Brindille

4.7
630 reviews
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Brindille, named "Best New Restaurant in 2013" by Chicago Tribune, offers a glimpse into refined Parisian cuisine and atmosphere from the James Beard-award winning team that brought you NAHA. Enjoy classic French fare in a refined, sexy dining room with fine china and French linens. Let the wine list walk you through all the regions of France and the Old World. Tasting menus available upon request.

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JB
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding anniversary and friend visiting us from Florida.

B
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Brindille for the first time on our anniversary last Saturday night and it was an excellent experience. Our server Careen was a delight and very attentive to our needs, even though the restaurant was full. Her wine by the glass recommendations were very good, and she gave us the opportunity to sample them before selecting. Though the by the glass prices were a bit high, the pours were generous. While they have a fixed price option, the menu offers many possibilities. The menu changes slightly weekly in the summer to take advantage of fresh items that become available. Our appetizers of the recommended corn soup and the soft shell crab were great. We had the quail and the duck breast, both of which were outstanding. Despite a full house on a Saturday night, the noise level was fine for talking. The bill was quite reasonable, compared to many other fine dining restaurants. We will be back.

O
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the best Dover sole I've ever had at this restaurant. It was an updated dish but true to the things I love about Dover sole. I can't recommend this Brindille highly enough! Great service but relaxed and casual. I will be a regular here.

D
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been wow'd before and brought my best friend and daughter. They BOTH said it was the best food they've ever eaten. So, yeah, you should go. Get the Foie. And the Duck. And the Lobster. And dessert. And let them choose your wines.

NU
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brindille was the bday guests choice. She enjoyed everything and the entree's were complemented with an excellent wine pairing. We recommend and plan to return.

K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the very best restaurants in the country! Superb Chef. Great ambiance and Service. Deserves at least two Michelin stars IMO.

MC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brindille is awesome. Don’t miss this place. It is a must go. Food and presentation is outstanding. Always a great experience. Staff is great. Atmosphere is great. Highly recommend this place.

K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in St. Louis but dine in Chicago a lot. Brindille might be among the best two or three fine-dining experiences I have had there. Everything over-the-top. And the presence of Careen (sp?) as hostess, sommelier, jack-of-all-jobs, was particularly memorable. Five-Star. We will be back

BK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Our server was so personable and knowledgeable about not only the food, but also wine pairings. It was our 31st wedding anniversary and they made it very special. We will definitely be back.

RH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Chicago, period. Fois gras is amazing, the oysters were crazy and of the three entrees at our table, I couldn't pick a favorite. They were all amazing.

D
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, as always. Careen was our server and she was phenomenal. Hands down beats other French restaurants in town for ambiance, service, food and wine!

JS
Chicago
183 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The echos of Michelin starred NAHA ring through Brindille. Superb food, service and wine. It was a delight.

SL
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding, truly exceptional. And the tasting menu and wine pairings were fabulous.

b
San Diego
143 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Arrival and greeting: Great. Ordered wine for aperitive and wine for dinner great and fast. Placed order: no problem. Quality and innovation of dishes: Great. Service: great and enthusiastically. Wait time to get dishes: dismal; 20 to 30+ minutes wait time. I don't want the dishes to come one after the other but that wait time was excessive. Somewhere, something needs to be fixed.

J
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a fine dining restaurant. Comfortable seatings were equipped with exquisite tablewear and shiny utensils. The food is very good. The dish I had was the duck breast. It’s better than the duck breast from the NOMI Kitchen at Park Hyatt. It’s also better than the duck breast from Margeaux Brasserie at Waldorf Astoria. Most of the duck dishes involved fruity sauce. People add fruit to the sauce, and put some puree (usually potato) and a few green leaves to the dish and that was it. Here at Brindle, in addition to the fruity sauce, they used the fruit (peaches) to make a tarte tatin to go with the dish rather than plain old veggie puree. It is this kind of extra work that elevates the whole dish and make it better than everybody else’. I also like the idea of using leek to go with duck meat. Every element in this dish is delicious. I wasn’t gonna order this dish. But Careen recommended it so I went along with it. And I’m so glad that I did. She makes some very good recommendations. The services were impeccable. It was a busy Saturday night. My reservation was for one person, yet the host was kind enough to give me a table instead of sending me straight to the bar. I really appreciated that. It was a very nice dining experience in every aspect (food, desert, service, the venue, etc.)

LS
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brindille is a lovely restaurant will a subtle, minimalist but comfortable decor, and lots of grey tones. The menu has many appealing options, all fairly expensive. They brought a delicious amuse bouche of potato gourgettes that were delicious, and after a long wait, wonderful rolls (one for each of us.) I ordered the Dover sole meuniere, top recommended by the server (who perhaps didn't appreciate our not ordering appetizers and only one alcoholic drink and although pleasant was not attentive.) My husband had the steak frites. When I went to eat the sole I couldn't cut it with a fork, which was bizarre, and when I took a bite it was rubbery. I sent it back and the server returned quite abashed confirming that the chef agreed that something was wrong with my fish, and they remade it. This meant that my husband ate his steak while I watched, and I ate my fish when he was done. Not ideal, especially at those prices. When the fish was remade my first bite was so salty I considered sending it back again. As it turned out, it was just that one end that must have been over salted and the rest was ok, but since this was the most expensive item on the menu, it deserved special care especially being remade, so I was not overly impressed with the experience. My husband's steak was very good but not fabulous, and the "frites" were a bit too crispy and not exceptional. They did give us a free dessert as compensation, and it was a pleasant strawberry dessert that everyone was ordering. Nice but nothing to drool over. All in all I would probably give them a second chance, but they struck out on our first visit. We had eaten at NAHA in the past, and were looking forward to celebrating our anniversary at this restaurant. My husband was sorry we didn't go back to Les Nomades.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best restaurants in Chicago I’ve been to in years!

SV
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall - an excellent dining experience.

Refined and tasty food, great wines, attentive service and a nice ambience.

We had a great evening.

CL
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful from start to finish.

L
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delightful meal. Reminded me of the owners other restaurant, Naha. Small, quiet room. Thoughtful service, attractive presentation of the 3 courses.
The halibut was tender and perfectly cooked. I’ll be back, sorry I hadn’t dined here since it opened.

JD
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This the second time I’ve dined at Brindille. Second straight nearly perfect experience. Corinne took care of us. I got stuck in traffic heading into city and missed reservation time. Called to let them know. When we did arrive two nice glasses of champagne awaited. Just go help us relax!!! Food and wine pairings impeccable. Soft shell crap. Foi gras. Noodles. Then duck for the main. Just delicious. Service second to none.

H
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is one open space so noise levels can be high if all the tables are occupied. Food is above average (the pork belly dish was very good) but the lighting can be better so we can see our food. Service was exceptional. Ambience was pleasant.

JB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend from Dallas to this restaurant and she obviously had a long drive to get to this restaurant with me but in the end it was worth the trip. Being the youngest couple in there by about 20 years initially threw me off (not many 21 year olds appreciate some good wine and good food I guess), but after settling in and talking to our waitress it was an incredible experience. Simply exquisite food that is worth the purchase, but let it be known that as a first generation American-Italian I truly struggled to enjoy the cheeses! This is totally just a difference in cultures that I have come to accept will happen. I am assured that someone else will find them much more appetizing than they were to me! I would come back anytime (if my pocketbook allows me).

SO
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Generally positive experience. Nothing stand-out in the menu, ambiance or service.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food amazing

R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! Food was delicious! Evan gave us the best recommendations! Thank you!

B
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Out meal was exceptional. The best meal I have ever had in Chicago.

S
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brindille was the perfect place to take 4 of my clients (all of us out of town from Houston) for dinner. We all loved the atmosphere, food and Coreen, our wait person. I cannot say one negative thing about the entire evening. Chef Mike came out to see how the food and evening were going and he could not have been more cordial and fun to talk with. Chicago is a wonderful city and very lucky to have Brindille. I have already recommended Brindille to friends of mine from Chicago.

m
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dover sole was everything it was supposed to be. The quail was also very good. The service was top notch with great wine recommendations. One of the top French restaurants in Chicago.

AE
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensational in every way!!

LG
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional except entrees were lukewarm to cold. Service was excellent.

S
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best foie gras in the city!

k
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This meal was a top 3 experience in my life. Everything was so perfect - the flavors, the portions, the presentation, the ambiance and the service. What a perfect 10 and a great way to celebrate our 10 year anniversary.

b
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff went above and beyond. Our server was phenomenal! Keep up then great work! That’s for assisting us and allowing it to be “our party.” A brief check in from the chef was unexpected and loved. Add to that, a complimentary dessert with decorated plate in honor of our special occasion and we felt really appreciated. Small and quaint, which we loved. Thank you to everyone for making it a great night!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, food was wonderful. Dover sole was the winner of the meals for our group of 3. I was an expecting mother and included a note on the reservation, and I received a special mocktail which was a touching surprise.

L
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I usually don’t give 5 stars, but this earned it. Food was excellent to sublime. But, the service was impeccable with a superbly knowledgeable server who assisted in the superb execution of the meal. The combination of the food with service made this a memorable meal.

TJ
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb and outstanding. Worth it!!

HM
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband, daughter and I really enjoyed Brindille. We had great service at all times, especially from our server Carina who was great. The fodd was very good, the only thing my daughter did not enjoy so much were the oysters that were prepared with grapefruit, but the other plates were great inlcuding the spirng salad, halibut, duck breast and scallops. dessert was delicious as well.
The restaurant is very tastefully decorated and the ambiance is very nice. When we went it was 3/4 full and the noise level was fine.
We are really hoping ot go back soon. I would recommend it.

MC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did tasting menu. Eight courses. One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Highly recommend. We will be back regularly.

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

We had heard amazing things about Brindille from several people. I truly believe we just happened to be there on an off night. The service was terribly slow and as I looked around the restaurant it seemed that everyone was waiting for food. I knew upfront that it was a very expensive restaurant but the food was not to worth the cost.

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