Le Bouchon

★★★☆☆
  • 1958 N Damen Ave

    Chicago, IL 60647

    Cross street: At Armitage Ave, Wicker Park/Bucktown

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  • 773-862-6600

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Le Bouchon is a tiny French bistro located in the Bucktown neighborhood. The restaurant is always busy and has very good French food. They offer a three-course menu at a very reasonable price and have a small, but decent wine list.

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★★★★☆

Le Bouchon is a tiny French bistro located in the Bucktown neighborhood. The restaurant is always busy and has very good French food. They offer a three-course menu at a very reasonable price and have a small, but decent wine list.

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I had dinner here with a friend on a weekday night and the whole experience was terrible. First of all when you walk in, the place is so tight you can barely squeeze by the tables without knocking something over. There is no hostess station so I basically found myself just standing, puzzled and it was awhile before anyone noticed my confusion. In the meantime I was standing in the middle of the restaurant with people bumping into me not knowing were to go-annoying. After my friend and I were seated we met our waitress and she was very rude. She acted as if she was doing us a favor by even talking to us. I never give a bad tip but she was so abnoxious that she only got the minimum 10%. The ambiance and vibe of this place was so unpleasant I would never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had dinner here with a friend on a weekday night and the whole experience was terrible. First of all when you walk in, the place is so tight you can barely squeeze by the tables without knocking something over. There is no hostess station so I basically found myself just standing, puzzled and it was awhile before anyone noticed my confusion. In the meantime I was standing in the middle of the restaurant with people bumping into me not knowing were to go-annoying. After my friend and I were seated we met our waitress and she was very rude. She acted as if she was doing us a favor by even talking to us. I never give a bad tip but she was so abnoxious that she only got the minimum 10%. The ambiance and vibe of this place was so unpleasant I would never go back.

Pros: neighborhood spot

Cons: rude staff, crowded space, limited menu

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I agree, rudeness seems to be the theme at Le Bouchon. I have travelled extensively and frequently through France and this restaurant is both underwhelming and unwelcoming. I have also been a rater for a very popular national restaurant chain with a large variety of restaurants, including French Cuisine. Le Bouchon would not pass any of their standards. We booked a reservation for 9 people on New Years Eve weeks in advance. This 45 person capacity restaurant had 2 seatings, one at 7:30 and one at 10:00. We took a limo and arrived early at 9:45 from our hotel. We were told to find a bar in the area because the restaurant was too crowded with others waiting. We crossed the street and went over to a bank lobby and returned at our seating time. It was nearly 11:00 before we were seated. The 1st seating patrons refused to leave on this cold evening as if they planned to stay all night, and we were crammed in waiting for our tables. Some in our party had worked that day and been up since 5AM. No drinks, hor d'oerves or any laniappe were offered, let alone an apology. Once we were seated the prix fix menu of 65.00 was no longer appealing when they ran out of the best appetizer composed of lobster, shrimp and scallops and had nothing comparable to offer as a substitute. They were also out of the entree, Lamb Chops and served our dessert without the Profiterole, again no apology, offer of substitution from anyone including the owner who chose to sit with more familiar guests. We spent over $800 and were not even wished Good evening or Happy New Year. In a restaurant so small, I expect a more personal touch. I get it in France, which is full of small neighborhood restaurants and charming people, whether in the villages, French Riviera or Paris. I would never go back to this restaurant and for anyone who wants to get a flavor or France, skip this one, it would represent a bad stereotype!

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★☆☆☆☆

I agree, rudeness seems to be the theme at Le Bouchon. I have travelled extensively and frequently through France and this restaurant is both underwhelming and unwelcoming. I have also been a rater for a very popular national restaurant chain with a large variety of restaurants, including French Cuisine. Le Bouchon would not pass any of their standards. We booked a reservation for 9 people on New Years Eve weeks in advance. This 45 person capacity restaurant had 2 seatings, one at 7:30 and one at 10:00. We took a limo and arrived early at 9:45 from our hotel. We were told to find a bar in the area because the restaurant was too crowded with others waiting. We crossed the street and went over to a bank lobby and returned at our seating time. It was nearly 11:00 before we were seated. The 1st seating patrons refused to leave on this cold evening as if they planned to stay all night, and we were crammed in waiting for our tables. Some in our party had worked that day and been up since 5AM. No drinks, hor d'oerves or any laniappe were offered, let alone an apology. Once we were seated the prix fix menu of 65.00 was no longer appealing when they ran out of the best appetizer composed of lobster, shrimp and scallops and had nothing comparable to offer as a substitute. They were also out of the entree, Lamb Chops and served our dessert without the Profiterole, again no apology, offer of substitution from anyone including the owner who chose to sit with more familiar guests. We spent over $800 and were not even wished Good evening or Happy New Year. In a restaurant so small, I expect a more personal touch. I get it in France, which is full of small neighborhood restaurants and charming people, whether in the villages, French Riviera or Paris. I would never go back to this restaurant and for anyone who wants to get a flavor or France, skip this one, it would represent a bad stereotype!

Pros: Small, it seemed a guy behind the bar with long hair was the only one who was pleasant!

Cons: Rude, limited wine list with higher than normal prices for the value, not very accomodating

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The food was really good but the place is so cramped and loud it's almost a stressful experience! I think we went on a Tuesday or Wednesday night and the place was packed. It seemed like quite a few were regulars and I can appreciate why. The bartender was very nice and helpful with selections and the food was very good. But, like a mentioned earlier, the tables were as close together as I remember Francesca's being...maybe even more so. In fact, we were seated against the wall and the patron at the next table who had her back to our table would have her hair on our table when she would tilt her head back to laugh or whatever she was doing. Ick! I have no idea how the waiter managed to squeeze in there to take our order and deliver food. The place was so loud, I had to ask my dining companion to repeat himself a few times. I don't recall ever having to do that at any other restaurant I've ever been to (other than Francesca's). All and all a good meal but I probably won't be back simply due to the noise and close quarters.

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★★★☆☆

The food was really good but the place is so cramped and loud it's almost a stressful experience! I think we went on a Tuesday or Wednesday night and the place was packed. It seemed like quite a few were regulars and I can appreciate why. The bartender was very nice and helpful with selections and the food was very good. But, like a mentioned earlier, the tables were as close together as I remember Francesca's being...maybe even more so. In fact, we were seated against the wall and the patron at the next table who had her back to our table would have her hair on our table when she would tilt her head back to laugh or whatever she was doing. Ick! I have no idea how the waiter managed to squeeze in there to take our order and deliver food. The place was so loud, I had to ask my dining companion to repeat himself a few times. I don't recall ever having to do that at any other restaurant I've ever been to (other than Francesca's). All and all a good meal but I probably won't be back simply due to the noise and close quarters.

Pros: Food and bartneder

Cons: LOUD and CRAMPED!!

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They placed too many tables for the small space they have. Midway through the meal, waiters/waitress had come and asked us to move closer to our table in order for they to get through - we were already tightly squeezed into our limited space. Food tastes good except I got food poisoned. Most unpleassant expirence I have had.

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★☆☆☆☆

They placed too many tables for the small space they have. Midway through the meal, waiters/waitress had come and asked us to move closer to our table in order for they to get through - we were already tightly squeezed into our limited space. Food tastes good except I got food poisoned. Most unpleassant expirence I have had.

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We WERE long time customers. No more. The wait staff learn their rudeness from the owner. A waitress spilled a glass of red wine on my wife. The owner witnessed it! No apology. No offer to pay for cleaning. Many years ago, Bouchon was in the lead. They no longer deserve the popularity. They are not a bistro (bistro means fast in Russian), and anyone who has waited over an hour for a table knows that that aint fast) -- Margaux, Bernard, and Matou have out-bistroed them. The Costco duck now surpasses Bouchon's. It is resting on laurels earned many years ago -- if the wait staff and the owner don't want to be there, why would a diner?

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★☆☆☆☆

We WERE long time customers. No more. The wait staff learn their rudeness from the owner. A waitress spilled a glass of red wine on my wife. The owner witnessed it! No apology. No offer to pay for cleaning. Many years ago, Bouchon was in the lead. They no longer deserve the popularity. They are not a bistro (bistro means fast in Russian), and anyone who has waited over an hour for a table knows that that aint fast) -- Margaux, Bernard, and Matou have out-bistroed them. The Costco duck now surpasses Bouchon's. It is resting on laurels earned many years ago -- if the wait staff and the owner don't want to be there, why would a diner?

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The food was good I have to say. Union soup like it's suppose to be. But.....our waitress was rude. Very rude. All she did was talk to my wife throughout the night and never glanced a look at me (I'm not even that ugly) or asked if I liked the dinner. Oh, we waited 25 min. for the union soup to show up. A bit too long if you ask me.

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★★☆☆☆

The food was good I have to say. Union soup like it's suppose to be. But.....our waitress was rude. Very rude. All she did was talk to my wife throughout the night and never glanced a look at me (I'm not even that ugly) or asked if I liked the dinner. Oh, we waited 25 min. for the union soup to show up. A bit too long if you ask me.

Pros: ambiance, food

Cons: service!!

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HA, how do you like that jerky French? But yeah, maybe I'm a snob when it comes to this slice of the restaurant world, but I've found the French bistro style food in Chicago...underwhelming. I haven't had the good fortune of dining at the more exclusive (= $$$) establishments, but I've been to a bunch of the bistro places and the much touted Bouchon is a solid addition to the bunch but not enough to raise its GPA.

Here's the run down of my last meal:

Prix Fixe 3 Courses for $22 (rad)

First Course: Salade Lyonnaise. Ok, I'm stoked to see it on the menu, this is a favorite. Frisee is good, the egg was perfect...but the lardons were really lardy and the croutons, which must be made on-site, were actually sort of greasy. I found this somewhat unpleasant. B-

Second Course: Steak et Frites, not the most exciting choice ever, perhaps, but I like it. Meat was cooked rare enough (not as bloody as I'd like, maybe, but pretty good for a restaurant in USA), but it was kind of salty and I actually found the butter a bit much. And I love butter. B

Third Course: Profiteroles. Yum...but this is hard to screw up! B+

So yeah, that's a B. The atmosphere is also a B/B+...very comfortable, just what I want on a Tuesday night, but not especially impressive. Le Bouchon is a good restaurant, but it's not great. I'll be going back, but I don't often recommend it. If you're in the mood for French, you won't feel cheated, but you might not feel wow'ed either. I dunno though, see for yourself.

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★★★☆☆

HA, how do you like that jerky French? But yeah, maybe I'm a snob when it comes to this slice of the restaurant world, but I've found the French bistro style food in Chicago...underwhelming. I haven't had the good fortune of dining at the more exclusive (= $$$) establishments, but I've been to a bunch of the bistro places and the much touted Bouchon is a solid addition to the bunch but not enough to raise its GPA.

Here's the run down of my last meal:

Prix Fixe 3 Courses for $22 (rad)

First Course: Salade Lyonnaise. Ok, I'm stoked to see it on the menu, this is a favorite. Frisee is good, the egg was perfect...but the lardons were really lardy and the croutons, which must be made on-site, were actually sort of greasy. I found this somewhat unpleasant. B-

Second Course: Steak et Frites, not the most exciting choice ever, perhaps, but I like it. Meat was cooked rare enough (not as bloody as I'd like, maybe, but pretty good for a restaurant in USA), but it was kind of salty and I actually found the butter a bit much. And I love butter. B

Third Course: Profiteroles. Yum...but this is hard to screw up! B+

So yeah, that's a B. The atmosphere is also a B/B+...very comfortable, just what I want on a Tuesday night, but not especially impressive. Le Bouchon is a good restaurant, but it's not great. I'll be going back, but I don't often recommend it. If you're in the mood for French, you won't feel cheated, but you might not feel wow'ed either. I dunno though, see for yourself.

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I have to say that this was one of the worst restaurant experiences I have had in quite some time. The waitress was a humorless and pretentious snob and the rest of the staff was not far off. I am not sure who manages the restaurant but they are doing a terrible job of maintaining a friendly and welcoming environment. Serving french style food does not mean one must fall into the stereotypical rudeness of french waiters. Any good restaurant pays very close attention to the details when service is involved. Now the food was not much better than the service. We ordered escargot and sent them back because they were criminally underseasoned (for waitresses, that means undersalted) and received another seafood appetizer in exchange and found it also terribly undersalted. We are talking about day one in culinary school. Salt your food!! The entrees were also terribly seasoned. Maybe it was a bad day there but there are plenty of fantastic restaurants in this city that you need not waste your time with rude servers and uncreative badly executed food.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have to say that this was one of the worst restaurant experiences I have had in quite some time. The waitress was a humorless and pretentious snob and the rest of the staff was not far off. I am not sure who manages the restaurant but they are doing a terrible job of maintaining a friendly and welcoming environment. Serving french style food does not mean one must fall into the stereotypical rudeness of french waiters. Any good restaurant pays very close attention to the details when service is involved. Now the food was not much better than the service. We ordered escargot and sent them back because they were criminally underseasoned (for waitresses, that means undersalted) and received another seafood appetizer in exchange and found it also terribly undersalted. We are talking about day one in culinary school. Salt your food!! The entrees were also terribly seasoned. Maybe it was a bad day there but there are plenty of fantastic restaurants in this city that you need not waste your time with rude servers and uncreative badly executed food.

Pros: Ok room

Cons: Everything else

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I went there on a friday night at 7PM with my girlfriend. We knew it was going to be crowded but we were still expecting some kind of romantic setting. Actually, this restaurant is like a low cost tavern as far as ambiance. It is just impossible for people to hear you unless you shout. It is so noisy you dont even want to talk with your partner. And service was very slow too. The staff was astonishingly not nice at all, like they don't care about their job, so we gave 10% tip only (wanted to give even less though). Oh when they fill your glass with water and ice cubes, you end up having water splashing all over the place, which is not professional at all. The food was OK but not as good as Mon Ami Gabi. Appetizers and Desserts were excellent but entrees were cooked the american way and not the french way, some ingredients were tasteless. In the end, I would NOT recommend this place...

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★★☆☆☆

I went there on a friday night at 7PM with my girlfriend. We knew it was going to be crowded but we were still expecting some kind of romantic setting. Actually, this restaurant is like a low cost tavern as far as ambiance. It is just impossible for people to hear you unless you shout. It is so noisy you dont even want to talk with your partner. And service was very slow too. The staff was astonishingly not nice at all, like they don't care about their job, so we gave 10% tip only (wanted to give even less though). Oh when they fill your glass with water and ice cubes, you end up having water splashing all over the place, which is not professional at all. The food was OK but not as good as Mon Ami Gabi. Appetizers and Desserts were excellent but entrees were cooked the american way and not the french way, some ingredients were tasteless. In the end, I would NOT recommend this place...

Pros: excellent desserts and appetizers

Cons: Noise, narrow, not friendly, average entrees

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Went there last night with a friend. I expected that it would not be quiet, but with the music turned up as loud as it was everyone had to shout and I ended up wanting to leave sooner than I otherwise would have so I could actually talk the interesting woman I was with. The server was inattentive at best and indeed totally forgot about one of our starters. We decided to split the frogs legs special, which was superb but why can't relatively nice restaurants divide a plate in the kitchen or, at the least, bring a couple of small plates to the table. I mean, doing at least that just seems like common courtesy. But then our came our main courses way too fast, and the braised leeks (which the server had highly recommended) just were passed over. My skate wing was ok, but a bit greasy as though the pan weren't hot enough when it was put in. The red wine I ordered at the bar as well as the bottle we ordered with dinner were too warm -- room temperature for red wine doesn't mean 75 degrees like the close dining room. Le Bouchon certainly didn't live up to its billing and all in all I'd say it was a disappointment. Also, while the tables are close and small, that wouldn't normally be a problem, but note that there are no coats racks -- how will one manage on a winter's night?

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★★☆☆☆

Went there last night with a friend. I expected that it would not be quiet, but with the music turned up as loud as it was everyone had to shout and I ended up wanting to leave sooner than I otherwise would have so I could actually talk the interesting woman I was with. The server was inattentive at best and indeed totally forgot about one of our starters. We decided to split the frogs legs special, which was superb but why can't relatively nice restaurants divide a plate in the kitchen or, at the least, bring a couple of small plates to the table. I mean, doing at least that just seems like common courtesy. But then our came our main courses way too fast, and the braised leeks (which the server had highly recommended) just were passed over. My skate wing was ok, but a bit greasy as though the pan weren't hot enough when it was put in. The red wine I ordered at the bar as well as the bottle we ordered with dinner were too warm -- room temperature for red wine doesn't mean 75 degrees like the close dining room. Le Bouchon certainly didn't live up to its billing and all in all I'd say it was a disappointment. Also, while the tables are close and small, that wouldn't normally be a problem, but note that there are no coats racks -- how will one manage on a winter's night?

Pros: special appetizer was great

Cons: indifferent service, wine not kept properly

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Although this restautant has become a bit more hectic over the years, it still offers sophisticated fare. From our memory, the food seemed a bit more elegant in the early days, but maybe it's just our old age. But generally, the menu is excellant and the overall experience is very satisfying. My only real complaint is with the service, which can be impersonal at times. The lower priced wines are a bit underwhelming and I wish they offered a few better choices here. But still, they are quite acceptable. Recommended.

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★★★★☆

Although this restautant has become a bit more hectic over the years, it still offers sophisticated fare. From our memory, the food seemed a bit more elegant in the early days, but maybe it's just our old age. But generally, the menu is excellant and the overall experience is very satisfying. My only real complaint is with the service, which can be impersonal at times. The lower priced wines are a bit underwhelming and I wish they offered a few better choices here. But still, they are quite acceptable. Recommended.

Pros: Great Menu, fine food

Cons: Service can be short

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I took one of my best client's to this restaurant and ended up very embarrassed and apologizing! Thankfully I give better customer service than does this Chef, so my client understood.

The steak was flavorful but too tough to cut with the knife provided. The pomme frites with flat flavored and we were told ketchup was not provided. We spoke with the chef and he said he doesn't provide it because HE does not like ketchup. Then, sir, don't serve the fries!!

He would do better to remember that the lady should get what she asks. At least another sauce could have been provided.

The restaurant is intimate but the tables are so close together it is uncomfortable for tall diners.

I will never go back!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I took one of my best client's to this restaurant and ended up very embarrassed and apologizing! Thankfully I give better customer service than does this Chef, so my client understood.

The steak was flavorful but too tough to cut with the knife provided. The pomme frites with flat flavored and we were told ketchup was not provided. We spoke with the chef and he said he doesn't provide it because HE does not like ketchup. Then, sir, don't serve the fries!!

He would do better to remember that the lady should get what she asks. At least another sauce could have been provided.

The restaurant is intimate but the tables are so close together it is uncomfortable for tall diners.

I will never go back!!

Pros: The height of rudeness in a crowded restaurant

Cons: The chef needs to learn to listen to his customers

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I have enjoyed this chef's food for over 20 years, going back to La Fountaine, and I'll follow him anywhere he chooses to go or open. All the best elements of bistro dining are present here, including tight seating and a lively, louder enviornment. The food is excellent, fresh and genuine. Come the dark of winter, there is little better than his hearty cassoulet with a good glass of Rhone. This is the standard that other bistros are judged by....

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★★★★★

I have enjoyed this chef's food for over 20 years, going back to La Fountaine, and I'll follow him anywhere he chooses to go or open. All the best elements of bistro dining are present here, including tight seating and a lively, louder enviornment. The food is excellent, fresh and genuine. Come the dark of winter, there is little better than his hearty cassoulet with a good glass of Rhone. This is the standard that other bistros are judged by....

Pros: Le Sardine if this one is booked & good wine values.

Cons: not at the end of my block.....

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I went there Tuesday night for their prix fixe special. It was worth the $22 and more! The place is a little crammed and gets warm when packed but oh well....The great food made up for the minor discomfort. The profiteroles were great but the chocolate sauce was a little bitter. The service was great. Would definitely recommend it!

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★★★★☆

I went there Tuesday night for their prix fixe special. It was worth the $22 and more! The place is a little crammed and gets warm when packed but oh well....The great food made up for the minor discomfort. The profiteroles were great but the chocolate sauce was a little bitter. The service was great. Would definitely recommend it!

Pros: Good food, prix fixe menu on Tuesdays

Cons: Small, crammed space

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Wow! What a suprise! Very cute little restaurant! -The food is excellent! Or, If you just want to hed over for a drink or an appetizer, that's fine too, a great place to talk to very nice good looking people! Highly Recommended!
Make A Reservation, it get's crowded!

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★★★★★

Wow! What a suprise! Very cute little restaurant! -The food is excellent! Or, If you just want to hed over for a drink or an appetizer, that's fine too, a great place to talk to very nice good looking people! Highly Recommended!
Make A Reservation, it get's crowded!

Pros: ~Delicious Food~Cute Little Tables~Pretty People~

Cons: ~Get's Crowded~

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When you walk in the front door, there is no one to greet you because you are surrounded by tables of customers. When you make your way over to the bar, you will be greeted and seated. The entire restaurant is very small and all of the tables are very close to one another. When I got up to leave, we had to move the table, because there is no room to move around. Also, you are so close to the other guests that you can hear the conversations of other guests on both sides of you. The restaurant is VERY noisy and service is slow. The wine was very good, but very pricey. Food was below average. I've been to better French restaurants.

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★☆☆☆☆

When you walk in the front door, there is no one to greet you because you are surrounded by tables of customers. When you make your way over to the bar, you will be greeted and seated. The entire restaurant is very small and all of the tables are very close to one another. When I got up to leave, we had to move the table, because there is no room to move around. Also, you are so close to the other guests that you can hear the conversations of other guests on both sides of you. The restaurant is VERY noisy and service is slow. The wine was very good, but very pricey. Food was below average. I've been to better French restaurants.

Pros: good wine (expensive)

Cons: tables are too close, noisy, slow service

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It was a lucky draw that we ended up here. Picked it out online on the spur of the moment--empty when we arrived at 6. Packed when we left at 7:45 with tall, good-looking people, all talking animatedly (acoustics not ideal). Country French food. Real sauces. Good bread and butter. Wine by the bottle half-price on Mondays. What's not to like!?

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★★★★☆

It was a lucky draw that we ended up here. Picked it out online on the spur of the moment--empty when we arrived at 6. Packed when we left at 7:45 with tall, good-looking people, all talking animatedly (acoustics not ideal). Country French food. Real sauces. Good bread and butter. Wine by the bottle half-price on Mondays. What's not to like!?

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I have eaten here at least 40-50 times, as it was once one of my favorites. Reasonably priced bistro fare. THe service however, has gone from bad to worse. The waiter attempted to pass off a different vintage than was ordered and then didn't show with my second choice until I was almost done with my appetizer. Then he became aggressive and down right nasty when I politely pointed out his scarcity. Escalated to the owner who further escalated the "discussion" "The '02 and '03 are like womens shoes, red or black who cares". I care and I will NEVER go back! This place has become a stereotype for the Parisian Tourist experience. Emphasis on the extremely rude behavior.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have eaten here at least 40-50 times, as it was once one of my favorites. Reasonably priced bistro fare. THe service however, has gone from bad to worse. The waiter attempted to pass off a different vintage than was ordered and then didn't show with my second choice until I was almost done with my appetizer. Then he became aggressive and down right nasty when I politely pointed out his scarcity. Escalated to the owner who further escalated the "discussion" "The '02 and '03 are like womens shoes, red or black who cares". I care and I will NEVER go back! This place has become a stereotype for the Parisian Tourist experience. Emphasis on the extremely rude behavior.

Pros: moderate priced

Cons: service, service, service

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My wife and I had a great experience at Le Bouchon. The food was excellent and well priced. The steak dishes are superb and cooked to order. The rabbit was also fantastic. The wine recommendation was surprisingly one of the cheaper bottles on the menu and it did not disappoint. The service was nice, cheery and knowledgable. It was tightly packed, but it only added to the experience. We are going back again soon!

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★★★★★

My wife and I had a great experience at Le Bouchon. The food was excellent and well priced. The steak dishes are superb and cooked to order. The rabbit was also fantastic. The wine recommendation was surprisingly one of the cheaper bottles on the menu and it did not disappoint. The service was nice, cheery and knowledgable. It was tightly packed, but it only added to the experience. We are going back again soon!

Pros: Food, Wine List, Service

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This restaurant is small and cozy and perfect for a late romantic dinner. The food is excellent as is the wine. Has the feel of a French cafe. Service timing is superb. Definitely one of the little known treasures in Chicago. Reservation recommended but it is possible to get in even on a Saturday night.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is small and cozy and perfect for a late romantic dinner. The food is excellent as is the wine. Has the feel of a French cafe. Service timing is superb. Definitely one of the little known treasures in Chicago. Reservation recommended but it is possible to get in even on a Saturday night.

Pros: Service, Romantic

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Please, please, please hire respectable waitstaff at this restaurant. Your food is decently priced and, from what I heard quite tasty. Unfortunately, my fiance and I had to leave early because of the abhorrent staff and the unpleasant (insert unpleasantries here) service not to mention we were dying of thirst by the time someone even decided it was our 'turn' to be served.

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★☆☆☆☆

Please, please, please hire respectable waitstaff at this restaurant. Your food is decently priced and, from what I heard quite tasty. Unfortunately, my fiance and I had to leave early because of the abhorrent staff and the unpleasant (insert unpleasantries here) service not to mention we were dying of thirst by the time someone even decided it was our 'turn' to be served.

Pros: Romoured decent food, Decent prices

Cons: , Tight quarters, Did I mention waiter

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This was the worst dining experience I've had in Chicago and one of the worst ever. I had made a reservation for 5:30 p.m. (made a week earlier). From the beginning, the waiter was incredibly rude and unhelpful and kept rushing us. As my friends and I were chatting, the waiter brought over my coat check tab and asked if I wanted my coat! I said no, I wasn't ready to go and then he told us we HAD to leave because they needed the table! I have never been thrown out of a restaurant before in my life! It was stunning. I will NEVER go back there (the food is fine but not special) and recommend that no one else go either.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was the worst dining experience I've had in Chicago and one of the worst ever. I had made a reservation for 5:30 p.m. (made a week earlier). From the beginning, the waiter was incredibly rude and unhelpful and kept rushing us. As my friends and I were chatting, the waiter brought over my coat check tab and asked if I wanted my coat! I said no, I wasn't ready to go and then he told us we HAD to leave because they needed the table! I have never been thrown out of a restaurant before in my life! It was stunning. I will NEVER go back there (the food is fine but not special) and recommend that no one else go either.

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If you want to be rushed through a mediocore meal by all means go to Le Bouchon. Having the hostess come to our table 6 times in 10 minutes to see if we had paid yet was a bit disconcerting, especially while we were still finishing our wine and dessert. According to the staff, if they want to make money, they need to churn as many customers through their doors as possible. Ensuring that customers enjoy their meal is not their problem. They spaced their reservation so close that the party waiting for our table was waiting as we recieved our appetizers.

Bottom line: we've had better service at an I-Hop.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you want to be rushed through a mediocore meal by all means go to Le Bouchon. Having the hostess come to our table 6 times in 10 minutes to see if we had paid yet was a bit disconcerting, especially while we were still finishing our wine and dessert. According to the staff, if they want to make money, they need to churn as many customers through their doors as possible. Ensuring that customers enjoy their meal is not their problem. They spaced their reservation so close that the party waiting for our table was waiting as we recieved our appetizers.

Bottom line: we've had better service at an I-Hop.

Pros: Cafe Matou Nearby

Cons: Rude, $8 Valet, Mediocore Food

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We've been coming to Le Bouchon for 10 years. Believe the quotes that it's just like eating at a Parisian bistro! Professional, long-term waitstaff (not always patient when it's crowded, so don't dawdle and save them some time). Excellent food at great values. Well-matched wine list (check out the reserve list if you are celebrating something).

Favorites: Onion Tart, Mussels, Steak Au Poivre, Hanger steak, Steak Frites, Osso Bucco, Cassoulet, Chocolate Marquise, Apple Tart.

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★★★★★

We've been coming to Le Bouchon for 10 years. Believe the quotes that it's just like eating at a Parisian bistro! Professional, long-term waitstaff (not always patient when it's crowded, so don't dawdle and save them some time). Excellent food at great values. Well-matched wine list (check out the reserve list if you are celebrating something).

Favorites: Onion Tart, Mussels, Steak Au Poivre, Hanger steak, Steak Frites, Osso Bucco, Cassoulet, Chocolate Marquise, Apple Tart.

Pros: Great value, Eat at the bar, Seasonal menu

Cons: Smoky in winter, Noisy

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the food is amazing. great wines to chose from as well. the rabbit is the best i've had. please try it.

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★★★★★

the food is amazing. great wines to chose from as well. the rabbit is the best i've had. please try it.

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Over all Excellent! It is small but great atmosphere, excellent dishes, try the halibut, steak and pomme frits, and the desert menu! Waiter made excellent wine suggestions. I have recommended this place many times. It is reasonably priced considering the excellent food. Definately make reservations.

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★★★★★

Over all Excellent! It is small but great atmosphere, excellent dishes, try the halibut, steak and pomme frits, and the desert menu! Waiter made excellent wine suggestions. I have recommended this place many times. It is reasonably priced considering the excellent food. Definately make reservations.

Pros: Wine List, Wait Staff, Good Pricing

Cons: Small

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Le Bouchon is literally a gateway into Paris. The food is uncomparable to other chicagoland bistros, and the ambience is amazing. If you are looking for a traditional bistro, you will find none better in Chicago.

2
★★★★★

Le Bouchon is literally a gateway into Paris. The food is uncomparable to other chicagoland bistros, and the ambience is amazing. If you are looking for a traditional bistro, you will find none better in Chicago.

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This restaurant was definitely not worth the $70 we paid for the meal. The food was decent, but the crème brulée was burned beyond recognition. Amélie would have had to use a sledgehammer to crack the black sugar crust. The cheese plate was miniscule and the apple tart was like chewing on rubber.

As for the waitstaff, they spent more time hovering around the bar working on a New York Times crossword puzzle than attending to the tables.

At the end of our meal we were rushed out of our table to seat another couple. This restaurant was far too expensive for the quality of the service. I would not go back for a second meal.

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★★☆☆☆

This restaurant was definitely not worth the $70 we paid for the meal. The food was decent, but the crème brulée was burned beyond recognition. Amélie would have had to use a sledgehammer to crack the black sugar crust. The cheese plate was miniscule and the apple tart was like chewing on rubber.

As for the waitstaff, they spent more time hovering around the bar working on a New York Times crossword puzzle than attending to the tables.

At the end of our meal we were rushed out of our table to seat another couple. This restaurant was far too expensive for the quality of the service. I would not go back for a second meal.

Pros: quaint, quick seating

Cons: over crowded, poor service, too expensive

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Due to the many fine entrees served at Le Bouchon, many reviewers overlook the incomparable Salad Lyonaise which features a perfectly cooked yet concealed poached egg amid the greens. The taste explosion of piercing the egg is trancendent.

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★★★★★

Due to the many fine entrees served at Le Bouchon, many reviewers overlook the incomparable Salad Lyonaise which features a perfectly cooked yet concealed poached egg amid the greens. The taste explosion of piercing the egg is trancendent.

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If you are looking for the best French bistro in Chicago, you just found it. Le bouchon is cheap and its food delicious. But what really makes this place unique is its joyful, lively ambiance. Very nice and experienced waiters who will guide you if you are not a wine expert.
No wonder why the place is always packed! By the way, you need to make a reservation in advance.
Without any doubt, THE best bistro in Chicago (and I have tried a lot)

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★★★★★

If you are looking for the best French bistro in Chicago, you just found it. Le bouchon is cheap and its food delicious. But what really makes this place unique is its joyful, lively ambiance. Very nice and experienced waiters who will guide you if you are not a wine expert.
No wonder why the place is always packed! By the way, you need to make a reservation in advance.
Without any doubt, THE best bistro in Chicago (and I have tried a lot)

Pros: Food, Ambiance, Service

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The escargot here is absolutely perfect, the bread is awesome... The Hangar steak is one of the best I've ever had, in a wine-reduction sauce, and the service was great - the waiter suggested the rabbit (which was incredible) and even offered to take it back if I didn't like it. Dessert, wines, and champagne were all perfect accompniments to the meal.

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★★★★★

The escargot here is absolutely perfect, the bread is awesome... The Hangar steak is one of the best I've ever had, in a wine-reduction sauce, and the service was great - the waiter suggested the rabbit (which was incredible) and even offered to take it back if I didn't like it. Dessert, wines, and champagne were all perfect accompniments to the meal.

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real european feel, great service and exellent food, fair pricing. staff recognized us after two visits. chapeaux.

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★★★★★

real european feel, great service and exellent food, fair pricing. staff recognized us after two visits. chapeaux.

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This is the place for a romantic dinning. Food is great and service is excellent. You can't go wrong.

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★★★★★

This is the place for a romantic dinning. Food is great and service is excellent. You can't go wrong.

Pros: Great service, Great Food, Good settings

Cons: No Parking Lot, Crowded

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I took my girlfriend here this past weekend and had a great dining experience. This is her first time in Chicago and loved the intimate dining and the food. This place is a must for all couples.

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★★★★★

I took my girlfriend here this past weekend and had a great dining experience. This is her first time in Chicago and loved the intimate dining and the food. This place is a must for all couples.

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t was like living back in Paris. The food was authentic and the quality was phenomal. Its a great romantic and stylish bistro for a date or for just friends to enjoy the evening. This is a DEFINITE if you are a Francophile. BON APETITE!

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★★★★★

t was like living back in Paris. The food was authentic and the quality was phenomal. Its a great romantic and stylish bistro for a date or for just friends to enjoy the evening. This is a DEFINITE if you are a Francophile. BON APETITE!

Pros: Quality of food, Autheticity, Ambience

Cons: Size of Bistro

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Jean-Claude Poilevey's little, wood-trimmed dining room sets the standard for competently prepared bistro classics at the kind of prices you'd be overjoyed to find anywhere---including in Paris. Garlicky snails in parsley butter, robust…

 

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