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Bow & Stern Oyster Bar
Bow & Stern Oyster Bar

Bow & Stern Oyster Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bowandsternoysterbar.com
  • Phone: (312) 988-0644
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Thursday 5pm to 1am (kitchen closes at 10pm).
    Friday 5pm to 1am (kitchen closes at 11pm).
    Saturday 10am to 3pm (brunch). 5pm to 1am (kitchen closes at 11pm)
    Sunday 10am to 3pm (brunch). 5pm to 12am (kitchen closes at 10pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Brian Greene
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Noble Street
  • Public Transit: Bus stop in front and 2 blocks west from the Chicago Ave Blue Line stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We have valet on Friday and Saturday nights.
A word from Bow & Stern Oyster Bar
Bow & Stern Oyster Bar presents the bustling West Town neighborhood with an unprecedented dining experience. The raw bar and seafood-centric restaurant promotes a fishing and farm-to-table kitchen, helmed by executive chef Brian Greene. Oysters are the star here year-round, with 6 to 12 varieties offered daily, as well as menu specialties ranging from tuna tartar, Cioppino, and crispy whole fish; to pork belly scallops, rock lobster & grilled wagyu sirloin and a Bow burger. The extensive bar at Bow & Stern showcases Midwestern brewers, straightforward wines (hand-selected to pair), and seasonal craft cocktails. With its warm wooded fixtures, exposed brick walls, and nautical blue & grey color scheme, the understated eatery radiates a laid-back, “boathouse” feel where great food and good times naturally flow together. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We went to Bow and Stern with a living social coupon and were very very pleased. We were seated in the back room which has a glass roof. It was super loud so we moved to the bar. The bar tender had great suggestions. We got the burrata and chips which is just amazing. Brussels sprouts and mushrooms and kale crisped up to make chips! It is genius what they do there. Then we got the shrimp cocktail which has smoked tomato dipping sauce, a little different but still scrumptious. For the main course we had the halibut with snap peas and pesto and sun choke purée. Yum. I would definitely recommend this place for a fun dinner. If you're going for a date, ask to not be seated in the back room because you'll have to yell at eachother."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "It's misleading to say you have oysters for $1 when the cost is actually $1.25, but $1.25 is still a decent price for oysters in Chicago. We also had the lobster roll which was good and is served with some truly decadent french fries. I prefer not to eat deep fried foods and wish they would offer something in place of the fries."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Oysters were outstanding and the halibut was perfection! We really enjoyed the entire meal and the service was helpful and attentive. Disappointed that the first wine we chose - an excellent Sancerre - was out of stock and we only managed to get one glass. But, the wine list had a very good range and we quickly found a perfect substitute. Not real busy for our 7:30 reservation. This place is a gem and we will be back for sure!"
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "Really great experience. We ended up ordering several appetizers instead of a meal.. Highly recommend the Burrata appetizer and the baked oysters.. You must check it out!!!:)"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Brunch was slow on a Saturday morning but service was quick and food was excellent. The waitress was efficient and very friendly. The pulled pork hash was excellent and the Bellini was the best I've had"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I've been here for brunch and now dinner and both times I enjoyed the food, drinks, atmosphere, and service."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Three of us had dinner; everything was excellent - appetizers, salad, entrees. The crispy fish, which 2 us shared (2 lbs.,market price), was exceptional. And the extras - side vegetables, potatoes and sauces with the entrees were all perfect. There wasn't a basic green salad on the menu, but when we asked, the kitchen made one that was just right. The bar had my favorite aperitif, Lillet, which is rare excerpting a French restaurant. I want to go back soon. The AC in the atrium room, off the bar, was too high; they turned it down. We sat there because the dining areas in the front are both across from a bar, each with 2 large TV screens. This is a minus in a nice restaurants; if we wanted to go to a sports bar, we would have."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Had dinner there with a few friends recently. When we walked in I immediately noticed the nice ambience and bar area they had so I was excited to check out the food options. The menu was pretty straightforward and everything sounded yummy. I'm a big foodie so I love trying new menus around town. They special made some delicious sangria for us and that was unfortunately the highlight of the meal. While everything was fresh and tasted good, the portion sizes were ridiculously small for the prices. I ordered the Alaskan Halibut and it was served on a bed of snow peas but was probably only about 3oz of fish. I had never been given such a small portion of fish before. Needless to say I was still starving after leaving the restaurant."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Had never been before and so glad we went. The cocktails were delicious. Oysters are their specialty and are a must order. Dessert also melts in your mouth. Hannah was our server and she is fantastic!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Our waitress did not know her oysters - we took her recommendations on a couple of varieties & were disappointed because they were not as she described. She also had a bit of an attitude, spilling water & oyster shells on the floor as she removed them from our table & then "jokingly" blaming it on me. We were also dissapointed to find no other raw bar selections besides oysters - the menu was very limited. The Tuna Tartar appetizer was good, as was the Peanutbutter Pie, but we are not likely to go back since there are many other raw bars in Chicago that we've had way better experiences with."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Superb food and a wonderful atmosphere to dine in. Staff excellent too, very welcoming."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Taken by a friend on an exploring adventure, we were thrilled with our find. Lovely food, people, and ambiance."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Highly recommend the pork belly/scallop and Alaskan Halibut entrees. We were celebrating our anniversary and the staff went out of their way to make our day special. Definitely coming back!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Uneven quality to food and drinks. Good rye manhattan; unable to make ginger vodka martini. Skimpy appetizer that is trademark, mushroom and snail dish and needs more pizzazz; salad a salad. Lobster dish good; fish average - skimpy portion not done with any imagination and vegetables that were sparse and boring. Wines good and pricey. Dessert good - lemon - and not necessary, cherry dish. Service attentive and somewhat obsequious."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Our waitress was outstanding, explaining in perfect detail the varied menu offerings for our larger group of six. VERY knowledgeable about the wine list, oysters, and specials of the day. Everyone was impressed with the presentation and portions of their dinners. Many dishes were ideal to share, which is how I'd recommend dining with a larger group. With a seasonal menu and daily fresh oyster selections, Bow & Stern is definitely a neighborhood gem that you can visit regularly and never tire of the selection."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We went for the Tuesday 5 -7 half price oysters and wine. Enjoyed a dozen oysters (lovely and fresh), the salmon tartar, the beet salad, octopus appetizer, bottle of Chablis (perfect with the oysters) and finally two desserts. All of the dishes were tasty and well executed. Somehow got to $130 including tax and tip - no entrees or coffee, so it was a little pricey for a Tuesday dinner in a neighborhood bar."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Hostess made a big deal that we had to sit by the bar (which I hate requested not to) because the back dininr room was expecting a large party - 50% of the tables were empty - we were there 2 hours - no large party ever showed up."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was my second visit to B&S Oyster Bar. Both times we ordered a variety of oysters (3 for under 10 bucks) and were delighted with the taste; only drawback is they serve them fresh (obviously) and sometimes are out of said 'variety'. The pork belly and scallops (slightly on the salty side) were delicious and I would definitely recommend them. My partner had the halibut and was equally satisfied... the portions are sizeable and nicely served. We also enjoyed their cocktails and tried different kinds on each visit."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I have never had oysters, these were fresh and I tried two different kinds. Love them! I also had the Maine Mussels they were fresh and had a really good broth that you can taste the fennel in. the burrata & chips was another delicious starter. It had fresh creamy mozzerella cheese and baked kale chips , cauliflower, sunchoke, brussels and mushrooms. Our srever was veryknowledgable and the ineterior of the building is ncie with large windows open to outside in an older chicago neighborhood. I love it, can't wait to come back to Chicago to come here again."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "They had a good selection of Oysters here and the presentation was great. Drink menu had a good variety of different types of drinks"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The list of available oysters was endless, and they were all delicious. The pour for the wine by the glass was a little light. They could have filled the glass a wee bit more for the price. The whole crispy fish was excellent and was served on a bed of greens and vegetables which was so much better than being smothered in sauce (like it's served at most Asian restaurants). The waitstaff was pleasant and cheery."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Our party of three enjoyed a variety of oysters to start with. We also loved the beet salad. Our meals were delicious and we would go again."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My fiance and I had a great experience with the delicious food and friendly service at Bow & Stern Oyster Bar. We ordered Burrata & Chips and Pork Belly & Scallops, which we thought both dishes was very unique but very tasty and delicious! Our server was great. She was knowledgeable with the food and drink menu and had helped us with both. We will definitely be back to try out their other food and drink items on their menu as well as recommend to our family and friends."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "5 star service! We can't wait to return with friends! Our waitress (with the cute bangs) was fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We are so glad we tried this place. We had a Living Social deal for this place and wish we knew ahead of time how strict they were going to be about the voucher, but overall the experience was amazing! I had the pork belly scallops and I wouldn't have traded it for anything. It was absolutely fabulous. The drinks were also lovely. The grilled baby octopus was also great. I like the Asian fusion twist. The oyster selection was also wonderful. Our server was also wonderful. She was smart, attentive, and knowledgeable. It's great to see a great seafood restaurant in this area. We will definitely be back but we'll make sure to read the fine print first!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had an ok experience. I would go back just for oysters and sit at the bar. They were out of three things we wanted to order by 8:30. We got the Cippino which was awful--the broth was too thick and didn't have any flavor. The service was mediocre at best."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "During Happy Hour, oysters (served in 3's) are $1-1.25. Great way to try different varieties. All food we tried was well prepared, shareable and great with beer or cocktails. Small selection but plenty of good things from the land, sea and air. There was a live Blues duo playing on Friday after work. Great stop before gigs at the UC. Parking was easy. Service was helpful if not a bit intrusive between waitstaff, water person, and various bussers. Beautiful atrium section as well as 2 bars. Window walls opened to let in the outside. Small TV's above the bar. Pretty much a little something for everyone. Will return."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Loved the service and staff at Bow & Stern and the oysters were absolutely delicious. I also loved the Champagne Cocktail and enjoyed all the other food but the oysters were my favorite."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Came for the oysters, stayed for the salmon tartare, laughing bird shrimp and grilled octopus. All were outstanding. Evidently one of the most popular items on the menu, the burrata and chips was not a hit for us. It was like kale chip nachos; visually unappealing and an odd combo of burnt-tasting leaves and cheese. That's okay, we had plenty of the good stuff to keep us busy. The bartendar was terrific (we sat at the bar), making recommendations and starting us out with a cocktail before we switched to wine. We'll be back to try the cioppino and the curry coconut."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Our first dining experience @B&S was terrific. I look forward to returning in the near future. The oysters were "the star of the show" . The quality of the apps and entrees was great. We used our Groupon which made it an even better value. thanks."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Oysters were great, the food was very good i had the pork belly and scallops. Their specials are excellent, happy hour oysters are $1. Overall great experience. We used a groupon but i would have paid full price."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Service was very fast, rather rushed feeling for a restaurant of this type. This was my first time though so I can't say if this is always the case. Staff were pleasant and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Brought my husband here for an early Father's Day dinner. Service was nice - friendly but not overbearing. Oysters were extremely fresh and our entrees were quite good. I wish there were a few more offerings of wines by the glass - we drove and couldn't split a bottle between the two of us, and I saw some great wines on the menu but we couldn't try them that time."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I bought a GROUPON for Bow & Stern after returning from a trip to Seattle where I ate oysters for breakfast, lunch and dinner! I LOVE OYSTERS! 4 diners needed to be present to use the Groupon. I grabbed my 3 closest foodie friends and off we went! My expectations were beyond exceeded when I walked into the restaurant. WOW! Am I back in Seattle? I feel like I'm on vacation! I'm on a boat! The restaurant is both chic and kitchy. Its nautical theme was met by the elegance of a fine dining restaurant. Our waitress was wonderful! She was super helpful at explaining the wine list and oyster selection. Her recommendations were spot on! A man with a guitar played live blues for the diners. I will be returning to Bow & Stern."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Came here for oyster happy hour, stayed (with Groupon) for dinner. Sunset Beach is a great choice, especially together with a cider on tap that's stored in reposado barrels! Appetizer dinner is also highly recommendable - burrata and kale salad combines my favorite vegetables in one outstanding dish (with oyster mushrooms and cauliflower!), grilled octopus is a bit chewy but has great flavor, and goes the extra mile with a soba noodles and a flavorful broth. Mussels - oh my, ask for extra bread when you order the dish, you'll need it for the standout thick tomato broth (mussels themselves are great, too). Tuna tartare is good (not amazing like the others), mostly because of the 2 different flatbreads, aioli verde, and arugula salad."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The food was really great, but whenever it was delivered the waiter couldn't walk away fast enough. No description of what was on the plate or if we needed anything. I know they use a front and back waiter system and the front waiter did stop by to see how we were doing, but the back waiter had to be stopped from walking away at each course to describe what was on the plate. Other than the oyster delivery, that was very informative."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "After a disappointing first experience we had a delightful dinner recently. Food good, service attentive and it was nice to sit in the "back" room with its wonderful light and high ceiling."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My husband and I found ourselves at Bow & Stern on our 15th wedding anniversary after finding unanticipated time between two birthday celebrations. Our experience had a few hiccups (the waitress was new and the wine we ordered was out; the sommalier showed up with a different bottle about 15 minutes later, but it was very good and less expensive than the one we initially chose!) but we had a terrific dining experience and would definitely go back. The food was amazing - the oysters were great and the tuna was delicious. The waitress found out it was our anniversary and brought us dessert (molten dolce de leche cake - yummy!!!) and we had fun talking to the tables next to us. It was great and we will be back!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Food was fresh but sauces were not very interesting. Way too loud with seating too close to each other. Service was fair at best. I would not go there again."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Their $1 oyster happy hour and half price wine on Tuesdays is awesome. Their oysters were good and the servers were helpful in selection. We got the fish and chips. Was disappointed in the portion of the fish that were served (two medium sized pieces) but the garlic fries were good. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014