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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Not pricey to the level of of his original restaurant, GEB is moderately expensive but worth every penny. The man himself was present this evening as well. The menu is imaginative and interesting: starting wiht a Peruvian ceviche and a deconstructed Caesar (hard to explain), moving through spring risotto and linguine with suid ink and clams, then capping the meal off with entrees of poached lobster and a lamb trio, there was little more to ask for. All amazing tastes, all prepared perfectly, all served in the friendliest of ways. Wines were mostly steep, but what an experience! Dining in the courtyard added to the fun as well!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Very disappointed with GEB. The food had great descriptions on the menu but the execution was poor. My lobster was bitter and the flavors of the rest of the ingredients didn't work together. My friend's pork tenderloin was overcooked. Even the lobster risotto was just okay."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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
  • "My wife, my daughter and I had a great time at the bistro. It was everything we were hoping for. We did have a small mishap with our order. My wife ordered the lobster risotto and was served a different lobster dish. The other dish was good, but not what she had her mind set on. That was all made up by meeting Graham Elliot. We are big fans of Master Chef. Graham Elliot arrived midway through our dinner. My 17 year-old daughter was so excited to see him. We asked the waiter if Graham was willing to have a photo taken with her. He agreed and it was not only the highlight of our night, it was the highlight of our long weekend in Chicago. (it beat the Queen and Adam Lambert concert.)"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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
  • "My husband and I got the prefix menu with the wine pairing. Really enjoyed the wine. The food was awful. I could even east one of the courses that's how bad it was. Don't waste your money and try another restaurant."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I made a late reservation to accommodate travel schedules. I feel that because of our young appearance (late 20s) and/or the time of night, we weren't given the same service as others nor the level of service one would hope for when spending 75-100 per person. For example the waiter just had a terse tone with us, and there were also inordinately long waits, even to get the menu or a cocktail (20 minutes)--response was they grow their own ginger or something, and no apologies. It was just not a great experience. Food wise we got oysters, shared two small plates, and for large plates, had chicken, beef stroganoff, mussels, and salmon. Everything except the mussels was absolutely delicious! Would still recommend. Not all staff were this way."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food choices were hohum but the food itself was only fair. Milk and honey salad had delicious arugula with a blob of white goo. Lobster risotto way over salted. Beef stroganoff deconstructed using stringy meat. Scallops practically raw."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I brought my daughter here while on a mini vacation in Chicago. We are both huge Graham Elliot fans and she very much wanted to try the restaurant. We were not disappointed. The food was incredible as was the decor. The only complaint is that the music is fairly loud for a restaurant and makes conversation difficult. The Lamb trio was my daughter's favorite lamb so far and she orders it whenever she sees it on a menu. This is definitely one of my favorite places to eat while in Chicago."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food was good. But for the second time there I ordered a champagne and it was not even close to the right temperature. They tried to cool it, but it was good only after dinner was completed. If it is not on the right temperature, just let us know and offer another option."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "My sweetheart wanted to go here to celebrate a special birthday after hearing the chef (G.E.) speak. I made a note of this when making the reservation. We got an autographed birthday greeting on the menu. Friends also sent a gift certificate ahead to cover our wine, which the staff easily accommodated. We had a very nice evening."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I was at GEB for the first time and was really looking forward to our meal. My friend and I were sat well after our reservation. we had to ask for our waiter to be sent over after waiting a while with no attention. I asked him what were some of his favorites or were there house specialties? His curt response was, "the items on the 2 tasting menus on the bottom of the menu are the dishes the chef recommends"....no description of anything.....couldn't bother to spend an extra word on us. He made us feel like he was doing us a favor. The music was really loud and I had to practically yell at my friend to have a conversation. The food was good - Spring Risotto and the Milk and Honey appetizer were the stand outs. I expected so much more -boo!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Wonderful food. Thoroughly enjoyed everything we had. Server not so great."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We had a great meal and great service. My wife and I each ordered a 5-course tasting menu and we enjoyed each course. Our server was extremely helpful in answering our questions about the menu and our drink options and the service was spot-on all evening. On the night we ate there the weather was nasty, but we were having such a good time we weren't in any rush to leave. Prior to dining, we had read some of the recent reviews and had some concerns. But we quickly forgot about them and had a good time."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "What a great experience. The food was excellent, we got to meet Chef Elliot and we had a ball! Lovely inside but we opted for the patio where the weather is night. For outdoors tables/chairs were excellent - great atmosphere. Entire staff was welcoming including Chef Elliot - great service, efficient and full of smart suggestions. Whimsical patio menu with alcoholic slushies! A+ on concept. Food was delicious; Deconstructed caesar w/crouton full of Caesar dressing - delightful! Savory spring risotto, rich, elegant beef stroganoff and perfectly cooked salmon. All unique and flavorful. Presentation was as good as the food - awesome! Key Lime and Baked Custard for desserts both rich and creamy but neither overly sweet. The best!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We were very excited to visit GEB on our trip to Chicago. However we were sort of disappointed. The waiter was a little pushy and came off rude. Other wait staff were nice and we had a table across from the pass, the chefs were friendly and engaging. The food was beautiful but not as delicious as I expected. The salmon was WAY under cooked. I understand that chefs like it medium to medum rare, but ours was pretty raw (seared on the outside and cold and slimy on the inside). I enjoyed my lamb well enough, but it wasn't spectacular. The "twinkie" on the reconstructed ceasar was the best thing we felt we had. The risotto was very good. Limited bar choices and mostly ice cream on the desserts left me a little wanting. Music was too loud."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "This was our early anniversary dinner and we loved it! The food was terrific and the service was on point."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Appetizer/ small plates are interesting, deconstructed version of familiar foods. The mains dishes were over salty!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Got there an hour before our reservation and we were welcomed pleasantly; made great suggestions since it was our first time and also for great vegetarian substitutes. 2 course meals with detailed explanation of all ingredients; food and portions presented well and customer service over the top. Lastly, the outside dining was great; very close to a neighboring restaurant but the paired ambience was great!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Excellent dining experience! Nice cocktails, good service and beatifully prepared dishes."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I should have known this dinner wouldn't live up to its owners TV standards when it was half empty on a Friday evening. Not that it was a bad meal but it was just average and I was expecting "great" from GEB! The outside seating area is nice but the cheap plastic Ikea chairs and the wobbly fake cast iron tables made it feel cheap! (Like I was eating at a wal mart food court). I ordered the risotto and the beef stroganoff. Both had the potential to be great but the risotto could have had more flavor and the beef was a bit grizzled."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great food, great service, fun staff.........always a treat"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I'd been to Graham Elliot's original restaurant and absolutely loved it. I was super disappointed to find that it had closed down. So for my girlfriends birthday I decided to take her to GE's Bistro and we both thought it was fantastic. We both had the Greatest Hits Tasting and every dish was phenomenal. I'd definitely recommend doing one of the tastings if you go."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "One of the best resto I've eaten at...great job Graham!!!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Having dined in some of the best chefs' restaurants in the world, G.E.M. did not live up to expectations. Atmosphere tries too hard to be edgy with a lot of garage-stlyed brick and stainless steel, but you can't get past the blasting bad music and the too loud crowd noise. Servers were not as bad as others have said, but certainly didn't make us feel like this was a special meal, which it should have been. Chef's de-constructed dishes were clever but did not deliver on taste. Taste should out rank Clever every time. I've paid more for a tasting menu many times, but often felt like it was worth it for both the experience and the food quality. This one was not. Many better options in this town."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Tried the full tasting menu-greatest hits- to get as much of the GE experience as possible. Even at $75, a very good value, considering the amazing quality of the five courses. Dined alone and early, so had a relaxed, relatively quiet dining experience and could focus on the food. Loved his techniques, combinations of textures and flavors in the dishes and how they sequenced in the tasting menu. Fun twists, like the parmesan cream-filled brioche "twinkie" on the caesar salad, or the bruleed banana in the sundae. With a house-made maraschino cherry that is unlike any other. Bistro looks unassuming and feels very casual, but is top tier, creative, witty, if not precious ingredients. Expect to pay for a culinary experience."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "If you are a member of the culture of deminishing expectations you must eat at GEB Boring menu,tiny portions,high prices, non caring service our server made us feel that we were bothering her! Had much better service and food across the street at little goat dinner I thing chef Elliot needs to spend more time with an apron behind the line . And less on TV "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was good...different. We had hight hopes for this place. The appetizers where very good but everything went down hill from there. The services was lacking and the fact that we where rushed (no one was waiting on tables and the place was not full) is what lead to the 2star rating. My plate was undercooked so I sent back to have them cook the steak a bit more....it came back the same. The waiters never asked me how I would like my steak cooked or told me how they recommend. My husbands meal was okay but again not worth the price. Before we where even done with our drinks the server brought us our bill. She never asked if we needed anything else. With so many great places in the area don't waste you time or money coming here!!! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "An establishment barring Graham Elliot's name I would expect more especially for the money. I ordered the Lamb dinner and it was a rather poor cut of lamb, mostly far. It was under cool and the portion size wasn't even large enough for a kid. My wife ordered the rabbit. Portion size was good, but the rabbit was also under cooked. There was almost no flavor to the rabbit. Very bland. The service was extremely slow. There was only 3 tables of dinners and it took forever to get anything. Would not go back, nor would I recommend it. Traveled over an hour an a half to celebrate my wives birthday their and it was so disappointing!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was one of the best meals/dining experiences we have ever had. We each did a tasting menu and they were extremely accommodating with the fact the my husband and I do not eat seafood. The best item on the menu is the chicken and noodles and of course the beef stroganoff was amazing. This is worth the time to have an amazing meal prepared by an amazing staff. Highly highly recommend G.E.B"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food here is amazing. We both got the tasting menu, Vinny's and Graham's. Votes were 50/50 for which menu was better, with both having highlights. Best dishes: deconstructed Caesar salad, chicken noodle and key lime."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I ate here Saturday night with a group of 4 other people, all culinary school people in for the NRA show. We were seated at the back large table which was great. It was away from everyone else, intimate, and gave us access to talk to the chefs on the line about our food. My husband and I each ordered one of the tasting menus with beverage pairings to share, while the others in our group chose to go a la carte. Graham sent everyone at the table tastings of all the courses. He even came to the table and sat with us for a while. The food was delicious and we felt very special."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I knew Graham Elliot was a Michelin Star chef, but now I know why. This meal was amazing. Every bite was a pleasure to the senses. The setting is beautiful - I really enjoyed the natural art on the walls. Our servers were outstanding and informative. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Not only was the food amazing, no, spectacular, but the experience was incredibly special. We sat right across from the kitchen so we could see the meals being plated by Vinny, who gave me a smile in greeting and asked how I was enjoying the meal. Graham Elliot was there to ensure the perfection of each plate and he chatted with us and took a selfie with my daughter (she's a huge fan!). Graham must be the sweetest chef on the planet, even as sweet as his remarkable desserts. His restaurant is to food as the Art Institute is to Matisse - each plate is a work of art! The menu is playfully created with names such as chicken noodle -the most delicious pasta and broth my taste buds have ever experienced. Look for the subtle cathedral motif. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My wife is a huge fan of Graham Elliot. I surprised her with dinner there. We were both extremely pleased. Service was great and the food was excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and we will be back."
    Dined on 5/17/2014