Bistrot Margot

★★★★☆
  • 1437 N Wells St

    Chicago, IL 60610

    Cross street: At W. Schiller St, Lincoln Park

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  • 312-587-3660

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Sun 3pm-8:45pm; Mon 11:30am-8:30pm; Tue 11:30am-9pm; Wed 11:30am-9pm; Thu 11:30am-9pm; Fri 11:30am-9pm; Sat 3pm-9pm

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First there is their brunch. They always have a Quiche and Omelette du jour which are always tasty, but if the day's selection is not for you, definitely have the Pomme de Terre Farci, potato shells stuffed with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, bacon, and topped with horseradish creme fraiche. Yep it's as good as it sounds.

Also they have started to serve beignets before 10 am in the morning. I have caught this only a few time but at the Art Fair they came with delicious dipping sauces.

Finally for dinner the Tilapia Aux Noix is amazing and also a favorite of the restaurant. But when I go I generally alternate between their Risotto Du Jour or the Moules Marinieres. The mussels are soaked in just an amazing white wine sauce. Just get extra bread to soak it all up.

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★★★★☆

First there is their brunch. They always have a Quiche and Omelette du jour which are always tasty, but if the day's selection is not for you, definitely have the Pomme de Terre Farci, potato shells stuffed with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, bacon, and topped with horseradish creme fraiche. Yep it's as good as it sounds.

Also they have started to serve beignets before 10 am in the morning. I have caught this only a few time but at the Art Fair they came with delicious dipping sauces.

Finally for dinner the Tilapia Aux Noix is amazing and also a favorite of the restaurant. But when I go I generally alternate between their Risotto Du Jour or the Moules Marinieres. The mussels are soaked in just an amazing white wine sauce. Just get extra bread to soak it all up.

Pros: appetizers

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Great place for a romantic outing. the food is really great highly recommend anything on the menu. Seating outside is a must.

4
★★★★☆

Great place for a romantic outing. the food is really great highly recommend anything on the menu. Seating outside is a must.

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I absolutely love Bistro Margot. I've been to this place a few times now and each time, it gets better. On my last visit, I had the duck medallions which far exceeded my expectations. If you have a hearty appetite, try the brie tart as an appetizer and the chocolate mousse/fudge (which is VERY small because it's so rich) for dessert - you'll want to order two or three more to take home. The service is a tad bit slower than you'd like, probably because people are just as impressed with their food and ambiance as I am. I highly suggest you make reservations so you can at least be seated and enjoy a glass of wine while you wait for a menu, etc.

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★★★★★

I absolutely love Bistro Margot. I've been to this place a few times now and each time, it gets better. On my last visit, I had the duck medallions which far exceeded my expectations. If you have a hearty appetite, try the brie tart as an appetizer and the chocolate mousse/fudge (which is VERY small because it's so rich) for dessert - you'll want to order two or three more to take home. The service is a tad bit slower than you'd like, probably because people are just as impressed with their food and ambiance as I am. I highly suggest you make reservations so you can at least be seated and enjoy a glass of wine while you wait for a menu, etc.

Pros: romantic, close to Second City theatres as a date, great food

Cons: somewhat slow service

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Bistrot Margot is a nice place for dinner. The mussels appetizer is fantastic- split them and an entree for a fabulous meal! The service can be a little slow.

4
★★★★☆

Bistrot Margot is a nice place for dinner. The mussels appetizer is fantastic- split them and an entree for a fabulous meal! The service can be a little slow.

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My son and I were looking for a place for lunch before heading home to Detroit after looking at DePaul & Loyola. We headed up into the Old Town area, miraculously found a parking spot and started walking the streets until we found Bistro Margot. We were pulled in by the outdoor seating (this was in July) and the menu selections. We were not disappointed. The waiters were friendly, a bit slow perhaps, but nice. We both ordered the mini cup of soup - cream of mushroom, delicious - the chicken club on a croissant and the mini creme brulee. It was very good and we loved the presentation of the meal. The soup came in a demitasse cup, it was adorable. I would have given it 5 stars accept for one problem. I ordered lemonade which the waiter brought with a straw. After taking a few sips I noticed lipstick on the rim of my glass. It was disgusting to say the least. I sent it back for a fresh glass of lemonade and the waiter was very apologetic, but I was still kind of grossed out.

Owners- if you read this, make sure your dishedsand glasses are clean before they go out.

2
★★★★☆

My son and I were looking for a place for lunch before heading home to Detroit after looking at DePaul & Loyola. We headed up into the Old Town area, miraculously found a parking spot and started walking the streets until we found Bistro Margot. We were pulled in by the outdoor seating (this was in July) and the menu selections. We were not disappointed. The waiters were friendly, a bit slow perhaps, but nice. We both ordered the mini cup of soup - cream of mushroom, delicious - the chicken club on a croissant and the mini creme brulee. It was very good and we loved the presentation of the meal. The soup came in a demitasse cup, it was adorable. I would have given it 5 stars accept for one problem. I ordered lemonade which the waiter brought with a straw. After taking a few sips I noticed lipstick on the rim of my glass. It was disgusting to say the least. I sent it back for a fresh glass of lemonade and the waiter was very apologetic, but I was still kind of grossed out.

Owners- if you read this, make sure your dishedsand glasses are clean before they go out.

Pros: Food, ambience.

Cons: Service was a bit slow.

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Food was great but AVOID the Valet... Car got dented and valet denied the whole thing... Then the restaurant says they can't doing anything about it since it is a separate company... They must jam their valeted cars into a tiny lot because my car came out with a big dent in it. Food is great and service is great but AVOID the valet.

2
★★★★☆

Food was great but AVOID the Valet... Car got dented and valet denied the whole thing... Then the restaurant says they can't doing anything about it since it is a separate company... They must jam their valeted cars into a tiny lot because my car came out with a big dent in it. Food is great and service is great but AVOID the valet.

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The very best mussels in white wine and herb sauce. . French bread with sweet butter. The Bistro Salad. Super wine list. French beers. Snails. Wonderful French food.

PROS: And they have an outdoor cafe.
CONS: None.

5
★★★★★

The very best mussels in white wine and herb sauce. . French bread with sweet butter. The Bistro Salad. Super wine list. French beers. Snails. Wonderful French food.

PROS: And they have an outdoor cafe.
CONS: None.

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My boyfriend and I had our Valentine's Day dinner at Bistro Margot and we were both happy we did! The Escarot was great as well as the Beef Wellington and the lamb. Our only complaint was that it is very cramped. We will definitely be back!

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I had our Valentine's Day dinner at Bistro Margot and we were both happy we did! The Escarot was great as well as the Beef Wellington and the lamb. Our only complaint was that it is very cramped. We will definitely be back!

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BEEN TO PARIS, SO WHAT CAN MEASURE UP ON THIS SIDE OF THE POND? THIS JOINT HAS ENOUGH GOOD THINGS GOING FOR IT THAT IT'LL DO UNTIL YOU GET TO THE REAL THING. ALL IN ALL, THIS IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE CHICAGO PLACES. GO ON A NICE WEEKEND AFTERNOON WHEN THE WINDOWS ARE WIDE OPEN -- EAT LUNCH -- DRINK AT LEAST ONE BOTTLE OF FRENCH WINE -- AND YOU'LL BE BACK. WE COULD NITPICK, BUT WHAT'S THE POINT? THIS IS AN ALL-AROUND GOOD TIME. GO TO PARIS IF YOU CAN -- BUT IF YOU CAN'T, THEN STOP HERE.

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★★★★★

BEEN TO PARIS, SO WHAT CAN MEASURE UP ON THIS SIDE OF THE POND? THIS JOINT HAS ENOUGH GOOD THINGS GOING FOR IT THAT IT'LL DO UNTIL YOU GET TO THE REAL THING. ALL IN ALL, THIS IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE CHICAGO PLACES. GO ON A NICE WEEKEND AFTERNOON WHEN THE WINDOWS ARE WIDE OPEN -- EAT LUNCH -- DRINK AT LEAST ONE BOTTLE OF FRENCH WINE -- AND YOU'LL BE BACK. WE COULD NITPICK, BUT WHAT'S THE POINT? THIS IS AN ALL-AROUND GOOD TIME. GO TO PARIS IF YOU CAN -- BUT IF YOU CAN'T, THEN STOP HERE.

Pros: AMBIENCE, FOOD / WINE, SERVICE

Cons: DON'T, KNOW OF, ANY

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Bistrot Margot is very good, and fairly consistent. They have amazing bread, but they had a different kind last time, so hopefully they revert back to the old one. Salads are always good, and they do have some options on the menu that are not meat (many French restaurants don't have many veggie choices). It is good value for what it is- I would recommend! However, they need to get rid of the woman currently working at the front door... she is very rude and acts like it is a chore to seat you.

2
★★★★☆

Bistrot Margot is very good, and fairly consistent. They have amazing bread, but they had a different kind last time, so hopefully they revert back to the old one. Salads are always good, and they do have some options on the menu that are not meat (many French restaurants don't have many veggie choices). It is good value for what it is- I would recommend! However, they need to get rid of the woman currently working at the front door... she is very rude and acts like it is a chore to seat you.

Pros: Good Food, Good Value, Good Wine List

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very good french food in an authentic bistro setting.
traditional bistro food-like steak, duck, and coq au vin. try the salad with beignets and the creme brulee for dessert. very good attentive service. for a french restaurants prices are relatively good.

2
★★★★☆

very good french food in an authentic bistro setting.
traditional bistro food-like steak, duck, and coq au vin. try the salad with beignets and the creme brulee for dessert. very good attentive service. for a french restaurants prices are relatively good.

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The service isn't your typical snooty French. We've always had friendly, well-informed staff. I've never been disappointed with a wine recommendation. They offer some really diverse salads - so big you'd think they were the main course. Entree sizes are smaller, but to me it seems well balanced and proportionate. After an appetizer and salad you can still squeak in room for desert. If you've never had Skate, this is the place to try it. I've had it at Mon Ami Gabi and it was swimming in so much butter it lost the delicate texture. But Margot prepares their food to perfection. The presentation of each dish is so artfully done; you can see the perfectionism in the Chef. Lastly, as if the food doesn't speak for itself and the staff isn't warm and welcoming enough, Bistro Margot has the most affordable French (I've seen) in the city.

2
★★★★★

The service isn't your typical snooty French. We've always had friendly, well-informed staff. I've never been disappointed with a wine recommendation. They offer some really diverse salads - so big you'd think they were the main course. Entree sizes are smaller, but to me it seems well balanced and proportionate. After an appetizer and salad you can still squeak in room for desert. If you've never had Skate, this is the place to try it. I've had it at Mon Ami Gabi and it was swimming in so much butter it lost the delicate texture. But Margot prepares their food to perfection. The presentation of each dish is so artfully done; you can see the perfectionism in the Chef. Lastly, as if the food doesn't speak for itself and the staff isn't warm and welcoming enough, Bistro Margot has the most affordable French (I've seen) in the city.

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Great ambience, very romantic, wonderful food, very friendly wait staff. What more can you ask for.

2
★★★★★

Great ambience, very romantic, wonderful food, very friendly wait staff. What more can you ask for.

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Space is a bit tight and the room can be a bit loud for intimate conversation, but in every other way the place is a gem. The menu is all classic bistro food beautifully done. A seafood special of cod kept some potentially overpowering flavors (e.g. horseradish) in beautiful balance. Service was friendly, unobtrusive and efficient throughout. Further, despite the sophistication of the menu, we saw several families with small children happily accomodated.

2
★★★★☆

Space is a bit tight and the room can be a bit loud for intimate conversation, but in every other way the place is a gem. The menu is all classic bistro food beautifully done. A seafood special of cod kept some potentially overpowering flavors (e.g. horseradish) in beautiful balance. Service was friendly, unobtrusive and efficient throughout. Further, despite the sophistication of the menu, we saw several families with small children happily accomodated.

Pros: efficient service, flavorful food

Cons: crowded room, a bit noisy

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The food here is always wonderful and the prices are rather reasonable. Great place to bring a date. The atmosphere is warm and romantic and the staff is very professional.

2
★★★★★

The food here is always wonderful and the prices are rather reasonable. Great place to bring a date. The atmosphere is warm and romantic and the staff is very professional.

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Bistrot Margot is an exciting night out on the town. The atmosphere is great. The food is some of the best I have had. Try the Steak with perppercorn sauce, it is mouth watering! Can't wait to go back.

2
★★★★★

Bistrot Margot is an exciting night out on the town. The atmosphere is great. The food is some of the best I have had. Try the Steak with perppercorn sauce, it is mouth watering! Can't wait to go back.

Pros: Great Bar Tender, Inexpensive, Great Wine List

Cons: Little Loud

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Tried this again after a disappointing experience a year ago. Service was awful (we had to go to the bar to get drinks) and the food was average - too salty/too much butter. Nice bistro ambience, but I will not be back.

1
★★☆☆☆

Tried this again after a disappointing experience a year ago. Service was awful (we had to go to the bar to get drinks) and the food was average - too salty/too much butter. Nice bistro ambience, but I will not be back.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Service, Food, Noisy

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I've ordered mussels from Bistrot Margot a few times. Each time the food is great. Delivery was definitely timely this go around. In fact it was early. However, the mussels weren't as tasty. Their wasn't enough broth with the mussels.

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★★★☆☆

I've ordered mussels from Bistrot Margot a few times. Each time the food is great. Delivery was definitely timely this go around. In fact it was early. However, the mussels weren't as tasty. Their wasn't enough broth with the mussels.

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