La Sardine

4.7
746 reviews
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$30 and under
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French

La Sardine is a West Loop staple serving classic French comfort food for Lunch and Dinner. This first-rate bistro is decorated with warm cherry-wood accents and brick walls compliment vibrantly painted columns. La Sardine features classic French dishes ranging from Escargot à la Bourguignonne, French Onion Soup, House-made Charcuterie, Lyonnaise Salad, Bouillabaisse, Steak Frites and the best Soufflés in the city. La Sardine offers an extensive French wine list that is approachable but will intrigue even the most die-hard Francophiles. La Sardine has daily specials Monday through Friday that include half priced bottles of any wine on the list on Mondays, a $38 prix fixe dinner on Tuesdays, and dollar oysters at the bar on Fridays. In addition, La Sardine offers a happy hour Mon-Thurs from 5-7 with $1 oysters and interesting wine flights.

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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 10, celebrating a b-day. the food was served in a timely manner; it was presented beautifully, served hot, and absolutely delicious!

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CR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant with great food, great atmosphere and great wine. We stopped by for dinner before seeing an opera and it made the night all that much more special. Pistachio soufflé at the end of a fabulous meal was absolutely delicious. 10/10 would recommend for those nights where you want an extra special flare for dinner.

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G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful evening and a table of 11. Service was great and food was very good. We dined with friends from out of town and celebrated one of there birthdays!!
We will come back. You can go for any occasion. Sound level was not bad!!

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g
Jacksonville
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding French Onion Soup! Food was delicious. It’s a bit loud for conversation once it fills up, but we will definitely be back in the future.

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

No chocolate mousse

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E
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Every course was delicious. The best onion soup I’ve ever had. Great variety of wines and great service.

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

Soo good. My family thoroughly enjoyed the birthday 70th dinner party. Will be back!

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MB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Great.

Best French onion soup in the city.

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OT
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fairly high-end restaurant in Chicago, yet continues to have a feel of a "local gem." Very comfortable and welcoming space.

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JR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food! Can not wait to go back to this restaurant and bring guests to experience it.

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A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

We're their with kids and grandparents for dinner, La Sardine came to mind as we remembers their tasty seafood and the Souffle desserts.

Reservations was made couple days before and they were very accommodating in terms of our requests - round large table for the 7 of us and last minute time changes. If you decide to dine here, reservations is highly recommend.

While the service team did well, the kitchen was a different story.
This visit invalidated everything we remembered about La Sardine being tasty.

Everything, I mean everything we ordered were salty. Lobster bisque, Steak special, Seafood special, even the La Bouillabaisse... If it wasn't for the bread & wine our food basically weren't consumable.

Manager came by midway through our meal, asked how everything went, we of course told him about the salty experience and he acknowledged that we weren't the only customer who complained about the bisque / entree being salty and will let the chef know. He was going to take the Lobster Bisques off our bill, instead when the check came, our desserts were taken off instead of the soups.

Appreciate the nice gesture from management, but deliver what you promised. I didn't ask for the discounts but don't tell me you are going to something but did something else instead. He never came back for a second time.

Our waiter was nice, he offered decent recommendations and we didn't feel being rush as others mentioned in their review.

Will probably go back for their happy hour special when in the area but not sure about dinner ...

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

The service was excellent. The wine was fine. The escargot was good, the salmon was dry and bland, the souffle was excellent. So, excellent on all counts, except the main course. I've been many times and this was an exception. No doubt I'll dine there again and hope that it's as good as I've grown to expect.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What an amazing meal! From the charcuterie to the soufflé every dish was very well executed! I’m in the business and I was very impressed with everything we will definitely be back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Such a disappointment. For the 5 of us the food was tasteless and the Bouillabaisse certainly frozen. They were out of the bottle of wine we ordered from the wine list and out from the Armagnac ordered from the digestive list. It is probably the time for that restaurant to update the menu. Also the service was borderline. We won’t go there for anymore

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V
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s a nice place and well located. There is a valet service. We were welcomed and seated within a few minutes after our arrival. The table was not ideal as we were in the middle of the traffic (waiters going from one side to another). I would recommend rearrange this slightly differently.

The food was excellent, we ordered “escargots” and “moules” (mussels) those were delicious as appetizers. Then we ordered “boeuf Wellington “, pithivier de Canard and Bouillabaisse. The first is beef medium rare with a crust of ham, the second was a duck and the third seafood dish. All good choices. The service was good.

We would recommend this restaurant

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KC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very charming neighborhood restaurant. Service, food and ambiance were on point. The tables are very close to each other and most of the menu is pricey, but it's a great spot for a special occasion.

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s
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. Just the right size. I had the Denver lamb chop. I haven't had lamb in eons, but had a bunch this would be good and it was perfect. Best of all was the cocktail I had.. Penicillin. Yup... Everything was just fine after that concoction😀 My husband was feeling no pain either and enjoyed his meal and overall experience as well!

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NR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and good food. A little salty but the drinks were strong so it made up for it haha

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SM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great prix fixe menu on Tuesday’s.

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BH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The only downside to the dining experience is that there is no sound abatement in the restaurant. If you have a large group in the restaurant, it can get very loud quickly.

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EH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service, and soufflé! We will be back again

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q
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I went on a Saturday night. It was very crowded but we were seated at our reservation time. There is not a lot of room to wait for your table - small bar and not much room to stand. I thought the food was great but not sure we got our money's worth. We had the oxtail appetizer, scallop entrée special and the chicken dish. All was very tasty. The wine was very good but no bottles under $50.

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AA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy La Sardine for its authenticity. We were well taken care of. The Boeuf Wellington was tasty but quite salty.

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

Absolutely delicious. It's pretty pricey so it is not somewhere we can go frequently. But every dish was fantastic. Highly recommend it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was cold, appetizer and main course

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OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Of course we got the soufflé's, but it was so much for two, next time I will explore alternative desserts. We were there on a busy Friday night, so service was good, but all servers seemed to be rushed. It has a bistro feel to it, but be warned - tables are close together and you may be hearing the conversation at the next table better than the one at your table.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Beef Wellington and escargot were excellent.

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S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went there for Valentines day. And i was so embarrassed that i chose to take my wife there! Horrible Horrible place the worst and careless service we’ve ever encountered! Waited way too long for drinks the ice was already melted so you can imagine how long we waited and they sat at the bar waiting to be picked up. The food was cold and chewy so probably it stayed out a while too. It truly was such a disappointment! One plus was desert was great, but that didn’t matter after the horror we encountered before that. Well remember this ridiculous place for a long time.

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j
Chicago
105 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine's Day is so busy, but the crew at La Sardine didn't miss a beat. Everything was wonderful!!

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JN
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Valentine’s Day dinner at La Sardine - we had an early reservation so we got right in and were seated promptly. Service was very good, friendly and knowledgeable. We didn’t feel rushed which happens too often at some places. Good cocktails. Scallops appetizer wasn’t clearly described as tartar which surprised us, I loved it but my wife wouldn’t touch it and she was looking forward to it. Entrees - I had the duck, essentially a duck meat pot pie, and it was phenomenal. One of the tastiest meals I’ve had in a while. My wife’s chicken was good, very juicy and well done but sort of plain. Soufflé for dessert was also fantastic. Overall a very pleasant dining experience, we would go back.

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SH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been in a few years. Loved it when we lived in the city. Now that we are back, we will go more often. Great bistro food. Steak Frites. Steak is very good but frites are stupendous. Bouillabaisse, really good, deep flavor. Just go.

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T
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for lunch on my birthday and the food was great! Our server (Dave) was very accommodating and made my birthday very special!

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JP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always. Great staff, wonderful service, really delicious food and, half price Champagne on a Monday!

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JW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

La Sardine is one of my wife and my very favorite restaurants in Chicago. On our last visit on February 11, 2019, service, ambiance, and value were outstanding. The Pouilly Fume recommended by our server was superb. We thoroughly enjoyed the mushrooms, duck rillets, bread, chicken, and sardine salad. However, the steak tartare was a shock. From 2012 to 2015, my wife and I lived/worked in Europe. I have had steak tartare (locally called steak americain) across the Continent. The La Sardine version was smashed flat across a bed of (cream?) cheese. The meat was bland, and the overall taste was cloying and sweet--nothing close to an authentic French steak tartare, and unappealing, both taste-wise and visually. We will return to La Sardine for sure, but, hopefully, in the future, it will offer an authentic steak americain.

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J
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is tremendous
Don't miss the Oxtail

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

We continually have a good experience at LaSardine.
Food & wine is memorable and service spot on.

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l
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in town for ambience and good food. Great bartender and host!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous meal.

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ER
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Please give all patrons a RW menu during Restaurant Week.

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K
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend and I went to La Sardine during restaurant week and I ordered from their special menu for this event. I thought $35 was a wonderful deal for a three course meal which was excellent! I especially loved the boneless short-rib. It practically melted in my mouth.
The service was excellent, as well. I would certainly go back.
p.s. valet is available, but both my friend and I found free street parking nearby for our 2 cars.

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