Chicago >Food & Dining > La Tache
1475 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064041.979780 -87.667801
Neighborhoods: Edgewater, Far North Side
McD's has better customer service! – Just returned home from a most horrible expererience at La Tache. Lentil soup = bowl of salt! Ribeye Steak/Frites=mostly fat and grizzle and soggy fries. Side of spinach=cold. Waiter was not at all attentive even though the place was empty. Tried to get away with double charging for drink with no apology. He didn't even know which side of the plate the silverware was supposed to be placed. This used to be a nice place.....no more, and never again!!!!
Love this – I really had a nice time at this Andersonville Bistro last week. I just moved to the neighborhood a couple of months ago and I'm trying to make my way through the restaurants to find my favorite. This is at the top of the list so far. We were greeted immediately and told it would be a small wait for our table (it ended up being 30 minutes or so). The bartender got our drink order (after handling a few difficult guys at the bar) and she had our drinks promptly.
The food did take a little longer than I would have liked, but our waitress never left us to sit and wonder if we'd been forgotten. Her humor made us forget how hungry we were. This is very important, we'll all wait for our food if we know what the status is. Once dinner arrived, it was great. We all ordered specials, and they were great.
Give La Tache a chance, it's a real family feel.
The worst French restaurant in Chicago – My partner and I had an 8:30 reservation for Valentine's Day. We'd been to La Tache twice before. We love french food and La Tache, though not at the top of our list, was certainly a place we found nice enough to visit a third time.
We were seated at 9:10 -- 40 minutes late. The soup course, french onion, was the only one that was served at the correct temperature -- piping hot. The appetizer, tuna carpaccio -- sashimi-grade tuna with chocolate sauce (whu thu fu??) and pistachio crumbs -- was horrible. The salad course -- endives on top of "pomme fritte" (which was actually a few of yesterday's steak fries that were perhaps dug out of a garbage can) with a miserable cold poached egg topping the fiasco -- was disgusting. And then entered the entres.
I had the sea bass on mushroom risotto. The risotto was CRUNCHY and not in a good way. The sea bass was luke warm and bland. My partner ordered the coq au vin. She wasn't wowed by it, but more importantly she woke up in the middle of the night thinking she might become ill. Enough said.
The entire evening, we heard people complaining and returning their meals! A couple next to us actually got $50 deducted from their tab due to their horrible experience. We felt terrible for our waiter who was simply trying to get through the night. Clearly the kitchen was out to lunch, at McDonald's.
Our recommendation: DO NOT ENTER LA TACHE. En plus, il faux changer le chef immediatement!
worst service and restaurant ive ever been to – This restaurant was a disaster. they took our order, drinks came. Then the wait began. Appetizers didn't come for over a hour and a half. Waitress never came back for 2nd drink order and when she did the bartender came out and told us they were out of the liquor we were drinking. Friends eatting with us said this was the 3rd time they have run out of liquor. then more waiting and after 3 hours we finally got our main course. With no explanation from our waitress. My order was wrong. I ordered a ceasar salad with salamon and i received a hot salamon plate with mashed potatoes and mushrooms. They took it back to the kitchen and took the blazing hot salamon and put it on top of a cold ceasar salad. It was disgusting. We asked to speak to the owner who refused to speak with us. She said she didn't like confrontation! This was a party of 6 which will never ever go back to this neighborhood restaurant.
Very green staff – We were the second customers there on a Saturday evening (around 5:45) and waited by the host stand since no staff were visible. Finally we went outside and asked the busboy if we could sit. There was a lot of confusion, all through dinner, about who our waiter was. The service was pretty slow, but that doesn't surprise me whenever I sit outside. The food was all right -- a bit heavy and greasy and the mixed green salad was overpowered by the salty cheese ... they should have balanced it with something sweet (the pear that accompanied it was under ripe). The pinot gris is a tokay from Alsace but not labeled as such, so it was unexpectedly sweet. The waiter (who was new) swapped it out for a drier white at no charge. When there was a problem with our bill and I went inside to address it (since we had a play to get to), it became clear that the majority of the floor staff (and the bartender) were new and not fully trained -- which I thought was kind of weird. The decor, location, and outside seating are really nice. Parking was not a problem, but we did get there on the early side.
Great atomosphere and food – This place is not huge which is good because the waiter and staff can become attentive to everyone and they really are. I ordered lamb and it was cooked and served perfectly. I will definitely go back this place again.
This cozy bistro adds casual sophistication to Andersonville's dining scene. – The Scene
A mixed crowd of couples and groups squeezes happily into this handsome room, where dark wood wainscoting, oversized lamp shades and tight tables create an intimate bistro feel, with a hint of minimalism implied by tiny pictures in enormous frames on otherwise bare walls. Jazzy music plays, adding to the classy, comfortable vibe.
The folks in the kitchn take a little bit of license with traditional French bistro fare--but heck, they can take all the license they wants as long as they keep serving lip-smacking plates like blue cheese crepes with grapes and candied walnuts, and truffle vinaigrette-kissed Lyonnaise salad atop a nest of crispy pommes frites. Skate with spinach and lemon caper butter is pleasant (though sauce is heavy), and chicken Marengo is no boring breast, flavorful with tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic and crayfish.
A Big Disappointment – I had heard so much about this place, that a friend and I decided to try it out for brunch this past Sunday. We placed our order and waited WAY TOO LONG, I'd say 45 minutes or so, for the meal that was presented to us. We both ordered eggs. She ordered scrambled, which came over medium. Mine arrived as ordered, but were boring and very bland. There wasn't a spice or herb in anything on my plate. The potatoes were barely warm and again, not a single speck of pepper or herb to be found. I was glad the toast was included since I ordered wheat and got the skinniest, devoid of any butter, single slice of bread cut in half. I am shocked they would charge $2 for this toast as a la carte. The presentation was as terrible as the meal itself. I don't think I will go back again anytime soon. I contemplated trying out their dinners, but the dinner prices are quite high, and I choose not to pay that kind of money for bad food.
It's so pretty, I want to like it, but... – Twice there: Room -- elegant and cozy. Staff recommended wines--wonderful. Service-- helpful, timely, polite. Food-- ran the gamut from excellent to seriously not fresh. The scallops-- fishy smelling plate of three. Two were allright. One was just a piece of scallop, somewhat burned, overcooked, thus tough. The rabbit also tough and dryish. The duckdisaster: Ive had duck all over Chicago without problem. The LaTache duck breast was served welldonesimply wrong unless requested. It tasted gamey. Ive never sent anything back to a kitchen; I sent this back. The second was appropriately medium rare (+ complimentary glass of wine) but gamey too. Realy gamey. My friend said "nasty." Upside: desserts -- consistently expert. Creme brulee--creamy, not custardy, and the carmelized sugar crust was perfectly brown and thin. Mousselight. Neither dessert was too sweet. I'd go back for dessert or wine, but thats it.
La Tache, how I love thee! – Since I've moved from Andersonville to downtown, I've mourned La Tache. The food is wonderful (try the rabbit or the pork, and don't miss the hazelnut chocolate mousse!), the ambiance is warm and elegant albeit sometimes crowded on weekends, the service is attentive even during the busiest times, and the prices are reasonable. I frequented on weeknights and earlier on weekends (6:00 or so) and never found it too busy, though the well-deserved acclaim it's been getting has brought in a lot of new people.
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