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Bistro Voltaire

Bistro Voltaire is a favorite of the well traveled patron wanting to indulge in the sensibilities of France without leaving Chicago.

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403 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
(403 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 403 reviews
5 stars
(226)
4 stars
(125)
3 stars
(35)
2 stars
(9)
1 star
(8)
Food 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Service 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Ambiance 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Noise Level
1.7 / 3
Moderate
Value 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • romantic(237)
  • fit for foodies(205)
  • neighborhood gem(180)
  • special occasion(166)
  • notable wine list(99)
  • late-night find(27)
Bistro Voltaire Reviews List
Review 1 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/27/2016
 2012
Dined on 4/27/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The food was just fantastic!! I had scallops to start and the pork chop as an entree, my husband had the muscles and then the scallops, we shared the creme brûlée, it was all soooo good!!! I swear there's crack in the sauce of the starter scallops ;-) I usually don't like muscles, but these were so deliciously prepared! Even the bagette we started with was excellent. I love the atmosphere! And the waiter was very friendly, he mixed a great mocktail for pregant me, and his service was perfect. Going back soon for sure!"
Dined on 4/27/2016
 2012
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Review 2 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem
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Review 3 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2006
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 4 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/22/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/22/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/22/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list
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Review 5 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

A new favorite!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"This was our third time eating here. This place has quickly become our favorite with their authentic ,high-quality, french inspired menu and impeccable service. This time it was during restaurant week - what a value!!"
Dined on 4/22/2016
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 6 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/20/2016
 2014
Dined on 4/20/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The food was simply amazing! The textures, the flavors, the presentation all reminded me of my trip to Paris. The quietness I'm sure was due to dining on a Wednesday evening instead of the weekend. The server was very attentive and did not hesitate to take a filet back to be prepared at the correct temperature. Everything was superb from the wine selection to the desserts. We will definitely be back!"
Dined on 4/20/2016
 2014
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Review 7 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/20/2016
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 8 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/19/2016
 2012
Dined on 4/19/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/19/2016
 2012
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 9 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/18/2016
 2006
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 10 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/18/2016
 2006
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Review 11 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 12 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/16/2016
 2012
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2012
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 13 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/16/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2016
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 14 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Fabulous food and charming owner

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Dined on 4/14/2016
 2012
Dined on 4/14/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Perfect place for dinner with friends. Outstanding French onion soup"
Dined on 4/14/2016
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 15 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2011
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Review 16 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 17 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Authentic

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Dined on 11/12/2014
 2014
Dined on 11/12/2014
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Wonderful neighborhood spot that has an authentic Parisian atmosphere."
Dined on 11/12/2014
 2014
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 18 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/08/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 19 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Mr.Eatnjoy

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Fabulous and authentic food! Very attentive wait staff. Real Bistro atmosphere! The overall experience could not have been better. The scallop appetizer is like no other I have had in Chicago, the Cotelettes de Porc entree was done beautifully, and the wine selection made it a great overall dining experience!"
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 20 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/28/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2014
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Review 21 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2008
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Too cold near the door. Food was good but nothing special. Baguette was pretty dreadful. Wait service was amateurish. But I will return."
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2008
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Review 22 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Off-night

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Bistro Voltaire has been one of our favorites, but this was definitely an off-night where they were seriously under-staffed. We'll try again in the future."
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2009
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Review 23 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2012
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2012
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The food was heavy salted. Our service experience was awesome and the decor was tasteful."
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2012
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Review 24 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/25/2016
 2011
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 25 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 3/24/2016
 2010
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Review 26 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Wonderful ambient, intimate, and great food.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"A cozy bistro that has great food and beverage, with fine portions. Try the duck or the
salmon with gnocchi, delicious and substantial. A wonderful find.
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Dined on 3/23/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 27 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/16/2016
 2015
Dined on 3/16/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/16/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 28 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Neighborhood Gem

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Dined on 3/10/2016
 2009
Dined on 3/10/2016
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"So glad we finally checked this place out. Super quaint, atmospheric neighborhood bistro. The food was excellent, top to bottom, and the wine list was moderately priced. Professional, easy service too."
Dined on 3/10/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 29 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/12/2016
 2009
Dined on 3/12/2016
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/12/2016
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 30 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Usually a good option!

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Dined on 3/04/2016
 2015
Dined on 3/04/2016
 2015
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Have been there a few times, service and food were always good. This time however, my partner ordered a stake medium rare and it came blue. When we asked for the waiter to have it cooked a bit more (remember never to do that, chefs hate when customers return food to the kitchen) we could hear him telling the kitchen "It is too rare for him!" Reality is that the order was for a medium rare stake, not blue or rare! That was a fail!"
Dined on 3/04/2016
 2015
Special Features: fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 31 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Good French food

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Escargot was delish and the frog legs were tasty and size-able!"
Dined on 3/05/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, fit for foodies
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Review 32 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 3/05/2016
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 33 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Nice place for two or four. Tight seating. Incredible delicious food & drinks complimented with great service."
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2013
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Review 34 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2015
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Review 35 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/26/2016
 2011
Dined on 2/26/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"The Escargot was delicious, love their bread, my pork chop was cooked perfectly, and the mussels my dining partner struck such a cord that I ordered them as my dessert.
Our server, Chris, really made the meal perfect, and made me want to return."
Dined on 2/26/2016
 2011
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Review 36 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/16/2015
 2008
Dined on 1/16/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/16/2015
 2008
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Review 37 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 2/22/2016
 2013
Dined on 2/22/2016
 2013
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/22/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 38 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/19/2016
 2009
Dined on 2/19/2016
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/19/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, hot spot, fit for foodies
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Review 39 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Great for date night!

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"The food was amazing! it was a very romantic and intimate environment which was fun for a Valentine's Day date night. However, we had ordered an appetizer and later found out they were "out" of it even though it was only 7:30 pm. Later on, our waiter brought out the wrong entree, so we had to wait for them to cook the correct meal. Overall, a nice place!"
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic
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Review 40 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Valentine's Day at Bistro Voltaire

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2012
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"I've dined at Bistrô Voltaire twice to the present, my latest dining experience being this past Valentine's Day. The restaurant is small and intimate with a take on classic French themes (dark reds/blacks/whites, vintage French portraits, glass chandeliers etc.).
The dishes for the night were two appetizers : 'Lobster bisque' ( a bit on the more sea food tasting spectrum ) and the 'Foie Gras Maison' (served with a side of shallot/raisin chutney & crackers). I preferred the foie gras which was creamy , a perfect pairing with the chutney . Next for the two entrees we ordered the 'Filet de Boeuf Louis XIV" (filet mignon , seared foie gras , fingerling potatoes, and haricot vert aka sting beans) and the ' Cotelettes d' agneau' ( rack of lamb , cherry reduction , potato gratin and haricot vert aka string beans). Both entrees were succulent , the meats melting in our mouths , a perfect pairing with all the sides.
Lastly the two desserts chosen to end the night were the Molleux Au chocolat (chocolate molten cake with vanilla ice cream ) and a classic take on the French puff pasties filled with creme topped with chocolate and a side of vanilla ice cream , both delicious and a great ending to our Valentine's Day dinner. I would rate the food as a 8/10 for both taste and presentation .
The only thing that I would modify would be better management with handling the transition of diners and others whom are waiting to be seated . We had started an enjoyable conversation with the couple next to us towards the end of our meal, which continued onwards once the bill was collected . One of the staff members came over to rush the couple next to us and us out as we hadn't even stood up to get our coats due to the others waiting to be seated . I believe they could have been more professional handling the transition as we did pay for dinner and it was Valentine's Day ."
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2012
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 41 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Romantic but chaotic on Valentine's Day

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"We had dinner at Bistro Voltaire on Valentine's Day. We had been there before and had a great experience. This time was not so great--the restaurant seemed to be short staffed and service was very slow, with long waits between courses. Also, they ran out of things and simply delivered our plates without apologizing for the missing items. Lobster bisque was lacking in lobster flavor, and the chef seemingly skimped on the lobster. Filet mignon with peppercorn sauce was good, and the meat was cooked perfectly, but the foie gras garnish was not browned properly and looked like it had been thrown on the plate by someone in a big hurry. The atmosphere in this restaurant is great, charming bistro decor, dim lights, cozy, with an attractive large bar. We will return hoping for a better experience than this one."
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 42 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The sauces on my duck dish, and on my daughter steak dish overwhelmed the meat flavors. I would recommended getting sauce on the side."
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2005
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Review 43 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2015
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Review 44 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Amazing food

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"My boyfriend and I went dined here for Valentine's Day. It was perfect for the occasion! It's a smaller restaurant so it felt intimate. The food was amazing. We had the French onion soup and I had the duck. Overall our experience was very good and would recommend it to anybody!"
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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Review 45 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 46 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Always a pleasure

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"My husband and I have eaten here at least five times and keep coming back because the food, the service and the ambiance never disappoint."
Dined on 2/12/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 47 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 2/13/2016
 2012
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Review 48 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2009
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We were seated near the front door and were unexpectedly hit with freezing cold air every time someone arrived or departed. The food was luke warm at best and the serving proportions were way off. Not our best visit here."
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2009
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Review 49 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/19/2015
 2015
Dined on 2/19/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 2/19/2015
 2015
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Review 50 for Bistro Voltaire
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Merle

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2011
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"We have been coming here for quite awhile and love the chic, bistro atmosphere. It is small and intimate and cozy. The food is bistro and very good. The owner has been very generous in the past. He even donated to my Theatre auction! Very French...yea!"
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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