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Valois Restaurant

#457 of 7,681 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Hyde Park
American, Diner
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1518 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615-4503
+1 773-667-0647
05:30 - 22:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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138 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'd heard such good things about this place. Down home, authentic South Side Chicago. Good, home cooked food. Well, no, not really. It is cafeteria style, which is fine. But the veggies all come from a can, the beef was seriously overdone, it was just not very good. But, hey, what do I know? The line stretched forever. People clearly... More 

Thank RML1
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

There really is no other place in Chicago like Valois Restaurant in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. The only place that I know of where you can sit with a perfect stranger and feel weirdly comfortable about it - don't get me wrong, you can get your own table but it's quite normal to share a table at this... More 

1 Thank Patricia C
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91 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Usually I will go there for a brunch when I am out of milk at home. Very affordable. But everything is too big there, too much calories intake. Cash only.

Thank Yulun W
Marshall, Minnesota
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We went down there on New Year Evening (Jan. 1, 2017) around 6:30. We walked to the restaurant as we were staying in town. There is nothing real special about Valois from an environment standpoint but it is the food and prices that will drive you in. The steak (medium) with eggs and potatoes and coffee was right at $10.... More 

Thank JPGhouse
Cedar Lake, Indiana
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

I've been here a few times and this place is always good. Not fine dining but a get in line diner that has fast inexpensive good food. We stopped in for breakfast the other day as we were waiting on a job and had some time to kill. I had the Everything Omelette with hash browns, side of bacon and... More 

Thank Gordon D
Fort Worth, Texas
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396 reviews
312 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

I thought this place was awful. The corn tasted like it has been in the pan for 2 days. The gravy the same. The chicken was okay but lacked flavor. The mash potatoes were decent but had a different flavor as well. Wasn't for my taste. I didn't enjoy and didn't eat it either. I didn't complain because it was... More 

Thank Sadie D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Valois is the Hyde Park diamond that has the best food ever. You don't need a lot of money but make sure you bring cash and an appetite. Very large portions of standing customer service. If you are ever in Hyde Park make sure stop at Valois!

Thank TJSChicago
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34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

This is probably my fourth or fifth time visiting valois and they have all been for breakfast. Breakfast is truly amazingly good and fresh and prepared right in front of you while you wait in line. I Love this place, even though they offer lunch and dinner I haven't been able to get away from breakfast. Prices are good, it... More 

Thank Jerry F
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

I love this place. It tastes like home to me. Sausage, eggs, hash browns, buttery toast, side of bacon. I always go overboard in here and I'm not even a breakfast person.

Thank Charity T
Chicago, Illinois
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132 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

For the price. We fed 4 adults and a kid for a grand total of $38. And it was good! Quick and tasty. A couple breakfast, and 3 of us had sandwiches. I had a Ruben. Generous and very good. No frills. Went on a Sunday around 4 pm - no line. Bring cash. Would definitely go again.

Thank Maria K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1518 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615-4503
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Hyde Park
  • Neighbourhood: Hyde Park
  • Phone Number: +1 773-667-0647

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Hyde Park

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Hyde Park
If you want to get a feel for quintessential South Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park, one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This historic area is home to two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.
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