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Northwest Side, Bucktown
French Restaurants, Restaurants

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Chicago's best French bistro/cafe.

We moved to Chicago from NY in 2006, and have settled into Cafe Matou as our favorite bistro in the city. It's a 20 minute drive for us from Gold Coast, but worth it. Charlie is fabulous at matching ingredients, creating new combinations, and always has the perfectly complimentary sauces. The menu has enough variety to be interesting, but small enough so that everything is fresh. And James always comes up with a ... view more

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Cafe Matou- good fresh ingredients used with care, but not with great flair

Cafe Matou is a charming little spot in Chicago. The food we ordered was delicately prepared and thoughtfully executed. The dishes, however, did not dazzle. The shrimp an crab beignet with saffron sauce that evening was refined and balanced in flavor, but lacked expression and depth. The entrees we ordered included a walleye with spaghetti squash and a very bland sauce- once again, a dish that was fresh and serv... view more

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Easily the best french food in Chicago.

This romantic French spot has a personalized wine list and friendly knowledgeable staff. My husband and I both have high standards for service, and the staff at Cafe Matou are friendly professionals who accommodated both the wine snob and the novice at my table. It is so nice to go to a restaurant where the staff has tasted all the food and most of the wine! The food is so delicious it actually occurred to me to ord... view more

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Slow, rude and unexceptional

Waited at the bar for 10+ minutes, with only two other people there, for the bartender or wait staff to take my order. Found out after I ate and left that they had a promotion going---was never offered it or made aware. Wait staff was sullen and slow and unhelpful. The food was OK---probably would have better things to say about it if the rest of my dining experience had been better. Frankly stated, there are far bet... view more

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Nice hidden spot

Good, simple, authentic French fare, albeit a little too French almost. Apparently the Lavender porkchop is excellent but I have yet to try it. Good selection on the fish dishes as well, and fairly flavorful. I will have to come back and explore this menu.

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Excellent service, food, and atmosphere

I recently visited Cafe Matou with my fiance and sister, who was visiting out of town. I had never had French food before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. \r We were greeted by the host as soon as we came in, and were invited to wait at the bar until our table was ready. The bar tender was friendly and chatty with us. When we were seated, our waiter ... view more

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Not only did our party have to deal with table issues, longest wait ever to have drinks served the wait staff and manager were terrible! Rude beyond belief! Audaciously rude! While the food was delicious the experience left only a bad taste in our mouth. Awful considering the expense! One should enjoy paying such a large amount for a completely enjoyable experience instead of feeling stuck in a situation and only hop... view more

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Wine Lovers Restaurant

If you love French Wine, this is the place for you. James' wine list includes great crus from Bordeaux and Burgundy, amazing, obscure finds from the Loire and the South, along with a number of well-chosen American wines that are crafted in the French way. You will not find any over-extracted Zinfandels or boutique wines at Cafe Matou. And if you want something special, ask what they have in the cellar. An impress... view more

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Went with a group of friends and the food was very good. I believe we had a party of about 10 and everyones dish was very good. I had the chicken and this is one of the best chicken I've ever had. Very nice ambience and comfortable.

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Diamond in the rough

The menu and the food were fanstastic. After Ambria this is the best french food I have had in Chicago.

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