Brindille

4.6
569 reviews
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French
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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Brindille, named "Best New Restaurant in 2013" by Chicago Tribune, offers a glimpse into refined Parisian cuisine and atmosphere from the James Beard-award winning team that brought you NAHA. Enjoy classic French fare in a refined, sexy dining room with fine china and French linens. Let the wine list walk you through all the regions of France and the Old World. Tasting menus available upon request.

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j
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Food was good but the service was not up to the standards of a recognized chef

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C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brindille was quite lovely and the food was varied and full of flavor. Highly Recommend!

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B
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Well worth every penny! Hands down this is my favorite restaurant in Chicago. Everything about it -- from the ambiance to the service, presentation and Chef Carrie's signature French cuisine.

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RC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Ate at their previous restaurant, Naha, several times. So, I new Brindille would not dissapoint... & it certainly did not.
Best oysters, squash soup & scallops Ever! Only wish we weren’t running late for the theater and had time for dessert
Definitley will see you next time we’re in Chicago!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had seen Brindille featured on one of WGN’s newscasts last month, and I thought it looked great and the cuisine delicious, so I booked about three weeks out. My husband and I just were having a date night and loved it! Every aspect of the evening was very fine! The ambience, the food was wonderful, the pacing of service and our server Evan was fabulous! Will definitely go back. Highly recommend!

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DE
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our absolute favorite restaurant in Chicago.

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LJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it! Ambiance was superb and the dinner exquisite. Highly recommend going!!

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c
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kareena was exceptional in guiding us through a unique tasting menu accompanied by a wonderful white burgundy. The decor, atmosphere and cuisine was conducive to a lovely romantic meal with my life partner. The service was exceptional and we are truly appreciative of the warm and welcoming evening we experienced at Brindille.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great , started with the oysters for me with the champagne sorbet and my wife had the French onion soup. For main entree I had the lamb medallions and she had steak frites. We spilt a gateaux apple tart. All was spot on with food and staff and they chef was on site netting guests. Most impressive was how as the turned the tables the ironed the tablecloth.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing Experience. Food was great, presentation amazing. Not a disappointment.

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L
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent in all respects

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H
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

This was a meal and service with peaks and valleys. We were told that the meal would start out with an amuse bouche of some sort that never arrived. Steak tartare was wonderful but husband’s soup was quite late and we had to ask for it twice while we sat with the rest of our appetizers. Wine list was wonderful and so were the cocktails. The duck and pigeon were amazing and so was the cheese course.

No one was there to valet our car upon arrival. No one was there to valet when we departed — after we collected our coats and sat waiting, the hostess informed us after 10 minutes that we should have told them in advance so they could call the valet because they go to a different building to stay warm — but the same hostess took our keys in the first place, so why wouldn’t they have suggested that when giving us our ticket? Those are the types of things that separate good service from the exceptional service.

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KS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Brindille and have dined here several times since it first opened. The food, service and ambiance are so beautifully done and so consistent every time. It’s why we come back again and again. The setting is so chic, serene and intimate. The food is absolutely perfect. And the service is unmatched.

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MS
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding!! The food, the service, everything. This was our first restaurant stop in Chicago and we can’t stop talking about how fantastic our experience was. Would recommend to anyone!

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A
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We discovered La Brindille on TV and got curious.
The place is beautiful, the staff is all smile and friendly.
The food is amazing and the wine list is great too.
Great place for a special occasion or to meet with great friends.
We will be back.

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SS
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Absolute deliciousness. Every dish was incredible, and the ambiance and service were spot on. Bravo!! #therealmisterchitown

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MG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

While the room was comfortable and noise level good, our particular table was likely the WORST seat in the room; Lighting was negligent and the table was "stuck in there" with no further thought than adding a table for 2. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. However, adding to the disappointing seating was the limited menu offerings. The restaurant added time to the Restaurant Week promotion due to Chicago's recent bad weather, and while that decision was likely meant to be customer friendly, it affected my reason for going. I would have booked another night, if they would have been kind enough to make reference to this on their website. I find this poor communication effort short sighted. The food service was paced perfectly, again I relate this to an engaged waiter. Overall, I didn't feel the value of the meal was there...$450 including a $175 bottle of wine...since I wasn't able to order what I went there for. [Interestingly, I/waiter had a difficult time offering a good wine in the $150 range. The wine pricing was inadequately broken down into 30% under $100, and 50% over $250??????????????] Disappointed would be the overall rating. Bummer.

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A
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

We were there for restaurant week and our first time at the restaurant and to celebrate my friend's special birthday. The food and ambiance was excellent. our server Evan was rude and was pushing us to order quickly as to turn over the table quickly. I asked if he had given my husband his second glass of wine and he said he did. Than he came back to the table and poured wine briskly in his glass and said "that's on me." I eat slowly and he seemed annoyed at that. The restaurant while we were there had quite a few open tables. . What was most upsetting was that he knew that it was my friend's special birthday and acknowledged it several times during the dinner.However when bringing her the dessert there was no candle for her birthday. I think this is unacceptable at a restaurant of this caliber. I would never want him as our server!! I did report this to the manager at the desk. I would appreciate it if you would express my concerns to Evan. He needs an attitude adjustment for future customers Dr Antoinette Krakowski

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SR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Cocktails were nothing special. Service was good and my meal was delicious.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had restaurant week menu. Every dish was perfect. Cheese plate is fabulous

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G
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top notch! Food, ambiance, wine list and service. However, the noise was so loud at one point.

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CN
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

overpriced at $48 with insultingly microscopic portions. mushroom soup good. desert ok. whitefish lousy. You charge for bread! I believe the message was "don't ever come back" and we won't.

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c
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

this was our second visit to brindille, and everything was outstanding. it being restaurant week, it was also quite a bargain. the oysters, the mushroom soup, dover sole, and steak frites were perfectly done. we almost never order steak frites in a restaurant, but this was above and beyond; not only was the steak delectable, but the thin-cut fries were the best we've ever had. in addition, the restaurant offered select wines to pair with the dishes; delicious and quite affordable.

our server was also at the top of her game; her service was perfect.

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DE
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I love this restaurant. I took my girlfriends and they were so impressed also. A+

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MH
France
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was just excellent from the Amuse-Bouche to my Entrée.

I had the oysters..the light vinaigrette brought out the flavor of the oysters.
Lacquered duck was awesome...not too sweet that a red wine went very well with the duck. One of the best preparations of duck I have had.
I was less enthusiastic about my dessert which was des oeufs à la neige or floating islands.

I also was not too impressed with the sparkling wines as most of the cremants were not as dry as I like my "cremates".

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TK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I wnt to Brindille to try their restaurant week menu and we were not disappointed. The dishes were very good and I like the fact that Brindille also had some special wines featured for Restaurant Week. The waiter suggested a Syrah from Washington state that was excellent. It was a great evening out with my better half. I look forward to our return to Brindille.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We always enjoyed our dinners at Naha but had never been to Brindille. This restaurant week we decided to give it a try. We thought the food was excellent but we missed not having a warm crusty french bread with our meal. Just like Naha we always enjoy the wine bottle specials, though the bottle we had contained a lot of sediment. The busing staff was very attentive. Maybe, for some special occasion we might like to try the tasting menu.

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CB
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The portions are small—more suited to lunch than dinner—although the food is tasty.

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PR
Chicago
134 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A must try in the city! The food is fantastic and you can taste every ingredient and it's freshness. We went for restaurant week so we got to try a lot of dishes - from potato puffs (trust me on this one) to a mushroom soup to a tartan to duck - we loved every dish. Wine menu is amazing - ask for recommendations!

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J
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Brindille this weekend. The food, service and atmosphere could not be better. We were warmly greeted by the manager, Rob, who clearly loves his restaurant and wants each guest to feel welcomed and satisfied. Our waiter, Evan, also made extra efforts to make our dinner special. His recommendations were spot on and he was a perfect balance of professionalism and warmth. The chef is clearly hugely talented. Everything that the four of us ate was sensational. This restaurant is a gem and I see no area that could have made our experience better.

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FO
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was excellent. We went for restaurant week. Service was Ok. Not great. Not outstanding. Tried to get our waiter's attention multiple times with no success. He actually only approached our table 3 times. Twice to take our order and then to give us our check. Portions were on the small side. Not really worth the money. I left hungry. Very disappointing!!!

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w
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent flavoring of food and sauces, wide choice of fantastic dishes, awesome service, especially sommolier. Perfect.

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ET
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

I reserved a seat at the bar, but asked if there were any tables when I checked in. The hostess said no. Then a woman and her friend sat next to me at the bar about 5 minutes later. The hostess approached them and asked if they would like to sit at a table instead. I was dumbfounded she didn't ask me first since I was there first and had specifically asked for a table, while the women next to me had not asked for a table. Then a large group came to sit at the bar and they sat on both sides of me so I was in the middle of their large , boisterous group trying to enjoy my dinner. It was uncomfortable and awkward, and not the experience I expected at Brindille. The food was delicious, but it was disappointing and difficult to enjoy in this atmosphere when I was expecting a quiet dinner.

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LE
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved everything about this restaurant! Can't wait to go back!!

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brindille is an excellent restaurant with a french flavor. We went there for our first time during restaurant week and loved it. The food is outstanding and the wine list is superb. We had the duck and the whitefish, and both were excellently prepared and presented. We loved the service - very informative, helpful and attentive. Excellent place for dates and special occasions.

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ML
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Small, intimate place. Sat by the window with a great view of the city. Owner was down to earth and helpful. Server was so light hearted and knowledgeable of the menu options. We went for RW and were not disappointed. Def will be returning!

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JK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yes, the menu is perfectly diverse and all dishes were wonderful. Special recognition to our server. The kitchen got a little behind give the crow due to Restaurant Week. He acknowledge this and rectified the situation right away. Well done!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful meal.

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PF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Impeccable service, Outstanding French cuisine and a delightful dining experience. Bravo!

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AH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Evan was a great waiter! Happy to have found this restaurant on a night away in Chicago. Wonderful cuisine and atmosphere. Good deal that we were there during restaurant week too

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