Bistrot Margot

Retail
1437 N Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610 1437 N Wells St., Chicago Directions
+-312-587-3660
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92% of 867 customers recommended
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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Bistro, French, Cafe, European, Seafood
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $30-$50
  • Cuisine
    Bistro, French, Cafe, European, Seafood
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Valet
  • Delivery
    Yes
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
  • Kids Menu
    Yes
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225 Tips
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Report | 2 years ago
Their fish is delicious!!
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Report | 2 years ago
Great atmosphere and food.
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Report | 2 years ago
Wednesday prix fixe is great, but cannot use with Groupons, just FYI!
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Report | 2 years ago
The salad and beef sandwich was bla.
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Report | 3 years ago
Love this place, it's so charming and romantic.
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Report | 4 years ago
Boring menu (sorry)
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Report | 4 years ago
Thanks for great food and service!
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Report | 4 years ago
You're my best excuse to hang out in Old Town. Thank you!
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Report | 4 years ago
A great place for friends to meet up. Very conversationally friendly and food is always delicious.
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Report | 4 years ago
According to my husband, the roasted chicken thigh was moister than its dry breast.
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From Our Editors

The transformation of a 16-year-old cook in the American Red Cross cafeteria into a sophisticated French chef and restaurant owner doesn’t happen overnight. Urged into a culinary career by his cafeteria coworkers, Joe Doppes graduated from the Culinary Institute of America before apprenticing under the greats at Le Pavillon and Le Cygne in New York, as well as the five-star Le Francais. This last position drew him to Chicago, where he set his sights on launching his own restaurant. After triumphing over cancer and rebounding from his first restaurant attempt, Doppes realized his dream in Old Town in 1999 with Bistrot Margot—which he named for his daughter rather than ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn, who could whisk eggs with her feet.

Upon the bistro’s opening, it drew praise from Phil Vettel of the Chicago Tribune for its “excellent” and “classic” French cuisine. Doppes dives headfirst into French culinary traditions with gourmet meats such as parmesan-encrusted veal, center-cut filet mignon, and roasted duck, and fresh seafood such as roasted tilapia and pan-seared whitefish. The chef and his team augment these foundations with capered citrus butter and dijon beurre blanc before pairing them with lavish sides such as saffron-and-asparagus risotto. At midday, entrees join a roster of upscale sandwiches piled with grilled sirloin and gouda, and the weekend brunch features decadent benedicts and crepes stuffed with gruyère and pesto.

To set the stage for these feasts, interior designer Vicky Tessmer drew inspiration from turn-of-the-century Paris. She paired tapestries, dark wood trim, and wall sconces with art-nouveau touches such as a stained-glass window over french doors, which lead to an outdoor patio. A roaring fireplace and walls done in cheery yellows and reds keep guests feeling cozy, and a marble-topped bar and leather stools accommodate tipplers who order one of the many French vintages from the wine list.

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