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Diners' Choice: French restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall French cuisine in Chicago / Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.9
4.9 (49)
$30 and under
French
Countryside
About the restaurant
Nestled in the heart of downtown Western Springs, Petite Vie offers a menu curated with classic French dishes infused with Chef Paul Virant's signature flair. Spending time researching in France for inspiration, Virant has crafted every dish with meticulous attention to detail and a reverence for tradition.

Seating 65 guests, Petite Vie’s intimate space exudes the warmth and comfort of a traditional French brasserie, while seamlessly blending modern design elements. A collaboration between Virant, his wife Jennifer and long-time friend and designer Jody Tate, every detail at Petite Vie tells a story of meticulous craftsmanship and thoughtful curation.

Featuring French intricacy and layering, the space is a canvas of artistic expression, with artwork curated from both local talents and treasures acquired during the team's time in Paris. Framed prints, commissioned paintings, and a round antique mirror passed down through generations, adorn the walls, adding layers of intrigue.
Top review
MattKarenvip
Dined 1 day ago
Paul puled it off!! Petite Vie is all that is advertised. Great, fresh food - fine cocktails all in an intimate environment. A very solid start, with no “new restaurant” issues. Congratulations!!!! We are impressed!
A photo of Mon Ami Gabi restaurant
4.8
4.8 (7724)
$30 and under
French
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
Honoring classic French cuisine, Mon Ami Gabi is a traditional French bistro located in the heart of Lincoln Park. Our menu features simple French food including Steak Frites, fresh seafood, exquisite bites, and French rolling wine carts. Valet is located at the corner of Lincoln Park West and Belden for $17 cash or Zelle. During the holiday season, for all parties of 9 or more, we ask our guests to call the restaurant directly to book a reservation.

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Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Awesome ad allows, great restraunt in Chicago. Food was fantastic, and our service was spectacular.
A photo of Suzette's Creperie restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2174)
$31 to $50
French
Wheaton
About the restaurant
Suzette's is a cozy French Bistro specializing in both sweet and savory crepes and hearty bistro fare. Our wine list features all French wine. Attached to the restaurant is a French-inspired boulangerie and patisserie. Everyday Afternoon Tea is served. Suzette's pleasure is to provide excellent food and wine in a comfortable atmosphere that encourages our clientele to have a relaxing dining experience. In the summer the dining room extends to an outdoor patio filled with plants, flowers and fountain. Live Jazz Friday nights is reminiscent of the Hot Jazz Clubs of Paris. Located close to Wheaton College and in the heart of Historic Downtown Wheaton , Suzette's is a destination for dining.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The BEST selection (and TASTE) of any brunch I can recall. Really interesting menu, with a true feel of a French experience. In fact, the food was so good on Sunday, we returned on Tuesday…and it was EVEN BETTER!
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4.8
4.8 (2555)
$30 and under
French
Little Italy / University Village
About the restaurant
In the midst of Little Italy, Chez Joel creates the tastes and aromas of France for. Featuring traditional favorites, Chef Joel Kazouini offers his straightforward, expertly prepared Southern French cuisine. Chez Joel’s atmosphere is reminiscent of a true French bistro; its walls adorned with French posters and tables covered with butcher paper. The cozy environment makes Chez Joel the perfect spot for any romantic meal, and when weather permits, garden tables offer an open-air experience where you’ll find one of the most divine al fresco dining settings in the city.
Chez Joel Since 1999
Top review
Foodie
Dined 1 day ago
Very good as usual! We love Chez Joel! Will come back again!
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4.8
4.8 (5824)
$30 and under
French
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant
Bistronomic brings guests together with the ambiance of an authentic Parisian bistro while exhibiting the "je ne sais quoi" and romance only found in Chicago's Sister City, the City of Lights. Three seating options are available: the Main Dining Room, the Grand Salon and the Petit Salon. Also, the bar is another offers a more casual experience. Dark wood, subdued lighting and French accents set the inviting mood. During the holidays, Bistronomic is festively adorned with garland, lights and red bows to make holiday get-togethers even more special. Whether guests seek an inviting holiday experience, social gathering or have business to conduct, Bistronomic's inviting seasonal and locally grown French food is the answer. Bistronomic is a Family Owned Business, Chef Martial & Lulu Noguier as well as the incredible Staff will welcome you with warmth a for a very French Experience!
Top review
DonnaAvip
Dined 7 days ago
One of our favorite places to eat when visiting Chicago. From the hostess, to the servers to the delicious food, everything was perfect. Great place for a special occasion or just an evening out.
A photo of Le Bouchon - Chicago restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1942)
$31 to $50
French
Bucktown / Wicker Park
About the restaurant
Le Bouchon has been thriving in Bucktown since 1993, serving classic French Bistro food in a dining room that will transport you to Paris. Voted one of the best French Restaurants in America by Timeout Magazine.

Open from 11am-10pm Monday - Saturday.
Top review
ThomasKvip
Dined 2 days ago
Everything was superb except the bread was not warm enough. Otherwise Le Buchon was executing at its usual high standards.
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4.7
4.7 (1680)
$30 and under
French
Highwood
About the restaurant
Miramar Bistro is a traditional French bistro and the menu is always fresh and seasonal. Service is friendly and thorough and the ambiance is exceptional. The French doors open to the sidewalk patio and lend to al fresco dining both for lunch and dinner. Miramar also books parties and banquets up to 300 people.
Top review
GeorgeS
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
We were so happy to have picked Miramar. The food was outstanding - the staff was warm inviting and attentive. If I lived closer I’d go on a weekly basis I will be back!!!
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4.7
4.7 (979)
$31 to $50
French
Highwood
About the restaurant
Froggy’s French Café has been serving Chicago’s North Shore award winning French cuisine for almost 40 years. Known for our ambiance, friendly knowledgeable service and presentation we serve the freshest seafood and vegetables and steaks.

We recommend starting with a glass of wine, a bowl of French Onion Soup or escargot appetizer, and then move on to our seasonal seafood mains, fresh pastas or our classic steak and frits. Froggy’s diverse menu is geared to satisfy seafood aficionados, vegetarians and all omnivores alike. Always fresh, always French and always a fantastic dining experience.

Located in Highwood, IL nestled in between Highland Park and Lake Forest, come dine with us to see why Froggy’s is known as North Shore’s hidden gem.
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Billvip
Dined 6 days ago
As usual, it was an outstanding experience. The food was creative and very well prepared, the service was excellent, the setting was charming and we always enjoy our interaction with Thierry!!!
A photo of La Serre restaurant
4.6
4.6 (204)
$31 to $50
French
West Loop
About the restaurant
Inspired by the coastal regions of Provence and Saint-Tropez, La Serre invites guests into a lush and colorful greenhouse. The culinary approach highlights the light and vibrant cuisine of Provence with a focus on native techniques and ingredients and lighter plays on the dishes of the French-Mediterranean landscape. Fresh vegetable, seafood, and all-natural Black Angus beef preparations will be finished at the kitchen’s hardwood charcoal hearth, providing dishes with incredible wood and charcoal flavors that elevate each ingredient without the need for heavy sauces or seasonings.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great place for a special night. Waitress was amazing! Great service, smiling and kind. Cocktails were delicious. Food excellent. A bit pricy. Loved the wall paper and the overall ambiance!
A photo of Jilly's Cafe restaurant
4.4
4.4 (628)
$31 to $50
French
Evanston
About the restaurant

Located just outside the city of Chicago, Jilly's Café has been called a "North Shore Treasure" by Zagat's 2002 restaurant survey. Our French Countryside decor, handpicked flowers, and friendly wait staff make for an intimate and cozy atmosphere suitable for all kinds of occasions(NOW PATIO AVAILABLE,ASK FOR HOURS). Here authentic French food is served with an American twist making for enough dishes to keep our specials changing daily. We offer a Sunday brunch that carefully combines a traditional American brunch with French flavors, while champagne effortlessly flows throughout the course of the meal. Jilly's is available for private parties, and reservations are strongly recommended.
Top review
djrose1vip
Dined 5 days ago
We visited Jilly’s for the first time recently to celebrate our anniversary. Our experience was fantastic! We started with wonderful cocktails. We shared a bottle of wine and had trout and steak frites. We finished with two delicious desserts. Our server did a great job taking care of us. Everything was fantastic. We look forward to returning!
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