Florian Opera Bistro

Florian Opera Bistro at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Florian Opera BistroA casual and chic European style bistro, The Florian Opera Bistro is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious gourmet sandwich, a savory tart or any of our decadent desserts. Complete with a full bar, enjoy pre-performance dining, a glass of wine during intermission, or post-performance cocktail. 

Make the most of your experience by pre-ordering desserts and beverages for your intermission or post performance enjoyment. Simply place your order at the Bistro prior to curtain time. 

Reservations are available for pre- and post-performance dining for evening performances of The King and I, and walk-in dining is available for all performances. To make a reservation simply follow the prompt when you are purchasing your tickets online, or for previously purchased tickets, go to My Lyric to view the dining options for your performance and book a reservation. If you need assistance call 312-827-5700. 

You must arrive within 15 minutes of your scheduled reservation in order to be guaranteed a table.

As always, walk-in dining is available during all restaurant hours.

Please note that the Florian Opera Bistro is only open to patrons who hold tickets for that day's performance. Entry to all restaurants is through the Civic Opera House after presentation of tickets. The Florian Opera Bistro does not take reservations prior to matinee performances. Patrons wishing to dine in the Opera Bistro before matinee performances are encouraged to come to the opera house and check in with the Bistro to be seated.

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Florian Opera Bistro Menu


Lemongrass Spring RollTom Yum Soup (gf) (v) $5.00
hot and sour soup with lemongrass, galangal root, lime, coconut milk, shiitake mushroom, cilantro
+ chicken meatballs $1.50

Green Papaya Salad (gf) (v) $6.00
shredded green papaya, carrots, cucumber, long beans, basil, cilantro, thai hot and sour dressing
+ thai spiced shrimp $2.40
+ hoisin marinated beef $2.40

Rice Noodle Salad (gf) (v) $6.00
chilled rice noodles, carrots, fried shallots, crushed peanuts, mint, cilantro, rice wine vinaigrette
+ thai spiced shrimp $2.40
+ hoisin marinated beef $2.40

Lemongrass Spring Rolls (gf) (v) $4.75
rice noodles, shredded lettuce, bean sprouts, mint with sweet and sour sauce

Lettuce Cup Trio (Chilled) $6.00
Select three:
little gem lettuce cups of five-spiced ground chicken, beef, and tofu with julienned red bell peppers, carrots, cilantro, lime, hoisin sauce

Cheese Plate $9.50
artisanal selections, served with roasted almonds and dried apricot

Fresh Fruit (gf) (v) $6.50


french baguette with cucumber, tomato, pickled carrots, daikon radish, cilantro, basil, mayonnaise and choice of:

Lemongrass Chicken Meatballs

Hoisin Marinated Beef

Coriander Scented Eggplant (v)

All served with mixed green salad or yellow curry bistro chips

SPECIAL (gf) $25.00

choice of salmon or pork grilled skewers

Marinated in soy sauce, coriander, garlic and basted with coconut milk. Served over jasmine rice with chili dipping sauce and a mixed green salad.


brown jasmine rice, thai eggplant, chinese long beans, roasted mushrooms and choice of:

Yellow Curry Chicken (gf)
chicken thigh braised in yellow curry, sweet potato, coconut milk, baby corn

Red Thai Curry Beef (gf)
tender beef simmered in onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, tomato, beef stock, coconut milk

Silken Tofu Green Curry (gf)
tofu with green curry, coconut milk, red bell pepper, pineapple

Garnished with green onion, red cabbage, cilantro, bean sprouts, toasted sesame seed slaw


Thai Spiced Grilled Prawns (gf) $14.00
mint, cilantro, green onions, cucumber, edamame, ginger-lime vinaigrette

Basil Chicken (gf) $14.00
Chilled soba noodles, peas, julienned tricolor peppers, bibb lettuce, peanut dressing

Hoisin Marinated Beef $15.00
red oak leaf lettuce, fried shallots, bean sprouts, red curry vinaigrette


Cinnamon Apple Crostata $8.75
toffee sauce, crème chantilly, apple chips

Strawberry Shortcake $8.75
fresh strawberries, crème chantilly, mint syrup

Fudge Brownie $8.75
vanilla whipped cream, caramel & chocolate sauces

Opera Cake $8.75
almond cake, whiskey-chocolate ganache, espresso buttercream, chocolate glaçage

Cookie Plate $7.50
Renée’s spicy ginger cookie, Sir Andrew’s apricot sable cookie, along with a Mason’s Macaroon

(v) vegetarian
(gf) gluten free