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#183 of 436 Italian in Chicago


$22 - $42
French, European, Wine Bar, Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Near North Side
0.5 miles from The Magnificent Mile
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Reviewed November 3, 2020

Ok, this place is eye candy for sure. It looks like a little place on the Left Bank. The var is beautiful too. The food is good, not GREAT. But very good..you will get a great meal here. I think the next time I go,...it would be for a nice bottle of Champagne or an Aperol Spritz int he afternoon. It is a lovely place and the chef actually comes out of the kitchen to be sure you are enjoying your meal. Covid protocol is great!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed February 22, 2020 via mobile

I went with work friends to this lovely restaurant and went back two days later with my husband. What was formerly Crofton on Wells has been transformed by executive chef Didier Durand (formerly of Cyrano’s Bistro on Wells) - lovingly transformed into a lovely dining...experience. Chef Durand has put together a tasty menu with more items to select when I return! Escargot is amazing, as is the black truffle risotto. Lamb is a favorite and I can’t wait to go back and sample SO many other items. This is a nice place to eat at the bar (bartender and expert wine and spirits aficionado David) will guide you through the exact bd rage to pair with your meal. GO - and enjoy this great restaurant.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 11, 2020

Dined with a foodie friend on the recommendation of another friend. Post birthday celebration, so not in a hurry, but service was slow, slowing as the meal went on. In spite that, the staff were friendly and made it right at the end of the...meal. The food was excellent and the wine list has some interesting options. Overall vibe was upper east side new york and mostly not too loud for conversation (a nice change from too many places these days). I'll try this again.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed December 10, 2019

I dined here last week and have been telling people about my experience ever since. We had gone to Marchesa a couple of years ago but now heard that Chef Durand, formerly of Cyrano's was in the kitchen. The food was wonderful! We started out...with a truly excellent octopus, the tentacle was very large but had a terrific seasoning on it and was perfectly cooked. We next had the Ahi Tuna, once again, like it should be - just seared on the outside. However, the tuna was placed with the most wonderful mushroom medley I have had in a long time accompanied by potatoes and peppers. It was sublime!! The service is the on the spot, extremely professional and very friendly. The wine list has some very interesting bottles not found too often in other restaurants. I highly recommend Marchesa when looking for a sophisticated yet very French restaurant in Chicago.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed October 3, 2019

Dined here with friends. The premises are lovely and the food and service (Daniel) were very good. The menu is French, but not overly so. Cocktails here, unlike many new restaurants, do not stinge on alcohol. Wine by the glass offerings were good pours and...nice choices. Prices, for the high quality, seemed quite fair. This is definitely a place to which we will return,More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed August 13, 2019

Dined here this summer after reading glowing reviews on Open Table. We had a table for four of us, and were seated right away, noting a few empty tables around us. The restaurant is beautiful, the artwork and ambiance are lovely. We were excited about...our evening. However, as soon as our absent-minded waiter arrived, the magic of the evening dwindled. He was not attentive, we had to beg him to take our orders. The cocktails we ordered tasted like rubbing alcohol. The waiter managed to bring us bread while we waited on our appetisers, which took what seemed like ages to arrive. Escargot - overcooked and under seasoned. Meanwhile, a woman at the table next to us sent back her entree and mentioned it was "ice cold." The table had been waiting for their entree since before we had been seated. Now it was our turn to wait decades for our entree to arrive. While waiting, we flagged down the maitre d to bring us more bread because our waiter was never in sight. Once the entrees arrived, I noticed how undelightful my steak was and how embarrassed I was that I had been the one to suggest this restaurant for our girls-night-out evening. Will not return. Don't trust the "glowing" reviews on OpenTable because I am certain we were not the only ones with horrible experiences at this restaurant that evening.More

Date of visit: May 2019
KathrynS2126, Manager at Marchesa, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2019

Dear Laney713: First of all, please accept our sincere apologies for the evening you describe. When we opened Marchesa it was to showcase delicious food & wine in a beautiful setting with warm & welcoming service. To the extent we failed to convey these core...More

Reviewed June 15, 2019

The ambience and elegance in the decor makes one feel like a princess in a fairy tale. The food was delicious and the French chef introduced himself. The attention to fine detail from the staff and waiters is precise and on point. Our duck and...steak were delicious. What an experience.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed May 18, 2019 via mobile

Had my nieces wedding reception here. The upstairs room is tasteful Victorian decor. The staff are extremely attentive and polite. The food was amazing. Will be back to try the restaurant very soon. Make sure you put this venue on your a list.

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed March 26, 2019

First time here and had a wonderful experience. The place is beautiful Great date place. We sat at the bar and had several appetizers and drinks. The bartender David was wonderful and recommended several things we tried. Excargot, Beets, Cheese plate and Shrimp Javon. Could...not of been more pleasantly surprised. But, even if the food was not good. The atmosphere is so charming I would not mine. Try it!More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed November 22, 2018

The warm bread was served with compound butter made with rosemary, lemon, and (I think) tarragon. We started with the foie gras with apples, which melted in our mouths. Our server, Philippe, recommended a glass of Sauterne to pair with the foie gras, which was...a very nice pairing. My husband had the lobster bisque, which he devoured. We shared a bottle of Sancerre with our entrées. I had the Dover Sole, which was cooked perfectly, but was not the best Dove Sole I've had. My husband had the Duck, which he loved. For dessert, we shared the chocolate pot de creme, which was served in a large ramekin (the biggest pot de creme I've ever seen). We also shared the warm apple tart, which was good (not too sugary, nice and warm). Servers were very attentive - refilling wine and removing dishes very swiftly. We were not rushed at all, which I love.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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