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Little Bucharest Bistro

3661 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618-4325
+1 773-604-8500
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Eastern European, Romanian, European, Central European
$$ - $$$
3661 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618-4325
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was on our list for our international dining club, we loved it! Our waitress was a delightful young lady that helped us with our food and drink selections. Everything was great, roast pig, wine & beer! I had the crepes for dessert but ate...More

Thank MDomaracki
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with a visitor from Romania. They loved the food and so did I. Very friendly staff. Owner visited all the tables and was extremely friendly. Beef soup is out of this world.

Thank CSMM121212
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Coming from someone who never had Romanian food before, the food was excellent. Service was too. 5 stars

Thank 8,778,387,783
Reviewed 13 August 2017

My husband and I enjoyed a rare night out dinner for two about a week ago and we loved everything about this restaurant. He ordered the stuffed cabbage rolls and I ordered the chicken paprikash. The food was delicious -- the chicken was moist and...More

Thank fredgeranium
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

What a great experience both in food and in owner interaction. They spent a lot of time to ensure my whole family enjoyed their food. The food was so fresh. We can for the Sunday lamb and pork roast which were so delectable. The short...More

Thank Yvonne T
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

I went to Chicago on Memorial day. I was hoping to find a Romanian restaurant and Little Bucharest Bistro had the best reviews. Even though it said it was closed on Mondays,i decided to give it a call. The owner happened to be there and...More

Thank cumsicand
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Went there last Saturday with 13 friends. There were only a couple other tables taken. They treated us like Kings. The owner was very friendly and accommodating. The food was excellent, could have order 15 things on the menu. One complaint the food had way...More

Thank Mr_Bunny60604
Reviewed 2 June 2017

We really enjoyed ourselves at Little Bucharest. The staff is very helpful and friendly. Our young waitress was from Romania and steered us to her favorite menu items. Cabbage rolls with polenta were excellent, as were the strip steak and pot roast. We finished up...More

Thank beatrice255
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Wow! I had no idea what to expect walking in. But what we found was perfect. Good food, friendly service and a fun atmosphere. The food was excellent. We will be back!

Thank ChicagoPair
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We learned of this restaurant from an internet search, so I signed up for their email updates. My wife immigrated from Romania, and became a naturalized citizen a few years later (I say this to so you know where I'm coming from). That said, I've...More

Thank David G
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Tom W
28 October 2016|
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Response from lulubird487 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't know what beer they served. If they don't, it's still worth the entertainment!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 21
Eastern European, Romanian, European, Central European
Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
2:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3661 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618-4325
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: +1 773-604-8500
  • E-mail
With a history spanning over three decades, Little Bucharest Bistro has a new face in Chicago's Old Irving Park area. Originally opened in 1970 and closed in 2004, the new Little Bucharest, which translates to "Little Paris of the East", blends a touch of Eastern European heritage with American contemporary fare in a vibrant and modern atmosphere."I wanted to bring the signature high-energy vibe of the old Little Bucharest into a new setting," says restaurateur Branko Podrumedic. "The bistro will present Eastern European flavors in an approachable way to appeal to a more diverse yet discriminate audience." Little Bucharest is a must stop on any visit to Chicago.
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