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Marchesa, Chicago, IL

Marchesa

4.5
4.5
664 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

Marchesa, in the heart of River North, serves delicious French & Italian food by Chef Didier, with summer wines that pair perfectly. We've re-opened & cannot wait to see you in person! All COVID precautions are in place to ensure your safety. The art-filled interior, inspired by the Guggenheim in Venice, is warm & welcoming. The main dining room boasts brass chandeliers, marble statues & a shagreen bar top, all worthy of our muse, Jazz Age socialite, Marchesa Casati. Intimate Chef's table is perfect for groups up to 12. The Cave, re-opening soon Thursday -- Saturday at 6:30 p.m., has a bohemian vibe, perfect for enjoying a glass of Champagne, full menu or desserts. Second floor private dining room, The Apartment, reminiscent of a luxe home, perfect for intimate groups, with baby grand piano & petit open air courtyard, open now. Reservations & walk-ins are welcomed. Looking forward to the pleasure of your company! Your Hosts, Kathryn Alvera & the Famille Marchesa.

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Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Italian, European

  • Hours of operation

    Weekday Dinner Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Weekend Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Bubbles & Bites Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Champagne Cave Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (312) 527-9535

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Didier Durand

  • Catering

    Whether looking for an in-home cocktail party or a dinner at your firm, the Marchesa culinary team can execute all the details with aplomb! Years of experience catering events around the city -- including art galleries in River North and homes in Lake Forest -- so we can expertly pull together the details so that you can be an impressed guest at your own event! Call our Special Events office at 312.527.9535 for more information and to see photos. Professional staff, banquet tables, chairs and spectacular china, glass and flatware available for one-stop shopping! Event planners on staff, too.

  • Private party facilities

    The Marchesa team, veterans of Chicago's private event industry, has created three different enclaves within the restaurant to host your special corporate or social event. On the second floor, The Apartment, channels a Parisian flat, seating for 50, 75 for cocktails. Baby grand piano, sun-dappled interior, fireplace, outdoor courtyard. Separate kitchen means your meal is prepared to order. The Savarin Room offers a view of the Marchesa kitchen (sumptuous curtains can obscure if desired), seating for 4 to 12. Chinoiserie cabinet, hidden television screen, varied tabletop options means you can customize the room. Intimate, great for conversation. The Cave, in the lower level, boasts a fireplace, private bar for 12, luxe velvet banquette, couch seating groups and room for 30 for dinner, cocktails for 50. Private kitchen adds to the convenience, under-the-sidewalk wine vault can be used for pre-dinner cocktails. For a truly spectacular experience, rent out the art-filled Main Dining Room!

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    Grand Avenue

  • Parking details

    Currently there is no valet parking. There are 2 recommended lots, on Franklin and Ohio and on Wells and Ontario, each about a block away. We recommend the ParkChicago app to find nearby metered street parking. The ParkWhiz app helps find indoor lots -- one is on Illinois just west of Wells. We are hoping to have valet parking again soon! Thanks!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Caviar Service: Petrossian paddlefish, one ounce, traditional accompaniments $65; Petrossian royal ossetra, one ounce, traditional accompaniments $155

Appetizers

    Soup & Salad

    • French Onion$13.00

      Twice-baked onion soup gratinée, gruyère & emmental crouton

      • Lobster Bisque$14.00

        Fresh Maine lobster, sherry, crème fraîche, saffron rouille

        • Bistro Salad$12.00

          Greens, pears, vegetables, spiced nuts, gorgonzola, red wine vinaigrette

          • Tre Colore$12.00

            Arugula, endive, radicchio, parmigiano-reggiano, lemon vinaigrette

            • Truffle Burrata$15.00

              Grilled pears, mixed greens, beet purée, lemon vinaigrette

              Fish & Seafood

              • Shrimp Jovan$16.00

                Sautéed, spicy, garlic, black pepper & butter, grilled bread

                • Escargots$16.00

                  Burgundy snails, garlic & parsley butter, tomato, brioche croutons

                  Meat & Game

                  • Steak Tartare*$16.00

                    Angus beef, sunchoke purée, quail egg, arugula, capers

                    • Chicken Liver Mousse*$15.00

                      Cyrano's classic, cornichons, olives, crostini

                      • Duck Rillettes$16.00

                        Greens, mustard, cornichons, grilled sourdough

                        Cheese & Charcuterie

                        • Fromages$17.00

                          Artisan cow, sheep & goat cheese, grapes, fig jam, nuts, crostini

                          • Charcuterie$19.00

                            Cured meat, mousse, rillettes, olives, cornichons, mustard, crostini

                            • Fromages & Charcuterie$26.00

                              Best of both worlds, serves two, condiments

                              Indulge

                              • Caviar Parfait$19.00

                                Smoked salmon, mousse, egg, crème fraîche, caviar du jour

                                • Foie Gras*$27.00

                                  Hudson Valley, honey crisp apple, lentils, cherry gastrique, toast points

                                  Entrées

                                    Risotto & Pasta & Lentils

                                    • Risotto al Tartufo$18.00

                                      Arborio, black truffle, mushrooms, cream, parmigiano

                                      • Butternut Squash Gnocchi$17.00

                                        Brown butter, fried sage, preserved lemon

                                        • Penne con Funghi$17.00

                                          Wild mushrooms, porcini cream, grana padano

                                          • Lentils$20.00

                                            Le Puy lentils, lemon, spinach, grilled tomato, herbs, extra virgin olive oil

                                            Fish & Seafood

                                            • Diver Scallops$37.00

                                              Grilled, crushed potatoes, parsnip purée, tomato vinaigrette

                                              • Seafood Risotto$29.00

                                                Arborio, seafood & shellfish, salmon, saffron, fennel, tomato

                                                • Sea Bass$36.00

                                                  Pan-seared, lemon risotto, tomato chimichurri, cured olives

                                                  Meat & Game

                                                  • Bistro Chicken$26.00

                                                    Organic chicken, fingerling & mashed potatoes, thyme demi

                                                    • Beef Bourguignon$29.00

                                                      Braised angus beef, baked squash, root vegetables, natural jus

                                                      • Steak-Frites*$32.00

                                                        Hanger steak, red wine, onions, compound butter, frites, béarnaise

                                                        • Duck Breast*$32.00

                                                          Sautéed, gala apple, spinach, potato, apple persimmon gastrique

                                                          • Rack of Lamb*$39.00

                                                            Roasted double chops, mashed potatoes, red wine mushroom jus

                                                            • Le Burger*$17.00

                                                              Chef's blend, ½ pound, grilled onions, brie-gorgonzola fondue

                                                              • With a Farm Egg$19.00
                                                              • With Two Ounces of Seared Foie Gras$34.00
                                                            • Foie Gras*$20.00

                                                              Seared, two ounces served atop any entrée

                                                              Etcetera

                                                              $10

                                                              • Pommes Frites

                                                                Béarnaise sauce

                                                                • Wilted Spinach

                                                                  Roasted garlic

                                                                  • Brussels Sprouts

                                                                    Orange glaze

                                                                    • Pommes Purée

                                                                      Roasted garlic or wild mushroom

                                                                      • Wild Mushrooms

                                                                        Sautéed, thyme, parsley

                                                                        • Fingerling Potatoes

                                                                          Caramelized onions

                                                                          Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                                          What 664 people are saying

                                                                          Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                          4.5
                                                                          4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                                          • 4.5Food
                                                                          • 4.4Service
                                                                          • 4.7Ambience
                                                                          • 4.2Value

                                                                          NoiseModerate

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                                                                          1. OT

                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            7 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            7 reviews

                                                                            Dined today

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Marchesa is the best french restaurant in Chicago.Love this place🥂💖

                                                                          2. AD

                                                                            AngelaD

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            33 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            33 reviews

                                                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Everything was outstanding!

                                                                          3. b

                                                                            bozemanite

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            14 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            14 reviews

                                                                            Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            good food drink, somewhat spendy but worth it for special time

                                                                          4. KG

                                                                            KerryandGaby

                                                                            Milwaukee

                                                                            17 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            17 reviews

                                                                            Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            This was one of our top dinners out! The atmosphere is gorgeous. The menu and presentation of the food was incredible. Every dish… perfection. And our server nick… so wonderful and fun. We had a blast. Also the back waiter, Jose did an excellent job making sure our table was well manicured. Top notch dining experience!

                                                                          5. OT

                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Very nice would go again. Love the scallops love the food

                                                                          6. FL

                                                                            FLPJ

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            39 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            4.0

                                                                            39 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                            overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                            This restaurant has lovely decor. Come here nicely dressed.

                                                                          7. DL

                                                                            DanL

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            My wife and I have been to Marchesa a number of times now. It always impresses. And, last night was no exception. The cocktail & wine lists are great. But, I'm an old curmudgeon/retired MI6 agent who just wants to start with a gin martini, up, with a twist... very dry. They'll take care of you, whatever your poison may be. We've been here enough times that it'd be easier to say what hasn't been great than what is great. I can't think of anything that hasn't been at least thoroughly enjoyable. They nail the traditional French/French-inspired cuisine. But, they've got range. Don't sleep on the pasta! My wife got the gorgonzola gnocchi last night. She deigned to give me a couple of bites. I'd go back again just for that. If something looks/sounds good to you on the menu, just try it. It'll probably be even better on the plate. The desserts are fantastic, too. And, I also tip my hat to the staff. They are great. From the guys bringing you bread to the waiters to the bar staff. Very professional and unobtrusive, but will spring into action with just a nod or wave from you that you need wine advice, more water, or whatever. The waiters are knowledgeable about the dishes and provide excellent wine pairing suggestions (by the bottle or glass). Also, they're ruggedly handsome and known for their valorous defense of the downtrodden throughout the greater Chicagoland area. But, I digress. Marchesa is definitely a wonderful place for a romantic dinner or a celebration. But, don't feel like it's only for special occasions. The prices are very reasonable for what you're getting and considering you're in downtown Chicago. I wouldn't bring kids and probably wouldn't stop by after an afternoon in the bleachers at Wrigley Field. But, otherwise, come one, come all. Great spot.

                                                                          8. DI

                                                                            DiningInChi

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            24 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            24 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                            Really nice evening; food was incredible, service really good too. Thanks, Marchesa! Awesome atmosphere. Felt like I was in my French chalet's dining room, if I had a French chalet! :)

                                                                          9. OT

                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                            Los Angeles

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                                            What an incredibly charming restaurant. I asked for our dinner table to be reserved in the Champagne Cave. How lovely to have our own little alcove to smooch in. And the food was perfect. Our little cave turned into the most fun dance spot after dinner. It was truly a most perfect night.

                                                                          10. MT

                                                                            MikeyTheLad

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            7 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            4.0

                                                                            7 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                            overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                            All round favourable experience on our 2nd dinner at this low-lit, cosy location.

                                                                          11. UR

                                                                            URLS

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            43 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            43 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Excellent meal, service and ambiance.

                                                                          12. OT

                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                            Berlin

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            1.0

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                            overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                            ATTENTION FRAUD: The restaurant charges more from the credit card than released. The manager is not interested in that afterwards. Better go somewhere else. ACHTUNG BETRUG: Das Restaurant bucht mehr von der Kreditkarte ab, als freigegeben. Die Managerin interessiert das anschließend nicht. Gehen Sie besser woanders hin.

                                                                          13. BG

                                                                            BorjaG

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            It was my husband's birthday and we had an amazing time at Marchesa. They brought us two champagne glasses to start, and then we ordered the french soup, the caviar, the steak tartar, gorgonzola gnocchi, and steak & fries. We had an amazing time -- music, the candle, our bartender. We'll definitely come back!

                                                                          14. R

                                                                            Robert

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            36 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            36 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Excellent evening with very welcoming staff. The host was a very friendly young lady who was so very nice as she seated us. Our waiter and servers were always on top of everything! They were also very friendly and attentive and pleasant, with a very nice smile. The food was outstanding. We live downtown for 8 years and this was our first time dining here but we will definitely return. The French Onion soup, chicken and mushroom pasta and the gnocchi was superb, hot and very delicious. The environment was beautiful! A wonderful Saturday evening dinner!

                                                                          15. EF

                                                                            EvelynF

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            51 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            51 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Francisco was great as was the food! I couldn't make up my mind about what to eat so I asked Francisco to surprise me, which he took on as a challenge - love that, and I was not disappointed! He ordered the lamb chops and they were divine. Great ambiance, quaint decorum and high energy. We would def go back!

                                                                          16. S

                                                                            Sylvia

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            39 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            39 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Great variety on the menu same thing for everyone. The service is great nice try.

                                                                          17. OT

                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Great menu and wine selection.

                                                                          18. RA

                                                                            RafeA

                                                                            Mississippi

                                                                            22 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            22 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Other outstanding meal at Marchesa!!! We wanted to try some menu items we had not yet had there and with Philippe’s guidance, we chose Escargot, Risotto Al Tartufo Nero, and a Rack of Lamb served as roasted double chops. Man oh man!!! Great stuff. Philippe suggested a great bottle of white Burgundy that was exquisite with the escargot and risotto and brought us a glass of Cote-du-Rhone that was a match made in heaven with the lamb, going down like a mouthful of red velvet!!! In a town full of multiple highly acclaimed restaurants, I’m glad we found this little gem. Their unpretentious food speaks volumes in flavor, and Philippe and all the staff there make us feel welcome and glad to be back each time we go.

                                                                          19. LK

                                                                            LydiaK

                                                                            New York Area

                                                                            61 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            61 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            A lovely place for a wonderful evening, great service and delicious food. Never disappoints. Go as often as you can. Just great!

                                                                          20. H

                                                                            Honestthoughts

                                                                            Detroit

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            1.0

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                            overall1food1service1ambience2

                                                                            I’ve been there several times but last night was the worst experience I’ve had at a more fine dining experience in terms of service and food quality. Not what was expected at all based on the past but now I likely will never return

                                                                          21. K

                                                                            Kath

                                                                            Houston

                                                                            41 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            41 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                            Lovely place with top notch service if a little meandering. Beautiful.

                                                                          22. LC

                                                                            LucyC

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            From the moment we walked in to the beautiful space and were warmly welcomed by Bella we knew that we were going to experience a truly wonderful birthday celebration....and we did indeed!!! Phillipe provided us with over the top, outstanding service throughout our decadent meal. Everything was so delicious and cooked to perfection. A magical evening to say the least!! We will be returning very soon.

                                                                          23. MD

                                                                            MollyD

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 7, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Lovely pre theater dining experience. Great service. White crisp table cloths, flowers and table beautifully set. Food was excellent.

                                                                          24. BB

                                                                            BillB

                                                                            Kent

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 7, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            First class. Warm. Welcoming. Generous. Opulent. Knowledgable. Excellent menu. Beautifully cooked, presented and served. A food-lovers treasure. If you’re in Chicago and want the best this is the place for you.

                                                                          25. A

                                                                            Angie18

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            63 reviews

                                                                            4.0

                                                                            63 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 6, 2022

                                                                            overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                            Food was great - I particularly enjoyed Escargot and my husband liked the Chocolate Pot dessert. The only thing we felt that could be improved was after we finished dessert, we waited for a very long time for someone to finally notice and send the check.

                                                                          26. K

                                                                            Kristine

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            8 reviews

                                                                            2.0

                                                                            8 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                                            overall2food3service1ambience3

                                                                            Service was very slow. It took three hours for dinner. We came at 6:30. Our server was not the friendliest. I got the monk fish from the restaurant week menu. The fish was a bit rubbery. Also when paying for our check the server did not give us the correct bill. It was just a frustrating experience.

                                                                          27. MF

                                                                            MarketingFrau

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            19 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            19 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Love Marchesa! It’s consistently wonderful.

                                                                          28. OT

                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            3.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                                            overall3food3service5ambience1

                                                                            It was out 10 Year anniversary and we sent downstairs to a dark basement, we were not happy. We asked to Be moved to main dinner room on the first level, then things got better. The GM made sure we had the best service. Just beware that there 3 floors and different ambiance on them. Full disclosure, we never went to third floor, so not sure what is that all about

                                                                          29. E

                                                                            Elisabeth

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            18 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            18 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                                            overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                            We always have an excellent meal at Marchesa….atmosphere, meal and ambiance are always nice….

                                                                          30. S

                                                                            Stephanie

                                                                            Nashville

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Food was delicious. Hostess and service staff were very attentive. Great intimate environment.

                                                                          31. f

                                                                            fltdixon

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            53 reviews

                                                                            4.0

                                                                            53 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                                            overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                            Dinner was a birthday celebration

                                                                          32. OT

                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                            3.0

                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                            overall3food3service4ambience5

                                                                            Ambience was terrific and the server was attentive. However, we went during restaurant week and were disappointed with food. The mushroom soup was bland, almost like miso soup followed by lobster/crab ravioli which was chewy and uninteresting. Finally, the sorbet tasted like a Popsicle. The assortment of macarons were very good. Wine by the glass quite expensive and the food was good, but not worth the $.

                                                                          33. EB

                                                                            ElleBear

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            4.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on March 31, 2022

                                                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                            The ambiance and staff were wonderful, the food was amazing. The only thing was the salad wasn’t terribly impressive. It’s a salad though, and the plating wasn’t the best. It kind of seemed that they just dumped the food on the plate and threw a sprig of rosemary on top. Although I will say my only “issue” is that I think the plating could be alittle more pretty and the salad has a little more “umpfh” so overall it was a wonderful experience and I would absolutely return. My date would like to add he was also very pleased with the sparkling water brand

                                                                          34. n

                                                                            notsoeasilyimpressed

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            80 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            2.0

                                                                            80 reviews

                                                                            Dined on March 31, 2022

                                                                            overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                                            I think the staff was doing the best they could under the circumstances, and they were all nice enough. So, there's that. However, this was clearly a private party night where outside reservations should not have been taken, at least without letting the customers know. We were sat smack in the middle of all of it at a two top, with people mingling and leaning on our chairs as if they were the only people there. It was a pretty awful experience and only highlighted how inconsiderate people can be. Food was not awful, but also not better than an exceptional meal you'd make at home. While the restaurant bills itself as French, it felt much more like we were onset of a scene out of the Sopranos. Sadly, this place was mediocre at best, and not how you would want to showcase yourself during restaurant week with the hopes of building a reputation in a city filled with remarkable food.

                                                                          35. AJ

                                                                            AJRyan

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                            Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            The staff was amazing. I made a mistake on the reservation and they went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time. The food is always good. One of my favorite spots in the city

                                                                          36. SL

                                                                            ScottL

                                                                            Detroit

                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                            Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Happen to go on restaurant week and we’ll worth the visit!

                                                                          37. OT

                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                            New York Area

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            1.0

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                            overall1food4service1ambience2

                                                                            We had a reservation which they said it would be a few minutes so we went to the bar. We waited and watched as they sat 3 other tables ahead of us. 30 minutes past our reservation we finally asked what the issue was. The hostess/ manager gave us attitude and said she was waiting for a vip table…. Why a “vip” table idk? And idk what makes it “vip”. It seemed like an excuse because they forgot about us. They said they would comp our meal but that was not taken care of. Food was great but the staff and team seemed very overwhelmed. They literally gave me anxiety.

                                                                          38. N

                                                                            Nancy

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            27 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            27 reviews

                                                                            Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Everything was perfect from start to finish. We were seated immediately on a busy Sat. night at the start of restaurant week. Our server was charming, attentive and gracious. The room is gorgeous yet relaxing with lovely music at the right level allowing conversation. The restaurant was full but we never felt rushed. And if I dared detail the food this review would never end! We shared the truffle burrata, the escargot, pasta with mushrooms and sea bass entree. Generous portions so we took some home so no room for dessert but loved every bite. I paired mine with a smooth Sancerre. Fantastic experience… thank you, we’ll be back soon!🎯

                                                                          39. B

                                                                            Benji

                                                                            Chicago

                                                                            24 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            24 reviews

                                                                            Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Wonderful experience and great food. Also loved the music. Made the ambiance of the restaurant amazing.

                                                                          40. MM

                                                                            ManiyaM

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            One of the best restaurants in Chicago, I must say. I just wish I had the chance to see the other areas of the restaurant as I am very interested in the interior space but the crew kept saying they have private events. Great experience, nonetheless.

                                                                          Safety precautions

                                                                          • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                            • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                            • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                            • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                                            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                          • Physical distancing

                                                                            • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                            • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                            • Extra space between tables
                                                                          • Protective equipment

                                                                            • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                                          • Screening

                                                                            • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                                          FAQs

                                                                          Marchesa does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Marchesa also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 527-9535.

                                                                          Marchesa is rated 4.5 stars by 664 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                          Google Map for Marchesa

                                                                          535 N. Wells Street Chicago, IL 60654

                                                                          Additional information

                                                                          • Cross street

                                                                            Grand Avenue

                                                                          • Neighborhood

                                                                            River North (Chicago)

                                                                          • Hours of operation

                                                                            Weekday Dinner Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Weekend Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Bubbles & Bites Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Champagne Cave Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

                                                                          • Cuisines

                                                                            French, Italian, European

                                                                          • Dining style

                                                                            Casual Elegant

                                                                          • Dress code

                                                                            Smart Casual

                                                                          • Parking details

                                                                            Currently there is no valet parking. There are 2 recommended lots, on Franklin and Ohio and on Wells and Ontario, each about a block away. We recommend the ParkChicago app to find nearby metered street parking. The ParkWhiz app helps find indoor lots -- one is on Illinois just west of Wells. We are hoping to have valet parking again soon! Thanks!

                                                                          • Payment options

                                                                            AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                          • Executive chef

                                                                            Didier Durand

                                                                          • Additional

                                                                            Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                          • Phone number

                                                                            (312) 527-9535

                                                                          • Catering

                                                                            Whether looking for an in-home cocktail party or a dinner at your firm, the Marchesa culinary team can execute all the details with aplomb! Years of experience catering events around the city -- including art galleries in River North and homes in Lake Forest -- so we can expertly pull together the details so that you can be an impressed guest at your own event! Call our Special Events office at 312.527.9535 for more information and to see photos. Professional staff, banquet tables, chairs and spectacular china, glass and flatware available for one-stop shopping! Event planners on staff, too.

                                                                          • Private party facilities

                                                                            The Marchesa team, veterans of Chicago's private event industry, has created three different enclaves within the restaurant to host your special corporate or social event. On the second floor, The Apartment, channels a Parisian flat, seating for 50, 75 for cocktails. Baby grand piano, sun-dappled interior, fireplace, outdoor courtyard. Separate kitchen means your meal is prepared to order. The Savarin Room offers a view of the Marchesa kitchen (sumptuous curtains can obscure if desired), seating for 4 to 12. Chinoiserie cabinet, hidden television screen, varied tabletop options means you can customize the room. Intimate, great for conversation. The Cave, in the lower level, boasts a fireplace, private bar for 12, luxe velvet banquette, couch seating groups and room for 30 for dinner, cocktails for 50. Private kitchen adds to the convenience, under-the-sidewalk wine vault can be used for pre-dinner cocktails. For a truly spectacular experience, rent out the art-filled Main Dining Room!

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