Little Bucharest Bistro

Modern Restaurants | Chicago, IL


Free Kid's meal with with a purchase of a adult entree.

Kids eat free with the purchase of a adult entree. Kids meal include a kids entree, soda, and a scoop of ice-crea.

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Originally opened in 1970 and closed in 2004, the new Little Bucharest, which translates to “Little Paris of the East”, blends a touch of Eastern European heritage with American contemporary fare in a vibrant and modern atmosphere. “I wanted to bring the signature high-energy vibe of the old Little Bucharest into a new setting,” says restaurateur Branko Podrumedic. “The bistro will present Eastern European flavors in an approachable way to appeal to a more diverse yet discriminate audience.” Little Bucharest Bistro, 3661 N. Elston.

Little Bucharest Bistro blends the historic with the new. With a history in Chicago that spans more than three decades, diners know that the restaurant delivers meals of the highest quality. Every item is prepared from scratch, sometimes with ingredients and seasonings that add a new interest to a beloved favorite. Our bread is baked daily at Little Bucharest Bistro. Fresh vegetables arrive daily. We pride ourselves on having the best homemade desserts in town. A full bar is also featured, serving customers specialty cocktails as well as an assortment of European beer, wine and brandy including Branko’s “holy water.”
Nestled in the heart of Old Irving Park, on the corner of Elston and Spaulding (one block north of Addison), Little Bucharest Bistro’s burnt orange exterior lends itself to a classic old-world feel, with a garden and stone fountain finishing off the quaint ambience of the outside patio.

The main dining room gives patrons a view of Elston Avenue, with large windows lining the dining area, with three large European stained glass panels that adorn the walls, adding a traditional element to the space.
In the summer months you can dine outdoors on our picturesque patio. Surrounded by a fountain, twinkling white lights, the patio provides great outdoor atmosphere complete with flowers, ferns and other lush greenery.

Little Bucharest provides catering services for events small and large. A full range of menus are offered or can be customized with the help of our chef to be prepared and served at Little Bucharest Bistro beautiful dining room or at a venue of your choice.
• Weddings
• Seniors’ Club Parties
• Memorial Services
• Holiday Celebrations
• Live Music
• Proposals and Romantic Celebrations
• And much more!
The Catering Team can create a memorable themed event. We prepare themed party menu that your guests will enjoy. We work with every client to create the event that they have envisioned. Owned by the Podurmedic family for over 30 years, the Little Bucharest Bistro can cater any event.
What You Can Expect from Little Bucharest Bistro Catering Experience
Your event deserves special attention and that is what you receive when you plan your event with the Bucharest Bistro Catering Team.
Customized is a word we use to describe our events. We offer:
• A wide selection of menu options. The Little Bucharest Bistro catering menu gives you the freedom to put together a menu that you and your guests will love.
• The ability to prepare for all kinds of events. At the Little Bucharest Bistro, our staff delivers breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as appetizer events, dessert events including full-fare buffets, BBQ theme, Seafood hors d’oeuvre or our Famous Pig Roast.
• Dedicated and experienced team. The Little Bucharest Bistro Catering team delivers full service catering. We have servers, bartenders, and coordinator to handle those little details to make your event memorable.
To discuss your catering needs give us a call at 773-604-8500 or email us at

Please note our hours of operation, we can cater and open for any event outside of normal hours. All of our meals are made with the finest and freshest ingredients. Honest Homemade Food from Scratch.

Our family is passionately committed to an ambitious menu of devious foods that satisfy our customers’ nutritional preferences, as well as their cravings! Delivered Dinning Too: The ultimate convenience. Enjoyable meals, generous portions, reasonable prices, quality packaging all delivered within 60 minutes from the time you call us. Please consider us as your “Restaurant on Wheels.”

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Hours of Operation

  • sunday 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • monday 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • wednesday 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • thursday 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • friday 3:00pm - 12:00am
  • saturday 3:00pm - 12:00am


  • Carry out
  • Catering
  • Delivery
  • Large Parties
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Weddings

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3661 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
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