Le Bouchon - Chicago

4.7
588 reviews
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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 for Lunch and Dinner, we serve the classics, starting with our decadent Onion Tart, Garlic-y Escargot and Frog Legs, to entrees including Steak Frites, Bouillabaisse and a Full Duck for two. The staff is knowledgeable and will be able to guide you in the right direction with our extensive French wine list. Weekly specials include: Mondays- half priced bottles of wine. Tuesdays- $35 Prix-Fixe menu that includes Appetizer, Entree and Dessert. Please make a reservation at lebouchonofchicago.com .
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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best French onion soup ever

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EC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a fan for around 20 years, it's still our "go to" for traditional French Bistro fare. The staff and service are always at the highest level.

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KD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

it was fairly loud and the service could have been better.

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CM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Nice classic French food. Service was quite rude and not very attentive. Had to flag server to get menus, to order, to order drinks etc despite there being two waiters on three tables.

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RB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always have a good meal

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TC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love it ..................................................................Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience. Friendly and attentive service. Wonderful atmosphere. Year after year, Le Bouchon continues to be my favorite restaurant in Chicago! Heather, Josh and Liz are always welcoming and hospitable. Five stars doesn’t do justice this institution.

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AL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Bring back the profiteroles!!

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RD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is amazing. The table next to us was a party of 14. So it was loud which is so not French. But it would not keep me from returning. The only high priced items were the wines. I think they were overpriced. The food portions were enough to have some “take home” . Very enjoyable dinner.

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The trout in puff pastry was rather tasty, but our other dishes (the roasted chicken, salad lyonnaise, and salt cod beignets) were simply fair, and not what I would expect for the price. Our waitress was very brusque, perhaps even a bit snippy, and rushed us along. We were seated in the corner next to where they stack plates and silver, and so had the sound of metal clacking in our ears the entire time. I was looking forward to bringing my boyfriend here, but found the experience very disappointing and do not plan on returning.

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CC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and great experience! At the end we felt pushed out for next seating but we were there over 90 min so that is understandable. Tables are a bit tight for comfortable circulation.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and the service was equal! Will be going back again and again. Couldn’t recommend enough.

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DM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is ALWAYS delicious, great selection of wine by the glass & bottle. Warm cheery atmosphere & the waitstaff is friendly as well as helpful w/ recommendations. My favorite French restaurant in Chicago & NYC, you can always count on a wonderful dining experience at Le Bouchon.

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DC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really a great place. I’m definitely adding this to my list of go-to bistros on the north side

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrate a birthday

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GS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Very cramped and squeezed into a corner. Servers bumping into us. Fish special was not well prepared and couldn’t be eaten by wife

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R
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is very french as advertised and excellent. Servicce was great and everything was perfect. Glad they have valet parking.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my husband’s birthday with the best French food in Chicago

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Fun atmosphere. Great service.

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JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, wine, and service. I have been there multiple times now and absolutely love it.

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t
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Had the trout dish wrapped with spinach and romesco in puff pastry, my girlfriend had the lobster tartine, shared an apple tart for dessert. It was all wonderful food and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

It was freezing in the restaurant. Tables too close together.

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good called ahead they said there was valet service not true

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TL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about my experience dining here was great, service, location and the FOOD! The food is the best bistro food I’ve ever eaten. It’s really outstanding. Don’t leave without having creme brûlée, it’s the best!!!

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JF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent!! Service too! Where else can you order a true cassoulet!! mmmmmmmmm good!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, good food and service, classic

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, good wine selections

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This food was INCREDIBLE! My husband and I try to go to a new restaurant and rarely repeat places just because we don’t go out that much and there are so many places to go. This is the 2nd time we’ve been here. When we leave, we think about the next time we can go. Highly recommend!

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AP
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cute french restaurant with a ton of amazing food options.

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

My favorite restaurant

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m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food but we love that place and atmosphere. Great staff & great clientele. When we visit Chicago, Le Bouchon is must stop for us. They don’t get tourists very often, but put in-town friends introduced us to this wonderful French bistro about 15 years ago. Most people are from the surrounding neighborhood.

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J
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the French onion soup - the server always had a smile on her face. Lovely lunch.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service, beautiful wine list, so cozy on a winter night. Be sure to get the onion soup.

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AH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I thought the food was excellent, best French onion soup I've ever had. The entrees were also very good. The service was great, but a few times we were waiting around for a waiter. It was super busy. The place is very small and noisy, so keep that in mind. My chair kept getting bumped by waiters which was pretty annoying, but overall it was a great meal and I would definitely be back.

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MC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a reliable restaurant. Only knock this time was rabbit en croute dish. Almost no rabbit present.

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L
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfectly correct French bistro. Trout encroute was slightly under cooked. Wine selection a bit overpriced and limited. . 50.00 corkage is not reasonable.

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DC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite go to’s for great food! We always celebrate birthdays here and absolutely love the Cassoulet. Service always great too with the same people!! Must for any occasion.

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FE
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food! My teenager twins favorite restaurant.

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner and fun evening at Le Bouchon. Especially good was the Sunchoke Soup - can't even describe the wonderful tastes in it! We sat at the 'table for two' by the door & felt like we were at a party -and indeed we were. We love coming here!

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