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Le Bouchon - Chicago, Chicago, IL

Le Bouchon - Chicago

4.8
4.8
1300 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

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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Booked 46 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Comfort Food, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 862-6600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Wbaldo Gallegos, Chef de Cuisine: Oliver Poilevey

  • Neighborhood

    Bucktown / Wicker Park

  • Cross street

    Armitage

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Damen or Western Blue Line. Damen or Armitage Buses.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 1,300 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    French

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always the best.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The only thing was the gnocchi was a little too tough/thick for our taste. The gnocchi sauce was delicious but the gnocchi was a bit too grainy. Otherwise everything was amazing and the service was awesome!

  3. m

    mryc

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always excellent for food to service!

  4. DD

    DiningDiva

    Chicago

    167 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    167 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We loved the delicious dishes, however, some of the sauces were a little over salted. We shared frog legs that were cooked perfectly. The Lyonnaise salad was a hit with everyone. Two of us had the branzino special over a salad. I enjoyed the medium-rare lamb chops accompanied by artichokes and scalloped potatoes. The savory trout en croute was beautifully presented and topped with fish roe in a creamy sauce. We shared the dark decadent chocolate souffle with a pretzel row smoky cream Anglaise--so fabulous. Our server, Clare was an absolute delight. She was personable and so accomodating. We love the atmosphere and energetic vibe of Le Bouchon. I would love to try them for lunch, also.

  5. G

    Gaby

    Chicago

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great food, service and wine selection!!!

  6. EV

    ElenaV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always an amazing meal and lovely time! The staff is warm and attentive, always making us feel like we’re having dinner at a friend’s house. And the food, as always, was exceptional!

  7. W

    Wuffie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another great meal at an old favorite. The food is always excellent but the staff makes it special. I honestly can't think of a restaurant staffed with more friendly, and importantly, knowledgeable staff. The staff knows its menu and knows its wine. Those characteristics are increasingly only found at the highest end restaurants...and certainly not your neighborhood French bistro. Bon travail!

  8. BC

    BobbyC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The FOOD is the star here! Imagine this is very similar to a bustling bistro in Lyon. Service is efficient and not rushed. The noise level is loud so beware. We will certainly be back again.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I took my kids to celebrate my daughter’s 21st bday. Was wonderful food and a great time!

  10. K

    Kalorama

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent escargot. White asparagus was so decadent. Wait staff very friendly. Small space so very noisy but it was fun. Definitely will be back

  11. C

    Claire

    Mobile

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Service was great! Steak was over cooked (ordered med rare but it came out medium/medium well) but other than that all of the food was very well prepared. We had the mussels, onion soup, lamb and streak frites. We enjoyed French 75s, French Cocktails and the rotating Gamay! All great! We were too full for dessert but will save room next time to try the crème brûlée!

  12. DB

    DennisB

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    We had lunch but ate enough for dinner. Service by Marcel was excellent. Mussels were our favorite dish though the lamb tartare was a close second. The bread was a little scorched but we don’t eat much bread anyway. Can’t wait to go back for dinner sometime soon.

  13. L

    Lkc1

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    everything was great but disappointed that they ran out of pate.

  14. FD

    FrequentDiner

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great wine and great service!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We drove in from South Bend, Indiana for a show in the city and chose to dine at Le Bouchon because we love all French cuisine. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented and VERY authentic. We cleaned every plate and had a wonderful time! The staff was knowledgeable and fun as well. We will definitely be returning.

  16. MR

    MikeR

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Le Bouchon is one of my favorite restaurants. It is a perfect French bistro. The specials menu is always excellent as well. I will return there as often as possible.

  17. WL

    WestLoopFoodie

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The meal was delicious and the staff were engaging and provided great service. It was a wonderful French meal!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding as always. The best mussels we’ve ever had!

  19. A

    Acustomer

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Great Food, excellent bread, great atmosphere, high on price.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food and a great experience!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Not impressed with the menu .

  22. CS

    CaronS

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every bite, a delight. This French spot never fails. Unpretentious and out of this world at the same time!

  23. ES

    ErikS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great French food in a cozy atmosphere. Highly recommend.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Food not as good as le sardine

  25. MT

    xoxoMTxo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect spot for an occasion! We loved it. Can't wait to go back!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a wonderful birthday lunch at Le Bouchon. Everything was wonderful and Mondays are half price bottles of wine. The onion Tarte was a standout as was the maple creme brulee. Definitely not to be missed!

  27. IM

    IanM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We love this place! Our experience was amazing. Thserver we had was the best part. She took great care of us and made the whole experience that much better. Food….I mean…OMG! Perfection.

  28. GP

    GingerP

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is hands down our favorite restaurant in Chicago. It is comfortable, amazing food, service. Not one thing that we don't love. I am already booked for my birthday

  29. WB

    WeiB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was great. Just noise was too loud. Service was great.

  30. J

    Jenn

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice cafe vibe . Lots to choose from on the menu. We tried the French onion soup, escargot , mussels and frites , and rabbit pot pie . All delicious .

  31. NR

    NancyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time dining here so we didn’t know what to expect but had an amazing time. The entire staff was very friendly and helpful with recommendations. The food was just simply fantastic. We’re looking forward to our next dinner

  32. CC

    ConnieC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Unfortunately Bouchon is very different from what made it an essential restaurant in the past. The magic of La Sardine and Bouchon is no longer present and it reflects on the menu and quality of the food. The short cut of using puff pastry on everything including 3-4 en croute dishes does not go unnoticed. Worse was a flat soufflé that was served despite falling into a mess, followed by a vol au vent side dish burnt to black. All in all it was a disappointing experience.

  33. P

    Palita

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always love coming here. Thank you for yet another great meal.

  34. NL

    NhuL

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    This is my second time dining at Le Bouchon. I came back for the seared foie gras last time I ate here but this time it taste different because the menu and the dish changed often, as our server said. We started out with the duck liver mousse macaron as our server recommended for us; it was not really my taste as it has a really strong scent of the liver (maybe it's a personal thing). I actually also came back for the snails, a must try! The caramelized onions with bacon pie was very tasty as well! Overall, the restaurant is packed even though we dine on a Wednesday night. I find that the noise level is pretty high, but we don't really mind it since it does make the ambience feel more energetic.

  35. NC

    NancyC

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    a wonderful place, great food, good service; very small so make reservations.

  36. J

    Jasmine

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always amazing! My favorite restaurant in Chicago

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We love this spot in town because it really feels like a getaway to France. If you’ve been, you know the tables are right on top of each other which personally I think adds to the charm. We had to wait a few extra minutes past our reservation time, but once seated we enjoyed the unique and decadent food. Service was great! We’ll definitely be back.

  38. TM

    TamarM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, service and quality is amazing. We live in the neighborhood and love coming here.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always fabulous food, service and cozy atmosphere

  40. 7

    7777777

    East Texas

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Terrific food and attentive staff. But, don’t go if you aren’t prepared for tiny space between tables and such a loud vibe that you have to almost shout to have a conversation.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Le Bouchon - Chicago offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 862-6600.

Le Bouchon - Chicago is rated 4.8 stars by 1300 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 46 times today
Google Map for Le Bouchon - Chicago

1958 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL 60647

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Armitage

  • Neighborhood

    Bucktown / Wicker Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Comfort Food, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Damen or Western Blue Line. Damen or Armitage Buses.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Wbaldo Gallegos, Chef de Cuisine: Oliver Poilevey

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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