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Valois Restaurant

#453 of 7,717 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Hyde Park
American, Diner
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1518 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615-4503
+1 773-667-0647
05:30 - 22:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW

A Hyde Park landmark. Great breakfast food, an enviable assembly line, and a cashier who knows his clients, chats amiably and makes sure you have everything that you need. Highly diverse clientele and week end regulars who greet you and your family on your frequent visits to Chicago. Tables are well serviced by attentive bus-staff.

Thank MHM02111
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

I realized as I took my seat that I hadn't visited Valois in more than 10 years; no particular reason ... I just hadn't! What I know for sure that I'll likely be going back within 10 days!!! Valois is a not so hidden treasure!

Thank JaziMommy
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu is pretty basic cafeteria stuff so don’t expect grand dining. However, there is a good atmosphere, is affordable and will go down in history as a favourite of Barack Obama’s. The other stand out feature is the guy who takes your order. He doesn’t write anything down, remembers everything and makes sure that you get the food you... More 

Thank hunslet49
Glenview, Illinois
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162 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pretty basic fare, but on the plus side lots of breakfast & lunch staples that are good and hearty, at a decent price. Lots of buzz when we visited.

Thank BLtrvl
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128 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

This is the local diner where my kids live and it lives up to its reputation of being tasty , cheap and plentiful . I will say that it's nothing special but if you want cheap plentiful diner food with Southside vibe and friendly camaraderie, then this is the place for you. The coffee , although not being expresso was... More 

Thank 920lorrainec
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30 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

This is a cheap, no-frills restaurant where food is served cafeteria style. We went mainly because we heard that Obama likes to eat here, and ended up loving the food. Great delicious breakfast for a great value. I definitely would recommend the steak omelette.

Thank Joshua B
Chicago, Illinois
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147 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

I'd heard such good things about this place. Down home, authentic South Side Chicago. Good, home cooked food. Well, no, not really. It is cafeteria style, which is fine. But the veggies all come from a can, the beef was seriously overdone, it was just not very good. But, hey, what do I know? The line stretched forever. People clearly... More 

1 Thank RML1
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 January 2017

There really is no other place in Chicago like Valois Restaurant in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. The only place that I know of where you can sit with a perfect stranger and feel weirdly comfortable about it - don't get me wrong, you can get your own table but it's quite normal to share a table at this... More 

1 Thank Patricia C
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91 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Usually I will go there for a brunch when I am out of milk at home. Very affordable. But everything is too big there, too much calories intake. Cash only.

2 Thank Yulun W
Marshall, Minnesota
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 January 2017

We went down there on New Year Evening (Jan. 1, 2017) around 6:30. We walked to the restaurant as we were staying in town. There is nothing real special about Valois from an environment standpoint but it is the food and prices that will drive you in. The steak (medium) with eggs and potatoes and coffee was right at $10.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
05:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1518 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615-4503
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Hyde Park
  • Neighbourhood: Hyde Park
  • Phone Number: +1 773-667-0647

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Hyde Park
If you want to get a feel for quintessential South Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park, one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This historic area is home to two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.
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