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Black Bull
Black Bull

Black Bull Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.blackbullchicago.com
  • Phone: (773) 227-8600
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 3:00pm - 2:00am
    Friday 12:00pm- 2:00am
    Saturday 12:00pm- 3:00am
    Sunday 12:00pm- 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Music is also at the heart of BLACK BULL, where carefully crafted playlists place guests in their favorite pub madrileño. Artists from Spain, playing 80s rock en español, flamenco and bohemian classics are seamlessly mixed with American and British rock.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Hermitage & Paulina
  • Public Transit: Division Blue Line Stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking. Valet Parking across the street.
A word from Black Bull
BLACK BULL pays homage to the tapas and pintxos bars of Spain, full of warmth and vivacity, a meeting point for friends, where an unassuming entrance conceals a boisterous setting serving simple yet surprising food. At the heart of Black Bull is the custom of tapeo, a treasured Spanish custom of drinking and socializing, grazing on food, bouncing from one dish to another, always accompanied by a little wine, sangria or beer.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We ate outside, great, friendly waitress! Tapas was outstanding! Never felt rushed! Was a very festive feeling and we'd definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The service is the only thing preventing me from giving this place one star. The food was underseasoned and just underwhelming. Pretty much the worst tapas we've ever had."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We lived in Madrid for 6 years and were very happy to find out that the folks at Black Bull are authentic Spaniards from Valencia, Madrid and other places. The food is authentic. Unas croquetas de jamón muy ricas!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Our server Sylvia really made our experience special. She had wonderful recommendations for food, Scallops are a must try! The restaurant is really inviting and would be good for both groups or date night."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We enjoyed the red sangria while sitting on the patio. It is delicious and authentic tasting. It just like the sangria in Spain. The meat and cheese tray is our favorite starter. We ate the lamb special and the pork special at the bottom of the menu with some brussel sprouts. Delicious! It was a perfect summer Sunday on the patio!!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "It was fun and vibrant there with our party of 8. Some of our guests were not as impressed with the food as others, but overall I would return. Really enjoyed the red sangria. It got quite lively in there by the end of dinner."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was fantastic and our server JJ aka Jaime (in spanish) was all around awesome! The prices are affordable and just loved the place Will def come back with the family and friends :)"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "It's a small restaurant, and once the place got crowded, our waitress was not keeping up. Their tables are too small for tapas eating, so I made sure we ordered only 2 tapas at a time. At one point we ordered clams, and she brought out mussels. When I told here they were clams, she insisted I was wrong. Thankfully the table next to us, since they were practically sitting with us, butted in and told her I was right and they're not clams. She took them away and then she forgot to bring back the clam order. Eventually a different waitress brought them, by which time we were out of drinks and the clams were terrible, but everything else we had was good. It then took forever to get the check."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Nice place, nice feel, good friendly service. But, having traveled to Spain several times I was disappointed in the food. It was OK but not great. Other places in the city hit the mark much more so than Black Bull."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We ate in a group of 8 outside on a busy Friday night. That said, our server was great. Nothing was forgotten or delayed and she was attentive. What I found lacking was the support staff -- people keeping our water glasses full, switching out plates when one filled up with mussel shells, etc. If those details had been better attended to, the overall experience would have improved."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was good, service was very very slow; it took about 20 mins to get a waitress and we had to ask where she was. Food was good, but took a very long time to come out"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Elizibeth was are server and she was very helpful and very kind."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This is the second time open table has made an error in a reservation. They put it 30 minutes later and for 6 instead of two. Fortunately each time the restaurant was able to accommodate us. As always black bull was great!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "First time trying this place, definitely a must see. The food was delicious and looking forward to coming back soon."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Took 20 minutes to get seated with reservation- not worth making the reservation "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My reservation for two of us happened to be 30 minutes before the Friday rush hit, so the place was empty when we got there. We only ordered 3 small plates, which were all great. We had two pitchers of sangria, so we occupied the table for a very long time. Early on, they asked up to move to an adjacent table so they could accommodate a large party. Our server moved our drinks and food, and then she brought us new plates and silverware. We didn't mind moving as the place was getting to be standing room only, and the second table was further away from the crowd. Our server never rushed us despite us being at there for more than 3 hours, and provided some good recommendations on the menu. Can't wait to go back again."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Waitstaff and chef were outstanding! Food recommendations were "spot on". "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was unbelievable. Great service. Perfect ambiance. Delicious sangria!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Tacos were very good and fun to share. Cocktails A+. I had to lean forward the entire meal to hear the person across from me... The personal diaganol from me, forget about. We were all asking the server to repeat things multiple times."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Hands down, the best tapas in Chicago! Incredible flavors and the service was outstanding."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "It seems that in an effort to make it more modern and “cool” this place has lost its soul. Black Bull new menu misses some of the best tapas they used to have – as the blood sausage. Black Bull octopus dish used to be excellent, with a strong flavor, and its patatas bravas used to be the best I tried in Chicago. All of that is gone with the wind!! Nowadays, its octopus is tender but flavorless and the patatas bravas are just a bunch of baked potatoes cubes with ketchup. If I had to describe this Black Bull 2014 experience in few words I would say weak flavors and “Lost in translation”. A big disappointment, I used to recommend this restaurant to friends and colleagues but those days are gone."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I took some friends who were in town to Black Bull after a recommendation. Unfortunately the service was pretty poor. We had reservations and the host was pretty vague on heading to the bar. After waiting 15 minutes our table was ready and we were seated at a table right by the hostess stand. After waiting for 10-20 minutes I went up the the hostess stand and asked if we had a server. Quickly a server came over and went into a long story about our server's facebook account was hacked into and she was on break to take care of it (Way too much information...). Once we ordered our meal our service was fine, but a pretty disappointing experience. The food was delicious, once we were able to withstand the lack of service and attention."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Need more variety--chicken andbeef skewers or even a chicaken breast on the menu would be helpful."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Tapas bar scene with some good drink listings and selection of different tapas. Nothing beats the homeland of northern spain for tapas, but BB does a fair job at it, with some being a bit too heavy and rich or pureed. I think they offered paella and mention the chef studied in Valencia, but we didnt try it. "
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The tapas that we tried were all excellent and reminded us of the typical tapas in Barcelona. Tortilla de patata, pan con tomate and croquetas de jamon were all excellent plus the solomillo was delicious. Paella was prepared very well with great flavors. Plus, one of the few places in Chicago (maybe the only one) to serve Estrella Damm on tap (official beer of Barcelona). Fun cocktails and a stellar Spanish wine list rounded out the menu. Fun atmosphere with great waitstaff!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Good food, even pleased my parents. Excellent sangria, black paella."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Our server was attentive and knowledgeable and made an effort to make conversation without bugging us. I'm moving to the area soon and I'll be frequenting Black Bull."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We were a party of two that made an impromptu reservation on a Friday night. The space is small and a little jammed packed but the decor is nice. The food was delicious and our server was funny and more than accommodating of my special request for a substitution (due to an allergy). I will warn diners, the portions are smaller than other tapas places in the city but the quality is top notch, so I wasn't bothered. Their sangria is also good, but I would skip the house cocktail menu. Over all, we had a great experience and will likely return."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great food. Lively atmosphere. The music level was that of a concert. I thought it could have just been me and my date; however, upon looking at the tables around us, all we're leaning in and yelling to hear one another."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great neighborhood restaurant with a hip atmosphere. The spanish tapas have a culinary flair and the prices were very reasonable. The service was helpful and efficient."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went with our son last Saturday. It is the third time we go there. This time it was very disappointing. It started when we came in and there was that foul bathroom odor in the restaurant. In the past we went during the summer so it was not noticeable because the windows were open. the smell was really bothersome during our whole dinner. The food was average and the meatballs were so tasteless and watery that we could not eat them. I don't think we are going back"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed a great night for a second date with my lady friend. The goat cheese appetizer was delish! Beef tenderloin--all I can I say is, "it's goin down! I'm yelling tendeeeer!!!" On another note, the music was a tad loud in the dining area. But overall a great experience. Ole!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Fantastic food! Had an amazing time and cannot wait to go back! The shrimp are out of this world!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Just back from Madrid and I can tell you that this is without a doubt very authentic. A real gem."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "our reservations was at 10:15 PM we did not get seated until 10:40PM. Waited by the bar and ordered a sangria and beer. The waitress tried to steel $3.00 from us and said it was the registers fault."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I love all meats, but the meat selections on the menu seemed very limited. Almost all of the tapas on the menu included ham. We tried the mini burgers with the quail eggs. It was very different, but not too bad. The waitress was very attentive, and she seemed very knowledgable and eager to serve our table. I understand that tapas are small plates, but this is not a place to go if you want a large variety of tapas or if you are extremely hungry."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "This was a great place to have dinner and drinks with my friends. The prices were reasonable and the good was delicious."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Dinner at Black Bull was great! Food was excellent and they gave extra special treatment for the birthday. Atmosphere was fun/energetic yet not too loud. They only lose stars in service due to the reservations. I had never been to this place before so I made a reservation in advance since I had a larger party. Making the reservation online was easy, however, when I needed to increase/modify my reservation it would have been easier to get a hold of bigfoot. I finally got a hold of them to update my reservation and it was fine from there, but they were very delayed in responding. I'll still go back because it was excellent!"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "I used to go to this place all the time when it first opened and then I moved neighborhoods and just went back for the first time in about 8 months. The staff has always been wonderful and very friendly!! Since I've been back, they have gotten new chef and unfortunately, in my opinion the food was much better before, more selections and overall taste of the food. Very disappointed because the restaurant as a whole is cool, just need to bring back the old chef."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "goat cheese appetizer was very good. others were just OK. Brussels sprouts strong mushroom flavor and very oily. hard to understand the waiter, which caused confusion in our order of a port wine, where we received a sherry instead."
    Dined on 12/7/2013