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G.E.B. (Graham Elliot Bistro)
G.E.B. (Graham Elliot Bistro)

G.E.B. (Graham Elliot Bistro) Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gebistro.com
  • Phone: (312) 888-2258
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Vinny Alterio
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The dining room and private courtyard (when available) can be bought out for private dining.
  • Private Party Contact: events@gebistro.com (312) 888-2258
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join us for special Prix Fixe Brunches for the following occasions;

    Easter April 20th

    Mother's Day May 11th

    Father's Day June 15th

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Green
  • Public Transit: Morgan-Lake Green Line and Pink Line
    Grand-Blue Line
  • Parking: Valet
A word from G.E.B. (Graham Elliot Bistro)
Graham Elliot Bistro is the third restaurant from Chef Graham Elliot. With focus on the technique and craft of cooking, Graham Elliot Bistro brings the "perfection of simplicity" to the table. Local, farm fresh ingredients help to provide a seasonal menu paired with small production wines and craft beers. Chef Elliot's genuine, approachable personality along with his love of food and music is the inspiration for the bistro. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Everything was great, from the dishes to the pairings. The attention to detail was awesome and the Maitre D's knowledge was impressive, except at the time of the banana split. Its served on a glass with overflowing ice-cream that makes a mess as you eat it. It is paired with a hungarian dessert wine that has acidic notes that are enhanced beautifully by the saltiness from the pretzels, however given the way the dish is layered, you dont get to the pretzels until you are half way down the glass. I would keep the dessert and the pairing but present it in a different vessel and not overflow it."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My wife and I recently dined here while visiting from NYC, and the food rivals some of the best restaurants we have back home. Both tasting menus offer something truly remarkable, and the cocktails and wine selection are superb. The patio seating in the back is perfect for any special occasion (assuming the weather cooperates, of course). A truly marvelous dining experience!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We chose GEB as a destination dinner spot, having only one night in Chicago for a good meal out. The hostess was lovely, but there the goodness ended, I'm afraid. When I asked waiter about wines to help me make a decision, he said "they're different varietals; it's really up to your tastes." My husband and I both ordered lobster risotto--there was no mention of truffle. The food came and the whole dish tasted of truffle. You couldn't taste the delicious lobster. It seemed to me that the mostly 20-something servers and cooks were having a lot of fun together but their interaction with the diners was poor. This is the first time I have ever written a poor review. When I go out, I'm ready to have fun, so this was highly unusual."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Our waiter Mike was professional, attentive and very knowledgeable of Chef Elliott's vision. The appetizers are the best, ceviche is a must!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I believe, Mr. Graham Elliot is a great chef. However, to enjoy the "culinary art", I need a quiet nice atmosphere. Instead, I've got a dark (had to turn flashlight on iPhone to read menu and to see what's in the plate), extremely noisy place with unfriendly waiters and very slow cooks. I am very sorry that I chose the Bistro over Graham's real restaurant. Maybe, I'd love it better. BTW, the bill was huge. P.S. For those who do not know Mr. Elliot: do not expect to get what you read in the menu! It's not a beef-stroganoff. It's something else. It's great, but - something else. Same - for all other menu items. They are all "something else". Get ready for that."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My neice and I went here while in town as we both love Graham Elliot. The meal was definately worth the experience - lobster risotto was devine and the scallops just melted in your mouth. Normally I don't get dessert, but tried the banana split which was amazing. The abience and the service were not as special as I would have expected, but would return and give them another chance."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Watched Master Chef for a few seasons...love the show. Coming to Chicago for a meeting and wanted to experience his restaurant."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "1) Absurdly overpriced: food is OK (not great) but there are so many restaurants in town that serve way better food at a way lower price (200usd for a couple: the cheapest wine bottle on the menu, appetizer, SHARING a main course). 2) Music is very loud - when we asked the waiter to lower the volume she said she couldnt because if she did we'd be complaining about the noise from the kitchen. 3) Service was also poor: for some weird reason our waiter was also serving (or was he having drinks with?) some folks at the bar. The only problem is that our table was all the way across the restaurant so anytime we needed anything we had to ask the server to call the waiter for us. Which would be OK if they were charging half what they charge."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Took my husband to chicago for his 40th birthday. The one stipulation was a stop at the G.E.B. Chef Elliot did not disappoint. The food was incredible. Best meal we think we have ever had; and we have been to Europe, toured the US and cruised all over the Caribbean. Patrick our server was amazing, so friendly and most importantly, genuine. No falsities about this place. You get an amazing meal served by down-to-earth people who care about food! Have already highly recommended this restaurant to Clients of mine and plan on returning with my employees during Neocon next year. Congrats to Chef Elliot for a fantastic foodie-venture! Cheers, Sarah and Scott Oakley Ottawa, Ontario, Canada"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Went back for the first time after 4 years. Liked the old location on Huron better. The food was very good even though I missed the adventurous combinations they had at the old location i.e. foie gras lollipops rolled in pop rocks. Chef Elliot was there but I would have appreciate it more if he would have gone from table to table to check on his patrons. The evening was good but not perfect but nevertheless I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My wife and I did the tasting menu with wine pairing and really enjoyed it. There are two options and we each go a different one so we could try both. It was a bit pricy, but we thought it was worth it in the end. The service was great, too."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great food, lots to taste, very unusual and interesting menu. Good service. Atmosphere a little darker than I like. Some people at the table were surprised water was served without ice."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We love to come and hang out with friends when we are in town and this is one of our favorite places."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We tried both the 5 course tasting menus and were both blown away by the presentation and overall craftmanship of each course. Definitely returning for more of this food!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I was a big fan of the flagship Graham Elliot restaurant and Grahamwich, but this place really was disappointing. The food was good, not great, and not worth the price. I say this after we tried both of the tasting menus. Not one "wow" dish. I also did not like the wine list, which has every single bottle marked up massively over wine store retail. I won't return."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I am so disappointed!! I dined here one year ago and couldn't wait to return! Wow was I wrong! The experience at the bar was my one redeeming part of the evening;everything else was horrible!! The wait staff in particular; Patric was beyond pathetic! A very poor attitude and just did not want to be there! Everything was an effort! If you cant offer good customer service do not work in the food industry! The food once received (1-hour after placing our order) was very good, but certainly not worth waiting for. Sadly when asked how our meal and evening were and I said we weren't happy, the wait staff said ok thank you, like they just didn't care; well neither do I and I will never return!!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Did not know anything about Graham Elliot until I was researching restaurants for our first visit to Chicago. Since his previous restaurant had received 2 Michelin stars, I expected the bistro to be a treat. Overall, we were both so disappointed. We ordered the parmesan popcorn to enjoy as a snack. It had an overpowering flavour of what I thought might be onion though my husband thought it was garlic. It was listed as a side, so perhaps may not be so harsh as a side dish? My husband enjoyed his peruvian ceviche which he said was excellent. My "milk and honey" salad of burrata and arugula was ok but I found the sticky honeycomb a bit odd. The perfectly cooked cod was ridiculously salty as was the couscous side. Service was very good!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I was so excited to eat here because it was Chef Graham Elliot's place. Overall it was fine, not what I thought. The food was ok , somethings were great so just average. The lobster rissoto was awesome, the deconstruced salad was great. The main courses not so great, there wasnt any thing that was like Wow!!. We had been to other restraunts that week in Chicago and they were amazing and this one I expected alot but was disappointed. The desserts were ok, creme brulee was great. I guess my expections were deflated and I was wanting more. The service was friendly. I was hoping for more variety on main courses, they had alot of fish maybe if they threw some pork or chicken in the mix that would be great. Go try it if you are a fan on of GE."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "My husband and I ordered the two tasting menus with the wine pairings. This was the perfect way for us to sample 10 items on the menu as we were having a difficult time deciding on what to order. The food tasted divine, and the plating was perfect. We also enjoyed and highly recommend ordering the wine pairing. The service was impeccable, with each server having a command of the dishes they were serving. I am already looking forward to visiting GEB next time I am in Chicago."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We have been going to this restaurant for years for special occasions with great success. Last Friday we brought a foodie couple of friends, expecting the same experience. The casual kitchy decor is long gone and so, apparently, is the top notch waitstaff and kitchen. Appetizer order was forgotten. My cold starter arrived tepid with my main meal, which had clearly been sitting around too long. At one point we went to fetch our own bottle of wine when no one was around to pour it when dinner arrived. We were frankly embarrassed that we recommended we go there. The only highlight was the milk and honey appetizer when it finally arrived. Need to up your oyster game given all the competition now."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had an early reservation, arrived early, when we asked to sit outside in back in courtyard, we were taken to a nice table outside. There was an extensive wine list, but only a few specialty cocktails. We ordered two entrees and one side dish. Neither entree (Beef Stroganoff or Porchetta) were bad, but neither were amazing either. Asparagus with soft egg was nice, but could have benefited from some lemon. We then ordered 2 desserts to share; peach tea and chocolate pave. The peach tea was not good. The cake tasted greasy and it came with mint ice cream. It was just an odd combination. The chocolate pave was the lone standout of our evening. It was yummy! The accompanying peanut butter cream and milk ice cream were spectacular."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The restaurant was amazing. We'd never been before and we're immediately taken to our table that was outside, which I had not expected. It was a nice surprise. The food was fab, the menu easy to understand. I was there with my 3 sons, who are all huge foodies even though they are young. They loved everything and we all tried things we thought we wouldn't and lived it all. It is a restaurant I'd come back to"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Always a fantastic meal and overall evening! This night we were fortunate enough to meet Graham and chat with him for a few minutes. He's a great guy who's standards in the kitchen are evident. Fantastic service from Mike, very knowledgable staff, and great ambiance. Great food, music, and people...... And extremely reasonable gourmet food."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Best Key lime dessert ever. Grahm Eliiot was actually there and talked to patrons and took pictures. Great overall experience"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Absolutely excellent chef's tasting menu. The chef even sent me a free dish! (It was a beautiful Foie Gras "shortcake".) Service: lovely, knowledgeable. Wine list: excellent, thorough. Its also very dark inside the restaurant, in case you're looking for a romantic dinner spot."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Very crowded place with some fantastic decor. Favorite dish of the night was the Milk and Honey. It was beautiful and light---everything you look for in a summer dish."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I've been to a few celebrity chef's restaurants with mixed results. GEB was a pleasant surprise. The food was exceptional and the services was above and beyond. Graham Elliott was in the house and was very accommodating to the multiple requests for pictures and took the time to talk to many if not all the diners. The tasting menus offer a variety of flavours. The one thing that will stay with me for a long time, even though it has to be exceptionally unhealthy, was the "twinkie" served with the caesar salad. It was delicious!!! Great experience"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This should be on every food lover's list. The space mirrors its West Loop neighborhood with quirky, industrial elements. Food and service are Michelin-worthy for sure."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were big fans of GE's flagship restaurant and were very sad to see it shutter. We were very happy to see some of the "greatest hits" from GE were now on the menu at GEB. Deconstructed Caesar, Risotto, Lamb trio were very good. Chef Elliot even popped into the restaurant while we were dining. Very nice evening."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was excellent. We had the Greatest Hits and Vinny's Pick tastings. We got to sample approximately 10 items from the menu. The presentation was great. Service was outstanding. We even got to see Graham! This was definitely a great evening."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Graham Eliot's food looks good on tv on Master Chef, but in real life, we'll let me just say that it was out if this world!!! My gf and u opted do the two 5 course tasting menus, so in total we had 10 different dishes. All of them were sublime. Not a single regret!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Everything from start to finish was absolutely amazing. Each dish was flawless and beyond my expectations."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My meal at GEB was absolutely fantastic. I went in expecting very whimsical food, which i certainly received with a bubble gum flavoured amuse bouche and a deconstructed caesar salad with a parmesan foam twinkie. The person I was with and I ordered the tasting menus which is probably the best thing you can do - since it showed that they can also do the simple things right - featuring beautifully cooked steak and cod as well as the best cooked veal breast and salmon I've ever eaten. The highlight of the night was actually something that was not on the tasting menu but something we received as compliments of the kitchen - a fois gras served served with a jam and soft pieces of shortbread. It was the best thing I've ever eaten."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "the restaurant was great, food was fantastic and enjoyed the experience very much. the music was a bit too loud and distracting - maybe this is what a bistro is supposed to be liked though the restaurant ambience seemed to fit a more quite environment and found the music and base a bit too loud. other than that, i woudl recommend this restaurant to anyone travelling to Chicago ( we were there from Troonto). the service was impeccable and would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I was a little worried after reading some of the recent reviews but we had a great experience at GEB. We did eat late though so there weren't many folks in the restaurant. But the waitress was very friendly and gave great recommendations as did the chef when we asked on the way to the restroom. The lamb trio was magnificent - the bacon was like no other bacon I've had before...quite good. We also had the porchetta, which was delectable. We loved every bite...originally planned to share more but we each liked our entrees so much that that didn't quite happen. The salumi was an excellent starter as well as the truffle chips. We skipped dessert - nothing stood out to us. Would definitely go back here! The back patio looks like fun!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "You know the Chef / owner Graham Eliot if you are an ardent Foodie , or if you've been a fan of the TV show MasterChef. The food menu was very creative , seafood , steaks, salads , soup , apps were all there but with a fun exciting twist . Everything tasted really good . Mostly everything was a feast for the eyes . Our waitress kinda disappeared a few times , but her workmates filled in alright . Save room for desserts. All are worth trying . This coming from a non- dessert guy . Lastly , We ate our dessert in the courtyard out in back of restaurant . which oddly ( and very cool) butts up against 2 other eateries in the same courtyard . Quirky and charming at the same time . Good for entertaining business or friends"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Whenever I'm in Chicago this is one of my must-go-to restaurants. The food is superb, always with a magnificent presentation. Plus, the cocktails are always amazing from their original and creative mixologists!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I was pretty disappointed in our service. Waiter was not friendly, we said we wanted to share everything and eat slowly, but everything came out all at once. He seemed annoyed that we didn't want to do the tasting menu, and made a comment about our items as just snacking. When they called to confirm our reservation, they asked if it was for a special occasion, it was, but did nothing to acknowledge that when we got there. Food was great, but service is half the experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My husband and I loved this place and had a great first experience! The atmosphere was quite comfortable and all of the staff were extremely friendly and polite. We also couldn't have been happier with our meal. The milk and honey appetizer is layered full of fantastic flavors and the lobster risotto is to die for! We found Graham's bistro to go above and beyond our expectations of a two Michellin star restaurant and we look forward to returning."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Well, "Chez Graham" restaurant was excellent! Because we wanted to try everything, so we got 8 dishes for our stomach. Everything was great! Both cold and hot dishes are amazing. There are many good restaurants at Randolph & Halsted; this is definitely one of them."
    Dined on 6/21/2014