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Bistro Bordeaux
French Restaurant$$$
Today 5:30–9PM
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618 Church St Evanston, IL 60201
618 Church StreetUSIllinoisEvanston60201
$$$French Restaurant, BarToday 5:30–9PM
Thursday 5:30–9PMFriday 5:30–9:30PMSaturday 5–10PMSunday 5–9PMMonday 5:30–9PMTuesday 5:30–9PMWednesday 5:30–9PM

The philosophy of the menu at Bistro Bordeaux is an expression of our French culinary heritage, for which we have a profound admiration. The menu showcases the freshness of these pure ingredients through simple, flavorful combinations.

At last, the long hard days of winter are drawing to an end, spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer. The first taste of English peas, radishes and asparagus and the pervading perfumes of lavender comes to mind.

Moreover, we also feel strongly about supporting smaller, family owned wineries. These boutique vintners bottle with their souls, and are sure to give a unique experience with each bottle. By offering these exceptional wines, it is our intention to introduce an exceptional find to our guests.

We hope you enjoy the eating as much as we enjoy the preparation in the kitchen and wish you all “Bon appétit”!

The team at Bistro Bordeaux

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Charming, popular destination dishing up traditional, sustainably sourced French favorites.- Google
"For the main course, I had assorted meats with poached eggs."
"I don't even think it was risotto but maybe long grain rice."
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Lara Poeppelmeier
a month ago
Maybe it was an off night. It all started when I called to see if there was an open table for 2 around 6 pm. The hostess said she couldn't get us in until 8 pm. I hung up and saw a 6:30 opening on Open Table and booked it. Walked in at 6:30 and was seated immediately. The restaurant was pretty empty. I waitstaff was attentive and pleasant. The food was not great. I had the butternut cream soup and it was the best part of our meal. The Steak Tartar was made table side but wasn't seasoned well and the beef tasted off. Plus it was a huge portion. As my main dish I got the truffle risotto. I don't even think it was risotto but maybe long grain rice. Terribly dry and covered in pistachios. I didn't get and truffle flavor or fragrance at all. Needless to say we won't be back.
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Erica Chadwick
11 months ago
I don't like to give a bad review- but we have eaten here several times. Based on our last experience we would not go back. My husband had steak frites and the steak was so tendon-y it was impossible to chew. I ordered filet, and the cut of filet was overcooked (well done when I ordered med.rare) I sent it back, got another, and was disappointed once again by the quality of the meat. Just a poor cut of filet. On the menu it said it came with roquefort cheese, which it did not. We had charcuterie, and the rillets were tasteless. The foie gras was good.
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Amber Gibson
a year ago
Owner and maître d' Pascal is a quintessentially charming French gentleman. Service is outstanding, attentive without being overbearing and the ambiance is romantic and comfortable. Truly a little slice of Paris in downtown Evanston. The food is classic French bistro fare – I adore their whole-roasted tour and the dark chocolate terrine served with raspberry coulis.
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James Palmer
3 years ago
We went as part of restaurant week, everything we ordered was delicious. The Paté de ?? (chicken liver) was my favorite part of the meal, the steak tartar was pretty good as well with a little added pepper. For the main course, I preferred the Steak Pommes Frites Bistro Bordeaux to the Cassoulet Toulousain au Lapin, though both were delicious. As far as dessert, the Crème Brulée du Jour was very good, I can't remember the other dessert we had, though it had vanilla ice cream, an eclair like doughnut and chocolate. The house bread and french butter were also very good. Overall the service was terrific and the atmosphere very warm. I definitely plan to visit again.
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Janelle Ohlemiller
10 months ago
I don't know which was better: the service or the food! My husband and I ended up here by mistake; we had been seeking a fine dining experience, and strolled into this restaurant after being turned away at two other local eateries due to excessive wait times. I have never been more glad to settle on a third choice!! Immediately, we were made to feel right at home. Our server, Lance, was genuinely kind and very attentive, but not obtrusive. And when my spouse asked for gluten-free options, Lance was gracious and did everything in his power to ensure we could find suitable options. We went with his suggestions for entrees and wines and didn't regret it for a second! I had seared salmon with a spring vegetable casserole, and my husband had the Idaho trout with almond-caper sauce, fingerling potatoes, and green beans. We shared the endive salad to start and each had a glass of semi-dry white. (I wish I could remember the name!) For dessert, we ordered the creme brulee and the chocolate terrine. All of the food was exquisitely prepared, artfully presented, and deeply satisfying. We are not in the habit of dining at pricier restaurants, and we can both truly say this was worth every penny. If I could afford to go there again tomorrow, I would.
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Anand Sandhinti
a year ago
I went to the restaurant with moderate expectations, never having tried French food before. As for service and ambiance, the place is top notch. The food, however, was bland. The best part of my whole meal was the scallop soup, which had the feel of sea salt in the creamy soup. For the main course, I had assorted meats with poached eggs. The meats were tender and consisted of pork and chicken cooked nicely. However, there was not nearly enough seasoning to justify a well cooked meal. The dessert, toasted bread with caramel layered vanilla ice cream, was wonderful. To summarize, I found the meat (main course) well cooked but severely lacking in seasoning. Is it worth the $45 bucks for the three course meal? No.
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K.R. Kring
a year ago
Trout! Really wonderful. They serve really great chicken too. I'm crazy about the chocolate terrine with raspberry sauce is one of my favorite desserts, but all the desserts are great. I hear the onion soup is great. I'd not had escargot until I'd had it here. I didn't know it would be so garlicy. It made me happy.
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Benjamin Blackmer
6 years ago
pascal has filled a need in the chicagoland area: an excellent authentic french bistro. it will fill your steak frites cravings and make you feel like you're in la france.


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