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Diners' Choice: French restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall French cuisine in Chicago / Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Mon Ami Gabi restaurant
4.9
4.9 (7675)
$30 and under
French
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
Honoring classic French cuisine, Mon Ami Gabi is a traditional French bistro located in the heart of Lincoln Park. Our menu features simple French food including Steak Frites, fresh seafood, exquisite bites, and French rolling wine carts. Valet is located at the corner of Lincoln Park West and Belden for $17 cash or Zelle. During the holiday season, for all parties of 9 or more, we ask our guests to call the restaurant directly to book a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Birthday Dinner
A photo of Le Bouchon - Chicago restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1925)
$31 to $50
French
Bucktown / Wicker Park
About the restaurant
Le Bouchon has been thriving in Bucktown since 1993, serving classic French Bistro food in a dining room that will transport you to Paris. Voted one of the best French Restaurants in America by Timeout Magazine.

Open from 11am-10pm Monday - Saturday.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
I definitely would return to try more dishes. The asparagus soup was amazing.
A photo of Miramar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1670)
$30 and under
French
Highwood
About the restaurant
Miramar Bistro is a traditional French bistro and the menu is always fresh and seasonal. Service is friendly and thorough and the ambiance is exceptional. The French doors open to the sidewalk patio and lend to al fresco dining both for lunch and dinner. Miramar also books parties and banquets up to 300 people.
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debb
Dined 1 day ago
Miramar is a favorite for very good French food and on warm days, a nice place for near window or outdoor seating. A bit on the noisy side due to a few loud tables, but otherwise very pleasant.
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4.8
4.8 (2536)
$30 and under
French
Little Italy / University Village
About the restaurant
In the midst of Little Italy, Chez Joel creates the tastes and aromas of France for. Featuring traditional favorites, Chef Joel Kazouini offers his straightforward, expertly prepared Southern French cuisine. Chez Joel’s atmosphere is reminiscent of a true French bistro; its walls adorned with French posters and tables covered with butcher paper. The cozy environment makes Chez Joel the perfect spot for any romantic meal, and when weather permits, garden tables offer an open-air experience where you’ll find one of the most divine al fresco dining settings in the city.
Chez Joel Since 1999

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TomV
Dined 3 days ago
Neighborhood gem! It's been around 20 years for a reason. Consistent, not fancy, delicious French food.
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4.7
4.7 (2161)
$31 to $50
French
Wheaton
About the restaurant
Suzette's is a cozy French Bistro specializing in both sweet and savory crepes and hearty bistro fare. Our wine list features all French wine. Attached to the restaurant is a French-inspired boulangerie and patisserie. Everyday Afternoon Tea is served. Suzette's pleasure is to provide excellent food and wine in a comfortable atmosphere that encourages our clientele to have a relaxing dining experience. In the summer the dining room extends to an outdoor patio filled with plants, flowers and fountain. Live Jazz Friday nights is reminiscent of the Hot Jazz Clubs of Paris. Located close to Wheaton College and in the heart of Historic Downtown Wheaton , Suzette's is a destination for dining.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Beautiful little restaurant, perfect for a quiet girls night. Our server was quick, helpful, and gave the perfect amount of attention. Food was delicious - ample choices of crepes, quiches, and other non-crepe items as well. Hands down the best French onion soup I’ve had. Connected is their bakery where I brought home macarons and a mini key lime pie for my family. Only recommendation is to give yourself time to park. Downtown Wheaton parking was really hard and not expected (even coming from Naperville!).
A photo of Bistronomic restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5784)
$30 and under
French
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant
Bistronomic brings guests together with the ambiance of an authentic Parisian bistro while exhibiting the "je ne sais quoi" and romance only found in Chicago's Sister City, the City of Lights. Three seating options are available: the Main Dining Room, the Grand Salon and the Petit Salon. Also, the bar is another offers a more casual experience. Dark wood, subdued lighting and French accents set the inviting mood. During the holidays, Bistronomic is festively adorned with garland, lights and red bows to make holiday get-togethers even more special. Whether guests seek an inviting holiday experience, social gathering or have business to conduct, Bistronomic's inviting seasonal and locally grown French food is the answer. Bistronomic is a Family Owned Business, Chef Martial & Lulu Noguier as well as the incredible Staff will welcome you with warmth a for a very French Experience!

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DavidS
Dined 1 day ago
The Le French Burger with Fries was wonderful, as was the Quiche Lorraine. The service was great. Whenever we visit Chicago we have brunch or lunch at Bistronomic.
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4.7
4.7 (972)
$31 to $50
French
Highwood
About the restaurant
Froggy’s French Café has been serving Chicago’s North Shore award winning French cuisine for almost 40 years. Known for our ambiance, friendly knowledgeable service and presentation we serve the freshest seafood and vegetables and steaks.

We recommend starting with a glass of wine, a bowl of French Onion Soup or escargot appetizer, and then move on to our seasonal seafood mains, fresh pastas or our classic steak and frits. Froggy’s diverse menu is geared to satisfy seafood aficionados, vegetarians and all omnivores alike. Always fresh, always French and always a fantastic dining experience.

Located in Highwood, IL nestled in between Highland Park and Lake Forest, come dine with us to see why Froggy’s is known as North Shore’s hidden gem.

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Kim812vip
Dined on May 8, 2024
Froggys is consistent in the quality, taste and presentation of their beautiful food. The plating is like an artist placed it to make a beautiful picture. And the desserts are delicious. All of them!!
A photo of La Serre restaurant
4.7
4.7 (159)
$31 to $50
French
West Loop
About the restaurant
Inspired by the coastal regions of Provence and Saint-Tropez, La Serre invites guests into a lush and colorful greenhouse. The culinary approach highlights the light and vibrant cuisine of Provence with a focus on native techniques and ingredients and lighter plays on the dishes of the French-Mediterranean landscape. Fresh vegetable, seafood, and all-natural Black Angus beef preparations will be finished at the kitchen’s hardwood charcoal hearth, providing dishes with incredible wood and charcoal flavors that elevate each ingredient without the need for heavy sauces or seasonings.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
This was my second visit in a week, this time bringing some of my work colleagues from out of town. The total experience yet again exceeded my expectations. For someone who dines out frequently, this is already my new favorite restaurant. The staff are the most professional and friendly staff I’ve come across - they genuinely love what they do and it translates into ensuring their customers have an unforgettable experience. The food is incredible, great value for money and a menu that is quite unique to many other restaurants in the area. And the venue itself is so well laid out, modern and classy. We sat at the bar before and after our meal, and our bartender, Jon, was very attentive, made great cocktails and ensured we had a great time by checking in on us and having great banter! Overall a phenomenal experience and I look forward to coming back!
A photo of Jilly's Cafe restaurant
4.4
4.4 (616)
$31 to $50
French
Evanston
About the restaurant

Located just outside the city of Chicago, Jilly's Café has been called a "North Shore Treasure" by Zagat's 2002 restaurant survey. Our French Countryside decor, handpicked flowers, and friendly wait staff make for an intimate and cozy atmosphere suitable for all kinds of occasions(NOW PATIO AVAILABLE,ASK FOR HOURS). Here authentic French food is served with an American twist making for enough dishes to keep our specials changing daily. We offer a Sunday brunch that carefully combines a traditional American brunch with French flavors, while champagne effortlessly flows throughout the course of the meal. Jilly's is available for private parties, and reservations are strongly recommended.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent meal for Mother’s Day. Angie took great care of us!
A photo of Venteux Brasserie, Cafe, & Oyster Bar restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1057)
$30 and under
French
Downtown / Loop
About the restaurant
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 Marcel Heiduk, guests are transported to the bustling brasseries that define the Parisian lifestyle. This is Venteux.
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AmateurFoodie
Dined 3 days ago
Escargot and oyster appetizers were excellent as were the bouillabaisse and mussels. Good wine choices (even the happy hour choices). A little pricey given that the appetizers and wine were discounted). I’ll return.
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