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BellyQ
BellyQ

BellyQ Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellyQchicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 563-1010
  • Hours of Operation: DINNER:
    Sunday - Thursday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    Bar open till 11 p.m.

    Friday - Saturday 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
    Bar open till 12 a.m.


    BRUNCH:
    Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm


  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Bill Kim
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: ORDER IN ADVANCE BY PHONE, AND ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL-EVENT CATERING: 312-563-1010
  • Entertainment: KARAOKE DEN
    Leave your inhibitions at the door and loosen up your vocal cords! The Karaoke Den lives up to its name, featuring a karaoke player and monitor, plush custom-made lounge chairs, side tables, and a large tufted ottoman.

    Stay tuned for our CHEF KARAOKE THROWDOWN's, where local chefs bravely toss their toques aside to belt out their favorite tunes
  • Special Events & Promotions: From intimate gatherings to karaoke parties, for business or for pleasure, Belly Q can turn an idea into an event you won't soon forget. We’ll help you customize your perfect menu while you indulge in a comfortable space as unique as the flavors that are served to you by Chef Kim and team. Let us be the inspiration—you enjoy the ride.

    CONTACT OUR SPECIAL EVENTS MANAGER AT: 312/563-1010 or jessica@bellyQchicago.com and let us design your perfect bellyQ event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ogden
  • Public Transit: Ashland on Greenline (Metro); Ashland / Ogden on #56 (Bus)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Parking before 4pm for Sunday Brunch. Valet parking after 5pm. Street parking is also available.
A word from BellyQ
bellyQ, the latest restaurant from innovative Chicago chef Bill Kim (Belly Shack and UrbanBelly), is an exciting new concept featuring Asian barbecue and seasonal, locally farmed ingredients. The Randolph Street space showcases Chef Kim's culinary talents with flavors that are rooted in tradition yet decidedly modern in taste and execution. Expect a menu that's smoky and bright, spicy and clean, surprising yet comforting. At bellyQ, Chef Kim crafts unforgettable flavor combinations that awaken your taste buds and satisfy your soul in a space that invites you in and inspires you to hang out a while. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Small portions and overpriced. Also noisy and hard to hear."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I almost didnt book a table because of a lot of negative reviews regarding service. I am delighted that I took a chance. Our waiter Zane was just great, with excellent recommendations and attention to us. Everything we had was fantastic...the potatoes even merit a special mention..from an Irish person...lamb satay was delicious. Wine delectable. Make sure to leave room for dessert...donuts with house made soft serve...PB+J sundae?!!! I cant wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The concept behind Belly Q is exciting however the execution on that concept leaves much to be desired. If you're a fortified foodie, this place will fall well below the expectation set. If you just like to eat different things, then you may be excited, but not if you've actually tasted contemporary Asian fusion meals or had actual Korean BBQ. The thing that was surprisingly good was the sticky rice, which is a take on Korean jambalaya & fried rice. We had the grill feast, which consists of really great cuts of meat that serve as the only gem of the dining experience, except that the contemporary fusion is reliant on your use of your own seasoning of the meat with seasonings that are to put it simple, ok."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We had a terrific dinner at BellyQ Saturday night. We had reservations for 8:30, got there early and were seated just about the time of our reservation. We had a wonderful server named Selina. She took very good care of our party which consisted of myself, my wife and our 2 teenage sons. She fully explained the menu, answered our questions and coursed our meal for us. Lots to share, plenty to go around. It was a wonderful way to end our week long visit to Chicago, we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Imaginative, creative, well-prepared food. On paper some of the combinations sound strange but they work, with a good blend of flavors that complement each other. My nephew is in the restaurant business in Chicago and he recommended Belly Q when I was visiting; I definitely would return on my next trip to Chicago."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This place is fantastic! So many different flavors and such a great time! I would recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Innovative menu with unexpected but awesome combinations of flavor. Both the presentation and taste of food was excellent. The most memorable dish was the special watermelon and tomato salad with pesto, Parmesan. Cilantro and lime - fresh and delicious. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable friendly and helpful, making it a very memorable evening."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was boring, all of the same flavor profile and overwhelmingly disappointing."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I loved the food at BellyQ. It was tasty, inventive, and high quality. The presentation was excellent and the food came out quickly. The service was OK but something seemed off - example: our food started coming before our wine arrived. The restaurant is extremely noisy which affected our experience. They definitely need to invest in some noise reduction panels hung in the ceiling. I loved every dish we had: Korean short ribs, BBQ baby backs, bacon pancake and the Thai fried chicken. They were wonderful."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My wife and I went to BellyQ for her birthday. We sat at a grill table and did the $60 prix fixe menu. I was a little nervous about grilling the food ourselves but our server was terrific about letting us know how to prepare everything. The food was outstanding; the only reason I didn't give it all 5 stars is because the service was a little slow."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Sticky lamb buns and smoked bacon pancake appetizers were pretty good - I would have them again. Entrees were very average. Wagyu beef shortribs were tough and not very juicy. Duck breast was tough and hard to cut or chew. Mushroom posole (soup) tasted overwhelmingly of lemongrass, and contained fewer ingredients than we had expected. Lemongrass salmon was average. Warm doughnuts were an okay dessert, but not great. Service was good. Parents found it noisy but I thought it was normal for Friday dinner service. Overall, we did not think food was worth the price. Would not go back again."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food here is outstanding. I brought out of town guests and they totally loved it. The Salmon, the Duck, the Rack of ribs... all fantastic. Great appetizers as well."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "It was good, but did not live up to all the hype that I'd heard. I liked the food options; however the rib tips were had too much fat, not enough eatable meat. The drinks were fantastice (I had the Passionrita). The entrees portions were good, especially if you wanted to share."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I have been here 2x and this was the 1st time my workmates joined. They were in awe of the flavors, each dish is better than the next. We had the fried tofu, edamame, kimchi and Hamachi to start. I had the steak w/ kimchi potato salad for my entree...I will be craving this for a long time! The flavors were beautiful and the presentation was amazing. I love the Red Lotus drink...very unique. I will be sure to come here again when I am in Chicago!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Food is really terrific, though the sweet potatoes were greasy on this visit. Love, love the atmosphere and decor! We did the Korean BBQ grill 5-course meal to celebrate my son's bday. It was pricey, but I really appreciate BellyQ's mission for sustainable food and supporting local farms, so the price was worth it."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Food and service were both outstanding. Don't miss out on the Thai fried chicken appetizer. Delicious cocktails too. Also very cool that Urban Belly is attached for takeout."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food was good, and the menu had a few unique items. However, the menu and the overall experience can't beat Belly shack or Urban Belly, which are both just (or more!) flavorful for half the price. Our service was absolutely terrible. Our waiter was unhelpful with questions about the menu, was dismissive, and once we places our order, we never saw him again, not even to bring us our check. The staff at the host stand and the runners, bussers, etc. all did an excellent job."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We skipped the apps and ordered entrees and sides. Duck breast, pork spare ribs, sticky rice, grilled Chinese broccoli. We enjoyed the all vibrant flavors. Try the donuts for desert."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I expected a better quality of food and preparation than we received. Particularly poor was the hot pot I ordered which was loaded with gummy rice cakes, but had little tofu or other interesting items in the greasy broth."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Have never been disappointed. Always a great meal impeccably served"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "My husband and I have been exploring Korean BBQ options after moving to Chicago. The wagyu beef and pork ribs were a total bit, and so were the lamb buns. I wish he had room leftover for the soft serve dessert or donuts, but will have to do those next time. Attentive, knowledgable service. Want to try the BBQ tables next!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The menu featured a variety of interesting and tasty asian dishes. Many ingredients were uncommon but exciting to try. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "the rib tips had a crispy skin to them which is quite different although created a 'chewiness.' The fish and udon was pretty good. It was a special that night. One of the main courses for our party, the chicken was not delivered as requested and then the return plate wasn't cleared of the items that shouldn't have been there. Two dishes of lamb came with cold beans and had to be sent back. The server andd manager were good about getting the items fixed. overall for us not a great experience but they did their best to compensate and said there was a cook training."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The food gets better and better every time we go to bellyq. Love this place!!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "between my 8-10 visits to bellyQ, I've tried literally every item on the menu(s) and I have to say that the best dishes have been taken off the menu, most notable: bellyQ beef and the cold eggplant side, and replaced with dishes far below their standard, and the usually amazing fried tofu was just drab this time around. the only newish menu item that really satisfied taste buds is the sticky lamb buns (even without the strange mint jelly). while the service and ambience continue to be stellar and drinks nice and stiff, the food is starting to lose the balance and depth it once had. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Overall, great food as always... beware though...walk-ins are 2nd class citizens; put behind all reservations. We were told 1 hour, and had to wait for 2.5 hours."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Yum. I have been wanting to try this place for a while. Great asian fusion flavors. Rib tips and fried chicken were my favorites. My friend had a pepper allergy and the waitress was very accommodating which was nice. Worth checking out."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Highly recommend this restaurant, especially for foodies. Great cocktails and the food is outstanding. Don't miss the Pork Ribs, Edamame and Duck. Also they sell their four sauces to take home-the Belly Fire was our favorite!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Belly Q lived up to their menu. The food was superb. The service knowledgable and timely. The atmosphere very comfortable (when do you have a 21 year old say "I like the vibe here?"). And our family could still talk without having to yell over ambient crowd or music noise. Had the duck entree and it was wonderful. Everything else we tasted clearly came from chefs who really think about what each element brings to its dish. We will return. Thanks BellyQ. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Just came here for mother's day, and I wasn't toooo impressed with the food. It was good, but it wasn't awesome. I thought the food was a bit too heavy."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is my third time to BellyQ, second for brunch. Their brunch is amazing--so flavorful and delicious! Last time I had the eggs benedict and this time I had steak and eggs. The steak was amazing and the portion was quite large. I will definitely be back, I just wish I lived closer!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had an exceptional time there! We took our mother for mothers day, and shared a few appetizers and then main course and everything was phenomenal!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went on a Tuesday night for dinner. Place was relatively empty to our surprise. Nonetheless, the staff was courteous and generous about explaining our dining options and items on the menu. I recommend going here to do the self-grill; otherwise, the experience is a little lackluster. The environment itself is shiny - dark but vibrant decor, but the food is all right. Ordered the short ribs and Chinese dumplings, which were tasty but not much better than ordering takeout at a regular Asian cuisine joint."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "BellyQ more than delivered on the reputation that it has already garnered in just two years of operation. Our wait person was professional, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. It was a special date night for my wife's birthday and she was very happy. We ordered a variety of items including the hush puppies(best ever!) and the BBQ short ribs(wonderful, leftover for lunch next day and still great!). Will return with friends and do the "Grill Table". "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Nice and close to the united center. Food was good, but not what you would expect considering the ambiance and style of the place."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Great food and ambiance. We were there for a post graduation dinner. Since the celebrant is a graduate student, we're a family with a toddler. Our server went out of her way to accommodate. This helped make our evening. Thanks for making us feel welcomed and for the yummy food. We really enjoyed the fried tofu/the passion fruit garnish made it delicious and different. . The lamb was tender. The Thai chicken appetizer was tasty and filling. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "first class food. great for foodies, yet also filling choices for steakhouse eaters. nice variety, great plate sharing set up. great service, keep the food coming. best high quality restaurant near United Center. can leave car in their lot."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "My friend and I have dietary restrictions which I mentioned on open table when booking. The waiter knew before we said anything and gave us great recommendations. The food was amazing. And I cannot say enough great things about the service - Matthew was totally on the ball, attentive and really bent over backwards for us with a big smile and a great attitude. We had a fabulous experience overall."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Innovative brunch ... took overseas guests here and they loved it. Very enjoyable."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I've been to BellyQ multiple times. The food and drink selection is always great. We had every small plate and few others and shared amongst the table. Lots of unique combinations and flavors."
    Dined on 4/26/2014