Bistros are great for budding romance, since the low lighting keeps dates' eyes from wandering and helps to conceal nervous facial tics. Let love flourish with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $20 for $40 worth of French-American cuisine for two or more
- $39 for $80 worth of French-American cuisine for four or more
The bistro-inspired menu spotlights appetizers such as Prince Edward Island mussels simmering in a tomato-basil cream sauce ($12). Appetizers precede entrees of basil-topped roasted chicken stuffed with fontina cheese and spinach ($22) and grilled hanger steak with sautéed spinach, blue cheese, and natural jus ($21).
Chef Kasra Medhat's refined culinary techniques draw from his diverse gastronomic history, from his childhood filled with Turkish- and Iranian-style family meals to his college internship at a Chicago gourmet restaurant, as well as his catering work. Today, Kasra captains Magnolia Cafe, where he infuses all that passion and experience into his innovative French-American recipes.
In the kitchen, Kasra and staff cobble together ingredients plucked during their peak growing season in a variety of meat and seafood dishes. Upon white tablecloths, plates of appetizers and entrees meet with the house's specialty martinis and boutique wines in crystalline glasses, which are great for clinking or playing pieces from Mozart's glass-harmonica phase. Soft jazz music pulses amid the exposed brick and beams that ring the dining room, which is speckled with hanging photos of the flowers from which the establishment takes its name.
ordered the halibut last night and on previous dinners, the risotto with scallops and the beef tenderloin with short ribs. All of it was fantastic.Iris H., Yelp, 8/5/12
The food was great. The atmosphere was great. The service was great. What more can I say?Brian R., Yelp, 12/10/12
“Excellent food and service, cozy atmosphere.”
“The rack of lamb is really good.”
1224 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60640