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“A Good-Value Bistro”
Review of Aquitaine - CLOSED

Aquitaine
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: European, French
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Lincoln Park
Cross street: Webster St
Transit: Red/Brown/Purple lines located three blocks west of restaurant. Local buses available as well, notably the 8, 11, and 74.
Reviewed 23 February 2015

A group of eight of us had a very congenial dinner on a quiet Sunday evening at Aquitaine in Chicago's Lincoln Park -- motivated in part because all of us have some degree of closeness to France, and partly for a shared interest in the 13th century historical figure of Eleanor -- which we learned we had in common with Holly our chef and hostess, who keeps a shelf of histories and biographies of Eleanor behind the bar.
A group that size would be hard in a busy time, as the room is small and the service is relaxed -- it would not be a venue in which to be rushed. Jessica our server took good care of us -- noting again that managing a group in a hurry would put stress on this modest bistro.
We sampled fairly broadly across the menu, which is ambitiously diverse -- perhaps to a fault, where a more limited selection might well serve. Our selection of starters included two soups - onion and smoked mushrooms, and three salads -- kale, beet and caesar; mains included a savory tart, pan-seared trout and glazed salmon, duck breast and my own favorite, a flavorful pork shoulder. The single wine on the modest list from the eponymous region of France was a quite satisfactory Chinon.
Holly surprised us with a tasty dessert course -- lemon custard in puff pastry shells -- which contributed to a modest all-in cost of just over $50 each -- nice value for this comfortably scaled experience.

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Thank Jim P
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Reviewed 11 January 2015

My first experience using Groupon (it was a gift). Seated promptly, but took quite a while to place our drink order. Perhaps the waiters tone down the service for "discount" Groupon customers? When we did eventually get out wine, the cab franc was very good. Overall, the pre-fixe meal was good - no wow! factor to any of the courses. The salad and cheese plate apps were OK, as was the salmon and duck. I'd have to say the creme brûlée was the best of the three. Too many four-star or better choices in Chicago. Better service and more wow! needed for this "discount" diner.

Thank SamAdamsGhost
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Reviewed 15 December 2014

On north Lincoln Ave just south of Fullerton, you could easily miss this place walking along the street. Looks like a French bistro on a fast food and bar atmosphere area. Why is it here? Who really knows? However, more people should. Friendly, attentive people inside. No loud, blaring music. Just good food, really good food. Creative recipes and delicious flavors, artfully presented. A place to sit down, relax, talk without shouting (yes, really) to the people you're with. Not pretentious. Caring is a better word for the atmosphere.

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Thank sommersboy
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Reviewed 30 August 2014 via mobile

Really nice family dinner in lincoln park. We did not have a reservation on Friday night but they accommodated us. Great menu. Had salmon which wadbperfectly cooked. Highly recommended. Not the cheapest but very nice.

Thank ThePumpDoctor
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We found Aquitaine because we wanted something close to the Lincoln Park theater district, but we got a lot more than that. The food was wonderfully prepared and presented. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The ambiance was great, partly because we were there on a beautiful summer evening and the front windows were open, but the atmosphere here would be great at any time. Small, quiet dining area - intimate and inviting. We loved it!

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Thank Eric V
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