Chicago >Food & Dining > Cotes Du Rhone
5423 N Broadway, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064041.980565 -87.659459
Neighborhoods: Edgewater, Far North Side
Wonderful surprise! – I love french food! I've been to several top notch restaurants in Chicago and had the pleasure to experience Cote du Rhone. I and my significant other had New Years dinner at Cote du Rhone last year and it was magnificent. Brought two distinguished friend for dinner before Christmas and they adored it. Wonderful atmosphere and marvelous food. Liked it so much, I've just booked another reservation for thie New Years eve as well! Bon appetite!
Friendly staff, relaxing atmosphere, average food – Cotes du Rhone, on North Broadway, is situated in a fairly low-key location. Do not go to this restaurant if you are looking for a booming area. With that said, the ambience (a bit dark though) was relaxing and the staff very friendly and attentive. Our server promptly corked our bottle of wine and placed the other on ice. The birthday discount was a plus. Visit them on your b-day and you will only pay $5 for your entree (up to $20 entree value).
The food though was exactly what I expected of an unassuming french bistro. The escargot, in garlic and butter, then baked, tasted fairly fresh but disapeered fast (six come in an order). My boyfriend complained that he could have stood to have eaten an entire colony of snails! My main dish, sea bass, had great flavor and texture, but was a bit overwhelmed by the huge mound of mashed potatoes it sat atop. Sea bass is a delicate fish that should melt in your mouth if cooked right. At one point though I was not sure where the sea bass ended and the mashed potatoes began. My boyfriend's entree choice, a paella with seafood, chorizo and chicken, was the better entree, but oddly enough not really French at all.
Overall, the atmosphere was relaxing and service attentive and friendly, but the food nothing to get excited about. The BYOB policy was nice though. Cotes du Rhone is worth a taste for those who enjoy trying new restaurants but don't expect to be knocked out of your seat.
Bistro fare gets tender treatment with delicate sauces at this intimate Edgewater B.Y.O.B. – The Scene
This neighborhood storefront tucked on a lonely stretch of Broadway is tailormade for a secret rendezvous. Walls painted in deep espresso and lined with sconces and a gilded mirror lend a Gothic feel, and lights are dimmed to enhance the mood. The restaurant would be that much cozier if not for the narrow, rigid wooden chairs, but the chef's frequent visits to the dining room to gauge service keep locals lingering a while longer.
Brian Moulton's years at Cafe Bernard lay the foundation for subtle, sauce-focused meat and seafood offerings. Gooey cherry sauce adds flavor to earthy pork tenderloin, pan seared with Granny Smith apples and served with garlic mashed potatoes. South African sea bass, flaky and fork tender, crowns garlic potato puree enhanced by grilled asparagus cooked with lemon and white truffle oil. Citrus brown butter mingles with beet coulis for a trio of scallops seared just right.
Nice Bistro in Edgewater – At the time of this review, this restaurant was still in its BYOB infancy , but the food definately was quite mature. For openers we really enjoyed the luscious consistancy of the liver pate, which we suspected was made on the premises. It was certainly a cut above most others we have tried in the city. The steamed mussels were also better than we've had in other local bistros, although the sauce was a bit salty for our tastes. However, I would order this dish again without hesitation. For the entree, the delicate saffron flavored bouillabaisse was a real winner. Overall we were quite happy with the food. The service was prompt and considerate. The atmosphere was dark, spartan and bit a raw. This gives the place a bohemian feel which we rather enjoyed, but it may not be to everyone's tastes. Overall we enjoyed this restaurant and have added to our list of Chicago's fine affordable bistos.
Really tasty bistro food – Although I read the Citysearch reviews frequently, this review is the first I have ever written. My husband and I enjoyed our dinner at this one week old establishment. Our food was reeally tasty, our server was friendly,efficient and helpful with menu choices and we will defintiely return. Althoug we had made resevations, upon our arrival, the hostess could not locate them. Not a ptoblem at 6:30. but it would have been an issue a little later as the restaurant was completely full with many people waiting by the time we left. I think the place would be perfect if they improved the lighting (the lack of lighting & small type face menu made menu reading nearly impossible). I also think the decor could be significantly enhanced with some finishing touches. All in all, we liked the place and I know we will bo back (espeically while it is still BYOB).
Give it time – We had a Valentine's Day dinner here on the restaurant's 5th night after opening. Keeping in mind even before arriving that there would probably be some things for the staff to work out, we were more than satisfied and will return.
No doubt the restaurant is dark, and some will consider it too dark (dark walls and limited lighting). But the staff is friendly and the food is tasty. The lobster bisque was quite good, although slightly salty for my taste. My lamb was prepared perfectly, and my fiancee's scallops were large and tender, with good flavor.
It took a while to get water, bread, and to have our order taken, but to be fair, the place was probably busier than it was expecting to be, and this was Valentine's Day, after opening only a few days before. We were fine with waiting a bit, but the staff was eager to please, and comped our appetizers.
With tasty food, friendly service, BYOB with no corkage fee, and easy parking, I'd definitely recommend it as a date spot. Give it a few months and check it out--
GREAT FOOD - GREAT TIME! – Well I must say. I have been to a few good French Restaurants, but none has compared to this new offering. The service was great. The atmosphere fantastic, but the food topped it all off. There was plenty of parking in a great area. This restaurant is a must! I will be coming back soon.
mediocre food adds nothing to the Bistro scene, ambience too dark, at least it's BYO – Ambience is too dark to read menu or see food. Service is awkward and uneven. Cassoulet is non-descript. Boulabaise is essentially mussel soup, lacking any variety of quality seafood. Spinach salad is too over dressed, almost soupy. Lobster bisque is ok, but lacks depth, and is slightly too rich - it does not live up to the hype. Onion soup is just plain ordinary. Bread is good and crusty, but we had to ask for it. Needless to say, we skipped the uninspiring sounding desserts. There are better choices in this genre (e.g. Le Bouchon and Bistro Campagna).
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