Bull and Bear
Bull and Bear

Bull and Bear

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bullbearbar.com/
  • Phone: (312) 527-5973
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday:1130-2am, Saturdays :10am-3am, Sundays: 10am-2am
    Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm.

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: David Blonsky
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Executive on-site chef and experienced catering staff. Bring the Bull & Bear experience to any off-site occasion whether it be an elegant 3 course to a backyard tailgate BBQ.
  • Entertainment: Multi-media destination
    State-of-the-Art Audio Visual Equipment
    HD projection screen
    HD Broadcast Television
    High speed Internet access – WIFI
    Featuring 25 plasma screen TVs
    40ft. tickers with customizing capabilities
    Plasmas and HD projector with customizing capabilities ideal for corporate presentations

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hubbard and Wells
  • Public Transit: Directly across from the brown line. Cross streets run along all bus lines.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: On street parking and valet available during all hours of operation.
A word from Bull and Bear
Located in the heart of Chicago’s River North District, steps away from the Financial District and Merchandise Mart, this luxury multi-media destination casts a strong presence where it sits nestled on a busy city street corner. Bull & Bear is fully equipped with state-of-the-art viewing capabilities, a complete lunch, dinner & bar menu, extensive wine and cocktail list and first-of-it’s kind drinking amenities, The Personal Table Tap.
Bull & Bear utilizes classic lounge materials with a modern twist to establish a lounge atmosphere with a sports essence unique unto itself, offering unparalleled viewing from the stoic travertine bar to the handcrafted tufted leather banquette seating. The elements of the space are highlighted by indirect lighting which illuminates the verticality of the back bar and brick walls in a soft warm glow without compromising the views.

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Bull and Bear reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (14)neighborhood gem (11)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (8)great for lunch (8)fit for foodies (5)great for outdoor dining (5)late-night find (2)special occasion (1)Show More
  • new favorite!
    susanlee07
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    love this bar! Great ambience, nice mix of people, friendly service. Not a huge menu selection or drink menu, but the place itself will have me coming back often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thought it'd be just another bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    But my friends and I were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed the food and the fact it wasn't too loud. (It was a Tuesday night with no major games on), but we liked the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, free trivia on tues
    Sydney
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Went with some friends specifically for themed trivia night, ended up eating some great food. Got the truffle fries to snack on and then were too intrigued to not try some burgers. Really great. This was a Tuesday night and though the place was busy, it wasn't overly loud or crowded at all. I have gone here on weekends, though, and it can be like sardines.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My friends and I love coming here for happy hour. The service is always great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Brunch!
    Karen
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We visited Bull and Bear for brunch this past weekend. The food was wonderful - we had the Parmesan fries, silver dollar pancakes & a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. The wait staff was friendly & the atmosphere was great. I would visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food/beer deals
    Shane
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    love the $10 burger and a beer combo on Wednesdays. Plus $5 22oz beers, can't really beat that!
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great appetizers
    chicagouVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I will come back again. Great for sporting events too
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this bar
    Kristina
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Amazing food, friendly staff, always an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 84 reviews are from the Bull and Bear reviews archive.
  • Long wait for food
    bdaylunchVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went for lunch last Friday and waited about a half hour for our food. It was after the lunch rush so not sure what happened. Food was good but disappointed we had to wait so long and no explanation given.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LindaVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This restaurant is a Dressed up sports bar with decent food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hits & Misses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Good food, service can be hit or miss. Very noisy...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We went for lunch and it took - without exaggeration - the server 30 minutes to take our lunch order. Upon complaining to the host at the front, it still took her another 5 minutes to reach out table. Officially off the list and won't be coming back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice neighborhood bar
    MidagegirlVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I'm not from the area, but stopped in because I had a gilt city voucher. Liked the beer taps at the booths, for when you have a large group. Plenty of tv's to keep the boys occupied. The menu catered to those with gluten dietary restrictions, which was great so my boyfriend ordered a g-free beer. Calamari was very good. Kobe burger and turkey burger were great. Definitely go for for the truffle fries.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    lunch took a very long time to come out, close to 30 minutes. they were busy, but we never saw or server or had any updates on our meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Find
    memert
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    If you are looking for drinks, food, and the ease of socializing while doing all of this, Bull and Bear is a great place to choose. The only down side is that the bathrooms are downstairs (that are very slick!). An upside is that they have a cell phone locker downstairs to charge your phone! Sangria was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Staff not so much
    Unhappy
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I've dined at Bull and Bear many times and the food has always been great. I have to say, though, that the noise level was high this last time. I was with three other people sitting in one of the large booths and we couldn't hear each other. My only other complaint (and I've complained about this before) is that the staff lack energy and appear to be bored with their jobs. I've yet to see any staff smile.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My daughter and I were going to see The Sound of Music and had brunch here before the show. We both had the Day Trader Sandwich, which would have been better if there was more bacon on there. The menu says Applewood Smoked Bacon - which sounds yummy - but you couldn't taste any bacon. We opened our sandwiches and there might have been one piece on each sandwich! With all that bread and egg - couldn't taste any bacon.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food and service
    MishVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The food was fantastic. I am still dreaming about the truffle oil French fries can't wait to go back! I read several reviews before going mentioning the poor service and all I can say is that the service was top notch. We had 2 delightful servers one was in training and they could not have been more attentive and accommodating. Can't wait to return
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, sports bar
    buckeyegirlVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    really good bar food, lots of TVs for watching games, free trivia on tuesday nights was super fun to play
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible hostess/table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    The hostess had an attitude and sat us at a bar top table directly behind another table. Any time a person at the other table moved their chair they bumped into us. We asked to be moved to a different table but the hostess insisted that they were all reserved despite the fact there were several other open tables. She didn't seem to care that we left without eating.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good light food
    Abab23
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We chose to take advantage of the outdoor dining this spring. It was sunny but just a basic patio.The staff was attentive. I'd def recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre concert funz
    puparchitect
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    They held a great table for a reservation for 2 even though there was a line out the door to get happy hour drinks. The bar was packed, but this spot worked out fantastic for some pre-concert food and drinks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Work Day Delight
    SouthsideTransplant
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    A coworker and I stopped in for lunch...best decision ever! The food was amazing, service was great, and did I mention the food was AMAZING?! The only negative was having to return to work. Will definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mark Bevill
    BusinessdinnerVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Great place for lunch. Their club sandwich was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food. Staff, not so much.
    Unhappy
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    My only complaint about this restaurant is that the servers/hostesses don't smile and appear disinterested in what they are doing. If you don't like your job, find another one. I've eaten at this restaurant on many occasions and have always enjoyed the food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back, but not for talking
    Langomel
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    My only complaint was how sore my throat was from talking over the noise. I don't think they really need a DJ in what is effectively an upscale pub. All of the food at our table was good and we had all but one of their specialty cocktails. They were delicious, if a little too sweet. Make sure you have a reservation if you aren't going there alone. It was packed on Thursday night, even at 5:30.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic
    Mark
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    What a great place for dinner and drinks! If you're looking for a way to get the energy flowing Bull and Bear is a perfect start. We had planned (there were 8 of us) to have dinner and then move on but this place was so much fun we ended up staying here the whole night! Service was excellent and the scene was too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Great food and great service......would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, Good service
    JBman
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Not too crowded for lunch. Food was good, wait staff attentive. No complaints.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    raviVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Item's on the menu just seem like any corner pub , but what makes this place special is the quality of the items. For example the steak taco's will have the best steak with NO gristle or fat and beautifully furnished. Every food item was a top quality source. A little loud for a business lunch and limited seating but worth it for the food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Party
    MikeO10
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Had my birthday party here last weekend. Was a perfect spot. Food was great. Got a table for 8, there was plenty of room for all of us plus the other people that came. Service was awesome and the night life rocked.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I just keep going back
    BrettVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    This is probably the place I like to eat most often. I go maybe twice a month, it is really good upscale bar food. I have not been disappointed. I just really like it. If your looking for good upscale bar food this is the place. I haven't found better, but I will keep looking. The only thing I will say is they have a table up a stair case next to the furnace. This is not a place for diners. They should just remove that table. The only good thing about it is you get your own 42 inch tv just for you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    Chesley
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Good restaurant and bar to hang out with friends, watch the game, eat in a casual atmosphere. All the food and drinks we tried were enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice upscale bar
    BrettVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    There are a lot of upscale bars in River North and this one has some of the best food. Definitely recommended. A different reviewer said a good place to watch a game, and I would agree. Maybe the best thing about this restaurant is the noise level. You can actually talk to the people you are with. Too many bars around here are way too loud during prime dinner hours.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good bar to catch a game
    HyperActive
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    I enjoy my visits to BnB. It's one of the nicer bars that's still casual enough to not feel stuffy but nice enough to entertain a mixed crowd. Staff seems attentive and bar tenders have always been friendly. Probably best to make a table reservation though. Standing room at the bars are not the best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GG Friendly
    SimplyElle
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    My friends and I call ourselves The GGs (Golden Girls). We like spots that offer a more casual elegance, meaning an air of sophistication with a certain laid back appeal. This place was perfect. I'm a herbivore, my girls are omnivores, but this place was willingoto go the extra mile to ensure my dietary needs were met and substitutions were made in doing so. Food was very good. Portions were great and shareable. That we did. Management was attentive and service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Kobe Burger
    MeaghanVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Burger is great, as are the accompanying truffle fries. Good spot for group boozy brunches.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place to watch a game
    CubsFan
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We stayed in the city for the Thanksgiving holiday and were looking for a place to watch the college football and the blackhawks play for kids (10 & 14). Pleasantly surprised by the food and plan to make this a regular stop.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    runningforfunning
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    We were pleasantly surprised to be treated to an array of delectable foods that left us feeling satisfied. It is very loud and more of a bar scene for adults although the food available was on par with food at a high end restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good!
    Lauren
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Good for groups. I took my work team out for lunch and it was a hit for a variety of appetites. We were seated quickly with the reservation (awesome!) and staff were friendly and quick to deliver our drinks & food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.