Bonsoiree

★★★☆☆
  • 2728 West Armitage

    Chicago, IL 60647

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  • 773-486-7511

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I had to give it one star because I can't figure out how to give it zero. I wish I'd had the great experience these other diners had. This is the second restaurant I have walked out of in my life, and I've been eating out in fine and casual restaurants all over the world 2-3 times a week for 20 years. I communicated to the restaurant 4 (four, cuatro) times that my husband didn't eat pork or shellfish and that I had NO restrictions. Yet for the second scallop course I was served tofu, just like him. I'd like my scallop, please. Then for the third course (which arrived one hour and ten minutes after the second course, even though the table next to us was getting served regularly) I got a square inch of crab and spaetzle and carrots, and he got spaetzle and carrots with the little square of crab missing. This is a fine restaurant's idea of accomodating a diner's food restrictions? I told the waiter that the wait was far too long, and that what they served my husband was unacceptable, given that they had ample and frequent notice. I added, in an annoyed but calm tone, but NOT a raised voice, "This is bulls==t." Our waiter, who was pleasant enough, but with a decidedly casual air (lot's of "how're you doin'" and "how's it going over here") said sorry, the kitchen is "slammed". Then the most unbelievable part of the evening occurs. The manager comes over, and lectures me that my use of "profanity" is not acceptable. Apparently I outraged my sensitive waiter's sensibilites by using the word "bullsh==t". I deserve to be thrown out had I yelled at him, raised my voice, broken dishes or made personal comments. But after mediocre food and fourth-rate service, saying in an even tone "This is bullsh==t" prompts the manager to come over and start lecturing a diner on etiquette, well, I'm at a loss for words.
Thanks, Boinsoiree for ruining a Friday evening, thank you for an utterly mediocre meal (or half of it) and thank you for an absolutely ridiculous reaction to someone who had the audacity to comment on the awful experience. Thank God this is Chicago and there are 100,000 better choices to dine at.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had to give it one star because I can't figure out how to give it zero. I wish I'd had the great experience these other diners had. This is the second restaurant I have walked out of in my life, and I've been eating out in fine and casual restaurants all over the world 2-3 times a week for 20 years. I communicated to the restaurant 4 (four, cuatro) times that my husband didn't eat pork or shellfish and that I had NO restrictions. Yet for the second scallop course I was served tofu, just like him. I'd like my scallop, please. Then for the third course (which arrived one hour and ten minutes after the second course, even though the table next to us was getting served regularly) I got a square inch of crab and spaetzle and carrots, and he got spaetzle and carrots with the little square of crab missing. This is a fine restaurant's idea of accomodating a diner's food restrictions? I told the waiter that the wait was far too long, and that what they served my husband was unacceptable, given that they had ample and frequent notice. I added, in an annoyed but calm tone, but NOT a raised voice, "This is bulls==t." Our waiter, who was pleasant enough, but with a decidedly casual air (lot's of "how're you doin'" and "how's it going over here") said sorry, the kitchen is "slammed". Then the most unbelievable part of the evening occurs. The manager comes over, and lectures me that my use of "profanity" is not acceptable. Apparently I outraged my sensitive waiter's sensibilites by using the word "bullsh==t". I deserve to be thrown out had I yelled at him, raised my voice, broken dishes or made personal comments. But after mediocre food and fourth-rate service, saying in an even tone "This is bullsh==t" prompts the manager to come over and start lecturing a diner on etiquette, well, I'm at a loss for words.
Thanks, Boinsoiree for ruining a Friday evening, thank you for an utterly mediocre meal (or half of it) and thank you for an absolutely ridiculous reaction to someone who had the audacity to comment on the awful experience. Thank God this is Chicago and there are 100,000 better choices to dine at.

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I gave Bonsoiree a star because I was forced to give a rating and they don't have negative stars Went to Bon. with a wine club of 10 guest;the only person that DID NOT go away hungry weighs under 90 lbs. The rest of us went to Burger King to finish dinner. The size of a Whopper was bigger than a $100.00 dinner massed together! It was an unsatisfying tho interesting dinner. For expensive tasty food this is the place!;but plan on going somewhere else to finish eating.

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★☆☆☆☆

I gave Bonsoiree a star because I was forced to give a rating and they don't have negative stars Went to Bon. with a wine club of 10 guest;the only person that DID NOT go away hungry weighs under 90 lbs. The rest of us went to Burger King to finish dinner. The size of a Whopper was bigger than a $100.00 dinner massed together! It was an unsatisfying tho interesting dinner. For expensive tasty food this is the place!;but plan on going somewhere else to finish eating.

Pros: Original Dishs

Cons: Infant portion size

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We had Bonsoiree cater our wedding and it was unbelievable. Chef Luke made the most amazing food, notably the braised short ribs and the grilled escolar still had everyone talking days later. The organizer, Anthony Navarro went so far above and beyond any catering responsibilities he might have had. He was not only the catering coordinator, but he made sure I wanted for nothing, emceed the entire evening, and made sure my mom had fun as opposed to worrying about the details.

He was amazing and I would like to buy him a car. Sadly I can't afford that, but I will pass on his card to anyone who might ever need a caterer in Chicago. You will not be disappointed.

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★★★★★

We had Bonsoiree cater our wedding and it was unbelievable. Chef Luke made the most amazing food, notably the braised short ribs and the grilled escolar still had everyone talking days later. The organizer, Anthony Navarro went so far above and beyond any catering responsibilities he might have had. He was not only the catering coordinator, but he made sure I wanted for nothing, emceed the entire evening, and made sure my mom had fun as opposed to worrying about the details.

He was amazing and I would like to buy him a car. Sadly I can't afford that, but I will pass on his card to anyone who might ever need a caterer in Chicago. You will not be disappointed.

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cause I'm really good at Monopoly and I wish I could eat here more often...I don't think you can spend less than $30 on dinner here. I guess there must be some a la carte deal? Seriously, though, everything I've eaten there has been very, very good and the people who work there really care about giving you a memorable dining experience. For example, last time I was there one of the choices for the 3 course prix fixe looked really, really appetizing, but the waiter apologized and told me they were out of it. I guess my face must have fallen rather comically, because he totally went in the kitchen and they figured out an analogous off-menu dish, just as polished and gourmet. Come on, admit, that's cool.

It's byo, too, but with a corkage fee, I believe--obvi still better than paying for inflated in house alcohol service.

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★★★★☆

cause I'm really good at Monopoly and I wish I could eat here more often...I don't think you can spend less than $30 on dinner here. I guess there must be some a la carte deal? Seriously, though, everything I've eaten there has been very, very good and the people who work there really care about giving you a memorable dining experience. For example, last time I was there one of the choices for the 3 course prix fixe looked really, really appetizing, but the waiter apologized and told me they were out of it. I guess my face must have fallen rather comically, because he totally went in the kitchen and they figured out an analogous off-menu dish, just as polished and gourmet. Come on, admit, that's cool.

It's byo, too, but with a corkage fee, I believe--obvi still better than paying for inflated in house alcohol service.

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