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Valois Restaurant

) #432 of 7,830 Restaurants in Chicago $ American,
1518 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615-4503
+1 773-667-0647
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good49%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hash browns” (9 reviews)
“grits” (3 reviews)
Open Now
05:30 - 22:00All hours
American, Diner
1518 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615-4503
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cafeteria style service was fast, quality was good, price was very good. Location is great. Eggs, hash browns, and coffee totaled about $6.

Thank 0chicagotraveler1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

1  Thank MHM02111
Reviewed 18 May 2017

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
Reviewed 15 May 2017

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...More

Thank hunslet49
Reviewed 8 May 2017

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
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,...More

Thank 920lorrainec
Reviewed 9 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
Reviewed 19 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...More

1  Thank RML1
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...More

1  Thank Patricia C
Reviewed 4 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
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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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