Venteux is an upscale French brasserie inside the Pendry in the Loop. And unlike a lot of other nearby hotel restaurants at similar levels of fancy-ness, Venteux isn’t stuffy. There’s a clubby soundtrack, and a surprising amount of diners who were too young to vote for Obama. The menu is full of solid versions of French classics, like seared foie gras on brioche, steak au poivre, and enough shellfish to warrant its own section of the menu. So if you have out-of-towners visiting, consider meeting them here for dinner or bottomless brunch before taking them around the city for some boozy sightseeing.
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