ESTATE Ultra Bar
ESTATE Ultra Bar

ESTATE Ultra Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://estateultrabar.com/
  • Phone: 3125824777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    March
    FRI & SAT | 6pm - 10pm

    April
    THU - SUN | 6pm - 10pm

    May - August
    Open Daily | 4pm - 10pm

    September
    THU - SUN | 6pm - 10pm

    October
    FRI & SAT | 6pm - 10pm

    November - February
    Available for Private Parties
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
  • Executive Chef: Cory Farmer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wine
  • Catering: Full catering menu available on estateultrabar.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private, private and venue buyout available for corporate events, business meetings, birthdays, bachelorette parties, happy hour, holidays, and more. Catering menu and drink packages are also available.
  • Private Party Contact: Natasha Dyer 3125824777x
  • Entertainment: ESTATE is divided into themed rooms - the Atruim, Front Room, Trophy Room, Dining Room + Living Room- available for catching the game and private parties. In July 2012, ESTATE opened the "StarDeck", Chicago's largest open air rooftop restaurant & lounge sprawling over 4000 square feet with Vegas-style furniture & decor, a custom made European sound system and breathtaking view of the City's skyline.
  • Special Events: Available year-round for private parties.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Division
  • Public Transit: CTA Bus 70
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free street parking along Elston Avenue and valet available.
A word from ESTATE Ultra Bar
ESTATE Ultra Bar | Yacht Club is a "social dining + drinking" destination with a Dining Menu that features a playful approach to seasonal American fare. Available Dinner and Late Night, most plates are presented in sharable portions, but are hearty enough for one.


The Drinking Menu has original cocktail recipes created with modern techniques, plus specialty 'Skinny' drinks. Additionally, the U-Bar for the iGeneration has an extensive craft beer selection from many Midwest breweries and imported favorites both on tap and by the bottle. Wine enthusiasts will be pleased to find a well-rounded global selection available by the glass and bottle.


ESTATE strikes that rare balance between cutting-edge and familiarity, where guests can feel at home in an upscale bar-restaurant hybrid.
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ESTATE Ultra Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
3 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating2.3
  • Food2
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • sunshine
    sunshine
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Nice place to meet for a few drinks and finger foods...I felt the drinks were expensive. The bartender was not good at making mixed drinks (lemon drop martinee)..Our waitress, Kelly, was nice, but she kept forcing us to order drinks. Not the best waitress but she wasn't bad either...service was good tho...parking valet $10, sucked...The view not so good if you are not on the roof...Overall I give this place a 3
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    Enabellena71
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Took over an hr to get seated ! Said they could not find our reservations. The place was dead had to reseat us twice because of the number of our party when we told them how many ppl from the start. Ordered our food then told us their kitchen was closed we could onli order from the late night menu when we were there on time
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3
    • Food2
    • Ambiance3
    • Service3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 31 reviews are from the ESTATE Ultra Bar reviews archive.
  • great set-up & food, awful service
    buckeyegirlVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    chicken waffles were amazing but should have clarified that its pulled chicken not fried. chilaquiles had way too big of meat chunks - should be shredded/pulled. mac/chz was not so great - taste and texture. service was so terrible and there were only 3 tables for lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gotta love a restaurant with a dock
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Great spot to pull up your boat and have a bite to eat. Dock became popular and now they charge a nominal hourly fee, but worth it. Great view of skyline from star deck! Club feel, but go early and you can still have table conversations over the music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best kept secret
    SmallTownGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    The parking lot is hard to get into and the outside leaves something to be desired. But once you're inside, you are definitely in for a treat. Roof top dining is a must. Beautiful views of the Chicago skyline and a vibrant scene. Great service, fabulous drinks and awesome food. The portions are definitely shareable for 2-3 people. Order up and enjoy! FYI, I had the lobster mac 'n' cheese, salmon, deviled eggs, and the rock shrimp. Enjoyed every bite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thursday Night Lights
    SmallTownGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    We visited on a Thursday night and were pleasantly surprised. The downstairs scene was quite plush. The rooftop offers amazing views of the city with a great ambiance. The drinks were perfect and the food was quite tasty. The lobster mac'n'cheese is a must have. You'll also enjoy the glazed salmon or deviled eggs. The portions are size able and definitely shareable. Stop in and enjoy the experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The reason for selecting this
    Raychilove
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    The reason for selecting this restaurant for dinner was based upon their website and link on Thrillist, very deceiving. The outside structure makes it look more of a club, but still eye appealing. When inside you walk right into the bar. All other seating was cold and placed randomly. I would only consider going their for drinks. The food was sub-par. Tried all of the sliders and nothing to rave about. The service was awkward, in the sense one entree at a time came to the table. By the time all of the food arrived the first persons food was cold. I would not recommend to any client or friend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love this place in every
    DevoVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2012
    I love this place in every way. All their seafood items are half off every Tuesday!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2012
    Had a horrible service experience at ultra bar. It was sad because food and ambiance were good and we wanted to like this place. Our server took forever to get our order then never checked on us and we had to wave someone else down just for water!! Our bill took forever to pay and the 18% gratuity was already built in and we weren't allowed to remove it. Manager didn't care we were waiting an hour and didn't do anything to fix the situation. Will never go back. So many better places right down the street that I would rather spend money at and get way better food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was edible but nothing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2012
    Food was edible but nothing great. Decor reminiscent of a modern sports bar. Dock-the-boat crowd was pretty tacky. I might give this place one more try for a summer cocktail, but do not intend to eat here again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MARGINAL - NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    We had reservations for the roof top weeks in advance and was told it wasn't clean when our party arrived. We ended up having a split group as there weren't enough tables outside on the river to accommodate my party. It was difficult as I was visiting home from out of state and I had to split my time from my family and friends outside to friends on the inside, which isn't what I wanted. By the time they had the roof top deck open, most of my party decided to leave, which was upsetting to me and a loss of revenue for the Estate. I enjoyed the scene, the ambiance, the food and the bartender made a great margarita. However, the service was slow, the waitress didn't bring silverware and the food got cold and the items were all put on one bil
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WAS NOT FOR ME
    RealFoodie1VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    PERSONALLY THOUGHT IT WAS A SPORTS BAR, AND WINE LIST IS A JOKE!TASTED A FRIENDS FOOD, WE BOTH AGREED WAS NOT VERY GOOD! JUST DID NOT ENJOY!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    Went there for Sunday brunch... and since they open at 11:30AM it was no problem getting a table right away (on the patio overlooking the river). The food was a good combination of lunch (we had the lobster mac and cheese) and breakfast (the lobster tail benedict) both of which were excellent. The place was starting to fill up when we left, so I think we timed it just right. So, I think we'll be back soon as the food and service was great... and not having to wait an hour to be seated for brunch on a Sunday was even better!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    I had a great time there with my friend who flew in from Cali. We had only booked r.s.v.p for dinner. At the last minute we requested an earlier time and it was fine so we got there before the sun was setting and enjoyed the outdoor view. We loved our server and after leaving she let us go upstairs to the balcony for a better view, but mentioned we werent on the list and so we couldnt stay up there. We liked was we saw and wanted to stay so we asked the owner and he was able to provide us with a table as long as we agreed to do bottle service and we were more than fine with that and so we enjoyed a bottle of champagne along with drinks and shots and danced the night away. My only request is that it stays open later! i will be coming back:)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DO NOT COME TO THIS PLACE!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    This was my first time dining at this place. I called to see if we could move our reservation for 30 minutes later (reservation was at 7:30pm) - and the woman said no. We arrived on time. The place was dead, and it remained this way for the following 2 hours. The food and drinks were average. The positions of the tables were horrible, because it was right near the kitchen entrance, of which the door was left adjar. Our server was nice, but at the end of our dining (we decided we wanted to leave early), she confused our bill with another table. The WORST part of all? THERE ARE NO CABS! We kindly asked the "bouncer" to try to flag one for us, and he responded, "it's not my job."30 minutes to flag a cab! DON'T COME HERE!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was there for lunch. Waited
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/30/2012
    Was there for lunch. Waited quit a bit to be seated, then the service was very slow. With the Monday lunch "crowd" being as light as it was, the service and lack of attention was surprising. Food was pretty good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was great and the view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    Food was great and the view from the rooftop was amazing, I'd recommend to anyone that is loooking for a nice place to take a date.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went here for brunch on
    meymicVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2012
    We went here for brunch on a Sunday. It wasn't busy, but it has only been opened for a couple weeks. Their brunch menu had a lot of good unique items. We got french toast with nutella. A must try! We also got a breakfast croissant that was to die for. After we ate brunch, the roof wasn't even opened yet, but we asked about it and we got a tour. Amazing view can't wait to go back at night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/8/2012
    There was a large party on the rooftop of the restaurant, and it was clear that was the main focus for the staff. All of the other tables in the restaurant (ours included) were lucky to get service. They had a DJ for the party, so it felt like we were eating dinner at a dance club, and not a nice patio. I could understand if it were a Friday or Saturday night, but this was Sunday, and we just wanted a relaxing dinner outside. Our waitress was definitely flustered and tried very hard to take care of us, but the restaurant was understaffed and everything (food and drinks) took a long time. This restaurant has a lot of potential, but with the amount of great restaurants there are in city, I do not plan to go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Neighborhood Hideout
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2012
    This place is a diamond in the rough. The outside is not desirable, but inside the decor is modern. There are lounge areas which are good for those that don't want to hang at the bar the whole night. I had the calamari and it was excellent. It was Tuesday's special so you couldn't beat the price. I would definitely go back, but expect high noise levels unless you're dining outside and they boast of rooftop dining, but it is NOT even available.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our group had a nice time
    erinnoel367
    Dined on 7/3/2012
    Our group had a nice time here. It was a Tuesday night so it wasn't crowded at all. We ordered appetizers and actual meals and all food was fairly good. Our waitress was accommodating when we asked to taste all three skinny drinks before ordering a carafe of it. Unfortunately all three skinny drinks we pretty bad so we ended up drinking our usual mixed drinks. The only complaint I have was the waitress brought cake pops out to us and put them in front of me like it was my birthday. No one at our table ordered them. She told us to enjoy them anyways. But then she charged us for them on our bill! It was odd. Overall experience was good and we will go back again someday.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Estate was really nice. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    Estate was really nice. I ended my birthday month with dinner with my girlfriends. The place was nice but the food was not the best.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Somebody spent a lot of money
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/28/2012
    Somebody spent a lot of money to make a nice space, then ran out of ideas. It felt like a place that opened the day before, not 6 months ago. I would recommend hiring a wait staff with at least GEDs, as the only requirement now seems to be that one looks good in a little black dress. The food was pretty decent and a step above standard bar fare.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I made a reservation for 8.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    I made a reservation for 8. I thought the website said the rooftop was open in May 2012 but it was not open. We wanted to sit outside but there was only a table for four. There was some confusion/contradiction going on because the hostess kept saying that the table was reserved but their website says they don't take reservations for outside so how was the table reserved. Apparently you can't reserve online but if you call you can. She was trying to be accomodating but we were just fed up and left. We didn't eat or barely sat down.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Although the food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    Although the food and service were good, the odd uniform dresses the waitresses were wearing (very low-cut on the top, very short on the bottom, and very, very tight all around) threw me off. Our waitress was efficient and attentive, but the vibe from her outfit and the other girls's dresses made the place feel trashy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Boy
    VDay2014
    Dined on 6/19/2012
    We went on a Tuesday night so it was very quiet but this place looks like it rocks on weekends. The lobster rolls are pretty much all bread with a spoonful of lobster so avoid it. Calamari was a bit salty. The best were the angus mini burgers, shrimp, and tomatoes with goat cheese. The sangria was great and they have a decent selection of beer. The view of the river is great and the decor is chic and loungy. I would definitely like to try this place on a weekend and explore the menu a bit more. Worth giving it a shot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • While our waitress was kind,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    While our waitress was kind, the owner was VERY rude, dressed very poorly & was walking around scowling.. The food was ok, but the place itself was not very nice. Zero ambiance & almost no one was there.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for River Boaters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/9/2012
    For brunch on a Saturday it was great. I was able to pull up on the river on my boat and have a great meal. Good Bloody Mary, and the lobster eggs Benedict were excellent
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall food was decent.
    SteakLover
    Dined on 6/3/2012
    Overall food was decent. The burger was a little small, especially for the bun size, and the cheese was basically non-existent on the burger. Lobster Mac and Cheese was very good, as was their blood mary. They did however run out of the Ditka's Bloody Mary mix after 2 rounds. Went for a Sunday brunch and would go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was great, the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/30/2012
    The food was great, the service was attentive, and the drinks were excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • How is a restaurant out of
    Late4DaShowVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2012
    How is a restaurant out of all Chicken, Calamari and Tuna at 1 o'clock on a Sunday, barely half way through a long holiday weekend? All chicken means, no estate wings, no boneless wings, no Harissa Chicken, no Blackened Chicken, no Chicken sandwich...nearly 1/3 of the entire menu was unavailable. Good thing they weren't busy. Had some hummus and went onto Prasino for a much better experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sat outside fun watching boats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    Sat outside fun watching boats go by. Food and service really good, but the restaurant does turn into a "scene" around 10pm so if that is not what you are into plan on escaping promptly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was our first time visiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    It was our first time visiting and we loved it! Great menu we even tried some new items and it was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic