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Bistrot Margot

1437 N Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610 Directions
+-312-587-3660
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About Bistrot Margot

  • Cuisine
    Bistro, French, Cafe, European, Seafood
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $30-$50
  • 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

Tips

Report | 8 years ago
friendly attentive staff
Report | 8 years ago
It's ion our neighborhood and we will be happy to return.
Report | 8 years ago
It was a delicious experience, but waiter, or garçon was slow.
Report | 8 years ago
A very friendly neighborhood place with a very nice atmosphere and great food at a fairly moderate price point. The red wines by the glass could use a little help, even at a bit higher price point. Specials could be a bit more adventurous. Other wise all is very good.
Report | 8 years ago
Your restaurant has been consistently good thru out the years. Thank you! You and your people do a great job.
Report | 8 years ago
Thank you for a beautiful evening. We'll be back!
Report | 8 years ago
probably too many calories in the buttery dish but oh well!
Report | 8 years ago
glasses of wine are small. Bottles are reasonably priced. Food was good
Report | 8 years ago
Warm ,romantic place to have dinner!
Report | 8 years ago
SERVICE WAS FINE BUT FOOD WAS UNINSPIRING.

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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