Hours: Dinner: Monday-Saturday
CLOSED. Ravenswood French bistro.
On the fringe of Lincoln Square, Rendezvous Bistro is one of those little neighborhood places people love to rave about even if (or perhaps because) it’s a complete cliche, from the Frankophile decor to the Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf playing in the background. Moroccan-born owner Simo Yaacobi spent decades at Kiki’s Bistro, and the menu here is very similar, though more compact. Attractions include reasonable prices, the BYO policy, and the relative quiet, especially on weeknights. We were told that the terrine of foie gras was house-made from goose liver, but the thin slice we got was short on flavor. Snails in garlic-herb butter were better, partly because they weren’t too salty, something that could not be said of the soup a l’oignon. Steak frites, ordered extra-rare, arrived medium well, but we quickly got a barely seared replacement. Duck two ways was the highlight: the perfectly rosy sliced breast and moist confit of thigh were mated with baby lentils, braised red cabbage, a triangle of feather-light polenta, and a subtle peppercorn sauce.