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Bistro Voltaire

226 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610


The decor (black, white, red), music (Piaf), and menu (onion soup, snails, crème brulée) are straight from a Paris playbook, but astute cooking and a genuinely cozy vibe in this narrow dining room transcend cliché. The soup, crusty bread, and paper-wrapped frites are reassuringly spot-on. More ambitious dishes also succeed: Expect feather-light puff pastry on the vol-au-vent, perfectly cooked bright green beans with the medallions of roast pork, and tangy braised red cabbage with the seared duck breast. Reasonably priced, mostly French, wines. A Monday prix fixe three-course meal is a real deal ($29).

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Dishes We Liked

Dishes we liked: Vol-au-vent aux champignons ($10), escargots de Bourgogne ($11), oeuf en cocotte ($9), pommes frites ($5), gnocchi à la parisienne ($18), magret de canard ($25), noisettes de porc ($22), noix de St. Jacques ($24), gâteau au chocolat ($8.50)

Additional Information:

Price: $40-$49
Cuisine: French
Neighborhood: River North
Noteworthy: Wheelchair accessible
Will seat past 10:30 p.m.
Hours: D Mon-Sat.
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