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Posted by CPB on 01/29/2010
Bonsoiree is for foodies. The dining experience starts with arriving at the obscure building with no name on the front and opening the door to find a small, nicely decorated dining room. The food is exceptional and when you consider that its BYOB, you are getting a first class dining experience at a very affordable price. People may balk at $85 p/p ($75 on no-menu Sundays), but you get 8+ courses (there is a 5 course option for $55) of 5-star food, and you know that the bill will not double or triple because of cocktails & wine. You can't beat it.
Posted by Adam on 08/19/2009
I went here a year ago and it was phenomenal. The food was great, i had a fantastic macadamia encrusted trout among other things that left me full. This time, the menu was boring besides the 'eggs' benedict desert. There wasn't anything to talk about. A grilled boring sardine, some plain whitefish, blah blah. AND their menu hasn't seemed to change in over a month? This place used to be a great secret, now it's just a grossly overpriced, average restaurant. I would not go back until they return to their roots.
Posted by anonymous on 07/31/2009
I had to give it one star because I can't figure out how to give it zero. I wish I'd had the great experience these other diners had. This is the second restaurant I have walked out of in my life, and I've been eating out in fine and casual restaurants all over the world 2-3 times a week for 20 years. I communicated to the restaurant 4 (four, cuatro) times that my husband didn't eat pork or shellfish and that I had NO restrictions. Yet for the second scallop course I was served tofu, just like him. I'd like my scallop, please. Then for the third course (which arrived one hour and ten minutes after the second course, even though the table next to us was getting served regularly) I got a square inch of lobster and schnitzels and carrots, and he got schnitzels and carrots with the little square of lobster missing. This is a fine restaurant's idea of accomodating a diner's food restrictions? I told the waiter that the wait was far too long, and that what they served my husband was unacceptable, given that they had ample and frequent notice. I added, in an annoyed but calm tone, but NOT a raised voice, "This is bullshit." Our waiter, who was pleasant enough, but with a decidedly casual air (lot's of "how're you doin'" and "how's it going over here") said sorry, the kitchen is "slammed". Then the most unbelievable part of the evening occurs. The manager comes over, and lectures me that my use of "profanity" is not acceptable. Apparently I outraged my sensitive waiter's sensibilites by using the word "bullshit". I deserve to be thrown out had I yelled at him, raised my voice, broken dishes or made personal comments. But after mediocre food and fourth-rate service, saying in an even tone "This is bullshit" prompts the manager to come over and start lecturing a diner on etiquette, well, I'm at a loss for words. Thanks, Boinsoiree for ruining a Friday evening, thank you for an utterly mediocre meal (or half of it) and thank you for an absolutely ridiculous reaction to someone who had the audacity to comment on the awful experience. Thank God this is Chicago and there are 100,000 better choices to dine at.
Posted by Tom on 04/18/2009
Went there with several others;and we all agreed. The food was great;but we each spent over $100.00 and went somewhere else to eat because we were still hungry. The mass of food in 7 courses would not fill a large coffee mug. Be Warned
Posted by Anonymous on 07/15/2007
Really an amazing resturant, the staff is knowledgable and in love with the food and it shows. A unique dining experience in a big city, it feels like a private oasis. The food is amazing, the staff is friendly and pleasent. One of the best places in Chicago and with none of the snobiness that some high end places seem to have.