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La Petite Folie

Hyde Park
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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
Closed now
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Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
decent food, decent service

This restaurant seems like a dependable place. The food and service are decent, but nothing special. The prices are reasonable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant seems like a dependable place. The food and service are decent, but nothing special. The prices are reasonable.

Thank MinnesotaTim
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77 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

La Petite Folie is a wonderful small French restaurant in Hyde Park. My daughter and I dined there in November while visiting U Chicago. The Pouilly Fuisse I had with the mussels and shrimp etc (dinner) which we split as an appetizer, as they were unfortunately out of the escargot, both were superb. My daughter had the duck and I... More 

Thank Geoffrey K
Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We arrived at the start of a busy evening. Since it is a small place, it got a bit loud before we departed. Our young waiter was a bit tentative, but provided good service. The food was wonderful. One member of our party was worried that his entree would be too much food, but he had no trouble clearing the... More 

Thank CydnHank
Chicago USA
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108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Our second visit and like the first 5 years ago we were en route to the excellent Court Theater to see "The Secret Garden". Thinking it would be quicker we opted for the $34 Prix Fixe menu which on paper offered us enough tempting choices. We had the same waiter as on our previous visit. Very professional but rather low-key.... More 

1 Thank BavarianChicagoUSA
Kraainem, Belgium
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130 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 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 

2 Thank Pierre_De_Meyts
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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 

1 Thank Margo B
Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
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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 

1 Thank NotATourist2010
Athens, Georgia
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12 restaurant reviews
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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.

2 Thank Barbara B
Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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.

Thank lobar45
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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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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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: Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • 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.