Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf overall score: 90*
This steak joint meets speakeasy is easily my favorite place to get a steak in Chicago. The joint is run by the same folks behind 4 Charles Prime Rib, so you know it’s going to be good.
We had the rib eye. This is exactly the same as the rib eye from 4 Charles (when they offer the grilled version as a special). Get it. I love it so much, but honestly I wish I had gotten the strip steak just to try something different. Oh well. Next time. The reservation here is much easier than 4 Charles.
Choice of Cuts & Quality Available: 8
There’s a good selection of dry-aged and prime cuts here, but it isn’t the same depth and breadth as a traditional steakhouse. No knock here, just giving you the details to let you know that the menu here is more streamlined than most restaurants within the steakhouse category. The good thing is that every steak they cook here is perfect.
Portion Size & Plating: 8
The rib eye was 20oz on the bone. It felt a little small, but It was the kind of thing where you find yourself gnawing on the bone afterwards. Plating is basic, but elegant.
Not terrible, since we didn’t go too crazy, but a hundo for a steak that’s really meant for one is a little high.
The bar here is incredible. It’s modeled after a speakeasy type decor, so dim lighting, old timey items, and dark woods are what to expect.
Killer cocktails as well.
Specials and Other Meats: 9
There was a porterhouse offered up as a special. Very tempting. A few other meat items were available, but nothing stand-out.
Apps, Sides & Desserts: 10
We started with a steak tartare, which was easily one of the best we’ve had.
We also had a half portion of the crab and avocado salad, which was quite large and very refreshing. Worth getting.
The ice cream they brought out on the house for my birthday was perfection. It was a deliciously creamy pair of vanilla scoops with some chocolate sauce on the side.
Seafood Selection: 8
There’s standard steakhouse seafood fare here. We only tried the crab in salad form, but that was excellent.
Service was the best here of any place we went to in Chicago so far. Top notch! As I mentioned earlier, they even brought out a free dessert for my birthday, despite us insisting that we were full.
Sourdough table bread! Incredible. Careful not to fill up!
Easiest 10 I’ve ever given for ambiance. This place is decked out in the best of ways. I highly recommend coming here if you’re in the Chicago area, even if it’s just for a drink. This place exudes style.
BAVETTE’S BAR & BOEUF
218 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654