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Big Jones
Big Jones

Big Jones Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bigjoneschicago.com/
  • Phone: (773) 275-5725
  • Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday: 11am–10pm ; Saturday: 9am–10pm ; Sunday: 9am–9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Paul Fehribach
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Balmoral
  • Public Transit: Clark bus, Damen bus (on Ashland), Berwyn 'L' stop on Red Line
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We don't have valet or private parking. We recommend street parking on Clark St. or side streets. Please do not park in the Calo lot across the street, or behind Big Jones.

    There is ample bike parking in Andersonville.
A word from Big Jones
Big Jones invites you to enjoy gracious Southern Hospitality for brunch, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week. Named a "Best New Restaurant" by Chicago Magazine, and rated 3 stars by Phil Vettel at the Chicago Tribune. We offer freshly home-made dishes featuring locally grown, organic, and pastured farm produce, and sustainable seafood.

Parties of six or more, please call us directly at (773) 275-5725.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "I live in Andersonville so I am very close to this neighborhood gem. Big jones is great- just darn good food. I discovered at my recent visit that a lot of their foods are naturally gluten free - which I appreciate. I like when places utilize the gluten free flours that already exist, instead of trying to "be" gluten free."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I was very disappointed in the fried chicken. It was dry and bland. The greens were drenched in too much vinegar, and the cornbread was disappointing. I think the quality has gone down since I was last there 2 years ago. :("
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We were excited to try this place. We arrived on time, we're seated promptly. We seemed to be seated along the wall in a table for 2, no one else seemed to be seated in our section. The wait staff was polite and our water was always refilled. We ordered and appetizerror and out food. There was a long wait, and it's expected because it was a Sunday brunch. All the food came out at once and and was not exactly hot. We were thoroughly saddened by this."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food and service was great BUT they didn't have any A/C !! it was a miserable dinner with our guests sweating up a storm .... the restaurant was at least 90 degrees"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had brunch this past Sunday and we thought the AC may not have been working it was extremely uncomfortable. Also I had the fried chicken and waffle breakfast. (Different name) Also the Waffles were dry, without flavor and burnt. Not sure if that is the way they are supposed to be or not but they were horrible. The fried chicken was mediocre at best and the 2 pieces were extremely small. I think KFC has better chicken. I have had fried chicken in Charleston SC and at Table 52 so I know good fried chicken. I also asked what the gravy was for the biscuits and gravy and he could barely explain it. Server was useless, the atmosphere was uncomfortable and the food was subpar."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great restaurant, great area. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The service was terrible, food was way below average and it was way overpriced because of the poor quality."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Have been here for brunch, would come back again, bit made the mistake of coming here for dinner. The didn't have their amazing cornbread (the lure I used to get my BF to go there in the first place) and of the four plates that we ordered, only one was yummy. Two were "edible" and one we actually sent back. Avoid the biscuits, they're like hockey pucks and note to self, baked oysters with gruyere, bread crumbs and bacon are not interesting or worth trying, they're just funky."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I went to Big Jones with friends who were visiting from France, where the food standards are very high. We were highly impressed with all of the food, including the Andouille sausage, which was made on-site. Truly a gem. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I had made reservations 24+ hours in advance for Brunch for outdoor seating, so we get to Big Jones and the Host (Guy) I said we had reservations for outdoors and he said we do not have any room for 2 people outside? Seriously? So, we decided to sit inside- so during our meal I kept seeing people pass me and go outside...so I decided to walk out to the patio and there were all kinds of open tables. I made sure on my way out to say something and he had the nerve to say "We cannot sit 2 people at a 4 top table" What the hell did he just say??? We only were there 40 minutes! On to the food it was fair but not for the $49.00 for breakfast-omelet regular presentation poor, cheddar biscuits hard & dry -griddle cakes ok-poor customer service"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Our waitress said we picked the best food on the menu and she wasn't kidding. It was amazing. Shrimp and grits with Tasso gravy that was so flavorful. Salmon with rhubarb sauce. Catfish with grits and greens. Fried chicken. We ate every last bite and then some. The biscuits are to-die-for. Everything was made to perfection. The good is locally sourced and it shows. Worth every minute. And our waitress was fantastic. Attentive and friendly but not in your face. We'd had brunch there before and this was the first time we had dinner. We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Big Jones is Chicago's answer to Southern (not Cajun) cuisine. While the restaurant makes reference to particular historical Southern traditions, the food never quite rises to innovative excellence, but it is well-made and tasty. The servers are not always fully knowledgeable about everything on the menu, but service was certainly competent and well-meaning. The back of the restaurant is rather dark and lonely; the front is much lighter and more pleasant. Deep-fried chicken is very good (if not the outstanding pan-fried chicken of the upper South); biscuits are less excellent. For anyone looking for serious Southern food when in Chicago, Big Jones is the place to go."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed an early Father's Day dinner at Big Jones. The servers lovingly accommodated our toddler. Daddy enjoyed his Old Fashioned cocktail and the food was good, albeit a bit salty, but good. We enjoyed the new twists on classic southern dishes. This is our second time dining at Big Jones and we will certainly return."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I was early, and the restaurant was just getting ready for the evening. All the servers & staff were so nice and thoughtful--within about 20 minutes, I felt like I was at my grandmother's in North Carolina. The tasso ham and pimento cheese, yum. The crab cakes, double yum! By the time we got to the Virginia-fried veal and the shrimp-n-grits, all y'all had cemented youself in my good-eatin' hall of fame. Thanks very much."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I took my dad here (who happens to be very picky) and it was a home run! The food was fresh, full of flavor and filling. The service is top notch! Needless to say I will be back at Big Jones soon."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Mt boyfriend and I had brunch this past Sunday. We dine here every couple of months. We treat ourselves to dinners and branches for foodies, every weekend. Big Jones continues to be our favorite."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The outdoor space needs some work as far as summer flowers to give it that old Southern Charm. You need to hire a good Polish Cleaning Lady to detail the Restroom. Tried the hard cider suggested by the very enthusiastic Bartender!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food, an outstanding whiskey and burbon selection, and a wait staff that is really helpful and knows its stuff."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Big Jones serves up good "low country" food, which is different from the usual fare. The catfish with grits, hush puppies and greens was very good! Our server was really friendly but the service itself was pretty slow -- be patient. Nice wine list and beer offerings, as well as many cocktail options. Atmosphere is relaxed. Nice spot for casual dining with a different slant on food."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We always go for brunch & Big Jones never, EVER disappoints! The service is great, the free beignets make my day, & the food is fantastic. I usually go for the Eugene's Breakfast (I'm not an egg person), & my husband, dad, & out-of-town friend all swear that the eggs benedict is the best they've ever had."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Andersonville gem. Went for brunch last weekend and the cocktails were superb (boozy and balanced); the service great; and the food fantastic. Definitely recommend the crab Benedict. They were served on homemade popovers. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Birthday lunch celebrated - second time - different friend. Both times great. First birthday girl LOVED it she came with to celebrate for second friend. Everything served was delicious, staff friendly, nearby tables were also enjoying their meals."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I want to start by saying that I went on a Monday evening with a reservation, but I still have to commend the wait and service staff for their work. I felt accommodated, but was allowed to enjoy the food and atmosphere. My friend and I had such a good experience that we discussed a return trip before we walked out the front door. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The food was absolutely delicious. The service, however, left something to be desired. We had been seated for 10 minutes before we received water and then another 5-10 minutes before our server came to our table. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Had a lovely Mother's Day brunch at Big Jones. This was the fourth time we've come for brunch and we love it more each time we're there. The food is always fresh and wonderful. There's always enough to share dishes, so you get to taste a little bit of everything. Make sure to make a reservation. Arrive early to find a parking spot."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Big Jones is a perennial favorite in our household due to the consistently excellent food, eclectic and ever-changing menu, and knowledgeable and responsive staff. This particular visit was for Mother's Day brunch and while the restaurant was packed, the service and quality did not disappoint. Another great meal!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Southern food - with a good amount of New Orleans influence - was excellent in every regard. The drinks were fun and unusual. The combination would bring us back for sure. Add in fine service - our waitress was cool and informed and made our night complete. I already have a big jones to go back to Big Jones."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This place is great. I've been there a few times. This Saturday before Mother's Day it was crazy-busy, and yet the food was still consistently tasty and we didn't wait too long. I was impressed b/c it's easy for a place to give you great food on a Wednesday night when they are half-full, but this was absolutely packed and still really consistent."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Our experience was great. I love southern food so my husband treat me to Big Jones. Is kind of in our neighborhood so we walked to it. It was worth it. Besides, the service was great and I was looking a lot at the bourbon selection they have so I was given a card to fill in and invited to participate in the club they have. I love it! Thanks"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I've been here twice now, once for dinner and most recently for brunch. Both times the food has been excellent. The brunch service over the weekend was not great. We had to wait at the bar for 15 minutes before our reserved table was available and the bartender didn't pay much attention to our end of the bar. Once we were seated it took another 15 minutes to have a waitress stop by and that was only after I flagged one down to find out where ours was. Overall I was happy with our meal but could have used a refresher on our drinks and a little faster service. I'll be back."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "My girlfriend and u I read about Big Jones because we were looking for a place to dine before a concert at the Aragon Ballroom. Our server was very engaging and knowledgable. He made great recommendations, which we enjoyed thoroughly. Though it is in Andersonville and we are in Logan Square, we will absolutely make time to go back. If you happen to go in the next few weeks, be sure to order the ramps, as they will be out of season soon. Maybe don't do it, actually. It will be depressing when you realize that you will have to wait until next spring to eat them again. Excellent experience all around and a great cocktail list to go with the food."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Well, not so much. The things I ordered were just odd. What southerner would put chow-chow on a pimento cheese sandwich? We can say it's all the new Cajun/Southern, but sense dictates some things don't work well together. We had a FANTASTIC waiter, though,and we had a good time, so I might give it another try. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "This was my third time at the restaurant, all for brunch. The food never disappoints. I've been to New Orleans and I think the quality of the food at Big Jones is competitive with that found in New Orleans. I love the coffee here -- something you can't say about all breakfast/brunch places. My one bit of negative feedback relates to the description our waitress gave to an item on the menu that was most unappealing. Although my friend went ahead and ordered the dish she did not end up eating the one item on the plate that the waitress had described in such unappetizing terms. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "While the menu options, plating and taste of the food was very good, except for the very ordinary and gummy cheese grits, we were very disappointed in the service. When we made our reservation, we told them we were celebrating three birthdays. When we arrived, we again told the hostess we were celebrating three birthdays. Nobody,,,neither our server or the hostess....ever brought out even a single candle on a piece of bread to allow us to celebrate in the traditional manner. When I told them how disappointed we were when I left, they shrugged it off with nothing more than 'sorry'. There are lots of other choices for brunch in the city. I look forward to going to them next time instead of this one."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Once again, the fried chicken is outstanding! We go especially for the chicken, but the sides are also outstanding and friends trying different Southern style cooking entrees are also very pleased. Keep up the good work."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "There are few places in the city that provide such a consistently excellent meal and a reasonable price. I have never walked away here anything less than happy and satisfied. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "For a taste of New Orleans without leaving Andersonville, Big Jones is the place to go. The house-made charcuterie is delicious and tastefully served with breads, mayo, and slaws that are also homemade. We enjoyed perfectly prepared pork loin as well as the trademark fried chicken. The side dishes for the chicken had a delicious Cajun accent; we just wish we could have chosen the two we would have liked to try. The portions are so large that we were too full to try a dessert. Perhaps next visit since we will be going to Big Jones often. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant as our annual Dining Out for Life spot. It was recommended by a friend. The food and service were fantastic! However, the noise level was not just "energetic" but way too loud! It would be nice if they could put up some kind of noise dampening. We were hoping for a quiet, romantic dinner. Didn't happen."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Our dinner at Big Jones was awesome. We got there early so we could sit at the bar and have a cocktail. They did not disappoint. The Arrack Punch was right on. Plus, the bartender heard me say that it was my fiance's birthday, so he brought us the pickle platter on the house. It was delicious, and so nice of him. Once we sat down, we ordered the boucherie platter which was HUGE. The two of us couldn't finish it, but everything was very good, especially the andouille and the pimiento cheese. For our main courses, I got the shrimp and grits, which was tasty, but my fiance's fried chicken was insane. I'm from the south and I'm very picky about fried chicken, and this was awesome. Pro tip: save some chicken to take home for leftovers. SO GOOD. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I try Big Jones about once a year, because it's near my house and gets good reviews. The food is inconsistent. I really enjoyed the grouper special, served with a spicy pepper relish over grits. One dining companion liked the fried chicken. But we all tasted the gumbo and it was just no good. Did they burn the rue? Too much gumbo file'? Too bad they ruined that classic dish. The cornbread was fabulous and the service was great, as always."
    Dined on 4/21/2014