Le Bouchon

Le Bouchon, is popular for both its intimate yet boisterous atmosphere and affordable authentic bistro fare. Whatever the season, the food here is fairly heavy, although specials are lighter in warmer months. Poilevey could pack this place every night just with regulars addicted to the house specialty of roast duck for two, bathed in Grand Marnier-orange marmalade sauce. The fare covers bistro basics, with starters including steamed mussels in white wine and herbs, onion tart, codfish brandade and salade Lyonnaise (greens with bacon lardoons, croutons, and poached egg). The authenticity continues in the entree department, with steak frites, sautéed rabbit in white wine, veal kidneys in mustard sauce, and bouillabaisse, most affordably priced at around $20.00. 
The piped-in music and voices from closely packed tables create an atmosphere that some perceive as convivial, and others as claustrophobic and noisy.

LM Bistro

LM Bistro represents a classic French bistro experience. Chef Partner Bradford Phillips’s casually sophisticated cuisine will win over those in search of authentic, fanfareless, Euro-style dining. Preparations are simple yet highly evolved.

Maison Brasserie

Every day Classic French Food served in a modern brasserie - with a contemporary sensibility.
Express Lunch available Monday-Friday 11:30am to 5:00pm exclusively in The Cafe.
Two courses served together for $9.99 (includes coffee/tea/iced tea/soda). Add dessert to the Express Lunch for an additional $3.00. No substitutions. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

Paris Club

The latest restaurant from Chef Joho and RJ & Jerrod Melman, Paris Club is a high-energy, casual yet sophisticated French restaurant and bar in the heart of River North. Focused on the approachability of French dining, Paris Club offers a collection of small plates to share, craft beers on draft, and a wine list that doesn't require a glossary of terms. Gone are the days of white table cloths and jacket requirements, Paris Club celebrates with champagne on tap.

Bistro 110

Just steps from the Magnificent Mile, Bistro 110 is a legendary Chicago favorite that lures locals, visitors (and oftentimes celebrities) with its chic style and neighborhood charm. Our fashionable, friendly atmosphere buzzes with the energy and flair of an authentic French bistro as it has been for the past 20 years. Accented with gleaming copper and contemporary murals by renowned artists, it’s a fantastic place for casual meals or special occasions.

Bistro Margot

Old Town is one of Chicago’s most eclectic areas. So much that is vibrant about the city can be found in this cosmopolitan neighborhood. There are saloons, rib joints, great steak places, sensational pizza parlors and – Bistro Margot - the spot for all Francophiles. If you are not familiar with French cuisine, this is the place to learn from a more-than-friendly staff that delights in telling you how each meal is prepared.  

Cafe Absinthe

Since its opening in 1994, Cafe Absinthe has garnered critical acclaim for it's innovative New American Cuisine. With the use of the finest available ingredients and attention to detail, and an extensive wine list, Cafe Absinthe is a Bucktown treasure.

Cafe Bernard

Café Bernard is an authentic country French Bistro located in the heart of Chicago's lively Lincoln Park.  Chef and owner Bernard LeCoq opened Café Bernard in 1972. For more than 30 years he has been serving his favorite dishes of his native French homeland such as French Onion Soup, Cassoulet Toulousain, and Bouillabaisse

Cafe des Architectes

Contemporary cuisine rooted in French culture showcasing products from Midwestern farmers at Cafe des Architectes. The restaurant is located in the fashionable Gold Coast neighborhood. It is a modern restaurant with dramatic appointments created by interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon.

Carlos Restaurant

Carlos' has distinguished itself as one of only a handful of top-rated restaurants in the Chicago area. Of all our culinary achievements in our years on the Chicago food scene, I think the most important thing we've done is figure out how to make you feel comfortable in the world of top-quality food and wine.
The way we look at it, if we make you feel comfortable in the restaurant, you'll also feel comfortable making our recipes at home. That's why everything we do is intended to enhance your comfort and enjoyment. We must be succeeding: a recent survey by the Zagat Guide reports that Carlos' is considered Chicago's most popular restaurant.

Chez Colette

Located in the Sofitel Chicago O'Hare, this casual brasserie serves up French fare such as foie gras with vegetable confit and homemade brioche, and an asparagus and brie tart with chervil butter sauce.

Coq d'Or

This is the classic restaurant and cocktail lounge where, as one writer put it, "the two martini lunch is alive and well." Soft lighting, whispered conversations drift up from booths upholstered in luxuriant red leather. Long stemmed martini glasses dot the bar. This is a sophisticated room where women can still be seen in black satin cocktail dresses and the power lunch is replete with gentlemen wearing diamond studs in their French cuffs.

Cyrano's Bistrot & Wine Bar

Cyrano’s, owned and operated by acclaimed famous chef and restaurateur Didier Durand, is a first-rate French Bistrot. The restaurant, which offers modern French Cuisine, received prestigious accolades within its first year of operation. Chef Durand was inspired to name his restaurant after Cyrano de Bergerac, the legendary Frenchman who symbolizes "La grande passion" of French life and living.

Hemmingway's Bistro

Hemmingway's Bistro in Oak Park combines classic French dishes with the freshest Midwest ingredients.


Kevin Restaurant offers French cuisine with an Asian flare. With a menu that rotates daily, Kevin always has something new for those seeking a fine meal in a relaxing atmosphere.

Kiki's Bistro

Kiki's River North loft blends country-French décor and an urban-French palate. Fans rave for everything from standard steak frites to stand-alone rabbit sausage.

La Sardine

Across from the Harpo Studios, La Sardine is a Parisian Café with Classic Bistro fare, all-French wine list and friendly service.

Les Nomades

Housed in a 19th Century brownstone, Les Nomades is an intimate urban oasis in the middle of Downtown Chicago. Its classic French cuisine has garnered national acclaim; it is complemented by an award-winning wine list from their extensive cellar. Every detail, from fresh-cut rose bouquets to the glow from the antique fireplace, ensures a sensory experience. This is an evening to be savored.


If you want to enjoy the some of the best French food, flair and atmosphere in Chicago, then look no further than Marche. This brasserie-style French restaurant brings a whole new meaning to the words eclectic and entertaining. As one reviewer put it, "vibrant paintings and ultra modern furnishings give the restaurant a funky chic style."  Umbrellas hang from the rafters and colorful designs surround every light bulb.


Chef Michael Lachowicz presents his version of unpretentious fine French food in a casually elegant setting. Three star rated by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Magazine with Two star prices.

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