Pasteur

4.3
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489 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Vietnamese
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
Pasteur is dedicated to providing patrons with an unforgettable restaurant experience that starts with the finest Vietnamese cuisine focused on traditional Vietnamese dishes. The menu also boasts a carefully considered wine list, including nearly 20 wines by the glass, and one-of-a-kind cocktails all designed to delight Pasteur’s guests.



Owner Kim Nguyen has painstakingly cultivated and created her ideal concept of Pasteur, resulting in the restaurant’s latest and best incarnation yet. Its newly redesigned space features a warm and refined aesthetic, thanks to an expansive interior tastefully appointed with elegant banquettes, white-tablecloth tables and rattan seating set against a neutral palette that shows off stunning Vietnamese artwork. The restaurant also has an exceptionally large and private patio for diners who desire the outdoor experience.
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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Due to understaffing, our experience was a disaster. It took more than half an hour for our orders to be taken. It took another half hour before our drinks were delivered and we sat in the restaurant For an hour and a half until our entrées were served. The staff was apologetic, but the experience was unsatisfactory. Many tables walked out, for which I don’t blame them. I have no incentive to return.

WS
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sitting at a table for four near the bar, David, one of the bartenders, took care of us. We spent over three hours there in one of the most delightful, truly leisurely and superb meals we've had in a long time. We never felt pressured and never ignored. The drinks were excellent. The appetizers were wonderful (Japanese eggplant, the crepe, spring rolls) and we got around to a superb main course of curry-roasted duck (x 2), passion fruit salmon and bird's nest seafood, all fresh, delicately spiced and really tasty. Would so go back to sample more dishes and to patronize such a wonderful local restaurant that's both elegant and accommodating; one of the best we've been to in some time.

LK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and we appreciated the attentive but not intrusive service. The decor was elegant but comfortable.

RZ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Food was very good though not quite as good as last time I was here and they were short staffed so service was s but slow

a
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Pasteur. The restaurant is very attractive but the courtyard where we ate is one of the most beautiful in Chicago! In addition the food was delicious and the service friendly and efficient. there were 4 of us and we shared several dishes including traditional and superbly prepared dishes like the lemongrass chicken and spring rolls as well as more unusual dishes like the CoChinChin and whole fried red snapper. All were first class and we had a wonderful evening! The servers gaveus accurate and excellent suggestions about the more unusual dishes. The drinks are sophisticated and well. This is a neighborhood gem good for n=many occasions!

M
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved it! Went there to celebrate a birthday. Sat on the bar side and had a great time. Excellent food, comfortable chairs, great service. Can't wait to go back!

S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurant in Chicago. Good service, nice atmosphere, good food, easy street parking and public transportation, patio seats are available, too.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was absolutely wonderful, I should have asked his name.

d
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. Creative menu. Bar service very good and friendly. Chef Dan Nguyen is very good. Recommend highly.

S
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

I have been eating at Pasteur for years. The decor is pleasant, the food is never disappointing, and the price is right.
The one issue is service. Saturday I took my boyfriend out for a bday dinner for which I had a reservation and coming in no host in sight to greet us, no bartender nor staff to be seen. After 5 min of this a waiter arrived and could not find our reservation.
He then forgot the sauce that goes with our appetizer.
Super aggravating. The menu display outside the restaurant could use some TLC. It is one of those places where if you love the food you keep going but the service tends to be hit or miss....

FE
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

It’s not what it was. It’s OK but not the best Vietnamese in town like it used to be. Go to le colonial instead

w
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there. Lovely space, excellent food, lovely service. Not entirely sure why someone gave them 1 star and didn't like flavoring. Perhaps they should spend more time at Red Lobster.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic quiet dinner in the enclosed patio area. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Loved the clay pot entrees and the duck curry.

J
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Patio was just lovely and Mark always makes us feel so welcome. I had a delicious whole Branzini boned and in a spicy pepper sauce which was just terrific! My friend had the duck in red curry that he really enjoyed. The salmon egg rolls were different and tasty. The wine was very reasonable and light.
I also adore the inside decor which is just beautiful!

t
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

took friends from out town and it was delight dining time.Evreyone enjoyed the meal and my 3 friends all commented that the choice, Pasteur, was a very good choice..All went well.

JN
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Love it here - interesting, different menu. Very good flavors. Be careful of spice in your order (ask first). Tasty! And great value!

VC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

If it were possible to remove flavor from food, Pasteur seems to be the one to have discovered the secret of how to do it. Nice staff though.

D
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Such great food and ambiance. We are in the outdoor area in the back. Waiter did a good job, but they were understaffed that evening. Understandable.

CC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

On the surface Pasteur looks like a beautiful restaurant. My husband and I came here for our 1st year anniversary and as we were immediately captured by the decor. We walked in and stood at the front before being greeted this took roughly 3 minutes ( we had a reservation), my husband even called their phone number trying to get their attention. We were sat, it wasn't busy only a couple of tables. I have no idea what our waitress name was and she hardly knew anything regarding the menu. Our appetizers ( egg rolls) were over cooked and tasted like frozen boxed egg rolls, my husband ordered a whole fish entree and the fish came out smelling really foul. We returned both entrees because at this point the restaurant didnt care about the quality of food they choose to serve us, we paid for the egg rolls and left. Pasteur looks like a beautiful restaurant but really it's not...they don't dust or wipe down the chairs. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.

BM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing food, atmosphere, and value. Service was great. We’ll be back!

KG
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favorites in Edgewater. We've dined there three times in the past two years. Love the outside patio. The food is wonderful.

H
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

This was my first visit to Pasteur in a few years, and it seems to have adopted a new format--less fine dining and more an everyday meal--including the prices (less expensive than before), menu (smaller and less fancy then previously), and ambiance (white paper over the white table cloth). We ordered the fresh spring rolls, which were fresh and flavorful, the chicken curry (a little bland and nothing to recommend it), and the beef cubes (good flavor and nicely presented, but not outstanding). My standby favorite, the short ribs, were gone from the menu. For dessert, we enjoyed the warm tapioca pudding with bananas---a large serving and not too sweet. In retrospect, I was expecting the old Pasteur, so I was a disappointed that the experience was not as special as it had been previously. But I did like the new prices...and the food and service were sufficiently good that I'll return to give it another chance.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Some of the best spring rolls I’ve had, and good service. It’s a beautiful setting and high quality food.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

The food is solid. But it took 50 minutes to even take our food order and another 100 to get the food. They were clearly incredibly understaffed (bartender was also waiting every table), but there was barely an explanation or apology until we confronted them 2 hours in. They should've just closed for the night. Best part: they offered to comp the drinks when only 1/5 of us had even ordered anything except water. Not going back.

b
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The combination of great food and the ability to carry on a conversation without having to shout over loud music made for a very pleasant evening. Everything we ordered was delicious and well-presented. The only shortfall was service was a tad slow, especially when ordering drinks. Even so, we will definitely return.

JD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

I've been going to, and enjoying Pasteur, since it was a store front on Chicago in the City. I have always had a soft spot for the place that fed me so well while I attended Loyola Law School around the corner. I have gotten to the Edgewater location less often, but still indulge in some nostalgia every now and then. The food is still very good, though I was disappointed to see that the clay pot catfish is no longer served in a clay pot but rather on a flat dish. The real disappointment this time was the service. We ordered a bottle of wine with dinner that arrived (and was rejected) long after dinner had been served and finished. Dishes were left on the table for far too long after each course. There was a general inattentiveness that was uncharacteristic and more than a little off-putting. This quiet, unassuming, but lovely Vietnamese eatery needs to re-up its game a bit. It would be a shame for it just too fade away.

C
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

So delighted by our delicious meal at Pasteur, which was up to the usual standards! Our Saigon crepe had the right amount of savory and crunch. The Japanese eggplant was its usual tasty self, firm and flavorful. Our steamed red snapper was especially fresh and aromatic. And the blood orange cocktail created by Pasteur's bar genius, who happens to be the owner's son, is perfection with its tangy mix of sweet and sour. Don't miss it!

OT
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Their vegetarian tempura is gluten free, and absolutely delicious! Prices are reasonable, and ingredients are fresh and inventive. We went early and were in a rush. Next time we will linger, and eat more!

DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Beautiful, classy room, great food! Love the French Vietnamese twist!

c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very friendly
service very nice and unhurried. If you are in a rush, you better tell them

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful room, nice menu, great service. The food was very good but not exceptional or special.

D
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food in a great environment - a true recommendation

BD
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Overall, we were quite pleased with our meal. We ordered the Spring Roll appetizer. It was tasty but the wrapping was a bit chewy. Branzino (whole fish, steamed) was excellent and could easily be shared by 2 or 3 people. The noodle dish with veggies & tofu was very good. The catfish clay pot entree was also very good. Desserts of coconut tapioca and green tea ice cream with espresso were both very good. Service was excellent!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing use of spices in every dish!

W
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food, great drinks and excellent service. Plus easy street parking! I had been to Pasteur many years ago, so lovely to rediscover it. The dining room is pretty; not trendy but not stuffy, feels special but is still casual. Just the right vibe for a nice Friday night dinner with my husband and my parents. We ate here before going to a show at Raven Theatre

F
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had a great table facing the storefront. The food was fabulous! We recommend the Ben Xeo appetizer and the steamed pork dumplings. The green chicken curry, shrimp and scallops, and Co Chin Chin were all delicious. It’s a very comfortable place. Service was very nice and helpful, but a little slow. I think the server had too many tables at once. We hope to return.

HG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great value. Food is outstanding, friendly knowledgeable server and beautiful surroundings. Food is French/Viet Namese. Only a tiny bit outside anyone’s comfort zone. Great prices and quality for wine and cocktails.

E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We brought our kids who are in their 20s to Pasteur on Saturday night. The food was fresh and flavorful and the service very prompt and friendly. Overall, a fantastic experience. We ordered several meals and appetizers and enjoyed all of them. The desserts were beautiful and tasty without being too sweet. If you go, order the Ginger Pear cocktail. I can't wait to have the chance to go back 😊 Finally, the atmosphere was perfect for those who want to enjoy their meal and conversation with a bit of background music and soft lighting. It was a happy and enjoyable experience for all.

T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely place with plenty of vegetarian/vegan options. Service was swift and sure, food was great, and we will definitely return as we had planned to have the hotpot but did not leave ourselves enough time between dinner and the show. Saw it on someone else's table and it looked amazing, so we will return!

AC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely bright décor, friendly attentive staff helpful without being aloof , food was delicious, fresh well prepared plentiful without be overwhelming

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