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“Forget tourist traps, enjoy fabulous food and service” 5 of 5 stars
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Le Petit Paris
260 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
(312) 787-8260
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Ranked #980 of 8,381 Restaurants in Chicago
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Near North Side
Chicago
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97 reviews 97 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Forget tourist traps, enjoy fabulous food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We had never heard of this restaurant, but friends wanted to meet us and I am always willing to try something new. The restaurant is located three blocks off Michigan Avenue on Chestnut in a condominium building. A small lit sign marks the restaurant and you enter through the building lobby.

We started with wonderful martinis and moved on to appetizers and salads. The artichoke fritters with an aioli sauce were on a special menu. Beautifully fried with a fabulous sauce. A marvelous starter. Three people had the Boston lettuce salad with goat cheese and candied walnuts. I tasted it and it was perfectly prepared with just a light touch of dressing to match the softness of the lettuce. I had beef bourguignon which was tender with lovely carrots, fingerling potatoes, spring onions and a wonderful red wine sauce. My husband's whitefish with a lite butter sauce and capers was to die for. I would definitely order it the next time we dine at the restaurant. Our friends had the coq au vin and a veal scallopine dish. Both raved about their dishes. We also ordered a bottle of wine, the owner suggested the house Chardonnay. Normally I am not a big fan of Chardonnay, but this was perfect with our dinner and for a member of the ABC club, anything but Chardonnay, I was pleasantly surprised. Dinner is served nightly, reservations are a must on weekend. There is no lunch service.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Rockford, IL
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A little piece of the Left Bank”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

This little gem near the Hancock Building is terrific. The ambience, the food, the service could not have been more enjoyable. If one longs for a very typical French Bistro experience, give this a try. You won't be disappointed. And I would dare anyone to find a better meal at this price anywhere in Chicago.

Visited January 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
“Looking for something unique--try this restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Like the other reviews-this restaurant and its owner, Allen, can make your trip to Chicago very special. The restaurant serves food in the French style but if your tastes are not "traditional French" the Chef will adjust meals to suit your tastes. The food was excellent in taste, hot, and well presented on the plate. If you enjoy an establishment where you actually have room to sit in a great atmosphere, can actually have a conversation --this is a place to put on your list. The food is very reasonably priced. The atmosphere is has a very comfortable local flavor like inviting friends to your home. If you are looking for strict French cooking then try Les Nomades.

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For those of you who are not from Chicago, this restaurant is an easy walk from Northwestern University or the NMH hospital, Water Tower shopping or Hancock Building (just down Chestnut), the hotels in the Ontario street area. From loop hotels-taxis are fairly cheap by Chicago standards. You can take the 147 or 151 CTA bus and get off at Watertower and walk towards the Lake on Chestnut to get to the restaurant. The restaurant is open in the evenings 5 pm to 10 pm. Even if you come only for a glass of wine or dessert and coffee...you will enjoy your visit.

I totally agree with the comment "this is a hidden gem that usually many of the locals goto."

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Always a Parisian treat!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

The restaurant is a hidden gem! The owner operates the restaurant in his own French style. Food and menu is great with very reasonable prices. We had steak frites, Beaujolais nouveau oh not to exclude the creme brûlée and flaming baked Alaskan (desserts are $5.00). You can't beat it small and pretentious so go with the right attitude.

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Sadly Disappointing Dining”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I would never come here again.

The owner was so superciliously dismissive we felt uncomfortable the whole night. The food was good, but there are a lot of places where you can spend your money that also serve good food.

Also it’s small and the ambience is a bit odd. Here too, there are better choices.

It’s unfortunate, as were looking for an experience in line with the best of the reviews here. Instead ours was in line with the worst.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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