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la petite folie

Cuisine: European, French
Price Range: $$

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Located in Hyde Park near the University of Chicago campus, la petite folie serves traditional, classically prepared and artfully plated French food. The quaint atmosphere belies its shopping plaza locale but the free and easy parking is a plus. Duck (including the duck breast salad) consistently gets high ratings among regular diners as do the lovely pastries. The restaurant has an all-French wine list. Polished yet unpretentious service keeps French food fans coming back for Alsatian onion tart with Gruyere cheese; perfected omelettes at lunch; lavender honey-roasted breast of chicken; whole trout Grenobloise; pan-seared foie gras; Belgian chocolate torte; and raspberry teacake with French vanilla ice cream. There are always lunch and dinner options for les vegetarians.

La Petite Folie
Elegant French brasserie
French ● Hyde Park ● $$

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One of the “best choices” for “fine dining” in Hyde Park, this “charming” bistro offers “always great” “classic” French dishes and wines in a “quiet” white-tablecloth dining room with “polite” servers; even if tabs are a touch high, locals agree it's a “real gem.”

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White walls house this tucked away French treasure!  Situated in the courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center, at the corner of East 55th Street and Lake Park Boulevard, la petite folie offers a classic French food and wine for lunch and dinner.

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suzette darby
suzette darby
21:43 13 Sep 19
We had our bookclub meeting there. The service and food were great.
Clifton Clarke
Clifton Clarke
00:31 07 Jul 19
Good service. Nice, quiet atmosphere. Good food.
Piper Vang
Piper Vang
00:29 19 May 19
french food at this place - super good. i often meet people here to talk. i will be bringing friends next time. prices were fair for the quality of the food. menu is similar to a restaurant in el paso i liked.
Hannah Kirk
Hannah Kirk
08:24 11 May 19
Good place for tasty french food. went there on a friday i think. certainly worth a return visit. the bill was fair for the quality of the food.
Louise Woods
Louise Woods
08:49 10 May 19
Excellent spot for delicious french food. One of the best spots in the area. Fast, efficient, and courteous service. The bill was fair I would say. This place has many good reviews for a reason.
Albert Molina
Albert Molina
20:56 09 May 19
Fine place for tasty french food. Food was super flavorful. Had a sister come into town and asked me to take her here again. This place has a great atmosphere.
Cathey Poindexter-Taylor
Cathey Poindexter-Taylor
01:47 09 Mar 19
Fantastic! Elegant and Cozy! Delicious food!
Cathey Taylor
Cathey Taylor
14:25 04 Mar 19
Very Elegant and Cozy! Great service!
Erin Thompson
Erin Thompson
18:24 27 Jan 19
What a gem of a place. First of all, inexpensive prices for both food and drink, considering the high quality they serve. 1st class service.
Diane Washington
Diane Washington
16:45 05 Jan 19
1st time was great...have not matched that 1st experience yet😣
Brenda Arksey
Brenda Arksey
18:56 08 Dec 18
Elegant dining. Authentic French cooking. Love their food with good vegetarian options. Yummy flourless chocolate cake.
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Wyvette R Hoffman
2018-04-19T21:50:50+0000
Weronika Flis
Weronika Flis
2017-11-13T00:30:40+0000
Guadalupe Ivon Bautista
Guadalupe Ivon Bautista
2017-11-12T04:39:57+0000
Roland Gibson
Roland Gibson
2017-08-20T05:30:10+0000
Lin Gan
Lin Gan
2017-08-04T02:17:12+0000
Michael J. Perkovich
Michael J. Perkovich
2017-04-12T00:11:20+0000
Wonderful food, great service. Homey feel--but it would be an elegant home, to be sure.
Adam Wills
Adam Wills
2016-09-26T13:36:58+0000
The staff there is so polite, it feels very cozy and the atmosphere is relaxing. I'll definitely be going back soon!
Lucy Lester
Lucy Lester
2015-12-15T04:09:59+0000
Christine Geovanis
Christine Geovanis
2015-11-22T08:12:22+0000
Flawless meal, great service, excellent wine list. This restaurant is one of the south lakefront's hidden gems.
Tay Diggs
Tay Diggs
2015-11-20T05:36:02+0000
Marie-Claude Pointejour
Marie-Claude Pointejour
2015-11-15T11:59:58+0000
I will never forget this place.. One of the best!!!
Ralph Tate
Ralph Tate
2015-09-12T02:05:37+0000
Superb French cuisine and attractive presentation. Our server was attentive but was not intrusive. This was memorable dining experience.
Lhegitt Shure Tei
Lhegitt Shure Tei
2015-05-06T18:52:36+0000
Fany Fae
Fany Fae
2014-06-29T08:46:14+0000
Miroslaw Ambrozewicz
Miroslaw Ambrozewicz
2014-06-28T20:27:26+0000
Renee Reiff
Renee Reiff
2014-06-18T18:44:45+0000
John Sopo
John Sopo
2014-04-29T10:19:04+0000
Marc Paloma
Marc Paloma
2014-04-03T01:29:22+0000
Michael Kochanek
Michael Kochanek
2014-01-09T03:25:47+0000
Laura Cervantes
Laura Cervantes
2014-01-06T06:51:05+0000
Sylvie Manaster
Sylvie Manaster
2013-12-25T20:54:44+0000
Danielle Cabral
Danielle Cabral
2013-12-23T23:39:47+0000
Gaius James K. McGhee
Gaius James K. McGhee
2013-11-01T16:41:57+0000
Thiago Modelborn Pereira-Bertho
Thiago Modelborn Pereira-Bertho
2013-10-25T22:24:34+0000
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by David on la petite folie
Great Getaway

I have had the good fortune to enjoy Chef Mary's food at a number of catered events over the years.  Most recently, my husband and I celebrated one of our most memorable anniversaries at La Petite Folie.  I was a little worried that my husband may be disappointed because I had hyped up the food so much.  Not so, we both loved it!  The food is amazing, the atmosphere intimate and there is such a personal touch on both the food and the service.  The pricing is affordable enough that it's not just a special occasion type place.  The menu is expansive enough that you could visit frequently and not get bored, which is what we plan to do.