Balsan
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Balsan

11 E Walton St, Chicago, IL
(312) 646-1400 serving: Central, Near North Side
open:Sat: 10pm-12am, 10am-2pm, 7am-10am, Sun: 10am-2pm, 7am-10am, Mon-Thu: 5pm-10pm, 11am-4pm, 7am-11am, Fri: 10pm-12am, 5pm-10pm, 11am-4pm

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Restaurants, Hotel Restaurants, Fine Dining, European, Date Spot, $$, People Watching, Pizza, Notable Wine List, Mastercard Accepted, Notable Chef, Local Favorite, Discover Accepted, Visa Accepted, Bistros, American Express Accepted, Quiet, Hidden Find,

The Low Down

EDITORS TIPS

The Extras: If you’re dining as a duo, consider splitting the tarte flambee or whole-roasted chicken (for deux, naturally), which are both wood-fired in the oven.

Fun Fact: The bistro takes its name from Etienne Balsan, Coco Chanel’s former lover and an early financier of her fashion house.

Know Before You Go: The restaurant adds an 18 percent service charge to checks, but tips are not required, the policy for the rest of the hotel. You heard that right: You are not expected to tip the bellhops, the aestheticians, anyone. Of course, the extra dollars are always a nice gesture.

Rants, Raves & Reviews

Citysearch Editorial Review
by Valerie Moloney at Citysearch

Tucked inside the luxurious Elysian hotel, this all-day cafe is designed to be the more casual, but still polished sister of Ria. A raw bar, charcuterie and wood-burning oven lend European flair to the bistro space, which gleams like a…
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