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La Petite Folie

Hyde Park
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1504 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615-5504
+1 773-493-1394
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

This is the best place in hyde park. Its quiet, the meal is served at a nice pace, not too american not to french. Its a place where the kitchen knows the likes, dislikes, amd allergies if guests yet you feel a world away from home. Great food.

Thank hotelfussbudger
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

First time here for my family, including our U of Chicago students. Plan to return next time we're in town. Had dinner here on a Saturday evening. Everything was excellent, and portions were generous. The Beef Parmentier was one of the best entrees I've enjoyed in recent memory. Other family members also found their selections - coq au vin, duck... More 

Thank SpringBreakerOneNine
Chicago, Illinois
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10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

La Petit Follie had been on my list to try for quite some time. One night several of us tried it. Atmosphere and decor are lovely. The onion tarte was great. The veal marengo was perfect; however, salmon from prix fixe menu was overcooked and dry while the walleye was undercooked! Chocolate torte dessert was excellent. Overall, we think we... More 

Thank Lois J
Tyler, Texas
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Excited to be visiting Northwestern University and University of Chicago with our family this week. We've been looking forward to eating at nice restaurants. =) We saw beautiful photos of the desserts on Trip Advisor. Since we already had eaten dinner, my lovely daughter and I stopped by La Petite Folie this evening for dessert & coffee. Several tables were... More 

1 Thank Laura H
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2016

This is a very good, unpretentious French cafe with a traditional menu. Being very close to the Univ. of Chicago it is frequented by numerous academic types. Unfortunately when we were there, near the end of the term, there were several large groups of university faculty and students. So it was much louder that usual.

Thank M33star
Arlington, Virginia
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2016

The chef saved me from myself. I ordered the venison medium and it was presented medium rare, preserving the lean and tasty meat. Thanks to the chef. Accompanied by roasted, shaved brusselspouts, I had a dinner to savor. Two bonus items were the leek Gruyere as an appetizer and for dessert, a delicious Belgian chocolate torte. Great value for the... More 

Thank Eric W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2016

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

1 Thank MinnesotaTim
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
French, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
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
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1504 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615-5504
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Hyde Park
  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Phone Number: +1 773-493-1394

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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

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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.
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