Excuse our French, but what the hell is going on at this place? The host greets guests with an authentic "bonsoir"; a server speaks fluent français to a table of expats; and the intimate atmosphere almost swept us right to the Left Bank. Yet the kitchen manages to desecrate the fundamentals of French cuisine, sending out dry and crumbly pâté, overcooked coq au vin, unseasoned sole and amateurish excuses for dessert. Quel dommage!
|Venue name:||Bistro Voltaire||Contact:|
226 W Chicago Ave
|Cross street:||between Franklin and Wells Sts|
|Opening hours:||Dinner (closed Sun)|
|Transport:||El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Chicago. Bus info: 11, 66, 156.|
|Price:||Average main course: $22|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
2 / 5
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Bistro Voltaire is a decent french bistro in a good area. My husband and I got the french onion soup and steak frites and a few glasses of wine. The french onion soup was heavily recommended on Yelp; it had good flavor but desperately needed more soup. It was mostly onion and bread. The oven fresh bread with whipped butter was a highlight of the evening. Next we had the steak frites, which we had ordered medium rare. Unfortunately it arrived more like medium well and slathered with some pepper butter sauce. The frites were nice and crisp but the steak was overdone and lacked the flavor needed to make it eatable. We had a gilt coupon to eat there, unfortunately I am unsure we would return.