Gilt Bar
Gilt Bar

Gilt Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.giltbarchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3124649544
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday 4:45 pm - 11:30 pm,
    Friday and Saturday: 4:45 pm - 12:30 am
    Sunday 4:45 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Ayala
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Multiple spaces for large dinner parties or more intimate cocktail occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Jean Tomaro 3124649544

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin
  • Public Transit: Merchandise Mart (Brown Line)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking is also available
A word from Gilt Bar
A bunch of fine dining chefs and wine directors got together to create a casual restaurant that is inclusive and void of excess. The idea was to bring people together who are set on having a great night out surrounded by quality food (presented in a simple fashion), craft cocktails, beers and wine list focused on best value for the $'s.

Reservations made through Open Table will be for Gilt Bar's main dining room. If you would like to dine in our Library please call the restaurant after 2pm.
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Gilt Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
199 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (133)hot spot (95)romantic (95)vibrant bar scene (79)good for groups (59)special occasion (58)neighborhood gem (49)late-night find (46)notable wine list (22)great for outdoor dining (13)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Wry good
    Diner
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    A bit slow but food was excellent. Had orichette pasta and it was very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Yummmmmmmmmy
    DandAMom
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I took clients here at the recommendation of a friend who lives local. It is VERY dark, so a little weird for clients... And at first look at the menu it seems very limited - but OMG, Larry! This place is phenomenal - foie gras was FANTASTIC! All the salads were good, but the shaved brussel sprout salad was the yummiest! Everyone loved their dinner. I can only speak for mine - gnocchi - it was heavenly. Buttery, but not too rich just a hint of the pork, but not overbearing. We had all the veggies but the fries and I could have made a meal out of just the veggies! I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, fun atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Try the marrow bones. Yumm. Truffle pasta? Yes please.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gilt to the max
    lakinui
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The bartender is an excellent mixologist. He used an eye dropper to add house made ingredients, measured all other liquors and mixes and made sure each cocktail was right before serving. My girlfriend ordered a non alcoholic lemonade and it was prepared with equal precision. I had the Bee's Knees which I highly recommend. It was a potent blend but sweet and smooth to the taste. We had the Truffle Pasta and the Gunthorp Farms half chicken. The pasta al dente and creamy perfection. The chicken succulent and seasoned perfectly. Joseph is an excellent server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great atmosphere
    CBGS
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I came for my birthday dinner. We got drinks and apps downstairs at the Library. The cocktails were awesome and the apps were delicious. The Brussel sprouts might have been the best part of the meal. Throughout the night We also got the fries, grilled octopus, truffle pasta and pork belly too. It was waaaay too much food but we wanted to try so many things. All of it was fantastic. I hope to go back again soon. Highly recommend Gilt Bar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • danahanes
    danahanes
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As others have said, it was dark inside. Perfect for a nice dinner with good friends. Service was great, ambiance was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    Food4life
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    They now have a 4 course pre-fix option that is the perfect size portions and allows you to try even more menu items! Fabulous restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I took two friends in from out of town here. We sat in the Library, which was perfect - quieter than the upstairs but still a great vibe. Food and drink selection were awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place for Out-of-towners
    OllieP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I had been here before for drinks after work once and have been wanting to go back. Took a group of my friends who were in from out of town and we had a great time! It was a Saturday night - full restaurant - great food - friendly staff - fun girls night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting, delicious; +vibe
    TheNightIsAlwaysBeautiful
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Pleasantly restrained, but helpful waiter. Great service from the second we walked in the door. Even a minor item like the Brussels sprout salad was fantastic. We’ll be back. I’ve been recommending this place to everyone since eating there. And don’t skip a stroll downstairs-thoughtful and clever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ask to sit in basement
    Jbpears4
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    There's a secret basement area (behind a practically hidden doorway) that houses a speakeasy type area. SO COOL. You have to CALL when you make a reservation to be seated down there (I.e. Asking via OpenTable doesn't work) Food and drinks were delish, especially the pork belly. It was insane.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst service ever!!
    AP21VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have found Chicago to be a very friendly city and this server was outright rude. We were there to eat and drink! Unfortunately, our experience started off with a miscommunication- thought reso was at 915 but they said 9 so they couldnt find us a table right away but then they did which we appreciated. However our server was rude from the onset - as usual we would order our drinks first and then order appetizers, but she said we HAD to order food first! Perhaps it was because the kitchen closes but she did not provide any explanation. We also ordered quite a bit of food and between four of us only 1 bottle of wine and 2 beers, so if she was worried we were going to drink too much, then she was wrong and misjudged us. Very disappointing!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alcohol served to pregnant woman
    CitydinerVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our pregnant friend was served alcohol despite asking specifically for a "mocktail" version of a Moscow mule. The managerial staff didn't not handle it well and initially just offered to reverse the charges for just the drink.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday
    mmmmmVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I had planned a special 30th birthday dinner for my boyfriend. I wrote on my open table reservation that it was his birthday. The waitress came over and said, "I heard there is a birthday here!!" And she put a candle in the dessert. It was wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    foursome
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Monday night at Gilt Bar - Great cocktails and superbly crafted food, with something for all tastes, coupled with terrific service - always attentive and moved at the pace we wanted. Will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and great cocktails
    AuroraMomVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is a very warm and inviting place. The bar is old school cool with pleasant music playing. My husband usually has to explain how to make the cocktails he wants, but here they know what they are doing. We got the marrow appetizer, the octopus with lima beans, and truffle pasta. All were very tasty Excellent service, will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    When we checked in the hosts could not have been nicer and seated us right away although we were late for our reservation. We were using the flashlight app on our phones to look at the drink menu and our waiter came up to our table and rudely warned us that we were to be careful where we pointed the light as it disturbs other people. When he came back to the table he told us it was best to order everything at once since it was busy. We ordered our drinks and our food together. About 10 minutes later our food arrived at the table. Still no drinks. Very strange. Drinks arrived about 5 minutes later. No apologies. Never checked back with us. We still tipped him 20 percent but left surprised at how bad the service was.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was awesome as usual, but..
    RalphmarpleVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Our server wasnt 100 % what you would expect. He was a bit off his game.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find for out-of-towners
    TexanTravelers
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    While visiting from Texas, I wanted to find a nice spot for me and my girlfriend to have dinner and drinks. This was just a quick ride away on the L, and I was able to make a reservation easily around 8 on a Sunday night. Service was great, they even took our backpacks at the coat check. Signature cocktails were interesting and delicious. She liked the Lillet Rose and I thought the Lions Tail was very good. Food was not heavily seasoned and cooked just right. Prices were reasonable for a nicer dinner and the servers were friendly and helpful. Overall we had a great experience. Would definitely recommend this spot.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food & Drink
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have dined here twice and both times have been outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING. Where do I begin?
    MeredithP24
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    DELICIOUS food, excellent service and incredible ambiance. Take away the great food (which was GREAT) I would still come back because of the cool atmosphere and great service. We didn't leave an ounce of food on our plate. Can't wait to come back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but too loud
    SarahVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Love this place but you are always shouting at everyone. Why is the music so loud??
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Young vibe but great biz dinner
    ServiceIsKing
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Bartender was very busy but still attentive. Hostess was flexible and accommodated a late arrival in our party without any issue. Place was hoping on Friday night. Waitress was such a pro, fun, good recs, flex, and pace was perfect. Food very good. Loved this place
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    supperclub5450
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Such a delicious dinner. Our table ordered two toasts (roasted garlic/balsamic [yummy] and heirloom tomatoes/burrata) and needed more toast to finish. I had the truffle pasta, which was beyond amazing. Rich, but not too rich. I finished all of it. Table also ordered ice cream with hot fudge. Reasonably priced for amazing dinner. Small and large plates to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    WE loved Gilt. Can not wait to go back. Outstanding food service and the staff was very keen to all we asked. Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Picked this restaurant solely on reviews. Don't miss the burrata and they have seriously one of the best chocolate layer cakes I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Took my parents and fiancee here for a nice dinner on the weekend. Was amazed to find that it wasn't packed as the food and service was wonderful. By far the best meal we had in 4 days in Chicago. We will be back to this place as often as we can!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The perfect Saturday date night
    foodiegal22
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've been to Gilt several times. It is the perfect spot for a date( dim lighting, shared plates, and great cocktails..Bees Knees is my favorite). My favorite thing to eat here is the Steak Tartare. The squash salad was dressed a bit too heavily and was also a bit too salty(still had some great flavors though). The Gnocci with pork belly was great, but again a bit too salty for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meat
    petcop
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had their ribeye. We have had great beef before, but this come into our top-3. Cooked to order (rare - the only way to appreciate a good piece of meat), task, tender and with good French fries. And the lemon-meringue desert (full meal for 2!!) was very good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food
    JENN
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Big portions especially the toasts. However, the waiter did ensure we did not order too many dishes. Everything was very good and loved the Lillet Rose on the rocks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    porkbelly
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    What a great find...amazing pork belly, great ambiance...and the price for this meal was unbelievably affordable for what you get. On my next trip to chicago, i'll be back here for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    Travelforfood
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Went as a team of 3 and were surprised by the smaller menu, but very pleased with the quality and presentation of the food. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty to choose from. But obviously focusing on a few items intead of too many pays off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Second time here, met a girlfriend for drinks and we loved the ambiance!! Great place for a date, will be back for a full meal hopefully soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sooo good
    Hessy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This I the second time I've eaten at Gilt Bar and it was even better than the first. Make sure to check out the Library! A really neat restaurant with absolutely to die for food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Yorkers love Gilt Bar
    dking
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My girl and I flew into Chicago and looked up a few places to eat... and decided to try Gilt Bar. We got the chicken and mussels, two things we don't normally eat, but, we ate on the waiter's recommendation, and we were THRILLED. As much as we eat in fancy-pants NY, the Gilt Bar would be one of our favorites if it only moved about 1,500 miles. Great service, we loved the chandelier, and the food was properly grilled and seasoned comfort food... at least my chicken was (comfort food). We will be back as soon as we get back to Chicago... hopefully, before the CUBS have a winning record. Haha.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and a fun time
    JSChitownVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went there with some friends on Friday night. We had a great time and the food was fantastic! The salads (shaved squash and a green apple salad), the mussels were my favorite. The truffle pasta while rich is a good dish to share and very yummy!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My after work fave
    Maria
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I love to drop in for a quick bite and a drink after work. It's lovely to have such great service and care.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • UkrUK007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I am VERY offended. . I made dinner reservations after my brother and I attended an IMAX prior to the air and water show...we walked in and were questioned like 13 yrs old if we been "over served" and "where we were out before" I have NEVER been so humiliated and treated like a child. The guy played it out like a formaility.... I felt discriminated. I have dined here frequently. However, perhaps If came in wearing a skimpy dress like the couple before me I would have not been asked these questions. I told the hostess how infuriated I was...she did nothing. This was an absolute embarrassment, espiscally because I have been here a handful of times, but this time I made reservations to treat my brother from out of town to dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went for drinks and apps. Moscow mule and bees knees were excellent. My friend enjoyed the manhattan and old fashioned menu. Food and service were great. Very near experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but snooty service
    FurryWombatVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our server would find benefit by learning a bit of tact, but the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.