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Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar
Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar
  • Address:
    1209 N Noble Street (free parking)
    Chicago, IL 60642
    Bucktown / Wicker Park
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bluestarbistroandwinebar.com
  • Phone: (773) 278-2233
  • Hours of Operation: Monday: Closed
    Tues, Wed, Thurs: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:30am (kitchen open until 11pm)
    Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Contemporary European, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Antonio Bolanos
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Whatever your next occasion is whether it be large, small, formal, or informal, whether you're hosting a birthday celebration, networking or cocktail reception, intimate bridal shower, a sophisticated corporate event, business meeting or presentation, or a grand wedding reception, Blue Star can cater to all of your needs and meet and exceed your greatest expectations! We have a friendly attentive staff and excellent food. Call Joe Musser to make arrangements at 773-209-5248.
  • Entertainment: Classical guitarist, Jack Cimo, plays most Friday nights.
    Opera Nights on a monthly basis - Fall, Winter & Spring.
    Wine Tasting Nights every last Wednesday of the summer months, call for details!
    Art Gallery openings approximately every two months.
    Please contact restaurant for specific dates.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Contact Joe Musser at 773-209-5248 to host your own special event, birthday, or private party. Host your event in either of our two private rooms. Each room offers comfort, a friendly attentive staff and excellent food and bar. We offer versatile accommodations including outdoor dining and a wide selection of menu choices for any size gathering with a special focus on our impressive wine collection. Private dining is available for 8-90 people on premise. We also cater larger parties off premise.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Division
  • Public Transit: 3 blocks east of Division Blue line, CTA bus stop right by corner of Noble & Division.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: FREE PARKING available in the lot on the south west corner of Division and Noble. (entrance to parking lot on Division) If questions, please call for details. 773.278.2233.
A word from Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar
Enjoy American Bistro cuisine perfectly matched with a variety of wines. We offer 30 wines by the glass as well as a nice bottle selection that pairs perfectly with our menu. (If you wish to bring a personal wine, please note there is a corkage fee.) Select from our small and large plates to fit your appetite. Patio seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Free parking is available, please call for details. 773.278.2233
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was very good, well presented and portions very generous. Nice selection of reasonably priced wines by the glass. Out of the way spot but worth another visit."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Great, attentive, engaging staff. Food and wine were amazing"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Went here on a Living Social deal and looking forward to going back! Fantastic service, great food and wine pairings."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Gluten free menu is terrific - esp the burrata and beef hash! Will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great restaurant with amazing food and a great wine list. The service was excellent as well."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We arrived at 7:30pm on a Wednesday night, and the place was empty aside from 3 other tables. From the get-go the service was slow, inaccurate (pistachios were all over a dish even though it wasn't listed as an ingredient on the menu - and my partner is allergic), and at times downright confrontational. We had an OpenTable gift certificate, and between 3 staff members they couldn't figure out how to apply it to our bill. It was an awkward 30 mins of back-and-forth that for awhile I thought was going to end with them saying we couldn't use the certificate. In the end they did take the value off of our check, but I left with a bad taste in my mouth. The food was good but grossly over-priced considering the overall dining experience."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My wife, two adult children who live in the city, and I enjoyed a great evening st the Blue Star on July 11th. We shared three small plates and three large plates. We loved the food and the service. This was our first time and we will come back! We hope to return to Opera nights."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our visit to Blue Star for our anniversary dinner was outstanding. The ambiance is lovely with good music that is not too loud, lovely art, and design of the dining areas. The food was wonderful - I ordered 3 of the small plates, each better than the last: bacon wrapped dates - beautifully done with the bacon crispy on the outside, bruschetta with grilled nectarines and creamy burrata mozz., and the arugula and endamame pesto. My husband's pasta with truffles was delicious. The winner was the dessert - 3 nutella balls rolled in ground graham crackers and then fried (I think). Amazing. We will be back! The hostess/manager/server was absolutely the best and she had her hands full working solo."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Delicious food with interesting ingredients. Friendly employees, cute place in a surprise location."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This is the quintessential 'neighborhood gem'. From respectable wine list to deliciously presented appetizers to lick-the-plate good entrees, I'll be back to this one for sure. Oh, and try the scallops-out of this world. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Blue Star Bistro was exactly what I was looking for. A restaurant for a girls' night out that was close to the expressway for a friend driving from the suburbs, free parking lot, outstanding food, quiet outdoor seating, great service and Nutella balls for dessert! All of the food was delicious. We ordered several small and medium plates to share and you must save room for the Nutella dessert."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This is such a sweet little place with a sweet server, Tillie, who ws just delightful. Stuffed dates were AMAZING; I could have eaten a dozen. Goat cheese croquettes were AMAZING. The shrimp and the scallop small plates....AMAZING. Seriously, every single bite was delicious. And fried Nutella balls...you could just die. The bleu cheese spread with the wheet bread (bread plate) was scrumptious; the one and only not perfect thing was the little rolls on the bread plate, which were a little hard, but otherwise just a wonderful dining experience. And the basil cocktail was unusual and just lovely."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Walking into this restaurant, you aren't sure if it's a spinach tapas place, an asian fusion spot or a country cookin' cozy hide away. It's blue and yellow colors with all different wooden chairs scream cozy living room, but the paintings of bulls and matadors are a nod to spanish flair and the overall aroma was asian tempura. BUT our waiter was a gem! He was so nice and ignored our girly gossip and politely blushed. We had a bottle of Chianti which was fabulous, and the brussels to start. Great app (really a side) for sharing. The 3 of us then split the Quinoa and Prosciutto flatbread, leaving plenty of room for the FRIED NUTELLA. HELLO yumminess! I will be back! Hopefully they can revamp their interior. I would be happy to help! :) "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Love the food, service, ambience, wine selection. The sommelier was fantastic - Best Dessert in Chicago- fried Nutella balls with cappuccino mousse. Intimate, romantic - but around the bar wine sampling - great. In winter - there are fireplaces - Oh, and there was free parking! Various rabbit, elk, venison sausages were lovely, the trout and Brussels also excellent. Definitely go. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I had no problems at all using a LivingSocial deal. Service was excellent. Everyone was so nice and made us feel welcome. The food was delicious, but the portions were very small for the price. I left feeling somewhat hungry, despite having an entrée and shared appetizer and dessert. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Restaurant was fun and eclectic. Took customer and we actually had drinks and appetizers for dinner. Wasn't the plant there were so many good things on the list, we never got past the appetizers. We had great service, the environment was fun and you could talk without it being so loud. Enjoyed the time there. They were even willing (and did) run out and hail us a taxi."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "This restaurant is in the strangest location but I must say it will not disappoint. Obviously has a great wine selection but I was very surprised at the reasonable prices, lots of bottles under $50 from all over the world. The service was great, nice and accommodating and not pretentious. We ordered 3 things, butternut salad, burrata and pork belly mac n cheese; everything was absolutely delicious! Definitely going back"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Great place to have a romantic dinner. I enjoy the opera night. We and my wife were celebrarting aniversary ano it was fantastic. Wine list is excellent. Food is very nice and decorated. chesse platter is also a most with a good wine."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "When you walk in, you immediately note the warmness of the entire restaurant; staff are always smiling and really attentive. Decor was great and created a lovely setting for the delicious food."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Love unusual combinations that Blue Star has on their menu. We loved everything we ordered, nothing wasted. We chose to order the small plates and share but the main dishes looked great too. Garlic Shrimp, Burrata, Mac&Cheese with pork belly, Dates wrapped in Bacon I'll be back! Our server was knowledgeable and thoughtful. Cute decor with fireplace."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Second visit, even better than the first, which I LOVED, and can't wait to go back. The food and the staff exceed five stars!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I took my brother out to Blue Star for his birthday. We shared the daily offering of breads, duck confit, pork belly Mac & Cheese, and fried Nutella. Everything was delicious and well cooked. The portions were a little mismatched, the duck confit being a large plate but a smaller size than expected. The Mac and Cheese however was larger than expected, so we left well satisfied. The fried Nutella was excellent as well, but could have used a bit more coulis to cut the richness. The bread and blue cheese garlic spread was fantastic. Our server was knowledgable and friendly, knowing just when to stop by the table to check on us. We did visit earlier on a Wednesday night so it was a fairly slower night, but the music was good."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Blue Star has a lot of delicious food options and a small, neighborhood feel. Each time I have been there, the food has been delicious and I've left satisfied. In my opinion, the food is slightly overpriced for the quantity you receive. I would not eat there without some sort of discount."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My wife and I met another couple there for dinner on Saturday. We were very pleased with the knowledgeable staff and given excellent recommendations on delicious red and white wines by the glass. This was followed up with a moderately sized menu where we tried a number of different dishes, some of which were small plates and others full dinner size. We chose to eat family style so we were able to try a good variety from the menu. Each item was well thought out, presented beautifully and most importantly - delicious. We especially enjoyed the scallop small plate, shrimp small plate, quinoa small plate and the trout entree. I highly recommend this place. We'll be coming back soon."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is a great spot for date night! Not too loud. Great food. Even better wine list."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We cannot say enough about the food, wine and service at Blue Star. We met up with a group of college roommates and spouses and were treated with care and fun the entire time. The food and wine recommendations and explanations were spot-on and the food itself - small plates, large plates and desserts - were all extraordinary - far exceeding even the amazing expectations we had. The service was absolutely flawless."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Service was excellent; place fills up with reservations quickly. Easy access off of Division and tables are spaced far enough that you don't feel like you are cramped with your neighbors. Very astute server who helped us pace the meal appropriately given what we ordered and how we were progressing with our meal. The nutella balls were incredibly rich, but oh so good. Owner/manager was on point and definitely managing flow and guest expectations. Great visit and really recommend it for date night."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food and wine were all amazing---did an evening of small shared plates. Everything was so good we couldn't pick a favorite. Joe and the rest of the staff made the evening perfect for our anniversary. Antonio is so innovative! Try the bread pudding--one of the best I've ever had."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "charming place with great food even greater service. Neighborhood feel. Can't recommend highly enough."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "You should probably ask how many "x" come on each plate though- the scallops (which are super awesome) come two to a plate, which was perfect for the two of us. We had a salad (so good!) and split four small plates- the scallops, bacon wrapped dates (so good here, really quite exquisite and we've had and made a lot of bacon wrapped dates), osso bucco (not as into this, too salty), and the MAC AND CHEESE (incredible! The beer flavors make it awesome, and the accompanying bratwurst was great). They were a little short staffed but very friendly and attentive. We're having our wedding reception there! This trip was just to try out the food."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Very nice interior, great food, and wine flights are fun. Will definitely come back soon."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I enjoyed the restaurant quite a lot. The wine list was really nice. I also lived the small and large plate options. The burgers are fantastic. I also think the pork BBQ sliders are a winner. The cheese plate is also great. My one catch is that the mains came out before we were finished with the apps. I am likely being picky here but it is a pet peeve of mine. Service was super friendly and efficient otherwise. Oh and the dates and bacon were divine. :)"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great place, great menu, with small and large plates. Great service."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We came here to celebrate a 21st birthday. It was a Monday and we wanted to try something new with good food. It wasn't good food; it was GREAT food. The pork sliders were prepared with the BEST BBQ sauce I have ever had, the burger was on very light bread and was full of great taste. The fried nutella is also out of this world. I was surprised at how small the wine list was, being a wine bar, but they had great selections and during the week some are half price! We were one of only three tables there on a Monday night but PLEASE don't let that deter you. It is located slightly off the beaten path south of Lincoln & Wicker Parks, and west of downtown so it is definitely a destination spot, but amazing nonetheless."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Just discovered this spot and had an incredibly enjoyable feast here. While the wine list is notable, we were disappointed that they were out of a few selections, but given the weather I know a lot of places have had difficulties getting deliveries. Also, our table was rickety (leaves were extended to accommodate us and they felt like they were going to fall through the whole evening) which took some getting used to. But overall the atmosphere was delightful, cozy and warm and the food was amazing. Will definitely dine here again."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This is a great little spot with fabulous food - you can make a meal on multiple small plates to share."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I have driven past this little hidden place off the neighborhood on Division a zillion times, but underestimated it's delightful charms. The first nice thing about this place is the free street parking right in front and it's quieter location away from the main Wicker Park drag. My husband and I are hunters for great wine bars with gourmet morsels, and Blue Star did not disappoint with a pique tasting experience. Not only was the food and wine heavenly, but each bite, each course, contained the most beautiful visual presentation. Topped off with a rustic, charming live classical guitarist, the overall experience was worth making it our memorable special occasion."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I booked a table here knowing nothing about the restaurant, except that they serve wine... and that they do! My girlfriends and I all sampled the wine flights, and they were great! We ordered the soup, which was delicious, and then ordered a bunch of small plates to share. We had such a great time, we ended up drinking wine, eating, and chatting for almost 3 hours. The staff was very nice and accommodating. They were very helpful with food and wine recommendations. Thank you!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The Brie flatbread and hash (pork belly and pulled pork) were outstanding!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Wonderful meal. Service a bit slow, as usual. Friendly staff. Wine selection is excellent. The Wedge salad is to die for."
    Dined on 1/11/2014