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Bistro Bordeaux L'Authentique

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618 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201-4507 (Chicago)
+1 847-424-1483
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17:30 - 21:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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280 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my boyfriend's and my first experience here and we were anxious to try it. It was Valentine's Day and the place was packed. We had a 7:30 reservation, arrived a few minutes early, were told that they were preparing our table and a few minutes later we were seated. The very sweet hostess apologized for the delay (which... More 

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42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been going to Bistro Bordeaux for some years now and have found it about as authentic a French bistro as could be found in the midwest, from the ambience to the service to the food and wine. Our most recent visit, however, was well below expectations based on those previous experiences. It seems as if the staff were all... More 

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Thank Steve J
frenchconnect, Owner at Bistro Bordeaux L'Authentique, responded to this review

Hi Steve Thank you for your feedback, I apologize for the experience you had, I would admit that with Chicago Restaurant Week, it's been challenging to uphold our standard and it's been hard on my staff that has been working long hours every day. We have a new chef and I look forward to making it up to you on... More 

Evanston, Illinois
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bistro Bourdeaux is a wonderful mix of comfortable and delicious. A varied and authentic menu, great service and a very welcoming dining room. A great place for a special dinner or a cozy weeknight meal on a cold night.

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Evanston, Illinois
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate at the restaurant during the Restaurant Week Chicago in late January 2017. Our party of 5 enjoyed the prix fixe menu immensely!. My main course of trout with lentil sauce was superb, and the remainder of our party were pleased with their dishes (steak, or salmon) as well. The appetizer dishes of Steak Tartar, and the snails (escargot)... More 

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We came with a group of 7 girls. The service and food was great! Our server was able to provide some great food and wine reservations based on what we told him we liked. The chef, John, came out and said hello to us and cooked and AMAZING dinner and then overall meal. The food had such vibrant flavors within... More 

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Highland Park, Illinois
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41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

A couples wine group of 8 went to Bistro Bordeaux for our holiday dinner. We found the wine list interesting and reasonably priced. My husband and I had been there before but the other 6 hadn't been to the restaurant before. Everyone was impressed by the food and the service. Their was a slight disappointment in the cassoulet but all... More 

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Evanston, IL
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

First was the 35 min wait for our 8PM "reservation", it was all downhill after that. The cassoulet had next to no meat in it, no nice sausages on top, just beans and sauce. We really should have sent it back. My Coq au vin consisted of two tiny scrawny overly dry legs and no thigh as listed in the... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Really outstanding, and everything you want in a French bistro. Our server, Bill, was terrific and the room was beautifully lit by candlelight for the holidays. Soups, salads and mains were delivered at a nice pace and the whole evening was relaxing and deeply satisfying. I've read a few negative reviews about the pace of the courses... to which I'd... More 

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Wilmette, Illinois
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72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

We had a wonderful dinner at Bistro Bordeaux. We ordered the coq au vin with creme brulee for dessert. Both were delicious. In fact, the creme brulee may have been the best I have had...anywhere...in 50 years. However, this is not a fine French restaurant in the tradition of Chicago's fine French restaurants. In fact, sadly, they barely exist anymore.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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136 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

We visited for the first time with friends on Christmas Eve. We would consider this restaurant a bit pricey for an average night out, but great for a special outing. Our service was excellent and the food was superb. We recommend the charcuterie plate, the steak and creme brulee. Our waiter was helpful in selecting a wine we would like.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Cuisine
French, European
Meals
Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 618 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201-4507
    (Chicago)
  • Public Transportation: Purple line and Metra station 4 minutes walk east from Davis station.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Evanston
  • Phone Number: +1 847-424-1483
Description
The philosophy of the menu at Bistro Bordeaux is an expression of our French culinary heritage, for which we have a profound admiration. The support of our local farmers allows us to use the freshest produce and seafood, just as one would find in the markets in the south of France. The menu showcases the freshness of these pure ingredients through simple, flavorful combinations

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