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Blackbird Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.blackbirdrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (312) 715-0708
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday–Friday: 11:30am–2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday–Thursday: 5:30pm–10:00pm, Friday–Saturday: 5:30pm–11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Paul Kahan, Chef de Cuisine David Posey
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact Sarah Humphreys, our Private Event Coordinator, at 312.496.0012 for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jefferson
  • Public Transit: Clinton Green Line;
    56 Milwaukee Bus;
    8 Halsted Bus;
    20 Madison
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available for $10 during dinner service, and for $5 during lunch service.
A word from Blackbird
Critically-acclaimed Blackbird is home base for Executive Chef Paul Kahan, winner of the 2004 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest, and the 2013 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. Blackbird's principal partner, Donnie Madia, crafted a unique urban chic atmosphere that earned the James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design in 2002.


Chef de Cuisine David Posey joined Kahan in the kitchen in 2010. Together they reinterpret classic recipes using simple, local, farm-fresh ingredients, and cutting-edge culinary technique. Their menu is, at once, highly creative and utterly approachable.


Blackbird is the premier, pioneer West Loop restaurant. Its award-winning cuisine, high energy, and precise service offer a modern approach to fine dining. Blackbird earned a place on Gourmet's 2004 list of the country's 50 Best Restaurants, an Ivy Award from Restaurants & Institutions, and induction into the Nation's Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent lunch choice among a crowded west loop location. My wife and I were especially impressed with the quality of their service. They anticipated and dealt with everything with such polish and grace. My wife and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary lunch and I would strongly consider it for the third anniversary lunch as well. I hope they maintain this level of excellence in the future."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "My husband and I were really excited to try Blackbird given it's reputation, and we were disappointed to find it overpriced and underwhelming. We were celebrating our anniversary, and we were hoping for a dining experience. Our server was nice and professional, but we felt that our food was rushed. He had us in and out in under an hour. Also, I was hoping for more input from him with regard to wine pairings for our meal. I asked about a particular wine, and he basically said ok, and got me my wine without any further discussion. Again, we were hoping for a dining experience, and all we got was a meal. We left with lots to be desired. There are so many other restaurants of this caliber that are more worthwhile than Blackbird."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Blackbird was dissapointing, everything was bland, no attention was given to the presentation or the taste of the food. I had the feeling that the kitchen just did not care. Service was overbearing (larger bill?). Past experience was great, but given this last dinner, I would not go back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Everything we've ever eaten at Blackbird has been wonderful - interesting, inventive, well-executed. I can't think of another restaurant that achieves such consistent excellence."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Blackbird's a great, small but big-on-taste restaurant that has received plenty accolades and recognition. Our party of 3 had char ceviche (thought was ok, not spectacular) and pate. Artistically presented main dishes were chicken (which looked like bacon-wrapped filet), sturgeon and lamb. All were succulent. These are small portions, not the stuff-your-face kind of fare. The desserts (flan, concha-bread and peach/mango sorbet) were equally top notch. Great with espresso. Pastry Chef Dana Cree was recognized this year by Food and Wine mag."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We were visiting Chicago from Houston and Blackbird had consistently great reviews on all the site I use for finding restaurants. The design/decor space is simple with clean lines and a nice, light feel. The service was exceptionally attentive and super-knowledgeable on the dishes and the more exotic ingredients. The food was phenomenal. I had sweetbreads (one of my favorites which shows-up on too few menus for my liking) for my app and the sturgeon for my entree. The sturgeon might just be the best piece of fish I've ever had - very flavorful and perfectly cooked with a mix of artichoke hearts, radish, and lime as the accompaniment. My wife had the endive salad and saddle of rabbit. Both were wonderful. This place is a winner."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great restaurant, outstanding quality of food, great service."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Left unimpressed after all the hype. At roughly $500 for tasting menu for two would have expected service to match with detailed course descriptions. Seemed like they were simply going through the motions with courses arriving in rapid succession with little time to reflect. Went to Nico the following night and had twice the experience at half the cost!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • ""Gourmet dining" doesn't due it justice. Brings to mind people who play golf and say "yeah I play,just wish I were way better" I love to cook , but a meal like this makes me feel like a hack golfer who's seen one of the best in the world ply their trade !"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I've heard so much about this restaurant. I must say that the only reason I wanted to try it out was because it's owned by the same group as the Publican. I was disappointed. The food was trying too hard to be gastro. The servers were trying hard to be upscale. I felt as if they were trying to give this restaurant a hip vibe. When you try too hard at so many aspects, it's bound to be a fail. Not coming back here."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We had a fabulous dinner with excellent Alsatian wine to accompany it"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Outstanding in every way but be prepared for noise and sometimes a wait for your table. This is the go-to restaurant in a city famous for outstanding restaurants."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "OK fancy food: tastes are different, but not especially distinguished nor interesting. Bread had thick burned crust. Service was fair."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "we found some hairs in food, but "sorry" was what we only got.. very bad attitude of the server."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Nothing changes - food and service remain at the top."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Highly recommend the quail/bacon sausage and the Presbyterian cocktail"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Love the modern vibe, the great food and the intimate size."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Had another amazing working lunch at Blackbird yesterday. The food, service and ambiance were all perfect. My friend and I both had a chilled carrot soup for a starter. My friend ordered monk fish as an entree, and I ordered sturgeon. Both entrees were wonderful - interesting, light and right-size portions. My colleague ordered the prix fixe, and, frankly, when dessert arrived, I was jealous that I hadn't done the same. At the waiters urgency she ordered the orange blossom parfait. I didn't have a dessert vote, but I am not usually partial to orange desserts preferring chocolate. Well, I was lucky enough to get a taste of the parfait and it was divine. I look forward to coming back again soon!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Restaurant is gorgeous with modern decor and attentive servers. I disliked all the food that I ordered. I had the veal sweetbreads appetizer which came with tiny slices of plum, but the flavor and fat content was a bit overwhelming so I didn't finish the small plate. I had black bean agnolotti in spicy sauce with peas, pea shoots, morel mushrooms. The flavors didn't marry well, and the peas were an odd mix of cooked and dehydrated peas that was simply distracting. Dessert was the cinnamon concha with roasted and fresh strawberries and goat cheese ice cream. The concha was a pastry puff coated in cinnamon, but it was harder than day-old english muffins and I could barely cut it into pieces. Hubby loved the chocolate pudding."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I am vegetarian and I seriously left FULL after a phenomenal tasting menu. Admittedly some courses were a bit strange (mushroom and chocolate) but these were few amidst gems like celery sorbet and candied celery and all sorts of gastronomic accomplishments. I do think the food was too much, but maybe its just my appetite. The place is nice, contemporary and all white with minimalistic decor."
    Dined on 7/17/2013
  • "It seems that high end restaurants come and go in a blink of an eye in Chicago. That's why we appreciate good, constant staples like Blackbird. Granted, it has been too long since our last visit but we corrected by celebrating a birthday there. The meal was exceptional, as always. However, I will say, compared to our last visit it feels like the overall experience has lost a bit. Perhaps it had something to do with this being our fifth high end dinner for a birthday "weekend" in as many nights (so...we were tired of great food?) but it seemed more like it was just not quite up to snuff for Blackbird. Perhaps the menu this time was simply not as much to our liking as last (though the lamb was amazing) but it just felt "diminished"."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Blackbird lived up to all of the reviews. Had lunch their before catching my flight. I had the seared whitefish sandwich and my friend had the pork belly. Both were wonderful but the standout was the chef's daily soup ...turnip. It was sublime! The flavors and creamy texture was like liquid velvet on the tongue. The sleek modern interior enhanced our dining experience. The wait staff were friendly and attentive to our needs."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Pretentious, precious and not tasty, in fact didn't taste good at all. I so wanted to like it but really contrived and just not successful. On top of it all, it was extremely pricey."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I had the tasting menu at Blackbird. I found the place vibrant with a very hip-sophisticated clientele. The place had a pleasant buzz that indicated a strong following of knowledgeable diners. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Very professional. The food was outstanding. Each course complimented the others with flavors ranging from fresh and seasonal to full flavored and spicy. The only deviation from this great experience was that the monkfish was too salty. Otherwise, the food very well merits Blackbird's Michelin star. I expect to go back next time I am in Chicago."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "of course the food was delicious, but the service was a bit pretentious which I didn't care for. Other then that we had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "You get what you pay for at Blackbird. I was a little underwhelmed by the food, the service, and the cocktails. It's good, but there are many other places in the same neighborhood to try first."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Could be a great place if they didn't try so hard to be different Food is always high quality but highly infused oftentimes too rich Sometimes simpler is just better "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I'd been meaning to try Blackbird's prix fixe lunch menu for a while and finally had the chance earlier this week. Alas, the salad was very plain and the monkfish was mediocre. The cheesecake was pretty good, although it would have been better with less pineapple and puffed rice. Overall, I had just expected better."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Amazing experience, bartender Rayn was super friendly with great recommendations. Will be back!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was excellent and very refined. Not something you can get anywhere. I had the halibut and loved it. The soft shell crab appetizer was also delicious. The cocktails we had were very tasty."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I travel the world-in the best restaurants and worst. was in chicago only 2 days and this place was highly recommended. I was surprised how small the entrees are (ridiculous), and I had the sirloin which was really banal, my wife had sturgeon- excellent but so tiny for almost $40. overpriced and too pretentious. and even worse no side dishes with the main courses. lastly wine by the glass is almost $20."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I brought my girlfriend here for a romantic meal to celebrate her birthday. The service was poor, the food mundane (particularly the steak entree and quail starter), and the seating was awful. We were cramped in a tiny table between two other couples on either side. There was no element of romance to this place and I certainly wouldn't recommend it for this type of occasion. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "...feel this place is a bit overrated. Enjoyed the food but maybe it was an off night for one of the chefs because my entree just didn't work. Too many flavors competing with each other. Guess I just expected more for their price point. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "delicious food, nice ambience, service was a little slow, "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Wonderful dining experience, went there twice within a week! Consistency with service and food. The dishes were amazing, presentation and taste! Keep doing what your doing..."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We went there after we saw a 27 Zagat rating. But the food was nothing special. The menu offered some interesting combinations, but they didn't really offer real surprises when we tried. For example, the scrambled egg and chicken wings appetizer was just, well, a fried egg and 2 chicken wings. There was no synergy between the 2. The lamb saddle was competently done, but didn't wow. Definitely shouldn't be considered among the top 5 restaurants in Chicago, as the rating suggests."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I am sorry to say that the food could not overcome the noise level. The atmosphere was ruined by having to shout across the table to my partner. I'm mainly writing this review to warn others who are sensitive to noise as perhaps it is less crazy at other times. We did dine there on a Saturday night and of course expected it to be busy, but it was way beyond that. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Our Blackbird experience was stellar, and well in line with our (high) expectations for the restaurant. Excellent service with handcrafted delicious cocktails, a sommelier that aided us in choosing a good Bordeaux (and a wine list with said selection of Boardeaux's...) and finally the food. The food was very flavorful (the garbanzo and falaffel soup's sweet/sour/spicy flavors a highlight), beautiful to look at (the endive salads deconstruction by the waiter on arrival) and showcasing their mastery of cooking and baking (the pineapple/mustard cheesecake was delicious). Albeit pricey, I felt the overall bill was well justified, and will definitely go back if in Chicago."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Had the tasting menu which was OK. Some of the courses worked and others not. Had such high expectations (from reviews) and was disappointed. Will try Avec next time and hopefully will not disappoint. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We love the creative food Blackbird serves us. Excellent wine pairing this time. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014