La Sardine

4.6
873 reviews
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$30 and under
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French

La Sardine is a West Loop staple serving classic French comfort food for Lunch and Dinner. This first-rate bistro is decorated with warm cherry-wood accents and brick walls compliment vibrantly painted columns. La Sardine features classic French dishes ranging from Escargot à la Bourguignonne, French Onion Soup, House-made Charcuterie, Lyonnaise Salad, Bouillabaisse, Steak Frites and the best Soufflés in the city. La Sardine offers an extensive French wine list that is approachable but will intrigue even the most die-hard Francophiles. La Sardine has daily specials Monday through Friday that include half priced bottles of any wine on the list on Mondays, a $38 prix fixe dinner on Tuesdays, and dollar oysters at the bar on Fridays. In addition, La Sardine offers a happy hour Mon-Thurs from 3-6 with $1 oysters and wine and beer deals.

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SG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went there for our 16th wedding anniversary. Dan was very attentive to us. The food was very tasty and cooked just right.

VH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food. Love LaSardine. Was there for lunch two weeks ago which was also terrific. I’ll definitely be back soon.

g
Jacksonville
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my second time here - the Steak Frites was amazing. Incredibly well prepared. My wife had the Mackerel special that was equally delicious. It’s a great place for delicious French food.

LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We love La Sardine. Food is always interesting and delicious. The wait staff goes out of their way to be friendly and accommodating. We've become "regulars."

PG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have dined here a number of times and always been pleased with the food, but have always been there on a busy night. This last visit was on a Wednesday night, with very few other diners present. This made the experience of superb wine, food and service that much more enjoyable, with little background noise. I will be back.

a
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We had a lovely evening. The food was delicious, as usual. When we were seated, we were immediately advised that it was 'prix fixe' night. I enjoyed a lovely salad, beautifully presented trout and delicious creme brulee. All in all, a charming evening.

G
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing dining experience! Service was the best and the food was delicious!! We love this place!!

k
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

La Sardine never disappoints. Wonderful specials and knowledgeable wait staff. Can always get a great wine pairing.

J
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

If you like French food La Sardine is your go to place on the westside. Great drinks and food.

F
Chicago
310 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Consistently good. Very good service. You can’t go wrong

D
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food were great as always. My parents love to come out here to celebrate special occasions because the reliability on delicious food, nice ambiance, and outstanding service.

T
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We ordered the fix price Menu last Tuesday. My steak frites dinner was overcooked and noticed by the waiter who sent it back immediately, and the manager also assured me it would be corrected. It was. A very nice effort. The souffles were amazing.
$16.00 for valet I thought was outrageous when you are dining there...

KH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this restaurant and have been going there for years. It is always consistently excellent and the food is amazing!

j
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hadn't been there in a few years...still fantastic. Our group of four had a wonderful meal. The service was excellent also.

LL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

La Sardine is very inconsistent in the quality of its food and its wine selection is poor. My wife and I along with friends have frequented the restaurant over 12 years. The inconsistent nature of the restaurant has occurred over the last 3-4 years. The latest experience was the most disappointing.

M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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ES
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We took our daughter and her best friend to celebrate the start of their new careers. It was a wonderful evening. They has a first experience of "real" beef Wellington. Our service was exceptional, the food was excellent, we can't wait to return.

GL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

The busboy service is not so good. There were a couple times they just grabbed our plates from us without asking if they were finished or not. The busboys were kind of rough when collecting the finished plates. Some sauce has splashed on my and wife’s shirts. Also, the waiter gave me a dirty plate and I told him to get me a new clean one. But he just turned around using a cloth to wipe the residue and gave me back the plate. That was disgusting. He thought I didn’t see it.

RQ
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

One of our favorite restaurants. Amazingly consistent quality French cuisine. When Jean-Claude died we were concerned that the restaurant would suffer. However, I believe he would be proud of the way his standards have been maintained. Last nights meal of fish cheeks, mussels and Grand Marnier was outstanding. Quality wines at reasonable prices an added bonus.

c
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Loved the fixed price dinner. The desert was unbelievable. Great for our party of 8.

f
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

La Sardine is a hidden gem. It offers a wonderful selection of French dishes. We started with nice, refreshing cocktails and were immediately service warm, French bread with creamy butter. We had escargot and salads to start. We dipped our bread into the wonderful escargot sauce. Entrees were leg of lamb perfectly prepared with goat cheese mashed potatoes and patty pan squash. We also had white fish served with a wonderful cucumber and fennel salad. We ordered a nice Chateau Neuf de Pape to go wth dinner. Desserts were the apple tarts with ice cream and a raspberry soufflé. Coffee finished the meal. Service was attentive, but not hovering. Spacing of food was prefect.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary with a dinner and play. This was our first visit to La Sardine and it was just excellent. We both went with the $38 prefix dinner on Tuesday nites. All our selections were great and portion sizes were more than enough. Our waiter Dan was perfect with recommendations that were spot on. We will be back with more family and friends.

KS
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was wonderful as usual . Food was great, and our guest loved it.

TF
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful evening and dinner
Loved the manager Nick...he def made us feel special...

ML
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

positive notes first: food is amazing. we had the Tartare, the fish collier and the bouillabaisse and they were all great.
only not positive note, the A/C was really cranking and the temperature way too low for us....
The tuesday offer is unbeatable

J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Acceptable food but nothing to run back to.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So good. Cool atmosphere, approachable and delicious. Love this place.

K
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An amazingly consistent restaurant. We've been going here since they opened (maybe 20 years ago) and have never had a bad meal. French bistro food done perfectly, with enough change of menu periodically to keep it from being tired. And the service is amazing--one thing we've noticed is that all the servers cover each other's tables for things like water filling, clearing plates, etc.--it helps prevent undue delays when your server gets trapped by a talkative customer, etc. Broad wine list with some reasonably priced Bordeaux and an apple tart to die for.

NY
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall good experience. Friendly service though not always efficient. My pasta dish was on the over salty side, but all other dishes were great.

j
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was phenomenal, and it only made our experience more lovely and enhanced the delicious food and wine. The escargot is beyond words. Will be back soon if only for that. Best kept secret in the West Loop that deserves to be on everyone’s dining destination list.

PB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A really fine, fine establishment. Never disappointed, food and service always excellent. I had a lobster salad that was out of this world!

JS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Don't waste your time, just go eat at La Sardine! It is one of the best French restaurants in the USA

n
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have always loved LaSardine but the Bastille menu was exceptional. I had the salmon en croute . It had a flavorful stuffing and the flavors melded together perfectly. I am ready to order it again. Everyone in our party was equally pleased with our meal

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The lamb was delicious however the sides of the entree came out very cold. My partners suck came out very rare, almost uncooked and was extremely chewy and inedible. When we complained, it was sent back to be reheated.... the customer service could’ve been better surrounding the food and him having to wait for his food while he watched me eat mine. We’ve been here before and it wasn’t bad, the quality has been inconsistent.

W
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappointed! I come here several times every year, grilled fish collar is my favorite and can't miss the soufflé!

K
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you love French food, definitely give this place a try - the place is large and did get lively, but has that small restaurant feel to it, which is great if you like a Mom-n-Pop feel. We had a birthday dinner for a total of six people; ordered escargots, morels on toast (2x!), steak tartare, terrine de foie gras (even a person who dislikes pate loved this), and two (French) cheeses from the five that were available. Everything came out really quickly, was adequately hot, and tasted delicious. For dinner: A white fish with capers, which I think may have been a special but I highly recommended it, 2 x perfectly done (served medium rare) duck breast on the savory side, lobster roll (I thought this was a bit too soggy for my liking), lobster ravioli - one giant dumpling with lobster meat in it in a delicious white sauce, and salmon in filo dough - think sandwich-like, not my favourite of the evening, it was well cooked, but the filo and lettuce accentuated the salmon flavour too much for me. We topped the dinner off with the raspberry and chocolate souffles (the raspberry one was just right - not too sweet, not too tart). I will definitely go back for a regular dinner; Le Bouchon is their sister restaurant, equally amazing food there. I will add that Dan, our server, was excellent with timing out our food - they seemed to have great staff, all around, really. He even brought out a little sorbet with a candle to help me celebrate.

DS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food...soufflé was outstanding as was Beef Wellington.

MD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was fantastic! This restaurant is off of the beaten path in the West Loop so it seems more intimate. It was the perfect place for a date.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent! Very great quality of food and outstanding service.

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Go on a Monday night....not crowded, not noisy, and wine bottles half off....plus the food is good.

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