of the food. The room was tired-looking and the dishes and silverware appeared to have been repurposed from some older restaurant. Also, the wine list was quite strange in that none of the bottles of wines had vintages, and there was no sommelier to secure information from. Our server was attentive and helpful which made the experience a bit better but I could not recommend this restaurant for any occassion.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the food and our waitress was fantastic.

  38. MB

    MaryB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Food was cold, waiter missed an order three times, took forever, and the restaurant wasn’t even busy. Would never recommend.

  39. h

    happyhourguy

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Happy hour deals were great, but it would be quite expensive otherwise.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    I brought my bf here because i really loved the food and experience the first time. Bur

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

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 540 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 35 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Venteux Brasserie, Cafe, & Oyster Bar

224 N Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60601

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Michigan Ave & E South Water St

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Sun 7:00 am–4:00 pm
    Tue–Thu 7:00 am–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 7:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, French, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet is $25 for the first 3 hours for restaurant patrons through the Pendry Hotel located at the intersection of E South Water St and Michigan Ave.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joseph Mosconi

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 777-9003

  • Catering

    Please contact hello@venteuxchicago.com for any catering inquires.

  • Private party facilities

    Venteux serves classic French fare with a contemporary twist. Through a unique dining experience crafted with passion & precision, guests are transported to the bustling brasseries that define the Parisian lifestyle. This is Venteux.

  • Private party contact

    Manny Navar: (844) 670-0423

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