French Restaurants in Chicago                       


Everest- Classic high end French food in a sophisticated atmosphere with a 40th floor view. The great steaks come with many interesting things to sprinkle on top. One of Chicago' s best, but expensive wine lists, 663-8920, 440 S. LaSalle, D, $$$$ Everest

Bistronomic- A great new addition to the dwindling French restaurant scene. As the name implies they have bistros fare, but they have brought a more modern twist to the food. It is a nice space and the prices are fairly reasonable for the quality of the food. It work for both small groups and for a romantic dinner. A bit noisy. 312-944-8400, 840 N Wabash, $$, Bistronomic

Bistro Voltaire- Has the feel of a true Paris bistro right down to the accent of the host. Has the neighborhood feel that one looks for in a bistro. They offer the high quality, unobtrusive service found in Europe and so lacking in the U.S. Good but not exceptional food. The dauphine potatoes are amazing. A place to have to have first date or a romantic dinner with your spouse. 265-0911, 226 W. Chicago, $$ Bistro voltaire

Kiki's Bistro- A good value for the quality of the classic French fare. A bit out of the way but still near downtown. We always enjoy the pate. One of the best places to go for French fare. 335-5454, 900 N. Franklin, L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat, $$ Kiki's Bistro

Bistro Margot- A reasonable priced neighborhood place with tasty food. We especially like their well priced salads. If you like bacon the bistro salad is tough to beat. They often have special deals on weekdays. 587-3660, 1437 N. Wells, L D, $$ Bistro Margot

Cyrano's Bistro and Wine Bar- An intimate place to get good French fare away from the tourist crowds. We have had some very good lunches here. In the summer they have a limited menu at a temporary cafe along river. 467-0546, 546 N. Wells, L Mon-Fri, D, $$ Cyrano's Bistros

Bijan- One of the few neighborhood places in River North. A variety of tasty food that they serve late into the night.. It is a French bistros but they also have some great American based foods. They have the best meatloaf in town and a good burger. 312-202-1904, 663 N. State, $$ Bijan

Mon Ami Gabi- A classic Paris bistro. It is a noisy, bustling place, a bit away from downtown near the zoo. They have a wide variety of always well cooked steaks. The French onion soup is great on a cold day. The appetizers have a lot of good options like; pate, salmon and oysters. They have a nice French wine selection. 773-348-8886, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, $$ Mon Ami Gabi