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Bistro Voltaire

Restaurants, French River North
2 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
Photograph: Max HermanBistro Voltaire
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
Photograph: Max HermanBistro Voltaire
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
Photograph: Max HermanBistro Voltaire

Time Out says

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!



Address: 226 W Chicago Ave
Cross street: between Franklin and Wells Sts
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Chicago. Bus info: 11, 66, 156.
Price: Average main course: $22
Opening hours: Dinner (closed Sun)
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2 out of 5 stars

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.