Le Petit Paris
The traditional French fare was excellent! The restaurant was quiet which allowed conversations. The entire experience was a very good value.
I wanted a cozy comfortable spot close to our hotel for dinner. Le Petit Paris was exactly that. I was slightly concerned reading some of the other reviews of slow service but our waiter was attentive and prompt. The decor is slightly tired and could use a spruce up but despite that it is comfortable and not pretentious. Our food was good not earth shattering but good basic french cuisine. My husband was thrilled that they had calve livers and loved his meal. My whitefish lightly fried in panko perhaps a butter/wine sauce would enhance the flavors better. I would definitely return with family and friends for a low key, doesn't break the bank meal.
They ran out of duck, which was unfortunate. My second choice was good, but it's not what I wanted. I mentioned twice that it qas my date's birthday and they forgot candles. Overall it's still a lovely place.
Having dined here several times, the food has never been a disappointment!! Awesome Value +++
Great "traditional" french food at reasonable prices. Strangely "aloof" waiter/owner
As we often do, we spent a delightful and delicious evening with Alain at Le Petit Paris to celebrate the new year. This is a lovely place to have an unhurried and excellent meal. Food is spot on and drinks well crafted. Classic French bistro fare and a relaxing setting make this one of our favorite restaurants. Highly recommend.
We can’t wait to go back!! The entrance to the restaurant is a bit odd, but once you get into the place itself, you’ll feel transported to a lovely little bistro in France. It has an adorable little bar where you can grab a glass of wine while you wait for your table. Alain is authentically French and we loved his humor. Food is wonderful. We left with a list of people that we know that would love it too❤️
Exquisite food, service and ambience! You may read reviews disparaging the owner. We have found him to be a warm and attentive host. However, he is French. Let me explain...
First, understand you've been invited into this gentleman's dining room. Second, this establishment is not only a time capsule of beloved continental dishes, but of the decorum and civility that could be found and were expected in this country, even into the '80s.
Here in America, we're at a point where many people well into their maturity have seemingly abandoned any sense of propriety they may have entertained in the past and have adopted much of the current "everything is a commodity" mindset. Regarding restaurants, the only difference is the cost, type of fare and interior decoration. All restaurants are Applebee's, they just vary in cost. There should be no expectation put upon the customer, at all. Ever.
Je ne suis pas d'accord, mes amis...
If you want to walk in with no reservation and expect a table, if you want to make a reservation with Open Table an hour before the fact, If you wander in an hour before closing, If you feel that the ability to pay for your dinner entitles you to be a flat-footed, I'm-in-charge, palooka or palookette, I would be so bold as to suggest that perhaps this restaurant isn't a good fit for you.
Full disclosure: my wife and I don't mind booking Le Petit Paris a few days in advance (it's special!), we don't mind dressing for dinner, (although not required), we feel French cuisine wants to be paired with wine and we do that. We love the great food, the quiet dining room and following the lead of our gracious host.
In summary: This is Monsieur Sitbon's joint and he runs it very well. If you walk in and try to make it _your_ joint, he ain't feelin' that... ya dig?
Tiny and convivial place. Very unusual for the location. True French dining experience, slower paced, with wonderful food cooked to perfection with fine ingredients. Go with people you like to talk to and the evening will be lovely.
Truly a little gem....always a lovely experience. One of the things we love is that Le Petit Paris is not trendy, rather it is simple classic French food and conversation friendly. Vive La France!
Le Petit Paris is a PERFECT spot for a holiday dinner with friends and my dream neighborhood restaurant. Lots of Burgundy and Bordeaux on the wine list! Chef in the dining room making the rounds! A menu of CLASSICS like duck a l'orange, steak frites and frog's legs. This is the antithesis of a hipster restaurant trying too hard to be cool and not worried about service and the dining experience and HOORAY for that!
This is a hidden gem. Very authentic French cuisine & atmosphere. We felt we were back in France. Impeccable personal service. Excellent food. An interesting & reasonably priced wine list with mostly French wines. Great find & value. One of the best meals & most enjoyable evenings we’ve had in Chicago.
Wonderful French restaurant. Always authentic and dependable.
I haven’t been to an authentic style French restaurant this good in years. The food was outstanding, the service was friendly and informative, and the atmosphere was pleasantly low key. Preferred payment by credit card to cash which was unusual but certainly not off putting. I just wonder why that is. Highly recommend this place for people who want to escape the din and really enjoy their meal and perfect cocktails
We went there for frog legs and duck they were out of both! My had the filet so I settled for the filet also Alain came to our table and said they were out of that too. I had the strip steak! Food was ok! We wouldn’t be back!
We had a 815 reservation. Arrived at 800 hoping to have a drink at the super funky bar. The door to the restaurant was locked! We knocked, seeing patrons inside. No response! We called three times. No response!! We had no choice but to leave.
Always a great meal and experience with a fantastic chef.
Wonderful old school French restaurant. Felt like being in an out of the way Paris bistro. Not the place for someone looking to be challenged, but if you want a great coq au vin and a fantastic apple tart with rum butter gelato look no further. This is your place. If I lived in Chicago I’d be a regular
This is a perennial favorite. The host is genial gentleman who provides an element of familiarity. The food is always excellent and the prices are half of most places downtown.
With a 5:30 reservation we were somewhat dismayed when the door didn’t open until 5:40 ... and the single waiter/host was hard pressed to serve 3 then 5 tables by himself.
He was very hurried and typically French. After help arrived around 6:00 things smoothed out. Our food was excellent ... my starter pate maison was a winner, as was my trout almondine entree. My wife’s onion soup was great as was her Caesar salad. To top it off, my apple tart ala mode was appropriately decadent. All in all ... despite a rough start, a very nice, and surprisingly affordable treat!
Loved it. Alan is unique
This was our first visit to this location, but will make it a "must do" for future visits to Chicago.
This is my "must visit" restaurant every time I am in Chicago and it never fails to live up to my expectations. It is charming, cozy and its authentic French menu is exquisite. My dinner included the French onion soup, steak tare tare and creme brulee, all delicious! Wines by the glass are very affordable and good. Alain is just as good in the front of the house as he is in the kitchen.
We visit Chicago every December and we decided to try a new place for us, Le Petit Paris. It was by far our best dining experience while in Chicago this December. It was small and intimate and there were so many regular customers having dinner. The owner knew them and the friendly atmosphere was delightful. We will definitely go back every time we are in Chicago. The food was absolutely delicious, the service was great and the price was so reasonable!
Delicious traditional French favorites! An oasis in a sea of trendy restaurants. Get some lovingly prepared French cuisine, you won’t be disappointed.
Simply outstanding! ... old school French with a delightful owner/chef and friendly staff ... our new favorite “date” night Chicago spot!
Greeted at the door by the chef/owner. Extremely personal service. Exquisite French cuisine, but not the froufrou deconstructed dishes you find at other restaurants. Simple yet Wonderfully traditional French dishes.
Disappointing service dated and food mediocre at best. Vegetables steamed and overcooked. Early reservation and had already ran out of the first three things that we asked for. No redeeming characterics with this restaurant stuck in the past.
I go there frequently for last 12 years, the quality of food, service, ambience are persistently of highest standards. Alain, the owner and Chef, is always there to respond to any request and even to cook something not on the manu. Prices are very moderate for a french restaurant and didn't fluctuate for few years. I highly recommend it. I was just there (Sat of thanksgiving) with friends from out of the country and all of us had very enjoyable and pleasant evening. Thank you Alain, keep up the good work.
Always a wonderful experience! Would definitely recommend for Holiday dinner or anytime!
One of our favourite places in Chicago. Food is delicious and consistent as always.
Great people good food reasonably priced
Best place ever!
Nice, character place, good food, friendly service. This place is a hidden gem
Excellent classic French cuisine at reasonable prices. Efficient and friendly service. So much like a traditional French restaurant that I could imagine myself in Paris.
Le Petit Paris is the best kept secret in Chicago. The food, service and pricing are wonderful. My wife and I have come here for many years on every trip to Chicago. Even the wine list is superb and reasonably priced. I personally rank this restaurant ahead of better known place like Everest or NoMi restaurant and I love both of those place.
We arrived at 8:10 for a reservation at 8:00 and quickly ushered into a dark vacant bar. OccasIonally, a waiter would come to the bar and fix a drink order for a table. We asked for water 3 times over the next hour and each time, we were told they were too busy. We didn’t even try to order an alcoholic drink. Finally, we were seated at 9:15. We tried to order chocolate mousse for desert, but they were out. We were comped 3 deserts for all our troubles. The manager blamed the problems on one table which stayed for 3 hours, but obviously the restaurant was terribly understaffed since we couldn’t get any service in the bar.
Was a very good dinner and a gracious host. Prices are always reasonable.
Surprisingly old fashioned spot in modern building but I loved the food and service. Very traditional menu but very good and just loved our waiter. You’d never know it’s there. Fun spot to which I’ll return.
Simply my favorite restaurant!
So French right down to Alain and Robert. Excellent food, small quiet just relax and take your time at Le Petit Paris. Type A folks - don’t try without a deep breath!