Powered By OpenTable: Restaurant Reservations. Right this way.
Restaurant Reservations - Free • Instant • Confirmed
  • Bow & Stern Oyster Bar

  • Online Reservations

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
Foodspotting photos
See all photos >
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "5 star service! We can't wait to return with friends! Our waitress (with the cute bangs) was fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Celebrating a family birthday request for oysters so tried out this West Town treasure. Everyone was just delighted with their dinners. Very fresh, inventive and delicious. Mussles, grilled octopus, salmon, grilled romain salad and the dolce de leche lava cake with sour cream ice cream was amazing. Even the chicken thighs were surprising and scrumptious. At least as good as the food, our server was wonderful--knew her stuff and made us feel like we were longtime favorite customers. We'll be back to try the oyster happy hour soon."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "A number of choices for raw oysters made selection a tough choice. A good variety of dinners each providing a different flavor for your taste. Fortunately other diners were helpful rating their choices, so no surprise when my choice hit the spot."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The timing of our meal was totally off. We were in and out of there in 30 minutes and $100 poorer. What ever happened to a nice date night?"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Potential was there. Great menu. Great Wine and Beer Selection. Service and Execution unfortunately weren't. Raw Oysters were awesome though. :) Baked oysters took over 30 minutes and when they came a few were cold. The honeycrisp apple and fennel salad could have used more fennel. Was supposed to have blue cheese on it according to the menu. Not one morsel. The scallops with Pork Belly sounded delicious put the pork belly was just a piece of congealed lard. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We sat by ourselves with out anybody so much as offering us water for 20 minutes. When we did get a server - she was very nice and very quirky. Our food came whenever it did, we got things we'd never ordered and issued some things that we did order. They were out of several beers on their list that my friend wanted and couldn't manage to scare up any grapefruit juice for my cocktail - which was also on the menu. It's a great looking room, and the bar scene looked fun. But our service was a joke and the food was tasty - but I wish we'd tasted more of what we'd ordered and not just random dishes that cam out. We did love (and order) the pastrami cured salmon!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "First time to Bow & Stern, very impressed overall. Came on Tuesday early evening, great oyster happy hour with quality oysters. Menu is simple but creative. It's clear the owners takes pride in the business. Cocktails are also good and reasonably priced."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We ordered the ciopino and when it came it was very spicy. When we pushed the waitress to ask the chef it came back that they had run out of ciopino assume and he/she had substituted the spicy assume that they put on the mussels. Bad choice and unprofessional."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Our food was delicious. We had grilled octopus and shrimp to start. For dinner my mom had tuna, her friend and I had lobster tail and my brother had the pork belly. The entrees were good served with sautéed kale, not my choice of vegetable but it was good. I wanted a side of potatoes for the table and the only option was fries. The fries were ok, but I would have preferred a healthier option of potatoes. Our server was nice, but we poured our own wine and water through the meal. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Absolutely delicious - I went with a friend on a random weeknight. Started with oysters and our server was very knowledgable in helping us pick out the perfect combination of nightly East and West coast selections. I ended up with the pork chop & scallops that had a great modern twist on a nontraditional surf & turf option (had a cherry glaze that was just the right balance of tart and sweet), and my friend had the Cioppino and it was fantastic. I might have snuck a few too many bites from hers... Also a great variety of craft beer, wine, and cocktails to compliment your meal. Very reasonable price for 2 people. Would definitely recommend for a date night spot or a larger group to go to start off a girls night! Will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The restaurant was "out of stock" on at least six items--several of which we intended to order. Very disappointing! "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Oysters were fresh and delicious, while other food was good but not amazing. Comfortable ambience, nice waitress but fair service. Couldn't remember anything we asked for, didn't come to poor the wine, etc. -- things you expect from service these days. I'd only go back for oysters and half-price bottles of wine."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Everyone is friendly and helpful from the moment you walk through the door to the time you leave, which is one of the most important things I look for in a restaurant. Some restaurants don't realize the importance of that and choose the wrong staff, or have the wrong approach. There are a lot of restaurants out there that have outstanding food, but my husband and I will never walk in again due to their 'too cool to be nice and helpful' attitude. So far, you don't have to worry about that here. It's trendy, delicious and friendly!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had a great experience. To start with, we showed up on the wrong night from when we had our reservation (thank you, Open Table, for defaulting to the following day during booking), but the hostess was very accomodating and made no fuss about it. The oysters were as good as promised. The grilled octopus appetizer was to die for, and our fav of the night (we ordered seconds). Can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Average at best. Slow service. Bland food. Small portions. Terrible music. In the words of phish, "well I'm never never going back there" "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "In comparison to other seafood restaurants, the menu is limited. Perhaps this is because of the "farm to table" approach, but you should be prepared for that. The food is inventive and nicely presented. The staff is well-trained. Yet, I join those who say the restaurant is not worth the price-point."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "So, the service was slow and indifferent, wife ordered halibut, but the trout and server didn't have a clue. When the halibut plate finally arrived, the food was good, but kinda sad it took an effort to realize the order was wrong. I had to call over a waitress that was polishing wine glasses just to get the 1st drink order. Sorry to say, I'll not come back until something changes...(management or wait staff)."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Let me start by saying that the food freshness, flavors, and presentations were excellent. The service was attentive and thoughtful. The problem was that we left hungry because the portions are small vs the price. Also, we thought it was odd that they did not serve any bread at the table. A place of this caliber should have artisan breads set out. Odd thing was, after the dinner we walked over to a local wine bar across the street. Another couple came in that had sat near us at the Bow & Stern, and ordered a meat/cheese/bread plate at the wine bar because they were still hungry as well! We felt a little better knowing it just wasn't us. So I wouldn't recommend Bow and Stern based on meal value alone, but excellent otherwise."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Worst service I have EVER had in Chicago. Totally ignored by waitress, but she was always checking on the neighboring table & it wasn't that busy."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "really good food, nice small portions so you don't get too stuffed"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Food was good and creative but the prices were a little steep for a neighborhood restaurant. Host staff could have been more attentive. We did not arrive all at once so we sat at the bar directly across from hostess stand, not once did the hostess check with us to see if our party was there or tell us that the dinning room was filling up and we were In danger of loosing our table. If I had not gone to them an hour or more after our reservation time and let them know that we were all present and would like to be seated; and had been there for 45 min. we would not have been seated. As it was we then had to have a table in the bar I think when you eat at a restaurant and you pay $185 per couple for dinner you should get better service."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food and service were great. Thursday night is a live band, so a bit loud for a date, but otherwise it was great."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I thought the food was overpriced - very good but tooooooo expensive for what you received. Also, TOO LOUD. Was difficult to hear 3 other people around the table. Again, I thought the food was good but pricey. not worth it."
    Dined on 4/5/2014