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La Petite Folie

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1504 East 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615-5504
(773) 493-1394
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely and lively French restaurant in Hyde Park

I invited three friends for dinner on May 1st, 2015 to "La Petite Folie", which had been recommended to me as the best restaurant in Hyde Park. Located in the tree-lined courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center at the corner of East 55th Street and Lake Park Boulevard, it was a convenient... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
Pierre_De_Meyts
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Kraainem, Belgium
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Kraainem, Belgium
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93 reviews 93 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I invited three friends for dinner on May 1st, 2015 to "La Petite Folie", which had been recommended to me as the best restaurant in Hyde Park. Located in the tree-lined courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center at the corner of East 55th Street and Lake Park Boulevard, it was a convenient 8-minutes walk from my hotel, the Hyatt... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We had tickets to see a play at the Court Theater and wanted to try out a new restaurant. We walked in and the restaurant was clean and the tables were beautiful. We ordered off of the Prix fixe menu. I started with a tomatoe bisque which was good but one note. My salmon was wrapped in a very tough... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My husband & I have had dinner a La Petite Folie every New Year's eve for several years. It is always a joy from the food, the atmosphere, the staff and because of the owner/ chef, Mary. Each year there is a different prix fix menu which delights. The food is always wonderful and Hyde Park is fortunate to have... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner here. The mussels appetizer with chorizo was perfect--original flavor with a nice blend of tastes. The scallop entree was cooked beautifully, as was the duck. Everything was subtle, interesting and beautiful to look at as well. We would definitely go back.

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

You will have experienced servers who can tell you about the food and enthusiastic about getting the right dish and drink for you. A wine selection to match the fine food they serve. A delightful place for before a play or after a visit to the Smart Gallery.

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Located in the area of the University of Chicago, this little gem of a restaurant offers good food, a very pleasant atmosphere, attentive staff and a most impressive hospitality. We had booked for dinner before seeing the play "Native Son" at the "nearby" Court Theater - or at least we thought it was an easy walk between restaurant and theater.... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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135 reviews 135 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Friends brought us here before seeing Native Son, when we visited them recently. Although we were pressed for time, we selected the three course prix fix and hoped for the best. The service was smooth and speedy. The food was outstanding and reasonably priced. Our onion tart was flavorful and the fish entrée was fabulous. My friend's chicken dish was... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

From the online reviews and the Mitchelin guide signs, I was expecting more. The restaurant is pleasantly but slightly datedly decorated. Service was exceptional. I had the prix fixe: the Alsatian onion tart was very good, the vegetarian Provencal was ok, the visuals and the mouse of the chocolate bombe were good but the bottom cake layer lacked taste. The... More 

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Wilmette, Illinois
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77 reviews 77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My second visit to this restaurant. Both times with my art group. First visit was fine. For the second one I ordered a fillet of salmon. I do not know if they ran out of fillet but I was served two small end pieces. After I complained the waiter offered to take back my plate but being with a group... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a special occasion restaurant, given the prices, but the food is exquisite, the wine list impressive, and the cocktails expertly mixed. The only problem is that it is located in an out-of-the-way corner of a strip mall, and while parking is free, it can be very difficult to find.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1504 East 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615-5504
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Hyde Park
  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Phone Number: (773) 493-1394

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Hyde Park

Neighborhood Profile
Hyde Park
If you want to get a feel for quintessential South Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park, one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This historic area is home to two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.