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Bavette's

4.8
2739 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries

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A stylish departure from a traditional steakhouse, Bavette’s embraces French flair without the formality, blending fine dining with unabashed fun. Guests can indulge in timeless steakhouse fare, classic cocktails, and a well-curated international wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, European, Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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Phone number
(312) 624-8154
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Cross Street
Wells/Franklin
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Best restaurant in the city consistently top notch

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Everything was great, service, food, ambiance. We had to book our reservation well in advance, but it lived up to the wait. Would recommend, and would go again.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Ambiance and food were outstanding. Possibly the best steak dinner my wife and I have ever had. We both had the filet . Cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and I called ahead for reservations and table on the main floor. Great table but our server never mentioned the occasion to my wife. Would highly recommend for outstanding food, terrific surroundings and memorable night.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Slow service and did not honor reservation time

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Best steakhouse in the city. And the seafood is amazing as well.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The filet mignon was cooked to perfection . The service from Klause was excellent. We highly recommend this romantic and fantastic place.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Best steak in Chicago. Would definitely recommend to anyone!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We were sat at a table towards the door last night. Very drafty when the door opened. Disappointing they did not do more to keep the doors from being open at same time.Food was very good. I thought the service was just average. Was expecting exceptional experience, was just pretty good

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Our waiter Ben was great, we didn’t feel rushed. We sat downstairs in a booth and the music and atmosphere was nice . The bottle of wine we had paired beautifully with our steak .

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

The best!!

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Very enjoyable place to visit, the burger is a must!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

One of the best steaks in Chicago! Try bone marrow and ribeye, they are the must.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Steak had to be sent back twice and on the third time it was overcooked and tasted terrible. Huge disappointment but the waiter was very good and they were nice enough to remove my steak from the bill. Sides and apps were delicious. Very very dark restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I try and get to Bavettes as often as possible - amazing place. Had difficulty with my prior visit as I had an 8:00 PM reservation (Downstairs - Parlor) and they seated me at 9:20 PM so I was very upset. This reservation would be my last if that happened again but they were perfect in everyway on this visit. We sat downstairs (preferred space), waiter was awesome and the food is always the star here. Bavette's has the best atmosphere in the city - we will be back!

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Went to celebrate my daughter’s birthday- the hostess acknowledged that and then no one after that mentioned her birthday. Somewhat of a bummer as several tables near us were served desserts with sparklers. We were lucky that Erik finally made it back to our table to get a dessert order let alone send sparklers. Laid back is one thing but Erik takes it to an art form. Food was wonderful, back staff was on the ball, Erik seemed not to care

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Very good food, but not exceptional within this price range. Terrific, friendly and timely service. Good wine selection at reasonable prices. Background music is too loud and interferes with conversation.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Waiting for a reservation without knowing how long the table is going to be, being told that it's 2mins which turns into 10mins is frustrating. Multiple times they got the order wrong and I've cooked better $70 Ribeyes at home

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Waited 40 minutes to be sat, and then were sat in the basement

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Food was good and service was very friendly but timing of food delivery was uneven. We ordered three steaks, all medium...one came out medium, another medium-well and a third well-done. All top quality beef but not as ordered. Sides large and good. We had a booth, which was great.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The food was great and we enjoyed the atmosphere and music!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food was excellent service and waiting time was right on schedule . Staff did a great job

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Took me several months to get a reservation but it was worth it. My wife and I went with my brother and his wife. For appetizers we ordered the steak tartare, shrimp cocktail and half dozen oysters. All were great. For steaks the bone in ribeye and the petite fillet. They were cooked perfectly with great flavor. For sides, the sweet potatoes, crab stuffed avocado salad, truffle mac and cheese and elote style corn. For me the elote style corn was the best but all were good. As for the wine, I highly recommend the Colombo Apertura Pinot Noir. One of the best wines I have had in a long time. No dessert unfortunately but if you see the amount of food we ordered you will understand why we passed.

The ambiance of the place was also very cool. The music was great and the noise level was a little high but sitting in the booth we didn't have much difficulty hearing. There is a great bar area both upstairs and down. Only complaint is the restroom situation. They are single restrooms and there was at least one to two waiting in line. Not a big deal.

Overall an excellent meal and great scene. Would love to go back so I better get to work trying to secure another reservation. People did walk in without a reservation and I overheard them being told hour thirty to an hour forty-five. Not that unusual for a high-end restaurant downtown but I prefer a reservation.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

It was fabulous !!!! We love Bavettes ...It is our most favorite restaurant ever !!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Well executed food but the service left quite a bit to be desired.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Amazing service and food was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We were there for my boyfriends surprise 30th! The staff went above and beyond to make this special surprise perfect!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The first time I came to Bavette's we only had appetizers and side dishes--and it was amazing. I wanted to come back and get to experience one of the best steaks in Chicago. It definitely lived up to the hype and as always, the sides (specifically the wedge salad with their famous bacon and the garlic mashed potatoes) were fantastic as well. The ambiance makes you feel like you've stepped into a classic Chicago speakeasy, especially in the basement and the service was on point. Great spot to celebrate a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Bavettes came highly recommended. First of all, it is quite dark in the dining room. The rest rooms are old and small. The bar area has a rather nice ambiance. There is an additional dining room in the "dungeon" which provides less noise and more privacy. The food is pricey and I would suffice it to say that you do not necessarily get your money's worth. The portions are relatively small. The filet mignon and lamb chops were average. However, the crab was excellent! The service is attentive. I think there are many other superior options for steaks, chops and seafood in the area. We will not be returning to Bavettes anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Loved the food! Came out very fast. Service was amazing. Food was hot and seasoned just right. Will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

So good! Their Mac and cheese with bacon 🤤

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Amazing! Great experience!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Wonderful anniversary dinner. Impeccable service. Phenomenal food. My favorite restaurant in Chicago,

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

My wife and I had an excellent time. The ambiance was amazing! The music playing was sultry and seductive. The food was great!!!! The service was outstanding!!!! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!!! Perfect date night restaurant!!!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Simply excellent in every sense of the word

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Bavette's is so good! You have to get a reservation over a month in advance, but it's actually so worth it! We got the filet mignon, steak frites & truffle Mac and cheese and everything was phenomenal! Also, the handcrafted cocktails are so good! I had the champagne smash and it was well decorated and delicious! Love this place for a nice date night spot!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

It was really delicious. We enjoyed it a lot. The food was excellent.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Overpriced.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great service and food as always

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We enjoyed our meal and overall experience at Bavette's. I highly recommend it. We went before going to the theater. The fried and roasted chicken were both excellent and my friend that had the salmon said that was excellent as well. Our server was so helpful and nice and we never felt rushed to leave (we were there for 2 hours).

I can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

A great experience from beginning to end. The food - Each dish was exceptional from the large crab cake with chunks of crab; the awesome bone marrow dripping with goodness and with huge hunks of toasted sourdough, through the perfectly executed steak frites and the completely over the top fried chicken with buttery mashed potatoes. The service - Our server Ben was awesome and attentive beginning to end. Even the French press coffee and the complimentary ‘birthday’ ice cream was top shelf. Very well done...

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