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Le Bouchon - Chicago, Chicago, IL

Le Bouchon - Chicago

4.8
4.8
1331 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 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

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What 1,331 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

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    French

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  1. CR

    CherriR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent French fare in an unpretentious and authentic little bistro. My new favorite place!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend. Their french food is unmatched in Chicago. Tastes like a french bistro in Paris!
  3. J

    Jeff

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Overall the misses and I had a great time. The food was great. We had a reservation and was seated promptly. The music was a bit loud but not over powering. The service was friendly and sufficient. I would go there again to try other dishes.
  4. SK

    StevenK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything here is great. Staff is very friendly and food is amazing. Me and my date had a wonderful time here. Highly recommend
  5. k

    kh226

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    We have enjoyed LeBouchon for years. Service was great as usual. The food was pretty poor other than the poulet, lyonnaise salad, and mussels. Had a great bottle of Pinot Blanc. My Skatewing was not good - I don’t understand why skatewing needs panko breadcrumbs. There was also a funky after taste with it. I have had it before at LeBouchon when it was poached (maybe 15 years ago) and it was excellent. The steak frites was terrible. The meat was super fatty and the presentation was poor. I hate to bash on a place we have enjoyed so many times. I think they need to step it up with the quality of the food. Again, our waitress was fantastic. I am not giving up on this place, but I am not going to recommend it until we make a return visit. Hoping for better things in the future.
  6. PL

    PamelaL

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was my first time. Love the macaroon mousse but not liking the skate dish. It had this ammonia smell, I only put my finger on it afterwards. It was a bit let down. Maybe because I heard so much good things and it is within my neighborhood.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food, great service!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch was really good , best mussels ever! Service was excellent also!
  9. G

    Grace

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was fantastic, waitstaff was friendly and helpful !! The only complaint is the noise level is off the charts - but definitely a new favorite and will be coming back ! (After popping some excedrin)
  10. RO

    ROBERTB

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Like being in a bistro in Paris. Great service, great food.
  11. J

    Joan

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was the best from both the wait staff no mor to say zzzxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxcxcxxxxxccc ccccccccxxxxxxxxxxccxxxxxxxxvvvvvvvvvvvvvvbvvvvv
  12. JG

    JuliaG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best as always. Our server was so wonderful too!
  13. LG

    LincyG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Everything was great, but there's no room - you feel like you're on top of the guests since the tables are extremely close to each other. The food and service were fantastic!
  14. J

    John

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Classic French bistro food. Very well executed. Just disappointed they ran out of the specials (duck breast) and dessert chocolate soufflé.
  15. SB

    SteveB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  16. F

    Foodie

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Bouchon has been very consistent in quality. The dishes are amazing, especially the trout and the duck. Portions are generous and the quality of the ingredients is superb. The salads are highly recommended and they are good to share. Service is outstanding. Although is a small restaurant, they do their best to accommodate you.
  17. M

    Myriam

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Service was nice even if the waitress didnt seem to know much about the wines on the menu. Frozen french fries. The raclette cheese had no taste, maybe because there was too much pepper in the patty or maybe theres no proper raclette in Chicago? Crème brûlée was too sweet. As a French person visiting I was highly disappointed. Will not be returning.
  18. M

    Monikita

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food is generally good here. My steak was not cook properly but we were not charged for it. The waitress never came back to our table after we were served our food. I think the reason is that the restaurant did not have enough staff. Overall is a good place to have a meal.
  19. HW

    HeatherWilde

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food: wonderful. Service: attentive without being overbearing. Sound/ noise level: horrific. Parties of 6 or more with shrill, shouting, possibly over-served patrons ought to be politely asked to dim their voices (my guess is their sense of consideration for anyone other than themselves is already dim... or worse.) What was to be a lovely birthday dinner - and for the efforts of the staff was - suffered from the selfish behavior of an aggressively loud young woman in a party of what looked to be peers and a parent or two. Meanwhile, the seasonal strawberry gazpacho and watermelon salad, as we'll as the entrees and the chocolate soufflé to finish were all outstanding!
  20. JW

    JeffW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    my old standby, Have not been in Chicago since pandemic so it was great to see that this little gem still exists and thrives.
  21. BC

    BobbyC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Classic bistro, great wine, great service, excellent food but close to the edge of oversalted.
  22. B

    Babs

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!
  23. JS

    JamieS

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Bouchon is incredible. The steak frites and French onion soup were out of this world. I adored the Cremant d'alsace sparkling wine and the apple tart. I would drive all the way back to Chicago for that tart.
  24. S

    Sara

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing as well. Great server and amazing food. It’s always such a wonderful experience eating here.
  25. RR

    RenitaRT

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Deeply flavorful food and excellent service! Cute French bistro.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. I had the special pink snapper, a whole fish. My friends had the salmon in pastry and the chicken. We had snails and mussels as appetizers and the lava cake for dessert. The only thing I didn’t care for was the smoked pretzel sauce they poured on to the cake. Everything else was fabulous!! Our server was terrific
  27. JF

    JoeyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alexis was an incredible hostess. She made accommodations for our table last minute and was incredibly charming. Our service at the table was lightening fast, and the food was exceptional. Escargot is a must order. I do recommend getting large ice cubes though.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Amazing wine! Amazing service, one of my top 5 favorite places in Chicago…
  29. a

    aebb30

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Disappointed- VERY cramped atmosphere (elbow to elbow with the table next to you) and we tried to move our table a little and the waitress yelled at us. Food was not as good as we anticipated from a restaurant with amazing reviews. Felt very rushed.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    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!
  32. m

    mryc

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent for food to service!
  33. DD

    DiningDiva

    Chicago

    169 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    169 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    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.
  34. G

    Gaby

    Chicago

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food, service and wine selection!!!
  35. EV

    ElenaV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    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!
  36. 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!
  37. 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.
  38. 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!
  39. 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
  40. C

    Claire

    Mobile

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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!

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 1331 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 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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